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  1. Eddie Feldmann
    August 24, 2020 @ 7:41 pm

    Chris – great article about my old hometown Saugerties. One of those buildings on Partition street was my home and the home of my parents deli until the 80’s. Olsen and Co. used to be the garage where we played Wiffle Ball when it rained. Thanks for bringing back some great memories and reminding me what a great place it was and still is to live and hang out for a few days.

    • Jai Amrod
      March 6, 2021 @ 9:54 pm

      Hello Eddie, It has been a long time. I have followed your career from Columbia, Missouri where I’ve lived for a long time. The Saugerties we knew is gone, but it’s great to see the buildings that remain. I visited your grandmother, my Aunt Helen, a couple of times, prior to her stroke. I last saw your mom in 2003 after my dad Vincent died. Did you know that Helen Keeley appears for a brief moment in a short film by now-renowned director Debra Granik?
      I don’t know if you remember my older sister Claudia who was a nun. She died on February 23rd and Covid was a contributing factor.

      Your second cousin, Jai Amrod (formerly “Joey”)

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  3. Susan Parker Brandt
    August 25, 2020 @ 8:49 am

    Growing up there was wonderful. Safe little town with children able to ride their bikes alone, safely “uptown” to spend their allowance on junk at JJ Newberry’s or off to watch a bball game at the park. Personally I liked it better with real shops not all the touristy ones today. The “Buttonhole” was my favorite and caused me to major in Textiles… Montana’s shoes where you actually got “fitted”… London’s for a quick new outfit… Halpert’s Jewelers whose diamond still adorns my left hand. Ah, I suppose most adult’s wax lyrical about the times of their childhood, free from the concerns of adult life.

  4. mark smith
    August 25, 2020 @ 9:51 am

    Nice article Chris….but it would have been nice to mention the Saugerties Chamber of Commerce’s street art. This years theme is artists painted butterflies titled ‘Fluttering Around Saugerties’.

  5. Linda G Enright
    August 25, 2020 @ 6:52 pm

    John Hall (Orleans) wrote a song about Saugerties back in the 90s. Will Saugerties grow gracefully? They didn’t want industry coming in and ruining the beauty of this little town. John moved closer to NYC, jobs left Saugerties, and now the NYC people are coming to the upstate area and acting like arrogant animals. I miss the little town I grew up in. But it became time to move where the better-paying jobs are. Did Saugerties grow gracefully, I think not.

  6. Melissa Sposato
    September 1, 2020 @ 6:01 pm

    Hi there, I have been meaning to get to Opus 40 for years and years and figure I am not getting any younger so I decided to ride down there for this upcoming long labor day weekend. Then I remembered you went there (a post from years ago) so I went to this site and see you went again recently and led me to all these wonderful things in that town! Now I am super excited to check all these places out, I really thought there wouldn’t be anything in that town to see. Thanks for the post!