MOUNTAIN officially opens its newest season the day after
Thanksgiving, November 28, with fewer trails than last year and
more reliance on natural snow... but the same enthusiasm the state-owned
ski area’s had throughout its recent years of increasing
Costs Are Rising...
Regulations Crimp Local Woodlot Sales As More Turn To Alternative
By Paul Smart
Feeling the cold? Paid (as opposed to paying) a bit too much for
oil or gas this season?
Time to think wood… although to hear it from the major firewood
suppliers in the region, if you’re only now thinking of
getting some cords in, you may be quite a bit on the late side.
Shandaken Process Discussion Sets First Parameters For
Next Year’s Board Races
The day after the Democrats big national and county victories,
Shandaken’s 2009 political elections started coming
into focus a year early when former town supervisor Bob
Cross Jr. and failed town board candidate Jack Jordan,
both Republicans, came out to a town budget hearing and
vote to complain about current Democratic Supervisor Peter
DiSclafani’s decision-making style.
For Round 2
Town’s New Reed-Bed Sewer Study Shows Savings In
Construction And O&M
Rennia Engineering Design, a Dover Plains based firm,
has finished a study on an alternative technology sewer
system for the hamlet of Phoenicia.
Rennia will receive between $8,000 and $12,000 for the
work, and perhaps another $4000 for additional services
under consideration. All of the funding comes from a grant
supplied by the Environmental Facilities Corporation.
The OCS Effect?
School Board Mulls 2009
Budget Choices; Reschedules Meetings To
by Lisa Childers
What kind of impact the current financial
crisis could have on the Onteora school
district budget has been one of the key
topics of discussions at recent OCS Board
meetings, which have moved to an earlier
6:00 PM start time to accommodate lengthening
Day of deer season hit the region
on Saturday, November 15th, and from the
looks of this catch on Sunday the hunters
are doing well. Last year New York hunters
harvested approximately 220,000 deer, a
16 percent increase over the previous season.
The Department of Environmental Conservation
(DEC) anticipates a slight increase in buck
take and total deer take again for 2008.
The Season runs until Dec. 7th.
Special Session Yields Nothing
Now As Bonacic Muses On Belleayre’s
by Paul Smart
As Senator John Bonacic put it a couple
hours after it all started, this past Tuesday’s
Special Session of the state legislature
was a first… Governors just don’t
call people back to Albany to consider cutting
a state budget with four months left in
its life. And they definitely don’t
NOT submit a formal bill for an up or down
vote when pulling senators and assemblyman
to such a gathering, as happened November