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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Saugerties village seeks to update waterfront plan for climate change

Saugerties village seeks to update waterfront plan for climate change

The Village of Saugerties is applying for a $20,000 matching grant from the state to update its waterfront plan. Trustee Patrick Landewe, lighthouse keeper and member of the Waterfront Revitalization Committee, recently said it was the state that suggested the plan be updated and that the plan should concern issues such as how the village...
Working up a sweat in Saugerties

Working up a sweat in Saugerties

Photos by David Gordon   How do people who work outdoors all day deal with temperatures in the high 80s and even 90s? Several people we spoke to agreed that lots of fluids helps. Taking your mind off the heat and focusing on something else is also helpful, and for a few lucky ones, a...
Hudson River’s underwater vegetation still recovering from hurricanes

Hudson River’s underwater vegetation still recovering from hurricanes

A few weeks ago, during the night, a high tide deposited fistfuls of water celery upon the Lighthouse dock. The plant grows underwater with long, narrow leaves like slender green ribbons, looking nothing like the celery we eat. It’s often called eelgrass, but it’s not the same as saltwater eelgrass, which is a different plant. This...
Letters (August 6-13)

Letters (August 6-13)

Opiates in Saugerties In recent months, I have spoken with many residents of Saugerties and listened to their concerns, and out of these conversations, several common complaints emerged. While conversing with three residents in their mid-late 20ss, I was informed on how severe the heroin and prescription pill epidemic is around Saugerties. One woman described...
New coach promises Saugerties Football Team will improve

New coach promises Saugerties Football Team will improve

For the third time in as many years, the Saugerties High School football team has a new head coach. This time, it’s a familiar face. Dom Zarrella, who is also the school’s athletic director, has been around awhile; more than 20 years, in fact. He has coached the junior varsity football team for seven years...
Tomato Taste-Off at the Farmers Market

Tomato Taste-Off at the Farmers Market

This Saturday’s Saugerties Farmers Market will be bustling with live music, kids’ crafts and the annual Tomato Taste-Off. Home gardeners are encouraged to bring in there tomatoes by 11 a.m. There will be prizes—gift certificates from DIG, Partition Street Wine Shop, and Lucky Chocolates—in several categories: tastiest cherry, tastiest full-size, and heaviest. Diane Reeder of...
Helsmoortel snatches GOP nod for Saugerties supervisor from Ciarlante

Helsmoortel snatches GOP nod for Saugerties supervisor from Ciarlante

Incumbent Town Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel won the town Republican Party’s endorsement at its nominating caucus Thursday night, beating Gaetana Ciarlante 132 to 105. Town Board member Fred Costello won the party’s endorsement with 124 votes, while Allyson Barbaria got the nod over incumbent Town Board member Leeanne Thornton, 112 to 105. Costello and Thornton are...
Saugerties Comic Con to be held Aug. 8

Saugerties Comic Con to be held Aug. 8

The Saugerties Public Library Comic Con will be held Aug. 8 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Senior Center on Market St. Admission is free and for all ages. The winners of the Graphic Novel Contest will be revealed and the day will finish with a costume contest.   Participating creators Jeff Burns, “Super Geeked...
Paddle your own boat

Paddle your own boat

A new business provides kayak and paddleboard rentals and tours on the Esopus and Hudson. Gail Porter’s I Paddle NY operates out of Lynch’s Marina on Ferry St. and the old carousel building at the foot of Partition St. “It’s a great way to see the creek up close, its animals, its flora, and relax...
Letters (July 30-August 6)

Letters (July 30-August 6)

Scrutiny for campaign donations by developers I am encouraged by the news that Ulster County Legislature Chairman John Parete is introducing a law that limits the amount of campaign contributions elected county officials can accept. This is great news given the recent disclosure of large campaign contributions made by developers looking to build a kosher...
Saugerties pastor honored by State Legislature’s pro-choice caucus

Saugerties pastor honored by State Legislature’s pro-choice caucus

A large part of freedom for women is their ability to decide if and when to be a mother,” says Rev. Finley Schaef. “Motherhood should not be an accident or something imposed upon women.” Schaef was honored on the floor of the State Assembly on Tuesday, June 2 by members of the New York State Bipartisan...
No medical marijuana for Saugerties

No medical marijuana for Saugerties

The New York State Department of Health released its list of five approved medical marijuana growing operations today. A site on Kings Highway next to the Army Reserve Center was not among them. Selected were: (Applicant / county) Bloomfield Industries Inc. (Queens) Columbia Care NY LLC (Monroe) Empire State Health Solutions (Fulton) Etain, LLC (Warren)...