80-unit apartment complex proposed for Glasco

80-unit apartment complex proposed for Glasco

In its first incarnation, the multiple-family housing development proposed for Rt. 32 in Glasco consisted of townhouse units to be occupied by the owners. Developers then proposed rent-subsidized apartments, and the project was called Dickinson’s Keep. Large protests from those opposed to affordable housing, along...
Food security: Where do we stand?

Food security: Where do we stand?

We don’t give much thought to food security here, where we’re only a short drive away from pretty much anything we could think of buying to eat. From supermarkets to farmers markets, our tables are laden with comestibles from near and far. But as blizzards and...
Saugerties parents want new policy for opting out of tests

Saugerties parents want new policy for opting out of tests

As state testing for grades 3-8 is set to begin next month, parents returned to the Board of Education during the March meeting to speak out against state tests and the way the district handles students who opt out of testing. How Saugerties stands out...
Heroines of the Hudson

Heroines of the Hudson

March is Women’s History Month, and March 8 is International Women’s Day. This is a fitting occasion to call attention to the achievements of women lighthouse keepers, especially those overlooked by history. Women keepers in the 19th century were remarkable for many reasons. Foremost, they...
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Squirrels: Unstoppable, insatiable, acrobatic

Squirrels: Unstoppable, insatiable, acrobatic

The next time you sit down to a breakfast of pancakes with maple syrup you can thank that wily squirrel. Legend has it that a young Iroquois boy saw a squirrel licking something running down the side of a tree. As curious youngsters will do, he decided he would try it. Lo and behold, the...
A Day's Work: Bartender

A Day’s Work: Bartender

Tori Campbell works as a bartender at the Dutch Ale House, one of the village’s oldest taverns. How long have you been bartending? Four years here at the Ale House. I was managing a pizza place for seven years and when the chance to work here came up I took it. Is there any special...
A Day’s Work: Anatomical model designer

A Day’s Work: Anatomical model designer

Giovanni Zorloza has spent the last 17 years using his artistic skills to create anatomical models for Simulaids. Zorloza works in research and design, and the molds he designs and sculpts become manikins that medical professionals use for life-saving training. How did you get into this line of work? I went to school to learn...
Local school superintendents: 'We need more state aid'

Local school superintendents: ‘We need more state aid’

It was a call for action from eight school districts in Ulster County. Their school superintendents, board members and administrators met at a forum in New Paltz last Friday, March 6. Each took the podium in turn at the Ulster BOCES conference center to discuss the impacts of the state aid cuts on their students and communities....
Letters (March 12-19)

Letters (March 12-19)

County-wide consolidation In last week’s issue, village Trustee and Republican Committeeman Don Hackett was quoted in a heated article concerning merging the village and town governments. Debates and comments were peppered into the article voicing pros and cons about the seemingly controversial move in which Hackett said, “The only time the town officials want to...
Marie Post: A meaningful life

Marie Post: A meaningful life

What does it take to feel like you’re part of a community? Do you need to be born in a place to feel like you’re a part of it? Marie Post wasn’t born in Saugerties. Yet she was definitely a major part of our community. How did this happen? Marie and her husband, Claude, raised...
A good year for the Saugerties Lip Sync

A good year for the Saugerties Lip Sync

Photos by Alen Fetahi   Extraordinary talent was on display at this year’s high school Lip Sync, held March 6-7. What the public didn’t get to see was all the work that went into it. The performances are just the tip of the iceberg — beneath lies months of non-stop work, involving approximately 200 people....
Village energy efficiency project nearly done

Village energy efficiency project nearly done

The village’s $1.5 million energy efficiency project should be completed no later than the beginning of April, say village officials. Last month’s letters to 200 customers who hadn’t yet installed water meters, urging them to make an appointment or face loss of service, seem to have done the trick; there are only 70 left to...
Saugerties Army Reserve Center named for local vet killed in Afghanistan

Saugerties Army Reserve Center named for local vet killed in Afghanistan

  “Mike. You gotta take Farrell, man. There’s something wrong with that kid. He’s always smiling, always laughing.” And that’s how Sgt. Shawn Farrell became a member of Staff Sgt. Mike Mazinga’s combat assault platoon. The hundreds of friends and family who gathered Saturday morning, March 7 at the ceremony to name Army Reserve Center...
A Day’s Work: Massage Therapist

A Day’s Work: Massage Therapist

Niki Swarthout has been a massage therapist for the past 22 years. She has a private practice in Saugerties and works with the elderly and infirm at Kaaterskill Care Nursing and Rehab in Catskill. What inspired you to become a massage therapist? I’ve always had an interest in movement and dance. Many years ago my...
Saugerties Boys’ State candidates selected

Saugerties Boys’ State candidates selected

lan Greczynski, chairman of American Legion Post #72 New York Boys’ State Program, is happy to announce this year’s selections. This year’s delegates, as nominated by the faculty of Saugerties High School and selected by the American Legion Boys’ State Committee, are Nicholas Perpetua, son of Mark and Joanne Perpetua of Saugerties, and Ryan Dudzic,...
Letter: Marie Post, a friend to all

Letter: Marie Post, a friend to all

Your memoriam on Marie Post was excellent, and I would like to add a few remarks. There are so many people she touched on a daily basis. I can remember Marie working with the vets in Saugerties and her work at South Peak. I have known her all of my life and cannot imagine Marie...
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