Dr. Leslie Goldring Ford resigned as Superintendent of the Onteora
School District as of July 9, 2010. A press release has been issued
to this effect and is available here on the district web site: onteora.schoolwires.com
Moving forward, Assistant Superintendent for Business Victoria McLaren
has been appointed as Acting Superintendent, with Assistant Superintendent
for Curriculum Dr. Katie O'Brien standing in if Victoria is absent.
Both of these talented administrators will continue to serve the District
well, as the Board begins its search for a new Superintendent of Schools.
We value both our Assistant Superintendents equally and appreciate
our strong working relationships with them. Victoria was chosen because
she is the tenured employee. She will be assuming these additional
duties without receiving additional compensation.
The Board has already started the Interim Superintendent interview
process, and plans to announce the appointment of an Interim in the
very near future.
The Board is also commencing a search for a new Superintendent of
Schools. We are grateful to Ulster BOCES, who will be assisting us
with this search, without charging a fee. (The District will pay advertising
We are forming a shared decision-making team to conduct candidate
interviews, per our district procedure. This team will be comprised
of representatives from the Board, Central Administration, the Onteora
Administrators' Association (OAA), the Onteora Teachers' Association
(OTA), the Onteora Non-Teaching Employees Association (ONTEA), students
and one community member from each of our four towns.
While the Board will resume regular meetings in August, we would very
much like to hear from the staff and community now as to what qualities
they would like to see in our next Superintendent. To that end, please
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 845-657-2677 x 490.
The Board would like to thank our central office personnel, our administrators
and our union leadership for the spirit of teamwork and community
they have shown.
As we enjoy the summer and plan for the school year, we look forward
to working with all of you, and dedicate ourselves to making Onteora
the absolute best school district it can be.
Laurie Osmond, President
Onteora CSD Board of Education
With the departure of Onteora School District's superintendent Dr.
Leslie Ford, there has been talk of how the current board got elected.
To say the trustees won their seats "to keep Phoenicia Elementary
open" is reductive. The current board was never focused solely
on keeping open one local elementary school. The campaign to elect
them also was directed at keeping class sizes small in all three elementary
schools, bus rides short, and fifth graders off of buses with high
school seniors. The current board has done all those things, passed
several budgets in harsh economic times, and developed a more open
relationship with the public.
The previous board, as has been stated in these pages, intended to
close Phoenicia as part of their consolidation plan. But they also
had Woodstock Elementary in their sights. In fact, a very vocal member
of that past board only recently opined that Woodstock Elementary
stands on "prime real estate" that should be sold to a hotel
chain. This same philosophy was uttered by a member of the previous
board's budget advisory committee at a meeting where it was also stated
that a child could very easily wander onto route 375 and incur for
the district "the mother of all lawsuits." Almost everyone
I know in Woodstock who caught wind of this stuff got angry. And,
contrary to what some people thought would happen, they voted, and
those votes helped to elect the current board.
In addition to consolidation, the previous board's long-range plan
was a grade five-through-eight middle school, which would see, along
with the busing issue, lots of kids crammed into the current middle
school/high school while state funding to help taxpayers pay for enlargement
of the facilities was pending. (Now we know that money would not have
been there.) Lots of folks - not just those with interests in Phoenicia
- did not want to see that happen, and they voted.
In spite of a dysfunctional relationship with the now-departed superintendent,
the current board has worked very, very hard to make sure all Onteora
kids get the best the community can give them. To view them merely
as patrons of a village school isn't accurate. I'm proud of them,
pleased that they parted ways with Dr. Ford, and happy to live in
a community that votes with an eye on the needs of the students, not
the bottom line.
Robert Burke Warren
Gus Murphy is right that government is a nessary evil. Mr. Murphy
is also right that the ideas of Hamilton, Madison and Jay in the Federalist
emphasized centralization. But while the anti-Federalists, who opposed
the Constitution, lost the argument, they won key battles. The best
part of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, was due to the anti-Federalists.
Even today most Americans believe that freedom of speech, enshrined
in the First Amendment, is the most important right.
As Charles Beard pointed out a century ago in his Economic Interpretation
of the Constitution of the United States the authors of the Constitution,
who favored centralization and Federalism, were bankers and merchants.
Alexander Hamilton, co-founder of the Bank of New York, was the most
intellectually important Federalist. The centralizing party was always
the party of the rich. Following the Federalists, the Whigs were formed
to fight Andrew Jackson, the president of the working man, who abolished
the equivalent of the Fed. The Republicans were formed to stop the
South from seceding and to fight for higher tariffs, public works
and the Fed.
In the late 1890s the Republican Party adopted Progressivism, another
way to argue for centralization and the Fed. The final step was the
creation of conservatism and the transformation of the two party system
into a single Federalist Party. First, there was a conflict between
William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt over whether the US economy
should be socialist and regulated, which Theodore Roosevelt (a Republican)
favored, or whether anti-trust enforcement should be the responsibility
of the Justice Department, which Taft favored. As president, Taft
ignored Roosevelt. This made Taft the first "conservative".
Roosevelt ran as a third party candidate in the Bull Moose or Progressive
Party, and helped Woodrow Wilson defeat Taft. This made Roosevelt
the first "liberal". The debate between "liberals"
and "conservatives" is between two kinds of Progressives.
Both liberals and conservatives today would have been Federalists
in 1786, Whigs in 1836 and Progressives in 1904. We have a one party
Federalist system just like in 1788 when Washington was elected.
Franklin Roosevelt took the fake liberal-conservative distinction
further. He realized that support for big business would be more effective
if cloaked in rhetoric that sounded like it was supportive of labor.
The Democrats became super-Federalists, even more aggressively supportive
of centralization of power into the hands of the Federal Reserve Bank
and Wall Street, by using the rhetoic of helping the poor. The supposed
help was through ineffective programs like Social Security and the
National Labor Relations Act. None of these laws cost big business
very much and and involved wealth transfers from lower to middle income
taxpayers. Progressivism created inner cities characterized by drug
addiction and dependency. The welfare-dependent lumpen proletariat
became a political bargaining chip, just like the Roman proletariat
in the days of Augustus Caesar.
Has America been getting greater and greater since the Federalists/Progressives
took power in 1904? Do increasing income inequality, the Depression,
the Stagflation of the 1970s, the mismanagement of the oil spill,
the banking crisis, inflation, the massive increase in big business
power, the massive increase in Wall Street's power, the stagnating
real hourly wage and the exodus of manufacturing tell us that the
one party Federalist system has succeeded?
While Mr. Murphy is right that government is a necessary evil, is
Berndt Leifeld's giving Olive's school teachers a six percent raise
when everyone else is not getting a raise a necessary evil? Is it
necessary to spend 45% of your income on wortheless government "services"?
Is providing Medicaid to non-residents who arrive in New York and
whose first stop is the Medicaid office a necessary evil? Was seeing
500,000 jobs exodus the state during the Cuomo administration a necessary
West Shokan, NY
Imagine my delight to find, in your July 15th issue, that I am in
the middle of a Mitchell Langbert sandwich. Yum. First i'd like to
thank Mr. Langbert for responding to my question about public schools:
Next i'd like to respond to his response: Huh???
Students are indeed taught to defer to authority, but this is neither
liberal nor socialist (which terms are not synonymous). I take it
as a practical matter of trying to have some control of the class.
Further, I rather think of deference to authority as a conservative
Blaming Democrats alone for the bank bailouts is silly; it was President
Bush who signed that law, and his Treasury Secretary who implemented
it. I'd argue that they were Republicans.
I was in high school at around the time that Mr. Langbert was, and
well remember how doctrinaire and inflexible the left was in the 1970s.
It struck me as very illiberal. However I'm always amazed at how Hayek
and his fans see more totalitarian threat from the left, even to the
point of discounting that threat from the right. Was not the old Soviet
Union a very conservative thing?
As for Marx, allow me to cite the late Senator D.P.Moynihan: The theories
about ethnicity and class developed by Karl Marx in the British Museum
in the 1850s were disproved by Nathan Glazer in the New York Public
Library in the 1950s. You can find statues of Karl Marx all over the
world, but you hardly ever see a statue of Nat Glazer.
Losing your job is a very demoralizing experience. You can blame yourself,
feeling like you did something wrong, when you had nothing to do with
the economic circumstances surrounding the loss. The Republicans add
insult to injury by insinuating that the jobless are slackers, responsible
for their own circumstances. The Republicans continue their assault
by denying the extension of unemployment benefits. We reject this
characterization of American workers who have lost their jobs during
this devastating recession. We support the continuation of unemployment
benefits for our hard hit friends and neighbors who are going through
Saugerties Democratic Executive Committee: Mike Harkavy, Marcus Arthur,
Donn Avallone, Beth Murphy, and Harriet Tomasko
Halliburton profits were up 83% in the second quarter, and their shares
were up 5%. That's enough for you that own this stock to take a deep
breath..... no.... deeper - please. Halliburton has more than one
reason to be relieved. First, there is a possibility that the catastrophe
partially caused by them could be coming to an end, unless of course,
a hurricane hits the Gulf Coast, which it is known to do, before the
relief wells are in place.
Still, they are hoping that the temporary cap, which seems to be working,
may replace the necessity for the relief well(s) during the hurricane
season. There is still no proof of it's holding, since there have
been no experiments on anything being tried in the recent catastrophe,
since it's never happened before. But fear not Halliburton stockholders,
we've heard little of Halliburton during this 3 month catastrophe,
so their PR seems to be holding up better than any wells in any ocean.
There are other reasons for Halliburton shares to be rising (along
with everything else under land and sea). The biggest one is that
Halliburton is involved in Hydraulic Fracturing, now, appropriately
referred to as Fracking. In a Henry Waxman investigation, Halliburton
admitted to using fluids containing diesel fuel from 2005-2007, to
fracture oil and gas from underground in 15 states. FRACKING - Now
coming to a field or farm in your neighborhood. Yes, these things
go on behind our backs, and by the time it comes to our attention,
it's way too late to prevent catastrophic toxins from having been
exhumed into our air and water.
You don't have to believe me. If you have any sense of responsibility
to your loved ones, particularly to your children and grandchildren,
I can now state that it is your obligation to see the HBO movie called
GASLAND. It not only explains it all, but shows proof of what has
already happened in our neighboring Pennsylvania and other states.
In addition, if you get HBO in your home, I implore you to invite
your friends that do not have HBO to come and share your screen with
them. A vote for temporarily suspending fracking in NYS is presently
on the table. If we don't let our representatives know that we are
passionate about this, they can just wait it out and then resume their
business as usual, whatever that is. Please remember: DEMOCRACY IS
NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT.
At the urging of Julia Walsh - activist and project director of Frack
Attack - I contacted New York State Sen. Thompson's office to speak
at the State Senate Environmental Commission meeting in Albany. Public
comment is not allowed on a bill that is not on the agenda. However,
I was fortunate enough to be given special privilege to speak on behalf
of environmental groups on the need for a moratorium on issuing DEC
permits for hydrofracking.
I would like to share what I said at the meeting. It is imperative
that people start to educate themselves on a critically important
environmental issue confronting the state and nation:
"I am here on behalf of many organizations to speak about a bill
that is not on the agenda but should be: The Englebright/Addabbo bill,
which would put a moratorium in place on issuing gas drilling permits
until the federal government concludes their scientific study.
"Last week a New York City public school had antifreeze fed into
the school's water system causing the children to drink contaminated
water out of the fountains. The children were rushed to the hospital.
"Now imagine that the water was contaminated with toluene, ethylene,
methane and 500-plus other undisclosed chemicals that are used in
horizontal gas drilling. If this were to happen, I am not so sure
these kids would get out of the hospital.
"Yesterday, Congressman Hinchey spoke about 14 homes in Pennsylvania
that had their wells closed due to water contamination from hydrofracking.
"And recently there were explosions from gas wells in Pennsylvania,
Texas and West Virginia that killed and burned many workers and produced
flames to shoot up over 70 feet high and seen for miles.
"Six states have documented a total of approximately 1,000 specific
cases of water pollution attributable to hydrofracking technology.
The former administration in Washington declared the practice - and
the toxic water - off limits to the scrutiny of the EPA.
"This action led the states to fend for themselves, despite the
limited financial resources.
"The Hudson Valley Business Journal states that if industry plans
are ultimately approved, an estimated 200,000 wells will be sunk in
central New York and Sullivan County.
"New York has a total of 17 inspectors to cover all safe water
enforcement investigations throughout the state.
"The EPA has agreed to take another look at the potential adverse
impacts that hydrofracking may have on water quality and public health.
"We owe it to the people of New York to let the experts conduct
"We all understand New York is in a fiscal crisis. However, selling
out our most precious commodity - our liquid gold - is not the answer.
"As a matter of fact, New York's fiscal crisis makes it more
imperative that you enact this bill. Without the resources to manage
this activity, there is a pretty good chance that disaster will happen,
causing the state additional massive financial burden.
"The potential destruction of New York's drinking water is too
important to play politics with.
"Our children's health and future cannot be for sale.
"I am asking on behalf of all the organizations I am here representing
to put your name on this bill and do everything in your power to bring
this to the floor this legislative session and see it become law.
With the Assembly already stepping up to the plate, it is now up to
all of you.
"On behalf of all of the following organizations and myself,
thank you for giving us this time."
Susan Zimet, UC Legislator
New Paltz, NY
I thought you might want to see a post that will be on my blog (www.rollandsmith.blogspot.com)
regarding the current controversy over "fracking" for gas
in the Catskills and beyond.
"So you want to frack. It sounds good. Quick money, needed money
and all you have to do is lease your land to the natural gas seekers
and they do the rest. They pay you upfront and you've got cash in
hand. It's a good deal in this economy. Right? You'd better read up
on the horror stories. Better yet, see the documentary 'Gasland.'
"If you sign a gas lease agreement, eventually they (the gas
people) come on your land with a drill derrick and high tech equipment
and plunge into your land for a while and then the drilling take a
turn and carves a bore a good distance horizontally. I don't know
exactly how far, but it's not a few feet.
The Marcellus gas shale is a strata of rock that extends from the
Catskills in New York, through Pennsylvania, portions of Ohio, most
of West Virginia and into a little bit of Kentucky. It has been known
about for decades, but new techniques have made the gas more recoverable.
Next comes a high-pressure earth enema filled with millions of gallons
of your ground water, sand and caustic chemicals most of which are
considered carcinogens by the DEP and EPA. The pressure creates a
minor earthquake and cracks or fractures the shale rock structure
to release the gas.
The problem is "residual waste," toxic wastewater that is
supposed to be carted away for disposal, BUT...not all of it goes
away. It stays within the fractured zone and in many cases pollutes
by seeping into your aquifer, polluting your land, your drinking water
and even your surface water for livestock and pets.
In one place in Dimock, Pennsylvania, where fracturing has been going
on for some time, the ground water has turned brown, people got sick,
livestock started loosing their hair, the stories go on and on.
This missive is not going to tell you what to do. Check it out yourself.
I'm no more skilled on this than you are. I make no judgment in whatever
choice you make. It's your land. I don't live on it, but there are
Rolland G. Smith
I have often sat reading some screed on this or that topic that involves
'energy' and it's glories and hazards. Nuclear energy, Marcellus shale
drilling, solar collectors, wind farms, bicycling, and even 'eating
locally' to save fossil fuel. While I applaud all the awareness building
and good intentions that 'fuel' much of this writing and speaking
and experimenting, I often cringe when I see well intentioned types
spouting so called scientific 'facts' that are clearly ridiculous
to bolster their points. While this practice might bolster, at least
temporarily, excitement and even right action by the intended audience,
it inevitably leads to confusion and 'detours' from effective action.
I would like to provide a basic outline of sound information about
energy that might be of help in deeply thinking through your passions
to effective action.
For us here on earth, there are only 3 PRIMARY sources of energy;
The sun, radioactive decay of elements in the minerals composing the
earth and, to a lesser degree, gravity. OK, OK, for the purists among
you, there is a 4th rather trivial source from material such as meteors
and cosmic rays raining continuously into the top of the atmosphere
which does have a small, but detectable addition to atmospheric energy.
All other so called 'sources' of energy are really derived [or secondary]
from these 3. As an example, wind energy is derived from solar energy
as sun light heats part of the atmosphere while other parts are cooling,
thus drawing warmer air up and drawing cooler air in near the ground.
Tidal energy is derived from the changing gravitational attraction
of the moon [mostly] and sun as the earth and moon rotate plus a small
component from wind pushing the ocean waves around. Even the energy
in fossil fuels, such as extracted oils, is really stored solar energy
from photosynthesis many years ago.
I could go on and on about the complex ways these primary sources
result in one or the other derived 'sources', but one particularly
intense issue seems to illustrate the confusion well. "Geothermal"
energy which many see as 'good' energy is primarily derived from the
exact same source as "nuclear" energy, which the same people
see as some how 'bad'. And interestingly, there is another set of
people who see them exactly the opposite. Nuclear is a 'good', non
polluting source [ignoring the 'waste' issue] while geothermal is
too 'diffuse' and so is a waste of time. Both are primarily derived
from the natural radioactive decay of certain elements in the earth.
They are just delivered in different ways.
Which brings me to a different point. Usually the discussions around
energy are not really, despite the words used, about the energy itself
but about the way it is handled by humans. Thus, the nuclear debate
is rarely about nuclear energy per se, but about how it is handled,
both in its usable form and in the 'side effects' such as waste handling.
Similar debates about the complexities of tapping wind or tidal energy
are appearing now as well.
Another aspect that is starting to get more attention in the various
debates is the so called 'hidden' parts of the issues. For example,
whether or not it is 'cheaper' to eat 'locally' grown foods than 'distantly'
grown ones. It is not hard to show that in some situations the energy
[and fuel] used per carrot or tomato delivered is actually less for
them grown in Chile than in N. Jersey or N. Carolina. That does not
make them taste better or worse or more or less nutritious either
way or better for neighboring farmers. It simply confuses the discussion
if provably false 'facts' are thrown in willy nilly.
A second example of so called 'hidden' costs is the environmental
effects of producing the raw materials needed to capture and distribute
direct solar energy [much less the derived solar energy in wind].
The mining and transportation of silicon, iron ore, copper and the
petroleum products, etc. used to set up such a system is hard to calculate
much less to integrate into such a discussion but have no less a real
impact on the environment.
Keeping these basic facts in you mind while advocating for this or
that way of saving our planet and its environment can only help you
to be more secure in you advocacy and thus taken more seriously in
your arguments. Please try to advocate from a grounded place and you
will have a stronger effect.
Eighteen months into his first term, Mike Hein and his administration
have much to be proud of. Beyond the nuts-and-bolts success stories
in numerous county departments, Mike's key political achievement has
been to provide leadership where before there was none. While it may
be irksome to his political detractors, Mike's omnipresence is exactly
what the county's voters demanded after decades of not knowing who
should get the credit - or more often the blame - for Ulster County's
dysfunctional government. Now we know. And as a result of the significant
improvements in the functionality of the County government, there
is a lot more credit, and a lot less blame, than there used to be.
The impact of Mike's leadership extends beyond the county's borders:
the ability of this county to negotiate and cooperate with our neighbors,
with Albany and with New York City have all been dramatically improved
by the reform of our government and by Mike's proactive leadership
and advocacy for our communities. It is to Mike's great credit that
he has filled this role so successfully with no predecessor to emulate,
his never having held elected office before. It's even more to his
credit that he has managed the affairs of the county so successfully
in a time of national economic turmoil.
It is a shame that rather than join in the celebration of the success
of our new form of government - something that all the citizens of
our county can and should be proud of - some on the other side of
the aisle skip no opportunity to try to knock Mike down for their
own partisan gain. I suppose they just want to go back to the days
when they were in charge, back before we elected Mike and comptroller
Elliott Auerbach. You know, the days of high taxes, wasteful spending,
and no accountability. The good old days for them, perhaps, but not
for the citizens of this county.
Julian Schreibman, chair
Ulster County Democratic Party
The Tour of the Catskills is back for a third year, and this year
promises to be the most exciting one yet! This year's finale race
features a climb up Platte Clove, a.k.a. Devil's Kitchen, for the
first time in a bike race since the Tour de Trump race in the 1990's.
The Tour of the Catskills is a three-day pro/amateur bicycle race
that starts Friday, July 30 in Tannersville, is in Windham on Saturday,
July 31 and ends on Sunday, August 1 in Hunter.
We are looking for volunteers to help with registration on Friday
and road marshals on Saturday and/or Sunday. Any and all volunteers
will receive a commemorative t-shirt and lunch on Sunday with the
racers. As an incentive, groups or clubs that bring 10 or more volunteers
over the course of the weekend are eligible to receive a $100 donation
for their organization. This incentive is open to any kind of group
and is not exclusive to athletic organizations. There are three 4-hour
shifts available for just one day or as many as you'd like over the
The Tour of the Catskills is going to be an exciting event and I encourage
everyone to take time for a short drive that weekend to come watch
some of the race, and please consider volunteering for a few hours.
For more information about the race or to volunteer, go to www.tourofthecatskills.com
or email email@example.com.
There are lots of fun FREE activities on the horizon at the Phoenicia
Library on Main Street. Beginning July 28 and running for three consecutive
Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, the library will be hosting Kids
in the Kaatskills. With a morning and afternoon session (10:30 &
1:30), activities will include Mardi Gras mask-making; yoga; felting;
silk-screening T-shirts; calligraphy, tie-dye and much more! The complete
schedule can be found at http://phoenicialibrary.blogspot.com/ or
stop by the Library and pick up a schedule.
In addition to our new blog, the Phoenicia Library now has a Facebook
Here are other upcoming events to note (with more info available online):
Aug. 1 & 8: Mah Jongg class for adult beginners, 10:30 - Noon
(to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Library
Aug. 2 - Drumming workshop for kids with Jonathan Duda: 1 p.m. (1st
session-ages 4-9; 2nd session - ages 10 & up)
The 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month is Story Time with Sue Bernstein
at 11 a.m. with songs, stories, and puppetry; ages 1 & up.
August 9 -- our next Library Board meeting, which will include election
of officers -- 7 p.m. (Please note that the date is one week earlier
than our usual third Monday of the month)
Hope to see you at one or more of these events!
Phoenicia Library Board
On Sunday, July 18th a number of volunteers gathered for what turned
out to be a great day in Glenbrook Park. The Town of Shandaken would
like to thank all those who showed up for a work day adding new amenities
and some general improvements to our near 25 year old park. They installed
the split rail fence for the new Shandaken Dog Park & Agility
Center and made general grounds improvements all in preparation for
this year's Shandaken Day event. Thanks go out to:
Gene Gormley, Tom Crucet, Diego Macedo, Sarah Hiller, Keith Johnson,
Mitch Pintsky, Kerryth Kilduir, John & Melissa Thongs, Bob &
Sandra Stanley, Ray Scarth, Barbara VanBlarclum, Joe Ryan, Christine
Steen, Cinthia Sinmon, RJ Stanley, Storm Stanley, Kathy Jordan, Jane
& John Rossitz, Alfred & Marge Peck, Mary &Stan Davis,
Karin Connelly, Rolf Reis, Sue Lennon, Mary Lane, Gary & Martie
Gailes, Kathy Williams, Eugene Sullivan , Gerry Setchko , Gary Carr,
Jr., Diana Mae Munch, Ethan Bernstein, Jay Braman, Sr., Eric Hoffmeister-
Highway Superintendant, Town of Shandaken Highway Dept., Friends of
Snuffy, Kurt Boyer Design, Shandaken - Allaben Hose Co., Councilman
Vin Bernstein, Councilman Jack Jordan and Rick LaCosta who cooked
a wonderful BBQ for lunch for all the volunteers with food and items
donated by: Phoenicia Supermarket, Hanover Farms, Boiceville Market,
Wadler's Brothers, Morra's Market, Phoenicia Country Store & the
Shandaken Republican Club. Thanks to Tim Hilgers & Paul Davis
who worked diligently on concrete forms to fix the broken wall on
Rte. 42 with wood donated by Farmer Jones Baby Barns. Thanks to the
Phoenicia Rotary for the donation of Park Benches. Lastly, but certainly
not least, are Art & Jen Christie whose spearheading of the dog
park initiative helped not only purchase the supplies without a drop
of taxpayer monies, but who have also gone way beyond the call of
duty all for the community at large. On one of the hottest days this
summer they all came together working until 7:30pm to "finish
the job." I'd also like to thank our special lunchtime guest,
as a bald eagle soared above the park to investigate our work.
We have another day slated again with a free BBQ for volunteers at
the Glenbrook Park on Rte. 42 in Shandaken on Sunday, August 8th starting
at 9am. All are welcome and we have multitude of jobs to be done from
landscaping to painting and more. Thanks again to all our volunteers
and we hope to see you all at the park.
Robert A. Stanley, Supervisor
Town of Shandaken
My name is Barbara Kathleen Negron my maiden name is Wood. I am the
great granddaughter of Benjamin Franklin Wood who retired to Phoenicia
New York and died there August 31, 1912. I am sure that he was buried
in Phoenicia however, the question is where.
In the late 1940 when I was a little girl I remember going to a beautiful
cabin in the woods where a stream ran outside our door. We picked
blueberries and raspberries for our morning cereal. We swam in the
stream which also had a water fall. I remember how cold it was and
how refreshing the water felt on the hot summer day as we laid out
on the rocks on our towels with the sun betting down on us.
After viewing the pictures on the internet of Phoenicia I believe
that is where we spent those lazy warm summer days.
Of course this is a childhood memory which is always larger that what
it really is however, if memory serves me correctly this property
belonged to the Wood family.
My great grandfather B. Frank Wood as he liked to be called was involved
in politics, lawyer, judge and a newspaper man. He was the Secretary
of fish and wildlife under Governor Theodore Roosevelt. I am trying
to lean more about him and possible you can point me the right direction.
1. Were did he live in Phoenicia?
2. Were is he buried in Phoenicia?
3. Are there any stories about him in Phoenicia?
Looking forward to hearing from you through this publication
Barbara Kathleen (Wood) Negron