As you must know by now, Dr. Leslie Ford's contract as Superintendent
of the Onteora School District has not been renewed. I, also, understand
that as of today, she is no longer our acting Superintendent.
It is common knowledge that during this seated boards tenure they
have neither extended her contract on a yearly basis which is common
practice nor have they initiated any increaes in salary. Our very
"transparent" board chose to deny these allegation right
up until a most recent board meeting when they chose not
to re-negotiate Dr. Ford's contract and instead pushed for a buy-out.
So, I posed these questions directly to our trustees telling them
answer would be included in my next letter:
1. To what negligence, on the part of our superintendent, do we owe
decision to replace her?
2. Is this a unanimous decision on the part of each and every board
3. If, in fact there is a search, since our budget doesn't allocate
will the funding come from? Our fund balance, maybe?
4. Is it true that the board has already picked a successor internally,
alleviating the need for a search?
They answered my questions with a form letter stating that this was
a confidential matter and they were not compelled to initiate any
action until June 30,2010. By this date, they chose to not discuss
any negotiations and instead went for a buy-out.
This board has accomplished very little during their tenure, while
our administrative cabinet led by our very competent Superintendent
have taken our school district to new and progressive educational
This seated board has operated, time and again, outside the perimeters
dictated by district policy. They have circumvented decisions made
by our administrative cabinet and instead pursued their own personal
The latest being the instruction given by our trustees to the administrative
cabinet to plan for two kindergarten classes of 10 students each in
the Phoenicia Elementary School when the administrators had already
set forth a very
comprehensive and well modulated plan for a one classroom configuration
based on the policy of our district to limit kindergarten classes
to 23 or less.
Some of our district employees have taken to by-passing our administrators
altogether, and going straight to the board to solve their internal
problems. Again, against, ANY districts' policy and procedures.
Needless, to say, I am fearful of the direction our district is taking.
I, personally, take affront to a board who wields their power in such
a biased way, putting their personal agendas ahead of the welfare
of the entire student population.
As the owner of a local business oriented towards energy efficiency
-- Knoth Heating and Mechanical in Shandaken -- I read with interest
Violet Snow's article on "The Spirit of Green," in the May
2010 Phoenicia Times. She listed a number of green technologies and
companies that both increase their bottom line and make a contribution
towards cleaner and more energy efficient homes and business practices.
Photovoltaic panels and wind turbines which produce electricity were
noted, as well as the movement towards locally-grown, organic food.
Your readership also needs to know about a major component of business
and residential energy savings and the NY State incentives for them.
I'm referring to the old-fashioned practice of insulation and air
sealing. Some of the technologies have been modernized and are greener
than they used to be. Cellulose insulation, for instance, is a product
made from recycled newspaper treated with non-toxic fire retardants
and insect protection. There is even insulation made from recycled
blue jeans. These are used now as well as fiber-glass. And some kinds
of blown-foam insulation are now based on soy. But the principles
are basic and have been around for a long time. By stopping the movement
of air from inside to outside and vice-versa, a homeowner can save
30% or more on their heating and cooling bills. This includes the
ductwork in basements and attics, which can lose up to 40% of the
heated or cooled air going through them. The simple measure of sealing
and insulating them gives an enormous return on investment. And local
businesses can deliver these services to homeowners.
Other technologies, such as very energy-efficient boilers and water-heaters,
or alternative heating systems such as geothermal and solar-produced
hot water, are also on the market and New York State has programs
which offer low-interest loans and cash rebates for all of it -- air
sealing, insulation, and energy-efficient technologies.
The state imposes quality-control on the contractors allowed to offer
these incentives. They must be certified with the Building Performance
Institute, which is a nationally recognized standards organization.
A contractor has to pass rigorous written and field tests and keep
current. Every job is examined for compliance and cost-effectiveness.
The work proposed has to at least save enough energy to pay for itself
over its lifetime. The consumer is a big winner here, knowing they've
got contractors and accredited businesses performing to a high level
of competence and cost-effectiveness. (cont'd next page)
As an accredited local business, I can say that being in the BPI and
New York State programs has helped my business and helped every customer
I've contracted with. People can find my company and other energy
efficiency companies in the area on the BPI website, which lists the
company's specializations: www.bpi.org, and also the New York State
Knoth Heating and Mechanical
Gus Murphy wanted to know how public schools indoctrinate students.
Take the "stimulus" last year. The jobs picture has gotten
worse, not better, despite nearly a trillion dollars wasted. A friend
who works for a manufacturing firm on Long Island told me that his
firm had bid on a stimulus project but it was awarded to an Italian
competitor. In other words, the Democrats told you that they were
stimulating the economy, but they didn't mention that they were stimulating
the Italian economy.
The public did not protest the ridiculous "stimulus" because
they have been brainwashed in school. This is done by teaching students
that big government is "progressive" and "liberal"
and that freedom is "reactionary" and "conservative".
The ancient Romans had policies just like Franklin D. Roosevelt's
New Deal. Or didn't they teach you that in school? Government-run
economies were well known to Aristotle, who describes Sparta's in
detail. It is freedom and free markets that are progressive and liberal,
the word liberal coming from the Latin word for freedom, liberalis.
Hence, there is nothing "progressive" or "liberal"
about the advocacy of big government.
Second, students are taught to defer to authority. Thus we saw the
public listen quietly while quack economists told them that trillions
of dollars in bailout money were needed to subsidize banks. Like sheep
the public acquiesced to the Democrats' nonsensical claims. Students
are taught to defer to "experts." But there is no such thing
as an economics "expert."
Third, the school system advocates socialism. When I was a student
in New York City around 1970 we read Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto
in my tenth grade social studies class, but we did not read Adam Smith.
In eleventh grade we read left-wing economist Robert Heilbroner's
Worldly Philosophers but we did not read anything by Friedrich Hayek
or Ludwig von Mises. In twelfth grade I took an environmental studies
class where the teacher preached the evils of capitalism but did not
discuss the pollution in the then Soviet Union. All of that was propaganda.
I have frequently heard students, both at the MBA and undergraduate
levels, who are uninformed about Hayek and other free market scholars
but who are familiar with Marx. My students are unaware that Soviet
socialism murdered 65 million human beings. There is nothing humane
about the left. It is a butcher movement. The students have never
learned the economic causes of socialism's repeated failure and mass
murder. They are taught that the United States was successful because
of the "frontier" and "resources" but not told
that Europe had a frontier for centuries after the discovery of America
and that Russia (which still has a frontier) has resources that exceed
those of the US and Japan despite a life expectancy in the 50s.
Government has grown and the public's welfare has decreased but the
public is unable to figure out that if you pay government employees
for nothing then society becomes poorer. The public has been taught
that committing 40% of the economy to waste and to subsidies to banks
is "moderate" and that only extremists want to drastically
cut the waste. That is brainwashing.
West Shokan, NY
Mitchell Langbert, in the Letters section of June 17th, says that
i claim that Government can indeed work. That is not quite right.
Rather, i claim that Government is inevitable.
Do I have any facts to back up this claim? Wull, not really. But I
can't think of any case where something as big as New York State (let
alone the United States) has managed without some kind of Government.
Even Kibbutzim have rules. Even a hippy commune would kick Johnny
out if Johnny kept intentionally breaking the communal plates ("We
only have five left!").
Also, I do not think it would be a happy experiment. It would be anarchy,
literally. I do not think that a somewhat elderly extremely scrawny
fellow like m'self would do very well in an anarchy. I do not want
I freely admit that Government cannot be perfected, not if it's made
by humans. Nothing made or done by humans will ever be perfect. But
perfection is not necessary. Our choice isn't between perfect and
nothing but between better and worse. That is why our list of ways
to reduce the costs of Government is a useful exercise. I hope someone
is keeping track.
Sometimes it sounds like Mr. Langbert would prefer living under the
Articles of Confederation. I am a big Sam Adams fan, but he lost that
argument. So we got our wonderfully self-correcting Constitution.
(See Amendments 18 and 21.) Let us use it.
In 1950 Americans paid $43.5 billion in taxes to the federal government.
In 2010 they will pay about $2.2 trillion, 50 times as much, according
to US Government Revenue.com. Of course, those numbers need to be
adjusted for increased population and inflation. A dollar in 1950
would be worth $9.05 today, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
That is, inflation has been 900% and federal tax revenues have increased
5000% since 1950. As well population has doubled, from 151.3 million
to 309 million, since 1950. Taking population and inflation into account,
federal tax revenues have increased from $287 per capita in 1950 dollars
to $774 per capita in 1950 dollars, almost a threefold increase from
1950 to 2010.
The letters of your readers show why the real hourly wage has stagnated
since 1970. Hard working Americans have allowed fast talking grifters,
socialists, commercial bankers, school teachers, hedge fund managers
and other beneficiaries of governmental thievery to bleed them dry.
One of your readers, apparently educated in one of America's mind-numbing
socialist public schools, claims that the threefold per capita tax
increase since 1950 did not occur and that taxes are lower now than
in the 1950s. Another complains that class sizes of 20-25 students
are too large. Another demands increased spending on nursing homes.
Well, I can be a grifter too. I have the most important demand. As
a professor, the salaries of professors are too low. So mine must
be raised. At everyone else's expense. All America should labor on
my behalf. Taxes should be raised and the excess paid to me and my
union, NYSUT. Those who disagree are selfish and greedy. I must have
a raise. You must pay.
West Shokan, NY
Editor's Note: Although we usually try to limit letters to one per
writer, we inadvertantly left the first of Mr. Langbert's printed
here out of our last issue. In light of the ongoing dialogue between
he and Mr. Murphy, it seemed important to keep the flow consistent,
as it were...
(The following was read as the valedictorian's speech at Coxsackie-Athens
High School in recent weeks, creating quite a stir among administrators,
to great applause from students and many of their parents)
There is a story of a young, but earnest Zen student who approached
his teacher, and asked the Master: "If I work very hard and diligently,
how long will it take for me to find Zen?" The Master thought
about this, then replied, "Ten years . ." (The student then
said, "But what if I work very, very hard and really apply myself
to learn fast - How long then?" Replied the Master, "Well,
twenty years." "But, if I really, really work at it, how
long then?" asked the student. "Thirty years," replied
the Master. "But, I do not understand," said the disappointed
student. "At each time that I say I will work harder, you say
it will take me longer. Why do you say that?" (Replied the Master,
"When you have one eye on the goal, you only have one eye on
This is the dilemma I've faced within the American education system.
We are so focused on a goal, whether it be passing a test, or graduating
as first in the class. However, in this way, we do not really learn.
We do whatever it takes to achieve our original objective.
Some of you may be thinking, "Well, if you pass a test, or become
valedictorian, didn't you learn something? Well, yes, you learned
something, but not all that you could have. Perhaps, you only learned
how to memorize names, places, and dates to later on forget in order
to clear your mind for the next test. School is not all that it can
be. Right now, it is a place for most people to determine that their
goal is to get out as soon as possible.
I am now accomplishing that goal. I am graduating. I should look at
this as a positive experience, especially being at the top of my class.
However, in retrospect, I cannot say that I am any more intelligent
than my peers. I can attest that I am only the best at doing what
I am told and working the system. Yet, here I stand, and I am supposed
to be proud that I have completed this period of indoctrination. I
will leave in the fall to go on to the next phase expected of me,
in order to receive a paper document that certifies that I am capable
of work. But I contest that I am a human being, a thinker, an adventurer
- not a worker. A worker is someone who is trapped within repetition
- a slave of the system set up before him. But now, I have successfully
shown that I was the best slave. I did what I was told to the extreme.
While others sat in class and doodled to later become great artists,
I sat in class to take notes and become a great test-taker. While
others would come to class without their homework done because they
were reading about an interest of theirs, I never missed an assignment.
While others were creating music and writing lyrics, I decided to
do extra credit, even though I never needed it. So, I wonder, why
did I even want this position? Sure, I earned it, but what will come
of it? When I leave educational institutionalism, will I be successful
or forever lost? I have no clue about what I want to do with my life;
I have no interests because I saw every subject of study as work,
and I excelled at every subject just for the purpose of excelling,
John Taylor Gatto, a retired school teacher and activist critical
of compulsory schooling, asserts, "We could encourage the best
qualities of youthfulness - curiosity, adventure, resilience, the
capacity for surprising insight simply by being more flexible about
time, texts, and tests, by introducing kids into truly competent adults,
and by giving each student what autonomy he or she needs in order
to take a risk every now and then. But we don't do that." Between
these cinderblock walls, we are all expected to be the same. We are
trained to ace every standardized test, and those who deviate and
see light through a different lens are worthless to the scheme of
public education, and therefore viewed with contempt.
H. L. Mencken wrote in The American Mercury for April 1924 that the
aim of public education is not to fill the young of the species with
knowledge and awaken their intelligence. ... Nothing could be further
from the truth. The aim ... is simply to reduce as many individuals
as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized
citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in
the United States. (Gatto)
To illustrate this idea, doesn't it perturb you to learn about the
idea of "critical thinking." Is there really such a thing
as "uncritically thinking?" To think is to process information
in order to form an opinion. But if we are not critical when processing
this information, are we really thinking? Or are we mindlessly accepting
other opinions as truth?
This was happening to me, and if it wasn't for the rare occurrence
of an avant-garde tenth grade English teacher, Donna Bryan, who allowed
me to open my mind and ask questions before accepting textbook doctrine,
I would have been doomed. I am now enlightened, but my mind still
feels disabled. I must retrain myself and constantly remember how
insane this ostensibly sane place really is.
And now here I am in a world guided by fear, a world suppressing the
uniqueness that lies inside each of us, a world where we can either
acquiesce to the inhuman nonsense of corporatism and materialism or
insist on change. We are not enlivened by an educational system that
clandestinely sets us up for jobs that could be automated, for work
that need not be done, for enslavement without fervency for meaningful
achievement. We have no choices in life when money is our motivational
force. Our motivational force ought to be passion, but this is lost
from the moment we step into a system that trains us, rather than
We are more than robotic bookshelves, conditioned to blurt out facts
we were taught in school. We are all very special, every human on
this planet is so special, so aren't we all deserving of something
better, of using our minds for innovation, rather than memorization,
for creativity, rather than futile activity, for rumination rather
than stagnation? We are not here to get a degree, to then get a job,
so we can consume industry-approved placation after placation. There
is more, and more still.
The saddest part is that the majority of students don't have the opportunity
to reflect as I did. The majority of students are put through the
same brainwashing techniques in order to create a complacent labor
force working in the interests of large corporations and secretive
government, and worst of all, they are completely unaware of it. I
will never be able to turn back these 18 years. I can't run away to
another country with an education system meant to enlighten rather
than condition. This part of my life is over, and I want to make sure
that no other child will have his or her potential suppressed by powers
meant to exploit and control. We are human beings. We are thinkers,
dreamers, explorers, artists, writers, engineers. We are anything
we want to be - but only if we have an educational system that supports
us rather than holds us down. A tree can grow, but only if its roots
are given a healthy foundation.
For those of you out there that must continue to sit in desks and
yield to the authoritarian ideologies of instructors, do not be disheartened.
You still have the opportunity to stand up, ask questions, be critical,
and create your own perspective. Demand a setting that will provide
you with intellectual capabilities that allow you to expand your mind
instead of directing it. Demand that you be interested in class. Demand
that the excuse, "You have to learn this for the test" is
not good enough for you. Education is an excellent tool, if used properly,
but focus more on learning rather than getting good grades.
For those of you that work within the system that I am condemning,
I do not mean to insult; I intend to motivate. You have the power
to change the incompetencies of this system. I know that you did not
become a teacher or administrator to see your students bored. You
cannot accept the authority of the governing bodies that tell you
what to teach, how to teach it, and that you will be punished if you
do not comply. Our potential is at stake.
For those of you that are now leaving this establishment, I say, do
not forget what went on in these classrooms. Do not abandon those
that come after you. We are the new future and we are not going to
let tradition stand. We will break down the walls of corruption to
let a garden of knowledge grow throughout America. Once educated properly,
we will have the power to do anything, and best of all, we will only
use that power for good, for we will be cultivated and wise. We will
not accept anything at face value. We will ask questions, and we will
So, here I stand. I am not standing here as valedictorian by myself.
I was molded by my environment, by all of my peers who are sitting
here watching me. I couldn't have accomplished this without all of
you. It was all of you who truly made me the person I am today. It
was all of you who were my competition, yet my backbone. In that way,
we are all valedictorians.
I am now supposed to say farewell to this institution, those who maintain
it, and those who stand with me and behind me, but I hope this farewell
is more of a "see you later" when we are all working together
to rear a pedagogic movement. But first, let's go get those pieces
of paper that tell us that we're smart enough to do so!
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Main Street meeting a couple
of Saturdays ago. We had a great turnout and are getting excited about
the possibilities for our little Hamlet. This note is to remind and
inform you about follow-up projects/meetings.
As part of the Resource Inventory for the Rt 28 Scenic Byway initiative
an intern with the Catskill Center is doing a sign inventory of the
Rt 28 corridor and hamlets. This inventory is important for a couple
reasons, mainly because the municipalities in the Catskill Park have
recently agreed to use uniform road signage that will create a unique
sense of place within the park. Signs will be brown and white (same
as in National Parks) and will feature a Catskill Park logo. Because
funding to make this changeover might be some time in coming, the
Community Center has offered to look into the possibility of helping
raise funds for this changeover in Pine Hill as a pilot project. We're
thinking that the signs will not be that expensive, and the inventory
will help us determine this. We need volunteers to help with the inventory.
Those of us who are concerned about Pine Hill's streetscape, especially
as it pertains to the design of the stormwater retrofit project, will
have attended a meeting last Saturday July 10 here at the Center.
During this time we prepared a short presentation to the Shandaken
Town Board, and delegated people to contact our Highway Super, our
Supervisor, and the engineering firm that is working on the project
in an attempt to open up communication and ensure our ability to participate
in the design process.
People whose interests lie in the work of other committees should
also attend and use this time to organize. These committees are: Organization,
We are also initiating a cultural/historical resource inventory for
and a few side streets. This is helpful for a number of reasons, including
the process of Historic District Designation. We need volunteers to
help research the histories of Pine Hill properties. If you are interested
please contact me.
I urge all of you to sign up on the Main Street Toolbox website for
Pine Hill; it is a great way to keep in touch with one another and
to share information. The URL is http://ulstermainstreets.ning.com/group/hamletofpinehill.
The next Main Street meeting with the Ulster County Planning Board
is scheduled for Saturday July 24, 10 AM - noon. Please spread the
word and get involved. Thanks for caring for Pine Hill and our region!
James Krueger, Director
The Pine Hill Community Center
Pine Hill, NY
Wake up America - a silent coup has taken place within our beloved
country. It is a coup carefully crafted by corporate greed and political
avarice, boldly concealed by media-master corporate shills screeching
profane misinformation bellowed loudly into the public ear. The Murdock-funded
fear-baiting histrionics of the likes of Beck, Limbaugh, Palin, and
others of their ilk, harkens back to the murky, now reprehensible
time, when our nation was reduced into the communist fear frenzy of
I laugh when I hear that the media is "liberal." Are we
all fools? The media is corporate owned and controlled, and gives
the mere flavor and odor of 'leaning' liberal to blind us from the
real truth. Stimulated and distracted by the misleading tags of leftwing,
rightwing, Republican, Democrat and independent, straight, gay; Hispanic,
Muslim et al. we are thrown these labels as blood-bait to keep us
busy from seeing the real architect of this coup, corporatism at its
In my heart of hearts I am not a Democrat, Republican, or Independent;
I am an ordinary middle class hard-working American who is feeling
rage toward his own government and his country. How can this be? I
have always deeply loved America. I was as proud of this country as
any American can be. I loved its diversity, its willingness to change
when times changed, its national humor, but all that has gradually
America's diversity has turned into suspicion of differences; its
willingness to change has turned to bitter unswerving closed-minded
thinking, and its humor into snide cynicism. One can only be lied
to so many times by the Congress, the President, the Judiciary, the
media, the banks, the energy companies, and Wall Street, before a
dogged determination to stand strong in national pride, wears down
into a jaded pessimism about what tomorrow will bring.
I am determined to no longer stand by and silently tolerate the wilful
destruction of this country. Awake America. It is our duty as citizens
to take stock in who we are as a nation, what we stand for, what we
want our country to be, and how we can embrace the values that are
good for all humankind. I am going to personally make every effort
to enlighten those I come in contact with and awaken them to our plight.
We need a new commitment to holding fully accountable those that disparage
our legal process and break the bounds of what is in our collective
national and global interest, irrespective of their office and station.
It is those among us in positions of political and corporate power
that hold the greatest responsibility to the common good. The company
'bottom line' is simply no longer a good enough excuse for egregious
behavior. Their very first responsibility is to humankind, not the
Joined in unity; one citizen at a time, together as a nation, a people,
and a purpose, we can redirect our country and place it back on the
path of enlightenment, toleration, humanitarianism, and honesty. Those
will be my goals, and I will take every opportunity and every possible
step to voice my angst, and cry for change, for only when others see
us and hear us will they recognize their own voice and strength. Unite
my friends and let us return to the America that represented us all,
and stood as the envy of the world.
In the words of the mad hatter of the airways, Howard Beale, in the
prophetic movie "Network," (surely Rupert Murdock's inspiration)
"I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!"
All 40 Republican senators and one Democrat, Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska,
used a filibuster to keep the unemployment extension bill from reaching
a vote. The reason was that it would increase the federal deficit
which is expected to soar to $1.4 trillion this year, according to
What in the name of all that may be Holy and left in this world does
this say about our government? A 33 billion dollar sum was recently
asked to be voted on for the wars, the president and Mrs. spent 10
million on social functions this past year with Mrs. supporting a
personal entourage of 25 people at the cost of over a million in combined
salaries each month! I can readily see where cuts could be made, can
Congressmen voted themselves a raise this year, and Social Security
recipients won't get the yearly cost of living allotment. Something
is radically wrong! The consumer report says sales are down more than
in seven months! How can sales increase if 10 million people can't
buy anything? Shouldn't Congress have thought about the deficit when
the new cabinet and president came on board?
Folks, we're at the bottom of the totem pole in the eyes of our government.
It is shameful that unemployment extension is denied while billions/trillions
are spent elsewhere and our leaders bask in luxury. An awful lot of
folks will be eating bread instead of cake and you know where this
Hyde Park, NY
We missed it. Our opportunity to re-declare our independence from
the British Empire (i.e. B.P.) It's interesting to re-read the first
paragraph of the Declaration that we hold sacred, so here it is:
"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for
one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them
with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate
and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God
entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires
that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."
Notice the 'separate and equal station to which the laws of nature
- entitled them." So, we declared that back in 1776. Wow. It
seems that we have not fulfilled our responsibility to the Laws of
Nature. So, here we are, with British Petroleum still in charge of
the effects on the wildlife of our southern coast line, and continuing
to protect their profit making venture which was placed only 48 miles
off of the U.S. shore line. Why didn't we re-declare our independence
on this anniversary?
Well, it wasn't my fault. I had two friends pass away this week. One
my sweet friend, Ray Tumbleson, who spent his life performing and
teaching music, and who ended up spending his last years right here,
singing in the Church Choir for as long as he could, and the other
Bernie Wilens, whom I met when he was an agent at the William Morris
agency, my first job of privilege, which I attained because I was
the fastest typist of those that applied. Well, at least two people
I know have declared their independence. For the rest of us, I suggest
that we return to our obligation of protecting life on earth, or at
least life in the United States of America.
While it is true that I was in charge of this years' Library Plant
Sale for the first
time, I could not have done it without the guidance & help from
Veronica Rowe and Terry Spies. Both Veronica & Terry have been
doing the sale for years & years with great success . Without
these two wonderful gardeners & devoted volunteers this years'
success would not have been possible.
Also, I would like to thank all of the generous gardeners who donated
so many plants to the sale and, of course, all of the lucky gardening
customers who got
such great deals and helped to make it all happen.
See you next year!
Marvella Casale, Volunteer
My heart is bursting with joy as I type this, and I want to thank
some incredible people as well as the entire Hudson Valley for really
turning out for "All Love, All Woodstock," last weekend.
Our benefit concert and auction for Constance McMillen and the ACLU
(and the Onteora Central School District's Gay Straight Alliance --
we wanted to bring some of the money back home to the community who
generously supported us) was a runaway hit! We ate, drank, danced
and partied long past midnight and raised over $30,000 for this very
meaningful cause! Now we're busy paying our bills and we can't wait
to write some checks to these three very worthy recipients.
Of course, this labor of love could not have happened without the
amazing support of so many people and I'd like to take a moment to
publicly thank them for giving of themselves of so generously!
My core committee of Laurie Osmond, Robert Burke Warren, Ken Schneidman,
Jason O'Malley, Martha Frankel, Cat Cooke, Barry Cherwin, Michael
Lang and others worked tirelessly for this cause, spent hours online,
on the phone and in person with me planning every last detail. Likewise,
so many young people, led by Onteora students Liam Khan and Asia Hunt,
poster'd, postcard'd and otherwise blanketed the area with event info,
stuffed goodie bags, did plenty of grunt work and were simply outstanding
in every possible way!
What can I say about Peter Cantine, who generously gave us the Bearsville
Theater space (bumping a paid event!) and staffed our event with his
team of wonderful professionals? He is a prince among men and I am
eternally grateful to him. Biggest props to Mary Gormley, Tracy Lynch
and their team at The Emerson who hosted so many of our VIP guests
and took extra special care of them all! And we just bow at the feet
of Arthur F Mulligan Bus Company and its drivers, who stayed till
the wee hours to transport our talent and VIP's.
Chris Anderson of Nevessa Production (our stage manager), Luc Moeys
of Oriole 9 (our food coordinator), Glenn Meyers of Meyers Law firm
and Jenna Spector of Susan Blond Public Relations also put in overtime
hours, making sure our event was fine tuned and perfect in every way.
Desiree O'Clair gave "All Love, All Woodstock" its glamorous
vibe, with her gorgeously outfitted "cigarette girls" who
offered custom Lucky Chocolates, t-shirts, corsages and more as they
vamped around the room in their vintage prom wear! Bravo!!!
We can't forget sponsors Joshua's World Cafe, Oriole 9, Bistro to
Go, The Peekamoose, Cucina, New World Home Cooking, Wittenberg Store
Catering, Sunfrost, So Many Roads Printing and Lucky Chocolates. Without
them, we wouldn't have looked (or tasted) so good!
And who could forget Franco Vogt, the lovely Lucia Reale-Vogt and
their "basement of love" prom picture set they designed?
Go to our website, allloveallwoodstock.com, click on GALLERY and check
out our attendees and guests of honor acting out their most far-out
prom fantasies for the camera.
Finally, dear friends Stefanie Schachter, Alison Gerson, Barbara Mansfield,
Donna Parisi, Christina Himberger, Phil Mansfield, Siobhan Schneidman,
Maryanne Asta, Maxanne Resnick, Daisy Kramer Bolle, Robin Kramer,
Joe Perry, Lou Deering and Dennis O'Clair all worked overtime and
always with a smile on their faces. We love them!
As for Constance, I'm delighted to tell you that she had a wonderful
time, made lots of new friends and certainly felt the "Woodstock
love vibe," which leads me to YOU, dear readers.
Thank you thank you thank you for your support in me and this project.
I feel so happy and blessed to live here among you all and count you
as neighbors and friends.
With all my love,
Mt. Tremper, NY
My life was spared only because of the unbelievable efforts and response
from the men who worked to save me.
There are no words to express my deepest gratitude to the Phoenicia
Fire Dept, Shandaken Amubulance core and all the people of Phoenicia
who really care. It worked!and each day I am slowly on the mend .
I wll never forget what a luckey woman I am to be alive and able to
say THANK YOU to the many hands that saved my life.