The Shandaken Zoning Board of Appeals has rendered a verdict
in a long standing dispute over the height of a newly built
garage, and has voted to force the owner to actually lower
the height of the structure.
For Brian Scism, the owner of the garage, this means having
to cut over three feet of the walls off and somehow lower
the roof system. Scism, who has been battling the zoning board
for over two years, was at least granted a setback variance
to legalize the problem of the garage being built too close
to the property line.
This long festering case of a Phoenicia landowner allegedly
building a massive garage illegally took a turn for the worse
one year ago. Ten months after being told he must tear down
the garage, Old Plank Road resident Brian Scism faced legal
action in October 2008 by the town of Shandaken. At that time
the Town Board authorized Supervisor Peter DiSclafani to hire
an attorney to legally force the removal of the building.
Gina Reilly, the town’s Code Enforcement Officer, said
that when she took office in January, 2008 she notified Scism
that the garage, located just a few feet off the shoulder
of the Old Plank Road in Phoenicia, must be torn down. The
building, which is larger than Scism’s house, is built
too close to property lines, town officials have long said.
In 2007 the courts decided that the garage, already framed
and partially sheathed, was in fact in violation. An appeal
of that decision by Scism was unsuccessful, but the building
remained despite the order to remove it. Scism not only failed
to remove the structure but continued building it in an attempt
to protect the structure from the elements. More sheathing
was installed and a new overhang was built on the side of
the garage to protect an RV that Scism parks there.
Scism, who could not be reached for comment, appeared last
year before the Shandaken Zoning Board of Appeals in an attempt
to get that board to grant him relief from the law but was
This time around he was.
The ZBA also required that Scism screen the property lines
with plantings to protect neighbors from the view of the garage.
Bennett, Kielson accounting consultants are going over Ulster
County Executive Michael Hein’s proposed 2010 budget
with a fine tooth comb after the county legislature hired
the company, which does similar work for most other area counties,
asking that they present their findings and recommendations
in the next few weeks.
County Legislature Chairman David Donaldson has said is hopeful
lawmakers will be able to save some of the 30 jobs that are
slated for layoff at the present moment.
Projected sales tax projections are also being looked at for
possibly being higher than reality.
Hein’s proposed budget comes in at just under $350 million
with a tax levy increase of less than 3.5 percent.
Stay tuned… especially as the state continues wrestling
with its figures and our local towns finalize their own spending
plans for the coming year within the coming week, with last
looks showing Shandaken wrestling in a figure of about 2 percent
in terms of taxpayer increases over last year, and Olive’s
a little over 6 percent, depending on how much unexpended
balance gets used.
What’s With Flu?
According to the county health department, testing for the
influenza-like illness is not being conducted by the State
for every person who has flu like symptoms, at the moment,
because the NYS Department of Health has chosen instead to
monitor the prevalence of the disease through test sampling
at designated medical practices and facilities around the
state. For this reason, pinpointed local data is not available;
however, there is statewide data to provide trend information
on various fl strains, including the H1N1 type commonly known
as Swine Flu, showing so far that the overall level of flu
activity is currently moderate but appears to be increasing
when compared week to week. The number of people hospitalized
with flu is currently low, according to records, but also
appears to be increasing.
As of this time, the health department has added, H1N1 vaccine
supplies are still far below potential demand, with only 700
does administered countywide to date, although it is noted
that we are still early in the “flu season” so
this is not deemed a serious problem yet. Going forward, the
Ulster County Health Department has added that they do not
expect that there will be a shortage of the vaccine, even
though exact availability and demand numbers are not predictable.
They will publicize the availability of vaccination clinics
as soon as adequate vaccine supply is confirmed.
As more vaccine becomes available, it is added, the initial
doses available will be given to five target groups, as established
by the federal Center for Controlled Diseases: Pregnant women,
health care workers and emergency medical services personnel,
persons who live with or provide care for infants under six
months of age, children and young people ages six months through
24 years, and persons age 25 through 64 years old who have
medical conditions that put them at higher risk for serious
illness and influenza-related complications.
For additional info. Visit www.UlsterCountyNY.gov/health.
And hold tight. Be patient…
The Onteora High School Guidance Department will be hosting
their annual College Fair on Friday, November 13th from 9-11am
in the High School Gymnasium. Admissions counselors from approximately
50 regional colleges and universities will be available to
provide information and to answer questions about their schools.
All Onteora High School students and their parents are welcome
to attend. For further information, please contact the Onteora
Guidance Department at 657-2373.
Meanwhile, “Proactive!” is the new buzzword being
utilized in our and other Ulster County districts as Ulster
BOCES Instructional Services starts pushing its new Supportive
Learning Environments and Positive Youth Development (SLE/PYD)
protocol, which is seeking to better instill Positive Behavior
Systems in students via new behavior patterns.
According to the program, negative consequences for inappropriate
student behavior – detention, removal of privileges,
and other punitive measures – do not address the cause
of the behavior, nor do they provide incentive for students
to change underlying attitudes. Constructive steps begin with
a philosophical overhaul – what is being called a “Systems
Change” where the new goal is to inspire a climate of
cooperation, constructive discussion, and a problem-solving
approach to behavior.
The comprehensive SLE/PYD process may require a commitment
of three to five years to fully impact a cultural change in
the system, BOCES is adding. Fundamental is the conviction
that individuals are life-long learners, meaning that teachers
and students learn from each other, encouraging young people
to form intellectual partnerships and mentoring relationships
with positively minded adults while the adults work to ensure
that students feel respected by the learning community.
A decision on the future of Native American casino gaming
in the Catskills could be known in the coming weeks according
to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, who has said that he got
the word from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. If the blanket
ban set by former Secretary Dirk Kempthorne is overturned
or modified, the senator is also urging the Interior Department
to evaluate the applications that have already been submitted
instead of forcing interested parties to go through a reapplication
“I am hopeful that they will allow Indian tribes to
do casinos even if it’s not on their reservation,”
he said. “They didn’t tell me that, but I am just
getting some vibes that we might, might get a good decision.”
The Stockbridge-Munsee seeks to build a casino in the Town
of Thompson and the St. Regis Mohawks sought to build one
at Monticello Raceway, both in Sullivan County. Years ago,
there was also conjecture, and state legislation, that called
for a third casino within Ulster County that has not been
discussed in recent years.
In January 2008, Kempthorne denied the Sullivan County applications
along with 21 other off-reservation land-into-trust applications.
In related news, the Ellenville-based Nevele Grande Resort
and Country Club, which has long been rumored as a potential
casino site, is back on the auction block after a deal for
the purchase of the property fell through.
Steve Kutner, director of marketing for AuctionAmericaRealty.com,
said the sale was canceled when funding didn’t arrive
in the country in time to meet the sale deadline and Town
Supervisor Edward Jennings of Wawarsing, where the property
is located, said he was disappointed by the news.
The financially troubled resort closed abruptly after the
Fourth of July weekend, putting more than 100 people out of
work. AuctionAmericaRealty.com had been hired to sell the
closed hotel through a public auction. The auction was canceled
after a buyer for the property came forward.
Kutner said the deal fell through when the funding, which
was coming from overseas, was delayed due to the Patriot Act.
But he added that there is interest by other bidders in the
facility and he expects that the property will be sold.
In 2000, Stratford Business Corp., also of New Jersey, purchased
the facility for a reported $15 million. During the following
three years, the new owners put about $11 million into improvements
at the facility. When the work was done, the property boasted
682 guest rooms, 70,000 square feet of meeting rooms, hundreds
of acres of recreational lands, five swimming pools, weight
and exercise rooms, 15 outdoor and eight indoor tennis courts
and 27 holes of golf. And that’s all just nearby several
other similarly-sized resorts in the area.
Prior to the recent deal falling through, most of the overdue
taxes for the property were paid off to county, town and local
school district recipients.
The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, the
regional non-profit environmental group that’s currently
celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, named an interim
director while a search gets underway for a new executive
director to succeed Lisa Rainwater, who will be stepping down
from the position later this month after a year and a half
on the job.
Rainwater began her tenure at the Catskill Center in July
2008; her last official day as Executive Director will be
November 16. The Board of Directors has hired Dr. Dan Palm
as Interim Director, who will take the helm officially on
A search committee to find Rainwater’s successor has
been assembled, co-chaired by Sibyl Golden and Frank Sanchis.
But a press release announcing the hiring of Palm came out
“The board of the center accepts her resignation with
regret,” Golden said in a prepared statement. “She
and her leadership of the center will be missed.”
The search committee leaders have sent a statement to leaders
and organizations in the Catskills seeking input. The job
description refers to the Catskill Center’s territory
as “a mosaic of many small and picturesque communities
striving to provide a high quality of life for residents and
visitors.” It notes that the region is home to New York
City reservoirs and the Catskill Park and Forest Preserve
and features landscapes of unmatched scenic beauty.
The job description also states that the Catskills present
a national model of the effort to successfully balance the
many competing interests, such as New York City, the state,
the federal government and numerous local jurisdictions.
The search committee leaders say the Catskill Center is looking
for a chief executive with outstanding leadership, communication
and fundraising skills and that the candidate must be enthusiastic
and prepared to apply entrepreneurial thinking and skilled
follow-through to support the organization’s approach
to conservation and development.
At a 40th anniversary celebration in July, Rainwater, who
became executive director in June 2008, said the Catskill
Center’s mission has, at times, been a precarious balancing
“This hasn’t been an easy mission,” she
said. “In fact, it has often put us at the center of
controversy. But controversy often opens the door for dialogue,
and with dialogue comes a better understanding of the needs
of the community and who we are as an organization. We are
privileged to have operated in this wonderful region for four
“When Lisa joined us some 15 months ago, The Center
had been spending much of our energy and resources over the
previous 5 years on the Belleayre Resort controversy,”
said Board President H. Claude Shostal in a release this week.
“We asked Lisa to focus on rebuilding our connections
to the communities we serve, upgrading our administrative
and financial procedures and revitalizing and integrating
our community planning, education and cultural programs. Lisa
has made great progress in all of these areas. We are sorry
to see her depart. We wish her well in all of her future endeavors.”
Palm comes to The Catskill Center from a recent position as
Interim Director for the Watershed Agricultural Council (WAC),
also based in Delaware County. Dr. Palm holds a Ph.D. in Natural
Resource Economics from Pennsylvania State University. He
has also served as Staff Economist for the Susquehanna River
Basin Commission and Regional Director of the New York State
Department of Environmental Conservation. He has worked in
similar Executive Director capacities for the St. Lawrence-Eastern
Ontario Commission, Executive Director of the New York Forest
Owners Association, and as Interim Executive Director for
the WAC in 2003.
“Dr. Palm understands life in the Catskill Mountain
Region and is committed to the mission of The Catskill Center,”
noted Shostal. “His experience as a professional management
consultant will assure a smooth transition at The Catskill
Center during our search for a new Executive Director.”
The deadline for applications and nominations for a new executive
director is Dec. 11.
In a move that could bring elevated national prestige and
levels of federal funding to the region, Congressman Maurice
Hinchey has unveiled new legislation he’s authored that
would initiate the process for the Hudson River Valley special
resources study by the National Park Service via a bill that
would authorize the NPS to conduct a study of the Hudson River
Valley to determine if the area could benefit from NPS programs
and to make recommendations to Congress on what further action
should be taken.
Hinchey emphasized that what is envisioned would not affect
private property, or the ability of counties and municipalities
to continue to control their own planning and growth. The
legislation explicitly states that any future NPS designation
must respect the rights of private land owners. There would
be no forced land acquisition activities permitted.
“We’re not creating a public national park, here,
or anything like that,” he insisted. “What we’re
creating is an understanding, and recognition and enhanced
responsibility of the federal government on the importance
of the projects, and on buildings, and on the history of this
Hinchey made the announcement on Nov. 2 at the Hudson River
Maritime Museum, on the Rondout waterfront, accompanied by
museum officials and several government and private agencies,
including the DEC and Scenic Hudson.
Already, the NPS is involved in funding and management at
several sites within the valley and region, including the
Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park and Thomas Cole House in Greene
In order for the Hudson River Valley to become part of the
National Park System, a congressionally-authorized NPS study
must be conducted. Hinchey’s legislation would authorize
such a study from Fort Edward in Washington County down through
Westchester County. The study would entail significant outreach
to local communities and extensive research and cataloging
of the region’s resources. If the NPS’s study
finds that the Hudson River Valley would be a good fit as
part of the National Park System then subsequent legislation
would be needed to make that designation.
While the NPS would have a lot of discretion during the study
process, Hinchey’s bill outlines specific guidelines
to ensure that the study recognizes the realities of the Hudson
River Valley, similar toi the ways in which the Catskill Park
acknowledges specific landowner realities. These guidelines
require the NPS to closely examine park unit models, in particular
national river and recreation areas, as well as other landscape
protection models, that encompass large areas of non-federal
lands within their designated boundaries, foster public and
private collaborative arrangements for achieving NPS objectives,
and protect and respect the rights of private land owners.
Designating the Hudson River Valley as a unit of the NPS,
would dramatically increase the level of funding and attention
that the NPS could invest in the region. Historic sites would
be eligible for new aid, local communities would be able to
work more effectively with the NPS to protect natural resources,
and recreational resources, such as trails, would be enhanced.
As a National Heritage Area, the region receives about $1
million in federal funding annually.
Hinchey said as the region celebrates the 400th anniversary
of Henry Hudson’s historic voyage, he believes it is
fitting to consider how to protect and promote the landscape
into the future in an area in which much of the Revolutionary
War was fought, aspects of the U.S. Constitution were debated,
and the first successful steamboat was launched.
Jeff Rump, executive director of Clearwater, described the
proposal as a “new paradigm” for looking at national
parks that goes beyond the wilderness.
Hinchey said the region’s inclusion into the national
park system could be modeled after the Mississippi River’s,
which was establish in 1998 and includes 72 miles of the Mississippi
River stretching from the cities of Dayton and Ramsey to just
south of Hastings, Minn.
In addition to authoring legislation to designate the region
a National Heritage Area, Hinchey noted when he was a state
assemblyman he was behind legislation that led to the creation
of the Hudson River Greenway, which created a process for
voluntary regional cooperation among 264 communities within
13 counties that border the Hudson River.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has received funding from
New York State and the U.S. Government to begin flood and
other studies of the Willowemoc Creek basin in Ulster and
Sullivan counties. Their first efforts will be to model existing
conditions in the basin to document past flood damages with
high flows and rain events. The majority of the study funds
will be needed for this modeling effort as well as comparing
any potential alternatives later in the study. They are currently
gathering all existing data and identifying data gaps. Survey
crews will be in the area around the first of November to
get the remaining data needed for the models. During the study,
sources are saying, there should be no reason for residents
to be concerned that they may be prioritizing restoration
over flood damage reduction. The restoration alternatives
will be analyzed along with flood damage reduction alternatives
but restoration alone isn’t driving the study. ACE will
hold public meetings later and send out newsletters to ensure
the community is involved and informed throughout the process.
Word is the rest of our Catskill creeks will both benefit
from these studies, and be up for similar flood reduction
alternatives over the coming decade. Especially given the
changes in climate...
After 6 years in the area, Reverend Richard McSherry has announced
he’ll be leaving the Phoenicia-based United Methodist
Church in the coming weeks, to take a new post further upstate.
A native of southern Vermont, McSherry is moving back to that
region to help care for his elderly mother and expects to
relocate by November 20.
“I’ve had a great experience here, in the church
and in the community.” said McSherry.” “I’ve
made some really wonderful connections, reaching out to the
Methodist and Catholic community. It’s been terrific,
and I’m going to have a very difficult time saying goodbye.”
McSherry didn’t know at this point who the Conference
of United Methodist Churches might be planning to have assume
his duties at the three local UM facilities, though he expressed
confidence they’ve got great people to choose from and
the community would be very well served.
Local municipalities and public schools are being urged to
apply for Recovery Act funding currently being made available
through NYSERDA to improve efficiency through renewable energy,
clean fleet projects, and other alternative energy initiatives.
Through a new state legislative budgeting act, NYSERDA has
made $6.8 million available to entities located in the region.
The deadline for applications is November 23.
“Energy costs make up a significant percentage of the
budgets of our local governments and schools,” said
Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, a sponsor of the new funding. “By
helping to implement cost saving efficiency measures we can
reduce the burden on property taxpayers and contribute to
the development of the clean energy economy.”
Altogether, Governor David Paterson has announced that $24
million in funding has been awarded to support 87 energy conservation
projects to counter recent cuts in his budget. The projects,
which were competitively selected under the State Energy Program
and include the NYSERDA monies, represent the first round
of funding this program. Primary selection criteria includes
technical viability, cost-effectiveness, demonstration of
compliance with program requirements, and cost sharing. Measures
funded this round include installation of lighting and lighting
controls, photovoltaic systems, high efficiency biomass boilers,
solar thermal and small wind generators and alternative-fuel
refueling stations and vehicles. For more information about
these programs visit http://www.nyserda.org/funding/1613rfp.asp.
The federal stimulus package, which has been passing billions
of dollars through the states for distribution to counties,
is expected to spend over $1.2 billion in the Hudson Valley,
Governor David Paterson also announced this week. Pattern
for Progress President Jonathan Drapkin, head of one of the
region’s key “large picture” economic development
organizations, said in answer to the Gov’s announcement
that the funding program should not have been called the stimulus
package, but rather a stabilization program.
“The categories of spending for individuals from food
stamps and unemployment, or for county governments in the
areas of Medicaid and education, are really helping in the
sense of stabilizing the economy, although, as we know from
watching the increase in unemployment rates, which still have
grown dramatically over the last 18 months, that it would
have been worse had this money not been put into the economy,”
The report released the day before Election Day, which includes
spending that is administered by the state as well as spending
that flows directly from federal agencies to local governments,
institutions and individuals, showed totals of $153.2 million
for Dutchess County to date, $23.9 million for Greene, $221.8
million for Orange, $57.7 million for Sullivan, $103.6 million
for Ulster, and $552 million for Westchester county to date,
with more yet expected.
The Shandaken Food Pantry, located at the Methodist Church
Hall in Phoenicia, is in need of cash contributions and food
donations. It recently had to change its schedule from every
Thursday to the last Thursday of the month, from 10 am to
12 pm. Jane Todd, who runs the Food Pantry, says the need
for food has grown tremendously in the past year and they
had to cut the hours because of diminishing funds and contributions.
She hopes this will be a temporary cutback in services.
To donate money, send a check made out to Shandaken Food Pantry
to: Shandaken Food Pantry, c/o Town Clerk, PO Box 67, Allaben,
NY 12480. You can drop off a donation of food, etc., at the
Methodist Church Hall in Phoenicia.In addition to food, you
could donate items that are not covered by Food Stamps: toilet
paper, paper towels, detergent, and personal hygiene articles
such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap. The pantry also
accepts pet food.
In related news, UPAC, located at 601 Broadway, will be collecting
non perishable food items as well as paper/cleaning products
(soap, detergent, toilet paper, etc.) to be distributed to
the community via Queens Galley located at 254 Washington
Ave, a not for profit organization providing relief, awareness,
education and prevention of food insecurity throughout the
county. UPAC attendees will be able to bring food items when
they attend performances as well as during UPAC box office
hours (11am – 5pm Wednesday through Friday).
For more information contact the UPAC Box Office at 339.6088
or Queens Galley at 338.3468 in Kingston.
Finally, food stamp benefits known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program) can now be applied for online or over
the phone, instead of by having to go to Kingston, by calling
334-5200 or visiting www.myBenefits.ny.gov
An Ellenville man was killed on a recent morning when the
all-terrain vehicle he was riding went off a road in western
Ulster County and struck a tree, state police said.
Troopers at the Ulster barracks said Jason Lark, 23, was riding
the ATV westbound on Greenville-Sundown Road in the town of
Denning about 8:30 a.m. on Halloween morning when he lost
control of the vehicle, went off the shoulder and hit a tree.
Lark, who apparently was wearing a helmet, was pronounced
dead at the scene.
Troopers said they were alerted by friends of Lark’s
whose home he had left just before the accident. The crash
site was about 3 miles north of the Rondout Reservoir.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC) and
Ulster County Farm Bureau will host an evening of celebration
with fine food and live entertainment for their annual dinner
and silent auction at the Twin Lakes Resort, 198 Heritage
Drive in Hurley, on Friday, November 13, at 6:00pm. Among
the individuals being honored for their countless hours of
volunteering and dedication to community-minded programs this
year will be Phillies Bridge Farm in New Paltz, Peggy Lapp
of High Falls, Lucky C Stables, Inc. in New Paltz, SUNY Ulster
in Stone Ridge and Chester “Chet” Karwatowski
of West Shokan.
In a related release, Cornell Cooperative has announced that
its popular Master Gardener Horticulture Hotline will be changing
their hours of service to 9:00am to 12:00pm on Fridays only
from November 1, 2009 through March 1, 2010. The Hotline number
is 845-340-DIRT. Messages can be left at anytime but will
only be returned on Fridays from 9:00am to 12:00pm.
The Master Gardener hotline provides the public with free
gardening advice. Other services offered are pH soil testing
and Insect/Disease Identification.
Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by Cornell Cooperative
Extension of Ulster County experts in the art and science
of gardening. They provide the public with gardening programs
and activities that draw on the horticulture research and
experience of Cornell University.
If interested in learning more about the Master Gardener Program
call Dona Crawford at 340-3990 or visit www.cceulster.org.
On Saturday afternoon, Nov. 7, the Catskill Mountain Foundation
will present the second program in its “Women in Film
Series” at the Mountain Cinema, Rte. 23A, Hunter, from
1 to 3 PM when Iris Cahn, an editor of feature films and documentaries
and longtime local resident, explores the life of pioneer
filmmaker, writer, actor, and producer Helen Gardner in a
special free presentation.
“It is hard not to present the story of Helen Gardner
in theatrical terms. It plays as a storyline of woman discovered,
woman triumphant, woman discarded and all but forgotten,”
says Cahn of her presentation. “Helen Gardner has a
right to be remembered, resurrected, not just as a film actress,
but as one of America’s pioneer filmmakers, writers
As the second person ever to produce a feature-length film
in America, and the first woman to do so, Helen Gardner should
have been assured a place in every published film history
in the pantheon of directors of the silent era. Gardner produced
at least 11 films and acted in more than 30. But when Iris
Cahn included Gardner’s work in a lecture in 1994, she
could find only two lines mentioning her in any published
film text, and that was on her work as an actress. Fortunately,
at least two of the films Gardner produced, Cleopatra and
A Sister to Carmen, have since been restored and Gardner’s
granddaughter, Dorin Schumaker is writing a book about her
grandmother’s career, so that lack should soon be remedied.
For those not familiar with Gardner’s work, Iris Cahn
will present a biography and overview of Gardner’s films,
including clips of Cleopatra at the Mountain Cinema second
floor theater in Hunter.
Visit www.catskillmtn.org for further info.
Bright Hill Press of Delaware County has announced a call
for manuscripts for its 16th annual poetry book competition.
The winning poet will receive publication, $1,000, 25 copies
of his/her published book, and national distribution of his
or her collection of poems. Postmark deadline is November
30, and results will be announced in the summer of 2010, with
publication in 2011. This year’s winner was Robert red
hawk Moore of Arizona; his manuscript, “Raven’s
Paradise,” was selected by poet Rhina Espaillat, of
Massachusetts, and will be published in 2010.
Poets submitting manuscripts may include a padded, 6 x 9 envelope
or a sturdy 9 x 12 envelope with $2.50 postage, and Bright
Hill will send a free BHP poetry book.
Manuscripts will be judged anonymously. Send 48-64 pages,
plus bio, table of contents, acknowledgments page, and two
title pages, one with title of manuscript only, one with title
and name, address, telephone, and email addresses. Poet’s
name and other identifying material should not appear anywhere
else on manuscript. Individual poems may have been published
in journals or anthologies, but complete manuscript may not
have been published elsewhere. Manuscript must be paginated
and secured by bulldog or spring clip; no bound manuscripts
or manuscripts in book form. Manuscripts will not be returned;
include self-addressed, stamped envelope for results only.
More than one manuscript may be submitted, but each requires
a reading fee of $25 for non-Bright Hill members or $17 for
Bright Hill members.
Manuscripts will first be read by regional poets; who will
select up to 25 manuscripts as finalists; those manuscripts
will be sent to the awards judge (to be announced at close
of competition) for determination of the winner.
For more information, see the web site at http://www.brighthillpress.org
; or contact Bright Hill 607-829-5055.
Two Good Causes
Infiniti Family Chiropractic is offering a comprehensive spinal
screening and the chance to begin chiropractic care for a
minimum $20 donation which will be used to fight hunger. Proceeds
will be distributed to local food agencies by the NY Giants
Foundation. The program called Project HOPE, now in its 12th
year, is organized by the NY Chiropractic Council and runs
from November 16-21. To schedule an appointment call Dr. Emily
Bobson at 679-2111.
Onteora’s track teams ruled at the Mid-Hudson Athletic
League cross country championships at Ogden Mills State Park
Onteora claimed the girls crown, unseating two-time defending
champion Rhinebeck and having all five of its scorers finish
in the top 20 for 61 points. Behind Emily Waligurski were
Kim Wiley (eighth, 20:56), Cara Ugolino (14th, 21:41), Erica
Beesmer (18th, 21:59) and Alex Nichols (19th, 22:07).
“This was a hard race, but I’m so proud of my
teammates,” Waligurski said. “We thought we could
compete with Rhinebeck. They have some very experienced runners,
but we ran our best today.”
Indians coach Patrick Burkhardt was ecstatic about his team’s
win, Onteora’s first since 2003.
“I gave the girls the advice of going out there and
running their race,” Burkhadt said. “I didn’t
want them to let anyone else dictate how they ran. We were
not expected to win this, but our five went out and collectively
did their jobs. Emily’s race was especially impressive.”
The Olive Free Library Board of Trustee meetings are open
to all, and the following dates are scheduled, for the coming
year: November 18, 2009, January 20, 2010, March 10, 2010,
April 21, 2010, May 19, 2010, June 16, 2010.
The librray’s Holiday Craft Fair will be held Saturday,
December 12th, and from now on up until the 5th, their used
books will be available downstairs, by the box or bagfull,
all one can digest.
Hey, if you haven’;t been by in some time you’re
due... call it the brainy center of Olive... a treasure!