SEASON officially opens on Sunday,
April 1 to what are expected to be good conditions. Stream flows
and water temperatures during the summer were generally good for
trout survival in 2006 and should result in a good number of holdover
trout this spring. The work by Roger Menard, who took this pic,
was featured at the recent March 24 annual fundraising banquet
for the Ashokan-Pepacton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited
at the Boiceville Inn. Happy casting!
Budget Set To Be Cut
Music, Special Ed Staff Caught In Sights As Board Mulls March 3
By Lisa Childers
Onteora school district’s Superintendent Dr. Leslie Ford
unveiled the 2007-2008 budget at the March 20 Onteora School Board
meeting, with further discussion set for a special meeting this
Thursday, March 29, where results of the day’s refendum
voting on infrastructure bond issues would also be announced.
Proposed are cuts in music and special education staff along with
a 5.28 percent increase in the budget for an additional $2,359,118.
Future Of Our Creek
Esopus Study Finally Complete With Mixed Suggestions To Ease
By Paul Smart
By Violet Snow
The draft of the Upper Esopus Creek Management Plan, three years
in the making, was unveiled Tuesday, March 22, at Shandaken
Town Hall, with about 50 people in attendance. Among the plan’s
47 recommendations are the funding of a professional to consult
with streamside landowners on how to stabilize banks that are
in danger of erosion and flooding; large scale remediation of
the five highest priority erosion sites on the creek and its
tributaries; management of Shandaken Tunnel releases to balance
turbidity reduction and recreational options; and continued
monitoring by professionals and community volunteers of such
parameters as progress of bank erosion, turbidity and trout
populations, and sampling of aquatic macro-nvertebrates (insects
and other tiny creatures.)
Due to a failure of our primary printing press down
in Wappinger's Falls, delivery of the March 29 Phoenicia
Times & Olive Press is being delayed. We will
have your papers in mailboxes & retail stores
as quickly as possible. Thanks for your patience!
With DEP Police...
Rank & File List Management Woes As Department Enters
By Paul Smart
Something’s brewing within the New York City
Department of Environmental Protection police force.
From the perspective of that body’s rank and
file officers, at least as represented by its union,
the Law Enforcement Employees Benevolent Association,
mismanagement in our Upstate region has reached epidemic
levels and everyone’s calling for a change in
By Violet Snow
Like many creative people living in the Catskills,
Sandra Zuccala pursues a number of occupations to
help make ends meet. In addition to sculpture, her
work includes several healing modalities—Reiki,
massage, and Integrated Energy Therapy—and she
worked for years as a hairdresser in New York City.
When she and her husband, sculptor Carlo Travaglia,
moved to Olivebridge eight years ago, she was planning
to devote her attention to energy work. “But
people kept asking me to cut hair,” she recalls.
“I did some trades and realized how much I still
loved it. Then I got the idea of combining the two.
Before I cut someone’s hair, I do about fifteen
minutes of energy work. It relaxes the client, connects
us to each other, and frees me up. I’m open
to more creativity.”
Neither Snow Nor Sleet Can Keep A Sparrow From
Covering This Phoenix
Over 110 people thronged the reopening of the Emerson
Hotel at Catskill Corners in Mount Pleasant on Friday,
March 16, despite a major snowstorm.
I entered the hotel with Brian Powers, publisher
of this newspaper. Bob Cross, Town Supervisor of
Shandaken, lifted a narrow glass of red fluid towards
us. “Nonalcoholic grape juice!” he explained.
“For the last 20 years, I’m alcohol-free.
I will never drink alcohol again. It will be 20
years on the Fourth of July.”