The following are excerpts from a letter that I wrote to the Onteora
School Board and Dr. Ford...
I am extremely opposed to the changes that are currently being proposed
for the Onteora Middle School for several reasons outlined below:
1) None of the plans, as presented, seem to make fiscal sense. Costs
for the re-configuration run between $ 70 and $85 million and these
figures do not include charges for school closure, athletic facilities
or technological upgrades. Since closure of a school is currently
an essential component of all the plans, that figure must be added
into the $ 70-85 million figure, making the true total more like $
75 –90 million. Bear in mind that this huge expenditure will
not leave us with any new facilities. We will simply be doing upkeep
and cosmetic changes to buildings that are already unattractive and
run down. Perhaps a new roof or boiler will be installed, maybe an
addition, but a real, true capital improvement—a new, modern
building that we can all be proud of or that might increase our property
values--not at all. Furthermore, to spend all of this money without
upgrading technology is to leave our children totally unprepared for
their future in the 21st century.
The issue of payback further compounds the poor financial picture.
In other words, when will this large expenditure break-even for Onteora?
In round and generous numbers, I am guesstimating that we will save
roughly 1/6 of our annual operating budget by closing 1 of the 5 schools
in the District. This saving amounts to roughly $ 7 million per year,
at best. However, interest on the bond of $70 million (the lowest
cost alternative) at a nominal rate of 5% will be $3.5 million per
year in the earliest year alone. This means that, in the beginning,
we will save only $3.5 million per year by doing the project. In round
numbers, it would take us roughly 15 years to pay off the bond and
reach our break-even point on this project, if there were no debt
service at all. With interest, the payback on this project extends
out way beyond 20 years. Meanwhile, the existing obsolete buildings
continue to age. Now, who is to say that in all of these years, the
proposed configuration with only 2 elementary schools, a 5-8 Middle
School and a 9-12 High School will still work for Onteora? No one
can truly forecast population beyond the next 5 years, because we
are projecting enrollment based on children who have not yet been
born. With the Belleayre project, there will be an influx of workers
and their families—meaning more children needing to go to school.
In addition, with the trends in telecommuting and the exodus away
from the large cities, it is reasonable to postulate that somewhere
in the 20+ years that it takes for this project to break-even, we
will actually need to re-open one of the closed schools, eliminating
the savings and making this project a huge waste of money
2) If the intent were to develop a true Middle School for Onteora,
then a 6-8 configuration would be far superior to a 5-8 that is now
being proposed. A 7-9 configuration would be even better.
The educational literature is divided as to which configuration is
best, so there is no clear-cut superiority to the proposed 5-8 plan.
The community has never had an opportunity to voice its point of view
in a meaningful way. My own admittedly anecdotal experience indicates
a huge increase in the academic and social maturity of 6th graders,
compared to 5th graders. If you polled recent 5th and 6th grade parents
or their teachers, I think you would find fairly uniform agreement
that 5th graders, at the start of that academic year, are simply not
ready for the challenges of Middle School.
3) Transporting 5th graders along with 12th graders is potentially
dangerous and definitely undesirable. To have 10-year olds in an unsupervised
situation daily with 18-year-olds is simply bad policy. The 10-year-olds
will be exposed to talk about sexual and social ideas that are often
inappropriate, at best. There can easily be instances of unwanted
touching, done to children who are too young to even appreciate the
meaning of the contact. The potential for sexual harassment or bullying
is enormous. I cannot overstate how disturbing this part of the plan
is to me, as a parent.
Consequently, if the plan is to transport Middle and High School students
together (as is currently done), there needs to be monitors on each
and every bus. The drivers are simply not in a position to function
as behavioral supervisors or to safeguard the younger children. Therefore,
there will be additional costs added to the transportation budget
to cover the costs of the extra essential bus personnel. We cannot
underestimate the importance of transporting our children safely.
Failure to provide a safe and secure environment will open the District
to lawsuits, not to mention the daily tribulations for the youngest
Middle School children and their families.
4) Eliminating yet another community school, in this case Olive’s,
is also an unacceptable part of these plans. We all know that the
closure of the West Hurley School was disastrous for the District
and that the Woodstock and West Hurley communities never really fused
into a cohesive whole. In that case, the children were only bussed
to a school 5 minutes beyond their original school and the entire
town of West Hurley had all of its children stay together in the move.
In the current proposals, it will be impossible to keep all of the
children of Olive together. Olive’s children will be fractured,
with some going to Woodstock and others to Phoenicia. The children
in areas like Samsonville, who already travel long distances just
to get to Bennett, will have bus rides that are at least 15 minutes
longer each way. Bear in mind that it is the youngest children will
be doing all of this traveling. Is it really reasonable to expect
a 5- year old to take a bus from Samsonville to Phoenicia, just to
go to kindergarten?
Of equal, or perhaps greater, importance, is that the closure of Bennett
further erodes the already fragile identity of Olive. Olive has no
town center (like Woodstock or Phoenicia). We are a geographically
sprawling town, rent apart by the reservoir. A big part of what holds
Olive together as a town is the Bennett School. What makes Bennett
so endearing is that all of Olive’s children have an opportunity
to attend school together as youngsters and build a cohesive identity
with their neighbors. Without that school, we are merely unwelcome
guests in another town. And, apart from Olive Day, what will be left
of Olive? A few strip malls on Route 28? The closure of an Elementary
School in Olive is simply an unacceptable alternative.
I do understand that the Board is grappling with the real issue of
declining enrollment, along with a desire to promote and enhance the
Middle School and this is a worthy objective. Instead of the proposed
plans, however, I would suggest that the Board consider the following:
* Keep the 3 elementary schools open because it is the best and most
cost effective alternative. It promotes the individual communities
and provides greater welfare and a better educational environment
for our children.
* Look at a 7-9 Middle School and a 10-12 High School configuration
instead. You could use the existing Middle/High School property, which
will have more space simply by virtue of the declining enrollment
of which we are certain. The building could be enhanced, and some
separate new facilities could be added (eliminating the problem of
too much interaction between the 2 age groups). A bond for these limited,
but concrete, improvements would probably pass.
* A 6-8 Middle School is preferable to a 5-8 School because the youngest
children are simply not ready to grapple socially or academically
with the older students.
* A 15-20 year payback is simply too long. The plans that are on the
table do not provide either enough savings or capital improvements
to justify the huge expenditure of money.
A plan that closes a neighborhood school and simultaneously raises
taxes will not be approved by the voters.
I sincerely thank you for taking the time to consider my point of
West Shokan, NY
We face a huge development threat that will undermine the integrity
of the Catskill Park and the intent of its founders. Gitter's gigantic
golf resort will smash its way through the forests and mountains near
Belleayre and change the Catskills forever. The oversized development
intended for the west side of Belleayre represents 80 percent of the
developer's original intention, the worst part being roads and buildings
at an altitude of 3000 feet. This doesn't sound like much of a compromise
to me. We are still stuck with what we were worried about all along
- traffic, air pollution, water pollution, visual pollution, erosion
and tax increases for the locals in exchange for minimum wage jobs.
Looking down the road economically, we are very fortunate to live
in the Catskills. We are in an ideal position to cash in on our natural
It's abundant and the ever-growing megalopolis is near at hand and
loaded with potential escapees. All we have to do is keep the mountains
uncluttered and the waterways clean. The ever-increasing numbers of
hikers, hunters, fishermen, kayakers, cross-country skiers, artists,
etc. as well as those simply looking for peace and quiet will come
knocking and bearing their pocketbooks. Local businesses can thrive
and grow by providing services for the many interested in these low-impact
activities. I think most would agree that these folks are looking
for a bed-and-breakfast with a lovely view rather than something akin
to Disneyland. Careful development with quality instead of quantity
in mind will enhance what we already can offer and help to build a
solid economic infrastructure for the region - an infrastructure not
dependent on the whims of big business, the pushers of conventional
The frustrating thing is, after we sell out the environment to build
this inappropriate and oversized resort, there is no guarantee it
will be a success. It is quite remote and hard to get to which are
factors not appealing to the wealthy patrons who can afford a resort
like this. Why would they come to ski at Belleayre when they can ski
Colorado or the Alps? Why would they come to play golf when they can
play golf in Florida or Hawaii? The Catskills are down-homey little
mountains that we dearly love; they are not the stuff of grand resorts
like they used to be before travel became easy and globe-hopping routine.
By February 8, 2008, our Boards of Election commissioners are required
to choose whether to use a paper ballot with an optical scanner system
or a direct recording electronic device (DRE). The League of Women
Voters, as well as other similar organizations, has extensively studied
this issue since the adoption of the federal Help America Vote Act
(HAVA) and has concluded that a precinct based paper ballot with an
optical scanner system should be adopted uniformly in New York.
The evidence is substantial and compelling. Beyond the significantly
different and long lasting financial impact this choice involves,
the most fundamental element of American democracy – fair, open
and honest elections – is at stake.
This is a decision that should be made above the fray of partisan
politics and special interest favoritism rampant in New York government.
Our local commissioners should make and publicize their decisions
in the full light of public scrutiny along with the basis for their
choices before any final action is taken. Join us in urging our public
officials to choose a paper ballot with optical scanning.
Jean McGarry, President
League of Women Voters
Hillary is for Casinos in the Catskills and Obama is Against The Expansion
If you thought the casino fight in the Catskills was over, think again.
Besides the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe filing a lawsuit against the Secretary
of the Interior over his rejection of the Monticello casino, the next
President will actually be making the final decision on casinos in
the Catskills, not Spitzer. It's a federal matter in the end.
If you are in favor of casinos in Ulster County, in towns like Saugerties,
Hillary is the candidate for you on Feb. 5. Clinton has long supported
developer efforts to put Indian gaming casinos in the Catskills. Nevada-based
Empire Resorts, which would operate the proposed Sullivan County casino
in partnership with the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, lists Hillary as a
supporter of Catskill gambling on their Web site.
Clinton has said that casinos are an "economic development tool"
and said that "for many places in the country, it seems to be
an important part of what they are trying to do to revive and maintain
an economic base." In her first campaign for Senate, Hillary
supported Indian gaming in the Catskills and Upstate.
When asked by the LA Times on January 18th about the social costs
of gambling, like wrecking middle class families and tripling local
bankruptcy rates, Clinton replied, "Any human activity has social
costs, really," she said, adding later: "Life is filled
with trade-offs, and you have to do the best you can to balance the
pluses and the minuses."
Mrs. Clinton’s big gaming industry fundraisers include the senior
executives of Harrahs, Jan Jones and Philip Satre.
In contrast, if you are against casinos in the Catskills and Ulster
County, Senator Obama has never been in favor of the expansion of
gambling, saying that the "moral and social cost of gambling,
particularly in low-income communities, could be devastating."
And, with casinos, "you'll have a whole bunch of people who can't
afford it gambling their money away, yet they're going to do it."
Obama has opposed expanding specific gambling projects in Illinois.
"There's a fundamental question here," said the Rev. Tom
Grey, executive director of the National Coalition Against Legalized
Gambling. "Until this point, Obama's statements seemed to suggest
that he did not buy into the industry arguments that this is a product
like golf or Starbucks that should just go on Main Street. And Hillary,
by attacking him, seems to have come down clearly on the side of the
industry that this is economic development." (LA TIMES - "Clinton
Plays Gaming Card against Obama" Jan 18 2008)
On Feb. 5, if you are opposed to Ulster County casinos, your only
vote is for Barack Obama for President. Go to barackobama.com and
sign up to volunteer or donate today or stop by the new Obama field
office in Rosendale.
I first heard Barack Obama speak at the Democratic Convention in the
summer of 2004. I felt I had stumbled across a force of nature, someone
with the stature of a Nelson Mandela. "Here," I thought,
"is someone who can change history." I still feel that way.
Barack Obama will change history. He has that kind of strength, brilliance
Something I have never - in my fifty years - seen before in a candidate.
I support Barak Obama first and foremost because of his (so-called)
“inexperience” (the verbal attack used by his opponents
in the hopes of discrediting him). Let it be understood that I in
no way believe Senator Obama to be “inexperienced”. In
fact quite the opposite is true. I believe Senator Obama’s “inexperience”
should be more truthfully called “Integrity” (or as the
late, great Dame Anita Roddick titled her book, “Business as
Unusual”). Senator Obama may be “inexperienced”
in the ways of “special interest groups” and multi-national
corporations controlling our policies (as well as world policies),
and for this I say “thank you;” I’ve had enough
of that. “Business as Unusual” - a statement worthy of
contemplation. Although for argument sake, let’s look at “experienced”
politicians and “business as usual”. The International
Community despises & fears us (“shock and awe” doesn’t
work); the eco-systems of the world are (most likely) damaged beyond
repair (we all know the corporations / special interest groups that
are responsible / are not held accountable); our Health Care system
is a joke – although no one’s laughing except “special
interest” groups; our Economy is in crisis; New Orleans, a place
I go often to volunteer, is in shambles. These are, to name a few,
situations that have been created by “experienced politicians”
– people who, in my opinion, have neither integrity nor moral
fiber. I believe, without question, Senator Obama has an abundance
of integrity and moral fiber (inaccurately labeled “inexperience”).
Senator Clinton states that “she is experienced / look at my
track record” so I would like to address Senator Clinton’s
failure to speak up and protect the United States and it’s citizens
from the environmental degradation that occurred during her years
as “first lady” – a time that she had the ability,
and the “political clout” to create change - a change
she failed to be involved with, nor seemingly cared about. The Clinton
and Bush (“experienced” politicians) administrations paved
the way for the crisis we face today. Nothing was done to improve
the fuel efficiency in the United States; “experienced”
politicians did nothing when a hazardous waste incinerator, located
near an elementary school in Ohio, was approved (the facility is tied
to a generous, Clinton supporter). Business as usual. As “first
lady”, more old growth forests were cut down than under any
other recent U.S. administrations (and yes, the committees used to
establish these practices were “special interest” / Lumber
industry); under “experienced” politicians, the bio-tech
industry was given carte blanche to write the U.S. government’s
regulations (a joke) on genetic engineering of agriculture, and to
move full speed ahead with implementing the private patenting of genetic
sequences (do I hear “special interest groups)? As “first
lady”, the destructive deal with the Sugar Barons (special interest
group) of South Florida was arranged with “experienced”
politicians, thus dooming the Everglades. During her tenure as “first
lady” a “timber summit” was convened in Oregon (a
conference dominated by Logging interests) and a plan to restart the
clear-cutting of Ancient Forests was established. The Timber Industry
/ special interest groups got rich. We the people, lost yet again,
to “experienced politicians” / special interest groups.
To summarize (in part) the environmental damage done during Senator
Clinton’s tenure as “first lady”: thousands of acres
of healthy forestland across the West were rampaged; 4,000 acres in
Washington’s Colville National Forest were clear cut; thousands
of acres in Montana’s Yak River Basin; hundreds of acres in
the pristine forest lands in Idaho; the endangered Mexican Spotted
Owl’s habitat in Arizona fell victim to “corporate interests”.
The list goes on and on – all authorized by “experienced
politicians” / “special interest” groups. Should
I address the passing of legislation that authorizes the “safe”
amount of “carcinogenic chemicals” in our foods? No, I
think we’ve had enough. I for one have had enough of “experienced”
politicians; my vote is with Integrity – with Senator Barak
In closing, as my beloved The Right Reverend Desmond Tutu says, “I
am me only because of you”. I believe Senator Obama is for the
people – not special interests. I believe he will unite us,
and have us remember that we, the American People, are a loving and
kind people – not a people to be feared, who cause destruction.
New York, NY
The exit polls in Iowa indicate that some 93 percent of the caucus
voters were white. There are few Blacks, Hispanics or Asians in Iowa.
Iowa is not a diversified, pluralistic state.
The Democratic rules are not in step with the two core standards of
our democracy - the sanctity of the secret ballot and the one man-one
vote doctrine. In Iowa there is no secret ballot for Democrats. The
caucus voters are all in one room and they can do whatever they deem
best to get a vote for their candidate - threaten, cool, beg, intimidate,
etc. If a candidate does not achieve viability - 15 percent of the
total vote in the caucus room, the voter can leave their candidate,
join another candidate's group and vote again.
The National Democratic Committee needs to forcefully address this
situation before the 2012 election.
Notwithstanding the above, Senator Obama prevailed with a good plurality.
When Senator Obama proved he would win in Iowa, he gives strong credence
to the proposition that he can win in America. This country has come
a long way in the last 50 years. Hopefully, America will complete
the cycle this November when it elects Senator Obama our next president.
H. Clark Bell
I've been seeing a number of writers pushing the idea of impeachment
of the Bush and Cheney cabal. I certainly resonate with those sentiments.
But in thinking them through, but not being legally trained, it does
occur to me that there might be a giant hole in what is being proposed
even by Kusinich
I am assuming that most of those who propose using the impeachment
process do so [as opposed to, for example, kidnapping or assassination]
with a strong respect for the legal process and the Constitution that
supports that process. Then, under that assumption, it seems to me
that the only one of that pair that is presently really subject to
impeachment is the president since Cheney has had little OFFICIALLY
to do with the mess that they have made of the Presidency [I'm certainly
not naive as to his power in the workings of that office, but, officially,
he is working for Bush and is not formally responsible for much of
what comes out of the White House]. Therefore, if Bush were impeached
and convicted [and that is certainly not assured given the Republican
power in the Senate] and removed from the Presidency, we would then
be faced with dealing with Cheney in that position. AND, even more
scarily, Cheney would be, via the Constitution, charged with choosing
[with Senate approval] our next VP which would have the effect of
perpetuating the present Neo Conservative line of action since Cheney
and/or that new VP would be eligible to run for president in '08 and,
with the power of incumbency, be strongly favored to win. I grant
you that Cheney would probably not run or he would have already sneaked
his hat into the ring. However, he would certainly try to pick a new
VP who would have a good chance of both winning as well as continuing
Do we really want to enter that mine field? I'm certainly not sure.
I wonder if Maurice Hinchey might not be right to resist the urge
to use the impeachment process at this late date. We are apparently
much better advised to stop spinning our gears with impeachment and
put that energy to work to pick a really strong change agent in '08.
I’m a mother of 5 and was very fortunate not to have come across
the following situation until my third daughter was 16 years old.
In August of 2006, while out of state with my husband and younger
children, we received a call from the State Police at 1:45 AM. They
said there were 50 drunken teenagers on our property with more alcohol
than they had ever seen. They asked what we wanted them to do. We
instructed them to block the driveway and call all the parents to
come pick up their kids. I was appalled to learn that one parent put
his ID in a Troopers face and said, “I am an attorney, I know
the laws and you can’t do this to these kids”. It exposed
the differing opinions of the parents whose children were involved.
I decided I needed do something about this pervasive problem. I contacted
two seniors in high school and asked them to help begin breaking the
underage drinking cycle for middle school students. We had a meeting
with the middle school principal to ask for help in the school. I
was shocked to hear that they had an issue with 7th and 8th grade
students bringing Poland Spring water bottles filled with alcohol
into school. We had a training date set with the school to start a
mentoring program, but at the last minute school officials decided
it was a liability. They wished me well and said if we were successful
they would consider using the program in the future. The teens trained
under a Mental Health Association trainer and the AWARENESS Program
was born. AWARENESS is an acronym for: Assisting With Adolescents
Resolving, Empowering, Nurturing, Each, Student, Substantively. The
program is run by teens and is a recreational alcohol prevention mentoring
program. There are two coordinators from each grade 9-12 along with
the student mentors. This group has a total of 15 including a teen
administrator. Another 30 middle school students are involved in the
program. The high school mentors plan and participate in fun social
activities with the middle school students. This raises the younger
students self esteem and creates a feeling of inclusion for them which
carries over in the school. Younger kids light up when the older kids
just say hello to them in the hallways. The program started in November
2006 and is now in its second year. The program has been operational
without major funding for over a year. The group decides what they
think will work to help solve the underage drinking problem and then
the adults help them to achieve their goals. Many of the teens have
jobs which limits the time devoted to the group. Our goal is to raise
enough funds to employ the coordinators and break the underage drinking
cycle. We would like to create enough AWARENESS groups so all Ulster
County middle school students can belong and feel included. I would
like to thank whoever called the police that night and special thanks
to Trooper Cooper and Trooper Baney who answered the call. They very
well could have saved a life that night. Anyone who would like information
or to help expand the program please call
www.hvinet.com/awareness I lost my brother in a car crash twenty years
ago this July. It was caused by two boys in a different vehicle who
were drinking and driving. It was then I knew the horrific feeling
of losing the person who was closest to me. My brother and I were
only 11 months apart and he was my best friend. After feeling the
helplessness people have in the face of tragedy, I realized that we
have these same accidents year after year. The names change but the
incidents are all too familiar. After the fatal prom crash in May
2007, which took the life of their friend, the teen Administrator
of AWARENESS reached out to the two teens that survived the crash
and asked if they wanted to try to help impact underage drinking and
driving. One of them chose to participate, he was peer trained by
the AWARENESS Mentors with a Mental Health Professional supervising.
On June 25, 2007 the group of mentors from the original AWARENESS
program and the friend of the administrator took an alcohol intervention
/ prevention training certification class designed for University
and College students. They decided on the drive home that they would
create a similar program to target underage drinkers. They worked
together all summer and created a program we call AWARENESS II an
alcohol awareness program. They introduced their concept in a formal
presentation to Ulster County Judges and law enforcement officials
this past November at the Ulster County Law Enforcement Center. It
is very difficult for these teens to continue to participate while
going to school, playing sports and working. Yet they all work hard
to fit this program in their schedules. Stephan, a Senior, soccer
and basketball player manages to be both programs teen administrator
while also working. He spoke about his part in starting this to everyone
at the presentation in November. Rose shows amazing energy as the
senior class president as well as playing soccer, basketball, working
and being in charge of planning the prom for this year’s senior
class. She has also agreed to go above and beyond and help us plan
the 1st in what we hope will be a traditional safe after prom party.
Ryan, a Junior and quarterback of the football team, plays baseball
and has actively been participating as the Junior Coordinator of the
Mentoring program as well as working in the Awareness II program.
The survivor of the crash has a full schedule at college with a focus
on Psychology. He is currently utilizing the OASAS (Office of Alcohol
and Substance Abuse Services) website and has found a Substance Abuse
Prevention Course he is now completing online in addition he has taken
on the work load as the coordinator in the new group called AWARENESS
II. While no one can turn back the hands of time and undo any of these
horrific losses. This group has pulled together in the face of tragedy
and loss of a best friend and they are trying to ensure by their work
on this program that what they have been through doesn’t happen
again. Instead of the current penalty that teens now receive for underage
drinking which is a fine up to $100.00and/or community service, the
AWARENESS teens developed a 5-step program that can be used as part
of the sentence by the Judge. This fulfills the alcohol awareness
program part of the current ABC (underage drinking) law. This 5 Step
Program shows underage drinkers what could happen if they continue
to drink and make ONE LIFE CHANGING MISTAKE. Our goal is for these
teens to lead the way and change the environment for all underage
drinkers and help to put them on a more positive path in life. Most
importantly to stop these horrific car crashes which take lives every
year for generations. I have had the honor of working with many of
our Ulster County Judges. When I called and invited each of them on
short notice to come to the presentation at the workshop room at the
new law enforcement center I was deeply touched to see how much they
all cared about this problem. AWARENESS and AWARNESS II are in desperate
need of funding. I have a passion for both of these programs and believe
my brother, Wade, is playing a huge part in putting all the wonderful
people in our life to enable us to have brought these programs as
far as we have without funding. If you would like to help these teens
make a difference by making a donation. Please contact me at the number
below. I would especially like to thank this magical group of High
School teens who have donated their time and incredible ideas to really
make a difference in this underage drinking and driving epidemic.
Marie Shultis, Adult Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org or 417-1483
Stephan Bielecki, Teen Administrator
Dear Editor, It is quite ironic that in this day of wanting and needing
to conserve energy, one finds that if you buy propane for your home,
the less you use, the more it costs. There is absolutely no difference
between propane for cooking and propane for heating. It gets delivered
to you in the same truck. But if you don't use enough you will pay
at least 20 cents a gallon more. Some suppliers charge more than that.
I heat my home with a wood stove and use my furnace for the mornings
to take the chill out. I called my supplier to ask the price and was
told $2.79 per gallon. When it was delivered the next day the bill
was $2.99 per gallon. When I called I was told I did not use enough,
therefore, I was charged more. They ultimately said they would adjust
the bill. All of you who use propane just for cooking are being penalized
for not using enough fuel. What is wrong with this picture? Hariet
Hunter Woodstock, NY
Dear Editor, The Shandaken Theatrical Society would like to thank
everyone who came to our first film showing on Friday, January 25,
to see “You Can’t Take It With You”. Unlike going
to a movie at the mall, it was a real community event, a gala evening
with friends and neighbors, and we’re looking forward to lots
more of them. Many thanks to Mark Lerner for finding the equipment,
researching films, and organizing the whole event so capably. Thanks
to Willard Crichton for donating $400 to equipment purchase, and to
the Phoenicia Business Association, which gave us $100 way back three
years ago when we first started thinking about showing movies. We
hope the town businesses will benefit from drawing people into the
theater to see films. And thanks to all the STS board members who
showed up to help out on Friday. Because the theater’s main
job is putting on plays, we don’t have the personnel to show
weekly movies, so we’re starting with once a month (usually
the last Friday of the month, unless there’s a show running
on that date). If film buffs in the community want to volunteer to
help out, we may be able to show movies more often. We need help with
selling refreshments (the popcorn was great!), cleanup, and projection.
Call us at 688-2279 if you want to volunteer. See you at the theater!
Violet Snow, President Shandaken Theatrical Society
I'm not really sure how to ask this, so I'm just going to come right
out and say it - How is it possible in this day and age that a newspaper
such as yours is littered with spelling errors each and every week?
I appreciate your paper's efforts to keep us informed beyond what
is fed to us by the mainstream media, as I love the wonderful political
humour about how our President has no credibility due to his apparent
lack of intelligence. But how then, can I at the same time, look to
your publication with respect and trust when you allow such egregious
misuse of the English language yourselves?
I mean no disrespect here - it's just such a mystery to me how with
the omnipresence of spellcheck in every piece of software today that
this could be possible.
Big Indian, NY
Edtiros Notee: Nt alle layoute prgormas have spollcheek. Wee’lle
tri bettre. Maybe looke atv thesee problemos as thee intreactiv eliments
of oru paper.