1 may be a fool’s day to some, but anyone with
a deep love for local streams sees the date with elements of true
spirituality. After all, that’s when Trout Season officially
kicks off, and those who care about flies and a certain heady
side of our region’s heritage get a chance to get back out
on the Esopus, Woodland Valley, Bushnellsville, and other local
creeks. Hey, with this also being the 50th anniversary of Trout
Unlimited’s founding, some say it may even auger busier
tourism activity from this beloved sport than usual!
NYC Plan To Cut Back Stream Monitoring Raises Regional Fears
By Phoenicia Times Staff
Gauges used as tools to warn of flooding in the New York City
watershed are on the chopping block as the New York City Department
of Environmental Protection mulls closing a number of them as
a cost saving measure.
The gauges can be seen all over the region. At first glance they
might resemble an old fashioned outhouse on steroids. Built out
of steel with large padlocks on the doors, these structures contain
sophisticated monitoring technology to measure the volume, height,
temperature and cleanliness of local waters - waters that have
caused millions of dollars of flood damage to the region, while
also bringing millions more in tourism and recreation.
Public Hearing On Proposed New Law Draws Fire From Local
By Phoenicia Times Staff
After months of work, a bipartisan committee has drafted
a new law for the town’s zoning book that would
allow seasonal produce stands in Shandaken. The law, still
in draft form, is expected to be adopted at the next town
board meeting scheduled for April 6.
A required public hearing on the law held last week, however,
drew considerable attention from residents brought in
by one man who feels the law singles him out, and has
claimed that the town board’s goal is to put him
out of business.
On The State...
Pressure Against Unemployment Benefits
As Local Stimulus Applications Multiply
By Paul Smart
While awaiting next week’s greatly
anticipated resolution to the current
state budget impasse, which has everyone
confused regarding what’s bluster
or real among threats to freeze state
tax payments to local communities,
dramatically cut arts and education
funding, and a host of other matters,
we wanted to key readers into some
other key economic issues hitting
home on a more personal level.
Hair’s Our Quiet Growth Industry
By Brian Powers
Hair’s always been a growth industry
but even Kathy Guglielmetti, Kitty to
most people, seems a bit surprised by
how well it’s taken off here.
When she opened her shop in the Phoenicia
Plaza in 2004, it wasn’t easy
to imagine the kind of business it would
quickly evolve into, with two full-time
employees and one part-time, hundreds
of regular clients, and a tanning business
with over 600 customers before she stopped
counting a year or two back.
Proposed Major Staffing &
Program Cuts Still Result In
9 Percent Tax Levy Hike
By Lisa Childers
Leslie Ford is urging the Onteora school board
to adopt a budget she and OCS Asst. Superintendent
for Business Victoria McLaren are proposing
that included teacher layoffs, as well as
elimination of a social worker, the county
mental health program titled FACETS, the popular
INDIE program, and elementary summer school.
And still increase the local tax levy by an
average 9 percent, due to overall financial
straights shared by all.