Environment
County, Saugerties crews to remove thousands of infested ash trees

County, Saugerties crews to remove thousands of infested ash trees

In the coming months, county road crews will begin clearing 200 ash trees along county-owned roads in Saugerties. That’s the number of trees found to be infected with the emerald ash borer beetle, according to Amanda LaValle, director of the Ulster County Department of the Environment. Recently LaValle and Aaron Bennett, deputy coordinator for the...
Eldridge and Gibson to debate energy issues at SUNY tonight

Eldridge and Gibson to debate energy issues at SUNY tonight

Congressional candidates Sean Eldridge and Chris Gibson will debate energy issues at SUNY New Paltz tonight, Oct 1, at 7 p.m. in Lecture Center room 100. Free and open to the public. Elridge, the challenger, is a Democrat. Gibson is a Republican. Likely issues include renewable energy and fracking. The forum is hosted by the Center...
Who cares about climate change?

Who cares about climate change?

Who cares about climate change? A lot of residents of Saugerties, judging from the turnout for the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sunday, Sept. 21. A special bus from Saugerties carried a couple of dozen to New York, and at least that many went by car or train to join the estimated...
Get ready for the next disaster, urges Red Cross

Get ready for the next disaster, urges Red Cross

Red Cross presenter Rebecca Lee did not elaborate on what “space weather” is or why it poses an immediate danger to New York State residents, which is a shame because it sounds like the kind of thing that could wipe Saugerties or most of the continental United States off the map. It’s also one of...
Take the bus to People’s Climate march

Take the bus to People’s Climate march

World leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis and Ulster County residents are gearing up to fill buses to participate in a large climate march on Sunday, September 21. To reserve a seat on the bus making pick-ups in Woodstock, Saugerties and Kingston, visit www.pcmmhv.eventbrite.com. Tickets cost...
Discussion: The future of fracking in NY State

Discussion: The future of fracking in NY State

The status and future of shale gas development in New York State will be the focus of a talk with journalist Tom Wilber, author of “Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale,” on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Center for Environmental Innovation and Education at Denning’s Point...
Village wants to ‘fix’ stubborn feral cat problem

Village wants to ‘fix’ stubborn feral cat problem

Despite the best efforts of local volunteers and village officials over the last several years to eradicate the problem of feral cats, a Woodstock group has found that colonies of the animals still exist. To help alleviate the situation, village trustees at their Aug. 18 meeting hired the Woodstock Feral Cat Project. The village will...
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...