Saugerties FD pledges not to remove American flag from trucks

Saugerties FD pledges not to remove American flag from trucks

“We’re patriots,” is how longtime firefighter Willie Mergendahl of the C.A. Lynch Hose Company describes his fellow firefighters. They have attached the American flag to the back of their newest fire engine. The truck, a 2015 Pierce Pumper which replaced a 28-year old fire engine,...
Artists breathe new life into old Saugerties Odd Fellows Temple

Artists breathe new life into old Saugerties Odd Fellows Temple

Sitting behind a nondescript doorway on 220 Main Street in the Village of Saugerties lies what artist Kelli Bickman thinks of as Saugerties’ best-kept secret. Beyond the doorway are stairs that wind through a labyrinthine three stories of art, music and living creativity. The top...
Re:seed Saugerties sustains body and soul

Re:seed Saugerties sustains body and soul

Food is one of the most basic of mankind’s needs, but can it also be art? Jennifer Zackin, who spearheaded the Re:Seed Saugerties project through a grant from Arts Mid Hudson, believes it can. In fact, the garden that is home to the multi-faceted project,...
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No tax agreement for senior housing development, says village

No tax agreement for senior housing development, says village

It doesn’t pay to threaten village board members, as Mike Puntillo, owner of The Mill, the 89-unit, income restricted senior housing building on East Bridge Street, found out Monday night. Village trustees voted unanimously to turn down his request to amend and extend an existing 30-year Payment In Lieu of Taxes (Pilot) agreement. Puntillo was...
Saugerties High School screens "I Dream Too Much" with director Katie Cokinos

Saugerties High School screens “I Dream Too Much” with director Katie Cokinos

Among the locally shot films screened at the 2015 Woodstock Film Festival was I Dream Too Much, a new fiction feature about intergenerational friendship starring two-time Oscar nominee Diane Ladd. Ladd plays Vera, the artistic great-aunt of Dora, a romantic, unfocused recent college graduate portrayed by Eden Brolin (above), daughter of Josh Brolin. Fleeing her...
Coalition against substance abuse comes to Saugerties

Coalition against substance abuse comes to Saugerties

The Rt. 212 Coalition, whose purpose is to link substance abuse resources along Route 212 in Ulster County, presented speakers and outlined available services for drug users in a presentation for about a dozen citizens, mostly from Saugerties, at the Saugerties Senior Center on March 30. The monthly series, entitled, “The More You Know,” is...
A Day’s Work: Ballet teacher

A Day’s Work: Ballet teacher

If you are a dancer in the Saugerties area, the chances are good that you’ve heard of the Saugerties Ballet Center and of Scarlett Fiero. Fiero, a native of the Malden neighborhood, has been dancing for over 50 years. She started teaching in 1984. While her role has evolved from dancer to teacher to business...
Sawyer Legends: Al Riozzi

Sawyer Legends: Al Riozzi

Al Riozzi’s first sport was baseball. But football is unquestionably his passion. “Football by far is my favorite sport,” said Riozzi, a member of the Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016. “I enjoyed the adrenaline rush when I played. I felt it to be the most instinctive sport out there. There is very little...
Letter: Misplaced hysteria over Saugerties water meters, regulations

Letter: Misplaced hysteria over Saugerties water meters, regulations

After attending the public hearing on March 16 before the Saugerties town board meeting for the purpose of comments before the board voted on the adoption of the updated water board rules and regulations, I was struck by the misconceptions that upset some of our citizens. Perhaps I can help set the record straight. These...
Top three Girl Scout cookie sellers

Top three Girl Scout cookie sellers

Top three Girl Scouts cookie sellers The Saugerties Girl Scouts service unit is proud to announce this year’s top three Girl Scout cookie sellers: Brooke from Troop 60070 won a $75 gift card for selling 408 boxes, Jillian from Troop 60053 won a $50 gift card for selling 305 boxes and Madison from Troop 60053...
Nothing historic lost in “oops moment” at marina project

Nothing historic lost in “oops moment” at marina project

The rotted docks are gone. So too are the non-historic windows at one of the buildings at Lynch’s Marina. Village of Saugerties Historic Review Board chair Jonathan Shapiro calls the unintended faux-pas an “oops moment.” A worker removed all the windows from the building, while building code officer Eyal Saad was on vacation. Marina owner...
Saugerties school budget gap remains, but officials aren’t worried

Saugerties school budget gap remains, but officials aren’t worried

Earlier this month, administrators in the Saugerties Central School District revealed more information about their budget plans for the 2016-17 school year, with a gap between revenues and expenses coming in at roughly $420,000. But while that might seem like a substantial amount, school officials said they’re not concerned about it yet. The budget was...
Assemblyman, senator talk drug crisis in Saugerties

Assemblyman, senator talk drug crisis in Saugerties

“Ulster County has recently been designated by the federal government as a high-intensity drug trafficking area,” state senator George Amedore told an audience at Saugerties High School last Wednesday evening. When Amedore and assemblymember Pete Lopez took questions from the audience, the question of drug and substance abuse came up again. “My wife and I...
Letter: New hotel spoils Saugerties’ historic character

Letter: New hotel spoils Saugerties’ historic character

The proposed Holiday Inn behind the Wynkoop House on RT 32 within view of the Thruway exit will forever change the impact on visitors and residents of Saugerties. The buildings style, directly behind the Nationally Registered Historic Home of 1740, is a rather vulgar looming modern monstrosity in my opinion. It’s placement has even caused concern for...
Meet & Greet: Steve Farris

Meet & Greet: Steve Farris

It is easy to see that Steve Farris has an enthusiastic and optimistic view on life.  A Saugerties native, Farris is a 1997 graduate of Saugerties High School. Leaving the area in 1999 and then returning to the Hudson Valley in 2004, Farris has been back in Saugerties for about a year. He holds a...