young adults we're educating! Onteora's recent graduation came
off spectacularly, and culturally, last Friday, June 25, with
students playing Elgar most graciously. For more on its speakers,
see our Briefs inside... or the photo on page 21.
Olive Recreation's Seasonal Camp Starts, Marking Change Since
Days Gone By
By Cindy Johansen
July 6 marks the start of Olive Recreation Summer Camp. This
yearly tradition of activities and swimming have been around
in Olive since before there was a man-made pool available for
swimming lessons, or a pavilion available for arts and crafts.
There was a time when we all met in the Bushkill Stream off
Watson Hollow Road, at a place better known as Split Rocks.
There were other places kids congregated to cool off as well
as there were generous offers from Olive residents to use their
in-ground pools for a very different kind of recreation than
we see today.
For Dr. Ford
OCS Board Punts On Contract, Decides To
Discuss Redistricting In September
By Lisa Childers
Rumors over Onteora district Superintendent
Leslie Ford's contract can finally be
put to rest following a Board of Education
meeting this past Monday, June 28. First
on their plate in the central office
was a 9:00 AM executive session concerning
the legal obligation to review the superintendent's
contract. The board was required to
meet before the fiscal school year of
July 1, 2010 and decide whether it wants
to take action to renew her contract
or do nothing. Following the executive
session, which lasted nearly two hours,
no resolution to extend her contract
surfaced and the meeting continued in
a "business as usual" fashion.
Jar Of Olives...
By Carol La Monda
With a new grandchild to adore and physical therapy
three times a week, we are opting for a "Stay-cation"
this summer. Vacationing in the Catskills seems
like the perfect destination. I have a stack of
books to read, a full tank of propane for the gas
grill, and the deck chairs are ready on the deck.
Green iced tea is brewing in the sun and fresh mint
is rampant in the garden. All is good in Shokan.
Judging by the traffic on Route 28 on Friday nights,
I am not the only one who thinks that our area is
a vacationing paradise. We don't even have to beat
the weekend travelers. We are already here.
Thursday, July 8, at 6:30 PM, there will
be a "Rock Snot, Bad Bugs and Other
Bio Bullies" free presentation by
Leslie Surprenant, Invasive Species Management
Coordinator at the NYS Department of Environmental
Conservation, at the Ashokan Watershed
Stream Management Office, 6375 State Route
28, Phoenicia. Call 688- 3047.
Route 28 Repairs Are But A Part Of It,
Although Town Says Budgets Decide
By Cindy Johansen
Summer is well on it's way now with
school officially over and Summer
Recreation poised to start. So, what's
in store for Olive's highways?
Between New York City working on the
Spillway Bridge, and New York State
working on the Route 28 Corridor,
getting around has proven to be a
bit more difficult this summer. At
least on the Route 28 side, if you
can do your traveling on Fridays,
you can actually traverse back and
forth unhindered as the crews have
opted for a four-day work schedule,
leaving the heavier, tourist travel
Fracking Debate Intensifies
As Dangers Surface &
GOP Lines Up Behind
By Gary Alexandert
Governor Paterson wasn't
available to take a
phone call from SUNY
professor Brian Obach
at a midday demonstration
on June 15th in support
of an environment-related
bill before the NYS
the impromptu cellphone
call before a gathering
staged by grassroots
groups outside of the
DEC building in New
Paltz, the Governor's
not concede that Paterson's
support of the current
campaign to tap natural
gas resources in vast
regions of the state,
including the NYC watershed,
is set in stone. .