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Donate books for Saugerties Library Fair

Donate books for Saugerties Library Fair

Drop off donations of gently used books, CDs and DVDs for the annual Library Book Fair on Saturday, April 30 and Saturday, May 7 from 9-11:30 a.m. at the rear entrance to the Ice Arena. The fair will be held Saturday, June 4 and will include music, storytelling, children’s activities, light refreshments and more. More...
History: The Maple Grove House

History: The Maple Grove House

Byrnes Corners? Some of us might not even know there Was a Byrnes Corners. I heard about the Manhattan Hotel. I know people who went there, but it was Before My Time.  I was just young enough when the Thruway went in to not remember much about it. So I explored. I found a postcard...
Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame 2016 inductee Bill Murphy helps others shine

Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame 2016 inductee Bill Murphy helps others shine

Bill Murphy thinks his induction into the Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame this year is less about what he did as an athlete than it is about a lifetime of helping give athletes an opportunity to shine. “From an athletic standpoint, I’m probably not up to par of most of the people in the Hall...
Saugerties woman recalls childhood in Nazi Germany

Saugerties woman recalls childhood in Nazi Germany

In 1973, Inge and Fred Backhaus built their dream home in Saugerties. They’ve lived in it ever since, contributing to the community in multiple ways and raising two sons. Inge shares her time and her gifts of knitting, crocheting and sewing in support of the charitable endeavors of the Saugerties Monday Club and her church....
A talk with contractor John Mullen

A talk with contractor John Mullen

Last week, Saugerties contractor John Mullen was in a ditch, digging a trench for gas lines. He can often be found on the job site, handling a pick and shovel if need be. This work involves replacing old iron gas pipes with new plastic lines throughout Central Hudson’s service territory, which includes portions of Ulster,...
No tax agreement for senior housing development, says village

No tax agreement for senior housing development, says village

It doesn’t pay to threaten village board members, as Mike Puntillo, owner of The Mill, the 89-unit, income restricted senior housing building on East Bridge Street, found out Monday night. Village trustees voted unanimously to turn down his request to amend and extend an existing 30-year Payment In Lieu of Taxes (Pilot) agreement. Puntillo was...
Saugerties High School screens "I Dream Too Much" with director Katie Cokinos

Saugerties High School screens “I Dream Too Much” with director Katie Cokinos

Among the locally shot films screened at the 2015 Woodstock Film Festival was I Dream Too Much, a new fiction feature about intergenerational friendship starring two-time Oscar nominee Diane Ladd. Ladd plays Vera, the artistic great-aunt of Dora, a romantic, unfocused recent college graduate portrayed by Eden Brolin (above), daughter of Josh Brolin. Fleeing her...
A Day’s Work: Ballet teacher

A Day’s Work: Ballet teacher

If you are a dancer in the Saugerties area, the chances are good that you’ve heard of the Saugerties Ballet Center and of Scarlett Fiero. Fiero, a native of the Malden neighborhood, has been dancing for over 50 years. She started teaching in 1984. While her role has evolved from dancer to teacher to business...
Sawyer Legends: Al Riozzi

Sawyer Legends: Al Riozzi

Al Riozzi’s first sport was baseball. But football is unquestionably his passion. “Football by far is my favorite sport,” said Riozzi, a member of the Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016. “I enjoyed the adrenaline rush when I played. I felt it to be the most instinctive sport out there. There is very little...
Top three Girl Scout cookie sellers

Top three Girl Scout cookie sellers

Top three Girl Scouts cookie sellers The Saugerties Girl Scouts service unit is proud to announce this year’s top three Girl Scout cookie sellers: Brooke from Troop 60070 won a $75 gift card for selling 408 boxes, Jillian from Troop 60053 won a $50 gift card for selling 305 boxes and Madison from Troop 60053...
Meet & Greet: Steve Farris

Meet & Greet: Steve Farris

It is easy to see that Steve Farris has an enthusiastic and optimistic view on life.  A Saugerties native, Farris is a 1997 graduate of Saugerties High School. Leaving the area in 1999 and then returning to the Hudson Valley in 2004, Farris has been back in Saugerties for about a year. He holds a...
Sawyer Legends: Mike Dodig

Sawyer Legends: Mike Dodig

For Mike E. Dodig Sr., baseball is the “perfect sport.” The 2016 Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame inductee has been playing baseball all his life, and he’ll bring his combined experience into the dugout on the coaching staff of the Saugerties Stallions. “From the time I could walk I had a bat in my hand,...