Environment
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...
Your friendly neighborhood spider

Your friendly neighborhood spider

Late in the day, the slant of the sun casts a sidelight on the house. In this magic hour before sunset, a scarcely visible presence is revealed: spider webs by the hundreds shimmering in the golden light, strung among fence posts, draped from window lintels, and adorning the underside of the eaves. The spiders themselves...
The lion's tooth

The lion’s tooth

This is the year of the dandelion, in case you hadn’t noticed. These tenacious bright yellow blossoms, which in almost every culture represent sunshine, happiness and warmth, are more prevalent than they have been in a number of years. The National Dandelion Watchers of America, a nonprofit organization devoted to saving this persistent flower, has...
Repair Cafe gives broken items new life and saves landfill space

Repair Cafe gives broken items new life and saves landfill space

The three famous Rs — Reduce/Reuse/Recycle — have expanded to include a fourth — Repair. Ulster County now hosts several Repair Cafés. Anyone can show up with a “broken but beloved” item and an expert tinkerer will fix it (or at least give it a shot). It’s an idea that appeals to people who don’t...
What lies beneath the waves

What lies beneath the waves

The month of May started with a characteristic “striper wind” — a warm southerly breeze coinciding with striped bass spawning migration up the Hudson River. When striper season gets underway, the mouth of the creek experiences an obvious uptick in boat traffic. Powerboats motor their way from marinas and launch ramps to the Hudson River,...
Geology of Saugerties

Geology of Saugerties

Saugerties is a town divided into two halves by one mountain. That’s Mt. Marion, and it runs, north to south, right down the middle of the town. East of Mt. Marion is the most densely populated part of town. This part of Saugerties once lay at the bottom of a great ice age lake: Glacial...
No-bid wood chipper targets invasive beetle

No-bid wood chipper targets invasive beetle

The town’s highway superintendent hopes a bigger, better wood chipper will help eradicate the devastating force of the Emerald Ash Borer. The board unanimously approved the purchase of a 2014 Morbark 15R wood chipper from A. Montano Company Inc. of Saugerties at a cost of $47,068. The price includes a $4,000 trade-in allowance for a...
Hudson River bald eagles defend their turf

Hudson River bald eagles defend their turf

Binoculars are standard gear for birdwatchers and ship-spotters. They are worth their weight on a hike, especially to the Lighthouse where there is plenty to see, and especially during the spring thaw when so much is happening along the river corridor. With a bit of magnification, the obscure dark silhouette in a distant treetop becomes...
Food security: Where do we stand?

Food security: Where do we stand?

We don’t give much thought to food security here, where we’re only a short drive away from pretty much anything we could think of buying to eat. From supermarkets to farmers markets, our tables are laden with comestibles from near and far. But as blizzards and hurricanes exacerbated by climate change have shown, we’re really only...
Opinion: Pilgrim Pipeline needs to come clean

Opinion: Pilgrim Pipeline needs to come clean

In a letter to the editor of this paper, George Bochis, vice president of development for Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings LLC, recently tried to dismiss the concerns of New Yorkers who are questioning the need for a new oil pipeline. Bochis failed to provide sources of information to back up his claims. This has been a...
Opinion: Green energy for all Saugerties

Opinion: Green energy for all Saugerties

How many people aren’t anxious about rate increases on their electric bills? Who didn’t get concerned over the Fortis takeover of Central Hudson in 2013? And among those who have taken matters into their own hands and installed solar panels and photovoltaic, there’s a lot of confusion around net metering. It seems like consumers just...

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