CUPID? Primitive Biathalon contestants is more like it,
making the rounds in freezing weather a few weeks back. For more
on this unique local event, see Page 6 inside.
Academic For Now
Budget & Stimulus Effects On Our Lives Creates Mad Scurrying
While We All Wait
By Paul Smart
Up and down the Route 28 corridor, in Shandaken and Olive, two
big questions dominate: Will money from the federal stimulus package
working its way through Congress touch down here? How badly will
we be hit by all the cuts and tax shifts currently proposed in
the state budget designed to close New York’s projected
$13 billion budget gap for the coming year?
Herein, a few key observed points.
Area libraries are planning attendance at a March 10 lobbying
day in Albany to protest a proposed 18% cut to library funding
statewide, pulling together statistics that show how their traffic
increases during economic downturns.
Judy Lewis’s Popular Website’s The Key To
Dismissing All Wedding Bell Blues
By Paul Smart
Judy Lewis, founder/owner/operator of Morey Hill-based
Hudson Valley Weddings, says she and her husband of 30
years, Jon, tend to be low key about Valentine’s
Day. Partly, that’s because, as she puts it, she’s
one of those types who likes, “TO feel it’s
Valentines Day every day.” But it’s also partly
because her business is the ultimate goal of Valentines…
weddings, and all those high-emotion events involve.
“I’m disconnecting the phone and locking the
door,” she said of her plans.
Revised Reedbed Plan Gains New Favor
By Phoenicia Times Staff
Phoenicia residents packed Shandaken Town
Hall on Saturday, January 31 to hear more
about an alternative sewer for the hamlet
that had been reported as dead in the water
a few weeks earlier. And while some remained
cautious about building any system at all,
many at the two and half hour session showed
support for the latest version of a project
that uses artificial wetlands and reed beds
instead of the conventional concrete facility
that a little more than half of Phoenicia
voters voted down two years ago.
At the Grammys on Feb. 8, local winners included Cassandra
Wilson for Jazz Vocals, Jack DeJohnette forNew Age
Album, Pete Seeger for Traditional Folk, and Coldplay
producer Michael Brauer for Rock Album and Song of
the Year. Coming up at the Oscars on Feb. 22, let’s
all root for Philippe Petit and his Best Documentary
nominee, Man on Wire, as well as local gal Melissa
Leo for best actress!
Resnick Takes Over School Board After Legnini
Resigns, Blaming Frustrations
By Lisa Childers
Onteora district School board president Ralph
Legnini resigned from the board by providing
a one-sentence note, read by Trustee Maxanne
Resnick, at the board’s February 3 school
board meeting. It stated that his resignation
was effective the day before. Legnini did not
attend the meeting at Bennett Elementary.