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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A burst of color

A burst of color

The sentiment seems to be universal this year: After the harsh winter we’ve endured, it’s time now to get out and go places again. And what better way to shake the monochromatic tones of winter out of our psyches than to go view some colorful art? Two new art exhibits opened this week in the...
Councilman: Reconsidering Fallonville

Councilman: Reconsidering Fallonville

I thoroughly enjoyed your April 1 article on the transition of Saugerties to Fallonville. I think it was well researched and your coverage was extensive and concise. Unfortunately, there are some, in fact quite a few, in the community who didn’t take so kindly to the change. While I am well aware that it is...
St. Mary of the Snow Passion Play this Sunday

St. Mary of the Snow Passion Play this Sunday

This Sunday, St. Mary of the Snow will present its 11th Passion Play, and this year’s performance will be “100 percent different,” says director Jonathan Delgado. The focus will be on those who were guilty for putting Jesus on the cross and the bystanders who did nothing to intervene. The story will be told through...
Helping students find their place

Helping students find their place

The transition from elementary school to junior high school can be daunting for many students. These adolescents are faced with a new building and bus route, lockers, and switching classes for the first time. There are programs in place to help ease the transition, such as the moving up search party that allows sixth graders...
A summer of construction in village

A summer of construction in village

Village of Saugerties officials have decided to delay an $873,000 business district streetscape improvement project and a portion of a $1.2 million sewer line improvement project until the school year ends in June. The crosswalks in the streetscape project must be completed before the sewer project can begin, and those crosswalks are heavily used by...
Reading, writing & religion in West Saugerties

Reading, writing & religion in West Saugerties

West Saugerties was a place where children received a memorable education— both in school and in church. Like other hamlets, there was a one-room schoolhouse near a modestly sized church. It was an education both worldly and spiritual, conveniently situated. “It was a good education because as a young student, you were learning your ABCs...
Savings were promised and delivered, says mayor

Savings were promised and delivered, says mayor

Mayor William Murphy is confident that the $2.28 million proposed 2014-15 spending plan will not include a tax hike. A public hearing will be held at the April 17 meeting at 7 p.m. in the village firehouse at 43 Partition St. “This year is the culmination of a five-year plan I developed when I first...
Averill and Creen: Top of the class

Averill and Creen: Top of the class

Shannon Averill has been named valedictorian and Meghan Creen salutatorian of the Saugerties Senior High School Class of 2014. Shannon and Meghan will be the featured speakers at the 118th commencement ceremony to be held Saturday, June 28 at 10 a.m. at the high school. Shannon is the daughter of Thomas and Catherine Averill. Shannon’s...
Letters (April 3-10)

Letters (April 3-10)

Plain English I just attended a town hall meeting on the state budget hosted by State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk at the Frank D. Greco Senior Citizens Center. The senator made a very informative presentation on the intricacies of the budget negotiations, took questions from the audience, and then spoke to audience members on a one-to-one...
State aid yields school budget surplus

State aid yields school budget surplus

After adjustments to both the revenue and expenditure sides, the proposed 2014-2015 school budget now includes a surplus of just over $99,000. The school board had initially anticipated receiving just over $19.3 million in state aid, but when the state budget was issued last week, Saugerties learned it would receive over $19.6 million. Additional savings...
High school’s “Little Shop of Horrors” hits the stage April 4

High school’s “Little Shop of Horrors” hits the stage April 4

Photos by Alen Fetahi According to director John Wells, the high school spring production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” a musical with student actors from grades 9-12, is “a dawn of a new era for performing arts at Saugerties High School.” The show is darkly comedic, featuring a giant plant known as Audrey II who...
Saugerties changes name to Fallonville

Saugerties changes name to Fallonville

What’s in a name? A lot of money, say Saugerties town officials, who unanimously approved a resolution at a special meeting last night at 5 p.m. at the Senior Center to rename Saugerties “Fallonville” in honor of Tonight Show host and former Saugertiesian Jimmy Fallon. “Tourism is a vital part of our economy,” said Town...