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Harzards of new fortunes

Harzards of new fortunes

If the perceived economic potential of a community can be determined by the amount of time it takes shuttered shops to be replaced by new ones bright with hope, then the village of Saugerties is indeed an encouraging location for would-be entrepreneurs. In many cases, shop owners that went out of business this year were...
Holiday in the Village

Holiday in the Village

Youngsters could be forgiven if they were a bit confused by the abundance of Santa Clauses at this year’s Holiday in the Village celebrations. There were Santas in the banks, at the coffee roasters, on the street, in the shops, at the Kiersted House and as part of the Festival of Lights parade. Would such...
Saugerties historic oversight shakeup debated

Saugerties historic oversight shakeup debated

Some fear the return to the bad old days, adult theaters and boarded up buildings Others portray Review Board as obstructionist, needlessly spoiling innocent business deals Homeowner says board’s intervention made selling his house impossible; tells village to buy it Review Board member charges merger won’t save time or money; mayor disagrees Village Board will...
Saugerties Holiday in the Village Dec. 7

Saugerties Holiday in the Village Dec. 7

No one does a village-wide holiday celebration quite like Saugerties. This year will be no different. Holiday in the Village will include a holiday market, music and toy giveaways, live mannequins, free horse carriage rides, kids’ crafts, Santa at the Kiersted House, a petting zoo, entertainment and surprises followed by the tree and menorah lighting...
Village should bring in pros to survey historic district, says Review Board chair

Village should bring in pros to survey historic district, says Review Board chair

The village should hold off on passing a revision to its zoning law until a professional study of its historic district boundaries is done, said Review Board chair Richard Frisbie. “The village’s two historic districts are a decade overdue for updating the original survey,” Frisbie said. “The state (Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation)...
Sawyer Savings calls off house demolition, citing public opinion

Sawyer Savings calls off house demolition, citing public opinion

Sawyer Savings has shelved plans to purchase and demolish a Partition St. home to expand its parking lot and construct a drive-through ATM, citing negative publicity. The decision has Mayor William Murphy furious at village historic preservationists, sarcastically saying he’s “glad they think they know what’s best for everyone… This is two major improvements now...
Inmates help decorate Saugerties village park

Inmates help decorate Saugerties village park

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the village of Saugerties. Members of the Kiwanis Club, along with George Terpening of the village Parks, Buildings and Grounds Department were joined by a number of inmates from Ulster County Jail to install a host of wooden characters throughout Seamon Park and decorate the bushes...
The return of youth lacrosse in Saugerties

The return of youth lacrosse in Saugerties

Two Saugerties coaches are hoping to make lacrosse popular again in Saugerties. At one time, according to coach Bob Slate, there were a number of youth lacrosse teams for boys and girls in Saugerties. The program held successful tournaments and served as a valuable feeder program for the high school boys’ and girls’ teams. “We...
Plan to merge historic, planning boards gets warm reception

Plan to merge historic, planning boards gets warm reception

The Village Board’s plan to combine the Planning and Historic Review boards to streamline the approval process for projects within the village’s two historic districts was praised at its most recent meeting. Review Board member Jonathan Shapiro said a combined board “will be more efficient.” Other speakers painted a picture of a board overzealous and...
Get a new water meter or else!

Get a new water meter or else!

Village of Saugerties trustees have received numerous complaints about the wording on postcards concerning the installation of new water meters, which state that customers must make an appointment or their water service would be interrupted. Mayor William Murphy said the threat is empty. “We say that if someone does not pay their water bill on...
Saugerties to issue tickets to jaywalkers, unyielding motorists

Saugerties to issue tickets to jaywalkers, unyielding motorists

The ticket books are out for motorists who fail to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks and pedestrians who jaywalk. Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra said only warnings had been issued so far. “I said the educational component would last through October and in November the enforcement portion would begin, and that’s what we will start...
Historical Society needs help heating Kiersted House

Historical Society needs help heating Kiersted House

As the nights turn cold, Marjorie Block’s mind turns to thoughts of heat. The village historian and president of the Saugerties Historical Society said $3,000 is needed to heat the 18th-century stone house that serves as the society’s headquarters and repository for Saugerties antiquities. Block said the thermostat is set at around 55 degrees and,...