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Fundraiser for cancer-stricken Saugerties tot

Fundraiser for cancer-stricken Saugerties tot

The holiday season is a time for giving, and on Sunday, Dec. 21, there will be an opportunity to help brighten the holidays for one local family. A fundraiser to benefit Jared Andrews, a two-year-old boy who recently underwent life-saving surgery to remove a cancerous tumor, will be held at the Kiwanis Ice Arena beginning...
Picking the perfect Christmas tree

Picking the perfect Christmas tree

  The narrow gravel road up to the Mountain View Tree Farm had water filling the ruts after Saturday’s rain, but Sunday dawned clear, if a bit cold, and the would-be lumberjacks had to pull to the side to pass without getting stuck. The tree farm was well populated with customers wielding bow saws as...
In Memoriam: Mery Rosado

In Memoriam: Mery Rosado

She was the warm and gracious proprietor of Café Mezzaluna Bistro Latino in Saugerties and an ardent supporter of the arts and local business. But it’s her larger-than-life spirit and loving heart that her friends will most remember about Mery Helen Rosado, who died Thursday, Nov. 27 at Albany Medical Center after a brave battle...
Saugerties food pantries struggle to keep up with demand

Saugerties food pantries struggle to keep up with demand

Food banks, pantries and soup kitchens serve nearly 50 million Americans, including hundreds of Saugerties families. The need is great. According to the Saugerties School District, the number of students considered economically disadvantaged because they qualify for free or reduced lunches has doubled over the last ten years. While the cult of the Hudson Valley...
Saugerties marks Veterans Day

Saugerties marks Veterans Day

Photos by Doug Freese   Jim Gage, a past commander of American Legion Post 72, told the story of the Unknown Soldier in lieu of his usual talk on the history of Veterans Day during the ceremonies held at the post last Tuesday morning. An unknown soldier was selected in Great Britain in 1920 to...
Nobel Prize winner honored at Saugerties Veterans Day ceremony

Nobel Prize winner honored at Saugerties Veterans Day ceremony

Nobel Peace Prize winner and Saugerties High School alumnus Peter Zmiyarch was among more than 40 veterans honored Monday, Nov. 10 during Veterans Day ceremonies at Grant D. Morse Elementary School. Zmiyarch, a 1983 graduate of Saugerties High School, is the assistant head of operations security for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons...
A Day’s Work: Tree service

A Day’s Work: Tree service

Eric Kohler manages J & J Tree Works. The wood mill has been in business for over 30 years and provides a large array of services, including tree trimming, removal, chipping, crane work and lot clearing. How did you get into this line of work? My background is a carpenter and general contractor, but my...
Saugerties Halloween curfew and DWI crackdown

Saugerties Halloween curfew and DWI crackdown

The Saugerties Police Department reminds residents that a curfew will be in effect tonight, Oct. 31. The curfew affects all persons under the age of 17 and begins at 8 p.m. In addition, Police Chief Joseph Sinagra has said extra police will be on patrol over the course of the Halloween Weekend as part of a...
A night on the Saugerties haunted house circuit

A night on the Saugerties haunted house circuit

Friday night doesn’t start off well. As I’m driving through town, a man in baggy cargo shorts and a hoodie almost steps directly in front of my car. Cars seem to be gunning for me, including one giant’s pickup truck which barely misses me as it exits the Mobil station. A group of teenagers stops...
Meet & Greet: Peg Nau

Meet & Greet: Peg Nau

It would be hard to find a more authentic Saugertiesian than Peg Nau. She was born at Bonesteel’s Sanatorium on Main St. and lived on Clermont St. during her early years. Her father bought the back end of the property occupied by Bonesteel’s on Division St. where Peg lived out her girlhood literally on the...
Saugerties police station mural commemorates WTC

Saugerties police station mural commemorates WTC

A comment by Police Chief Joseph Sinagra that he would hope to see graffiti artists working with the town to display their art prompted teen artist Adrian Hirsch to ask about displaying some of his graffiti art on a town structure. Hirsch studied with artist Ze’ev Willy Neumann, and said he asked for advice and...
A Day’s Work: Preschool teacher

A Day’s Work: Preschool teacher

Elise Crist teaches the four-year-old preschool class at Children’s Workshop in Twin Maples Plaza. She has worked with preschool students for ten years. How does one get into this line of work? I’ve always had a love for children. I was babysitting from a very young age. Children fascinate me: how fast they learn, how...