News Briefs 8/13/2009
Traffic on the New York City-owned Reservoir Road in Shokan
is being slowed down this month as a bridge over railroad
tracks about a quarter-mile from state Route 28 is being replaced.
Tom Roberts, site project manager for the bridge repairs that
have been happening around the Ashokan Reservoir since last
year, said there is a detour around the work — a one-lane
bypass, about 600 feet long, alongside the railroad bridge.
A temporary stoplight will only allow traffic to flow one
way at a time on the bypass.
The bridge superstructure is to be removed so a new steel
plate arch bridge can be constructed, along with new asphalt
approaches and guide rails. All work that could be done without
closure of the bridge has been completed already.
An unfunded mandate requiring the replacement of local street
signs was spun into gold this month.
Well, not really gold. Actually yellow. And brown.
Thus marks the beginning of a plan to change all the street
signs in towns from Andes down to Olive.
At its August meeting the Shandaken Town Board decided to
swap out all the green and white street signs for brown and
yellow ones after Highway Superintendent Eric Hofmeister alerted
the board to the fact that the State of New York was requiring
local towns to upgrade all signage to a larger size with a
more legible font.
Hofmeister was aware that, at the same time, the Central Catskills
Collaborative, an organization of towns and villages along
the Route 28 Corridor, was pushing for a change in local signage
to a different color scheme. Instead of the usual green and
white, the Collaborative wants to see yellow letters over
a brown background in hopes to create a regional identity.
“I told the town board, as long as I have to change
the signs now I might as well change the color so I don’t
have to do it twice,” Hofmeister said, noting that the
cost per sign is between $40 and $100 regardless of the color
It remains unclear whether the other Collaborative communities,
the towns of Middletown and Andes plus the Village of Fleischmanns
in Delaware County and the Town of Olive in Ulster County,
will follow suit.
Last December Ed Franz of the New York State Department of
Transportation, the man in charge of signage in the Catskill
and Adirondack Parks, told the Collaborative that signage
is an issue Catskill communities can work together on.
Brown and yellow signs have already been erected in the Adirondacks
that inform the public of hiking trails and parking facilities,
fishing access, he said, adding that signage is an inexpensive
tool that the Catskills can use to promote access to trails
and other resources, while building a brand for the region.
Peter Manning of the Catskill Center for Conservation and
Development added that if the seven communities are working
together the partnership needs consistency to succeed. Manning
said that students will be working with these communities
to create a signage inventory and maps of where new signs
should be placed and what information they should convey.
Franz said DOT could provide a sign person to let the Collaborative
know what signs can be brown and yellow and which ones cannot
be brown and yellow.
Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum recently named James
Hanstein as the new superintendent of Corrections for the
Ulster County Jail, replacing Bradford Ebel, who retired from
that post on April 29. Hanstein worked for 11 years with the
sheriff’s department in a number of capacities including
lieutenant, chief of detectives. He has a total of 31 years
of law enforcement experience, 20 years of which was in a
supervisory capacity. Hanstein spent the last 20 years with
the FBI. His last assignment was as supervisor of the Undercover
Sensitive Operations Unit. The shift comes on the heels of
a series of legal civil rights complaints against what some
have deemed a “culture of harassment” involving
employees at the jail, which in turn was a major political
hot potato when it was being built at great cost and time
overruns in recent years.
As part of this year’s Shandaken Day celebrations in
Big Indian, arrangements are underway for a Big Indian Epic
Road Race fund raising bicycle tournament to be held August
29 throughout the area.Big Indian, NY. The Shandaken Parks
and Recreation Committee, along with the endorsement of Team
SCARR/Ommegang, have organized the event to help raise funds
for playground equipment throughout the town’s parks,
and to “bring a little action to our sleepy hamlets.”
Start times begin at 8:30 AM and the event should wrap up
around 10:30-11:00 AM. The Big Indian Epic Road Race is geared
for experienced racers looking for a mountain race with a
technical aspect. Like the Tour of the Battenkill, this race
has a 2.5 mile section of packed dirt road with a steep dirt
descent. The race is also being seen as a primer for the Tour
of the Catskills held in Hunter and Windham, NY on September
18, 19, & 20th.
Riders interested in racing can register for the event on
BikeReg.com. A course map can be found on MapMyRide.com.
The Emerson Resort & Spa, The Catskill Heritage Alliance,
Ulster Savings, Bread Alone Bakery, Frost Valley YMCA, Overlook
Mountain Bikes, Catskills Live, Catskill Mt. Physical Therapy,
Brewery Ommegang, & The Catskill Center for Conservation
& Development, have signed on to be sponsors and have
made this event possible.
For further information, or if interested in being a volunteer,
please call 688.1503 or visit catskillscycling.blogspot.com.
The process to consider having the hamlet of Pine Hill named
an historic district has begun.
While nothing has been decided yet, the first meeting to investigate
the idea was held Thursday, August 6 in the hamlet’s
Community Center, where the Center’s Executive Director,
James Krueger, explained how things will go.
Pine Hill takes its name from the steep ascent rising towards
Belleayre that famously challenged travelers and settlers
heading west. Although settled during the late 1700’s,
Pine Hill came into its own when the railroad reached it in
1872. Soon thereafter, the hamlet became a thriving resort.
Summer visitors poured in to enjoy its spectacular scenery,
clean air and pure water. Accommodations lined every street,
the larger hotels bearing grand-sounding or romantic names,
such as the Wellington and the Avon Inn. Home to two bowling
alleys, two newspapers, several churches and stores, a silent
movie theater, a stately stone library, and the Crystal Spring
Water Company, Pine Hill was justly called the “Saratoga
of the Catskills”.
“The time is right to begin this process,” Krueger
told the 20 or more residents in attendance. “Next year
our streets will be torn up to retrofit a water drainage system.
When this is done there are plans for repaving our streets
and, finally, for proper sidewalks and designated parking,
including redoing the parking lot which is in dire need of
Krueger was joined by Erin Tobin of the Preservation League
of New York State, who explained that Pine Hill would be an
historic district only if that is what the people wanted.
“At least fifty per cent of the community must support
the designation,” she said.
Tobin noted that there are many misconceptions about such
a designation, such as people not being allowed to do renovations
to their historic structures. A design commission would need
to be assembled, however, to ensure that renovations are compatible
with the district.
There are also many tax breaks available for renovation and
repair work on private structures within historic districts,
she said, noting that Governor Paterson just signed a new
rehabilitation tax credit law just last week.
That law, she said, provides more effective incentives and
program features for developers and municipalities seeking
to rehabilitate historic buildings. It will also foster new
private and federal investment where it is most needed, she
said, namely economically distressed downtowns and commercial
districts, main streets, and older residential neighborhoods.
Krueger said he invited the community to consider the historic
designation because it is a proactive way to approach the
“What this effort is inspired by is a strong desire
to pull the community together and to begin exploring the
things that we can accomplish for our hamlet, both to protect
it’s past- a past that can still be seen and felt as
you walk it’s streets- and to carry it into the future,”
he said. “If we are to do this we must do it in a way
that is mindful, focused, motivated by our love for the place
rather than political agendas, and directed by the who live
and work here.”
Krueger adds that the effort to investigate the designation
has nothing to do with the proposed Belleayre Resort at Catskill
“This effort, as some more embittered people may think,
is not motivated by a desire to hinder or to help the development,”
The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) Board of Directors
recently approved funding for four major projects of a new
“Watershed Education, Job Creation and Energy Conservation
In approving the $250,000 grants to non-profit organizations
in four Watershed counties, the Board offered unanimous support
for projects that will combine educational services with job-inducing
renewable energy initiatives.
In addition, the CWC Board authorized $250,000 in matching
funds for a federal grant application by Margaretville Telephone
Company, which is seeking to extend high speed Broadband and
Wi-Fi internet access to underserved parts of Delaware and
Schoharie Counties. The grant application to the Rural Utilities
Service and the National Telecommunications and Information
Administration, is to be submitted by M-ARK on behalf of MTC.
The $1.25 million for these projects will come from the Catskill
Fund for the Future for economic development. “We believe
these projects will create jobs, enhance community character
and the potential for business development, provide educational
opportunities, and help protect the environment,” CWC
Executive Director Alan Rosa said.
Community projects to receive CWC support include The Daniel
Pierce Library in Grahamsville, Town of Neversink, Sullivan
County; The Margaretville eCenter, a small business incubator
to be created in the village’s former Masonic Lodge;
The Ashokan Center (formerly the Ashokan Field Campus of SUNY
New Paltz), which is planning a major relocation and redesign
of its outdoor education and cultural center in the Town of
Olive, Ulster County; and The Mountain Top Library and Learning
Center, whose major expansion involves renovating the long-vacant
8,000-square-foot Marian Center on Main Street, Tannersville
The CWC is also reminding local homeowners whose properties
are within 200 feet of a watercourse that they are eligible
to participate in the agency’s septic replacement program,
which reimburses permanent residents 100% of the eligible
costs of repairs. Part-time residents receive 60% reimbursement.
A related program, the CWC Septic Maintenance Program, pays
for half the cost of pumping and inspecting systems that were
installed since 1997 and are at least three years old.
For more information on these and other public benefit programs
offered by the CWC, go to www.cwconline.org, or call toll
Ulster County Executive Michael P. Hein announced this week
that the County is offering a voluntary targeted early retirement
program to 31 CSEA retirement-eligible employees. He has said
that the impact of this program would result in a potential
savings to taxpayers, over the initial 5-year period, of approximately
$6.62 million dollars in salary and benefits, if all 31 employees
accept the offer. These 31 were selected because the individuals
are retirement eligible and their positions will not be refilled.
Potential savings after the initial 5-year period would be
approximately $1.3 million per year, thereafter.
The early retirement incentive provides for the County to
pay an increased percentage of health care premiums. When
a retiree becomes eligible for Medicare, the overall premium
costs would substantially decrease as the retiree is transitioned
to a County-sponsored Medicare supplement plan.
Now for discussion… objections, anyone?
Call it a practical yet idealistic means of celebrating the
40th anniversary of that festival that beget what was once
known as the Woodstock Nation. This coming weekend, Saturday,
August 15 and Sunday, August 16, The Woodstock Forum will
host a full weekend of information sharing, discussion, arts
and strategy for a peace economy at the Town Hall and Colony
Café in Woodstock, starting at 9:30 AM each day.
The afternoon keynote speaker at 3:00pm on August 15 will
be Diane Wilson, Texas shrimper, environmentalist, and author
of the acclaimed An Unreasonable Woman. The evening keynote
speaker at 7:00pm on August 15 will be Jeremy Scahill, journalist
and author of Blackwater. Admission will be free to all events
Co-Sponsors of the Forum include Dutchess Greens; Dutchess
Peace Coalition; WESPAC, Peace Action/NY; Saugerties Committee
for Peace and Social Justice; Real Majority Project; Mid-Hudson
New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty; World Can’t Wait;
Murray Colow Veterans for Peace Chapter, Woodstock; Middle
East Crisis Response; Code Pink; Woodstock International Walk
for Peace; Voices for Peace Choral
Group; CLASP; Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear
Power in Space; Social Justice Committee, Unitarian-Universalist
Fellowship of Poughkeepsie; Military Families Speak Out; Al
Warren Chapter 60 Veterans for Peace; The Common Fire Foundation;
Mid-Hudson Valley 9/11 Truth Committee, and many
Highlights of the two-day schedule include an August 15 morning
session on “The Culture of War, Visions of Peace,”
starting at 9:30 AM with various activist professors; an 11:00
AM session entitled, “The Living Wage and the Death
Industry: Plowshares vs Cluster Bombs” with Umass economist
Robert Pollin and others; an afternoon gathering starting
at 1:30 PM, “Beyond Rock and Roll: Music and Art in
the Age of Drones and YouTube: Performances and Analysis,”
with Ras T Asheber, Janine Vega, FAIR founder Jeff Cohen,
and Ariel Shanberg of the Center for Photography at Woodstock;
a 4:30 PM talk, “What is the Role of Non-Violence in
Converting to a Peaceful Economy? Can a Peaceful Non-Violent
Society co-exist with the production of weapons of war?”
with Jesuit priest Simon Harak,; a 6:30 PM video screening
with works by DeeDee Halleck and Tobe Carey; and the two keynote
events at 3:00 and 6:30 PM.
On Sunday, August 16 things will kick off with a 9:30 AM session,
“Forging Plowshares: Strategies Working for Peace”
on community organizing; a noon book signing; music by The
Princes of Serendip at 12:30 PM. And an afternoon session
on “Building a Coalition.”
For further information visit www.woodstockpeaceeconomy.org.
New DEP Cops
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection recently
held a graduation ceremony for 15 environmental police officers
from the seventh class of cadet graduates of the Department’s
Environmental Police Academy. The gaduation ceremony for the
new Environmental Police Officers took place in Kingston and
was attended by Acting Commissioner Steven Lawitts, Deputy
Commissioner for Security Kevin McBride, DEP Police Chief
Mark Benedetto and members of the DEP Police.
The DEP Police Academy, which started in 2002, was the first
of its kind in the nation to provide training, experience
and concentrated course work in advanced police tactics and
use state-of-the art equipment for environmental protection.
The 15 new graduates have successfully completed a total of
20 weeks of instruction in which they undergo intense training
in environmental law and police administration, which includes
police training in the laws of arrest, use of force, justification,
firearms, defensive tactics, terrorism and police science.
In addition, recruits must complete courses in environmental
The graduates are: Shaun P. Adams, Luis Alvarez, Caroline
Boice, Elliot J. Clapton, Brandon S. Edwards, Mark Froloff,
Mathew Gilhooley, Michael Graff, Louis P. Gregori, Scott D.
Hommel, Charles Luna, Kevin Martinez, Christina Murphy, William
Piemonte and Travis Winters.
Zephyr Dresser-Peck, the 20-year old Woodstocker serving 1-1/3
to four years in the state’s Coxsackie Correctional
Facility for the 2007 drunken-driving death of his friend
and former classmate, Andrew Dean-Lipson, was denied his first
chance at parole
Following interviews with a three-member panel of state Parole
Board members on July 14.
According to a spokesperson for the state Division of Parole,
decisions in such matters are made based on direct interviews
with the convicted prisoner, where they are asked a series
of questions, and a look at that prisoner’s information
docket, which includes everything from criminal records and
release plans, the more exact the better, to petitions filed
on behalf of or against those seeking parole. In addition,
noted Heather Groll, crime victims, including families, will
be notified of such hearings, offered interviews with parole
board members, and allowed to submit their own materials for
Dresser-Peck, who was sentenced on May 26, 2008 on two counts
of vehicular manslaughter after admitting he was drunk behind
the wheel when the accident occurred on May 19, 2007, had
been up for his first possible parole date of November 25,
2009. According to Groll, he would have been given a date
for his next such hearing when given the recent Parole Board
decision, mandated to be within 24 months of the July 14 interview.
Under Dresser-Peck’s sentence, the young man, currently
20, will be eligible for conditional release on March 25,
2011, given good behavior; and will “max out”
his sentence by November 25, 2012.
According to transcripts of Dresser-Peck’s Parole Board
interview, he spoke about the events leading up to the fatal
accident on Glasco Turnpike both specifically and in terms
of his “drinking pretty much every weekend” at
the time. He also talked about his involvement in an alcohol-awareness
program during the year between his original arrest and his
sentencing, as well as a public service announcement he made
The Parole Board then found that despite Dresser-Peck’s
good behavior since the accident, “more compelling [is]
the seriousness of the offense as well as your lack of insight
into your criminal conduct… The panel concludes that,
if released at this time, there exists a reasonable probability
that you would not live and remain at liberty without further
violations of the law.”
The state Parole Board is made up of up to 19 members, appointed
by the Governor and okayed by the State Senate. It currently
has two vacancies.
Over 30 members of the Ulster County arts community met at
the historic Byrdcliffe Theater in Woodstock on July 27 for
a reception recognizing the organizations awarded funding
through the Ulster County Cultural Services & Promotion
Fund (UCCSPF). $50,000 was distributed to 9 organizations:
Ars Choralis, Artist Enterprises, Bardavon/Ulster Performing
Arts Center, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Pine Hill
Community Center, Shadowland Theatre, Women’s Studio
Workshop, Woodstock and the Byrdcliffe Guild. Awards ranged
from $4,000 to $7,000.
The Ulster County Cultural Services & Promotion Fund,
established in 2007, is dedicated to maintaining the artistic
and cultural assets of Ulster County and to promote the County
through arts and cultural activities which add to the economy
and quality of life. Financial resources for this program
have been provided by the Ulster County Legislature. The program
is administrated by the Dutchess County Arts Council which
administers two other grant programs which support arts and
cultural activities in Ulster County.
James Kruger, the Executive Director of the Pine Hill Community
Center, said that he considers this support to be critical
to the life of his organization which serves an geographically
isolated population in the Northwest corner of the County.
“The Pine Hill Community Center has a strong focus in
the arts,” he said. “We see the arts as one of
the straightest roads to building community. The arts celebrate
those things that we all share as humans, the best and the
worst in all of us. We are brought together in this mirror
of our common humanity. This is why the arts, when used with
the right intention, have so much potential to heal. When
we loose sight of our common humanity we begin to court disaster,
so the Pine Hill Community Center has made it our commitment
to not loose sight of the arts!”
The head of the US Department of Interior’s Bureau of
Indian Affairs has accepted Congressman Maurice Hinchey’s
invitation to come to Sullivan County in the coming weeks
and tour potential off-reservation gaming sites. A specific
date for an August visit with Assistant Secretary for Indian
Affairs Larry EchoHawk has yet to be worked out.
“Casino gaming in Sullivan County could provide a real
shot in the arm to the area’s economy by creating thousands
of new jobs, including construction jobs and permanent positions
at the facilities,” said Hinchey.
Local, state and federal officials are hoping to persuade
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to approve the off-reservation
gaming, which was rejected during the Bush Administration
by then Secretary Dirk Kempthorne.
Meanwhile, Empire Resorts, the company that owns Monticello
Raceway and Gaming, has been maneuvering this week to hold
off paying its noteholders the $65 million they are owed.
Last month,the Park Avenue Bank of New York acquired $10 million
in loans to Empire Resorts from the Bank of Scotland and reduced
the outstanding balance to $4.4 million. They then issued
a notice of default for failure of Empire Resorts to repay
that $4.4 million on its maturity date of July 28. As a result,
the bank exercised a right to issue a “standstill”
notice to the noteholders on the $65 million senior notes.
That means even though the principal on the notes is overdue,
all ability to collect on the notes is frozen for 90 days.
The standstill period will expire Oct. 27, 2009.
Empire Resorts is hoping to be part of the new Concord Hotel
resort project in nearby Kiamesha Lake, which would include
a second harness racetrack and racino. The current facilities
would remain at Monticello Raceway. The firm also hopes the
federal government will reverse an earlier decision and allow
an Indian casino at the racetrack.
An enduring tradition of summer tennis in Fleischmanns is
lobbing into the future as the Catskills Cup at Fleischmanns
Park, a three-day competitive tournament on with more than
$2000 in prizes in the offing, gets underway August 14-16.
The First Annual Catskills Cup is an expansion of the former
Fleischmanns Open Tennis Tournament, led by Sindy Becker each
summer for 35 years. As Becker retires to leave “the
racquet” to tournament co-director Mark Birman, he hopes
to step up the tournament’s reach and exposure each
year, creating a highly competitive regional event with classes
and divisions for both highly ranked and more junior players.
The Catskills Cup will be played in Fleischmanns’ historic
Wagner Avenue Park, on beautifully maintained courts that
are a point of pride for the community.
On Friday August 14, the first day of the tournament, there
will be a free tennis clinic for children. That evening, a
gala “Hall of Fame” dinner dance will include
induction ceremonies for Fleischmanns Open founders and dancing
under the big tent with live music and entertainment. For
Catskill Cup players, dinner is included in the entry fee.
For more information, including entry, visit www.tenniseveryone.com
or call 254-5341. Proceeds of the tournament will benefit
the Fleischmanns courts and area youth tennis programs.
A new law enacted by the state legislature requires motorists
to make two appearances in traffic court in order to plea
bargain or have a trial on a traffic ticket. Republican Catskills
Senator John Bonacic has said that will drive up the cost
of processing to local governments because it will require
staff to put in more hours.
Bonacic said it is also costing the State Police millions
more per year to have troopers return to court, as well as
local court clerks… and those who have to take time
off work to get to court.
Bonacic said he will introduce legislation to return the system
to only one appearance in traffic court. Stay tuned…
The Hudson Valley Educational Consortium will be offering
the first two courses of an emergency management degree program
beginning this fall, enabling students in the region to have
the option of earning an emergency management associate’s
degree at one of four community colleges in the area. Utilizing
the emergency management curriculum at SUNY Ulster, the Consortium
is now able to offer the same degree to students at SUNY Sullivan,
SUNY Orange and SUNY Rockland via an innovative agreement
that brings emergency preparedness programs to students in
those four counties.
The emergency management degree provides an academic background
for professionals in emergency planning, disaster operations
and risk assessment. Graduates will be able to seek jobs with
professional fire departments, police departments and emergency
service organizations, as well as in private industry as emergency
Beginning August 24, the Principles of Emergency Management
and Critical Incident Management online courses will be available
to Hudson Valley students. These online emergency management
courses meet New York State and Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) requirements.
For more information on the emergency management degree program
or to enroll in either of the online courses this fall, prospective
students are encouraged to contact their “home”
college’s Admissions Office. For information on the
Consortium, contact Director Katherine Boxer at (845) 341-4959.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s Ashokan
Watershed Stream Management Program is offering a fall semester
Youth Watershed Steward Intern program starting on September
15 for students in grades 7-12 who either live in the Ashokan
Watershed or attend Onteora schools. Interns will meet every
Tuesday from September 15 to December 15 at 2:30pm at the
Onteora High School. The sessions will last until 4:00pm or
5:00pm depending on that days’ activity. Occasional
outdoor activities will take place on Saturdays. A spring
semester program is also planned.
Last spring, five Onteora students participated in the program
and developed their own community project. Armed with augurs,
waders, and plant identification books, the watershed interns
set out to identify and map wetlands. With the help of a local
NYC Department of Environmental Protection wetland scientist,
Frank Parisio, the interns identified the boundary of a wetland
on Mink Hollow Road in Lake Hill, NY using plant identification,
soil sampling, and hydrology.
Youth Watershed Internship applications are currently available
by contacting Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County.
For more information or to obtain an application contact Kristen
or Colleen at 845-688-3047 or email Kristen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The applications can also be downloaded online at www.esopuscreek.org.
The Ulster County Health Department has issued permits to
79 restaurants that operated without county approval for years,
while two other eateries have been closed pending administrative
reviews. Ulster County Deputy County Executive Marshall Beckman
said Gallagher’s, located in Saugerties, was ordered
closed when it failed to provide the required proof of insurance
needed to obtain an operating permit. And the Saugerties Bowlers’
Club, which has been closed for vacation, will remain closed
until its operator can complete the permitting process, he
“It should be noted that there is a real distinction
between the permitting process, which is administrative, and
the inspection process, which has been working,” Beckman
said. “All the restaurants, whether they were permitted
or not, had been inspected. The public should be clear that
the quality of the food, safety issues and health issues were
not a problem over the last several years. It’s the
permitting process that was not managed properly.”
That dozens of eateries across Ulster County were operating
without permits was first discovered in a state Department
of Health audit in 2007. A second audit, issued in 2008, indicated
the problem of unpermitted eateries was growing, though both
reports was kept under wraps by the county’s former
public health director, Dean Palen. The full extent of the
problem was not realized until this past June, when County
Executive Michael Hein dismissed Palen and Palen’s wife
Deborah, who worked as an administrative assistant in the
department, and a safe behind Mrs. Palen’s desk was
opened, revealing more than $32,000 in undeposited checks,
unprocessed health permits and $300 in cash.
According to the 2008 audit, 155 of the county’s 827
eateries were operating without permits. The report also stated
that public water supplies were allowed to operate without
proper treatment systems and that public swimming pools, campgrounds,
campuses and hotels/motels operated without permits.
Beckman said that Palen, at the time he was dismissed, was
“working through the required process, which is to respond
to the findings of the audit and develop a corrective action
Nereida Veytia, who was appointed acting director of the Health
Department following Palen’s dismissal, said the department
is not aware of any public health problems occurring under
“Somewhere Else,” the dream project of Killian
Mansfield, the 15-year-old ukulele wizard from West Shokan
who is battling a rare form of cancer, is currently available
on Amazon… and shooting up the online sales phenomenon’s
best-seller lists, looking for some extra push from our readers.
“Eclectic, uplifting, fun and funky,” as reviewed
on the website, the album is a mix of songs performed by Killian
with critically acclaimed singers and musicians including
Dr. John, Kate Pierson, John Sebastian, Todd Rundgren and
Levon Helm and production by former Onteora School Board president
Ralph Legnini. Proceeds benefit the Killian Mansfield Foundation,
which supports and promotes Integrative Therapies for children
Actual release date is Aug. 14th but presales took off when
the project was focused on Don Imus recently. Killian was
supposed to talk, but couldn’t.
For more info visit Mansfield’s blog philmansfieldphotography.blogspot.com/.
Law enforcement agencies across the region are expected to
crack down on drunken drivers and boaters from late August
through the Labor Day weekend. The effort is part of a national
campaign called “Over the Limit, Under Arrest,”
said Shawangunk Police Chief Frank Petrone, president of the
Ulster County Police Chiefs Association.
Petrone said the crackdown is planned from Aug. 21 through
Petrone said additional police patrols and “multiple
enforcement agencies” will be working “to ensure
that if you drink and drive or operate a water craft over
the limit, you will be arrested.”
40 Years On...
It’s the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival
and what’s its producer, Michael Lang, up to this time
around? Turns out the locally-based legend with kids in the
Phoenicia School’s been helping out with the giant Kidstock
free concert up at Belleayre Mountain on Sunday, August 23
from noon on, featuring our own Uncle Rock as well as Paul
Green of School of Rock fame, with a host of kid guitarists,
and loads of other local and imported talent.
Moreover, the evening before, Lang AND the whole kiddie rock
crowd ascending to Belleayre the next day will be setting
up for an evening of opera on the Parish Field right in the
middle of Phoenicia, featuring locally-based mezzo soprano
Maria Todaro, baritone Louis Otey and bass-baritone Kerry
Henderson with a chorus of local residents making their debut,
Talk about coming along way from Hog Farmers, mud, and three
days of endless Alvin Lee guitar solos 40 years ago, and getting
a sense of what the area’s become a generation beyond
the back-to-the-earth movement of the late 1960s. Now it’s
all about our kiddie kids, and not just “the young,”
as well as a shifted demographic as comfortable with the true
classics as classic rock, and ready to join in for Mozart
and Puccini as well as “Bo Diddley,” some African
soukous, “Kum-Ba-Ya,” and “WE Will Rock
And hey, both events are benefits for local causes…
The pet-friendly “Friends of Snuffy” for Kidstock,
and renovations of The Parish Field as a new community park,
on the opera evening’s part.
Family music troubadour Uncle Rock (Robert Warren) will host
and kick off the festivities at Kidstock at 1:00 PM backed
by his local crackerjack band, the Playthings, to be followed
by special guests, Paul Green’s School of Rock All-Stars.
Ranging in age from kindergarten to high school, this band
is the cream of the world-renowned Paul Green’s School
of Rock, the real-life inspiration behind the Jack Black movie
of a few years back. Their “Tribute to the Music of
Woodstock” will close the day.
Kidstock festivalgoers of all ages are encouraged to dress
in the style of their favorite musical era or musician, to
be included in a Rock & Roll Fashion Show, which will
feature small fry strutting the stage in everything from punk
to hip hop to glam fashions.
For further information visit www.friendsofsnuffy.org , www.belleayremusic.org,
The Opera in the Park benefit’s goal is to not only
allow the stars of some of the world’s top opera companies
to literally sing in their back yards, bringing the community
together as they did for a movie night last month, but start
raising funds for the purchase of a $12,000 piece of playground
equipment for the Parish Field.
Tickets are on sale at Pine Hill Community Center, Tenderland
Home and Lori’s Creative Café in Woodstock.
For more info contact email@example.com… or just
see you there!
What a long way we’ve all come, babies and all!