Zombie Crawl resurrected; local officials terror-stricken

Zombie Crawl resurrected; local officials terror-stricken

Isn’t it just like a zombie not to stay dead? Barely a week after we reported that the organizers of the popular Village Invasion zombie crawl were calling off this year’s event, a local resident emerged with a plan to save it. But not everyone...
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...
What to do with students who opt out of standardized tests?

What to do with students who opt out of standardized tests?

Two recurring issues for the Saugerties School Board led to a sometimes contentious discussion at the September meeting: Information trustees receive from the superintendent prior to meetings, and the district’s controversial policy for students who opt out of standardized tests, which requires them to sit...
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...
Bikers raise money for Boys & Girls Club

Bikers raise money for Boys & Girls Club

Bikers are many things to many people, from the free (if doomed) spirits of Easy Rider to the terrors of Altamont to stockbrokers out for a weekend jaunt. It all depends who’s looking and how hard they bother to. So when about 40 bikes and...
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...
Fowl language

Fowl language

In water fowling literature, you can find many wonderful passages by really good writers that describe what it truly means to be a duck hunter. Since I was young, I loved books. It is quite natural as my mother schlepped my sister, brother and I...
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...
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Oil trains raise safety, environmental concerns

Oil trains raise safety, environmental concerns

Volatile crude oil from the Midwest is passing through Saugerties backyards in unsafe railcars. That was the message of an informational meeting conducted by Frack Free Catskills and Riverkeeper on Tuesday, June 17 at the Saugerties Public Library. The groups suggested attendees contact the town to ask it to support a ban on the railcars...
Police: Woman encouraged teen girls to fight

Police: Woman encouraged teen girls to fight

April L. Joyce, 36, of  Washington Ave., was arrested June 20 and charged with three misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Police say on May 23 Joyce drove three teenage girls — one of whom was her 14-year-old daughter — to the Cow Flop field on Washington Ave. in the village so...
Police to use old candle factory for training

Police to use old candle factory for training

The rehabilitation of the American Candle Factory on Kings Highway continues to take shape, with a shooting range, police training center and film prop warehouse planned. Earlier this year, Willis Williamson received Planning Board approval to convert a portion of one of the buildings into a 35,000-square-foot shooting range. On a recent tour of the...
Affordable housing gets key approval

Affordable housing gets key approval

Village planners voted 3-1 to issue a “negative declaration” on the 42-unit Country Meadows affordable housing project proposed for North St. The declaration, issued at the June 11 meeting, means a majority of Planning Board members do not believe the proposed development will have a “significant effect on the environment,” as part of the state’s...
Too much surveillance in Saugerties

Too much surveillance in Saugerties

Ben Franklin once said any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security deserves neither and will lose both. This comes to mind when considering the new license plate readers and surveillance camera granted to the village of Saugerties, to be installed in early July. Why no public hearing on...
Bimonthly community youth awards winners

Bimonthly community youth awards winners

Five Saugerties students were recognized at the June 16 village trustees’ meeting by the Saugerties Community Youth Awards Committee for “making good choices and doing good deeds.” “This is the best part of the job,” said Mayor William Murphy in handing out the awards. “Our community is all about the kids.” It’s the goal of...
Letters (June 19-26)

Letters (June 19-26)

Let vets get care locally Here is an idea that is making the rounds on the Internet. All veterans, all branches should be allowed to go to any hospital near their local residence for medical, dental and eye care. From Saugerties, the veterans have to go over 80 miles round-trip to be seen in the...
Polyglot pupils receive plaudits

Polyglot pupils receive plaudits

Two Saugerties School District students were feeling très bien recently after learning that they had won a state award for their hard work and commitment to learning French. Saugerties High School senior Austin Beaudette and Saugerties Junior High School eighth grade student Kira Daniels were selected as Mid-Hudson/Westchester region honorees by the New York State...
Village Beach in rough shape

Village Beach in rough shape

A walk around the beach area and nearby picnic and play area shows tables with built-in benches badly in need of paint, with some having broken boards on the surface. One has been lifted up from the ground, where it had been buried. Several grills have been ripped loose from the soil holding them, their...
Barrels of fun: The Saugerties gun show

Barrels of fun: The Saugerties gun show

In the weeks leading up to the gun show held last weekend at Kiwanis Ice Arena, residents debated whether it was appropriate to hold such an event just down the street from the junior/senior high school. But by the time the sun dawned on a beautiful Father’s Day weekend, the controversy was forgotten, and hundreds...
Wherever the wind takes her

Wherever the wind takes her

When most high school juniors and seniors were preparing for the prom, 17-year-old Brianna Hirsch was in the hospital being treated for a cancerous tumor pressing on her trachea. She’s come a long way since then. Now a college senior, her courage and determination, along with a number of serendipitous events in the years since...
Chestnut chomping on the open water

Chestnut chomping on the open water

The group that has been battling water chestnuts in the Esopus Creek across from the village beach has added a new weapon to its arsenal — a mechanical weed cutter. The machine resembles a giant rake, with a motor that moves the blades back and forth to cut the weeds. It mounts on the front...