Environment
Eco Club members tap 290 trees

Eco Club members tap 290 trees

Warmer-than-seasonal weather has not only made those who hate to shovel snow happy, but it’s also gotten the sap to rise early in maple trees. Recently students in the Saugerties High School Eco Club began tapping maple trees on school property as part of a project to turn the sap into sweet-tasting syrup. Club advisor...
Central Hudson to replace gas lines on north side of Saugerties village

Central Hudson to replace gas lines on north side of Saugerties village

Central Hudson will be replacing about 14,000 feet of natural gas pipeline in the northeast section of the Village of Saugerties, and at an open house to discuss the project Jan. 25 at the Senior Center, officials said the project will begin in April. Matt Guthrie, a foreman with Central Hudson, told the 15 residents...
Solar goes viral in Saugerties

Solar goes viral in Saugerties

This has been a remarkable fall for the attention paid to solar power on the local level. Solarize Saugerties has come to town offering a great way for homeowners and small businesses to install panels and get significant reductions in their electric bills while helping to fight carbon overload in the process. In addition, new...
Art show raises money for environmental education

Art show raises money for environmental education

The annual Esopus Creek Conservancy “100 for 100” fundraising art sale was held Saturday, Nov. 14 at the SebSi Studio on Main St. Scores crowded the gallery to listen to live music, eat delicious canapés served on platters by board members, have a glass of wine, and most importantly, purchase local art for a good...
Joining forces to bring more solar energy to Saugerties

Joining forces to bring more solar energy to Saugerties

Are you like me, ever so slightly confused by all the clean and renewable energy options? Wind, hydro, solar, geothermal! Fossil fuels are on the way out, but what exactly is the way forward for me, in my particular circumstances, in my particular house or business? Should I plan as an individual or as a...
Saugerties village seeks to update waterfront plan for climate change

Saugerties village seeks to update waterfront plan for climate change

The Village of Saugerties is applying for a $20,000 matching grant from the state to update its waterfront plan. Trustee Patrick Landewe, lighthouse keeper and member of the Waterfront Revitalization Committee, recently said it was the state that suggested the plan be updated and that the plan should concern issues such as how the village...
Hudson River’s underwater vegetation still recovering from hurricanes

Hudson River’s underwater vegetation still recovering from hurricanes

A few weeks ago, during the night, a high tide deposited fistfuls of water celery upon the Lighthouse dock. The plant grows underwater with long, narrow leaves like slender green ribbons, looking nothing like the celery we eat. It’s often called eelgrass, but it’s not the same as saltwater eelgrass, which is a different plant. This...
Getting around without cars

Getting around without cars

Have you been surprised to learn of the large numbers of incidents in which pedestrians and motorized vehicles have collided over the past few years? The state is now installing new lights, detectors, and walk/don’t walk signals at the dangerous intersection of Main and Partition. It may be necessary, but it’s also a little jarring...
Bug hunt at the library tomorrow

Bug hunt at the library tomorrow

The shrubbery, flowers and grass surrounding the Saugerties Public Library is a hotbed of life if you know where to look. On July 8, starting at 6:30 p.m., Barbara Hammerstone, a supervisor in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will show young people where to look and how to identify the creatures they find. Hammerstone will...
Keeping the Hudson clean

Keeping the Hudson clean

Summer is heating up and the water is beckoning. A typical afternoon might see a group of kayakers cruising out of the mouth of the creek, a couple of people upright on stand-up paddle boards gliding across the surface of the water, a dog fetching a stick along the shore and children splashing in the...
Saugerties pipeline meeting cancelled

Saugerties pipeline meeting cancelled

An informational meeting on the Pilgrim Pipeline scheduled for Thursday, June 18 has been cancelled. The town did not say if the meeting would be rescheduled. The meeting concerned a proposed oil pipeline from Albany to New Jersey which would pass through Saugerties. Many other towns have taken a position already. The Saugerties Town Board...
Water chestnut eradication effort continues

Water chestnut eradication effort continues

With summer approaching, Esopus Creek Conservancy once again begins its program to control invasive water chestnut plants in the Saugerties Cove. The challenge is ongoing and our methods are ever-changing as we continue to understand more about how this plant grows and spreads. Over the years, hardy volunteers in kayaks and rowboats pulled and cut...