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John Vargo

John Vargo

Boating on the Hudson editor

Wednesday, 03 August 2016 20:00

“He just wanted to give back a little bit”

by Leslie Spencer

George Mann, a retired educator and local boat owner at White’s Marina in New Hamburg, NY said, “He just wanted to give back a little bit”, when he developed the idea to take veterans on boat rides followed by a picnic lunch. He began by contacting Nelson Rivera, director of Veterans Services, Dutchess “He just wanted to give back a little bit” by Leslie Spencer County Department of Behavioral and Community Health, who collected names of veterans and guests who would like to participate.


Tuesday, 02 August 2016 14:46

William Emslie - 1937 - 2016

William M. “Bill” Emslie went to his eternal rest on June 12, 2016 after a long illness. Born at Vassar Brothers Hospital on December 6, 1937, he was the son of Weston S. Emslie and Lillian May Beckett. Bill graduated from Arlington High School. On April 18, 1964, he married the love of his life, Lorraine Josephine Sommers in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Lorraine survives at home.


by Pete Bardunias, President/CEO, the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County

Larry Jensen is a classmate of mine from our formative days in the Lakeland school district in Shrub Oak. His family used to own a popular office supply store on Route 6 in Mohegan Lake, and they were a fixture in the local community. The “big boxes” eventually drove the Jensens out; Larry and I graduated from Lakeland in the early ‘80s and went our separate ways. We eventually reconnected thanks to the power of the Internet, and found ourselves living not too far apart – me in upstate New York, Larry in Vermont, although he traveled often throughout the USA by motorcycle, kayak, bicycle and boat with Lexie, his beloved Yorkshire Terrier.


by Pete Bardunias, President/CEO, the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County

Perhaps you are seeking to throw the boat on the trailer and cruise up the Thruway to the many inland bodies of water north of Albany. If so, there is a really great alternative that you may not have heard about, and that’s big, majestic Saratoga Lake, just a few short miles north of Albany. In the Lake’s southwest corner is a big marina, a newly refurbished restaurant and even some lakefront cabins for rent, so perhaps now is the time to consider checking it out


One of the least known of US government agencies is also the oldest!

In 1807, Thomas Jefferson signed a law authorizing a survey of the U.S. coast, leading to the establishment of the U.S. Coast Survey – the predecessor of NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Its mandate was to survey the coast and inlets of our navigable waterways for safe navigation.


Thursday, 30 June 2016 10:42

Tug Auction & Tugboat Trail Esopus, NY

The Tugfest Committee for the Town of Esopus is preparing for another Tug Auction and Tugboat Trail. This year our committee is excited to announce the addition of 10 Esopus Meadows Lighthouses and 15 Tugs to our fleet .It was a pleasure to meet friends from Boating on the Hudson at our last event. This year’s auction will be Saturday, September 24th with a rain date of the 25th. Our event will begin at 10:00am and the auction at 3pm at Headless Horseman – Hayrides and Haunted Houses (# 1 Tourist Attraction in U.S. for a Halloween Event).


Wednesday, 29 June 2016 15:40

A Boater’s Paradise!


Picture this; a beautiful, one owner home, with a deepwater dock, (5 feet at extreme low tides and 10 feet at high tide), and calm water out in front at all times! For those of you looking for a piece of paradise, here it is!

During every season there is activity happening in the fresh water creek which passes right by this beautiful home.

In the spring months of April and May, the yellow perch fishing is phenomenal and thousands of spawning herring arrive. At the same time, huge striped bass feed on the herring while getting ready to spawn. The largemouth bass create habitats right under your dock and at the edges of the creek.

Sounds like paradise to me! To someone who is a boater, and a fisherman, with a love of the outdoors; this is a superb place to live.


In what promises to be a spectacular opening to the 2016 Hudson River boating season, Liberty Landing Marina will host three days of AC45F foiling catamaran racing like nothing that has been seen before.


Since 2011 when the new generation of AC 45's were developed, testing and then incorporated into the America Cup world wide racing circuit, these boats have generated tremendous video coverage.  Now they are coming to New York harbor and will be seen by millions on Mary 7 & 8 2016.

While the official race course and U S Coast Guard regulations have not be set, we do know that one of the turning marrks will be off of the tip of lower Manhattan.  The official  center for the races is Liberty landing Marina, Jersey City.

Friday, 29 January 2016 15:16




By John H. Vargo, Publisher

Only 20 miles south of Albany at exit 21B on the New York Thruway, the Village of Coxsakie is similar to towns you would find driving 40 miles north of Albany!

Quiet, laid back, very friendly with a terrific school system, you can walk to any place in town in a matter of minutes. Whats more important this fifteen year old home is right A home to raise a family in Great Value! $329,000

The Village of Coxsakie, unique....MORE

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