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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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...
Gibson, Eldridge differ on fossil fuels, fracking

Gibson, Eldridge differ on fossil fuels, fracking

In a congressional district that encompasses cash-strapped, potentially gas-rich Sullivan County, New York City’s watershed, eco-sensitive communities like Woodstock and various rural areas on the east side of the Hudson River, incumbent U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson and challenger Sean Eldridge are on the campaign trail seeking to define their own, and their opponent’s, positions on...
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 and talk to the artists for a glimpse into their...
A Day’s Work: Raw food chef

A Day’s Work: Raw food chef

Karanas Ulysse is a raw food chef and educator. Her specialties are raw desserts, including lemon raspberry cheesecake, macaroons and raw chocolate mousse. Ulysse lives in Saugerties, in the old Odd Fellows Hall, with her husband, Sergio, and her three children. Describe what you do. I am a raw food chef and teacher. My goal...
Saugerties Beach all cleaned up

Saugerties Beach all cleaned up

Photos by David Gordon    Just a little more than a month ago, the park near the Village Beach on the Esopus was a mess. Vandals and the weather had damaged or nearly destroyed picnic tables, play equipment and fireplaces. Village Parks and Recreation Superintendent George Terpening promised at that time to have the site...
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 program or SSI. During the July School Board meeting, business...