News Briefs 2/28/2008
An invitation went out this week to all Onteora Parents to
attend a community meeting to discuss the Onteora Board of
Education’s proposed district configuration and bond
measures on Wednesday, March 5th at the Hickory at 743 Route
28, between Kingston and Woodstock, from 7 to 9 PM The meeting
has been organized by Onteora Parents (groups.yahoo.com/group/OnteoraParents),
a group of parents “who are concerned about the proposed
Grades 5-8 configuration for our Middle School, the prospect
of closing another Elementary School, and the cost of the
related Bond Measures.
A recent slow day at the Town of Olive transfer station was
punctuated by a cautious law enforcement response to the report
of a possible incendiary device seen by an off duty police
officer who was dropping off his refuse.
Upon examination of the device by County, State and Homeland
Security law enforcement officers, Angelo Nogue, 42, of West
Shokan, a part time employee of the transfer station was charged
with placement of a false bomb. He was questioned at the Ulster
County Sheriff’s office in Kingston and issued an appearance
ticket for Town Court, where he was arraigned on Feb. 20th
and given a March 5th return date.
Mr. Nogue said that “It was a potato shooter that I
was making from junk,” and added that “It looked
like a bomb without the tube attached”.
A potato cannon is an old time rural diversion that consists
of a combustion chamber into which a liquid or aerosol fuel
is injected and ignited, thereby propelling a potato out of
an attached tube high into the air over a long distance.
Town of Olive Supervisor Berndt Liefeld, foster father of
Mr. Nogue said, “It was a half made potato cannon that
was left out overnight and it looked like some sort of device.
It’s frustrating but they had to play it safe with the
increased security concerns. Angelo has been put on unpaid
leave until this is resolved. Unfortunately it did look like
some sort of home made incendiary device. I hope it’s
According to Ulster County’s new District Attorney Holly
Carnright, the much-anticipated Grand Jury investigation into
the budget and time overruns that occurred during construction
of the county’s new Law Enforcement Center is currently
“active,” albeit without any clear closure dates,
or public information, in view yet. Except for the fact that
it all has to be wrapped up by the end of March.
“It’s before the grand jury now,” Carnright
said in an interview this week. “The grand jury will
eventually choose to 1) come up with criminal charges, 2)
decide there will be no such charges, or 3) create an investigative
The D.A. added that he was not at liberty to say how the proceedings
were going to date, or predict either a timeline or outcome
for how the case will be continuing.
The current Grand Jury action was first announced last September
when Carnright’s predecessor, Donald Williams, sent
out a press release noting his receipt of a copy of the final
report from Ulster County Legislature’s Special Committee
to Investigate the Planning, Pre-Planning and Construction
of the U.C. Law Enforcement Center, prepared by that committee’s
consultant, John Mavretich.
“The Special Committee has now requested that this Office
examine its findings and, due to the Special Committee’s
own resource and time constraints, other allegations that
the Special Legislative Committee was unable to explore more
fully,” Williams wrote on September 25, 2007. “In
the course of our communications with the Committee, we were
advised that based upon newly discovered information, a referral
to our Office was likely. In light of that, on August 24,
I made a formal request to the Office of Court Administration
that a Special Grand Jury be convened.”
That Grand Jury, Williams noted, started its work on October
3, 2007, “for a Term of up to six months.”
“The Grand Jury will conduct its inquiry as expeditiously
as the scope and the importance of this matter permits,”
Williams concluded. It is my desire that the Grand Jury complete
its work by the end of my term on December 31st, 2007, but
there will be no constraints upon its review, other than as
provided by law.”
At the time, Williams seat was being contested by a Democrat
candidate, an Independent, and Carnright, a fellow Republican.
Carnright, speaking about another Grand Jury investigative
report completed by Williams before the end of his term, involving
charges against a West Hurley couple who allegedly allowed
alcohol to be served at a post-Prom party that a driver in
a fatal DWI accident attended, noted that any such report
would be kept secret unless all parties named in it moved
for its release.
“Grand Jury Investigative reports go to the presiding
judge in each case,” Carnright said. “If a person
is named, or involved, they have to get notice. Only they
can move to open up such a report… These matters are
As for the jail investigation, he added that unless charges
were made, a report would need the okay of those named in
it to be released to the public.
Vincent Grant, 50, and son, Brandon Grant, 22, were both arrested
after a report of shots being fired in the area of 8846 Route
28 in Shandaken after a domestic dispute wound up with each
attacking the other. Police say Brandon pushed his father
down a flight of stairs and hit him over the head with a glass
bottle. The father then took a rifle and threatened the son.
The son then wrestled the rifle from the father and shot at
the house nine times.
Brandon Grant was charged with criminal possession of a weapon
in the third degree, reckless endangerment in the first degree,
assault in the second degree and harassment in the second
degree. Vincent Brant was charged with menacing in the second
degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.
Vincent Grant is the son of former Shandaken town supervisor
Neil Grant. The father and son were also arrested last summer
after a rock fight on Main Street in Phoenicia, which involved
The father, Vincent, was released to appear at a later date;
the son, Brandon, was remanded to the Ulster County Jail in
lieu of $15,000 cash bail or $30,000 bond.
The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) has launched a new
grant program to fund stream corridor protection projects
where floodwaters threaten lives or property in populated
The Stream Corridor Protection Program is intended to mitigate
or correct existing situations in hamlets and villages that
present imminent and substantial danger to homes, businesses
or other structures and the people who occupy them. Projects
must be consistent with recommendations in applicable Stream
Municipalities may apply for grants up to $100,000 for projects
to correct or alleviate flood impacts. It is recommended that
applicants seek assistance from local Soil & Water Conservation
Districts (SWCDs), and request an on-site consultation with
program staff, before developing their proposal. Design fees,
permit and environmental assessment costs, construction expenses
and labor provided by municipal workers are eligible expenses
under this program. Matching funds are not required.
Grant proposals will be reviewed by CWC and the NYC Department
of Environmental Protection, in consultation with local planning
boards, code enforcement officers and SWCD technicians. Proposals
may be submitted at any time. Application forms and guidelines
can be found at www.cwconline.org/programs/stream_corridor.
After months of debate, Ulster County legislators passed a
new “Social Host” law in recent weeks on a 29-2
vote, with ‘no’ votes from Jeanette Provenzano
and Robert Aiello. The legislation puts the responsibility
for providing alcoholic beverages to minors at a private residence
on the adults or parents who are there, with $250 fines and
up to 15 days in jail for those caught not complying. Currently
New York State law provides for a fine for someone who purchases
alcoholic beverages for minors, but does not address situations
like house parties, where many minors often drink, and may
be offered the alcohol by parents or other of-age adults.
Some at the final session argued there should be an element
of education in the legislation that sanctions the judge in
the case to send the defendant or defendants to a county-approved
agency as part of the punishment. Former County District Attorney
Don Williams, who is also fighting for the state to act on
the issue, said education is a huge part of the punishment
for the crime, but the decision should be at the discretion
of the judge. He also lambasted those supporting the education
Called by most in attendance, “one of the more wrenching
debates in recent memory,” the session involved families
who have lost members in alcohol-related accidents sharply
divided on whether the new law would live up to its intent.
Marie Shultis, who lost a brother many years ago in a drunk-driving
crash, and has spearheaded a student activist group, fought
for the ‘education component’ with a number of
local students backing her up. Howard Dean-Lipson, whose son
Andrew died in a crash involving several young people last
May, made an emotional plea to adopt the law as is, mandating
penalties for both the drinker and the parent and along with
Williams, was critical of Shultis for working with Zephyr
Dresser-Peck, the teenager who Williams is prosecuting for
being the driver of the car in which Dean-Lipson died.
Shultis later said she would keep fighting to add an educational
component, supported by local law enforcement agencies, to
the law in the coming years… something that several
legislators said they could eventually support.
Up In Albany…
Rumors were flying up in Albany all week as Gov. Spitzer was
said to be set (by several leading longtime journalists there)
to try and oust Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno as soon
as next week if Democrats actually won an all-important special
state Senate election set for this Tuesday.
“Democratic insiders said secret talks between Spitzer’s
operatives, key Democrats and potentially supportive Republican
senators have taken place during the past few weeks to prepare
for ousting the Rensselaer County-based GOP Senate leader
since 1995,” wrote the New York Post’s Fred Dicker,
who’s also been ghosting recent Belleayre Resort pep
rallies of late. “While Bruno was picked last year for
what is supposed to be a two-year term, he can be replaced
immediately if Senate rules are changed by a Democratic majority.
A Democrat win would give Republicans just a single vote control
in the 62-member Senate, and “flipping” one Republican
senator would bring about a tie. That would allow Democratic
Lt. Gov. David Paterson to cast the decisive vote in a rule-changing
battle aimed at picking a Democrat as the Senate’s new
According to Dicker and other Albany insiders, the possible
flipper everyone’s been talking about is none other
than our own Sen. John Bonacic, who has not only stood up
to Bruno in the past, but has more recently stood close to
Spitzer, especially over the Governor’s on-the-table
plans for a ramped-up Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, complete
with support for the Belleayre Resort.
Complicating matters has been a Senate move by Bruno supporter
Sen. Jim Seward of neighboring Greene County, which is seeking
to set up a Blue Ribbon Commission to look into private/public
competition in the ski and other recreation industries around
New York state. Bonacic has been noticeably mum on the Seward
moves, and all other matters, over recent weeks.
Ulster County will receive 108 new voting machines for its
like number of polling places for use in the November election.
The county elections commissioners agreed to buy the Sequoia
ballot marking device with optical scanner, which will cost
Ulster County about $1.4 million, 95 percent of which will
The Sequoia voting machines include ballot-marking devices
with a built-in optical scanner. Much of the concern county
Legislators had over the new machines was whether or not they
left a paper trail, ensuring that a recount - if needed -
would be as accurate as possible.
County officials have said that the machines are not complicated,
but some level of voter education is necessary in order the
make the process run smoothly. One possible difficulty is
that if voters forget to mark part of the ballot, the machine
recognizes this and rejects the ballot. Similarly, if too
many votes are cast the ballot is rejected.
This doesn’t mean the voter’s ballot is negated,
say ofcficials. The machine simply points out the issue to
the voter and double checks if they purposely withheld a vote.
Part of the impetus to buy new machines stems from the Help
America Vote Act, a national mandate that will require counties
to purchase up-to-date voting machines.
The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development announced
on February 26 that Executive Director Tom Alworth has accepted
a position with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation
and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) as Deputy Commissioner for
Natural Resources, where he will be responsible for the stewardship
of the resources in parklands across the state.
“After seven years of outstanding leadership, which
has brought the Center to an unprecedented level of respect
and influence, Tom Alworth will be leaving us shortly”
said Catskill Center Board President, Claude Shostal, “He
will be sorely missed.”
Alworth has been with the Catskill Center for seven years
and reflecting back on them he said, “It has been an
honor to work in such a special place as the Catskills with
a very special and unique organization like the Catskill Center.
I have made many great friends here.”
Shostal added, “Although the Center will certainly miss
Tom, we know he has left us on solid footing and the Catskill
Center will continue to provide the leadership and vision
to maintain a sense of place across the Catskills through
education, policy development, regional planning and diverse
The Catskill Center’s mission is unchanged and will
continue to be the region’s advocate for the Catskill
Park and the New York City watershed.
Alworth will begin in his new position with OPRHP in mid-March
but will continue living in the Catskills.
“We love it here and look forward to enjoying this place
for a long time.” he said.
A search committee has been formed by the Catskill Center
Board to find a new director in the coming months.
The Catskill Center recently created some controversy by signing
onto an agreement for the building of a large resort adjacent
to state-owned Belleayre Ski Center after leading a coalition
of environmental organizations against same project.
It is currently working with municipalities along the Route
28 corridor to come up with a means of distributing $500,000
in state-provided Smart Growth funds made available in the
so-called Agreement in Principal put forth by Gov. Eliot Spitzer
in Kingston last September.
A wave of bonds sold by U.S. municipal borrowers with rates
set through periodic auctions have failed to attract enough
buyers recently as banks including Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
and Citigroup Inc. that run the bidding wouldn’t commit
their own capital to the debt. Rates on $100 million of bonds
sold by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, with
bidding run by Goldman, soared to 20 percent yesterday from
4.3 percent a week ago, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Presbyterian Healthcare in Albuquerque and New York state’s
Metropolitan Transportation Authority also had failures, officials
Our own Onteora School District is presently considering taking
a bond measure between $60 and $75 million to public vote
in the coming year for needed repairs to local schools along
with a major district restructuring.
Investor demand for the securities, according to Wall Street,
has declined on waning confidence in the credit strength of
insurers backing debts, and on reluctance by dealers to submit
bids and risk ending up with too many bonds. The failures
in a market where local borrowers have more than $300 billion
of debt outstanding follow unsuccessful auctions of student
loan-backed bonds last month.
“It’s the beginning of the end for the auction-rate
market,” said Matt Fabian, a senior analyst with Concord,
Massachusetts-based Municipal Market Advisors. “Banks
have stopped supporting the market.”
The turmoil in the auction-rate market is the latest fallout
in a credit squeeze that began with the subprime mortgage
market collapse last year and led to at least $133 billion
in credit losses and asset writedowns. For borrowers, the
failures mean higher borrowing costs just as the economy is
slowing, threatening revenue.
The Woodstock Little League and the Olive Town Board have
agreed to apply to Little League International to merge their
respective children’s baseball teams in 2008 in order
to strengthen both leagues and field better competition in
Little League District 16. The move comes in response to changing
demographics and increased competition from other activities,
two critical factors that have resulted in decreased registrations
for most children’s baseball programs over the past
few years, most notably in the age nine through 12 division
of Little League known as the ‘major leagues’.
‘Woodstock had three major league teams last year but
many of the kids have aged out. We might barely field two
major teams this year. That’s a real problem because
if we can’t, we are in danger of losing our charter,”
said Woodstock Little League President Lee Wind. “We’ve
had very good numbers in the five to eight year old group,
but it will take at least two years before those kids can
move up to the majors and I’d hate to think ‘What
if they have nowhere to move up to’?”
Olive Recreation Director Gene Sorbellini is similarly faced
with the possible demise of Olive’s independent leagues
going into the 2008 season. If he cannot maintain his program,
Olive children would be forced to register with Hurley Little
League which already has six strong teams, having won the
district championship last year.
By merging with Woodstock in what will prospectively be called
the ‘Onteora League’, Sorbellini and Wind hope
that they will create at least four major league and four
t-ball/minor league teams (for 5-8 year olds) and thereby
increase the possibility of viable competition with Hurley,
Kingston and other District 16 leagues.
“A merger of two smaller equals helps to ensure that
children are not assigned to a team where they don’t
play with their friends or interact with parent volunteers
familiar to them, “said Sorbellini
The fact that many of both town’s children attend the
same Onteora schools, (potentially for a longer period going
forward with the proposal of a new grade 5-8 school) as well
as the proximity of the towns’ fields, seem to make
Olive and Woodstock natural partners.
“Merging with Woodstock is a very exciting and welcome
change that will offer many benefits to both communities,
“said Sorbellini. “I see this expansion creating
new friendships, better players and most importantly, a stronger
Little League in District 16.”
Wind cited the high price of gasoline as a factor that discourages
Shandaken parents from driving their kids three or four times
a week down to Woodstock fields. “Our boundaries go
far down Route 28 to Pine Hill, but if those kids could play
at Olive fields, we’d see more of them I’d imagine.
The same goes for Olive since Hurley extends far south. Woodstock
is closer to Olive on the whole.”
The application process now involves several levels of review
beginning with District 16 Administrator Nick Gantner, the
Regional Manager and finally, Little League Headquarters in
The Catskill Watershed Corporation will sponsor two training
sessions for members of area planning boards and zoning boards
of appeal on Wednesday, Mar. 19 (snow date Mar. 20) at American
Legion Post #216, Main St., Margaretville. Trainers from the
NYS Department of State will lead the classes which may meet
state training mandates for planners and zoning board members
if their respective town boards approve. Verification forms
will be provided to those who attend the classes.
“Local Planning and Zoning: Who Does What to Whom and
When?” will be offered from 10 a.m. to Noon. “Making
a Good Record: Minutes, Findings and Decision Documents,”
will follow from 1 to 3 p.m.
Advance registration is required by March 7. Call Kim at 845-586-1400
for a registration form, or go to www.cwconline.org/news/events.html.
In what is being billed as a major boost for the Hudson Valley
economy, Congressman Maurice Hinchey joined leaders of The
Solar Energy Consortium recently to announce the signing of
the first big manufacturing partnership with the consortium.
The deal will create new jobs in Ulster County this year with
a total of more than 400 new jobs over the next four to five
years. The manufacturing partner will work to produce solar
panels that are more efficient than existing photovoltaic
Hinchey has been aggressively pushing the House leadership
to quickly pass a bill that will extend tax credits for alternative
sources of energy in order to boost the research and production
of solar products and to provide tax credits for consumers
so that solar panels can become more mainstream… which
would then serve as an economic boon to the region.
A Fleischmanns junk yard operator was arrested recently for
fraudulently insuring cars that he then registered for undocumented
and unlicensed workers in Delaware and Ulster counties, according
to the state Insurance Department. William Hrazanek, 61 of
Old Route 28, Fleischmanns, was charged with felony insurance
fraud and offering a false instrument for filing. He could
be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison if convicted, the
Insurance Department said. He was arrested by the Insurance
Department’s Fraud Bureau, with assistance from state
Hrazanek, who owns a major car junkyard right in the center
of the historic village he calls home, is accused of fraudulently
providing insurance and auto registration for 40 used vehicles
with high mileage sold to unlicensed drivers. Under state
law, only citizens or legal residents with Social Security
cards can apply for driver’s licenses. Investigators
said none of the individuals had Social Security cards.
Hrazanek may have collected as much as $30,000 a year in fraudulent
insurance and registration sales. The alleged scam occurred
over a period of four years. Hrazanek’s insurance company,
American Transit Insurance, calculated their premium loss
for 40 vehicles over that span at $522,823. Authorities are
working with the state Department of Motor Vehicles to suspend
the invalid registrations. Police would be able to impound
the vehicles if they are driven again without valid insurance
Hrazanek was arraigned in the Delaware County Court and released
on $5,000 bail. He is scheduled to return to court in March.
The Reservoir United Methodist Church on Rte 28 in Ashokan
is inviting all artists in the community to submit framed
or free-standing art work for its inaugural art exhibition,
“Seeking the Sacred.”
“The Reservoir congregation wants to welcome the community
into our new facilities, connected to the beautifully renovated
church sanctuary, in a special way. In gratitude for the gift
of this space and the natural beauty that surrounds us, we
want to extend hospitality to the community where we live.
With all the talented artists in these mountains, we hope
to host an art exhibit filled with sacred beauty, depth of
expression and divine inspiration,” said Rev. Lucy Jones,
pastor of the Reservoir UMC.
The exhibition will run from March 29 through May 3, with
an opening reception on Saturday, March 29th from 3-5 pm.
Artists may submit work that is ready to hang or is free-standing,
on Tuesday March 25, from 12-5. For more information, please
call 657-2326 or 657-5107.
Want A Rebate?
If you want one of those recession-busting rebates, you’ll
have to file a tax return… or so goes the official word
from the Internal Revenue Service. This could be confusing
to seniors who do not ordinarily file tax returns because
their income is either so low or could include seniors whose
main source of income — or only source of income —
is Social Security or certain types of veterans’ benefits.
If you’re in that category — whether you live
in your own house, in an apartment or in government subsidized
housing — you may not have filed a return in a number
of years. But now know this: You won’t receive a rebate
automatically; you’ll have to file a Federal Income
Tax return first. You won’t have to actually pay any
tax. But by filing a return, you’ll give the IRS the
information it needs to issue you a rebate — such as
your name, address, Social Security number and the amount
of your income for 2007. Remember that you generally need
at least $3,000.00 of “qualifying income” for
2007 to be eligible for a rebate — and “qualifying
income” includes Social Security benefits as well as
certain types of veterans’ benefits. You will be able
to obtain free tax preparation and tax filing service by contacting
any of the various AARP Tax Aide sites throughout the county
for an appointment. Further information can be requested by
calling the Ulster County Office for the Aging at 845-340-3456
or toll free 1-877-914-3456.
Police claim to have broken up a multi-state marijuana distribution
organization in which hundreds of pounds of pot were transported
from the state of Arizona to Kingston via the New York State
Thruway. Members of the URGENT task force executed seven search
warrants in recent weeks, six in Ulster County and One in
Greene County. The investigation was begun by Illinois State
Police in Moline, Illinois, where Troopers stopped two vehicles
on I-80 and arrested four Ulster County residents who were
in possession of over 120 pounds of marijuana. Police contacted
the URGENT task force, which flew members to Moline to interview
the individuals. That revealed several locations where cash
and marijuana were being sold and stored leading to raids
at two addresses in Kingston, two in Rosendale, one in the
town of Ulster and one in the Town of Catskill. URGENT members
seized over 10 pounds of marijuana, 200 ecstasy tablets and
about $17,000 in cash. The investigation revealed the organization
was selling between 40 and 50 pounds of marijuana a week in
Ulster and Greene counties. Members would fly to Arizona up
to four times a week, buy pot and then ship 15 to 75 pounds
at a time to safe houses and drops using various shipping
companies. They would also occasionally drive larger loads
from Arizona to Ulster County in rental vehicles.
Also on the drug front, a West Hurley man accused of distributing
crack cocaine in Ulster County was so combative in court that
he had to be arraigned while sitting in a holding cell at
Kingston police headquarters. Police investigating crack cocaine
trafficking in the northeastern part of Ulster County arrested
alleged Bloods gang member James “Jab” Mosley,
31, of 1472 Route 28, West Hurley, in Uptown Kingston, where
a search of Mosley’s 2004 Honda revealed crack cocaine
and marijuana. After inspection by a Kingston police dog,
members of URGENT dismantled the vehicle’s dashboard
and located 40 additional grams of crack cocaine hidden in
the vehicle, they said. A search of Mosley’s residence
revealed a loaded .38-caliber handgun, marijuana and drug
packaging materials, police said.
While in holding at police headquarters, Mosley became violent
and caused damage to his cell. He was later transported to
the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.
The flu season is getting worse, and U.S. health officials
say it’s partly because the flu vaccine doesn’t
protect against most of the spreading flu bugs. The flu shot
is a good match for only about 40 percent of this year’s
flu viruses, officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention are now saying.
44 stateshave reported widespread flu activity this season,
and the number children who have died from the flu has risen
to 10 since the flu season’s official Sept. 30 start.
This past month, one such tragedy occurred in
Each winter, experts try to predict which strains of flu will
circulate so they can develop an appropriate vaccine for the
following season. They choose three strains- two from the
Type A family of influenza, and one from Type B. Usually,
the guesswork is pretty good: The vaccines have been a good
match in 16 of the last 19 flu seasons, but the vaccine’s
Type B component turned out not to be a good match for the
B virus that has been most common this winter. And one of
the Type A components turned out to be poorly suited for the
Type A H3N2/Brisbane-like strain that now accounts for the
largest portion of lab-confirmed cases.
In recent weeks, the World Health Organization took the unusual
step of recommending that next season’s flu vaccine
have a completely different makeup from this year’s.
H3N2 strains are treatable by Tamiflu and other antiviral
drugs, but the other, H1N1 Type A strains are more resistant.
Of all flu samples tested this year, 4.6 percent have been
resistant to antiviral medications. That’s up from fewer
than 1 percent last year.
The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center has prevailed in
a legal battle with the City of Kingston over its proper status
as a non-profit concern that is eligible for property tax
exemption. In March 2007 Kingston’s assessor denied
The Center’s application, claiming the Center was primarily
a social organization. The Center appealed to the Board of
Assessment Review, but the Board denied that appeal. Saddled
with a tax bill of $9,000, the Center filed suit in court
to compel the City to recognize that its activities entitled
it to the exemption.
Through the efforts of the Center’s attorneys, the City
recently acknowledged that the Center’s activities meet
the legal requirements for a tax exemption, and the parties
stipulated to a court order saying so.
The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center was founded in 2005
to advocate and educate on behalf of the LGBTQ community in
the Hudson Valley. Since that time, the Center has attracted
more than 1,100 dues-paying members and is creating programs
to empower the LGBTQ community to achieve their maximum potential.
LGBTQ refers to the sexual orientation and/or gender identity
of the community served: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender
and queer people. To learn more about the Center, visit www.lgbtqcenter.org.
Area historian Diane Galusha, who is preparing a book on the
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and its work in the Catskills
region, is seeking memorabilia, information and photographs
about the 1930s-era New Deal camps. Camps were located at
Margaretville, Tannersville, Breakabeen, Boiceville, McClure
and Masonville. Images are especially sought of CCC enrollees
working on Woodland Valley, North Lake, Beaverkill and Devil’s
Tombstone State Campgrounds; on Simpson Memorial Ski Slope
in Phoenicia; and on Mt. Utsayantha, Page Pond and Rock Rift
fire towers. CCCers also planted millions of trees, built
hiking trails, fire access roads, and stream improvements,
and battled area forest and brush fires. They also helped
area communities recover from floods and dig out when blizzards
If you have a story to tell, or photos or information to share,
please call her at 845-586-4973, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s Master
Gardeners will help anxious gardeners prepare for the 2008
growing season by re-opening their Horticulture Hotline on
Monday, March 3 for the season. Experts at Cornell Cooperative
Extension of Ulster County’s Master Gardener office
located at 10 Westbrook Lane in Kingston will be available
to answer home horticulture questions on Mondays, Wednesdays
and Fridays from 9:00am to 12:00noon through October. The
phone number is 340-3478 (DIRT).
The Horticulture Hotline offers free, unbiased, research-based
information and advice to more than 1,000 home gardeners annually.
Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by Extension experts
in the art and science of gardening and also available in
the office for soil testing and plant and insect identification.
The cost is $5 for plant and insect identification and $3
for soil testing.
For more information call Master Gardener Program Coordinator,
Dona Crawford at 845-340-3990 or visit http://counties.cce.cornell.edu/ulster.
8 Days A Week?
Onteora has used up seven of its alloted 6 snow days, as of
press time. From here on in, officials say, the district will
be losing first it’s post-Easter MOnday holiday, March
24, and then start eating into what would have been a week’s
Spring Break beginning March 17.
Let’s hope we’re not in for a White Easter...
and that Global Warming doesn’t look like this from
here on in!
Henry William Guendel, an engineer who lived in the Boiceville
for many years, died February 20 at Benedictine Hospital.
He was 79. Born May 11, 1928 in Hoboken, NJ, son of Johannes
A Guendel and Johanne S. Guendel. He was a graduate of Somerville
High School in NJ, and upon graduating he enlisted in the
US Navy and served aboard the USS Waldron. He attended the
Stevens Institute of Technology, earning a degree in engineering
in 1952. He did graduate studies at New York University, receiving
a masters degree in 1957.
Mr. Guendel worked as a research engineer at the Stevens Institute
of Technology Powder Metallurgy Laboratory in Hoboken and
National Micronetics in Kingston. He worked the balance of
his career at Phillips Electronics (formerly Ferroxcube) in
Saugerties where he served in several managerial posts, including
in the areas of material, process and product engineering
of ceramic ferrite materials used in diverse electronic products.
He was a member of Christ's Lutheran Church in Woodstock and
a member of Olive Senior Citizens. He was also a member of
various Masonic organizations and was a past member of Ulster
Lodge 193, F& AM, Patron of the Emmanuel Chapter 517,
OES and High Priest of Mt.Horeb Chapter 75, RAM, and was a
member of the Cyprus Shrine of Albany.
Survivors include his wife, Grace Moeller, whom he married
in 1953, a daughter Carol Guendel of Dallas, TX, two sons,
Carl of Boiceville and Peter of Waltham, VT.; and two grandaughters.
Services are being held at Lasher Funeral Home, Woodstock.