Opinion
Who took over the Saugerties GOP?

Who took over the Saugerties GOP?

The political spin started right after Republicans chose Greg Helsmoortel (I) as their supervisor candidate over Gaetana Ciarlante (C). Comments were made that the “Democrats took over the Republican Party” and that the Republican caucus was “hijacked.” The first was uttered by Ciarlante. The latter said by Conservative Party Secretary Dan Ellsworth. Neither is true....
Letter: Saugerties supervisor election far from over

Letter: Saugerties supervisor election far from over

It appears from the Aug. 13 piece by Klaus Gaebel that reports of my election defeat have been greatly exaggerated. I would like to clarify a few details for your readers upon which they may have been misled. First, the election has not taken place. Mr. Gaebel’s claim that my opponent, Greg Helsmoortel, has assured his...
Curmudgeon Corner: Dream on

Curmudgeon Corner: Dream on

Greetings from Blue Mountain. As I write this I’m frying an egg on the steel roof of my shop. (Not really, but I could.) You see, I’ve been banished from the big house by my wife ever since I took a shot at a groundhog from the bathroom window. She said she knew I’d get...
Letters (August 20-27)

Letters (August 20-27)

No takeover Your article last week about the Republican Party Caucus in Saugerties being taken over by the Democratic Party is not correct. As you know, Democrats cannot vote at the Republican Caucus, only Republicans can vote. A majority of Republicans in attendance decided on their own that Greg Helsmoortel, Fred Costello and Doug Myer...
Saugerties: Friendly, respectful and ever-progressing

Saugerties: Friendly, respectful and ever-progressing

A few months ago I had the opportunity to attend the induction ceremony for the Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame. I was so touched by the events leading up to that day and the ceremony that evening, I decided to write my thoughts down. I spent some of the best years of my life in...
Letters (August 13-20)

Letters (August 13-20)

Disloyal Republicans I was at the Republican caucus and was blown away that there were extreme levels of support for a candidate supported by the Democrats. Others also received support as well as who carry the Working Families and Democratic line while there were Republican candidates and Conservatives in the room. Where are the values...
The Eagle’s View: Why Helsmoortel won Saugerties GOP nod

The Eagle’s View: Why Helsmoortel won Saugerties GOP nod

Photos by Garrett Colburn THE CAUCUS RESULT— Town Republicans attending their Aug. 6 caucus have virtually assured the re-election of two of the three candidates running for policy-making offices. Democratic Party-endorsed Greg Helsmoortel (I) bested Gaetana Ciarlante (C) 134-105 at the caucus to gain the Republican line for supervisor. Having the two major party lines...
Hudson River’s underwater vegetation still recovering from hurricanes

Hudson River’s underwater vegetation still recovering from hurricanes

A few weeks ago, during the night, a high tide deposited fistfuls of water celery upon the Lighthouse dock. The plant grows underwater with long, narrow leaves like slender green ribbons, looking nothing like the celery we eat. It’s often called eelgrass, but it’s not the same as saltwater eelgrass, which is a different plant. This...
Letters (August 6-13)

Letters (August 6-13)

Opiates in Saugerties In recent months, I have spoken with many residents of Saugerties and listened to their concerns, and out of these conversations, several common complaints emerged. While conversing with three residents in their mid-late 20ss, I was informed on how severe the heroin and prescription pill epidemic is around Saugerties. One woman described...
Letters (July 30-August 6)

Letters (July 30-August 6)

Scrutiny for campaign donations by developers I am encouraged by the news that Ulster County Legislature Chairman John Parete is introducing a law that limits the amount of campaign contributions elected county officials can accept. This is great news given the recent disclosure of large campaign contributions made by developers looking to build a kosher...
Yard sale season

Yard sale season

This the season of the yard sale, also known as garage, lawn, moving, patio, tag, basement, rummage and house sale. Whatever you call it, it’s about getting rid of one’s unwanted household items. The tradition began in the late 1950s and ‘60s. It was a time when mass housing spread out over the barren dunes...
Letters (July 23-30)

Letters (July 23-30)

  Freedom, not political opportunism Our founding fathers created the Declaration of Independence and I believe that would be considered “political opportunism.” Many of you are familiar with the statement in the Declaration of Independence, “we hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal.” Do we know the rest? “endowed by...