Not Born Yesterday
30 Years of Comprehensive, Land Use, And Economic
Planning in Shandaken
By Brian Powers
Olive finished theirs in 1995 but it's never been adopted by their
Town Board. Woodstock's been working on one since 1998 but whether
it's nearing completion is anyone's guess.
In light of how interested people have been recently in developing
some kind of Comprehensive Plan for Shandaken, one might think
the idea was fairly new. Actually, much of the current draft has
been around for close to 10 years, though it's only recently that
it's come under intense public scrutiny. And while some of the
things that have drawn fire in the current draft were relatively
new suggestions, others were taken straight from the draft before
it, and from other planning documents that came before that.
Coalition Backs Town On Resort Review Fees,
Promises Legal Challenge
By Rachel X. Weissman
Shandaken and the Coalition of Watershed Towns were once again
on the same page when the CWT unanimously passed a resolution
Monday night supporting the Home Rule rights of municipalities
to seek funds from an applicant to cover local costs of participating
in the State Environmental Quality Review process (SEQR).
PHOENICIA'S AMOSY PECK, who's been logging
with draft horses since FDR was President, gives Dick & Jim
a break from their morning workout. Though good listeners, at
4,600 lbs for the pair caution's still in order around them. "You
can put their brains in neutral" says Amosy, "but horses
are always in gear".
The June Public Hearing at
Town Hall will be cablecast on channel 23 on
Wednesday June 11 at 7 PM.
Praying For Whom?
Onteora Students Question National Policy As Board Passes
By Eric Hersey
The Federal Government has decided to ensure that each of the
country's public schools follows guidelines protecting the student
right to pray. But at Onteora High, and other schools around the
country, students are wondering whether the new mandates are for
their benefit... or someone else's.
Emus In Oliverea...
Sonny Johnston Starts It All Over
By Rachel X. Weissman
This reporter doesn't don't know whether to be insulted
or relieved that a particularly amorous bird at the Oliverea
Ostrich & Emu Ranch did not demonstrate his mating dance
for her when she visited there last week. But here's a description
from a friend of mine who the ostrich—a 350-pound,
9-foot tall, 2-toed dude—evidently prefers: "He
leans forward, and rocks back and forth and jiggles his
neck somehow. It's kind of like an old-time gospel singer—