RX painkillers drive heroin use in Saugerties

RX painkillers drive heroin use in Saugerties

The sharp increase in the use of prescription opiates and heroin across the Northeast has not spared Saugerties. Of the 34 arrested in last week’s drug sweep, five of the seven Saugerties suspects were arrested for opiate possession— two for heroin, three for oxycodone. “We...
State to install pedestrian signage at Main & Partition

State to install pedestrian signage at Main & Partition

After numerous close calls and one death, New York State has decided the intersection at Partition and Main needs “walk” and “do not walk” signs to allow pedestrians to cross without dodging vehicles. The state will replace the traffic light and install the signage this...
St. Mary of the Snow Passion Play this Sunday

St. Mary of the Snow Passion Play this Sunday

This Sunday, St. Mary of the Snow will present its 11th Passion Play, and this year’s performance will be “100 percent different,” says director Jonathan Delgado. The focus will be on those who were guilty for putting Jesus on the cross and the bystanders who...
Reading, writing & religion in West Saugerties

Reading, writing & religion in West Saugerties

West Saugerties was a place where children received a memorable education— both in school and in church. Like other hamlets, there was a one-room schoolhouse near a modestly sized church. It was an education both worldly and spiritual, conveniently situated. “It was a good education...
Saugerties changes name to Fallonville

Saugerties changes name to Fallonville

What’s in a name? A lot of money, say Saugerties town officials, who unanimously approved a resolution at a special meeting last night at 5 p.m. at the Senior Center to rename Saugerties “Fallonville” in honor of Tonight Show host and former Saugertiesian Jimmy Fallon....
Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014

Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014

In a sports-minded community like Saugerties, it’s quite a thrill to be a successful athlete. But perhaps the greater honor comes several decades later, when the Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame picks only the best of the best to enter its halcyon hall. This year’s...
Bald eagles a common sight at Saugerties Lighthouse

Bald eagles a common sight at Saugerties Lighthouse

It was another arctic day on March 1, with temperatures in the low 20s, but that did not deter a dozen people from meeting at the Saugerties Lighthouse parking lot for a chance to view bald eagles. Sponsored by the Woodstock Land Conservancy, the walk,...
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Averill and Creen: Top of the class

Averill and Creen: Top of the class

Shannon Averill has been named valedictorian and Meghan Creen salutatorian of the Saugerties Senior High School Class of 2014. Shannon and Meghan will be the featured speakers at the 118th commencement ceremony to be held Saturday, June 28 at 10 a.m. at the high school. Shannon is the daughter of Thomas and Catherine Averill. Shannon’s...
Letters (April 3-10)

Letters (April 3-10)

Plain English I just attended a town hall meeting on the state budget hosted by State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk at the Frank D. Greco Senior Citizens Center. The senator made a very informative presentation on the intricacies of the budget negotiations, took questions from the audience, and then spoke to audience members on a one-to-one...
State aid yields school budget surplus

State aid yields school budget surplus

After adjustments to both the revenue and expenditure sides, the proposed 2014-2015 school budget now includes a surplus of just over $99,000. The school board had initially anticipated receiving just over $19.3 million in state aid, but when the state budget was issued last week, Saugerties learned it would receive over $19.6 million. Additional savings...
High school’s “Little Shop of Horrors” hits the stage April 4

High school’s “Little Shop of Horrors” hits the stage April 4

Photos by Alen Fetahi According to director John Wells, the high school spring production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” a musical with student actors from grades 9-12, is “a dawn of a new era for performing arts at Saugerties High School.” The show is darkly comedic, featuring a giant plant known as Audrey II who...
Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse headline Saugerties summer music festival

Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse headline Saugerties summer music festival

  Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse, Bassnectar and The Flaming Lips will headline the Hudson Project Music and Art Festival at Winston Farm in Saugerties July 11-13, according to an announcement by promoter MCP Presents. Tickets go on sale April 4 and range from $185-$255. Also on the roster: STS9, Moby, Big Gigantic, Excision, Atmosphere, Matt...
Saugerties Mustangs win gold in Lake Placid

Saugerties Mustangs win gold in Lake Placid

The Saugerties Peewee-A Travel Hockey Team won the Can/Am Challenge Cup on Sunday, March 23 in Lake Placid. Players were awarded gold medals on the ’80 Olympic Ice following their 4-2 championship win over the St. Jude Knights of Crestwood, Ill., making the team back-to-back tournament champions in 2013 and 2014. This year, the team...
Village asks for help planting shade trees

Village asks for help planting shade trees

An inventory of all the street trees in the village of Saugerties was initiated last year by the Saugerties Village Tree Commission, paid for by a grant written by commission chair Rosemarie Brackett. The survey, now complete, maps out each tree in the village with its location, species and condition. Many of the trees are...
Friendly Saugerties: The next generation

Friendly Saugerties: The next generation

The Saugerties Community Youth Awards is a program that honors young people in the community who do the right thing. That can include the sort of thing that would make the papers, like saving a life, as well as small acts of heroism and charity that might otherwise go unnoticed. Four young citizens received awards...
New water meters, higher water bills cause complaints

New water meters, higher water bills cause complaints

Residents of the Glasco Water District who believe their water bills are too high should contact Andy McBride at the district office, 246-8671. McBride said there have been about 30 complaints so far this year. Most have come from residents who received new meters. The meters installed last summer and fall replaced many old meters...
Tkaczyk: Income-tax-supported education more equitable

Tkaczyk: Income-tax-supported education more equitable

The burden of paying for education has shifted increasingly from state to local property taxpayers, creating funding problems for the schools and an unfair distribution of the cost of education, according to state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, speaking at a budget forum she held at the senior center Sunday, March 23. Property taxes cover about 52...
Town mulls striking affordable housing mandate

Town mulls striking affordable housing mandate

The Town Board plans to hold hearings on a revision to the 2009 zoning law that would do away with the requirement that 20 percent of units be affordable in developments of 10 or more lots. Instead, the town would offer a percent density bonus to developers who include affordable housing. The bonus would be...
Village trustees want feedback on landlord law

Village trustees want feedback on landlord law

Village trustees tabled a law requiring out-of-area landlords to have a local representative available should there be problems with their rental units. The public hearing on the law will continue at the trustees’ April 7 meeting at 5 p.m. at Village Hall, 43 Partition St. The law is intended to prevent delays in issues relating...