A vegan Thanksgiving

A vegan Thanksgiving

Local vegans at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary pay homage to living turkeys via photography, “adopting” them with sponsorship, and cooking über-festive dishes for the Thanksgiving groaning board that contain no animal products whatsoever. In a variety of ways, these folks are going well beyond merely...
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...
A cut and a shave

A cut and a shave

The recently opened Union Shave on Partition St. is an old-fashioned barber shop, said David Kolbinski, co-owner along with brother Jake and A.J. Lewis. All the partners have cut hair locally and are bringing their experience to the business. David Kolbinski, who is the brother...
Forces of nature

Forces of nature

The newest exhibit at Cross Contemporary Art on Partition St. is fresh off the press. Just two weeks ago, artists Catherine Howe and Peggy Cyphers holed up in a studio together to create some of the monoprints currently on display at the gallery. “The ink...
Saugerties marks Veterans Day

Saugerties marks Veterans Day

Photos by Doug Freese   Jim Gage, a past commander of American Legion Post 72, told the story of the Unknown Soldier in lieu of his usual talk on the history of Veterans Day during the ceremonies held at the post last Tuesday morning. An...
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,...
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...
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Letters (August 14-21)

Letters (August 14-21)

Out of the darkness I drafted this letter a week ago but for whatever reason never got around to sending it. Now in the wake of the tragic loss of a popular personality, suicide is on the tongues of everyone. So I thought it best to get this out now before it falls into that...
Skating season begins at Kiwanis Ice Arena

Skating season begins at Kiwanis Ice Arena

Public skating at Kiwanis Ice Arena begins Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 17 with sessions from 2:30-4 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. Daily weekday public skating returns on Monday, Aug. 18 from noon to 4:30 p.m. There will be no public skating Monday, Aug. 25 through Friday, Aug. 29 to accommodate the Saugerties Skating School...
Lions Club playground to get upgrade

Lions Club playground to get upgrade

Children and parents hanging out at the Lions Club Playground on Aug. 11 were surprised to witness the delivery of massive piece of equipment that, when assembled, will have slides and play areas. “It came in about 60 pieces,” said George Terpening, superintendent of parks, buildings and grounds. About $25,000 has been spent on playgrounds...
Dunn appointed receiver of taxes, vote this November

Dunn appointed receiver of taxes, vote this November

Julie Dunn was appointed interim receiver of taxes for the town of Saugerties at the Aug. 13 Town Board meeting. Dunn has been the town bookkeeper since February of this year. Prior to that, she worked as a clerk in the receiver of taxes department for a year and a half, and as village treasurer...
Saugerties superintendent gets ‘good job’ raise

Saugerties superintendent gets ‘good job’ raise

School Superintendent Seth Turner will receive a two-percent increase for merit following an evaluation by the Board of Education over and above his regular two-percent annual increase. He earned $164,487 in the most recent school year. In thanking the board, Turner noted that he’d turned down this raise in each of the past four years....
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 deep blue was a common motif —cover the expansive walls,...
For moms, work doesn’t always pay

For moms, work doesn’t always pay

Many mothers of young children say the expense of daycare means returning to work would actually cost their households money. As local mom Amy Henninger puts it, “I would just be working to pay daycare and it was not worth it to me.” Henninger is not alone. A Pew Research Center study showed that the...
Public hearing on Saugerties library budget

Public hearing on Saugerties library budget

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 tax rate is increasing because the total assessed value of Saugerties real...
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 it’s like to be a kid in Saugerties in the...
Letters (August 7-14)

Letters (August 7-14)

Wanton destruction Wildlife is having a harder and harder time hanging onto any decent habitat, thanks to humans’ appetite for land-grabbing, use of toxins on soil and plants, and ill-thought-out destruction of natural landscape. I discovered one example of the latter last week when I found a long stretch of Old King’s Highway, between Mt....
Village seeks new fire truck

Village seeks new fire truck

The village is hoping to have a new $450,000 pumper truck for its fire department by this time next year. The truck would replace the 27-year-old pumper now in service. Village Mayor Bill Murphy said the village wants to replace the truck using little or no village taxpayer money, although so far the search for...
Scoping the impacts of NYC reservoir releases

Scoping the impacts of NYC reservoir releases

While flipping through a local newspaper archive, I came across an item from the turn of the century about a keeper at the Saugerties Lighthouse who collected water samples from the river: Lighthouse Keeper Theodore De Shong, at the mouth of the lower creek, has been appointed by the New York city water commission to...