so things have darkened a bit in the week or so since this autumn
shot was taken. But until the snow flies, such colors will remain
within us as we approach the season of light, the December holidays.
This image was taken by 10-year old Finn August McGillicuddy
of Phoenicia Elementary..
By Brian Powers
End Of Term
Over DiSclafaniís Preference, Board
Opts Against A New Ambulance Purchase Order
town board held its final regular meeting of 2009 on December
7, a sparsely attended but congenial gathering and the last
regular meeting to be presided over by outgoing Supervisor Peter
DiSclafani, who lost his bid for re-election to board member
Rob Stanley, running on the Republican ticket, last month.
Takes A Community...
Shandaken Shows Its Holiday Spirit Via Pantry Benefit &
Christmas Day Feast
Two events, one just passed and the other coming on Christmas
Day, indicate a return to communal caring in the town, and
a sense of appreciation for those facing difficult times.
Our Kids Are At Risk
Survey Says Onteora Leads The County In Student Drug Use &
By By Lisa Childers
Based on a student survey on high risk behavior, the Onteora
school district and Saugerties school district reveal drug
and alcohol use among its students in grades 7-through-12
is the highest in the county.
We will be taking off the December 31 issue
of this publication for our own holidays so see you
all back in these pages on January 14, 2010!
To Its Beginnings?
Catskill Center AIP-Related Funding Drop
Leads To Major Staff Cutbacks, Changes
By Paul Smart
The signing of Governor Eliot Spitzer’s
Agreement in Principal okaying the building
of a resort at Belleayre Mountain, alongside
the state-owned ski center’s expansion,
seems to be having continuing repercussions
for at least one regional environmental
organization over two years after the
The next arty evening in Phoenicia
will take place the evening of Saturday, December
19 from 6:00 to 10 PM, with The Arts Upstairs
opening a "Holiday Show,î with solo room
by Jean Campbell (who did the above work), and
Cabane Studio showing similar seasonal work. See
you at the openings!
Voices Should All Join Together...
By Violet Snowf
With the arrival of the holidays, ’tis the season
for the blending of voices in harmony and praise. Choral
performances have already inspired audiences in Phoenicia
and Kingston this month. The Reservoir United Methodist
Church on Route 28 in Shokan is preparing for a public
presentation of Joseph M. Martin’s cantata “The
Mystery and the Majesty” on Sunday, December 20,
at 4:00 p.m.