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A Day’s Work: Artist

A Day’s Work: Artist

Kelli Bickman is a full-time artist who recently moved her studio/gallery to a 3,500-square-foot space in downtown Saugerties on the second floor of 220 Main St. She also directs youth groups in the creation of large-scale public art installations and is the CEO of her clothing company, 11:11 Style. She is a single mom to...
Registration for Saugerties’ adult ed program ends soon

Registration for Saugerties’ adult ed program ends soon

Register by Friday, Aug. 1 and become a member of the Saugerties Lifespring Adult Learning Community, which offers a broad range of non-credit six-week courses on a variety of topics. The fall session will begin Wednesday, Oct. 8 at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation at Route 212 and Glasco Turnpike and run through Nov. 12. The...
A Day’s Work: Physical therapist

A Day’s Work: Physical therapist

Karin Rice is a physical therapist. She works at Ferncliff Nursing Center in Rhinebeck.  She is married to Ben Orick and has an 11-year-old daughter. How did you become interested in this type of work? I became interested after a stalled acting career in my late-20s. My stepfather found the affordable international program in Holland,...
Teens raise money for skatepark expansion

Teens raise money for skatepark expansion

Saugerties has been hopping with big events lately: the Fourth of July celebration and fireworks, the Hudson Project, First Friday, art shows and HITS, among others. With so many events, sometimes humble little undertakings that occur without fanfare and are staffed by volunteers fly under the radar. One such event was held July 5: An...
Death Cafe: A place to talk about one of life’s biggest taboos

Death Cafe: A place to talk about one of life’s biggest taboos

Picture this: A few dozen individuals of varying ages and cultural backgrounds are sitting under the canopy in a park in the late afternoon breeze. They’re divided informally, six to eight at each table. They’ve pinned a nametag to their shirts, jotted their contact information on a sign-in sheet and helped themselves to refreshments. A...
A Day’s Work: Tennis instructor

A Day’s Work: Tennis instructor

Than Ferris, his wife, Patricia, and their two children moved to Saugerties this past April. Than is a tennis instructor at Total Tennis in Saugerties. How did you become a tennis pro? I’ve been playing tennis since I was around six years old and have played competitively since I was 11. I played all through...
Saugerties collective prepares for a world without money, cheap gas

Saugerties collective prepares for a world without money, cheap gas

  The Long Spoon Collective is a group of six adults, male and female, mostly young, who grow food on several sites throughout Saugerties, construct tiny houses at no charge for those who want them and hope to pioneer a new local economy based on giving instead of money. While many young people are choosing...
Bimonthly community youth awards winners

Bimonthly community youth awards winners

Five Saugerties students were recognized at the June 16 village trustees’ meeting by the Saugerties Community Youth Awards Committee for “making good choices and doing good deeds.” “This is the best part of the job,” said Mayor William Murphy in handing out the awards. “Our community is all about the kids.” It’s the goal of...
Wherever the wind takes her

Wherever the wind takes her

When most high school juniors and seniors were preparing for the prom, 17-year-old Brianna Hirsch was in the hospital being treated for a cancerous tumor pressing on her trachea. She’s come a long way since then. Now a college senior, her courage and determination, along with a number of serendipitous events in the years since...
Memorial Day observance in Saugerties

Memorial Day observance in Saugerties

Saugerties American Legion Post 72 will conduct a Memorial Day service on the traditional day, Friday, May 30, on the Post grounds beginning at 6 p.m. The Saugerties Community Band will play several selections before and during the service, including a band salute to the Armed Forces.. Following the ceremony, refreshments will be served in...
A Day’s Work: Waitress

A Day’s Work: Waitress

Kacey Burch has been a waitress for 15 years. She is currently the manager and a waitress at Main Street Restaurant in Saugerties. She has a son, Greyson. She’s usually the first friendly face you encounter upon entering Main Street Restaurant. Describe your work. I have been at Main Street for four years now. I...
Slideshow: Community Day at Opus 40

Slideshow: Community Day at Opus 40

Photos by Ali Zacker Gale and Will Dendis