Most residents at hearing oppose noise ordinance

Most residents at hearing oppose noise ordinance

Judging by the first public hearing, most Saugerties residents are not interested in the town setting hard and fast noise limits. About 50 attended the hearing at the Senior Center on Aug. 13. The proposed noise ordinance would cap acceptable noise levels at 72 dB...
Village wants to ‘fix’ stubborn feral cat problem

Village wants to ‘fix’ stubborn feral cat problem

Despite the best efforts of local volunteers and village officials over the last several years to eradicate the problem of feral cats, a Woodstock group has found that colonies of the animals still exist. To help alleviate the situation, village trustees at their Aug. 18...
New water meters, energy-efficiency upgrades in village

New water meters, energy-efficiency upgrades in village

Work will begin this week on the village’s energy efficiency infrastructure project with the installation of more energy efficient lighting in village-owned buildings and its 50 historic street lights. It’s the beginning of a $1.5 million project which will see the replacement of all 1,388...
Saugerties artists, in their element

Saugerties artists, in their element

Photos by Lynn Woods The artist’s studio on Dock St., peeking from between the trees, resembles a weathered tower or lighthouse. Inside, large, playful paintings of expressionistic nudes, landscapes, and still-lifes — the pairing of a dancing violin and a vase against a background of...
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...
Saugerties Artists Studio Tour Guide

Saugerties Artists Studio Tour Guide

The Annual Saugerties Artists Studio Tour will be held this weekend, Aug. 9–10, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. This annual, self-guided tour is free and open to the public. The artists and artisans on the tour represent a wide range of styles and techniques. See completed works, works-in-progress...
Educators see poverty as barrier to achievement

Educators see poverty as barrier to achievement

According to the recently released 2012-2013 school report card, 43 percent of Saugerties Central School District students are considered economically disadvantaged. This figure is determined by the number of students whose families participate in economic assistance programs, such as the free and reduced price lunch...
Sound and fury

Sound and fury

Dogs. Rock bands. Construction. All can cause annoyance to neighbors. All are within the rights of property owners to enjoy. What’s a town to do? Noise complaints have likely been an issue in Saugerties since the eponymous “little sawyer” got his first neighbor and woke...
State of the art galleries

State of the art galleries

  Just around this time last year, the village of Saugerties saw the opening of Intima Gallery on Main St., an exhibition space for book arts, letterpress and photographic prints. The concept seemed a good counterpoint to the work shown at nearby Imogen Holloway Gallery...
Electricity rate relief for Hudson Valley?

Electricity rate relief for Hudson Valley?

An amendment introduced by U.S. Representatives Chris Gibson (NY-19) and Sean Maloney (NY-18) that would repeal utility rate increases caused by the new capacity zone (NCZ), which was implemented May 1 in the Hudson Valley, has passed the House of Representatives. Federal lawsuits by Central...
Riverkeeper urges strict review of NYC reservoir releases

Riverkeeper urges strict review of NYC reservoir releases

The environmental group Riverkeeper is engaging Saugerties residents in a letter and email campaign to ask the state to require the strictest review possible for New York City’s discharges of muddy reservoir water into the Esopus Creek. Critics say higher flow from the releases has...
The Hudson Project and the next generation of music festival

The Hudson Project and the next generation of music festival

Saugerties’ Hudson Project Music Festival had at least one thing in common with the Woodstock ’94 festival that preceded it on the same site: plenty of rain and mud. Unfortunately for Hudson Project attendees, that rain came at the tail-end of the festival, not the...
Town wants to finish water meter installation in Glasco

Town wants to finish water meter installation in Glasco

In 2013 the Town Board authorized the purchase of new meters for the Glasco Water District. The intent is to bring the district in compliance with new USEPA standards regarding lead content in water systems. The existing meters have a lead content that exceeds the...
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Saugerties superintendent gets ‘good job’ raise

Saugerties superintendent gets ‘good job’ raise

School Superintendent Seth Turner will receive a two-percent increase for merit following an evaluation by the Board of Education over and above his regular two-percent annual increase. He earned $164,487 in the most recent school year. In thanking the board, Turner noted that he’d turned down this raise in each of the past four years....
For moms, work doesn’t always pay

For moms, work doesn’t always pay

Many mothers of young children say the expense of daycare means returning to work would actually cost their households money. As local mom Amy Henninger puts it, “I would just be working to pay daycare and it was not worth it to me.” Henninger is not alone. A Pew Research Center study showed that the...
Public hearing on Saugerties library budget

Public hearing on Saugerties library budget

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 tax rate is increasing because the total assessed value of Saugerties real...
Letters (August 7-14)

Letters (August 7-14)

Wanton destruction Wildlife is having a harder and harder time hanging onto any decent habitat, thanks to humans’ appetite for land-grabbing, use of toxins on soil and plants, and ill-thought-out destruction of natural landscape. I discovered one example of the latter last week when I found a long stretch of Old King’s Highway, between Mt....
Village seeks new fire truck

Village seeks new fire truck

The village is hoping to have a new $450,000 pumper truck for its fire department by this time next year. The truck would replace the 27-year-old pumper now in service. Village Mayor Bill Murphy said the village wants to replace the truck using little or no village taxpayer money, although so far the search for...
Scoping the impacts of NYC reservoir releases

Scoping the impacts of NYC reservoir releases

While flipping through a local newspaper archive, I came across an item from the turn of the century about a keeper at the Saugerties Lighthouse who collected water samples from the river: Lighthouse Keeper Theodore De Shong, at the mouth of the lower creek, has been appointed by the New York city water commission to...
Gibson, Eldridge differ on fossil fuels, fracking

Gibson, Eldridge differ on fossil fuels, fracking

In a congressional district that encompasses cash-strapped, potentially gas-rich Sullivan County, New York City’s watershed, eco-sensitive communities like Woodstock and various rural areas on the east side of the Hudson River, incumbent U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson and challenger Sean Eldridge are on the campaign trail seeking to define their own, and their opponent’s, positions on...
A Day’s Work: Raw food chef

A Day’s Work: Raw food chef

Karanas Ulysse is a raw food chef and educator. Her specialties are raw desserts, including lemon raspberry cheesecake, macaroons and raw chocolate mousse. Ulysse lives in Saugerties, in the old Odd Fellows Hall, with her husband, Sergio, and her three children. Describe what you do. I am a raw food chef and teacher. My goal...
Saugerties Beach all cleaned up

Saugerties Beach all cleaned up

Photos by David Gordon    Just a little more than a month ago, the park near the Village Beach on the Esopus was a mess. Vandals and the weather had damaged or nearly destroyed picnic tables, play equipment and fireplaces. Village Parks and Recreation Superintendent George Terpening promised at that time to have the site...
Letters (July 31-August 7)

Letters (July 31-August 7)

The meaning of the second amendment Beth Murphy seems to like to give advice. She tells Donna Greco to “fact check” while her own column is filled with false information and interpretations all her own. Let’s take her column about the second amendment (6/5). She certainly makes a lot of generalizations that are nothing more...
Lighthouse gets funds for storm repairs

Lighthouse gets funds for storm repairs

The Saugerties Lighthouse is among 14 historically significant properties in New York State that will receive grants to address damage caused by Superstorm Sandy in October of 2012. The 145-year-old landmark that has become the go-to symbol of Saugerties since its restoration in the late-’80s will get $175,000. “We are grateful for these much needed...
Police Beat (July 24-31)

Police Beat (July 24-31)

Tased after groin-kick to officer Cody J. Valenti, 20, of Cottekill was arrested July 23 and charged with resisting arrest, four counts criminal mischief, and three counts harassment. The arrest followed a police call for a domestic dispute at Clove Apartments in Saugerties. Police said when officers tried to take Valenti into custody, he resisted,...