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...
Saugerties collective prepares for a world without money, cheap gas

Saugerties collective prepares for a world without money, cheap gas

  The Long Spoon Collective is a group of six adults, male and female, mostly young, who grow food on several sites throughout Saugerties, construct tiny houses at no charge for those who want them and hope to pioneer a new local economy based on...
Bearing up with bears

Bearing up with bears

I was five years old when we moved from New York City to the Hudson Valley. I remember telling my dad that I wanted to see a bear. He promised me that I would, but that wish was to evade me for almost 10 years....
Oil trains raise safety, environmental concerns

Oil trains raise safety, environmental concerns

Volatile crude oil from the Midwest is passing through Saugerties backyards in unsafe railcars. That was the message of an informational meeting conducted by Frack Free Catskills and Riverkeeper on Tuesday, June 17 at the Saugerties Public Library. The groups suggested attendees contact the town...
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Letters (July 10-17)

Letters (July 10-17)

Beach patrons, not businesses, should clean it up After reading some of the comments in the June 26 issue regarding the conditions of the village beach, I felt it necessary to write in response. Several comments from readers implied that fixing up the beach is the responsibility of local businesses. One comment specifically stating that...
Demonstrators rail against local oil trains

Demonstrators rail against local oil trains

About 70 Saugerties residents and supporters from nearby communities protested the transportation of crude oil on local railways at the Rt. 212 railways. The date, July 6, is the anniversary of an oil spill at Lac Megantic, Quebec, that set off a major fire which killed 47 people and wiped out the town’s center. The...
Hudson Project photos: Friday

Hudson Project photos: Friday

Some photos from day one of the three-day Saugerties music festival.  
Saugerties Secret Garden Tour

Saugerties Secret Garden Tour

A great way to start or enhance your garden is to get ideas from other people’s gardens, but if you don’t have friends who have great gardens, how do you do this? When you see what looks like a nice garden peeking out from behind someone’s house, sneaking into their yard or knocking on their...
Lego movie and free lunch

Lego movie and free lunch

The Saugerties United Methodist Church on Washington Ave. will show “The Lego Movie” and serve a free lunch Saturday, July 12 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  
Car show raises money for Boys & Girls Club

Car show raises money for Boys & Girls Club

Photos by Alen Fetahi   Rain fell on the July Fourth Parade. Rain postponed the fireworks. And on July 6, under sunny skies, Bob Siracusano and his crew of volunteers from Sawyer Motors and across Saugerties made it rain again — this time for the Boys and Girls Club. “I set a goal of $30,333,...
A Day’s Work: Tennis instructor

A Day’s Work: Tennis instructor

Than Ferris, his wife, Patricia, and their two children moved to Saugerties this past April. Than is a tennis instructor at Total Tennis in Saugerties. How did you become a tennis pro? I’ve been playing tennis since I was around six years old and have played competitively since I was 11. I played all through...
Who's playing the Hudson Project in Saugerties?

Who’s playing the Hudson Project in Saugerties?

Over the weekend of July 11-13, some 85 bands will take the stage at Hudson Project music festival in Saugerties, NY. Styles include electronic music, hip hop, various shades of alternative and more. Take a listen to some of them below. Visit hudsonmusicproject.com for full lineup, schedule and ticket info.  Read the Almanac Weekly preview. ...
Should Saugerties invest in making roads safe for bicyclists and pedestrians?

Should Saugerties invest in making roads safe for bicyclists and pedestrians?

Recently, a developer who wanted to build a retail complex on Route 32N, far away from any existing sidewalks, was asked by the town Planning Board to leave room for a sidewalk. He didn’t have to build a sidewalk, and there are no plans to require him to do so in the future; planners just...
Dirtmeister inspires kids with science

Dirtmeister inspires kids with science

You don’t need an expensive laboratory with beakers and test tubes to practice science, says Steve Tomecek, known to kids across the country as “The Dirtmeister” from his appearances on Magic School Bus, Sesame Street and ABCmouse.com. Approximately 75 children, many sitting on the floor almost at his feet, came to see Tomecek’s show at...
Saugerties Fireworks tonight at Cantine Field

Saugerties Fireworks tonight at Cantine Field

The annual fireworks show will be held at Cantine Field in Saugerties tonight at dusk, around 9:30-9:45 p.m. Presented by the Kiwanis Club. Full schedule of this weekend’s events in Saugerties.
Community groups pitch in for park repairs

Community groups pitch in for park repairs

The village is using a combination of taxpayer money and donations from private groups for improvements at Seamon Park and the Lions Club Playground. At Seamon Park, the scenic, floral, sloping park on 9W on the north side of the village, the issue is a 200-foot-length of wrought iron fence facing the road. It carries...