Saugerties Village Board upbraids sole critic of Lynch’s Marina project

Saugerties Village Board upbraids sole critic of Lynch’s Marina project

A Friends of Lynch’s Marina has been formed, and it has received similar criticism from village trustees that another recent such group got. Saying she was a member of Friends of Lynch’s Marina, Robin Goss was the sole member spokesperson present at the May 2 village...
Auto show at Saugerties High School celebrates 9th year

Auto show at Saugerties High School celebrates 9th year

Some were chopped and channeled, others were moon-wheeled. Some had candy-coated paint jobs, while others were their original colors. Some were restored by teens, husbands and wives, and some haven’t been touched since the day they rolled off the assembly line. Some were built for...
Surveillance tools increasing in number in Saugerties

Surveillance tools increasing in number in Saugerties

The long arm of the law will get a little longer this week when technicians install another surveillance camera in the village. With the addition of this camera, which will be installed on a utility pole on Route 212 (Ulster Avenue) at the railroad tracks,...
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Heidcamp not seeking reelection to Saugerties School Board

Heidcamp not seeking reelection to Saugerties School Board

Five candidates for three open seats on the Saugerties school board submitted petitions by Monday’s deadline, with former board president George Heidcamp the only incumbent not seeking re-election. Incumbents Florence B. Hyatt and Angie Minew are running again; challengers Elena Maskell, Katie Emerson-Hoss and Paul Van Schaack also want on the board. Monday, April 18...
Illegal pigs upset neighbors in Saugerties village

Illegal pigs upset neighbors in Saugerties village

Two Burt Street residents concerned about an adjacent property beginning to look like a barnyard with pigs and rabbits asked village trustees at their April 18 meeting to have the wannabe farmer get rid of them. Over the course of the last few weeks, they said, the owner of a vacant lot next to their...
Baby wipes the bane of Saugerties sewer plant

Baby wipes the bane of Saugerties sewer plant

Newly developed baby wipes meant for tender bottoms are quickly becoming the bane of wasterwater treatment plant operators. “The main problem facing sewer plants is wipes are not made of a material that breaks down easily,” says Mike Marino, who operates the Village of Saugerties plant. “It’s a cloth-based material.” The product is so durable...
Clinton/Sanders race pits progressives against party stalwarts

Clinton/Sanders race pits progressives against party stalwarts

On the Democratic side, the presidential primary has set the region’s robust grassroots progressive base backing Bernie Sanders against establishment figures and Hillary Clinton partisans like County Executive Mike Hein and Ulster County Democratic Committee Chairman Frank Cardinale, making for an unusually bitter intra-party brawl. The grassroots vs. establishment split is evident in a Google...
Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame 2016 inductee Bill Murphy helps others shine

Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame 2016 inductee Bill Murphy helps others shine

Bill Murphy thinks his induction into the Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame this year is less about what he did as an athlete than it is about a lifetime of helping give athletes an opportunity to shine. “From an athletic standpoint, I’m probably not up to par of most of the people in the Hall...
Letters (April 14-21)

Letters (April 14-21)

That won’t fly In regards to Christopher Jones’ letter, “Secure borders out of love,” (March 31 Saugerties Times), I’m so happy Mr. Jones’ “ancestors came here for a better life.” Not like those pesky Muslims who just want to “impose their way of life on us.” I can hear the native Americans laughing about that....
Saugerties school budget comes in at $61 million; vote next month

Saugerties school budget comes in at $61 million; vote next month

Saugerties’ school board adopted a $61-million budget for the 2016-17 school year this week, a proposal which includes a 2.93 percent spending increase but only a 0.12 percent bump in the local property-tax levy. The budget was adopted less than two weeks after the New York State budget was approved, giving school districts a much...
Fewer Saugerties students opted out of state tests

Fewer Saugerties students opted out of state tests

This week, Saugerties joined school districts across New York in administering state assessments in math for students in grades three through eight. It was the second straight week of the standardized tests, with students taking math assessments this week. Preliminary opt-out figures for the ELA tests came in at 19 percent. That would represent a...
No new tax agreement for Saugerties senior housing development

No new tax agreement for Saugerties senior housing development

It doesn’t pay to threaten village board members, as Mike Puntillo, owner of The Mill, the 89-unit, income restricted senior housing building on East Bridge Street, found out Monday night. Village trustees voted unanimously to turn down his request to amend and extend an existing 30-year Payment In Lieu of Taxes (Pilot) agreement. Puntillo was...
Saugerties woman recalls childhood in Nazi Germany

Saugerties woman recalls childhood in Nazi Germany

In 1973, Inge and Fred Backhaus built their dream home in Saugerties. They’ve lived in it ever since, contributing to the community in multiple ways and raising two sons. Inge shares her time and her gifts of knitting, crocheting and sewing in support of the charitable endeavors of the Saugerties Monday Club and her church....
Keeper’s Log: All about knots

Keeper’s Log: All about knots

We survived another winter at the lighthouse, which was no small accomplishment in close quarters with an active toddler, even with the unseasonably mild weather. The long nights require quiet, indoor pastimes. For parents with a small child, that often means re-reading the same half-dozen storybooks…ten thousand times. Ah, how life changes! My wife Anna...
Letters (April 7-14)

Letters (April 7-14)

County Beat? Given the title of this column, I’m disappointed to read parroted prose from a “regular commentator on Fox News” that although poorly put together, seeks to demean presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Mr. Reynolds should stick to something he might understand, county politics. Ralph Childers Saugerties   Change And ‘Revolution’ I’ve heard the word...