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Village gears up for playground fundraising effort

Village gears up for playground fundraising effort

“It looks like we’re going to have to do more fundraising,” said George Terpening, village parks, buildings and grounds superintendent. The subject was the replacement of much of the equipment at village playgrounds, which has been deemed unsafe by the village’s insurance company. The town is facing the same issue with its Small World playground...
Saugerties mayor wants to go solar

Saugerties mayor wants to go solar

Mayor William Murphy and trustees Patrick Landewe and Jeannine Mayer were administered the oath of office at the village’s April 6 meeting. Trustee Brian Martin, who was also re-elected, was not at the meeting. In a short comment made after taking the oath of office, Murphy said his main goal for this year is to...
Bethel, former Sawyer standout wrestler, has dominant rookie year at college

Bethel, former Sawyer standout wrestler, has dominant rookie year at college

The last year and a half has been quite a ride for wrestler James Bethel. During that time, he has traveled to numerous states, took third place in the New York State high school wrestling finals, become nationally ranked in Greco and Freestyle wrestling, and two weeks ago, took fourth place in the collegiate Division...
Saugerties village goes after back taxes

Saugerties village goes after back taxes

If a property owner fails to pay town taxes, the county compensates the town and goes after the back taxes. Not so with villages. For some time now, the village of Saugerties has lobbied for the county to extend this practice to the county’s three villages (Saugerties, Ellenville, New Paltz), but to no avail. County...
Fire companies need expensive new pagers

Fire companies need expensive new pagers

With technological progress comes the cost of keeping up. For Saugerties fire companies, that will mean thousands of dollars for new pagers. Ulster County’s Emergency Dispatch system will be changing the radio frequencies it uses to alert fire departments beginning May 1, 2016, which will render pagers using the old system useless. Steven Peterson, director...
Modest increase in village budget

Modest increase in village budget

The draft 2015-16 village budget calls for $21,000 in additional spending and would raise the tax rate by four cents per $1,000. The budget, introduced at the March 16 Village Board meeting, includes $2,286,029 in spending from the general fund. The tax rate would increase from $6.32 to $6.36 per $1,000 assessed value. A public...
Turnout 2 percent for uncontested Saugerties village election

Turnout 2 percent for uncontested Saugerties village election

When only 49 of a registered 2,188 voters come out to cast a ballot, the results are usually a foregone conclusion. This is especially true when no one challenges the incumbents. So it was with this year’s mayoral and trustees election in the village of Saugerties, held Wednesday, March 18. The only real suspense was whether...
Firemen still want to build training tower

Firemen still want to build training tower

It’s been two years since village trustees discussed building a fire-training center and fire tower on a portion of the village’s seven-acre North St. property, and the volunteer firefighters of Saugerties want to know where they stand. Discussing the matter at the trustees’ March 2 meeting, Trustee Don Hackett said that two years ago, he...
Village trustee speaks out against town/village merger

Village trustee speaks out against town/village merger

If village of Saugerties trustee Don Hackett gets his way, there will be no merging of the village Department of Public Works and the town Highway Department. In response to concerns about merger talk expressed by village resident Bill Schirmer (uncle of the town councilman of that name), Hackett had this to say: “The only...
Saugerties basketball repeats as MHAL champs

Saugerties basketball repeats as MHAL champs

In a game that was closer than it should have been, the Saugerties boys’ basketball team repeated as Mid-Hudson Athletic League champions after defeating Spackenkill 65-54 on Feb. 26 at SUNY Ulster. Several nights earlier the Sawyers defeated FDR to win their division and get into the MHAL playoffs and then cross-river rival Red Hook...
Second St. blaze appears to have been started by basement wood boiler

Second St. blaze appears to have been started by basement wood boiler

He’s a former postman, a Blue Kat, a vet, but now Art Russell is a man without a home. Russell’s home at 20 Second St., a home that saw four generations grow up, was devastated by fire, smoke and water, and left uninhabitable by a Feb. 19 blaze. Rachael Sweeny, who lives in an apartment...
Village gets tough on water meter holdouts

Village gets tough on water meter holdouts

The village Water Department sent around 200 letters to residents and business owners asking that they make appointments to have new water meters installed or risk having their water service shut off. Of 1,475 total, 1,225 have been installed by the contractor, Vanguard, since November. The village had hoped to have installations complete last week....