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.
$$ For Collaboration
Route 28 Towns Refuse To Pony Up To Push Joint Scenic Byway
By Phoenicia Times Staff
Last Thursday, July 22, the Central Catskills Collaborative
was brought together by advisor Peter Manning, Regional Planner
for the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, to
talk over the future of the entity.
Formed two years ago, just prior to the economic crash, the
Central Catskills Collaborative has been working toward getting
a 50 mile section of Route 28 between the town of Olive and
the town of Andes designated as a Scenic Byway, under the idea
that such a designation would open the door for funding opportunities
for the region that would otherwise not be available.
Onteora Steadies Course As Gregory Takes Reins,
Flayhan Resigns Board
By Lisa Childers
Shortly after Onteora District Superintendent Leslie
Ford's resignation on July 9, 2010, Victoria McLaren
was appointed as acting Superintendent at no cost
to the district. This was followed by a school board
meeting on Tuesday, July 20 in the district's central
offices in Boiceville where the board unanimously
chose Charlotte Gregory as the district's interim
superintendent at $550 a day.
During the summer, Gregory will work part time, changing
over to full time once school begins.
Your Ashes... Now!
Destructive Insects Arrive In Ulster, Threaten
What Was Our Main Cash Tree
By Violet Snow
Do you have ash trees on your property?
(Do you know what an ash tree looks
like?) Now is the time to learn how
to check them for D-shaped holes in
the bark and upper canopy leaf loss,
signs of the emerald ash borer, a destructive
insect that Ulster County has been fending
off by outlawing transport of untreated
firewood since 2008. That regulation
still holds, more so than ever since
two of the insects (also known as EAB)
were found in sampling traps in Saugerties
on July 15.
Ulster County Fair, which kicks off next
week, is a photo-rich environment. Cornell
Cooperative Extension of Ulster County's
4-H Youth Development Program is offering
a FREE Photo Safari for youth on Thursday,
August 5 at the Ulster County Fair Grounds
on Libertyville Road in New Paltz. For full
info on this, call 340-3990 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joins In On Voicefest
They're Set To Premiere A New
Locally-Penned Singing Play,
'Closer Than Ever
By Violet Snow
The Shandaken Theatrical Society
(STS) has come a long way since
a small group of town residents
created a skit based on the
song "Happiness is Shandaken"
for the 1976 bicentennial celebration.
That effort was so satisfying
that the participants decided
to form a theater company. Thirty-four
years later, STS has been through
a lot of changes, including
the 1998 purchase of the Odd
Fellows Hall on Church Street
as its permanent home.
By Carol LaMonda
Only five months of shopping days until Christmas!
Although the summer is about half over if
measured by school summer vacation, I am still
moving houseplants outdoors with the help
of my grandson who asked if the plants were
going on vacation. "Yes," I replied
marveling at how that summed up the short
time the plants get the benefit of sun and
rain. It reminded me how fleeting and special
that special warm time of the year is to us
who live in the northeast.