As Chairman of the Central Catskills Collaborative, I was sorry to
see that you printed the highly misleading piece regarding the Collaborative
in your last issue of the Phoenicia Times.
You correspondent did not bother to attend the meeting he writes about,
and statements he makes such as the town supervisors 'were asked to
consider entering into an intermunicipal agreement' are way off the
mark. As I tried to explain to your correspondent, the meeting was
a series of exercises led by our wonderful intern Gabrielle Voeller.
One exercise compared the structures of EXISTING byways. One byway
was managed by an Intermunicipal Agreement. Another byway formed a
non-profit corporation expressly for the byway. A third operated under
the umbrella of an already-existing non-profit. Obviously work on
the byway is still in its early stages. Any decision as to the type
of structure to maintain it AFTER Scenic Byway designation by New
York State is accomplished is still a ways down the road.
The only purpose served by this highly misleading article is to attack
the Byway before it is even born by trying to create the impression
that there is a lack of support for it. In fact, the towns and villages
have been quite supportive, and many people besides the actual town
supervisors and village mayors, or their representatives, have been
coming to the meetings. Perhaps the Intermunicipal model may turn
out not to be what works here in the Catskills. But that decision
should be left up to the towns and villages, not to a 'reporter' intent
on creating a false controversy to sell his story.
A major purpose of creating such a byway is to showcase an area's
attractions, hopefully bringing in more visitors and visitor dollars.
The series of sessions held in the 5 towns and 2 villages served to
highlight the assets each would bring to the byway. THAT is the positive
story you could run.
John Duda, Chair
Central Catskills Collaborative
Editor's Note: Being supportive of all intermunicipal efforts everywhere,
as well as all Scenic Byway projects, we were trying to highlight
aspects of the ongoing story we felt could be reversed, and not trying
to cast any added aspersions on the worthy projects the Collaborative
is involved in. We hope to better convey this sense of regional advocacy,
both in our objective news coverage AND our editorials over the coming
Congressman Maurice Hinchey has proposed to turn the Hudson Valley
into a federal park. Mr. Hinchey has a long history of advocating
extremist environmental policies that bestow dictatorial powers on
government administrators. Repeatedly, he has painted such proposals
as moderate. He did this with respect to a 1990s Adirondacks bill
that he proposed when he was chair of the State Assembly's Environmental
Conservation Committee. The bill that would have set up Soviet-style
planning boards that would have limited if not ended construction.
He managed to convince the previously skeptical Adironack Daily Enterprise
that this idea was moderate.
Around the same time Hinchey said that he would like to restrain economic
growth in the Hudson Valley. His plan involved setting up environmental
regulations known as the "greenway". He and his fellow Democrats
succeeded in their goal of deliberately restricting economic growth.
Employment in Ulster County has grown at one fifth the national rate
since 1992 when Mr. Hinchey assumed his Congressional seat (and by
under two percent since 1990, less than one ninth the national rate
of employment growth). Now, Mr. Hinchey aims to further destroy Ulster
County's economy by eliminating the rule of law through a federal
park that would serve as a Trojan Horse to introduce federal control
of the region.
The notion of the rule of law is apparently unfamiliar to Mr. Hinchey's
supporters in the Democratic media, which serves as a Hinchey-for-Congress
publicity service. To refresh your memory, please allow me to explain
how a federal park will eliminate the rule of law.
The concept of the rule of law is that law must be predictable and
subject to change only through the gradual process of judicial decision
making called stare decisis (judges' use of precedents to maintain
a stable set of legal rules) or legislation. In America, the founders
established a Constitution to establish but limit federal power. The
Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791 to clarify the limits. This was
also done through the separation of powers across the branches of
the federal government and federalism, the division of power between
the states and the federal government. Under the Tenth Amendment,
rights not delegated to the federal government are retained by the
states and the people.
Establishing a federal park would hand dictatorial powers to a park
adminsitrator and abolish the division of power between federal and
local control. It might also eliminate the separation of powers between
the legislative and the executive branch in the sense that a parks
administrator potentially would have unlimited power to make rules.
Although the law might initially restrain such arbitrary power, the
US Congress, in which Ulster County residents have scant voice, could
change the law at will.
More importantly, a park would eliminate state level rule of law,
handing all decisions to a federal bureaucracy, in crucial areas like
construction, land ownership, well digging, septic construction, fishing,
hunting, wood burning, driving, smoking, eating, agriculture, establishing
a business, building a camp, and virtually any other activity with
any imaginable environmental impact. The park administrator could
arbitrarily change the law. Even if that is not true in the beginning,
Congress could endow the park administrator with new powers over residents'
protests. That is precisely what Congressman Hinchey has repeatedly
tried to do with respect to the hapless residents of the Adirondacks
and Utah (he has repeatedly proposed a bill that would end development
in 20% of the state of Utah) . Now he aims to do it to Ulster County.
Take a drive up to the Adirondacks and notice the poverty of the local
residents there, courtesy of Congressman Hinchey, the Democratic Party
and Mr. Hinchey's boosters in the Democratic Party media.
Given Mr. Hinchey's recidivism in advocating poverty-inducing, radical
environmental restrictions elsewhere there is no reason to believe
that he has become moderate now. Moreover, there is reason to believe
that the parks proposal is a Trojan Horse. During Mr. Hinchey's 18
years in Congress employment in Ulster County has grown at one fifth
the national rate. You might ask yourself whether your economic welfare
is of concern to him or to the radical environmentalists who motivate
the parks proposal and have been happy to see the people of the Adirondacks
But even if Mr. Hinchey is sincere that the legal effects would be
minimal (which is a contradiction, for why else would he go through
the trouble of establishing a park? To make up for the 15% of employment
that he has destroyed since 1992?), the bill would effectively abolish
the Constitution, federalism, stare decisis and local control of the
land. Should Mr. Hinchey retire and radicals lobby for stricter restrictions,
the Hudson Valley Park could become a footnote to a major national
environmental debate. Park regulations, laws, rules and dictatorial
authority could be imposed without regard for Constitutional protections
to which most Olive residents are so used that they cannot imagine
life without them.
I have students who grew up in the Soviet Union and Communist China.
If you want to learn about life where there is no rule of law, you
can ask them. Or ask Mr. Hinchey's radical supporters in the environmental
movement who likely have quite a few ideas about how to wreck your
property's economic value and turn you into a serf. Just ask the long
time residents in the Adirondacks (as opposed to the environmental
radicals who have moved there in recent decades) about how wonderful
Mr. Hinchey's parks proposals are.
West Shokan, NY
Face it: among all 20 or so NYS counties with an executive and charter,
Ulster bottom-feeds on inefficiency: sixteenth "most efficient."
Yeah, you'll hear plenty of excuses, reasons why.
Fact of the matter is this unnecessarily-BLEEDS Ulster taxpayers who
have NO ACCESS to top rungs of county government. What? "Three
minutes" to TALK AT the legislature? A laugh.
Why do we hear nothing about this from the legislature or the executive?
Anyone who attended at least one, public, candidate-for-executive
debate in 2008, at all of which I asked the candidates to define,
or was there when I urged the legislature to adopt ludicrously-simple,
but on-the-mark definitions for the words, "effective" and
"efficient," knows why.
Though the writers of the charter juxtaposed at least a dozen times
those two words, giving tacit significance to measurement of government
productivity, no two members of that body agree on the definition
of even one of the terms. The legislature brushed off the need to
define; none of the candidates had the foggiest notion of how to apply
those two key metrics so revered in "the outside world"
of business and commerce. And, now, one of our counties comes along
and challenges state mandates (http://ocgov.net/node/751) and nobody
tells us. Nobody points to any other example of productivity.
Why is it that a taxpayer must point out that our media seem loath
even to allude to widespread Ulster County mis- (read "non")
On the news this evening yet another "expert" said the only
way to fix Social Security was to cut benefits. These people are so
myopic they can see only one solution - cut benefits. What will it
take to make these people realize that is not the solution?
Unfortunately, no one is looking at the problems with Social Security
from the correct perspective. The Social Security and Medicare trust
funds have been raided so many times by the Government and the money
has never replaced! In fact, the trust funds became "petty cash"
whenever money was needed for whatever purpose and it was not "politically
correct" to get it from any other source. The Government needs
to stop raiding the trust funds!
But aside from that - look at the taxes that are collected on current
salaries. These figures have not changed since 1990: Total FICA tax
collected = 7.65%; tax on wages = 6.2%; Medicare tax = 1.45%; Total
taxable wages = $106,800
They are talking about raising the cap for Medicare in 2013. What
about raising the cap, or better yet, removing the cap for both wages
and Medicare now?
Right now the maximum contribution made to the SS trust fund from
wages is $6621.60 per year. People in the high wage brackets can pay
that from the first paycheck of the year (or at least in the first
month of the year) and not pay another dime in FICA tax on wages for
the balance of the entire year. But they sure file for Social Security
when they retire!
The wage cap of $106,800 was good for 1990, however, it is far out
of date in today's financial picture. There are many, many people
who make well over that amount today. Leaving the tax rate the same
if the cap was raised to $500,000, a total of $31,000 per year would
go into the SS trust fund. That's a difference of $24,378.40. If the
cap was raised to $1,000,000 a total of $62,000 per year would go
into the SS trust fund, a difference of $55,378.40. Multiply that
by the number of people in these wage brackets and the trust fund
would soon be in a far healthier place.
I've tried to point this out to both senators and house members but
no one listens! Heaven forbid the wealthy be asked to pay their fair
share! Who would contribute to the political campaigns?
Time for us to begin making some noise and make the legislators look
at the whole picture instead of continuing their myopic viewpoints
and focusing their "fix" on the lower and middle class!
Rev. Blanche Duffy
I want to respond to Fred's Nagel and Liam Watt's comments made about
Israel. It is important to get some facts through reliable sources.
Here is one you may check: Myth of Middle East written by Joseph Farah,
hopefully you'll appreciate the writing of this American- Arab journalist.
For the moment, here are some facts that need to be presented; Israel
has always and only acted in self defense, surrounded by fierce enemies
including terrorists who do not hesitate to sacrifice their children
as human bombs, the crimes against humanity you describe are committed
by the Hamas and their followers who are dedicated to the destruction
of Israel. Their school curriculum are injected with hatred and violence
taught from the earliest age .Should Israel be pressured to engage
in peace talks with a people who do not acknowledge them as a nation
or their right to exist? Can you even start to negotiate when your
very existence as a human being or as a people are denied? As I said
again Israel has the right to exist and defend itself.
That is what they did on the flotilla in May; the IDF went down to
check the ship to make sure that no weapons were on board, in the
goal to protect their own citizens. as they landed on the ship they
were violently beaten (check some video on you tube)it speaks for
itself. It is amazing that you qualify self defense as ''fascist brutality''.
Countless historical digs reveal Jewish presence from biblical times;
many Moslems want to claim Jerusalem as the Palestinian State Capital.
And although the Koran does not mention Jerusalem even once, it is
referenced 669times in the Old Testament alone.
In attempts at peace, Israel gave the Palestinians the Gaza strip
in order to show its willingness to create a solution. None of the
promises made to Israel were kept on the contrary, as soon as they
were given Gaza they used it to launch rockets into neighboring Israeli
towns, resulting in many deaths and an ordeal which is still going
Should Israel give more land for more promises of ''peace''?
The prisoner Gilad Shalit had been held for close to 4 years now,
without rights of visitation from family or the Red Cross, while hundreds
of Palestinian prisoners have been released. I could go on to describe
the suffering caused by Israel's enemies and their unwillingness to
stop their terrorist acts.
Remember, the freedom we enjoy in America and Israel to coexist together
in peace , would not be tolerated under Muslim rule, the Palestinian
Christians (less than 1%) has been under severe persecution from Gaza
I hope that these verifiable facts might bring a bit of light to your
Mt. Tremper, NY
We must all applaud the bravery of Governor Paterson in trying to
save the state from financial meltdown. The easy way would have been
to tax millionaires, big banks, and Wall Street a little more. But
that would have been picking on a very small, unpopular minority.
Nobody likes that one percent of the population that owns everything
and continues to make million dollar salaries during this prolonged
recession. In fact, about 90% of U.S. citizens want to tax the rich
and big corporations more.
So you have to hand it to Paterson, going against the popular sentiment
to do the right thing. How noble his purpose as he cuts budget spending
for public schools, healthcare, retirees and the handicapped.
Paterson's selfless crusade seems to be spreading. Candidate Cuomo
has stated flatly that no matter what gets cut, the salaries and profits
of billionaires won't be touched. Even President Obama is getting
into the act. After giving a trillion to Wall Street, and several
trillion to the corporations involved in the invasions and occupations
of the Middle East, the federal government is just about broke.
It would be so easy demanding that the bankers give the money back
and that our soldiers return home from any number of military adventures
abroad. But Obama, with his audacity of hope, is going to take the
knife to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance,
education, etc. Bush tax cuts for the very rich will almost certainly
be extended. What courage!
I am pleased to let everyone know that St. John's Roman Catholic Church
of Woodstock/West Hurley is please to announce a Gala Dinner to be
held October 10 (10/10/10) 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at the Wiltwyck Country
Club, Kingston. The cost is $55 per person and includes cocktail hour
with hors d'oeuvres and cash bar; full dinner with a choice of four
entrees; coffee/tea and dessert; dancing to the Kingston Lion's Club
Roarin' Pride Swing Band. Ticket reservations can be made by contacting
Dolores Kelly at 679-9924. Ticket info is available after each Mass
for the next few weeks. This event is part of the year long celebration
of the 150th anniversary of the founding of our parish. For more information
call Colleen Mountford at 594-5913. Hope to see you there.
During the course of its investigation into the current Gulf of Mexico
oil spill, The Associated Press was given information from the then-office
of Mineral Management Services that was not making a lot of sense.
As millions of gallons of crude spewed into the gulf waters and the
oversight by MMS officials on BP's well was being called into question,
an anonymous source in that office told reporters far different stories
than what they had been initially told. This anonymous source set
the record straight by coming forward and speaking out, and suddenly
the world knew that this was more than a mechanical failure; it was
a full system failure. The people hired to keep these events from
occurring were ignoring their responsibilities.
At times, anonymous sources provide crucial information to the press.
Stories of oil disasters may be the latest, but without citizens coming
forward and sharing vital information, Americans would not know about
steroids in sports, excessive military spending, or food and drug
hazards. We would never have been told about Watergate.
A bill currently in the U.S. Senate will help assure such stories
continue to reach the public. S. 448, The Free Flow of Information
Act, will protect the sources on whom journalists rely from having
their identities exposed in all but a few circumstances including
where national security concerns are raised. Five years in the making,
the current version of this bill is supported by more than 50 journalism
organizations, the White House, the Justice Department and most of
your Congressional delegation.
Most states have laws that can protect a source's identity from overzealous
prosecutors and judges, but there is no such protection yet at the
federal level. S. 448 would change that and extend the same protections
offered through statute or common law in 49 states to the national
government. Without it, stories focusing on the federal government
will not be told because reporters are faced with threats of jail
time and fines if they do not turn on their sources.
Subpoenas against the press numbered more than 3,000 nationwide in
2006 with 335 issued by federal prosecutors seeking the identities
of news sources, according to a survey conducted by a Brigham Young
University law professor. More than a few journalists have spent time
in jail, and some have been forced out of the profession all together
by heavy fines that crippled them financially. These are all heavy-handed
tactics to illicit the names of people who can then be identified
and retaliated against. Media companies large and small faced with
the enormous expenses of fighting such legal battles to protect sources
are turning their backs on compelling stories.
As S. 448 awaits permission from key senate leadership to come to
the floor for a full vote, all senators, representing the interests
of American citizens, need to hear from their constituents. Citizens
who value the importance of transparency in governance and think the
American press needs to continue to serve as the watchdog on the federal
government should tell their senators to support this measure.
The clock is ticking as Congress will recess in August. Tell your
senator to have the bill moved to a full Senate vote as soon as possible
and support its passage.
Without this bill, stories that affect lives, like the oil spill in
the Gulf, will never get the detailed attention they need to bring
about change. Without this bill, your government has a better chance
of operating in darkness or lying its way out of trouble. Help bring
this to an end by voicing support for S. 448.
Only when there is a free flow of information from the government
to its people can we truly appreciate the beauty and power of a democracy.
Kevin Z. Smith, President
Society of Professional Journalists
The current insufferably hot weather brought to mind the old Philosopher
On a terribly hot summer morning the valley lay quiet, dog-tired and
dusty, trying to conserve enough energy to survive the murderous heat
that was baking things so badly that by noon Trout swore that his
fins were beginning to curl, even though he'd sought the deepest shade
in the deep pool.
From downstream Fisherman came. Slogging slowly and a bit unsteadily
up the little brook, lackadaisically flicking his fly here and there,
now and again. He was clothed and accoutered in the highest angling
fashion and carried the finest tackle that money could buy. His lissome
rod was as a graphite blacksnake. His tippets were transparent as
the web of spider. And his flies, just purchased at $50 the dozen,
were the feathery creme de la creme.
At the fly-fishing school from which he had graduated the week before
(having matriculated four days before that), it had all seemed so
sensible--this business of angling--and he had been filled with an
inner conviction that stream and river, lake, even ocean, would hence
forth be his personal domain, to command as he saw fit.
But for all this resolve and perfect equipment, he had so far caught
nothing but a willow leaf (Sucker had been resting near the willow
and had snickered), and a low hanging hemlock branch (behind which
Trout breathed slowly and took no notice at all). Later Fisherman
might tell his friends what a tremendous leaf and huge thick branch
they'd been, for he was apt to exaggerate like all of us. But for
the moment he was feeling just a bit dizzy, just a bit queasy. The
residues of last night's revel at the lodge and the unfortunate remnants
of this morning's huge country breakfast were locked in a gaseous
contest for dominance over his lower body tracts. The heat was affecting
his thinking processes too, and it would come to pass that the morning's
brain-frying would have lifelong consequences for him.
Oh, the night before--the river of Scottish single malt smoothness,
and the cloudbanks of delicious blue smoke de Habana, all consumed
in an atmosphere filled with epic trout fishing stories and tales
of beautiful women. What warm camaraderie! What fine fishermen fellows!
But, oh this morning--with its required early rising, and its obligatory
breakfast of overcooked eggs and grease-bursting sausages the size
of hand grenades, and the thick coffee from Hell that could stand
a spoon to attention!
In such a state it is no surprise that Fisherman, alone on the stream
in the hot valley, would commence talking with any living thing he
might meet. Sweat gushing from every pore, he came upon a flat roseate
colored rock in the middle of the water, upon which sat a small frog.
Frog said nothing and stayed motionless as Fisherman splashed up and
sat down opposite him with a groan. Breathing heavily, Fisherman said,
"Well little froggy, I'm surprised you didn't jump away in fright,
since I'm so massive, and superior, and could obviously smash you
to a pulp if I wanted to--not that I have the stomach for it just
Frog said nothing. A minute passed and Fisherman slowly wiped the
pearling sweat from his brow. He was impressed by Frog's contemplative
and stoic manner, and though he'd never actually met a deep thinker
before, he'd heard that they did exist. Believing Frog to be one,
he decided to take advantage of the situation and seek his advice.
Surely a serious, cold-blooded philosopher such as this unblinking
amphibian could give him some of the answers he'd been seeking all
his life. Slowly at first, and then all in a tumble, Fisherman spoke
of frustrations, his disappointments and failures, his awful misgivings.
After what seemed like an hour, Frog finally spoke. "Prancing
prepubescent pollywogs, Mack! You've come to the wrong guy. What you
obviously need is a shrink. Trek upstream about twenty-five yards
and ask for Weasel. He's the local stream psychoanalyst. Just a tip
though, he charges too much and he tends to short-change patients
on their hour."
"Oh no, Doctor Frog, I already have an analyst who over-charges
me. Please, give me the benefit of your great wisdom and insight,"
the feverish Fisherman begged.
And again, after another long silence, Frog gave Fisherman the benefit
of his thoughts.
"Okay, Jack. Do these things and you might be better off. Numero
uno, get yourself a good woman and settle down. I'm a family man myself
and speak with some authority on the subject. Take that fancy fishing
knife and cut yourself off a handful of those daisies on the far bank.
Take them into town to Sweet Sue's Cafe and give them to her. I happen
to know that Sue has a weakness for daisies. If you do as I say, you
and she will fall in love, marry, and start a family. Best thing for
you. Oh, here's another tip. Give up fishing. You're not a fisherman.
Take up something more restful like golf. Yes, you're more suited
Then, Frog turned to a more elemental task--he spied his lunch and
ate it. An early hatching May Fly fluttered out of the stream and
slowly flew just in front of him. In a second he'd swallowed it, and
in the next second--kersploosh--he jumped into the brook and swam
slowly downstream to join his wife and their 1,696 tadpoles.
The local paramedics arrived soon after, having received a phone call
from an anonymous weasel. They took the unconscious, heat-exhausted
Fisherman, clutching a freshcut bouquet of oxe eye daisies in an unrelenting
grip, to a nearby hospital where he soon recovered.
Eventually, everything that Frog had said came true. Fisherman and
Sweet Sue married and moved to the suburbs where she now prefers to
be called Suzannah. They have three young tadpoles they've placed
in proper schools (prepping for Princeton, Harvard, and Yale respectively).
Upon swearing off fishing forever, he took up golf. He is now President
of the 19th Hole Bonnie Brae Club, where he officiates at gatherings
that last well into the gloaming, where rivers of single malt beverages
flow and cloudbanks of heavenly blue smoke de Habana waft and perfume
the cool night air. He never overdoes it, and is admired throughout
the community for his great self-control.
President has never mentioned his streamside encounter with his chief
mentor, Frog, to anyone. Frog, likewise, treats his counseling session
with the former Fisherman as if it had never taken place. And they
both, essentially, are living happily ever after.
Woodland Valley, NY
The flowers are gone from part of my garden: the same varieties that
were taken this time last year: the red phlox, the yellow daisies,
the purple phlox, the bee balm and white hydrangea, all gone.
This year, the thief had brought clippers: the stems had all been
systematically cut long-stem, straight across, clean and sharp at
the same height, at the end of the weekend, late afternoon Sunday,
August First, in the short time I was away from home.
Worse. Some of the plants maturing to flower next had been trampled
to get at the ones that were cut.
I've had enough.
If you are the thief, I have an excellent surprise for you next time.
I can hardly wait.
P. S. If you are the man who parked his car in my garden last month
in order to contemplate the beauty of nature on the big flat rock
in the creek below, I presume the thief is not you, since you offered
me a "couple of dollars" for the damage.
The poker playing community in and around the Woodstock area is attempting
to stage a large Texas Hold 'em tournament for the benefit of the
INDIE program which recently had its funding ended because of the
necessary cutbacks at the Onteora school system. This was a truly
valuable entity in the ongoing battle to provide as many teenagers
as possible with exciting learning alternatives to keep helping them
raise their future hopes during the sometimes difficult course of
young life. Details are still developing and I will notify all of
you poker players out there as things are cemented into place. These
are the times to do whatever we can to help young people navigate
through a tough world. For info call me at 679-8117.
School will be open in a couple of months. At the Domestic Violence
Shelter (The Washbourne House) the kids will head off to school each
day, just like the children in your neighborhood. But for most, it's
a new school with unfamiliar faces and unknown routines. A new outfit
and/or school supplies may help boost their confidence.
There are some families who are facing the reality of homelessness
and poverty due to domestic violence. Family Domestic Violence Services
is looking for individuals, family groups or groups of co-workers
who would like to adopt a child/children for school clothes/school
The donor would provide either a gift card or new clothes to a child
whose family is recovering from the trauma of domestic violence and
adjusting, possibly to a dramatic reduction in income and standard
of living. You can help put a smile on the face of a child this year.
If you can help out please call me at 845-331-7080.
Family Domestic Violence Services
UlsterCorps and the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum would
like to thank everyone involved in making Arts for Ulster (collaborative
exhibition, auction, and events) such a success. Coordinated by UlsterCorps
and hosted by WAAM this summer, the project generated almost $20,000
in sales for local non-profits and artists, while raising awareness
about the wide-range of critical services offered to our community,
and the many dedicated volunteers who give their time and energy to
support such a range of good work.
Thanks to our sponsors, Ulster Savings Bank, Chronogram and Hudson
Valley Credit Union, and to the many local businesses that donated
food and wine for the Opening Gala and Live Auction: Adams Fairacre
Farms, The Alternative Baker, The Big Cheese, Bread Alone, Cascade
Mountain Winery, C'est Cheese, Deitz Stadium Diner, Emmanuel's Market
Place, Empire Merchants North, Evan Spingarn Wine Events, Hickory
BBQ, Home Plate Deli & Caterers, Hurley Ridge Market, Jen Redmond,
Kingston Wok, Le Canard Enchaine, The Liquor Cabinet, Lori's Creative
Cafe, Miron Liquor & Wines, The Red Onion, Stone Ridge Wine &
Spirits, Sunfrost Farms, Ugly Gus Cafe, The Village Market, The Wine
Hutch, Woodstock Meats, Woodstock Wine.
Thanks also to the many local business who donated items to the silent
auction, and to Maya Horowitz for coordinating Woodstock donations:
Anatolia Tribal Rugs & Weavings, Antiques of Woodstock, The Common
Thread-One of a Kind Handwoven/Deeber Berk, Dharmaware, Earthly Bodywork,
The Golden Notebook Bookstore, Hudson Valley Wine Country, Jaritas
Florist, Lily's of Woodstock, Loominus Handwovens, Lynn Duvall Lisc
Massage Therapist, Mirabai of Woodstock, Modern Mythology, The Rare
Bear Children's Toys, Rock & Snow, Shellie David The Woodstock
Jeweler, Tibetan Arts & Crafts, Wild & Sweet, Woodstock Framing
Gallery and Richard Segalman.
Special thanks to our auctioneer James Cox and to all the artists
who contributed their work, many giving 75% or more of the proceeds
from their sales to benefit local organizations. Many of these artists
were already volunteers with the agency their piece supported; some
became volunteers through Arts for Ulster, and others had benefited
from critical services like the Oncology Support Program and Woodstock
Meals on Wheels. For a complete list and statement from individual
artists about the agencies, go to www.ulstercorps.org and look under
"Collaborations" for more details about Arts for Ulster.
Much appreciation to all our volunteers, the coordinating committee,
the WAAM staff, and Board members of both UlsterCorps and WAAM for
recognizing the importance of this project and their support over
the last several months.
Josephine Bloodgood, WAAM
Beth McLendon, UlsterCorps
I have just finished reading Cally Mansfield's column in the July
29th issue of your paper.
I must admit I always read Cally's column! I am a big fan of Cally!
She never fails to make me smile, even when she writes about things
that may hurt. What a wonderful, wise child Cally is , to know that
"ouches" are unavoidable in life and sometimes you just
have to deal with them and find a way to make yourself feel better.
Cally is a very delightful columnist with the insight of a philosopher.
If we all read Cally's wise words and take responsibility for our
own happiness I am sure we will live in a happier place. We are indeed
a very lucky community to have talented young people living amongst
us and Cally is one of those very talented young persons.
Keep on writing Cally! And thank you for giving me the opportunity