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Amerscot Highland Pipe Band, a Saugerties July 4 staple, celebrates 50th

Amerscot Highland Pipe Band, a Saugerties July 4 staple, celebrates 50th

  It started for Frank Hudak in the dark, lonely days before D-Day. Hudak was a radioman in the U.S. Navy, barely 18 years old, not yet aware of the horrors that awaited him on a Normandy beach. Hudak was awaiting orders while stationed temporarily in Scotland in 1944, a stranger in a strange, mysterious land....
Saugerties Legion commander discusses the state of the Post

Saugerties Legion commander discusses the state of the Post

The annual Saugerties Firemen’s Fourth of July parade will step off sharply at 11 a.m., July 4, rain or shine. While the firemen sponsor the event, the parade is really all about Saugerties veterans. For most of the last two decades the highlight of the parade has been seeing members of the “Greatest Generation” march....
Heroines of the Hudson

Heroines of the Hudson

March is Women’s History Month, and March 8 is International Women’s Day. This is a fitting occasion to call attention to the achievements of women lighthouse keepers, especially those overlooked by history. Women keepers in the 19th century were remarkable for many reasons. Foremost, they were the first female federal government employees to serve in...
Friends of Historic Saugerties offers local history buffs a new resource

Friends of Historic Saugerties offers local history buffs a new resource

“Here’s a question for you,” says Gus Pedersen, furniture designer and local history buff. We’re talking about obsolete occupations that show up in historical documents but nobody knows what they are anymore. “What did a calenderer do?” Hmm. Keep track of important dates? Create calendars? No, as Pedersen explains, in paper manufacturing, calendering is the...
Embattled Historic Review Board chair resigns

Embattled Historic Review Board chair resigns

Richard Frisbie, chair of the village’s Historic Preservation Board, resigned his position today. “To be treated as something to be discarded after friends of the mayor complained was just too much to put up with,” he said. Frisbie has butted heads over the last several months with Mayor William Murphy and trustees over the possible...
Saugerties Historic Review Board spared

Saugerties Historic Review Board spared

The Village Board decided last week to hold off on its plan to dissolve the Historic Review Board following public opposition at the Dec. 1 hearing. The mayor and trustees said a combined planning commission composed of members of the Planning and Historic Review boards would be more efficient, and several members of the Review...
How the west once was: Art and culture in West Saugerties

How the west once was: Art and culture in West Saugerties

Old-timer Sam Boyce was walking down West Saugerties Rd. (now West Saugerties–Woodstock Rd.) on a late spring day some 20-plus years ago. Passing a house about a mile past his driveway that until recently had been unoccupied, he stopped to talk with the new neighbor. “Now, are you folks weekenders,” he inquired, “or are you…...
A light in the dark

A light in the dark

In this month of long nights, we celebrate light. Candlesticks are ceremoniously lit, and strings of light bulbs are draped along gutters and trees. Lest we forget, we are reminded that, once upon a time, light was precious and not easy to come by. Nowadays, when strings of light-emitting diodes can be purchased by the...
Saugerties historic oversight shakeup debated

Saugerties historic oversight shakeup debated

Some fear the return to the bad old days, adult theaters and boarded up buildings Others portray Review Board as obstructionist, needlessly spoiling innocent business deals Homeowner says board’s intervention made selling his house impossible; tells village to buy it Review Board member charges merger won’t save time or money; mayor disagrees Village Board will...
Village should bring in pros to survey historic district, says Review Board chair

Village should bring in pros to survey historic district, says Review Board chair

The village should hold off on passing a revision to its zoning law until a professional study of its historic district boundaries is done, said Review Board chair Richard Frisbie. “The village’s two historic districts are a decade overdue for updating the original survey,” Frisbie said. “The state (Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation)...
Sawyer Savings calls off house demolition, citing public opinion

Sawyer Savings calls off house demolition, citing public opinion

Sawyer Savings has shelved plans to purchase and demolish a Partition St. home to expand its parking lot and construct a drive-through ATM, citing negative publicity. The decision has Mayor William Murphy furious at village historic preservationists, sarcastically saying he’s “glad they think they know what’s best for everyone… This is two major improvements now...
Public hearing on historic oversight board shakeup, zoning changes

Public hearing on historic oversight board shakeup, zoning changes

A much-anticipated public hearing will be held Monday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. at Village Hall, 43 Partition St. The proposed law would: Merge the five-member village Historic Review and Village Planning boards to create a seven-member Planning Commission which would have the oversight powers of both, including ensuring development within the village’s two historic...

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