lots of community fundraising, the materials and the volunteer
brawn showed up, enabling the installation of the new Starclimber
play structure at Phoenicia Park, paid for in part by last summer's
Opera in the Park benefit, and by the town. Talk about a perfect
Earth Day gift for all of us!
Tread On Them...
Tea Party Holds First Meeting, Brought Together By What They're
By Paul Smart
The Mountain Tea Party, meant to take in the towns of Olive,
Shandaken and Woodstock, held its inaugural meeting on Wednesday,
April 14, filling the Phoenicia Fish and Game Club with about
80 people, including handfuls of town officials and key local
figures. The crudely-lettered signs that have become emblematic
of the movement, espousing patriotism and proudly stating
the freedoms the year-long movement feels are most important,
filled the room's walls amidst hunting trophies. A "Don't
Tread On Me" flag was hung from a folding table set up
at the room's front, behind which Chris Johansen, Mitchell
Langbert and Glenda McGee - all of Olive - ran the meeting.
Or tried to.
Festival In Oliverea
Legendary Brit Scion Of Woodstock '69 Gets Set To Bring
New Hordes To Town
By Phoenicia Times Staff
The British version of the historic Woodstock festival is
going to invade the United States this year, starting in
the Catskills. For the past 13 years an event in England
known as the Truck Festival has been put on each year in
the same spirit as Wood-stock, and now it's coming to the
States... and taking place Friday, April 30th through Sunday
May 2nd in the Oliverea Valley of Shandaken with an audience
of at least 1,000 expected to attend.
New Genesis Brings Shakespeare To STS
By Sam Truitt
In their recent production of Henry V, New Genesis has
yet again brought Shakespeare and the English vision
he heralded wonderfully into our midst-in fact set it
verbally aflame-or as Shakespeare writes, "Now,
all the youth of England are on fire!"
But State Budget Constraints Limit The
Distance Considerably, At Least For Now
By Phoenicia Times Staff
As promised, work began this week on the $8 million
project to repave state Route 28. But while it was
previously announced that the new pavement would stretch
from Route 375 all the way to the Ulster/Delaware
County Border at Highmount, it turns out that complete
repaving will halt in Boiceville.
On Tuesday Allison Ackerman, a spokeswoman for the
State Department of Transportation, explained the
Brantley and Heba Salama of The Biggest Loser will
be headliners at the 10th Annual Women's Health
Expo taking place at Tech City in Kingston all day
on Saturday, May 1. Founded in 2000 by Debra Karnasiewicz,
M.D, the event is geared towards making Ulster Healtthy,
and features fun events, as well as info. For details
call 338-7140 or visit womenshealthexpo.com.
Phoenicia Elementary Students Present What They
Learned From Our Elders
by Violet Snow
On Friday, April 23, sixth-graders from Phoenicia
Elementary School will present songs, poems, skits,
and a PowerPoint showing based on their interviews
with seniors at the Pine Hill Community Center.
The public is invited to see the results of the
interdisciplinary oral history project, led by
sixth-grade teacher Kevin LaMonda, school librarian
Steve Patschke, resource reading teacher Kelly
McLean, and community center staff members James
Krueger and Elly Wininger, supported by a grant
from the Catskill Watershed Corporation.
School Board Races
OCS Budget Proposal Low For Region, No Challenges
To Incumbents' Re-election
By Lisa Childers
a unanimous vote, Onteora's board of education
adopted the 2010/2011-district budget of $50,022,026,
a .31 percent budget increase over the current
year's spending plan.