THE SEASON... To start thinking of the fragility of all life,
and the great joys that result when we lend aid to other creatures...
including our fellow humans. Happy holidays!!!
Board Mulls Over Transport & Other Matters As Snow Cuts
by Lisa Childers
Chalk it up to the snow to keep the hard work of strategic planning,
always a contentious subject in the wide and diverse Onteora
School District, at bay until 2009. A number of key issues that
seemed prime for contention at this week’s board meeting
were postponed when what everyone thought would be a monumentally
long board meeting was cut short by the start of a winter storm...
five days before the official start of winter.
Olive Takes Lead On Central Catskills Planning Efforts, Helping
By Gary Alexander
are meeting quietly to conspire about the future physical appearance
of Olive, Shandaken and the rest of the Route 28 Corridor. It’s
not a secret conspiracy. The State is joining in.
“Olive is the lead agency of the 7 municipalities (involved
in the project),’ said Olive councilwoman Helen Chase,
one of the conspirators. “It would appear that Olive is
getting the $90,000 but it’s not true. It’s all
of us that are getting it.”
Jar Of Olives...
Predicting The New Year
Despite The Bad, Good Always Prevails
By Carol LaMonda
The issue after this will be published on January 15,
2009. I predict that it will be one very busy month
from now until then. Even without an economic meltdown,
an auto industry collapse, and a new administration
at the helm, December to January is always a busy month.
First we have to decorate and undecorated the same space.
By mid January the colorful decorations have become
clutter, and we pack them away for another year. We
have to bake cookies and plan holiday meals and then
figure out how to lose the extra five pounds we gained
during the whirl of holiday parties.
Instead of January 1, our
next Olive Press issue will be out on Jan. 15, 2008.
See you then!
Two Churches & A Lot
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese
of New York, in a continuing
effort to downsize, has
put two former churches
up for sale in the St. Francis
de Sales Parish, which covers
a vast area between Woodstock
The fact that the For Sale
signs went up just before
one of Christianity’s
biggest times of year has
left a number of former
parishioners saddened, and
quite a few old-timers throughout
the area shaking their heads
at the many changes affecting
the Catskills world they
feel they once knew inside
Governor’s Budget Looks
Dire, But Local Details Are
Still Sketchy For Belleayre
So what’s the latest on
how the coming year’s
going to look? How do the budget
talks in Albany this week look
to effect us, our governments,
Gov. David Paterson has projected
a $1.7 billion current-year
shortfall, and a $13.7 billion
deficit in 2009-2010. To address
these deficits, he has submitted
an intensely detailed executive
budget filled with cuts and
new revenue ideas that does