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...
For Saugerties class of 2015, it’s the beginning of the end

For Saugerties class of 2015, it’s the beginning of the end

Photo by Ali Zacker Gale Simmons Plaza is filled to capacity with teenagers. It’s an annual tradition: Each year’s incoming senior class masses at the plaza, dressed in Sawyer blue, some with painted faces and cars, poses for photos and generally revels in their top-of-the-heap...
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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Letters (September 4-11)

Letters (September 4-11)

Confront the arrogance of power It is not every person who is brave enough to confront the arrogance of power. In this Sept. 9 Democratic Primary, Zephyr Teachout is doing that for all of us by challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the democratic nomination for governor. Yes, some think she is tilting against windmills because...
Help house feral cats

Help house feral cats

Members of the Woodstock Feral Cat Project trapped, neutered or spayed 16 cats last month in the area of Jane St. Now, the village is looking for donations for shelters to house the feral cats for the winter. The shelters cost $30 apiece and keep the cats warm. The village is also looking for residents...
Saugerties Library budget passes with 89% of the vote

Saugerties Library budget passes with 89% of the vote

The Saugerties Library budget was approved by a vote of 228-27. The $579,797 operating budget carried no tax increase. There were two trustee candidates for two positions. Incumbent Myrna Sameth received 229 votes and newcomer Brian Collins got 223 votes.
Ribbon-cutting at Stella’s Station

Ribbon-cutting at Stella’s Station

A ribbon-cutting was performed by the Saugerties Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Aug. 27 at Stella’s Station, 114 Partition St., welcoming new owners Alex Lamb and Mike De Poala.
Slow-down signs stolen from Bishop's Gate

Slow-down signs stolen from Bishop’s Gate

Was it a gang of aesthetes? Guilty speeders who didn’t want to be reprimanded? It’s too soon to tell. What we do know is that residents of Bishop’s Gate, who have been working together and with the Town Board to control speeding in the development, woke on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 2, to find...
Boys & Girls Club Motorcycle Run, Saturday Sept. 6

Boys & Girls Club Motorcycle Run, Saturday Sept. 6

The second annual Saugerties Boys and Girls Club Bike Run will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6 at Cantine Field. Registration starts at 10 a.m. Kickstands up at noon sharp. Cost is $30 per rider, $15 per passenger. The two-hour ride goes through the Catskills with a refreshment stop before coming back to Cantine Field....
Woman’s Club graduation award winner

Woman’s Club graduation award winner

Dorothy Cappello, treasurer of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Saugerties, presented this year’s graduation award to Natale Scally, who will study nursing at Pace University.
A Day’s Work: Hairdresser

A Day’s Work: Hairdresser

Brian Pfremmer is originally from the Midwest but has made the Hudson Valley his home for the last 13 years. Brian and his partner, Scott Stacey, have been married for two years. He has been a hairstylist for 16 years and currently works at Lux Hair Studio. Describe your job. My job is great but...
Saugerties Library budget and trustee vote Thursday, Sept. 4

Saugerties Library budget and trustee vote Thursday, Sept. 4

Voters on Sept. 4 will not see an increase in the amount of taxes they’re asked to contribute to the 2015 library operating budget, even though the tax rate is increasing slightly, from 29.44 to 29.78 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The vote will be held at the library, 91 Washington Ave.,  from 10 a.m....
Thank you for sharing

Thank you for sharing

According to the Pew Research Center, Internet privacy is an important concern of young Americans. After speaking with many young Saugertiesians, it’s clear that privacy is on their minds, but the majority felt they were in control of their digital footprint. When asked for their opinion, they talked about who saw their social media profiles....
Letters (August 28-September 4)

Letters (August 28-September 4)

School Board agenda prep process clarified I am writing this as president of the Saugerties CSD Board of Education in order to clarify its position regarding recent public scrutiny and debate over some new board members’ claim that they don’t have enough back-up material in order to cast votes. Agenda packets, which are hand-delivered to...
Saugerties Beach Party

Saugerties Beach Party

Photos by David Gordon   In what has become an end-of-summer tradition, artist Ze’ev Willy Neumann held his fourth annual beach party on Saturday, Aug. 23, with entertainers performing within the huge frame he constructed overlooking the Esopus beach. The stage, built into the frame for the occasion, was surrounded on the sides and back...