Stories of Saugerties

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WILLIAM MURPHY

Bill Murphy, a 4th generation resident of Saugerties, loves the connection he has with the community. Whether he is working with youth to develop their sports skills or to help shape their character, or in his role as Mayor of...

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REINMUTH JOAN

Arriving in Saugerties as a single parent with 3 kids in the 70's, Joan Reinmuth found herself in unknown territory with 2 acres of land and a house with no insulation. Supported by a community, she developed the philosophy of...

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FRED COSTELLO JR

"I have a strong work ethic and see the value in dedicating time to "today" in order to have better "next days."" Spend a few minutes with Fred and you can feel the strong connection he has with a loving...

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LINDA MONTANO

"I don't do eyes because I don't want to be seen." Linda Montano is an internationally-known artist and a seminal figure in contemporary feminist performance art. She explores the relationship and boundaries between art and life through ritual, ceremony, and...

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JOE SINNOTT (PART ONE)

Joe's great-grandfather Thomas landed at Ellis Island and asked where a good place to live would be. And naturally, they sent him to Saugerties. Thomas settled in Glenerie where Joe's grandfather John was born. John married Annie, who ran Annie's...

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TAD RICHARDS (PART ONE)

When Tad Richards' mother remarried, it was to man named Harvey Fite, who lived in a house with no electricity or running water, dominated by a mountain view and a pile of rubble. That was unique enough living arrangement, but...

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TAD RICHARDS (PART TWO)

Tad tells us about taking stewardship over Opus 40 in the wake of his mother's sudden death. The early days of navigating an Earthwork and a young nonprofit. Stories about the evolution of the concert series and some of its...

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LANNY WALTER

“It’s my nature to be involved. I’m always up for a good challenge.” If there is a worthwhile cause in the town of Saugerties, Lanny Walter will get involved. Emerging from an activist family, it was a natural move for...

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RICHARD FRISBIE (that’s “ie”)

“I figured I would get old, tweedy and sit in an old chair and read every day.” Richard grew up in a tight-knit family that dominated the hamlet of Veteran and made it possible for his mother to raise five...

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JOE + JEANETTE SAUER (PART TWO)

A dry year scares you to death; a wet year starves you to death. The short answer is, there is no typical year in farming. It’s a year of hard work and hope. Joe explains the economics of making ends...

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JOE + JEANETTE SAUER (PART ONE)

Tenacity and an unwavering work ethic define the life of a farmer. At 92 years of age, Joe Sauer planted over 1,000 onion plants this past year. “Over the course of a few days,” he qualified. As if one could...

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BARRY BENEPE

Barry ended up in Saugerties because the real estate broker told him he couldn't afford Woodstock. He found a run-down farm house with loads of historical character and slowly brought it back to life. He didn't stop there; he's been...

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JUDITH SPEKTOR

"I love the anticipation of the seasons." Judith - never Judy - met Barry Benepe in 1984. Soon into the relationship, he brought her up to the crumbling old house on Van Vlierden Road. It gave her pause, but Judith...

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AUDREY KLINKENBERG (PART TWO)

Audrey explains her start in genealogy and how her insatiable curiosity has propelled her to record life and death in Saugerties. Everybody knows Audrey. And now that she's powered by a laptop and Google, rather than pen or copier, Audrey...

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AUDREY KLINKENBERG (PART ONE)

Audrey is a Daughter of the American Revolution. And a Grand Union Meat Manager. For someone deeply invested in genealogy research, both identities are important. Her father bought the sweet shop on Main Street and she describes working the lunch...

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PATRICK BUONFIGLIO

"If it's hard, you have to try harder." Not only was Patrick Buonfiglio (or Mr. B as he is affectionately called by his students), a willing and happy student in Saugerties, but he was an avid and active participant in...

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