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A chat with Father Chris Berean

A chat with Father Chris Berean

  (A version of this story appeared in the Nov. 28, 2012 issue of Saugerties Times. Apologies if anything is out of date!) Father Chris Berean of St. Mary of the Snow and St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic churches in Saugerties has been a priest for over 25 years. Father Chris (“the kids at St. Mary’s...
The first British invasion: Historian discusses New Netherland takeover

The first British invasion: Historian discusses New Netherland takeover

The 1664 British takeover of the Dutch colony of New Netherland — which afterward became New York — was one of the most important events in our state history. So says Ulster County Historian Anne Gordon, who feels so strongly about the significance of that event that she petitioned the state government two years ago...
Just one candidate for three open Saugerties Library Board seats

Just one candidate for three open Saugerties Library Board seats

After the Saugerties Public Library renovated its original Carnegie Library building and expanded in 2011, there was an upsurge of interest in joining the Board of Trustees. Seven candidates ran for three available seats in 2012, and six candidates ran for just two positions in 2013. Interest in joining the board these days has waned,...
Taxes flat in proposed library budget

Taxes flat in proposed library budget

Despite a small increase in the Saugerties tax rate (from 29.78 to 29.98 cents per $1,000 of assessed value), voters on Sept. 3 will not see an increase in the amount of taxes they’re asked to contribute to the 2016 Saugerties Public Library budget. In fact, the library is asking for exactly the same amount...
Saugerties pastor honored by State Legislature’s pro-choice caucus

Saugerties pastor honored by State Legislature’s pro-choice caucus

A large part of freedom for women is their ability to decide if and when to be a mother,” says Rev. Finley Schaef. “Motherhood should not be an accident or something imposed upon women.” Schaef was honored on the floor of the State Assembly on Tuesday, June 2 by members of the New York State Bipartisan...
Cuba before the Americans

Cuba before the Americans

When Saugerties-based photographer Michael Nelson visited Cuba for two weeks this past March, his first impression of the island was of its sheer size. “Cuba was always ‘the forbidden place’ that Americans were not allowed to visit for 50 years, so we kind of erased the island from our imaginations because we could never go...
John Street Jam’s swan song

John Street Jam’s swan song

After more than a decade of live music – 162 shows featuring 450 musicians – the John St. Jam in Saugerties is coming to an end. The last Jam will be on Saturday, April 11 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in its usual home at the Dutch Arms Chapel on John St. The final event...
Saugerties group to hold forum on school funding, testing

Saugerties group to hold forum on school funding, testing

“If you talk about education today in most communities, it’s all about taxes,” says Jennifer Mangione. “A lot of people are upset about paying school taxes, but do they realize how much money our schools have lost in state aid to the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA)? And how Gov. Cuomo is tying school aid to his...
Local school superintendents: 'We need more state aid'

Local school superintendents: ‘We need more state aid’

It was a call for action from eight school districts in Ulster County. Their school superintendents, board members and administrators met at a forum in New Paltz last Friday, March 6. Each took the podium in turn at the Ulster BOCES conference center to discuss the impacts of the state aid cuts on their students and communities....
Two art exhibits open in the village of Saugerties

Two art exhibits open in the village of Saugerties

Grist Mill Gallery Saugerties-based artists Elin Menzies and Prue See are exhibiting their work at the Grist Mill Gallery, located at Grist Mill Real Estate at 265 Main St. There will be an opening reception on First Friday, March 6 from 5-7 p.m. The show will remain on view through May 15 and can be...
Friends of Historic Saugerties offers local history buffs a new resource

Friends of Historic Saugerties offers local history buffs a new resource

“Here’s a question for you,” says Gus Pedersen, furniture designer and local history buff. We’re talking about obsolete occupations that show up in historical documents but nobody knows what they are anymore. “What did a calenderer do?” Hmm. Keep track of important dates? Create calendars? No, as Pedersen explains, in paper manufacturing, calendering is the...
In Memoriam: Marie Post

In Memoriam: Marie Post

Longtime Saugertiesian Marie Post died Friday, Feb. 20 at Kingston City Hospital. Still active in the community at age 90 — and still managing the town transfer station and the animal shelter she helped to establish — Post is being remembered today by those who knew her best as someone who loved her community, loved...