Hudson Project Festival may draw 20,000 a day

In a few days, thousands of people will descend upon Saugerties to take part in The Hudson Project music festival at Winston Farm. And while those thousands of people are expected to stay on site several days, local officials and the festival promoter said the disruptions to the surrounding community should be kept to a minimum. In fact, they have repeatedly said the number of concert attendees is equivalent to the number of visitors the annual Garlic Festival attracts each of the days it is in operation. “This is a big event for Saugerties and may include 20,000 festival goers, including those camping on site for three days and those attending on a daily basis,” town Supervisor Gregory Helsmoortel said in a statement. “The town of Saugerties and Ulster County have been working with MCP Presents, the Colorado promoters, for several months to ensure a smooth and safe concert for those attending and for the community as a whole.” Jonathan Fordin, president of MCP Present…
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Saugerties July 4 schedule of events

No one does Independence Day quite like Saugerties. Here’s the plan for 2014: Friday, July 4, 11 a.m. Parade in village. The Fourth of July Parade will be held on Friday, July 4 at 11 a.m. on Washington Ave. Line-up starts at 10 a.m. A veteran’s division has been organized to pay tribute to all World War II veterans on the 70th anniversary. All World War II and Korean War veterans are invited to be part of the parade, riding in jeeps, cars or trucks of the WWII era and it’s expected that each veteran will be announced as they pass the reviewing stand. All veteran’s posts, detachments or units of any kind from the surrounding counties are invited to march with their post colors. Korean veterans may choose to be part of a Korean War group or remain with their home post, and posts with members unable to march may bring a car for them to ride in. Any veteran or veterans organization interested in marching may email Bob at rchappelle@hvc.rr.com or call (845) 246-7972. Indicate nu…
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Saugerties’ Benjamin unveils book on Hudson Valley history

“Early shafts of a red dawn rise on the eastern horizon, penetrating the sky as if wounding it, tomahawk-style… The great river’s form appears as a slightly arching shaft indented by a few protruding landforms, freckled with marshes and a few scattered islands. Let us say that in the center of this lush landscape a human form appeared more than 10,500 years ago.” The passage is from page one of “The History of the Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness to the Civil War”by Saugerties writer Vernon Benjamin. More than 18 years in the making, this extensively researched book is a comprehensive history of the early Hudson Valley, part one in a planned two-part series. Benjamin guides us from the Paleolithic period through the incursions of Henry Hudson and the Dutch settlement of the New World, the Revolutionary and Indian Wars to the growth of commerce through the Civil War. Within the pages of this history, Benjamin explores the geology of the river as well as its multi…
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Annual Ulster Chamber of Commerce Community Breakfast

The Hudson Valley Farm Hub will be the focus of attention at the June 26th Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting, scheduled for 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Wiltwyck Golf Club, 404 Steward Lane, Kingston.

Over the past three years, the Chamber’s June breakfast meeting has grown into a Community Breakfast, a celebration of the community, with the chamber also recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding local students and student-athletes.

The Community Breakfast is open to all businesses and members of the community, who will have a chance to celebrate a significant new initiative revolving around the former Gill Farms in Hurley. Guest speakers Brooke Pickering-Cole and John Gill will discuss the Local Economies Project (LEP) and its recently established Farm Hub, which is being developed on 1,255 acres of prime farmland stretching north-south from Kingston to Marbletown along an historic corridor known as the Hurley Flats.

The morni…

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RX painkillers drive heroin use in Saugerties

The sharp increase in the use of prescription opiates and heroin across the Northeast has not spared Saugerties. Of the 34 arrested in last week’s drug sweep, five of the seven Saugerties suspects were arrested for opiate possession— two for heroin, three for oxycodone. “We have definitely seen an increase in opiate addiction here,” says Bill Delaney, program manager of Rehabilitation Support Services, a halfway house in Barclay Heights. “At least half our population is heroin-addicted. Alcohol addiction is second. We saw mostly crack and cocaine in the past, but this past year the amount of people coming in with opiate addiction has become the most significant.” One Saugerties resident, “Jennifer,” was willing to tell us her personal story under an assumed name. “My son [age 19] and his girlfriend were really involved with pills and heroin up until Christmas, when we did an intervention,” she said. “I sent my son out to California to live with his sister. It is of …
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