Friday, May 29, 2009

Test your Saugerties I.Q.

by Samuel St. Ives
OK, so maybe you feel a little smug because you think your finger is on the pulse of Saugerties and that you know everything worth knowing about our quaint upstate community? Well, maybe this little quiz will help adjust that attitude. C'mon big guy or gal, show me what you've got. Answers below.

1. The latest plan for Winston Farm is:

a.) "Winston Farm Proposed Projects Museum"

b.) A "green" industrial park disguised as shrubbery

c.) a Palestinian state

d.) an 800-acre, 18-hole miniature golf course

2. Instead of high-powered rifles for deer hunting, many residents of West Saugerties prefer to use:

a.) high explosives

b.) confidential informants

c.) piano wire

d.) George Heidcamp newspaper columns to mesmerize their prey

3. The hamlet of West Camp is known for its:

a.) westerly location from East Camp

b.) loving preservation of "Dead Man's Curve"

c.) panoramic views of Alpha Cement

d.) rich Corinthian leather

4. Overnight stays at the Saugerties Lighthouse feature:

a.) swearing in several foreign languages from the crews of passing freighters

b.) free malaria screenings

c.) making finger-shadow puppets on Tivoli

d.) high-speed Internet access so you can Google river-related subjects such as "lighthouse keeper/cabin fever"

5. Saugerties teens like to drive with their sweatshirt hoods up because:

a.) it helps them concentrate on just the road directly ahead

b.) it helps them avoid bench warrants

c.) it helps muffle those annoying emergency vehicle sirens

d.) it's a stolen car

6. Tasers are used by Village Police officers to:

a.) heat Lipton Cup-a-Soup

b.) test each other's manhood

c.) jump-start patrol cars in the winter

d.) maintain decorum at Board of Education meetings

7. The new Saugerties Public Library will feature:

a.) a "Librarians Only" lap pool

b.) a separate wing to house Harry Potter books

c.) trustee pole-dancing every Wednesday night

d.) a Dewey Decimal System Museum

8. Saugerties has never had a serial killer because:

a.) he doesn't want to negatively impact tourism

b.) of the high cost of quality duct tape

c.) of the heavily armed residents

d.) after all, we are "Friendly" Saugerties

9. Saugerties is in the Guinness Book of World Records for:

a.) having manufactured the world's largest brick

b.) having planned 23 projects not built on Winston Farm

c.) its bluestone currency

d.) being 42 percent friendlier than its closest competitor, Catskill

10. The Winston Farm Alliance Mural at the corner of Main and Market streets:

a.) will be auctioned off at Christie's on September 10 (building not included)

b.) has 32 rabbits hidden in its design

c.) was painted with brushes made from recycled roadkill

d.) was one of the clues in the book The Da Vinci Code

11. The sloop Clearwater sails up and down the Hudson River promoting:

a.) the Garlic Festival

b.) Pete Seeger box sets

c.) wind-powered sailboats

d.) kinder, gentler piracy

12. Now that the village of Saugerties has been revitalized, the mayor would like to:

a.) revitalize the village

b.) point out to some of the denser residents that the village can never have too much revitalization

c.) help build a lasting monument to greed

d.) replace the Historic Review Board with colorful hand puppets

13. During these difficult economic times, what Saugerties needs is:

a.) a restaurant that accepts antiques as payment

b.) an antique store that accepts prepared food as payment

c.) a bank that makes short-term loans to purchase food and antiques

d.) a store that sells edible antiques

14. Some Saugerties teens have their lower lips pierced with rings because:

a.) it gives them the cutest speech impediment

b.) they want you to see it but pretend you don't 'cause you don't want to mention it 'cause then they can act real cool like it's no big deal and why don't you have one and then you'll feel like maybe you really aren't as cool as they are and maybe you really should think about getting one

c.) it makes a handy key ring

d.) they were s-o-o-o-o drunk!

15. Due to the ongoing recession, this year's Farmers' Market will be called "The Saugerties Times Farmers' Market" so:

a.) they can get a break on ad rates

b.) maybe all of their granola type reporters will drop a few bucks at the Market

c.) it's a good tie-in to "The Saugerties Times Velodrome" under construction on the site of the old Cantine Mill on Partition Street

d.) that stock value is preserved for both companies

16. In order to help promote tourism in "Friendly Saugerties," all residents should:

a.) be able to give convincing, if not quite accurate, directions to "Big Pink"

b.) wear authentic Dutch costumes every other weekend

c.) be able to feign awe and humility when visitors tell you they're from the "Big Apple"

d.) practice turning that frown upside-down

17. Tractor trailers should be allowed to drive through the village as much as they please because:

a.) the noise keeps the cop on the corner of Main and Partition streets from dozing off and toppling into traffic

b.) the crushed bluestone curbs at street corners make the sidewalks more handicap-accessible

c.) hey, it's not like anyone has been killed yet. Let's be patient

d.) it's fun to do that hand pump gesture and hear them blow those horns!

18. Satellite images of Saugerties show:

a.) the armies of Mordor moving down from the north like a plague upon the Earth

b.) the exact location of the mosh pit from the Woodstock '94 Music Festival on Winston Farm

c.) the new high school track is a perfect circle

d.) someone's thumb over the lens

19. To guard against black bear attacks in the Saugerties area you should:

a.) sleep only in bear-proof Dumpsters

b.) remember to pack a Rottweiler in your knapsack before setting out on a hike

c.) never pet them with anything shorter than a garden rake

d.) wear light colored clothing, tuck your pant legs into your boots and wear long-sleeved shirts. These precautions will also help to protect you from deer ticks

20. The Malden Yacht Club is:

a.) composed mainly of retired Special Operations officers

b.) getting out of rehab in a couple weeks

c.) a bunch of wimps who only go with the tide - they'll be back in about six hours

d.) just now passing Midway Island as this goes to press

Answers: 1.b 2.c 3.c 4.a 5.a 6.d 7.d 8.b 9.a 10.d 11.c 12.a 13.d 14.b 15.b 16.a 17.c 18.b 19.c 20.d

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Surface Discharge Project - Glasco Saugerties

Ulster County

Town of Saugerties
4 High St
Saugerties, NY 12477

Glasco Sewer District WWTP

Glasco Tpke & Hudson St
Saugerties, NY 12477
Application ID:

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 17 Titles 7 & 8 Municipal SPDES - Surface Discharge
Project is Located:

Saugerties, Ulster County

Project Description:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is pursuing a Department Initiated Modification (DIM) and renewal to the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Permit (NY 014 5564), pursuant to 6 NYCRR Part 750-1.18, New York State's Environmental Benefit Permit Strategy (EBPS).
The following describes the proposed modifications: The Glasco Wastewater Treatment Facility is a municipal wastewater treatment facility. The permit is for a discharge of 0.424 mgd. Effluent limits are for secondary treatment with year-round disinfection. No changes in effluent limits are proposed. Permit pages have been updated based on current department guidance, format and nomenclature. The modification also includes several other minor reporting modifications. The facility has surface discharge into the Hudson River, a class A water.
Availability of Application Documents:

Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection during normal business hours at the address of the contact person. To ensure timely service at the time of inspection, it is recommended that an appointment be made with the contact person.
State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

Project is an Unlisted Action and will not have a significant impact on the environment. A Negative Declaration is on file. A coordinated review was not performed.

SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The permit type is exempt or the activity is being reviewed in accordance with federal historic preservation regulations.
Coastal Management:

This project is located in a Coastal Management area and is subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.
Opportunity for Public Comment:

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Jun 26, 2009.

Teresa Diehsner
NYSDEC Headquarters
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Cantine Dam in Saugerties Village using Photosynth

A different perspective of Cantine Dam with images stitched together using Photosynth by Microsoft. You have to download photosynth player to view. Get it. It's very cool.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Saugerties Partition Street Project is Alive!

Without fan fare or hype, the postponed Partition Street Project seems to be alive and well again. Saugerties Village Planning Board held their Wednesday meeting this evening at 7:00PM with Tom Struzzieri, principal partner of Saugerties Partition Street Project in attendance. The hired architect for the convention center and hotel project presented the Planning Board with a two-dimensional drawing of the buildings' facade. Though little details were discussed [or questions asked], the planning board expressed their approval with favorable comments regarding the color drawing.

Other than Mr. Struzzieri's entourage, the meeting seemed void of many of the concerned citizens that prior meetings attracted. Let's hope that the promised "public meetings" will be announced soon before the project is finished.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Saugerties Times' Editor "Confuses"

The editorial by Will Dendis on April 9 is very misleading as he tries to guess as to Mayor Yerrick's [equally confusing] dismissal of the Saugerties Village Historic Review Board.

The New York's State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) requires the Village of Saugerties’ Historic Review Board to be a part of the review process for the Partition Street Project. In New York, planning boards, town boards, city councils and other government agencies must comply with strict procedures for the review of environmental impacts of proposed projects that they approve. If the procedures are not adhered to, citizens may challenge the decision in court, generally seeking to annull the decision in question and the environmental review process starts over.

When Will Dendis refers to the current historic Review Board (whom the mayor has tried to remove) as “inserting itself into the process” and that the Historic Review Board has "run amok”, the Saugerties Times editor has totally misrepresented the facts. The current board (Dave Minch, Michael Sullivan Smith and Rosemary Brackett) are required by SEQRA to form an opinion as to the project’s appropriateness. Since they are listed as interested agencies at the beginning of this process, they should remain in place until it’s resolution.

The SEQRA review process involves negotiation between interested parties, developers and the citizens of the Village of Saugerties. The Historic Review Board followed Village law and neither Mayor Yerrick [or Saugerties Village Board] has the authority to usurp the Village's own laws. Will Dendis is entitled to his opinion, but first he should get his facts straight.

Diana Bryan