Most residents at hearing oppose noise ordinance

Most residents at hearing oppose noise ordinance

Judging by the first public hearing, most Saugerties residents are not interested in the town setting hard and fast noise limits. About 50 attended the hearing at the Senior Center on Aug. 13. The proposed noise ordinance would cap acceptable noise levels at 72 dB...
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...
New water meters, energy-efficiency upgrades in village

New water meters, energy-efficiency upgrades in village

Work will begin this week on the village’s energy efficiency infrastructure project with the installation of more energy efficient lighting in village-owned buildings and its 50 historic street lights. It’s the beginning of a $1.5 million project which will see the replacement of all 1,388...
Saugerties artists, in their element

Saugerties artists, in their element

Photos by Lynn Woods The artist’s studio on Dock St., peeking from between the trees, resembles a weathered tower or lighthouse. Inside, large, playful paintings of expressionistic nudes, landscapes, and still-lifes — the pairing of a dancing violin and a vase against a background of...
Summer on Earth

Summer on Earth

Are you legit?” asks Dylan Welch as he straddles his BMX bike in Cantine Park. “I’m super legit,” I respond. “You can Google my name even.” The Google thing seems to calm him down, and I tell them that I’m writing an article about what...
Saugerties Artists Studio Tour Guide

Saugerties Artists Studio Tour Guide

The Annual Saugerties Artists Studio Tour will be held this weekend, Aug. 9–10, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. This annual, self-guided tour is free and open to the public. The artists and artisans on the tour represent a wide range of styles and techniques. See completed works, works-in-progress...
Educators see poverty as barrier to achievement

Educators see poverty as barrier to achievement

According to the recently released 2012-2013 school report card, 43 percent of Saugerties Central School District students are considered economically disadvantaged. This figure is determined by the number of students whose families participate in economic assistance programs, such as the free and reduced price lunch...
Sound and fury

Sound and fury

Dogs. Rock bands. Construction. All can cause annoyance to neighbors. All are within the rights of property owners to enjoy. What’s a town to do? Noise complaints have likely been an issue in Saugerties since the eponymous “little sawyer” got his first neighbor and woke...
State of the art galleries

State of the art galleries

  Just around this time last year, the village of Saugerties saw the opening of Intima Gallery on Main St., an exhibition space for book arts, letterpress and photographic prints. The concept seemed a good counterpoint to the work shown at nearby Imogen Holloway Gallery...
Electricity rate relief for Hudson Valley?

Electricity rate relief for Hudson Valley?

An amendment introduced by U.S. Representatives Chris Gibson (NY-19) and Sean Maloney (NY-18) that would repeal utility rate increases caused by the new capacity zone (NCZ), which was implemented May 1 in the Hudson Valley, has passed the House of Representatives. Federal lawsuits by Central...
Riverkeeper urges strict review of NYC reservoir releases

Riverkeeper urges strict review of NYC reservoir releases

The environmental group Riverkeeper is engaging Saugerties residents in a letter and email campaign to ask the state to require the strictest review possible for New York City’s discharges of muddy reservoir water into the Esopus Creek. Critics say higher flow from the releases has...
The Hudson Project and the next generation of music festival

The Hudson Project and the next generation of music festival

Saugerties’ Hudson Project Music Festival had at least one thing in common with the Woodstock ’94 festival that preceded it on the same site: plenty of rain and mud. Unfortunately for Hudson Project attendees, that rain came at the tail-end of the festival, not the...
Town wants to finish water meter installation in Glasco

Town wants to finish water meter installation in Glasco

In 2013 the Town Board authorized the purchase of new meters for the Glasco Water District. The intent is to bring the district in compliance with new USEPA standards regarding lead content in water systems. The existing meters have a lead content that exceeds the...
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Letters (May 1-8)

Letters (May 1-8)

Thoughts on IBM In your April 24 article on IBM Kingston, you mentioned that “they would recruit their researchers and engineers … to the new suburban campus … from cities to the new pastoral environments.” I was one of those researchers! With a BS in physics from Queens College and a MS in electrical engineering...
Interviews with School Board candidates

Interviews with School Board candidates

On May 20, voters will decide the fate of the $57.4 million spending plan and select four candidates for six open seats on the School Board. Here are interviews with three of the candidates. The other three will run next week.   Krista Barringer Krista Barringer, 44, originally from Kingston, moved to Saugerties in 1997....
With heroin use rising, area cops now packing overdose kit

With heroin use rising, area cops now packing overdose kit

It’s a situation that plays out almost daily in Ulster County — a 911 call reports an unconscious subject. Cops or firefighters arrive to find a person, usually young, barely breathing. Used syringes or empty glassine baggies at the scene may tip off first responders that they’re dealing with an opiate overdose. Other times, the...
Saugerties police get license plate readers

Saugerties police get license plate readers

Saugerties police will be adding a new tool to their crime-fighting arsenal in the coming weeks when they install two fixed license plate readers with cameras in the village. The department received a $50,000 grant from the state’s Division of Criminal Justice Services for the purchase of the two license plate readers that will be...
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall

On my way to the Saugerties Fish and Gun Club, I travel five different roads, about 12 miles. I pass by 14 stone walls in various states of disrepair. My family of hunters had a favorite stone wall at the base of the mountain in the woods behind our home in Willow, where I grew...
New pro baseball team: Saugerties Stallions

New pro baseball team: Saugerties Stallions

“Take me out to the ball game” is going to be one of the phrases heard in Saugerties all summer long starting in 2015. The Saugerties Stallions, our own franchise of The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, is on its way to Cantine Field. As we watch the players, we’ll be able to see the...
Kristy Bishop: Confidently creative

Kristy Bishop: Confidently creative

Longtime Saugerties resident Kristy Bishop is well known around town as a supportive and nurturing art teacher who brings out the inner creative spirit in both kids and adults. But don’t look for her on Main St. anymore: Bishop recently relocated her home and studio to 147 Market St. in the village. She’s excited about...
Letters (April 24-May 1)

Letters (April 24-May 1)

Paranoid new columnists Santos Lopez (April 10) says he loves Saugerties and so do I. We started visiting more than 40 years ago and bought our home in 1982. I and Naomi, my wife of 51 years, have watched it grow and develop with pleasure. But not so with the quality of social/political commentary as...
West Point appointment a dream come true for Saugerties teen

West Point appointment a dream come true for Saugerties teen

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a question commonly asked of school children. Spencer Drakontaidis of Glasco, a Coleman High School senior and his class valedictorian, knew exactly what he wanted to do and now he’s only a few months away from fulfilling that dream. Drakontaidis (let’s call him Spencer)...
Wood boilers legal… for now

Wood boilers legal… for now

Concern over emissions from wood-burning boilers and stoves is driving proposed new regulations by the EPA and neighborly disputes right here in Saugerties. At its April 2 meeting, the Town Board responded to a long-running dispute between two Saugerties residents. In its findings, the board concurred with building inspector Alvah Weeks that the wood-burning boiler...
Affordable housing on North St. unopposed

Affordable housing on North St. unopposed

No one turned out for the April 9 village Planning Board public hearing for the 42-unit Country Meadows senior and affordable housing project proposed for North St. Planning Board chair George Lewandowski said the board would continue to take written comments from the public until its next meeting May 14, when the board will vote...
CPR at the library Wednesday

CPR at the library Wednesday

This brief hands-only program will take place on Wednesday, April 23 at 6 p.m. Learn a few easy ways to be better prepared in the event another person is in need of CPR. Call 246-4317 or register at the main circulation desk.