Saugertiesians urges to oppose Ulster bottling plant

Saugertiesians urges to oppose Ulster bottling plant

Upwards of two dozen gathered at Inquiring Mind bookstore on Friday evening, Dec. 12 to watch “Tapped,” a documentary film which takes a critical stance on the bottled water industry. The film alleges significant environmental and health damage, as well as an improper use of...
Picking the perfect Christmas tree

Picking the perfect Christmas tree

  The narrow gravel road up to the Mountain View Tree Farm had water filling the ruts after Saturday’s rain, but Sunday dawned clear, if a bit cold, and the would-be lumberjacks had to pull to the side to pass without getting stuck. The tree...
Holiday in the Village

Holiday in the Village

Youngsters could be forgiven if they were a bit confused by the abundance of Santa Clauses at this year’s Holiday in the Village celebrations. There were Santas in the banks, at the coffee roasters, on the street, in the shops, at the Kiersted House and...
Saugerties historic oversight shakeup debated

Saugerties historic oversight shakeup debated

Some fear the return to the bad old days, adult theaters and boarded up buildings Others portray Review Board as obstructionist, needlessly spoiling innocent business deals Homeowner says board’s intervention made selling his house impossible; tells village to buy it Review Board member charges merger...
Saugerties food pantries struggle to keep up with demand

Saugerties food pantries struggle to keep up with demand

Food banks, pantries and soup kitchens serve nearly 50 million Americans, including hundreds of Saugerties families. The need is great. According to the Saugerties School District, the number of students considered economically disadvantaged because they qualify for free or reduced lunches has doubled over the...
Common Core perplexes parents

Common Core perplexes parents

Approximately 75 parents of K-8 students came to the high school on a rainy Monday evening hoping to get more information about Common Core. The session began with a video created by the federal School Improvement Network which explained the reasons that 43 states have...
Why is ham radio more popular than ever?

Why is ham radio more popular than ever?

With a smartphone in every pocket, isn’t amateur radio a thing of the past? The answer, as was clear at the Woodstock Rescue Squad Headquarters on a recent Saturday afternoon, is no, far from it. “Year to year [the number of licenses issued is] increasing,...
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Opinion: Ulster bottling plant an environmental issue for Saugerties

Opinion: Ulster bottling plant an environmental issue for Saugerties

Should Saugerties care about the proposed town of Ulster Niagara Bottling plant? The plant will be creating new jobs, which we need. However, when it is fully built, it will also be disposing 345,000 gallons per day of wastewater. The town of Ulster wastewater treatment plant would receive 2,500 gallons of this wastewater daily; the...
Saugerties Holiday in the Village Dec. 7

Saugerties Holiday in the Village Dec. 7

No one does a village-wide holiday celebration quite like Saugerties. This year will be no different. Holiday in the Village will include a holiday market, music and toy giveaways, live mannequins, free horse carriage rides, kids’ crafts, Santa at the Kiersted House, a petting zoo, entertainment and surprises followed by the tree and menorah lighting...
Christmas Fair benefits animal shelter

Christmas Fair benefits animal shelter

A Christmas Fair will be held at the Saugerties Transfer Station, 1765 Rt. 212, on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Organizers invite the public to have an “old fashioned Christmas” with “old fashioned ornaments.” For more info, call 246-6211 or 246-5411.
Riccardi restructuring going well, says principal

Riccardi restructuring going well, says principal

A little over two months have passed since students in grades three through six at Riccardi Elementary began attending classes in a way similar to middle-school students. At Riccardi, students in these grades move from classroom to classroom for each of the four major subject areas of English, math, science and social studies. Rather than...
Auto dismantling business proposed for Malden Tpke.

Auto dismantling business proposed for Malden Tpke.

What is the difference between a junkyard and a vehicle dismantling operation? That was one question posed by Saugerties planners considering a proposal for the latter on Malden Turnpike. The answer, according to Nigel Redman, a partner in enterprise, is public access. “This is basically an e-commerce business, where we salvage and sell parts,” Redman...
Village should bring in pros to survey historic district, says Review Board chair

Village should bring in pros to survey historic district, says Review Board chair

The village should hold off on passing a revision to its zoning law until a professional study of its historic district boundaries is done, said Review Board chair Richard Frisbie. “The village’s two historic districts are a decade overdue for updating the original survey,” Frisbie said. “The state (Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation)...
Sawyer Savings calls off house demolition, citing public opinion

Sawyer Savings calls off house demolition, citing public opinion

Sawyer Savings has shelved plans to purchase and demolish a Partition St. home to expand its parking lot and construct a drive-through ATM, citing negative publicity. The decision has Mayor William Murphy furious at village historic preservationists, sarcastically saying he’s “glad they think they know what’s best for everyone… This is two major improvements now...
Public hearing on historic oversight board shakeup, zoning changes

Public hearing on historic oversight board shakeup, zoning changes

A much-anticipated public hearing will be held Monday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. at Village Hall, 43 Partition St. The proposed law would: Merge the five-member village Historic Review and Village Planning boards to create a seven-member Planning Commission which would have the oversight powers of both, including ensuring development within the village’s two historic...
Saugerties transfer station fees go up

Saugerties transfer station fees go up

The Saugerties transfer station will raise its fees next month, citing increased charges from the county’s Resource Recovery Agency. Annual permit fees will increase from $25 to $30, and medium-sized (30- to 45-gallon) and contractor (55-gallon) bag fees will each go up by a dollar to $6 and $7, respectively. Other fees are unchanged. Station...
Scenic Hudson to purchase Falling Waters in Glasco

Scenic Hudson to purchase Falling Waters in Glasco

The riverside park known as Falling Waters has become a favorite spot for walkers and joggers since opening to the public in the summer of 2011. Scenic Hudson, together with Esopus Creek Conservancy, has managed the property since obtaining access from the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill. Now, after three years of successful management, Scenic Hudson...
Letters (Nov. 27-Dec. 4)

Letters (Nov. 27-Dec. 4)

Speak out against village’s historic law change The zoning change issue highlights how much government responsibility is now relinquished by elected officials to the attorney’s authority. To avoid the demands of preservation they simply turned to this surrogate to rewrite the law. Now this dearly paid for pretense, ripe with intrigue, innuendo and untruths, has...
A vegan Thanksgiving

A vegan Thanksgiving

Local vegans at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary pay homage to living turkeys via photography, “adopting” them with sponsorship, and cooking über-festive dishes for the Thanksgiving groaning board that contain no animal products whatsoever. In a variety of ways, these folks are going well beyond merely keeping the bird out of the oven at holiday time....