Letters (July 17-24)

Wade deserves credit for crosswalk improvements

Bravo to the first step in Complete Streets in the village of Saugerties! This is the recently installed brick crosswalk at the entrance to Livingston St. at Market St. I know that one person responsible is Alex Wade, who patiently labored with NYSDOT over many years to make this first step for pedestrian safety in the village.

Alex is one of my heroes who was deeply involved in rescuing the lighthouse. He is also a talented architect whose work should be better known. He has brought his extensive knowledge to bear in the public interest, constantly pushing change in a progressive direction. I hope he will continue for many years.

Barry Benepe


Garden tour worked thanks to generous support

On Saturday, July 12, over 300 people visited the gardens on the tenth annual Secret Gardens Tour in Saugerties, which benefitted the Boys & Girls Club and the Ulster Country SPCA. Despite advance concerns and rumors about traffic problems due to the concert, there were no issues with traffic on the tour and everything went smoothly.


Our sincere thanks to all those involved with the tour. Without question, the biggest and most appreciative thank you goes to the gardeners – Rich & Diane Brandes, Judith Spektor & Barry Benepe, Tamara & Joe DiMattio, Ed Fondiller & Kate Doran, Judy & Barry Greco and Bo van den Assum, who worked many, many long hours in their gardens to make them as perfect as possible for the day of the tour.

Our thanks and gratitude to the many businesses and individuals who helped by sponsoring the tour: The Board of the Ulster County SPCA, The Center of Health, Lazy Swan Golf Course, Methods Tooling & Manufacturing, The Naccarato Insurance Agency, Saugerties Animal Hospital, Saugerties Farmers Market, Sinnott Associates, Town & Country Liquors, Betsy & Doug Wilson, Aqua Jet Pools and Spas, Augustine Nursery, Boice’s Farm & Garden Stand, Lynn S. Formica CPA, Stewart & Myra Fox, Helsmoortel Insurance & Realty, Herzog’s Home & Paint Center, Dr. Debra A. Koehn, Red Cedar Farm, Rip Van Winkle Country Club, Rondout Savings Bank, Sawyer Motors, Leeanne & Larry Thornton, Awnings Direct, Connie & Michael Catalinotto, Croswell Enterprises, LTD – All natural soils & mulches, Happy Paws Thrift Shop, Raquel & Harold Kleinfeld, Renwick Clifton House B&B, Myrna Sameth, Simulaids and Total Tennis.

Thanks also to those who provided goods or services: Adam’s Fairacre Farms, Annarella Restaurant, Paul Backstrom, ColorPage, Donna Dittus, English Garden, Herzog’s Home & Paint Center, David Hitchison, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, M&T Bank, Mirabella Restaurant, Kristen Vale Mosack, Renwick Clifton House B&B, Sawyer Savings, Herve Senequier, Smith Hardware, Staples, Sue’s Restaurant & 9W Car Wash, Ulster Federal Credit Union and Sue Worthman. We also extend our sincere thanks to this newspaper and to Channel 23 Lighthouse TV for publicizing the tour. The tour could not happen without the help of the 26 volunteers who assisted at the gardens and at registration on the day of the tour. Our thanks to each and every one of them. Lastly, thanks to all the people who bought tickets to view the beautiful gardens. We hope you all had a wonderful time.

We couldn’t have done it these ten years without all of you.

Thank you all!

Jamie Fine


Post Prom success

The Saugerties Jr./Sr. High PTSA would like to thank the community for your generous response to our fundraising efforts for the 2014 Senior Post Prom and end of the year activities for the senior class. We are truly blessed to live in an area where so many lend a hand to support our students.

This year’s sponsors are: Sawyer Motors, Tower Products, Sawyer Savings, DJ Brian, Saugerties High School Lip Sync, Pine Grove Lodge B&B, Saugerties Village Apothecary, Benson Steel, Kiwanis Club, Saugerties Outfitters, Stage One Auto, Lezette Express, Monday Club, Ward Backhaus Collision Shop, Ulster Savings, Paraco Gas Corp., Helsmoortel Realty, Jay Misasi Catering, Glasco Fire Dept., American Legion, Zume Floom, Simulaids, Woodstock Harley Davidson, Renegades Baseball, Saugerties Carpet and Linoleum, Center of Health, Opus 40, Don Roe Trophies, Dig, Polaski Dental Group, Stone Pony, Murphy’s Law, Morgan Linens, Saugerties Animal Hospital, Mt. Marion PTA, Grant D. Morse PTA, Knights of Columbus, Snyder’s Appliance, Price Chopper, Slice’s, Broadway Lights Diner, Renwick Clifton House, Hungry Bambino’s Restaurant, Town and Country Liquors, DJ Tony Gallo, Pizza Star, Giordano’s Pizza, Brewery at Dutch Ale House, Albany Ave. Hannaford, Main Street Restaurant, Auto Perfection, Sam’s Club, Quick Chek, Rayann’s Vintage Shop, Sue’s Restaurant, Mirabella’s, Sauger Tees, Mickey’s Igloo 3, Lox of Bagels, Dallas Hot Weiners, Village Pizza, Village Diner, Jolly Cow, Target, Judy’s Floral Shoppe, Krause’s Chocolates, The Perfect Blend Yarn and Tea Shop, Dancing Tulip, Electrodye, Kona Ice, Bruce Chargois, John Delia, Amy DiCesare, Carol Vandewater, Holly Conlon, Donna Marullo, Ethel Russo, Tenaya Maestri, Elaine Sciolino, Rodney and Christa Bronson, Denise Miller, Missy Greco and family, Heidi Sorenson, Amy Caskey, Heather Leung, Veronica Stinemire, Tom and Cathy Averill, Joanne Beaudette, Jeanette Sauer, Melinda and Larry Herzog, Heidi Whittaker, Amy Caskey, Gina Thomann, Brenda Mentz and family, Tiffany Sperl, Christine Vierstra, Victor and Susan Sachar, Paul and Cheryl Vanschaack, Brenda Igoe, Kim Denitto, Cindy Ortlieb, Friedman Family, Terri Wood, Bonnie Kirchner, Rosemarie LaTourette, Sharon Waters, Deb MacIssac, Jr. High Student Council, and the High School Student Council. We also want to thank those that gave anonymously. Your continued years of support for our school community is greatly appreciated. Thank you to all the parents, friends, Key Club, Government students and the community for volunteering, baking for the bake sales, buying raffle tickets and for coming to our fundraising events.

We also truly appreciate all the hard work that the Senior advisor, Veronica Stinemire did to make our Class of 2014 year memorable. And as always, we appreciate the support of our custodial staff, teachers, staff and the Saugerties Central Schools.

 Susan Sachar and Missy Greco
Jr./Sr. PTSA Post Prom Committee