Over The War
Olive, Anxiety Rises Over The Direction
Our Nation's Now Taken...
Televisions are on. Newspapers are selling fast. People
are gathering in what public places they can, quietly
acknowledging the omnipresence of our current War
with Iraq. And yet there's a surprising quiet in the
air. In many cases, only the protests, the questioning,
is being heard with any regularity. The outpouring
of flags that followed September 11 haven't spread.
There have been few requests for quiet time, or public
comments on our patriotism, since the first bombs
fell on the evening of March 19, two days after President
Bush announced his intentions over the television
during the midst of our cities normally boisterous
St. Patty's Day celebrations.
Prepares For Big Meetings, Plus New Votes On Budget & Board
Onteora School Board is wavering between closing the West Hurley
school and reorganizing the elementary schools at both ends
of the district into upper and lower grades (the so-called "Princeton
Plan"). Having rejected the two options that involve multi-age
classrooms, the board is awaiting Superintendent Hal Rowe's
recommendation, to be made next Monday, March 31, along with
his budget proposal. Rowe said he will offer two proposals,
with different combinations of elementary school reorganization
and district-wide program cuts so the board could see the options.
TO ROLL... Rob Naggie of the Harlem Wizards wowed kids
at Phoenicia School with his basketball magic Monday. The Harlem
Wizards will be playing at Onteora High School Saturday, April
5th from 1 to 3 PM. Tickets are $7 for students and seniors
and $9 for adults and are available through all Onteora district
elementary schools. Proceeds benefit the Bennett Elementary
York City Closes Its Causeway Booths But Shuts The Lemonsqueezer
At first the booths on either side of the dividing weir
crossing the Ashokan between Winchell's Corners and Olivebridge
started going unmanned. Then the booths came completely
down, leaving everyone to wonder what was up in town.
Finally, as of March 19, new barriers went up closing
the narrow Monument Road roadway crossing the Olivebridge
Damfrom the causeway to Route 28A. And closed the old
"lemonsqueezer," also fondly referred to as
the "gun barrel" by some, has stayed ever since.