Saugertiesians urges to oppose Ulster bottling plant

Saugertiesians urges to oppose Ulster bottling plant

Upwards of two dozen gathered at Inquiring Mind bookstore on Friday evening, Dec. 12 to watch “Tapped,” a documentary film which takes a critical stance on the bottled water industry. The film alleges significant environmental and health damage, as well as an improper use of...
Picking the perfect Christmas tree

Picking the perfect Christmas tree

  The narrow gravel road up to the Mountain View Tree Farm had water filling the ruts after Saturday’s rain, but Sunday dawned clear, if a bit cold, and the would-be lumberjacks had to pull to the side to pass without getting stuck. The tree...
Holiday in the Village

Holiday in the Village

Youngsters could be forgiven if they were a bit confused by the abundance of Santa Clauses at this year’s Holiday in the Village celebrations. There were Santas in the banks, at the coffee roasters, on the street, in the shops, at the Kiersted House and...
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...
Saugerties food pantries struggle to keep up with demand

Saugerties food pantries struggle to keep up with demand

Food banks, pantries and soup kitchens serve nearly 50 million Americans, including hundreds of Saugerties families. The need is great. According to the Saugerties School District, the number of students considered economically disadvantaged because they qualify for free or reduced lunches has doubled over the...
Common Core perplexes parents

Common Core perplexes parents

Approximately 75 parents of K-8 students came to the high school on a rainy Monday evening hoping to get more information about Common Core. The session began with a video created by the federal School Improvement Network which explained the reasons that 43 states have...
Why is ham radio more popular than ever?

Why is ham radio more popular than ever?

With a smartphone in every pocket, isn’t amateur radio a thing of the past? The answer, as was clear at the Woodstock Rescue Squad Headquarters on a recent Saturday afternoon, is no, far from it. “Year to year [the number of licenses issued is] increasing,...
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Saugerties Library budget passes with 89% of the vote

Saugerties Library budget passes with 89% of the vote

The Saugerties Library budget was approved by a vote of 228-27. The $579,797 operating budget carried no tax increase. There were two trustee candidates for two positions. Incumbent Myrna Sameth received 229 votes and newcomer Brian Collins got 223 votes.
Ribbon-cutting at Stella’s Station

Ribbon-cutting at Stella’s Station

A ribbon-cutting was performed by the Saugerties Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Aug. 27 at Stella’s Station, 114 Partition St., welcoming new owners Alex Lamb and Mike De Poala.
For Saugerties class of 2015, it’s the beginning of the end

For Saugerties class of 2015, it’s the beginning of the end

Photo by Ali Zacker Gale Simmons Plaza is filled to capacity with teenagers. It’s an annual tradition: Each year’s incoming senior class masses at the plaza, dressed in Sawyer blue, some with painted faces and cars, poses for photos and generally revels in their top-of-the-heap status. It’s not anarchy, but it is hectic; kids are...
Slow-down signs stolen from Bishop's Gate

Slow-down signs stolen from Bishop’s Gate

Was it a gang of aesthetes? Guilty speeders who didn’t want to be reprimanded? It’s too soon to tell. What we do know is that residents of Bishop’s Gate, who have been working together and with the Town Board to control speeding in the development, woke on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 2, to find...
Boys & Girls Club Motorcycle Run, Saturday Sept. 6

Boys & Girls Club Motorcycle Run, Saturday Sept. 6

The second annual Saugerties Boys and Girls Club Bike Run will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6 at Cantine Field. Registration starts at 10 a.m. Kickstands up at noon sharp. Cost is $30 per rider, $15 per passenger. The two-hour ride goes through the Catskills with a refreshment stop before coming back to Cantine Field....
Woman’s Club graduation award winner

Woman’s Club graduation award winner

Dorothy Cappello, treasurer of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Saugerties, presented this year’s graduation award to Natale Scally, who will study nursing at Pace University.
A Day’s Work: Hairdresser

A Day’s Work: Hairdresser

Brian Pfremmer is originally from the Midwest but has made the Hudson Valley his home for the last 13 years. Brian and his partner, Scott Stacey, have been married for two years. He has been a hairstylist for 16 years and currently works at Lux Hair Studio. Describe your job. My job is great but...
Saugerties Library budget and trustee vote Thursday, Sept. 4

Saugerties Library budget and trustee vote Thursday, Sept. 4

Voters on Sept. 4 will not see an increase in the amount of taxes they’re asked to contribute to the 2015 library operating budget, even though the tax rate is increasing slightly, from 29.44 to 29.78 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The vote will be held at the library, 91 Washington Ave.,  from 10 a.m....
Thank you for sharing

Thank you for sharing

According to the Pew Research Center, Internet privacy is an important concern of young Americans. After speaking with many young Saugertiesians, it’s clear that privacy is on their minds, but the majority felt they were in control of their digital footprint. When asked for their opinion, they talked about who saw their social media profiles....
Fowl language

Fowl language

In water fowling literature, you can find many wonderful passages by really good writers that describe what it truly means to be a duck hunter. Since I was young, I loved books. It is quite natural as my mother schlepped my sister, brother and I to the library at least two or three times a...
Letters (August 28-September 4)

Letters (August 28-September 4)

School Board agenda prep process clarified I am writing this as president of the Saugerties CSD Board of Education in order to clarify its position regarding recent public scrutiny and debate over some new board members’ claim that they don’t have enough back-up material in order to cast votes. Agenda packets, which are hand-delivered to...
Saugerties Beach Party

Saugerties Beach Party

Photos by David Gordon   In what has become an end-of-summer tradition, artist Ze’ev Willy Neumann held his fourth annual beach party on Saturday, Aug. 23, with entertainers performing within the huge frame he constructed overlooking the Esopus beach. The stage, built into the frame for the occasion, was surrounded on the sides and back...