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...
Neighbors join forces to slow down speeders

Neighbors join forces to slow down speeders

The residents of the Bishop’s Gate subdivision have addressed the problem of speeding cars on their neighborhood streets by taking to heart the phrase, “neighbors should solve neighborhood problems.” After first speaking at a Town Board meeting about the possibility of putting up stop signs,...
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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Educators: No time for pedestrian safety lessons in school

Educators: No time for pedestrian safety lessons in school

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand came to Saugerties Monday, May 5 to tout a bill that would make federal highway safety funds available to communities, counties and states for pedestrian safety measures like crosswalk signals, sidewalks along rural roads and islands in the middle of large roads. Surrounded by county, town, and village elected officials and...
Werner reaches lax milestone

Werner reaches lax milestone

Ashley Werner became Saugerties High School’s top girls’ lacrosse career scoring leader late last season and on Tuesday, April 29 she passed the 200 goal mark, ranking her in the top 25 career scoring leaders in the state, according to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. “I’m just so glad that it’s...
Student Profile: Erica Wolf

Student Profile: Erica Wolf

At only 15 years old, Erica Wolf has already found her niche in the mirrored rooms of a dance studio. The Saugerties High School sophomore spends upwards of 16 hours a week at her studio; practicing, fine-tuning her skills and working toward her ultimate goal: becoming a professional dancer. She began dancing back in Florida...
Opinion: Don’t fear affordable housing

Opinion: Don’t fear affordable housing

Fear appears to be the main driver in getting voter attention these days. Fear of affordable housing. Fear of a neighborhood changing. Fear of change. Instead of facing the fear and dealing with it, a few people want to become victims and blame the world for changing. Let’s look at affordable housing. “Affordable” does not...
Winds of change

Winds of change

Early afternoon on April 6, a small crowd gathered on the Lighthouse deck abuzz with anticipation. They were waiting to see an historic warship, the destroyer-escort USS Slater, which served in the United States Navy during World War II. The last of its kind still afloat in America, it now serves as a waterfront museum....
Saugerties cops best at spotting drunks

Saugerties cops best at spotting drunks

Two Saugerties police officers were named Ulster County’s 2013 Top Stop DWI Cops. Officers Ryan Hampel and Jonathan Tiernan received their awards in conjunction with the Mid-Hudson Region 31st Enforcement/Prosecution Conference held April 3 at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor. Photo (l-r) Chief Joe Sinagra, officer Jonathan Tiernan, officer Ryan Hampel, Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel.
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...