Meals On Wheels Provides A Local Servive Whose Need Is Eternal
By Tree McElhinney
For the past five years Shokan resident Dora Grant, 91,
has had hot nourishing meals delivered to her home at lunchtime
five days a week thanks to the Town Clerk‚s Office and a
group of volunteers who ensure that the county‚s Meals on
Wheels program is available in the Town of Olive.
"I fell in 1998 and fractured my hip and from that time on
I‚ve been getting the meals," said Grant from her home
earlier this month. "I enjoy it very much because I am not
able to cook much although I take care of myself and my house."
Grant, who says that overall the meals are "very good,"
is one of approximately 10 Olive elders currently enrolled in
the program which was jumpstarted in 1998 by Town Clerk Sylvia
Think Local This Holiday
Our Town, Despite Inititial Appearances, Offers As Much As Any
By Tree McElhinney
Once again the holidays are upon us. And whether you are celebrating
Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or the Winter Solstice you probably
have some shopping to do.
If the thought of scrambling for a parking space and then
marching through a crowd of determined shoppers in an overheated
mall gives you the heebie-jeebies, no need to worry. The town
of Olive, with its eclectic mix of artist studios, gift shops,
bakeries, hardware and outdoor equipment stores, provides the
gift hunter with an array of unique and interesting items ˆ
many of which are locally produced - to choose from. Here
are a few highlights from both sides of the reservoir.
AT THE OLIVE LIBRARY CRAFTS FAIR...
Carol Kuhnle helped out with what turned out to be a fun day for
all, both now and in a week when people check under their trees...
Opening Security Central
City DEP Opens Its New Police HQ With Loads Of Its Own, But
Little Local Fanfare
By Paul Smart
A Friday, December 5 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP) police precinct was quietly
announced last Wednesday, December 3 with a press advisory that
didn't go out until the next day, Thursday, December 4th. As
a result, attendance at the convocation of the new $4.2 million,
one-story, brick precinct stationhouse that will house the DEP
Police West of Hudson Command Center and the Environmental Enforcement
Division's 4th Precinct, including the Detective Bureau, the
Emergency Services Unit and Strategic Patrol, was sparsely attended
by actual Olive residents.
Nevertheless, nearly 60 people attended the ceremonies, including
state police and a whole host of city officials, including a
majority of the 26 environmental police officers and one civilian
staff member assigned to the building.
Using A Talent For Nurturing
By Violet Snow
"Theater was my
whole life as a child," said Cara Cruickshank, who was born
and raised in Shandaken. "I couldn't get enough of it and
never felt this area offered enough for me. Luckily STS [Shandaken
Theatrical Society] was doing a lot for shows with kids in them.
But now there‚s virtually nothing theatrical in Phoenicia
for kids. It's my great pleasure to make that happen." In
November, her Listen To Me Company debuted with "Behind the
Mirror", a play written and performed by 17 kids, aged 5
to 12. On December 21, a group of 28 will put on a Winter Fest
of dance, song, crafts, and theater at 6:00 pm at the Methodist
church on Church Street in Phoenicia.