Not fade away: Restoring Saugerties artist’s porcine legacy

Not fade away: Restoring Saugerties artist’s porcine legacy

  Ron Naar had vowed to make his living as an artist and he did, carving a life in the theater out of Manhattan’s hard, unforgiving stone. It was the ’70s and anything seemed possible. The brash young man from Detroit made a living in...
Curmudgeon Corner: Dream on

Curmudgeon Corner: Dream on

Greetings from Blue Mountain. As I write this I’m frying an egg on the steel roof of my shop. (Not really, but I could.) You see, I’ve been banished from the big house by my wife ever since I took a shot at a groundhog...
The Saugerties SAA: A pastime paradise

The Saugerties SAA: A pastime paradise

Over 1000 participate in adult softball leagues, making friends, keeping fit, and coming together in a way that shows what’s best about small-town life. (photos by Will Dendis)   If it’s summer in Saugerties, it’s time to play ball. Stop by the Cantine Veterans Memorial...
History: The original lead mill at Glenerie

History: The original lead mill at Glenerie

The falls at Glenerie are familiar to drivers on route 9W — on the right heading south leaving Saugerties. What is little known is that the industrial ruins of early mills, gone for more than a century now, seen between the road and the falls...
The Eagle’s View: Why Helsmoortel won Saugerties GOP nod

The Eagle’s View: Why Helsmoortel won Saugerties GOP nod

Photos by Garrett Colburn THE CAUCUS RESULT— Town Republicans attending their Aug. 6 caucus have virtually assured the re-election of two of the three candidates running for policy-making offices. Democratic Party-endorsed Greg Helsmoortel (I) bested Gaetana Ciarlante (C) 134-105 at the caucus to gain the...
Remembering Wilgus’s general store

Remembering Wilgus’s general store

If you were to design a country store and roadhouse, Henry Wilgus’s store in the little Saugerties hamlet of High Woods, on the corner of Dutchtown Rd. and Glasco Tpke., would be the perfect model. You walked into a square room with a counter and...
Taxes flat in proposed library budget

Taxes flat in proposed library budget

Despite a small increase in the Saugerties tax rate (from 29.78 to 29.98 cents per $1,000 of assessed value), voters on Sept. 3 will not see an increase in the amount of taxes they’re asked to contribute to the 2016 Saugerties Public Library budget. In...
‘Team Saugerties’ rides again

‘Team Saugerties’ rides again

Town Democratic Party Chairman Lanny Walter called it a “perfect storm,” but if that phrase conjures images of destruction and strife, you’ve got the wrong idea. The town Democratic nominating caucus Tuesday night, July 28, at the Senior Center was a perfect storm of cooperation,...
Busy summer for Saugerties lifeguards

Busy summer for Saugerties lifeguards

It started out like a typical July day for Jennifer Suttmeier and Joshua Rua, lifeguards at the Village Beach on the Esopus Creek. The sun was bright and the day warm. They had cleaned up the beach and made it ready for residents who like...
Can anything be done about Saugerties truck traffic?

Can anything be done about Saugerties truck traffic?

When Yogi Berra said, “It’s like déjà vu all over again,” he could have been talking about the perennial issue of truck traffic. For decades, foundation-rattling trucks passing through the village have been the source of complaints by residents, especially in warm weather months. According...
Saugerties hamlets and cultural geography

Saugerties hamlets and cultural geography

We all know our address. It’s a number. There’s also the number “20” that represents Saugerties to visitors that come here on the Thruway. If you’re coming here from, let’s say, San Francisco, you get directions from Google Maps that follow many numbers on their respective...
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Meet the Candidates: Richard Petramale

Meet the Candidates: Richard Petramale

Incumbent Richard Petramale has served on the School Board for 12 years. He is the owner of Saugerties Carpets and has one grown son. What do you think of the current board and its priorities? The current board consists of enthusiastic and hard-working people who care about the students and offering them the best education...
3d printing comes to Saugerties

3d printing comes to Saugerties

Two 3D printers were on display at the April Board of Education meeting. The printers, a Makerbot Replicator 2 and a Craftbot 3D, are currently being used in computer aided design (CAD) and design and drawing for production (DDP) classes in the high school. Technology teacher John Washburn says the eighth grade students, too, will...
Medical marijuana in Saugerties?

Medical marijuana in Saugerties?

Note: This meeting was subsequently cancelled.  A company seeking to set up a medical marijuana operation in Saugerties will hold a public informational meeting on Monday, May 18 at 7 p.m. the Frank Greco Sr. Center on the corners of Market and Robinson streets. Hundreds of entities are seeking  just five state licenses, which will be...
An afternoon with Pete and Terre Levin

An afternoon with Pete and Terre Levin

The highways and byways of Saugerties are populated by interesting and gifted folks who go about the business of living with quiet grace. Pete and Terre Levin exemplify this “down-home” attitude. Pete and Terre live in an 1825 farmhouse on 30 acres of land cultivated by a local farmer. Walking into their home is like...
Letters: May 7-14

Letters: May 7-14

Note: School-election related letters were posted separately and can be read here. The real Roberti I was surprised by some recent letters by Town of Saugerties GOP Chairman Joe Roberti Jr. in which he seems to have taken a stance away from his usually critical and mean spirited style. Why he has even been nice...
Parent fight at youth softball game includes spitting, biting

Parent fight at youth softball game includes spitting, biting

Diana M. Lattin, 50, of Amy Crt., Kingston, was arrested on Mother’s Day and charged with third-degree attempted assault after fighting with another parent during a girls’ youth softball game. Saugerties Police responded to a 911 call at 4:47 p.m. Sunday, May 10 reporting a fight in progress between parents at the Cantine Sports Complex. Police...
What lies beneath the waves

What lies beneath the waves

The month of May started with a characteristic “striper wind” — a warm southerly breeze coinciding with striped bass spawning migration up the Hudson River. When striper season gets underway, the mouth of the creek experiences an obvious uptick in boat traffic. Powerboats motor their way from marinas and launch ramps to the Hudson River,...
Community rallies to support family of deceased child

Community rallies to support family of deceased child

Photos by David Gordon   A fundraising event for the family of Jayden Holzhauer, who died of brain cancer on April 2, brought around 500 of his neighbors in Blue Mountain and other well-wishers together on Sunday, May 4 for a celebration of his life, held at the Elks Club. The event resembled a party, with...
Local police K-9 units train with elite Dutch police

Local police K-9 units train with elite Dutch police

  Police K-9 units from the northeast region of New York State and several units from neighboring states took part in a three-day training session May 4-6 at Tech City in the town of Ulster, coordinated by the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office and Rochester-based Upstate K-9. Officers from 23 departments and their K-9 partners were...
Letter: Stick with School Board incumbents

Letter: Stick with School Board incumbents

New York State requires a 95 percent test participation rate in order to avoid the risk of losing federal and state aid. According to a compilation of data from the NYS Education Department, Saugerties CSD is identified as not having met participation standards for 2015. Read all of this week’s school-election-related letters in the print...
Letter: School Board silliness knows no bounds

Letter: School Board silliness knows no bounds

In recent weeks Saugerties Times has been a perversely entertaining bulletin board for the lunacy of certain School Board trustees, as well as a record of our superintendent’s “oops-I’m-on-the-wrong-side-of-history” flip-flop of his anti-test refusal stance. It’s been so wacky that I hardly know where to begin… Read all of this week’s school-election-related letters in the...
Letter: Subterfuge in Saugerties School Board election

Letter: Subterfuge in Saugerties School Board election

I wanted to comment on the sinister plan revealed by George Heidcamp and Flo Hyatt in a letter to the paper last week. It is alarming to learn that in our very midst people are attempting to use the democratic process to influence government. That a group of concerned citizens should band together to amplify...