Health Care For Us All?
Parete's Legislative Proposal Starts
Gathering Some County Steam
By Tree McElhinney
Olive Democratic Legislator Robert Parete knows the value of
having health insurance. At 31 years old, the Boiceville resident
lives with a cardiac defibrillator implanted in his chest to
regulate his heart rate. And he has also undergone brain surgery
to remove what turned out to be a benign tumor.
"I am aware of how important it is for everyone to have
health coverage because of I went through. I have a $35,000
box in my chest, and, unfortunately, it takes something like
this to hit home and open your eyes," Parete said.
Parete's comments followed Ulster County Legislature Chairman
Richard Gerentine's appointment of a committee last week to
study whether the county should offer health insurance to all
county residents at group rate discounts.
Proposal Surfaces For Business-Oriented Agency Geared
At Regional Branding
One of the highlights of the third annual Catskills
Local Government Day sponsored by the Catskill Watershed
Corporation at Belleayre Mountain‚s main lodge
last Friday, October 3, was the lunchtime presentation,
"Tools for the future"by the Catskill Business
Roundtable, an ad-hoc organization of over 100 of
the region's businesspeople formally launched last
year following the Catskills Economic Summit and funded
by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.
The idea behind the Local Government Day is to provide
sessions for municipal officers, and the general public,
on a variety of current issues including Junkyards
and Property Maintenance, Inter-Municipal Agreements,
the holding of effective meetings and hearings, enforcement
of local laws, and SEQRA laws and their relationship
with the current hot topic of "Community Character".
NEW SPEED LIMIT...
Troopers proudly showing off the new speed limit signs in front
of the Onteora High School in Boiceville recently, reminding us
all to start slowing down
New Hardware Store!
Singer Denman Employees Takes Over In A Sign Of Home Talent
By Tree McElhinney
The doors to the Boiceville building that for decades housed the
Singer-Denman Lumber Co., a locally owned hardware and lumber
store which went out of business in May, will swing open once
again. Olive husband and wife team Carlos and Sandy
Gonzales are gearing up for the grand opening of C & S Home
Store, a houseware, hardware and lumber business that promises
personalized service and competitive pricing.
Mr. Gonzalez, who worked for the last four years as a fulltime
manager in the lumber and plumbing departments of Singer-Denham,
will oversee the day to day operations. Ms. Gonzalez, who
also works as a bus driver for the Onteora School District, will
be responsible for the payroll, bookkeeping and working in the
hardware department on the first floor.
Hester Mundi's Comedic
How A Local Gal Is Taking The World!
By Annie Nocenti
The old Manitou Lodge on Moon Haw Road in West Shokan is possibly
filled with the ghosts of visitors gone by. If so, they are very
lucky ghosts, as they are well entertained by the current owner,
Hester Mundis. Slight and lovely, Hester swirls through her home,
tossing lively bon mots about her, filling the rooms with effervescence,
as if she's just popped the cork and spilled the champagne. Her
sparkle is answered by approving chirps and trills that float
in from various directions, and it is only after a loop through
the multiple rooms that I meet her call-and-response partner;
a yellow-headed gray cockatiel Wazzo, who also happens know the
theme song from the Andy Griffith Show and can mimic the "beep
beep beeps" of Hester's microwave. As we breeze past a life-size
manikin dressed in Twiggy-era chic, Hester pauses and laughs;
"That's Chelsea. When I'm writing jokes I try them out on
her, and that‚s the response I get "nothing."
Then she adds, as if the two are connected (and maybe they are);
"The house came with its own cemetery!" I start to feel
like I'm in some slightly batty but delightful new sit-com.