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...
Saugerties zombie crawl slated for Oct. 18

Saugerties zombie crawl slated for Oct. 18

If they were still in their graves, zombies would be rolling over, confused by the kerfuffle caused by the popular annual event. Here’s the situation as it stands this week: There will be a Zombie Crawl in the village on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 6–10...
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...
Whole lotta clove

Whole lotta clove

Photos by Ali Zacker Gale   Since 1989, the true beginning of fall in Saugerties has been marked by a celebration of garlic on a grand scale. What began as a way for local grower Pat Reppert to promote her harvest soon became the Hudson...
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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Letters (October 2-9)

Letters (October 2-9)

Be prepared My friend Peter Poccia asks how we plan to heat our homes when the electric grid goes out in January. My answer is that we need to be connected to our neighbors before there’s an emergency situation so that in the event, we will know what resources we all have to share and...
Mum Festival at Seamon Park

Mum Festival at Seamon Park

The 49th annual Mum Festival at Seamon Park will take place on Sunday, Oct. 5 from noon to 4 p.m. with thousands of mums on display at peak color. Admission is free. Enjoy music, craft vendors, a wildlife show, petting zoo, horse-drawn wagon rides and an art show of work by local artists and photographers....
Why don’t more people vote?

Why don’t more people vote?

Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, is approaching. This year, we’ll have the opportunity to vote for a congressman, New York State offices (governor, attorney general, comptroller, state Senate and state Assembly), Ulster County sheriff, family court judge and town receiver of taxes. This is not a presidential election year, so voter turnout is usually lower....
County, Saugerties crews to remove thousands of infested ash trees

County, Saugerties crews to remove thousands of infested ash trees

In the coming months, county road crews will begin clearing 200 ash trees along county-owned roads in Saugerties. That’s the number of trees found to be infected with the emerald ash borer beetle, according to Amanda LaValle, director of the Ulster County Department of the Environment. Recently LaValle and Aaron Bennett, deputy coordinator for the...
Eldridge and Gibson to debate energy issues at SUNY tonight

Eldridge and Gibson to debate energy issues at SUNY tonight

Congressional candidates Sean Eldridge and Chris Gibson will debate energy issues at SUNY New Paltz tonight, Oct 1, at 7 p.m. in Lecture Center room 100. Free and open to the public. Elridge, the challenger, is a Democrat. Gibson is a Republican. Likely issues include renewable energy and fracking. The forum is hosted by the Center...
Saugerties youth awards

Saugerties youth awards

Four Saugerties young people received community youth awards at the September Town Board meeting. The following informational material was distributed for each.   Natalie TerBush 14 years old, nominated by AnnChris Warren As one of 2014’s Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year participants, Natalie TerBush continues to exceed expectations. This summer, Natalie worked...
Outdoors: Swamp to table

Outdoors: Swamp to table

I live near a rather large wetland area and I watch for the wildlife that inhabit it. Herons and egrets abound and are very easily spotted, as they stand stock still in the water, searching for their daily meal. Another, more elusive creature is rarely seen. It is primarily nocturnal and only by chance or...
Bridge over Esopus opens ahead of schedule

Bridge over Esopus opens ahead of schedule

The Glasco Turnpike bridge over the Esopus Creek opened today with an 11 a.m.  ribbon-cutting by the county. The date is well ahead of the estimate provided by county officials just a few weeks ago. The bridge was closed in mid-February after its deterioration became untenable. The bridge was on the county’s to-do list, but things...
Anti-factory farm forum at SUNY

Anti-factory farm forum at SUNY

SUNY-New Paltz will host a free forum organized by opponents of factory farming, Tuesday, Sept. 30 from 7-8:30 p.m. in Lecture Center Room 100. The discussion will focus on the effect of large agricultural operations on animals and the environment and offer strategies for opponents to battle such practices. Hosted by the Humane Society of...
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 is thrilled. Over the course of the past four years,...
Letters (September 25-October 2)

Letters (September 25-October 2)

More public transportation needed Thank you for that inspiring article on Cliff Burley. And let me echo his remark that the “biggest issue Saugerties has to address” is transportation for “people who don’t drive” like him — and like me. I’m 88 and eager to go some place beside the malls. This may, of course,...
Chief: Heroin use in Saugerties not increasing

Chief: Heroin use in Saugerties not increasing

Despite some recent incidents, Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra says the community does not have a growing heroin problem. “In the last few years I’ve been here, it’s stayed the same,” Sinagra said. “Arrest-wise, I don’t see an increase here in Saugerties.” On Sept. 10, a Saugerties officer resuscitated a 45-year-old man on Burt Street...