Village may merge planning, historic boards

Village may merge planning, historic boards

The Saugerties Village Board is considering combining the village planning and historic review boards to speed up the application process for projects, but past and present Review Board members say the real motivation is to get the board out of the way. All new construction...
Pining away

Pining away

Some years ago, I started what might be called a cottage industry. I made pinecone wreaths and sold them by the dozen to local florists and places like Adams. It was my answer to the then-popular Christmas Club Check. This came about with the advent...
Saugerties School Board gives state an F

Saugerties School Board gives state an F

School Board trustees and administrators spoke out against the New York State Education Department at the October board meeting, accusing it of being unfair and negligent in the application of standardized testing and teacher evaluation. Superintendent Seth Turner, who recently heard Commissioner John King speak...
JV Football Team raises awareness for pancreatic cancer

JV Football Team raises awareness for pancreatic cancer

It all began with a JV football player’s wish to honor the memory of his favorite aunt, who recently died of pancreatic cancer. Soon, the whole team and cheerleading squad joined in. Vinny Incorvaia’s aunt, Joylynn Dalton Richman, died at the age of 53. “They...
A night on the Saugerties haunted house circuit

A night on the Saugerties haunted house circuit

Friday night doesn’t start off well. As I’m driving through town, a man in baggy cargo shorts and a hoodie almost steps directly in front of my car. Cars seem to be gunning for me, including one giant’s pickup truck which barely misses me as...
Saugerties noise problem not resolving itself

Saugerties noise problem not resolving itself

Town officials say they’re still working on drafting a noise ordinance, but admit they’d hoped the neighborhood dispute that brought the issue to the fore this summer would have resolved itself by now. At the Town Board’s Oct. 1 meeting, Cherry Ln. resident Warren Ferine...
You are what you eat

You are what you eat

According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity rates among children and adolescents have tripled over the last two decades. The federal agency says 17 percent of American children are obese. Locally it’s worse — 27.7 percent in Poughkeepsie, 24.7 percent in Kingston and 22.5...
Who cares about climate change?

Who cares about climate change?

Who cares about climate change? A lot of residents of Saugerties, judging from the turnout for the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sunday, Sept. 21. A special bus from Saugerties carried a couple of dozen to New York, and at least that...
Get ready for the next disaster, urges Red Cross

Get ready for the next disaster, urges Red Cross

Red Cross presenter Rebecca Lee did not elaborate on what “space weather” is or why it poses an immediate danger to New York State residents, which is a shame because it sounds like the kind of thing that could wipe Saugerties or most of the...
Should Saugerties consider starting the school day later?

Should Saugerties consider starting the school day later?

The lazy days of summer are over. Saugerties students are once again waking up bright and early to make it to class. For middle and high school students, that means 7:45 a.m. But a growing body of research suggests school districts should consider letting students...
Shipwrecks of Saugerties

Shipwrecks of Saugerties

Recently, one of our volunteer tour guides, Laurie Rankin, suggested we dredge up some stories about local shipwrecks to illustrate the hazards of river travel and the importance of lighthouses as aids to navigation. Naturally, we turned to the local experts on the topic, Jim...
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Town to hold second affordable housing hearing

Town to hold second affordable housing hearing

The town is moving forward a plan to remove an affordable housing requirement disliked by developers of multi-home subdivisions. The 2009 zoning code required any development of ten or more homes to be composed of 20 percent affordable homes. The proposed revision would provide incentives to build affordable homes but would not require them. The...
Mud-caked festival-goers make their way out of Hudson Project

Mud-caked festival-goers make their way out of Hudson Project

The Hudson Project Music Festival, held at the site of Woodstock ’94, had at least one thing in common with that festival: pouring rain and mud. They both were quickly renamed appropriately, Mudstock and Mudson Project. Unfortunately, the storms that rolled through Saugerties Sunday evening came at the end of the festival and were severe....
Red Cross closes shelter for stranded festival-goers

Red Cross closes shelter for stranded festival-goers

The overnight shelter set up for attendees of The Hudson Project has closed, according to the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. The Kiwanis Ice Rink in Saugerties was opened as a shelter following heavy rains Sunday afternoon that flooded parking areas and prevented many attendees from leaving in their vehicles. The shelter...
Red Cross sets up shelter for festival refugees

Red Cross sets up shelter for festival refugees

Over 16 hours after the festival was suspended then cancelled due to severe storms, thousands at Hudson Project remain stuck in the mud in flooded parking areas. One woman said only a handful of tractors were on site to tow hundreds of cars out of the mud, and no food or water was being provided. (Note: festival...
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 2014 EPA standards. Therefore, the meters must be taken out...
Slideshow: The Hudson Project Music Festival

Slideshow: The Hudson Project Music Festival

Held July 11-13 at Winston Farm, Saugerties. Photos by Will Dendis unless otherwise specified.
Day three of Hudson Project cancelled due to weather

Day three of Hudson Project cancelled due to weather

After suspending performances just before 6 p.m., the Hudson Project announced the event would not resume due to inclement weather. The announcement prompted widespread disappointment among fans of Sunday headliner Bassnectar, as well as comparisons to other festivals that were undeterred by torrential downpours. No official notice has been released by police or fire officials,...
Letters (July 10-17)

Letters (July 10-17)

Beach patrons, not businesses, should clean it up After reading some of the comments in the June 26 issue regarding the conditions of the village beach, I felt it necessary to write in response. Several comments from readers implied that fixing up the beach is the responsibility of local businesses. One comment specifically stating that...
Demonstrators rail against local oil trains

Demonstrators rail against local oil trains

About 70 Saugerties residents and supporters from nearby communities protested the transportation of crude oil on local railways at the Rt. 212 railways. The date, July 6, is the anniversary of an oil spill at Lac Megantic, Quebec, that set off a major fire which killed 47 people and wiped out the town’s center. The...
Hudson Project photos: Friday

Hudson Project photos: Friday

Some photos from day one of the three-day Saugerties music festival.  
Saugerties Secret Garden Tour

Saugerties Secret Garden Tour

A great way to start or enhance your garden is to get ideas from other people’s gardens, but if you don’t have friends who have great gardens, how do you do this? When you see what looks like a nice garden peeking out from behind someone’s house, sneaking into their yard or knocking on their...
Lego movie and free lunch

Lego movie and free lunch

The Saugerties United Methodist Church on Washington Ave. will show “The Lego Movie” and serve a free lunch Saturday, July 12 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.