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...
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...
A cut and a shave

A cut and a shave

The recently opened Union Shave on Partition St. is an old-fashioned barber shop, said David Kolbinski, co-owner along with brother Jake and A.J. Lewis. All the partners have cut hair locally and are bringing their experience to the business. David Kolbinski, who is the brother...
Forces of nature

Forces of nature

The newest exhibit at Cross Contemporary Art on Partition St. is fresh off the press. Just two weeks ago, artists Catherine Howe and Peggy Cyphers holed up in a studio together to create some of the monoprints currently on display at the gallery. “The ink...
Saugerties marks Veterans Day

Saugerties marks Veterans Day

Photos by Doug Freese   Jim Gage, a past commander of American Legion Post 72, told the story of the Unknown Soldier in lieu of his usual talk on the history of Veterans Day during the ceremonies held at the post last Tuesday morning. An...
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,...
The cost of garbage removal keep spiraling upward

The cost of garbage removal keep spiraling upward

Ulster County’s Resource Recovery Agency (UCRRA) has given final approval to a $14.3-million budget for 2015 which calls for sharp increases in collection fees but for the third year in a row requires no direct support from county property owners. Two years ago the county...
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Landlords must keep rentals 68 degrees

Landlords must keep rentals 68 degrees

The Ulster County District Attorney’s Division of Consumer Affairs (340-3260) advises that landlords in Ulster County are responsible for furnishing heat unless the rental agreement provides otherwise. Where the landlord furnishes the heat, the temperature shall be maintained at not less than 68 degrees Fahrenheit at a distance of 18 inches above the floor level...
Plan to merge historic, planning boards gets warm reception

Plan to merge historic, planning boards gets warm reception

The Village Board’s plan to combine the Planning and Historic Review boards to streamline the approval process for projects within the village’s two historic districts was praised at its most recent meeting. Review Board member Jonathan Shapiro said a combined board “will be more efficient.” Other speakers painted a picture of a board overzealous and...
Nobel Prize winner honored at Saugerties Veterans Day ceremony

Nobel Prize winner honored at Saugerties Veterans Day ceremony

Nobel Peace Prize winner and Saugerties High School alumnus Peter Zmiyarch was among more than 40 veterans honored Monday, Nov. 10 during Veterans Day ceremonies at Grant D. Morse Elementary School. Zmiyarch, a 1983 graduate of Saugerties High School, is the assistant head of operations security for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons...
Get a new water meter or else!

Get a new water meter or else!

Village of Saugerties trustees have received numerous complaints about the wording on postcards concerning the installation of new water meters, which state that customers must make an appointment or their water service would be interrupted. Mayor William Murphy said the threat is empty. “We say that if someone does not pay their water bill on...
Saugerties to issue tickets to jaywalkers, unyielding motorists

Saugerties to issue tickets to jaywalkers, unyielding motorists

The ticket books are out for motorists who fail to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks and pedestrians who jaywalk. Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra said only warnings had been issued so far. “I said the educational component would last through October and in November the enforcement portion would begin, and that’s what we will start...
Town noise ordinance seeks to put a number on annoyance

Town noise ordinance seeks to put a number on annoyance

A Town Board workshop showing decibel levels of common sounds also served to demonstrate the limitations of the town’s proposed noise ordinance, the subjectivity of what constitutes an irritating noise level, and the value of neighborliness. “When something is considered to be annoying, the best thing that we can do is sit down and talk...
Civil liberties groups outraged by DSS warrant checks

Civil liberties groups outraged by DSS warrant checks

The Ulster County Sheriff’s Office’s new policy of running warrant checks on visitors to the county’s Department of Social Services office has drawn harsh criticism from a pair of civil liberties groups. While objections led County Executive Mike Hein to request a review of the policy by county lawmakers, legislative leaders said this week they...
Cyphers and Howe at Cross Contemporary Art gallery

Cyphers and Howe at Cross Contemporary Art gallery

Cross Contemporary Art at 81 Partition Street will hold an opening reception on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 5-8 p.m. for a show featuring the prints and paintings of New York City-based artists Peggy Cyphers and Catherine Howe, curated by Ford Crull. The work is done in a modern expressionist technique grounded in classical tradition, with...
A Day’s Work: Tree service

A Day’s Work: Tree service

Eric Kohler manages J & J Tree Works. The wood mill has been in business for over 30 years and provides a large array of services, including tree trimming, removal, chipping, crane work and lot clearing. How did you get into this line of work? My background is a carpenter and general contractor, but my...
Students can swap social studies for shop

Students can swap social studies for shop

By the end of this school year, high school students may be able to graduate without taking all of the Regents exams currently required. At present, students must pass five exams in order to receive a Regents diploma: one each in English, math, and science, and two in social studies. However in October, the New...
Op-ed: Our picks for ballot propositions

Op-ed: Our picks for ballot propositions

Here’s our guide to the three propositions found on the back of the ballot. Proposal No. 1 - It purports to find a bipartisan way to redistrict the legislative and congressional districts in the state, by carefully appointing a commission, two of your guys here, two of mine here until you get to eight, then they...
Guide to ballot propositions

Guide to ballot propositions

There are three proposals needing voters yeas or nays on the flipside of this election’s ballot come Tuesday, November 4. As usual, each seems fairly innocuous, represents major legislative struggles over the past two years, and have deep-seated passions for and against them. Redistricting Proposal 1 is a New York Redistricting Commission Amendment, which aims...