1 may be a fool’s day to some, but anyone with
a deep love for local streams sees the date with elements of
true spirituality. After all, that’s when Trout Season
officially kicks off, and those who care about flies and a certain
heady side of our region’s heritage get a chance to get
back out on the Esopus, Woodland Valley, Bushnellsville, and
other local creeks. Hey, with this also being the 50th anniversary
of Trout Unlimited’s founding, some say it may even auger
busier tourism activity from this beloved sport than usual!
When It Comes To Replacing A Fall Roof, Two Plus Two Seems To
Add Up As Two...
By Gary Alexander
When the roof over the Olive Transfer Station staging area collapsed
under a heavy load of ice and snow toward the end of 2007, it
was assumed that landfill activities would be restored to normal
in fairly short order. After all, when a dump truck mishap caved
in the front wall of the town garage earlier that year, the
town’s insurers, Marshall & Sterling of Poughkeepsie,
had picked up the tab for the repair without a blink, according
to town officials, and the building was rapidly restored.
So, the sheltering canopy at the station should go just as swiftly
and smoothly, no?
Not so fast.
Proposed Major Staffing & Program Cuts Still Result In 9
Percent Tax Levy Hike
By Lisa Childers
Superintendent Leslie Ford is urging the Onteora school board
to adopt a budget she and OCS Asst. Superintendent for Business
Victoria McLaren are proposing that included teacher layoffs,
as well as elimination of a social worker, the county mental
health program titled FACETS, the popular INDIE program, and
elementary summer school. And still increase the local tax levy
by an average 9 percent, due to overall financial straights
shared by all.
NYC Plan To
Cut Back Stream
By Phoenicia Times Staff
used as tools to warn of
flooding in the New York
City watershed are on the
chopping block as the New
York City Department of
mulls closing a number of
them as a cost saving measure.
On The State...
Pressure Against Unemployment
Benefits As Local Stimulus Applications
By Paul Smart
While awaiting next week’s
greatly anticipated resolution
to the current state budget
impasse, which has everyone
confused regarding what’s
bluster or real among threats
to freeze state tax payments
to local communities, dramatically
cut arts and education funding,
and a host of other matters,
we wanted to key readers into
some other key economic issues
hitting home on a more personal
Jar Of Olives...
How About A Little
Bit Of Good News?
By Carol LaMonda
Enough Doom and Gloom!
The media are in a
feeding frenzy of
negative news. Enough
I say! One of the
best comments I heard
is that we are in
bought things that
were overpriced that
we did not need to
impress people we
did not like on credit
afford to sell months
later at a yard sale
at a fraction of their