In Memoriam: Marie Post

In Memoriam: Marie Post

Longtime Saugertiesian Marie Post died Friday, Feb. 20 at Kingston City Hospital. Still active in the community at age 90 — and still managing the town transfer station and the animal shelter she helped to establish — Post is being remembered today by those who...
Opinion: Green energy for all Saugerties

Opinion: Green energy for all Saugerties

How many people aren’t anxious about rate increases on their electric bills? Who didn’t get concerned over the Fortis takeover of Central Hudson in 2013? And among those who have taken matters into their own hands and installed solar panels and photovoltaic, there’s a lot...
Saugerties school sup rails against governor’s state aid gambit

Saugerties school sup rails against governor’s state aid gambit

Superintendent Seth Turner’s budget presentation to the Board of Education, usually a staid affair, was full of righteous indignation directed toward Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose decision to withhold state aid estimates pending the Legislature’s acceptance of his proposals to toughen teacher evaluations and increase funding...
Supervisor rebuts transparency criticism

Supervisor rebuts transparency criticism

Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel said the Town Board did nothing wrong when, at its Jan. 21 meeting, it took action on items not listed on the publicly released agenda, but said the board will make changes in the interest of transparency. At that meeting, the board...
The winter soundscape

The winter soundscape

Nothing cures cabin fever quicker than a brisk walk in the woods immediately after a snowstorm. Making tracks in the fresh snow can be one of winter’s unique pleasures. After the most recent nor’easter, once the wind stopped blowing and the snow stopped flying, the...
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....
Glory days of the Saugerties Dutchmen

Glory days of the Saugerties Dutchmen

“Let’s go get ‘em, Dutchmen, win this game Play it like you be-long in the Hall of Fame This old town’s gone wild, Every man, woman, child, So bring us vic’try, Saugerties Dutchmen baseball team!” – The Saugerties Dutchmen Fight Song. Melody: “Buckle Down, Winsocki”...
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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, which is not what most people would tend to expect,”...
Get a new water meter or else!

Get a new water meter or else!

Village of Saugerties trustees have received numerous complaints about the wording on postcards concerning the installation of new water meters, which state that customers must make an appointment or their water service would be interrupted. Mayor William Murphy said the threat is empty. “We say that if someone does not pay their water bill on...
No noise ordinance for Saugerties

No noise ordinance for Saugerties

The Town Board has abandoned its proposed noise ordinance, saying it would be too difficult to enforce and would likely be abused. That news disappointed Cherry Lane resident Warren Ferine, who has repeatedly called for town action to deal with what he calls unnecessarily amplified music coming from his neighbors, Angie and Raymond Minew. “We...
Saugerties to issue tickets to jaywalkers, unyielding motorists

Saugerties to issue tickets to jaywalkers, unyielding motorists

The ticket books are out for motorists who fail to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks and pedestrians who jaywalk. Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra said only warnings had been issued so far. “I said the educational component would last through October and in November the enforcement portion would begin, and that’s what we will start...
Town noise ordinance seeks to put a number on annoyance

Town noise ordinance seeks to put a number on annoyance

A Town Board workshop showing decibel levels of common sounds also served to demonstrate the limitations of the town’s proposed noise ordinance, the subjectivity of what constitutes an irritating noise level, and the value of neighborliness. “When something is considered to be annoying, the best thing that we can do is sit down and talk...
Civil liberties groups outraged by DSS warrant checks

Civil liberties groups outraged by DSS warrant checks

The Ulster County Sheriff’s Office’s new policy of running warrant checks on visitors to the county’s Department of Social Services office has drawn harsh criticism from a pair of civil liberties groups. While objections led County Executive Mike Hein to request a review of the policy by county lawmakers, legislative leaders said this week they...
The cost of garbage removal keep spiraling upward

The cost of garbage removal keep spiraling upward

Ulster County’s Resource Recovery Agency (UCRRA) has given final approval to a $14.3-million budget for 2015 which calls for sharp increases in collection fees but for the third year in a row requires no direct support from county property owners. Two years ago the county legislature approved flow control, requiring that all garbage picked up...
Cyphers and Howe at Cross Contemporary Art gallery

Cyphers and Howe at Cross Contemporary Art gallery

Cross Contemporary Art at 81 Partition Street will hold an opening reception on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 5-8 p.m. for a show featuring the prints and paintings of New York City-based artists Peggy Cyphers and Catherine Howe, curated by Ford Crull. The work is done in a modern expressionist technique grounded in classical tradition, with...
A Day’s Work: Tree service

A Day’s Work: Tree service

Eric Kohler manages J & J Tree Works. The wood mill has been in business for over 30 years and provides a large array of services, including tree trimming, removal, chipping, crane work and lot clearing. How did you get into this line of work? My background is a carpenter and general contractor, but my...
Students can swap social studies for shop

Students can swap social studies for shop

By the end of this school year, high school students may be able to graduate without taking all of the Regents exams currently required. At present, students must pass five exams in order to receive a Regents diploma: one each in English, math, and science, and two in social studies. However in October, the New...
Op-ed: Our picks for ballot propositions

Op-ed: Our picks for ballot propositions

Here’s our guide to the three propositions found on the back of the ballot. Proposal No. 1 - It purports to find a bipartisan way to redistrict the legislative and congressional districts in the state, by carefully appointing a commission, two of your guys here, two of mine here until you get to eight, then they...
Guide to ballot propositions

Guide to ballot propositions

There are three proposals needing voters yeas or nays on the flipside of this election’s ballot come Tuesday, November 4. As usual, each seems fairly innocuous, represents major legislative struggles over the past two years, and have deep-seated passions for and against them. Redistricting Proposal 1 is a New York Redistricting Commission Amendment, which aims...
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