Keeping the Hudson clean

Keeping the Hudson clean

Summer is heating up and the water is beckoning. A typical afternoon might see a group of kayakers cruising out of the mouth of the creek, a couple of people upright on stand-up paddle boards gliding across the surface of the water, a dog fetching...
What Saugerties Democrats believe

What Saugerties Democrats believe

The Saugerties Democratic Committee (SDC) on Feb. 24, 2015 adopted a Statement of Values which helps to define why its members are enrolled in the Democratic Party and why they work through the party and through other organizations to turn these values into policies and...
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More students expected to opt out of next week's standardized tests

More students expected to opt out of next week’s standardized tests

Many educators expect more students to opt out of the Common Core grades 3-8 English and math tests than in previous years. “I would urge parents at this point in time to opt out of testing,” said New York State United Teachers President Karen Magee in an Albany radio interview. “I think we’re going to...
Saugerties parent poll: Opting out of standardized tests

Saugerties parent poll: Opting out of standardized tests

Many educators expect more students to opt out of the Common Core grades 3-8 English and math tests than in previous years. “I would urge parents at this point in time to opt out of testing,” said New York State United Teachers President Karen Magee in an Albany radio interview. “I think we’re going to...
A Day’s Work: Electronics store owner

A Day’s Work: Electronics store owner

Burt Penchansky is the owner of Burt’s Electronics in Kingston, which specializes in selling, servicing, and installing home and car stereo equipment. How did you get into this line of work? This started as a hobby when I was in junior high school; I was always tinkering with record players and radios as a kid....
Saugerties responders stop another heroin overdose

Saugerties responders stop another heroin overdose

For the second time in less than three weeks, Saugerties first-responders resuscitated the victim of a drug overdose using Narcan, which reverses the effects of opiates. On April 7, 2015 at 8:26 p.m., police responded to a 911 call reporting a 28-year-old male unconscious and unresponsive on Skyline Dr. Upon arrival to the scene Officer...
Visiting the Catskill Animal Sanctuary

Visiting the Catskill Animal Sanctuary

  Daisy the turkey is in her element. Surrounded by 20 visitors on Sunday’s first tour at Catskill Animal Sanctuary, she blinks slowly, over and over, that languid blink that those who have cats know well. “It’s her ‘I love you’ blink,” I say to the crowd, but particularly to four-year-old Alexander, who has settled...
Special needs soccer team offers flexible approach

Special needs soccer team offers flexible approach

As the weather starts to warm, parents of young children begin the ritual of signing up their youngsters for spring sports. For parents whose children have special needs, joining a sports team can pose several challenges. The noise and crowds may be overwhelming, the competition may cause anxiety. Families who have such concerns have another...
Saugerties village goes after back taxes

Saugerties village goes after back taxes

If a property owner fails to pay town taxes, the county compensates the town and goes after the back taxes. Not so with villages. For some time now, the village of Saugerties has lobbied for the county to extend this practice to the county’s three villages (Saugerties, Ellenville, New Paltz), but to no avail. County...
Student profile: Biko Skalla

Student profile: Biko Skalla

Vince Lombardi said the dictionary is the only place success comes before work. Saugerties senior Biko Skalla is living proof. As a hard-working athlete and excellent student, he’s made the most of his time at Saugerties High School and appears destined to succeed in college and beyond. By the time he graduates, Biko will have...
Letters (April 2-9)

Letters (April 2-9)

Why opt out of standardized tests It is testing season in New York. There are concerned parents who, for various reasons, are opting out their children from these tests. In the Saugerties School district any parent whose child opts out will be subject to the district’s “sit and stare policy.” This means the children in...
Saugerties students get an insider's view of Albany

Saugerties students get an insider’s view of Albany

Saugerties High School sophomore Annie Armstrong and senior Margaret Pederson were selected by the Saugerties chapter of the League of Women Voters to attend the 50th annual Students Inside Albany program. The conference takes place from May 17–20. It brings approximately 60 students from across the state to Albany to get a first-hand education about...
Saugerties students honored for PSA videos targeting dating violence

Saugerties students honored for PSA videos targeting dating violence

Two Saugerties High School (SHS) juniors were honored by Ulster County recently for their efforts to fight teen dating violence through the power of video. Ulster County Executive Michael Hein and representatives of the county’s Inter-Agency Domestic Violence Council were on hand at SHS on March 19 to recognize students Kelsey Gaulin and Daniel Douglas...
New park-and-ride coming to Rt. 32

New park-and-ride coming to Rt. 32

Town Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel announced the completion of planning and preparations for a new park-and-ride across from the New York State Thruway southbound exit on Route 32. “This has been a great project for involving several levels of government — the state DOT, Ulster County Planning and Rural Transportation, and the Town of Saugerties —...