It A Crime Wave?
All The Arrests...Some
Say It’s Better Policing, Some Say It’s Just Cyclical
By Paul Smart
Already, the crimes that have accumulated this August in Shandaken
are turning heads. 20-year old Dan Ford of Big Indian was arrested
for fighting outside a Phoenicia business, then charled with a
felony when he became verbally abusive to arresting officers,
and later broke a desk down at the police barracks in Shandaken.
A 14-year old Boiceville boy was arrested on charges of shooting
a 14 year old Mt. Tremper boy with a high powered pellet gun.
A part-time Boiceville resident was arrested for two burglaries
of restaurants in the Mt. Tremper area… as well as the theft
of a car. A 52-year old Shandaken man was arrested on a series
of charges involved with a single car accident. He was arrested
several months ago for taking out a guardrail, when he was still
listed as a downstate resident. An Andes woman was arrested for
an instance involving the beating and robbing of an 88-year old
Woodland Valley man who leant the woman his car and ended up the
victim of what looks to be a drug crime. Andrew Poncic of Phoenicia
was arrested for allegedly firing off a gun during a domestic
dispute in Woodland Valley.
Celebrating Their 100th!
Phoenicia’s M.F. Whitney Hose Company Celebrates Centennial
With A Big Bash
By Rachel X. Weissman
One hundred years of volunteer fire service is no mean feat
these days, what with small fire companies closing down across
the country. And that’s why Jean Paul Biasutto, training
and safety officer for the district, wanted to make sure to
mark M.F. Whitney Hose Company’s centennial big. And big
it will be, with an estimated attendance of 3,000 to 4,000,
a budget of $20,000 and events ranging from a parade in which
500 will march, an awards ceremony, live outdoor music, grilled
food and fireworks.
LITTLE LEAGUE CHAMPS... The
Shandaken Mets held on to their title of reigning champions Sunday
when they bested the Yankees in the Shandaken Little League World
Series. In a nail biter game that entered the final inning with
a 2 to 2 tie, the Mets pulled ahead with two more runs and the
Yankees were unable to rally. The game ended with the Mets 4 and
the Yankees 2. After dumping a bucket of ice water on Coach Ron
Edwards, the celebrating champions all shot down a natural mudslide
at Glenbrook Park into a huge mud puddle that appeared thanks
to a mid game deluge that held up the action for close to an hour.The
day was a perfect ending to a highly successful season...
Called To Candidacy
Howie McGowan’s Road To Running
By Rachel X. Weissman
“I’ve known this piece of property for 40 years,”
says Howie McGowan, speaking from the screened porch of his
Woodland Valley home. “When I was 10-years-old, I’d
come up here from Long Island with my dad to hunt. It got
me out into the mountains and forests. I like it quiet as
you can probably tell by my driveway,” says McGowan
with a wry smile. The vertiginous driveway has been largely
eroded by our recent downpours, a particularly bad gouge marks
where a gravel truck went into the ditch when trying to remedy
the problem. Between two shoulder injuries sustained earlier
this year and his gearing up to run on the Democratic slate
for town council, McGowan has not had the time nor strength
to rake the gravel into fill the holes.
Tax Issue Closure
A Massive Onteora Meeting & Now It’s Time For The
Board To Make Its Decision...
By Violet Snow
Olive residents pleaded with trustees not to apply the large-parcel
tax law which would raise their taxes by 56 percent at a standing-room
only August 4 Onteora board hearing. 44 people spoke and the
Onteora school board just listened. A smaller number of Woodstockers
demanded equity in tax payment throughout the district.
The board heard from five Olive town council members and about
21 other Olive residents, Woodstock supervisor Jeremy Wilber
and seven other Woodstockers, county legislator Mike Stock,
three people from Hurley, and two from Shandaken, plus Shandaken
supervisor Peter DiModica. Despite frequent and ardent applause
from the audience, predominantly Olive residents, the meeting
remained orderly, withboard president Marino D'Orazio several
times urging civility and once threatening to close the meeting
if a brief spate of booing directed at a speaker from Woodstock