Environment
Scoping the impacts of NYC reservoir releases

Scoping the impacts of NYC reservoir releases

While flipping through a local newspaper archive, I came across an item from the turn of the century about a keeper at the Saugerties Lighthouse who collected water samples from the river: Lighthouse Keeper Theodore De Shong, at the mouth of the lower creek, has been appointed by the New York city water commission to...
Ghost in the shell

Ghost in the shell

I once belonged to a supper club. It started simply enough, a few neighbors getting together once a month to share a meal. It evolved into a competition to see who could serve at least one unusual or exotic entrée or dessert. We endured a flan that never raised, an Indian curry dish so hot...
Bearing up with bears

Bearing up with bears

I was five years old when we moved from New York City to the Hudson Valley. I remember telling my dad that I wanted to see a bear. He promised me that I would, but that wish was to evade me for almost 10 years. It was while hunting with him that I finally came...
Oil trains raise safety, environmental concerns

Oil trains raise safety, environmental concerns

Volatile crude oil from the Midwest is passing through Saugerties backyards in unsafe railcars. That was the message of an informational meeting conducted by Frack Free Catskills and Riverkeeper on Tuesday, June 17 at the Saugerties Public Library. The groups suggested attendees contact the town to ask it to support a ban on the railcars...
Chestnut chomping on the open water

Chestnut chomping on the open water

The group that has been battling water chestnuts in the Esopus Creek across from the village beach has added a new weapon to its arsenal — a mechanical weed cutter. The machine resembles a giant rake, with a motor that moves the blades back and forth to cut the weeds. It mounts on the front...
Car show to benefit Boys & Girls Club

Car show to benefit Boys & Girls Club

Bob Siracusano announced last week the beneficiary of the 11th annual Sawyer Motors Car Show will be the Boys and Girls Club of Saugerties, chosen for their work with work with youngsters in the community. The nonprofit operates after-school and summer programs. After meeting with members of the club’s board, it was clear that the...
Winds of change

Winds of change

Early afternoon on April 6, a small crowd gathered on the Lighthouse deck abuzz with anticipation. They were waiting to see an historic warship, the destroyer-escort USS Slater, which served in the United States Navy during World War II. The last of its kind still afloat in America, it now serves as a waterfront museum....
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall

On my way to the Saugerties Fish and Gun Club, I travel five different roads, about 12 miles. I pass by 14 stone walls in various states of disrepair. My family of hunters had a favorite stone wall at the base of the mountain in the woods behind our home in Willow, where I grew...
Wood boilers legal… for now

Wood boilers legal… for now

Concern over emissions from wood-burning boilers and stoves is driving proposed new regulations by the EPA and neighborly disputes right here in Saugerties. At its April 2 meeting, the Town Board responded to a long-running dispute between two Saugerties residents. In its findings, the board concurred with building inspector Alvah Weeks that the wood-burning boiler...
Village asks for help planting shade trees

Village asks for help planting shade trees

An inventory of all the street trees in the village of Saugerties was initiated last year by the Saugerties Village Tree Commission, paid for by a grant written by commission chair Rosemarie Brackett. The survey, now complete, maps out each tree in the village with its location, species and condition. Many of the trees are...
Signs of Spring nature walk

Signs of Spring nature walk

The Esopus Creek Conservancy and John Burroughs Natural History Society are co-sponsoring a free guided nature walk to observe early signs of spring on Saturday, March 22. Depending on available time, conditions and participant interest, locations will include the Great Vly Wildlife Management Area, Esopus Bend Nature Preserve, Falling Waters Preserve and/or the Saugerties Lighthouse...
Bald eagles a common sight at Saugerties Lighthouse

Bald eagles a common sight at Saugerties Lighthouse

It was another arctic day on March 1, with temperatures in the low 20s, but that did not deter a dozen people from meeting at the Saugerties Lighthouse parking lot for a chance to view bald eagles. Sponsored by the Woodstock Land Conservancy, the walk, led by local naturalist Steve Chorvas, was proof of the...