Sunshine Inside Despite
All The Other News, Graduation Goes Off With The Usual Good
By Gary Alexander
After a threatening morning sky forced activities into an overflowing
gymnasium, the Onteora High School Class of 2004 graduated 139
The ceremonies, which began with a processional performance
of "Pomp and Circumstance" by Elgar and the "Star
Spangled Banner" by Joshua M. Slovensky, featured a Salutatory
Address, modeled on a Dr. Seuss rhyme by Allison Kari Bender,
which good"naturedly roasted faculty and classmates before
bidding them bon voyage.
Heat Up Hearings
Water Issues Run Hot For Crossroads; Ski Expansion Plans Stay
By Brian Powers
In the ongoing conference to identify which issues connected
with the proposed Belleayre Resort will be later dealt with
in trial "type hearings, the Catskill Preservation Coalition's
expert witness lineup continued to pound away at the proposal,
while in the lead item of procedural news, presiding Judge Wissler
has denied the CPC's motion to force his agency to release expansion
plans for its Belleayre Mountain Ski Area, contiguous with the
Seeking to clarify or reverse an apparent position by the Coalition
of Watershed Towns backing the proposed Belleayre Resort, its
counsel, Jeff Baker, said at the project's hearings last week
that "We are here in this process not either in favor
of, or in opposition to the Crossroads Ventures proposal, but
simply to protect the broader interests of the watershed communities."
Baker's comment at the resort's hearings was made the morning
after a heated June 21 CWT meeting dominated by the subject,
whose tone was set by Olive Councilman Bruce LaMonda: "Quite
a long time ago you said we weren't going to take a position
on this thing. I don't think we should take a position on any
particular project. Our mission is to keep the DEP in line,"
said LaMonda. "We should be a neutral group on this."
Noted but not read into the record by Chairman Pat Meehan at
the meeting's outset were comments highly critical of the coalition's
recent resolution on the project from Hardenburgh Supervisor
Jerry Fairbairn, and reflecting similar comments from Marbletown
Supervisor Vincent Martello. "We find it ludicrous"
wrote Fairbairn "that the committee would consider this
resolution without majority support from its membership-We strongly
oppose any CWT resolution that specifically supports any individual
economic entity whatsoever-We strongly feel that this resolution
supporting Crossroads Ventures individually exceeds the parameters
of the CWT's mission and its long-term goals."
As to the source of any other misperception of the organization's
position, "I'm sure I gave the wrong impression,"
coalition co-counsel Kevin Young told the CWT meeting,
referring to remarks he'd made at the resort hearings.
"I apologize for that." The following day at the hearings,
Baker also clarified that "the CWT is not taking any position
on the issue of alternatives."