It was one of our favorite times of the year recently,
when trout hatchlings raised in lopcal classrooms are brought
outdoors and released into local streams and creeks with the
help of folks from Trout Unlimited and other local organizations.
With the weather cooperating in recent weeks, it’s meant
spectacular fun for young and old getting down to the brilliance
of our Catskills waterways and watching those fishies disappear.
All Passes, Quietly
Low Turn Out Means Budget Passes, Trustees Elected With Little
By Lisa Childers
Voters at the Tuesday May 19 Onteora district school elections
easily approved the 2009-2010 budget of $49,865,219, which represented
a 3.42 percent budget increase. The two propositions that requested
the purchase of two buses and auditorium funding passed with
No write-in candidacies appeared, despite rumors to the contrary
we reported in this paper.
New Stores Around Our Towns Show A Shift To Locally-Based
By Paul Smart
Step into the new Mystery Spot, moved from Phoenicia’s
boardwalk to where the video store used to be, and something
truly 28, as they say, comes into clear view. There’s
order in the clutter of stuff piled everywhere, and
considerable treasure. In owner Laura Levine’s
thousands of vinyl records, vintage clothing, sixties
memorabilia, and ultra cool knick-knacks is a metaphor
for what’s so special about the way new business
has been manifesting itself in Olive and Shandaken of
late. As well as the character of that newness.
We’re no longer JUST a tourist destination, or
a rural getaway. What’s coming in, starting up,
and settling down along our main Route 28 thoroughfare
and connecting roads is about community, roots, and
an almost post-modern sense of home.
County Legislators Start To Look Anew At Rail Trails,
& Its Train Track Leases
5/21/2009 By Paul
What would have normally been a routine legislative
reauthorizing and retasking action on the part of the
Ulster County Legislature has ended up uncovering rifts
between the Catskill Mountain Railroad and the county
government that okays its use of the historic Ulster
& Delaware rail line from Kingston to the border
with Delaware County in Highmount.
Puryear, the Catskills-based furniture
maker and designer whose workshop off Route
28 on Longyear Road near the reservoir is
quietly becoming one of the creative centers
of the region, recently won the prestigious
Silver Award for furniture at the 27th annual
Smithsonian Craft Show, which ran April
23-26 in Washington DC’s National
Building Museum. Way to go!
In The Jail
Lurid Details Abound In Lawsuit Brought
Against Van Blarcum & Sheriff’s
By Phoenicia Times Staff
It’s the bombshell news item for the
year, so far. And it involves Route 28 corridor
residents, past and present, on both sides
of its legal battlelines.
The sexual harassment case brought by four
female Ulster County jail employees is also
already shaping up to be the potential political
football of the upcoming November election
cycle. At least until the underlying issues,
involving the offensively male-oriented
culture long considered normal in our prisons
and other civil service fields, are dealt
with in a non-political fashion.
Jar Of Olives...
By Carol LaMonda
When Eva Wesselmann and I taught seventh grade
English, we would ask students to commit to
memory, taskmasters that we were, one hundred
word cells that are the building blocks of
vocabulary. Students would use flash cards
and be tested on their memory. Today students
in their thirties and forties will ask proudly
say, “I still remember all the word
cells. Go ahead. Ask me one.” The one
I am going to focus on today is “re-”,
a small word cell with big meaning. It means,
“over or again.”