Democrats Win Big, Again, And Our Volunteer
Firemen Get Their Benefits...
By Paul Smart
Democrats made a clean sweep of all positions up for grabs in
the Town of Olive Tuesday, and the proposition to implement
a state-endorsed service award program to provide Olive volunteer
firefighters with benefits similar to a pension plan won easy
The two main races in town government were for town board and
town justice. In the town board race, incumbent Democrat Linda
Burckhardt proved the highest vote-getter, with a total of 1017,
while planning board veteran Henry Rank, also a Democrat, won
the second seat with 928 votes.
Losing her post on the board was Republican incumbent Cindy
Johansen, who brought in 714 votes. Paula Minew, a Republican
running for the first time, won a total of 678 votes.
In the face off for town justice, incumbent Democrat Ronald
Wright won 1,286 votes, the highest for anybody running, to
former Woodstock Police Chief Paul Ragonese, who got 361 votes.
Berndt Leifeld, running unopposed as a Democrat, won a total
of 1,277votes, with of those on his own party’s line,
as a Republican and
The proposition won with a total 1,113 yes votes to 297 nays.
Combining Coffee, Plants &Quiet
In What Could Be An Olive Brand For Success
By Tree McElhinney
When Olivebridge resident Elizabeth Fish moved her
gardening store to its current location on route 28
in Shokan, she decided to combine her love of plants
with another of her pleasures, sipping a good cup
" I wanted a place where you could come sit,
relax, have a cup of coffee and read garden magazines,
all the things I like to do," she said from her
establishment last week, while hustling about and
tending to the early morning activities of brewing
coffee and baking pies.
Located across from the Shokan Square plaza, Beyond
the Gate is a compilation of what Fish likes best:
a garden and gift shop that retails annuals, perennials,
gardening books, Rumford tools, picnic baskets and
other sundries such as handmade cards and herbal soaps;
a farm market that features regionally grown fruits
and vegetables, organic yogurt, and specialty soft-drinks,
and the recently opened coffee house that contains
an expresso bar and offers 2 varieties of chai and
9 types of fresh brewed coffee daily, some of which
are fair trade.
" The location is definitely a plus," Fish
says of her newly renovated digs. "Access is
easier. A lot of people did not know that I existed
before" (when Beyond the Gate was located about
a quarter mile north of Winchell's Corners).
HALLOWEENING... One of the greatest joys of
childhood are the worlds of make-believe we're allowed to delve
into, especially when the calendar rolls around to Halloween each
year and school gets back into stride...
Living In This Park...
State DEC Hears A Myriad Responses
to Its Seemingly Innocuous New Plans
By Tree McElhinney
Reactions to the proposed revisions to the Catskill Master Plan
are mixed in Olive. While some residents like Olivebridge homeowner
Paula Bojarsky support "anything that reduces human impact
on the wild," others are leery of restrictions placed on
" I think we have to get used to the restrictions we have
before we start to pile more restrictions on people," said
Town Supervisor Berndt Leifeld who was not aware of the details
of the proposed revisions made available to the public in August.
"That's what I would say at this point since I don't know
much about it. I wasn't at the meeting when they discussed it."
Making A Life Beyond Lumber
It's not a landscape where one expects to find
a woman. Mountains of sawdust and bark chips, fields of logs,
swaths of muddy tracks made from years of heavy vehicles, fork
lifts, the conveyors and sawtooth riggings and slicers of the
mill, the sprawl of al this ending in piles of junked cars - the
Boiceville Lumber Mill speaks to the domain of men. And yet, there
she is, Valerie Fanarjian. Hopping around on machines, inspecting
and exploring the mill she ran for years. "I should drive
you around on the forklift!" she offers, scrambling down
a sawdust mountain sheís just shown me how to limp. Climbing
sawdust hills involves a certain energizer bunny on a Stairmaster
type of persistence. You just keep stepping until your feet have
packed the sawdust into little steps that eventually hold your
weight and you head up another foot.
All this maleness (prejudicial, yes, but logging and milling is
a male domain), lies in startling contrast to the interior of
Valerieís home. Paintings, drawings of womenóregal,
reclining, ruminated, -- cover the walls, both Valerieís
artwork and the work of friends, much of hers in progress, giving
the rooms the feel of a hybrid feel of an art studio and a bordello.