On Monday, May 31 at 9:30AM there will be a Memorial Day Parade
and ceremony to honor the men and women who sacrificed their
lives to defend the honor and principals of our great nation.
The parade will begin at the West Shokan Post Office and proceed
to the Veterans Memorial on Watson Hollow Road, where the
ceremony will be held. Music will be provided by the the Onteora
High School Marching Band. In the event of rain, the ceremony
will be held under the pavilion at Davis Park, which is adjacent
to the Town Hall.
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has
launched an expanded Marcellus Shale web feature on its website
which outlines in detail the basis for the City's position
that natural gas drilling cannot be permitted in the upstate
watersheds through a process known as hydraulic fracturing.
The site contains a number of new tools, including a reader-friendly
overview of Marcellus Shale with maps and photos of natural
gas drilling; a new "Get Involved" page that will
direct people to the appropriate State and Federal agencies
and local elected officials to help them have their voices
heard on the issue; and a "Stay Informed" page,
which will enable interested members of the public to receive
weekly updates on the most recent Marcellus Shale news.
The information and interactive features can be viewed by
Hydraulic fracturing-also known as hydrofracking-poses a significant
risk to the quality of New York City's water supply. As part
of the drilling process, millions of gallons of proprietary
chemicals and pressurized water could be injected into thousands
of gas wells throughout the State to break up and capture
natural gas from a rock formation known as the Marcellus Shale.
These chemicals could potentially contaminate New York City's
drinking water, and the heavy industrialization that hydrofracking
requires would result in millions of truck trips that could
further impact the water supply. In addition to the risk to
public health, gas drilling could also force the City to construct
a filtration plant at a cost of $10 billion to $20 billion,
which would translate into a minimum 30 percent increase in
The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released
a draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement
to develop regulations on hydraulic fracturing in 2009 and
is currently reviewing public comments. Recently, DEC announced
that, at a minimum, any proposal to conduct hydrofracking
in the watershed of an unfiltered water supply like New York
City's would require a case-by-case environmental review.
This is a step in the right direction, and the City expects
that the State will ultimately agree with its conclusion that
hydrofracking cannot safely be permitted in New York City's
The website now offers an easy-to-read description of the
Marcellus Shale and the process of hydraulic fracturing, and
other background and scientific information, including a photo
tour of a gas drilling website in Pennsylvania and maps which
highlight where the Marcellus Shale is found and its proximity
to New York City's watersheds.
Check it out!
OCS Bomb Scare
The Onteora High School staff responded to a message found
the morning of Thursday, May 13 that mentioned a potential
bomb threat. Under the guidance of the building crisis team,
students were evacuated in an orderly manner. The building
was inspected thoroughly by troopers and trained dogs, and
nothing was found.
With continued support of troopers, Olive police, DEP and
the Sheriff's department, students later returned to the building
and instruction has resumed, according to OCS administrators.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan sent Congress a request
last week to pass a $26 billion emergency supplemental to
fund up to 300,000 teachers' jobs that he says will otherwise
be lost in the fall. Administration officials want to add
the teacher funding to a $60 billion supplemental request
sent to Congress to pay for ongoing military operations in
Afghanistan as well as Haiti relief and money for the Federal
Emergency Agency. The Senate Appropriations Committee passed
that measure on but Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii,
has said he is reluctant to load the bill with additional
The request comes just a year after $100 billion in federal
stimulus money was allocated to school districts as part of
the $863 billion recovery act. Of that amount, $48 billion
was designated for saving teachers' jobs and investing in
educational programs. Another $31 billion in stimulus funds
were sent to school districts to use as they see fit.
An additional $21 billion in stimulus money is still available
but not yet obligated for district expenses, according to
the U.S. Education Department.
An Education Department spokesman acknowledged that the stimulus
funds have already saved roughly 300,000 teachers' jobs once,
but an additional $23 billion more is needed to preserve education
jobs, along with $1 billion in funds to save early childhood
education jobs and an additional $2 billion to support public
"We are gravely concerned that ongoing state and local
budget challenges are threatening hundreds of thousands of
teacher jobs for the upcoming school year, with estimates
ranging from 100,000 to 300,000 education jobs at risk,"
Duncan wrote in his letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
With the price of gasoline expected to peak well above $3
this summer, Ulster County is aggressively advertising its
tourism opportunities to people in the New York City area
and looking for new ways to attract those from nearby metro
areas not wanting to spend as much on long trips over the
"We're less than a full gas tank away," Rick Remsnyder,
director of Ulster County's tourism office, said of the basic
principle behind the new campaign kicked off with a recent
conference hosted by the Ulster County Tourism Department
and the Ulster County Development Corp. "We'd like people
to come from New York City and stay the night, stay the weekend,
but we also need to entice some of the local people to come
out and see the fairs, the festivals."
Meanwhile, the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) has launched
a new website to promote the Catskill region as a place to
visit, relocate and do business. The site can be found at
www.thecatskillregion.com and showcases "The Catskills,
Best of Both Worlds," exemplifying both rural serenity
and proximity to urban amenities.
The new website, while providing a geographic, demographic
and cultural overview of the region (Delaware, Greene, Otsego,
Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster Counties), funnels visitors
to municipal, tourism promotion, and economic development
offices of individual county websites, and to several Chambers
of Commerce. There they can obtain information on business
incentives and assistance, utilities and infrastructure, conference
and wedding facilities as well as special events and attractions
specific to those counties.
Links are also provided to hospitals, schools, colleges, and
to many government agencies and regional organizations. A
regional map is provided, as is an outdoor recreation GIS
map which is being expanded to include attractions, environmental
centers and other sites of interest to both residents and
Current and forecast weather conditions at six locations are
updated daily. There is a photo gallery, and submissions of
Catskills photos are welcome. Site visitors may also sign
up for a forthcoming electronic newsletter, or send comments
to a regional blog.
The Best of Both Worlds site will be maintained by the CWC,
whose programs and projects are explained at www.cwconline.org.
The Ulster County Sheriff's office has set active arrest warrants
for Rodney Cooper, 48, Rodney T. Cooper, 28, and James Lambert,
45 for grand larceny charges resulting from their involvement
in a driveway sealing scam whereby they preyed upon an elderly
homeowner offering to seal the driveway for a reduced price
due to the homeowner's age. They advised the homeowner that
the job would be only a few hundred dollars. When they were
finished, though, the cost had jumped into the thousands of
dollars. The homeowner did not have the money they were asking
for and they drove the homeowner to the bank to remove the
funds for payment. An alert bank employee stopped the transaction
before it could be completed and alerted authorities.
Several other homeowners have been targeted in a similar way
by the same crew, and others.
Should anyone have any information as to the whereabouts of
Rodney Cooper, Rodney T. Cooper and James Lambert, or if anyone
has any similar incidents with these individuals or other
similar scams, please call the Ulster County Sheriff's Office
The National Adjudicatory Council of the Financial Industry
Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued a ruling this Spring dismissing
charges that Kenneth Pasternak, former CEO of Knight Securities
and a principle investor in the controversial Belleayre resort
project, as well as the former head of the firm's Institutional
Sales Desk, John Leighton, were responsible for supervisory
failures in connection with alleged fraudulent sales to institutional
customers. The ruling reverses an earlier FINRA Hearing Panel
decision that found that Pasternak and Leighton had violated
FINRA's supervision rule in their roles as supervisors of
Knight Securities' leading institutional sales trader.
The Hearing Panel's decision fined each respondent $100,000,
barred Leighton in all supervisory capacities and suspended
Pasternak in all supervisory capacities for two years. Those
sanctions are vacated by the NAC's ruling.
The NAC concluded that FINRA failed to satisfy its burden
of proof concerning allegations set forth in a March 4, 2005,
complaint, which alleged that Pasternak and Leighton did not
take reasonable steps to ensure that Knight Securities' leading
institutional sales trader adhered to "industry standards"
when executing orders for institutional customers. The NAC
found that FINRA staff did not establish that the sales trader
contravened any market or regulatory standards when providing
execution services to institutional customers. The NAC further
found that the preponderance of the evidence did not support
the allegation that Pasternak and Leighton failed to supervise
reasonably the sales trader's practices. Finally, the NAC
decided that the evidence did not support allegations that
Pasternak failed to respond appropriately to certain "red
flags" that were raised concerning the manner in which
the leading institutional sales trader executed institutional
FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, is the
largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing
business in the United States.
The Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program (AWSMP) Stream
Stewards program has set a "Knotweed Pull" and information
session on Saturday, May 22. Stream Stewards will demonstrate
how to eradicate this invasive plant which infests the streamside,
roadsides and gardens located in the Ashokan Watershed. Participants
will meet at 10:00am at the AWSMP Office located at 6375 Route
28 in Phoenicia, then carpool to the site. The project will
end at 12:00pm.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County Educator, Michael
Courtney will conduct a brief educational talk and a stem
count monitoring demonstration then the group will proceed
to remove Japanese Knotweed from a select site in the Watershed.
AWSMP will provide drinking water, garbage bags and some tools.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own labeled tools
and are asked to dress appropriately.
Stream Stewards are full and part time residents of the Ashokan
Watershed who participate in a myriad of important and beneficial
activities. The purpose of the program is for volunteers to
get involved in stream-based projects in the community as
a way to visibly model positive stream stewardship practices
and assist AWSMP in carrying out a wide range of community
activities. In addition to the Knotweed Pull some of the other
future activities available are: stream clean-ups, stream
education, streamside plantings, stream monitoring, outreach
to local communities, invasive species control, and organizing
Japanese Knotweed is a large, herbaceous perennial plant,
native to eastern Asia in Japan, China and Korea. In North
America and Europe the species is very successful and has
been classified as invasive in several countries.
For more information, please contact 688-3047 or email email@example.com.
The New York Gaming Summit moves to the Hudson River Valley
for its ninth annual edition, June 21-22 at the Doubletree
Hotel in Tarrytown. The event is a forum to discuss state
and regional gaming issues, and nearly 200 gaming executives
from more than a dozen jurisdictions attended last year's
event. Presented by BNP Media Gaming Group, the conference
lineup this year includes extra attention to the crisis currently
facing the state's horse racing industry.
The opening conference session will examine the political,
legal and regulatory issues that will impact New York gaming
in the coming years. Within a few short months, the Empire
State will elect a new governor who will confront a more difficult
set of political and economic problems than any governor-elect
in recent memory. And leadership changes in the National Indian
Gaming Commission will continue to impact the relationship
between tribes and states.
Summit attendees will also get an update on the regional gaming
market, as Pennsylvania adds table games and Massachusetts
gets serious about casino gaming. How is New York weathering
the regional changes and what should be done to keep the state's
gaming properties competitive?
For more info visit www.nysummit.com. We'll let you know if
the Catskills comes up in any discussions...
Matthew C. Galunas, 42 of West Hurley, was convicted Thursday,
May 6, , in Ulster County Court of two counts of Criminal
Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. The verdict
followed a four day jury trial with the jury deliberating
for approximately one hour. The charges stem from sales made
in the presence of members of the Ulster County URGENT Task
Force on February 4, 2008 and again on February 25, 2008,
in West Hurley. According to District Attorney Holley Carnright,
the defendant first sold two hundred morphine pills and then
on February 25th three hundred pills. The morphine sold were
100 milligram, pharmaceutical grade narcotics. Once the drugs
were in police possession, URGENT tracked them to a burglary
at the CVS Pharmacy in Margaretville. It was learned that
five weeks before the sales the Delaware County Pharmacy had
been broken into by the security system being disabled and
the defendant entering into the secured area of the pharmacy
through the ceiling. Over $27,000 worth of narcotic drugs
including hydrocodone, oxycontin, and morphine were taken.
Galunas pled guilty to those charges and is currently serving
a State Prison sentence for those convictions. He is scheduled
to be sentenced on June 24.
College Or Not?
The notion that a four-year degree is essential for real success
is being challenged by a growing number of economists, policy
analysts and academics. They say more Americans should consider
other options such as technical training or two-year schools,
which have been embraced in Europe for decades. As evidence,
experts cite rising student debt, stagnant graduation rates
and a struggling job market flooded with overqualified degree-holders.
They pose a fundamental question: Do too many students go
"College is what every parent wants for their child,"
said Martin Scaglione, president and chief operating officer
of work force development for ACT, the Iowa-based not-for-profit
best known for its college entrance exam. "The reality
is, they may not be ready for college."
President Barack Obama wants to restore the country's status
as the world leader in the proportion of citizens with college
degrees. The U.S. now ranks 10th among industrial nations,
behind Canada, Japan, Korea and several European countries.
But federal statistics show that just 36 percent of full-time
students starting college in 2001 earned a four-year degree
within that allotted time. Even with an extra two years to
finish, that group's graduation rate increased only to 57
Spending more time in school also means greater overall student
debt. The average student debt load in 2008 was $23,200 -
a nearly $5,000 increase over five years. Two-thirds of students
graduating from four-year schools owe money on student loans.
And while the unemployment rate for college graduates still
trails the rate for high school graduates (4.9 percent versus
10.8 percent), the figure has more than doubled in less than
Ohio University economics professor Richard Vedder blames
the cultural notion of "credential inflation" for
the stream of unqualified students into four-year colleges.
His research has found that the number of new jobs requiring
college degrees is less than the number of college graduates.
Vedder's work also yielded something surprising: The more
money states spend on higher education, the less the economy
grows - the reverse of long-held assumptions.
Margaret Spellings, former federal education secretary under
George W. Bush, remains a strong proponent of increased college
access. She points to research showing that college graduates
will on average earn $1 million more over a lifetime than
those with only high school degrees.
Some academics are suggesting that nothing short of a new
definition for educational success is needed to diminish the
public bias toward four-year degrees, advocating"certification
as the new education currency - documentation of skills as
opposed to mastering curriculum."
A new analysis of U.S. health data links children's attention-deficit
disorder with exposure to common pesticides used on fruits
and vegetables. While the study couldn't prove that pesticides
used in agriculture contribute to childhood learning problems,
experts said the research is persuasive.
"I would take it quite seriously," said Virginia
Rauh of Columbia University, who has studied prenatal exposure
to pesticides and wasn't involved in the new study.
More research will be needed to confirm the tie, she said.
Children may be especially prone to the health risks of pesticides
because they're still growing and they may consume more pesticide
residue than adults relative to their body weight.
In the body, pesticides break down into compounds that can
be measured in urine. Almost universally, the study found
detectable levels: The compounds turned up in the urine of
94 percent of the children.
The kids with higher levels had increased chances of having
ADHD, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, a common problem
that causes students to have trouble in school. The children
may have eaten food treated with pesticides, breathed it in
the air or swallowed it in their drinking water. The study
didn't determine how they were exposed. Experts said it's
likely children who don't live near farms are exposed through
what they eat.
People can limit their exposure by eating organic produce.
Frozen blueberries, strawberries and celery had more pesticide
residue than other foods in one government report.
A 2008 Emory University study found that in children who switched
to organically grown fruits and vegetables, urine levels of
pesticide compounds dropped to undetectable or close to undetectable
Because of known dangers of pesticides in humans, the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency limits how much residue can
stay on food. But the new study shows it's possible even tiny,
allowable amounts of pesticide may affect brain chemistry.
Bluegrass master Ricky Skaggs, Broadway superstar Patti LuPone,
country rock legends the Charlie Daniels Band and π70s
hit-makers America are among the 2010 Belleayre Music Festival
The season kicks off on Saturday, July 3 at 8 p.m. with "Red,
White and Bluegrass," featuring Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky
Thunder. The holiday weekend show will be capped off by a
huge fireworks display.
Broadway Superstar Patti LuPone, one of the most award-winning
actors on Broadway, appears on Saturday, July 10 at 8 p.m.
"Two Hip Singer-Songwriters" will feature acclaimed
rocker Joseph Arthur and actor/singer Meghan Wolf on Friday,
July 16 in the cozy atmosphere of the Belleayre Music Club.
Conductor and soloist John Covelli will be featured when the
Belleayre Festival Plays Romantic Classics on Saturday, July
17 at 8 p.m, performing Tchaikovskyπs Piano Concerto
On Saturday, July 24 at 8 p.m, the Charlie Daniels Band rolls
into town frsh off their recent appearance at the boisterous
The Catskill Mountain Jazz Series then kicks off on Friday,
July 30 at 8 p.m. when tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson brings
his signature smooth jazz sound to the Belleayre Jazz Club,
leading his quintet. Grammy award-winning tenor saxophonist
Joe Lovano and maestro jazz guitar virtuoso John Scofield
have reunited for the first time in 20 years for a concert
in the Jazz Club on Friday, Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. Patti Austin
will cap the Catskill Mountain Jazz Series on Saturday, Aug.
7 at 8 p.m. with show featuring her Grammy nominated album
America's 40th Anniversary Tour will hit the mountain on Saturday,
Aug. 14 at 8 p.m, featuring their hits "A Horse with
No Name," and "Ventura Highway." On Saturday,
Aug. 21 at 8 p.m., a 50s Dance Party: "The Day the Music
Died" will present hits by Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper,
and Richie Valens.
The Belleayre Festival Opera presents the classic Cinderella
(La Cenerentola), from Rossini, on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 8
p.m. Artistic Director and Producer Donald Westwood will bring
his unique comic visions to Rossiniπs timeless tale.
The Childrenπs Opera Theater presents "Three Little
Pigs" on Sunday, Aug. 29 at 1 p.m in a free, interactive
performance featuring music from great opera composers.
New Orleans' favorites sons return to Belleayre when Aaron
Neville leads his quintet, featuring Charles Neville in the
season finale on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m.
Ticket for all shows in the 2010 summer concert season at
the Belleayre Music Festival, are on sale via Ticketmaster.
For additional information, please call 800 942-6904, ext.
1344 or visit: www.belleayremusic.org.
The Festival will kick off its 19th summer season with a BBQ
Dinner Dance and Benefit Auction, featuring the music of Special
Delivery, on Sunday, May 30. The evening will begin at 5 p.m.
with the silent auction viewing and a cocktail reception,
wine and refreshments provided by the Board of Directors of
the Belleayre Conservatory.
For tickets to this one of∫a-kind Memorial Weekend event
BI Clean Up...
Following in the footsteps of last year's beautification efforts
in the hamlet of Big Indian, the Big Indian/Oliverea Beautification
Committee is planning its 2nd Annual Road Side Clean Up for
Saturday, May 22. Volunteers are asked to gather at the Big
Indian Fire Department at 10:00 a.m. Gloves and garbage bags
will be provided. The goal is to clean up trash along Route
28 and Route 47. Efforts will conclude at noon. All participants
are then invited to lunch at the Peekamoose Restaurant. Questions
can be directed to Martie Gailes, 254-5354.
A number of counties in New York, including Sullivan, have
gone on record asking the state to reconsider the funding
for the ignition interlock provision of Leandra's Law that
requires a device installed on vehicles of persons conviction
of drunk driving and prevents them from starting their car
if they are intoxicated. Those counties believe the provision
is a good idea, but they are concerned about the funding of
it if a person cannot afford it. They feel counties would
have to pick up the tab, but Michael Shultis, the Hurley-based
New York program manager for National Interlock Service, who
also serves on the catskill Watershed Corporation board of
directors, has said that is not the case.
"We have to set out rates so that one in every 10 units
is available to put into somebody who can't afford it,"
he said. "This program is totally offender paid for;
no tax dollars are going to it."
Counties that are passing resolutions calling for the state
to rethink their funding are using false information, said
Greene County lawmakers are considering a resolution asking
the state to delay enacting a portion of Leandra's Law until
issues concerning implementation and funding are resolved.
"Unfortunately, it's a flawed law," Greene County
Probation Director Alan Frisbee has said, countering Shultis'
argument and calling it an unfunded mandate.
In addition to requiring ignition locks for any convicted
drunken driver, Leandra's Law makes it a felony to drive drunk
with a child under the age of 16 in the vehicle. The Child
Passenger Protection Act, known as Leandra's Law, was passed
last year in honor of 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, who was
killed in a drunken driving accident.
The Ulster County Industrial Development Agency (UCIDA) has
formed a new Ulster Capital Resource Corporation (UCRC), which
will benefit non-profit groups through the issuance of low-cost
bonding. The Ulster County Legislature formally approved the
creation of the UCRC last month.
The non-profit corporation, which is also a public authority,
will issue low interest tax exempt bonds in an effort to promote
community service, economic development, and job creation.
For the past few years, the UCIDA has not been able to issue
bonds to non-profits, which the agency acknowledges to be
a major source of vital community services and employment
in the County.
Applications for UCRC bonding are now be accepted via the
Ulster County Development Corporation. For questions regarding
the program, agency representatives can call Lance Matteson,
CEO of the UCIDA and the UCRC at 338-8840 x214. For more information
about the Ulster County IDA, please visit: www.ulstercountyida.com
William Paulus and Lucy Polacco were recognized on May 7 as
the 2010 Ulster County Seniors of the Year by Ulster County
Executive Mike Hein in a special celebration at the Hillside
Manor in Kingston, The two exceptional seniors were thanked
for their efforts to enhance the lives and well being of others
in our community.
Paulus has a long history of giving his time for the betterment
of our community. He is a member of the Kiwanis and Lions
service organizations. As the Trip Coordinator of the local
AARP, he plans interesting and exciting trips for seniors
He is also on the board of the Ulster Performing Arts Center,
one of our County's most valuable cultural resources.
Polacco is well known for lending a helping hand to others
whenever needed. She is someone who always brings a smile
to the faces of those around her. Her passion for spreading
happiness is a quality well known amongst her peers.
The Ulster County Senior of the Year Award is a yearly recognition
of two of Ulster County's outstanding senior citizens. Nominations
are sent to Ulster County Office for the Aging Advisory Council
from numerous groups in order to make selections. An Advisory
Council Selection Committee chooses two senior citizens for
the award based on the significance of their contributions
to our community.
Also involving seniors of late, senior citizen club leaders
from around Ulster County attended a Senior Citizens' Summit
on May 12th, 2010 at the County Office Building. Hein convened
the group to provide them with useful information about County
services, which they can take back to their members.
The 3rd Senior Citizens' Summit featured information on programs
Ulster County Area Transit offers to seniors throughout the
County; a discussion of recent changes in Medicare costs and
other health-related topics; and an overview of the services
offered to the County's Veterans.
Prior Summit topics have included the real property tax exemption,
flu shots, and consumer fraud protection.
On Wednesday, May 26th, the Ashokan-Pepacton Watershed Chapter
Unlimited welcomes Bruce Miller, a licensed guide with thirty
years experience fishing the Delaware River who will show
slides and discuss the fish and aquatic life that he has encountered
on the river.
The Chapter's monthly meeting begins at 6:30 pm with informal
(bring your own equipment), followed at 7:30 pm by a short
business meeting. The presentation begins at 8 pm. The entire
evening is open to the public at no charge.
For more information, please visit www.apwctu.org
New York's longtime wildlife pathologist, Ward Stone, who's
long been one of the best known environmental officers in
the state with his own radio program and speaking engagements
over a career that's spanned more than 40 years, has found
himself in some serious trouble. The state inspector general
has begun an investigation into allegations that he violated
regulations, including living at his office and using government
resources for private purposes. The investigation began after
the Albany Times Union published a story on May 2 detailing
complaints made against the 71-year-old Stone by former and
current employees of the Department of Environmental Conservation.
Yancey Roy, a DEC spokesman, confirmed an ongoing disciplinary
action against Stone, but said he couldn't discuss details.
Department officials took actions to address potential issues
when they became aware of them, Roy said. The allegations
have been "distorted," Stone said. "There may
be something to some of them, but not many of them and they're
all distorted in the way they're presented." According
to the report in the Times Union, Stone has escaped any serious
disciplinary action during more than 40 years as the department's
wildlife pathologist. The complaints against him include his
moving into his office at the department's Wildlife Resources
Center in Delmar and using state funds to feed and care for
his pets. Stone has also been accused of being abusive to
staff members. Stone, who earns $81,314 a year at the department,
was relieved of his supervisory duties several years ago and
told to stop using state cars, staff and equipment for outside
work, the newspaper reported. "About all I have to say
right now is (the newspaper article) really doesn't have criticisms
of my science or my work ... over the years," Stone has
said. "I stand by all that work and I stand by my science,
and I think I've been a real bargain for the state of New
York." Stone made headlines during his 41 years at the
department by taking on state government over environmental
issues. When then-Gov. Mario Cuomo tried to reduce the wildlife
pathology unit's budget in 1988, Stone's supporters in Albany
successfully blocked the cuts. Recently, Stone supporters
have held a series of rallies in his support in Albany. WAMC-FM
in Albany recently suspended Stone's show, "In Our Backyard."
Photovoltaic! Individuals seeking to become a certified photovoltaics
(PV) or small wind turbine site assessor can take approved
training courses at SUNY Ulster that can now be applied toward
the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) designation.
MREA Certified Site Assessors are renewable energy consultants
who conduct site visits, complete load analysis and recommend
site-specific renewable energy systems in a written report
format. SUNY Ulster has received approval from MREA for its
PV Installer's, PV Site Assessor, Small Wind Installer and
Wind Site Assessor training courses as eligible training towards
the MREA Residential PV Site Assessor Certification and Wind
Site Assessor Certification. SUNY Ulster will offer the PV
Installer's course the week of June 7. To register and for
information, contact SUNY Ulster Continuing and Professional
Education at 339-2025. All courses and exams are held locally
at the Business Resource Center (BRC) in Kingston. Shared
Services? With the Town of Woodstock appearing ready to get
in the act and join with neighboring Saugerties and a handful
of other local towns by joining in on the county's new Shared
Services plan to plow and provide light maintennace on county
roads, for payments whose amounts are currently in flux, we
were recently reminded that Shandaken and Olive have long
had share deals with their neighbors. Maybe their stalwart
positions against the deal proposed by County Executive Michael
Hein's office at meetings this past winter, now being pushed
by longstanding members of the highway department, may end
up having some legs in the long run. Then again, maybe what
we're watching is not so much about sovereign rights as good
old dealmaking... Stay tuned.