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Saugerties businesses in it for the long haul

Saugerties businesses in it for the long haul

The famous and successful Elda Zulick of Grist Mill Reality and I spent a recent afternoon chatting about the changing face of Saugerties, now decorated with Dancing Tulips, Happy Paws, Love Bites and Diamond Mills. Some longstanding businesses that have endured the changing times are still with us.

Saugerties couple with Glasco dojo bonded through martial arts

Saugerties couple with Glasco dojo bonded through martial arts

Ellie Leffler, a lithe pre-teen with wild curly brown hair, moves with poise and distinction beyond that of the typical 12-year-old. Running through a “kata” — a Japanese word for a choreographed series of blocks and offensive movements — her form is perfect and her mind, it appears, is blank or elsewhere. She exemplifies “mushin,” a Japanese word for “no mind” that describes the ideal, reflexive way in which a kata is performed once it has been rooted in a student’s muscle memory.

Bakery brings back the past(ry)

Bakery brings back the past(ry)

Although other Saugerties bakeries undoubtedly put out some great goods, the loss of Lachmann’s Pastries in 1999 after a 60-year presence on Main Street left a gaping hole in the town’s palette. Until this year, when Drew and Bridgette Pineiro set up shop in Barclay Heights to revitalize Ralph Lachmann’s previously retired recipes.

Cindy Saporito ascends to the Sawyer Savings board

Cindy Saporito ascends to the Sawyer Savings board

Change has arrived at the Sawyer Savings Bank in Saugerties. Cindy Saporito, senior vice president and chief operating officer of the bank she started working at as an auditor fresh out of Ulster County Community College 33 years ago last month, has been named to the 147-year-old financial institution’s board of trustees.