are blooming in yards and elsewhere, The forsythia
is out, along with the daffodils. Redbud is budding. There’s
even a few people sniffling and sneezing. Photo by Lisa Childers.
Part 1 of a Dialogue With The Catskills’ Civil Rights
Crusader, Michael Ratner
It was the area code and prefix that set him off, and you
could sense his eyes glazing for an instant as he spoke.
“Whenever I hear the 657 phone code, I get excited because
it reminds me of how much I want to go up there and walk in
the woods,” laughed attorney Michael Ratner, president
of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). “My entire
fantasy these days is to try to figure out how to get up there
so I can take a walk up South Hollow Road and look at the
water going by.”
Steps In For CWC
By Taking Lead In Tax Settlement Cases,
They Helped Bring On City’s Settlement
By Phoenicia Times Staff
a feel good evening Tuesday in Margaretville at the headquarters
of the Catskill Watershed Corporation. Many local movers
and shakers joined with New York City counterparts, both
current and former, to congratulate the CWC’s longstanding
president, Perry Shelton, who was retiring that night from
the position and from his tenure as founding father of the
movement to protect the watershed region when the trouble
began back in the early 1990’s.
What’s Their Stance?
By Paul Smart
Haven’t heard recently from Olive Matters, the
town-specific voting bloc that created the Onteora School
District’s current board configuration? That’s
not because they’ve been inactive, according to
the ad hoc organization’s point person, Judith
Boggess. They just haven’t been announcing their
meetings in local newspapers or other ways that would
let more than their members know what they’re
up to via e-mails and phone calls.
Slates For OCS
Three Incumbents Face Four Challengers
Running Together, Plus A Current Student
By Lisa Childers
There are eight candidates vying for four slots
in the race for the Onteora School board election
on May 20. School Board President Mary-Jane
Bernholz, Vice President Cindy O’Connor
and Rita Vanacore are the incumbents approaching
the end of their three- year term. According
to Bernholz, they are running as a block for
re-election. All three live in the town of Olive.
A fourth seat opened up following the recent
surprise resignation of Herb Rosenfeld with
one-year remaining on his term.
DAY was big at Phoenicia’s
Parish Field. Good weather, a cause that cared about
kids over convenience... a perfect day for celebration!
Then & Now
Catskills Agriculture Starts Its Rebirth As Economic
& Energy Trends Start To Shift
3/24/2008 By Charlie Blumstein
While many hold a warm nostalgia for farming only
2 percent of us actually practice what has become
the very basis of our continued existence here on
earth. Farming has come a long way since our forebears
farmed with horse and oxen power. Today one person
with a tractor and other petroleum-fueled farm machinery
can do the work of forty people. Agricultural mechanization
and petroleum-based chemical fertilization, weed
and pest control was made possible only through
the availability of plentiful cheap petroleum and
its distilled products.