Letters: May 7-14

Yes to rail trail

As I ride my bicycle along the treacherous road from Woodstock to Saugerties, I have often wished there were safer places to ride. After all , I have reached the age of 73 and realize that I am not as invulnerable as I thought I was when I was a teenager.

Now there’s an opportunity for just such a safe place to ride: 11.5 miles of rail corridor along the northern side of the Ashokan reservoir. NYC’s DEP has offered 2.5 million dollars as a start to Ulster County if the county agrees to create a multi-use rail trail there. Parking spaces, several points of entry, bathrooms, spectacular views with no permits required. NYC would keep the water in its reservoir pure and Ulster County would gain a world-class attraction.

But the County Legislature must authorize the county executive to act. It should do so while the offer stands.


Irwin Rosenthal



You can prevent forest fires

With the recent dry weather which spurred a forest fire in Craigsmoor and the Shawangunk Valley, it is important to remember to exercise basic fire safety procedures when barbecuing or having a campfire when burn ban restrictions are not in place. Always quench and dose your fires out with water and make sure the fire is completely out. Never leave hot coals in a barbecue grill, as high winds can blow hot ash and coals onto dry ground which can start a forest fire. And around July 4, if legal fireworks are being used under the supervision of an adult, always remember to put the used fireworks into a sealed metal can, especially when the weather is dry. Let’s all help make this spring and summer season safe and uneventful for firefighters across Ulster County and New York State by practicing fire safety.

Chris Allen

Ulster County legislator


Thanks for supporting Legion baseball

As we begin our 2015 baseball season we would like to take a moment to thank those who have made it possible. Costs rise every year and it is through various fund-raising activities that we are able to garner the necessary money to keep our program strong. Individuals and businesses throughout the community are gracious in giving and we really appreciate the support. If you are reading this list and not on it but would like to join our contributors please feel free to do so by mailing a check made out to the American Legion to Jerry Malgieri, 19 Hemlock Lane, Saugerties, NY.


Individuals and businesses: Naccarato Insurance, Ward Backhaus Collision, Jeff Markle, Art Russell, Sal and Rita Misasi, John and Bev Harris, Bob and Deb Lawless, Dr. Debra Koehn, Alfred and Anna Westergard, Henry and Ellen Smith, James Gage, Saugerties Animal Hospital, John and Joni Granwehr, Vince and Jen Hackett, George and Sharon Warnefeld, Bill and Donica Ball, Ray Andreassen, Ken Flicker, Marin and Pat Keenaghan, Pat and Lucy Stagich, Bob and Faye Quirk, Marie and Claude Post, Maryanne and Charles Marullo, The Exchange Hotel, Pete and Sylvia Kramer, Russ Scally Financial Services, Betty Jorgensen, John L. Brink, Saugerties Lions Club, Delores Brink, Joe and Mary Roberti, Robert and Agnes Gardner, Charlotte Wilson, Robert Kraft, William and Jennifer Ann Schaffer, Stewarts Shops, Franklin Clum, Dennis and Mary Beaver, Patricia Falzano, Central Hudson, Cliff and Florence Snyder, Helsmoortel Realty, Patricia Ritz, James Griffis, Donna Mehalak, Cliff and Carolyn Breithaupt, H L Snyder and Son, Vince and Ruthann Buono, Electronic Control Concepts, Greg and Marian Mulstay, Gerard Brice, SAA, Vince and Sharon Brennan, Andreassen Associates, Dave and Cathy Fuller , Village Diner, William and Irene Geick, Sally and Lawrence Traube, Robert and Claire Schnell, Michael Saporito Photography, Larry Marcus, Holley and Denise Carnright, Robert Howe, Good Guys Auto, Lezette Express, James Garcia, Shane Ellis, Saugerties Carpet and Linoleum, Thomas Turco, William Brinnier, Praetorius and Conrad, Jim and Joan Alberts, Polaski Dental Group, The Reis Group, Ray and Carol Scally, Fritz and Pat Beckert, Stone Pony Deli, Kenbenco Inc., Saugerties Babe Ruth, Andrew and June Jasienowski, Casino Bowling Fund Raiser: Saugerties Bowlers Club

Sign Contributors: Ten Broeck Commons, Mullen Construction, Sinnott’s Plumbing & Heating, Naccarato Insurance Agency, Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Village Apothecary, Helsmoortel Insurance Agency, Dall Vechia & Kraft LLP, H.L. Snyder and Son, Inc., KWH Builders Inc., Benson Steel, Benson Crane Service, H & S Environmental, Murphy Law Office, Mirabellas Restaurant, Greco Motors.

Golf Fund Raiser

Hole Sponsors: Dall Vecchia & Kraft, Leighton Enterprises, Sue’s Restaurant, Winnies Auto Sales, H & H Environmental Construction and Consulting, Ray Mayone Construction, Sawyer Motors, Vetere Surveying, Pappas Construction, Sawyer Savings Bank, SAA, Greg Chorvas,          Sickler-Torchia-Allen-Churchill, Mirabellas, Hrdlicka Law Office, Town and Country Liquors, Dr. Debra Koehn, Karp-Ackerman-Skabowski- Hogan PC., Derosa & Klein, Saugerties Lions Club, Stone Pony Deli, Fix Brothers Fruit, Farm, Dutch Ale House, Main Street Restaurant, Stella’s Station, MHV Fed Credit Union, Diamond Mills, C & J Plumbing, Buono Funeral Home, Smith Hardware, Marshall & Sterling, Rosenblum and Lamb Attorneys at Law, Tim Murphy Law Office, C & C Unisex Hair Design, Dent Works, Greco Motors, Lezette Express, Blue Mtn Katsbaan Mens Club, Saugerties Elks Lodge, Jim Halwick Seamless Gutters, Sinnott’s Plumbing and Heating, Ward Backhaus Collision, H L Snyder and Son, Michael Catalinotto, and Big Blue Painting. Golf Courses Donating Green Fees: Apple Green, Rondout, Woodstock, Blackhead, McCann, Red Hook, Wiltwyck, Twaafskill, Christmans Windham, Rainbow, Thunderhart, Sunny Hill, Rip VanWinkle, Lazy Swan, Catskill, Fallsview and Shawangunk.

Special contribution: Mark “Doc” Silinovich, Colette Van Derbeck, Saugerties Little League.

Thank you all!

Jerry Malgieri

American Legion Baseball