Opinion
Keeper's Log: Ominous ice

Keeper’s Log: Ominous ice

On Tuesday evening, January 26th, I returned home to find the dock at a precarious angle with large chunks of ice wedged underneath. My wife Anna described what happened: an incoming tide and southerly wind pushed drifting ice from the Hudson River into the mouth of the Esopus Creek. The ice floes halted momentarily, but...
How Saugerties streets got their names, part IV

How Saugerties streets got their names, part IV

Different phases of development in the village can be seen in the feel of the architecture, in the varying lot sizes, and in the width of the streets and amount of lawn and sidewalk. These trends allows differentation in the flavor of individual neighborhoods. Land that Henry Barclay owned from his Livingston purchases that had...
Outdoors: Birdfeeders on my deck

Outdoors: Birdfeeders on my deck

I have what might be called a surfeit of birdfeeders on my back deck. It started simply enough with just one, but seeing the pecking order of birds, which determines who eats first, or most, I decided to give them a larger selection. Hoping that with a buffet to choose from, and plenty to go around,...
The Shift: Resist the Pilgrim Pipeline

The Shift: Resist the Pilgrim Pipeline

I’m beginning to remember with fondness the good old days, only a few years ago, when we were worried we’d run out of oil. The Transition Town Initiative movement spread around the globe, telling us how to prepare ourselves to live well without what oil makes possible (pretty much our entire industrial civilization). Some of...
The Eagle's View: Where are the Dems?

The Eagle’s View: Where are the Dems?

Local candidates running on the Democratic line last November had a number of successes. Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel, the Democratic candidate aided by being cross-endorsed by Republicans and the Independence line, easily beat Conservative candidate Gaetana Ciarlante, outdistancing her 67% to 33%. In the Town Council race, Fred Costello too had the Republican cross-endorsement, while he...
Letters (Jan. 21-28)

Letters (Jan. 21-28)

Oppose Pilgrim Pipeline Drivers on the Thruway deal with heavy traffic, reckless drivers, highway construction, lane changes, accidents that can delay for hours and, of course, weather. But a new safety problem looms. The Thruway Authority is considering allowing parallel pipelines to be built in the highway’s right-of-way, and has accepted an application from the...
Keeper's Log: Blame it on the tides

Keeper’s Log: Blame it on the tides

The start of another calendar year: time to print a fresh edition of the annual tide table. Inevitably its stapled pages will become tattered and dog-eared from daily use. The Saugerties Lighthouse keepers, like sailors and fishermen, live by the tides. As part of my morning ritual while the coffee is brewing, I check the...
Letters (January 14-21)

Letters (January 14-21)

Our hearts are overwhelmed So many have been touched by the loss of our beloved son, brother, and uncle. We are humbled by the outpouring of love and support from those near and far: family, friends, neighbors, and the Brotherhood of Fire Fighters, Police and EMS. We cherish each and every gesture, every tribute made...
Letters (January 7-14)

Letters (January 7-14)

The facts about the Pilgrim Pipeline The Dec. 31 issue of the Saugerties Times carried the piece headed “Come On, Pilgrim” as if inviting the construction of the proposed Bakken-crude/gasoline-carrying pipelines into our neighborhood. The text that followed implied that those opposed held a radical view and that more reasonable moderates would agree that “it...
Letters (Dec. 31-Jan. 7)

Letters (Dec. 31-Jan. 7)

Reflections on Jack Rose’s funeral This presentation of honor is what makes Saugerties. How beautiful was the ceremony, the showing of life and service for Captain Jack Rose. In the book “The Human Condition,” Hannah Arendt wrote of soldier memorials and how memory works to honor them for their valor and for the values that...
Letters (Dec. 24-31)

Letters (Dec. 24-31)

Thanks for the water As liaison to the Town of Saugerties Water/Sewer Department I would like to take a moment to thank Village Mayor Bill Murphy, Water Superintendent Mike Hopf and the entire Village Board of Trustees for their cooperation in the completion of the Barclay Ln. water tank replacement project. Commencement of the tank...
Tales out of Yule

Tales out of Yule

Christmas has always been a big deal in my house. My children know the rules: you can live or work anywhere in the world, but you will be home for Christmas. One exception this year is for a new baby girl, Savitha, born in India, just too close to the holiday to travel. There is...