to the Editor
I have enjoyed reading your Times for years now and have not entered
the steady stream of opinion shared in this section – that is,
Upon reading the letter from Mr. Mocarski regarding the “Gay Day”,
I must respond - to provide our community with facts surrounding the
National Day of Silence held recently at the High School. The event
is a national, non-violent student protest against the way in which
gender non-conforming and gay, lesbian and bisexual students are silenced
by ubiquitous anti-gay language and, sometimes, by exclusion, harassment,
and violence at school. It is a student-initiated civil disobedience,
although resources are available from the Gay Lesbian Straight Education
Network, GLSEN, for any club who request them.
The day is not for celebrating the attributes of gay people, or to celebrate
a lifestyle. It is for treating them as human beings. There is no “Lifestyle”
to celebrate. That is a stereotype. Gay people are as diverse in their
lives as any other group in our society. To imply that lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender people are all promiscuous or that their relationships
are all fleeting and shallow is to perpetuate stereotypes and to encourage
disrespect. Lumping LGBTQ issues – Americans who are born different
- into your immoral “can of worms” including abortion, drug
addiction and pedophilia shows a real lack of understanding Mr. Mocarski.
I hope you have a chance to discuss this with your gay friends and they
can enlighten you.
Promoting public awareness is not flaunting. It is a day to bring attention
in opposition to meanness and rudeness, and to put an end to homophobic
bullying and violence at school – which is a serious problem nationwide.
I want Onteora to know that I honor non-violent youth activism like
the Day of Silence and I am grateful to the brave openly LGBTQ students
who participated, to the terrified ones who can’t be out, and
to the courageous heterosexual students and faculty who are willing
to risk being lumped and targeted for standing up for what’s right.
Way to go!
I’m willing to bet John Mocarski’s, letter to the editor
has achieved an unexpected bonus for him: now he has fewer gays in his
life that he can consider friends. John seems to believe that “GAY
DAY,” otherwise known as the Day Of Silence, or DOS, forces a
gay “lifestyle” (whatever that is supposed to mean?), on
the unwilling an unsuspecting students and faculty of our fair school
system. Had he taken the time to research DOS, he may of discovered
that it is precisely because of people like him, with his bigoted, prejudicial
attitude, that children think it is ok to chastise and bully kids that
are different from what he and his ilk think they should be. This year’s
DOS was dedicated to Lawrence King, a 15-year-old student from Oxnard
California who was killed by another student simply because of his orientation.
Sadly, he was not the first, sadder yet, he will not be the last.
John is careful to establish that he is neither a religious zealot nor
homophobic, just before he launches into absurdity. He assures us he
is a liberal Catholic, with gay friends and family members, and that
he is tolerant of gays that have made that choice. He asked why choosing
to be gay, and having a day to celebrate it, is so different from choosing
to be Christian and not having a day to pray. Apparently, John is unfamiliar
with the many religious holidays that schools close completely for Christians
to celebrate. He asked about the poor souls who are “forced”
to participate in this observance. They don’t have to, John; it
is a voluntary event for those who wish to show support for gay, lesbian,
bisexual, transgendered, and otherwise different students. No one makes
anyone else participate, unlike Christian holidays when those who have
not chosen this belief are forced to observe them anyway.
John reminds us again of all his gay friends, and how he loves and tolerates
them because they aren’t “flaunting” their gayness.
He does not realize that for some, it’s not flaunting, it’s
who they actually are as people. Now if you want to talk about flaunting,
try watching TV, reading a magazine, or walking through a public school,
or anywhere else for that matter, without seeing heterosexuals flaunting
their “lifestyle.” He seems to think it is “GAY DAY”
type events that bring tragedy and suffering to gays. That Lawrence
King must have been celebrating and flaunting his gayness when he was
killed in cold blood. Maybe he thinks that the Stone Wall beatings and
riots were also the result of gays shoving their “lifestyle”
down the throats of others. I don’t know any gays with “lifestyles,”
myself, but I know plenty with lives.
He wonders if other days of choice will be next: “Abortion day,
Drug addiction day, Pedophile day,” the latter of which he is
quick to point out is not being associated with being gay, even though
he refers only to it as a “lifestyle” of choice.
I submit to John that the most damaging lifestyle to date, is choosing
the lifestyle of a closeted, religious-zealot-homophobe, and trying
to mask it with ‘common sense.” The only “common”
part of his letter was the all too familiar attitude about people different
from himself. Moreover, the only “sense” he made, was when
he stopped writing his ignorant, ill-informed, pious, diatribe.
Grow a set, John. If you have a “moral objection” to gay
people, that is your CHOICE, but at least have the guts to admit it
openly. You could learn a thing or two about courage and conviction
from some of those “flaunting” kids.
On behalf of Onteora High School’s Diversity Club, I’d like
to thank all those who attended our benefit for Alex and James Leshkevich
at New World Home Cooking on April 10th. The silent auction was a huge
success and we raised over $5,000. I’d also like to recognize
the following businesses and individuals whose contributions made this
event possible, and successful beyond our expectations:
Arlene Natalie Spool, Barbara O’Brien & Levon Helm, The Bear
Café, Bistro To Go, Candlestock, Chez Grand Mère, Chris
Grady, Dale Wolfield, Dennis Yerry, Diane Godfrey, Donna Bryan, Donna
Jan, The Emerson, Erin McGurgan, The Flower Nest, The Garden Café,
The Gilded Carriage, Gisianos, The Golden Notebook, Hair Pizazz &
Nails, Jean Turmo, Janet Briggs, Judy’s 1⁄2 Off Cards, Loominus
Handwovens, Mariah Lopez, Melissa Lovaglio, Nancy Caigan, Oriole 9,
Pegasus Footwear, Peggy Smith Hottum, Pleasures, Polly Law, Pondicherry,
The Red Onion, The Reservoir Inn, Richard Morris, Robert Cruickshank,
Shieks, Style Fabrics, Sue Barthel, Sunflower Natural Foods, Sweet Heart
Gallery, Tails of Woodstock, Tischler Dental, Transcend Dental, WDST
Radio, Wild & Sweet, Woodstock Chimes, Woodstock Golf Course, Woodstock
Home, and Woodstock Meats.
Onteora High School
I am writing in response to an article published in your last issues
of the Phoenicia Times and the Olive Press entitled “Heavy Handed.”
I found it surprising that this incident was reported in your paper
when I do not believe there was any reporter from your paper at the
event in question. There was no coverage of the actual “Meet the
Candidates” forum. This is an event that is sponsored by the Onteora
PTA District council and the event is run entirely by volunteers with
the League of Women Voters as the moderators.
Regarding the incident reported in your papers, I would like to comment
on some of the points made in your story. Ms. Hyman did approach PTA
members and report that literature was being distributed in the parking
lot. The Police officer in question then accompanied a PTA member to
the parking lot and the people distributing the flyers were told to
stop. They were then told to collect all the flyers from the cars which
they did. They were informed that they must be held until the end of
the forum. The League of Women Voters’ rules state that campaign
literature can be distributed after the forum. A table is set up in
the hallway outside the event for this purpose and the flyers are placed
on this table.
I was present at the table when the incident over this campaign literature
with Ms. Hyman occurred. She was obviously upset after seeing this campaign
literature. She threatened to sue myself and another volunteer. I explained
that we were simply volunteers and that the literature should remain
on the table. She then became extremely belligerent and continued so
with the police officer when he stepped in only after she threw a piece
I was shocked to learn that Ms. Hyman is a Town Councilwoman from the
Town of Hurley. As an elected official she should know how to act at
a public event and respect the volunteers and the law enforcement officers
in the town that she is a guest in. In my estimation the officer in
question did not harass Ms Hyman but she acted in a totally inappropriate
As for the comment in the story that “such a policing role, unseen
at Onteora events in the past, might have been best handled by a sheriff’s
deputy to avoid the look of partisanship.” Whoever made that comment
surely has not been involved in Onteora School Board politics for very
long and has not lived through many other controversies in this district
as I have. It is ludicrous to accuse a police officer of partisan behavior
when he was just doing his job. The next time you choose to publish
a story it should not be based on comments like this which certainly
can cause divisiveness between the towns. Please stick to objective
reporting of the facts.
Mary Ann Shepard
West Shokan, NY
Editor’s Note: As editor, I was present for the Meet The Candidates
event, and the incident in question. The matter was reported in a classic
“he said/she said” format to preserve objectivity. The final
statement was recorded and presented because we’ve found, over
time, that the presence of peace officers at local political functions
tends to be more divisive than helpful.
As a Woodstock resident and parent of two Onteora School children, I
am deeply concerned about the recent decisions of the Superintendent
and School Board and the resulting impact on our district’s future.
I took the time to read the Budget Advisory Committee’s report
and recommendations and have several questions that I would like answered.
First of all, the document can only be seen as anti-teacher and anti-student
as every piece of information reported is used to justify the need to
cut instructional positions, salaries and benefits for the district.
This should not come as a surprise, though, as the members of the committee
were chosen for their business expertise and ability to analyze a budget.
Apparently, the Board was asked to submit names of individuals to examine
the budget and they could only come up with five names. It is quite
a coincidence that they all share the same philosophy in regards to
what is best for the future of the district. In all of this information,
nowhere is there a discussion about transportation or administrative
costs. In fact, the “declining enrollments” argument, that
has been jammed down our throats, does not seem to apply to administrative
positions and costs, only to those of teachers.
The more I hear about declining enrollments, the more I question how
these numbers were arrived at and how dependable they are. At last month’s
Kindergarten orientation/registration, 119 students signed up. Last
year, 85 signed up at the orientation, but 113 entered in the fall.
Conservatively, this represents an increase of 32%. If the same percent
of increase is experienced this year, we’ll have 157 new kindergartners
in the fall. How, then, is this a decline? Moreover, how can this committee
classify this as a “Freefall” decline, which is how it has
been characterized in the report?
I was recently stunned when I learned that our district “projects”
enrollment by looking at the statistics for live births in Ulster County.
I would like to see the breakdown, by grade, of where each child in
the system was born as this must be considered when “projecting”
I believe that “Declining Enrollments” is your buzz word
that drives the agenda to implement your vision of this district. It
is not based in reality and, instead, serves as a justification to consolidate
the district, cut instructional positions and salaries, and, inevitably,
undermine the education of our children. If I didn’t know any
better, I might believe that this tactic was taken straight from our
federal government’s use of the term “weapons of mass destruction”
to steer public policy and justify pre-emptive strikes as a tenet of
foreign policy. Just because we hear it over and over again, it doesn’t
make it a fact.
This study must be revisited and seen for what it is: an attempt to
pit taxpayers against teachers on the basis of salaries and benefits.
Unfortunately, for many in today’s struggling economy, benefits
and decent wages are unattainable and our administration’s answer
is to cut back on these expenses because the average taxpayer does not
currently enjoy them. These benefits and wages, however, are the very
incentives that attract the best educators to teach and live in districts
such as ours. The report talks about increasing employee contributions
into the benefits package and eliminating current lifetime benefits
for retirees. These are not the kind of incentives that will attract
the newest and brightest educators to our district.
Finally, as all the members of this Budget Advisory Committee are obviously
familiar with fiscal matters and cost-cutting measures, I would like
them to take another look at the Budget History from 2001-02 through
2007-08, which they so admirably supplied to us, and compare the increase
in teacher salaries and positions to those of administrator’s
salaries and positions. If enrollment is “Freefalling”,
how come administrative costs are not?
As a boy raised in Olivebridge beginning 82 Yrs ago I concluded that
Woodstock was the cultural and intellectual center of the universe.
While reading the Phoenicia Times of May 8. 2008 I realized that Olivebridge
has always hosted the best and brightest. The letters to the Editor
from Woodstock were undecipherable while those from Olive were clear,
concise and comprehensive. In tandem with those attributes Olive writers
were far more logical and compassionate [emotional].
The editorial in this issue is confusing at best. The editor suggests
that the "kid" [Adam Pollack] have a place at the table just
for being a kid. The term "kid" here is patronizing, condescending
and insulting. I understand that we are all eligible no matter the age
if we meet the 18 year old criteria and do not exceed 104 years. What
is the OCDS election rule based on demographics? There is none. Only
the United States Constitution provides that President and Vice President
candidates be from different states.
I must inquire as to what is wrong with Logic for some, Emotion for
the Times editor and both for the rest of us? Logic and emotion, while
being unrelated, can certainly co-exist within the same context, debate
Glenn T. Anderson
There is a huge need in schools across the nation for stability. It
is common place for children to go to counseling, therapy and psychologists
both through and outside of school. Unfortunately, depression is very
highly common and its symptoms can be deadly.
Tampering with the stability of a child’s elementary school impacts
every child’s mental and emotional stability. Who is going to
be responsible for the reprehensible damage caused to hundreds of children
by the closing of their beloved home school?
Child Protective Services accepts calls on their 800 hotline for “educational
neglect”. Law offices take cases seeking financial compensation
against establishments contributing to the emotional and mental abuse
Save Our Schools! Save Our Children!
You've seen those adorable youngsters playing baseball at Rick Volz
and Andy Lee fields. Little League is a great organization that our
town financially supports. In fact, all four towns in our school district
have a line in their annual budget specifically for Little League.
What most people don't know is that when boys age out of Little League,
they can continue playing in Onteora Babe Ruth, a league for 13-15-year-olds
who live within our school district. Unfortunately, all the community
support drops away for these bigger boys. Babe Ruth gets by with few
resources; not one of the four towns of the Onteora School District
contributes annually to Babe Ruth. For the past 16 years, Babe Ruth
has had to share the only regulation-sized field in the region - a single,
bedraggled baseball field already reserved for the three middle school
and high school teams.
This is an at-risk age, when some boys get into trouble or give up on
sports because they can't make the school team. Onteora Babe Ruth accepts
everyone - including home schoolers. It's designed to promote health,
teamwork, skills, and competitive play. It provides an opportunity for
boys to learn from men - their coaches - who model respect and encouragement.
The big news? This year Babe Ruth parents and coaches got permission
to renovate the old softball field at Davis Park in West Shokan. The
fields have been rolled and mowed. There is new fencing. Six tons of
infield clay dirt were trucked in. Last weekend, on opening day, all
three Babe Ruth teams played on their magnificent new field.
Now Babe Ruth has to raise $6,000 to pay back a renovation loan. Davis
Park is a beautiful facility that will serve Onteora boys for many years
to come. It features bathrooms, a covered pavilion with picnic tables,
a barbecue, and bleachers for the fans. We are seeking and would be
grateful for contributions of any size. Please mail tax-free donations
to Babe Ruth Little League, Inc., PO Box 786, Woodstock, NY 12498.
If you build it, the money will come.
I recently returned to Bellearye Mountain for the first time in 18 years.
I first skied the Old Peekamoose Trail in December of 1931, almost two
decades before the ski center was built. As an adult, I worked at Highmount
Ski Center in its early years and was a builder of and major stockholder
in Plattekill Ski Center in Roxbury. In the early 196os I came from
private enterprise to Belleayre, rising up through the ranks from Ski
Patrol to the post of Superintendent.
Growing up, we had thousands of hotel rooms including the 400-room Grand
Hotel, and two golf courses in Shandaken and one in Middletown. All
of those hotels, ski centers (Belleayre, Highmount and even Shayne's,
all on the Belleayre access road), golf courses and other related businesses
were built before we had state.of-the-art septic systems, before we
had any pesticide or pollution control, before we had any regulations
from either New York State or New York City. Yet the waters of Birch
Creek and the Esopus remained pure eneugh to drink unfiltered and were
always known for their superb trout fishing.
Before Belleayre, there was only summer business and once unemp\oy-ment
insurance became available, everyone in the region - hotel workers,
golf course staff, contractors and their employees and others in the
community - took advantage of it for about 20 weeks a year. But summer
business declined and the need to create some sort of winter economy
became critical. Seven years of studies were done in the Catskill Region
to prove what everyone locally already knew. In the entire Catskill
Region, the best place to ski - the place that naturally got the most
snow, and held the snow for the longest period of time - was Belleayre
The State of New York recognized the need to allow its citizens to use
the Catskill Forest Preserve for recreational purposes. The state also
understood the need for economic development in the region. So the legislature
(in two consecutive years) and then the people of the state (in the
third year) passed a constitutional amendment to create Belleayre Mt.
Ski Center, which at that time, was limited in size to a maximum of
20 miles of slopes and trails. The people of the state reaffirmed this
decision by passing a second constitutional amendment in 1987, calling
for the expansion of Belleayre Mt. to 25 miles of slopes and trails.
Belleayre served very well as both a recreational use area for the people
of the State of New York and as an economic catalyst for the region
- and it still does. The need for it to continue in these missions can
only be questioned by people who are so rich that they don't need affordable
skiing opportunities, or so wealthy that they don't need jobs.
When I started at Belleayre, we had just 6 permanent "year 'round”
workers. Today there are 100. In the winter timet upwards of 600 people
can work there instead of collecting unemployment insurance.
These are great jobs - career track jobs and people should be pushing
for more of them not less. During my visit to Belleayre in the first
week of April I made a thorough, unescorted tour of the entire mountain.
I talked to both old and new employees, to people who have skied Belleayre
for 50 years, to those who are new to the area and also spoke with some
local business people. I saw people I skied with and people I worked
with and I saw their children and their grandchildren. They are the
heart and soul of Belleayre and it is heart and soul that keeps Belleayre
I truly don't know much about Superintendent Tony Lanza. I've only met
him briefly a few times. But I do know he has surrounded himself with
true professionals and his crew has done a remarkable job of bringing
Belleayre into the 21st century while at the same time, hanging on to
the history and tradition that have drawn people there for 58 years.
The area has been well preserved and well managed. If Hunter and Windham
are suffering, it isn't because of what Belleayre is, it is because
of what they are not.
In the last decade, those areas stopped being ski centers and turned
into real estate kingdoms. They basically provide skiing as an amenity
to people who can pay a starting rate of $500,000 for a condo. They've
invested millions and millions of dollars in new hotels, houses, time-shares
and condos, with real estate sales which recently have run in the range
of $1 million or more for lots not even a single acre in size. So they
are doing well in their real estate missions and Belleayre is doing
well in its mission - which is not to create a profit for owners but
to serve as an economic catalyst and to let families of modest means
have the opportunity to ski.
Everyone should be clamoring to grow Belleayre, not to shrink: it -
because as we can see in the rest of the region, if you don't grow,
you die. What is making Belleayre successful now is not pricing or unfair
competition, it is people - the people who work there and the people
who ski there. It's quite amazing that a state-run area is run with
such a passion for perfection.
I was at Belleayre on Sunday, April 13. There were many people skiing
including members of my family. People were raving about the great conditions
there while Hunter and Windham were both closed because of a lack of
snow. I heard through the grapevine they were complaining that Belleayre
had made too much snow. If they had any complaint, it should have been
about the geographically ideal location that allows Belleayre to hold
its snow so long into the spring season. I think Tony Lanza and his
crew were doing what the State of New York was paying them to do, which
is to run a ski center the way it should be run. .
As I left the area, it gave me a feeling of great pride knowing that
Belleayre Mountain is still doing what it's always been best known for
- serving the public by providing the best skiing conditions possible
on well groomed and maintained trails. It's the way it should be. The
people of the Central Catskills and the State of New York should be
proud of the fact that they have a both a gem and a treasure ($) in
their back yard. Four generations of my family have skied Belleayre.
If my grandkids get with it I hope to see the fifth generation there
before its too late.
Robert A. Munro
Under a Memorandum dated May 10, 2005 from Phil McNamara, DNC Director
of Party Affairs and Delegate Selection, and Joe Sandler, DNC General
Counsel, the rules and regulations were set forth in very clear language.
Both Senator Obama and Senator Clinton agreed to abide by these rules
When the popular vote did not go as Senator Clinton expected Senator
Clinton no longer wished to abide by the DNC Rules and Regulations and
wanted the Rules and Regulations changed to her advantage.
Senator Clinton now wishes to benefit from her non compliance and gain
an advantage with regard to the States of Florida and Michigan and the
counting of their delegates.
One thing is absolutely clear - what ever solution the DNC fashions,
it must be delegate neutral. Senator Clinton should not be rewarded
for her non compliance and Senator Obama should not be discriminated
against because of his compliance and respect for the DNC Rules and
The task is not an easy one but if the solution is not delegate neutral
it will create serious problems for the Democratic Party.
It is offered that it is time to move beyond the history of the 16 years
of influence of the Clintons on the DNC, and that the page be turned
and the DNC move on to the future of the Democratic Party.
H. Clark Bell
The Do-Nothing Congress is "thinking " of making the Iraqis
pay" for the war deficit. This is first time in history where the
victim of war is charged by the belligerent nation. Oil is the means
Should Congress take this action it will not result in lower prices
at the pump Big Oil says because this goes against free market rules
of capitalism.. Americans are in reality paying many time over the price
for Iraqi oil. The current price is over $3.58 per gallon, plus war
dollars spent, includingthe price of over 4,000 patriot soldiers forever
dead, the ongoing pain and suffering of over 15,000 permanently newly
disabled veterans.. This simply is "highway robbery.." It
is an insult to memory our patriotic dead as well as the thousands of
innocent Iraqis citizens who lost their lives.
Our policymakers in Congress are literally talking out of both sides
of their mouth. These leaders cannot completely "do- nothing"
they are taking our minds off of the real issues which are the war and
the failing economy, and giving lip service to American people.
Iraq is simply imperialism at it highest global stage. Congress knows
the man responsible for the war is heading back to his ranch. Bush already
handed half of the spoils of the Iraqi war to our British allies who
have already left the green zone of Baghdad. All that is left is Congress
and the people running for President. One thing we can do is this fall
is throw every Senator and Congressman who voted for the war, the occupation
or the serge in Iraq out of public office. Next we should tell everyone
running for the Presidency right now we want the U.S. out of Iraq today
and not in a 100 years. We want our strong and healthy economy back
with gas prices rolled back to a reasonable price. .
Our nation is suffering the lost of honored dead. We should not use
their deaths as a reason to kill more of our youth. The war idiots in
both the Pentagon and Congress need to hear from us. We are already
" knee deep "in the big oily, with General Pretorius saying
" let's push on." Go to your nearest corner with a sign saying
"Out Today Not A Hundred Years From Now!"
With the 8th Annual Women’s Health and Fitness Expo completed
for another year, I find myself overwhelmed by the number of community
members who came together to make this event happen. Community involvement,
dedication and volunteerism are the driving forces that have allowed
the Women’s Health and Fitness Expo to grow to be the event it
This year the Expo was fortunate to have, along with the many volunteers,
a part-time staff: Wendy Lamb as Expo Coordinator and Assistants Laura
LoPresti and Amanda LaValle. Victoria Langling, with the help of her
regular employer Markertek, recently came on board as Volunteer Coordinator.
Liz Neporent, long time supporter of the expo, helped to obtain and
coordinate speakers for this year's event. Numerous other volunteers
from teens to seniors handed out flyers and helped spread the word to
their community groups. Several organizations distributed flyers, including
The Jewish Federation of Ulster County, The Alzheimer’s Association,
The Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, The Kingston Chamber of Commerce
and numerous others. Promotional media production was made possible
with the help of Christine Baldelli and Matt Deakin of Lilypod Media,
Ron Kuhnke of K-Town Studios and Lee Kalish of Positive Feedback. Also,
thanks to our media sponsors, including Daily Freeman, WDST, Chronogram
and The Community Guide.
The day of the Expo, Laurie Kelly, Executive Director of UARC in Kingston
was invaluable in organization of registration and admissions. Vindora
Wixom, Director of ASK, personally directed the “VENUS CHALLENGE”
in which local artists displayed artistically designed torsos that were
auctioned for the benefit of the Women’s Health and Fitness Foundation
and the artists. The League of Women Voters were back once again, as
well as nursing students from the BOCES and Ulster County Community
Such local involvement, with over 150 booths, seminars, workshop, fitness
and cooking demos, businesses, hospitals, community and non- profit
organizations, demonstrates a sincere commitment to building a healthier
community. Sponsors contributing to the Expo this year were Markertek,
MVP Healthcare, Medical Associates of the Hudson Valley, Ulster Savings
Bank, Mid-Valley Cardiology, Hudson Valley Urology, Northern Dutchess
Hospital, Benedictine Hospital, Kingston Hospital, River Radiology,
Adam’s Fairacre Farms and many more.
The goals of the Expo are so inspiring that family and friends of those
involved inevitably join the cause. My own husband, Dr. Craig Moss and
my daughter, Jessica have helped in many ways from fundraising, working
onsite at Tech City and distributing flyers to volunteering the day
of the event. My colleagues at Medical Associates of the Hudson Valley,
Dr. Craig Moss, Dr. Marc Tack, Dr. Michael Sheran and Dr. Charles Kutler,
as well as all the Medical Associates of the Hudson Valley staff, have
supported the Expo since it’s inception. and continue to be a
part of the event
This major undertaking is nurtured and guided by the dedication of The
Women’s Health and Fitness Foundation Board. The support of Adele
Reiter, Joyce Lieblich, Dr. Jane Ferguson, and Marc Braunstein and many
members of the supporting board, have enabled both the EXPO and the
Foundation to grow and develop.
Thank you to all who have worked endlessly to make the 2008 Expo a success.
We could not have done it without you and sincerely thank you for joining
us in building a Healthy Hudson Valley!
Debra Karnasiewicz, M. D.
Director, Women's Health and Fitness Foundation
We would like to add some additional information to Paul Smart's April
24, article on possible cases of mumps at the Woodstock Day School.
Two suspected cases of mumps in students attending WDS were reported
to the Ulster County Department of Health by their personal physicians.
Per New York State Public Health Law, WDS cooperated with the Ulster
County Department of Health and excluded close contacts of these cases
with no documented immunization history.
Diagnostic testing ultimately proved that neither of these students
had mumps. Immediately after the Ulster Health Department informed the
school of this, any students still excluded from WDS returned to school.
So, there was no mumps illness present at all at the Woodstock Day School.
James Handlin, WDS Headmaster
Jacqueline Kellachan, WDS Trustee
Since 2003, the Phriends of Phoenicia has been a small group of volunteers
dedicated to Main Street Beautification in Phoenicia. We plant and tend
the public gardens in town, we help maintain Simpson Park, and we pick
up litter throughout the spring, summer, and autumn. You enjoy our gardens
across from the Post Office, at the Bridge Street entrance to the hamlet,
and in Simpson Park. Last Fall, we planted a new garden along The Boardwalk
We are a separate group from the Flower Project, with its hanging baskets
and planters, for which we can thank Ted French and SHARP. They do water
our flower gardens, fortunately.
If you do enjoy these gardens, would you like to make a small donation
for the flowers? We are totally self-funded; we raise the money for
the flowers we plant. If many of you could donate just ten dollars,
even five dollars, it would be a great gift to your town. We started
this group because we wanted to make Phoenicia more beautiful and we
love to garden, not because we are good at raising money!! You can send
a donation to Phriends of Phoenicia, PO Box 278, Phoenicia 12464.
Also, would you like to be a "special projects" volunteer?
Sometimes we need extra people for a specific, occasional project. It
could be a job like raking leaves, planting flowers, planting bulbs,
or filling in for a member who is on vacation. Just give us your name
and phone number and/or email, and we will contact you when we have
a project, to ask if you are available. You can call 688-7314 to sign
up as a special projects volunteer.
We know there are many people who would like to help make Phoenicia
more beautiful, and we look forward to your support.
Elizabeth Holland Kern
Phriends of Phoenicia
The Shandaken-Allaben Hose Co. would like to thank everyone who supported
our firehouse this year by attending our pancake breakfast.
The last one of the year we usually donate all the proceeds to a good
cause, this year we donated our proceeds in memory of: Chance Heinz-Frano
to the Shandaken Dog Kennel and in memory of Kalie Herdman to her family.
We hope to see you back in the fall when we start our breakfast again.
All the members of the
Shandaken-Allaben Hose Company
It’s never too early to start thinking of the Phoenicia Library
plant sale! This year’s fair and plant sale will be held on Saturday,
June 7. Now is a good time to start dividing perennials and potting
up groundcovers, shrubs, houseplants, and herbs for the sale. Label
the plants with their names, and we will help them find a happy new
home. You can bring your plants to the library on Friday, June 6. Or,
if you need to have them picked up, we can arrange that.
So gardeners and plant lovers, please help us out. We look forward to
seeing everyone at the Library Fair. It’s always a lot of fun
and a great opportunity to pick up some new plants. It’s all for
a wonderful cause: the Phoenicia Library.
Phoenicia Library volunteer
Recently my daughter Erica's fiancé Scott passed away suddenly.
He was 33 and they were due to be married on July 5, 2008. When my wife
Karen and I returned home after a week of sadness, grief and confusion
the following words were in my heart:
We're a lot like tadpoles. Gestate in water then morph into air breathing
creatures. Our first act upon completing our transition is to gasp for
air. Coinciding with our initial breath is an occurrence with little
or no fanfare but yet just as profound; the first grain in the hourglass
of our lives tumbles through the vortex to who knows where. Our hourglass
is a mystery running concurrent with the days of our lives. We know
of it but little else so we pay it no heed. Have we been given an abundant
hourglass full to the top so as to span a long lifetime or less of a
cache? We can only ponder for we have no way of knowing. The only thing
we know for certain is when that last grain passes through our hourglass
what we call life ceases. With the passing of the last grain comes a
reflective pause; a final gasp if you will. Within that gasp comes an
understanding of all the unanswered questions about the meaning of life
with all its nuances, complexities, joy and pain. The final gasp and
the final grain bring Blessed Peace. Following the passing of the final
grain and with the final gasp begins the first moment of the transition
to the next phase. We know not how long or the process to reset the
hourglass, it matters not. What matters is it resets and the journey
begins anew. So don't weep too much for those whose time has gone for
we all have our last grain and we all make the transition and we can
look forward to playing catch up with those who have gone before and
now dwell on the other side.
We can't take material things with us so let's all take something more
precious…take all the Love we've accumulated…Love transitions
Time…what could be a better gift to share on the other side than
the timelessness of Love?
The State of the Economy: There might be some change on top of the dresser
at the back, and we should check the washer and the dryer. Check under
the floor mats of the car. The couch cushions. I have some books and
CDs I could sell, and there are a couple big bags of aluminum cans in
the basement, only trouble is that there isn't enough gas in the car
to get around the block. I'm expecting a check sometime next week, which,
if we are careful, will get us through to payday. In the meantime with
your one—dollar rebate check and a few coins we have enough to
walk to the store and buy a quart of milk and a newspaper. On second
thought, forget the newspaper.