ASHOKAN FAREWELL... there's a simple perfection
to the fact that Olive's becoming a site for Civil War reenactments...
of the lifestyle lost to dire struggle, and the bittersweetness
of all historic memory. See more on Page 5 inside...
As A Fish Haven?
New Discussions To Make Creek A No Kill Zone Leads To
By Phoenicia Times Staff
A proposal to make it against the law to catch and
keep trout from the Esopus Creek has caused a stir
among local fishermen and some disagreement within
the ranks of Trout Unlimited.
to Your Census
Confessions of a NRFU Enumerator
By Dave Channon
I am a NRFU. In case you don't speak acronymese,
that's Non Responder Follow Up. The lucky person
who gets to interview at every house, cabin or yurt
that didn't fill in and mail back their Census questionnaire.
Along with a couple dozen neighbors and friends,
I pound every rutted dirt back road and driveway-from-hell
from the near side of Woodstock and Shandaken to
the fringes of Hardenburgh. At least it's better
than my previous Federal stint amid the snow drifts
of Update/Leave... tying a census form in a bag
on anything someone could live in, including teepees
and caves. One guy I know broke the chains of his
4 wheel monster snow plow getting up the 6 foot
deep stuff on his driveway. Then the wrecker got
stuck. When he finally got to his door, a census
bag was on the knob. Federal regulations.
Jar Of Olives...
By Carol LaMonda
It's a right-handed world, and I am a southpaw by default.
The surgeon put in a titanium plate and a bunch of screws
to hold the pieces of my right wrist together. Aside
from some throbs and aches, my arm in a sling feels
like I am carrying around a frozen leg of lamb.
Turnout Higher, But Once Again Olive
Voters Give Onteora A Thumbs Down
By Lisa Childers
Voters at the Tuesday May 18 Onteora
district school elections approved the
2010-2011 budget of $50,022,026, which
represented a .31 percent budget increase.
Music, a project of Olive's
great composer George
Tsontakis, will start
presenting newly commissioned
works by some of today's
most promising, emerging
composers of classical
and crossover music with
a premiere concert at
Woodstock's Colony CafÈ
on Wednesday, May 26th
at 7:30pm. The composers'
works, including several
premieres, will be presented
by a star-studded ensemble.
The concert will culminate
four days of classes and
lectures in Shokan and
at Woodstock Percussion,
in Olive thatare not open
to the public. For info
call (646) 271-3450 or
visit the blogsite, highpointmusic.blogsite.com
Firetower All His Own
Barry Knight Realizes
A Dream Single-Handedly
Rebuilding What A Crew
Barry Knight and I are
standing high atop a
ridgeline in West Hurley
overlooking the Ashokan
Reservoir, the Catskill
Mountains, the Shawangunks
and, far to the northeast,
the distant rises of
the Taconics. Birds
of prey circle gracefully
high above. The only
sound is of wind and
the amassed rustling
of trees as far as we