Call it progress, Catskills-style. In other words, regionalism
in the smallest increments… where the simple agreement
of a handful and villages to meet and discuss joint projects,
and planning, along the Route 28 corridor is big news.
Also call it turbidity in action, a muddying of otherwise clear
concepts, both from confusing sources and murky futures.
We’re talking of much-touted Smart Growth initiatives
that include two components at present: one, a push to get the
towns of Olive, Shandaken, Middletown and Andes, and villages
of Fleischmanns and Margaretville, talking together about planning
for joint futures along the Route 28 corridor that defines the
central Catskills. The other a half million dollar pool of grant
money to be shared by those towns as a means of getting their
sharing exercises moving ahead in a lubricated fashion.
Recent weeks have seen resolutions passed supporting the joint
commission, and representatives name, in each of the involved
municipalities. A first meeting has been set for this Thursday,
May 22, to discuss current and future projects and ideas, as
well as what can be done on a joint basis to bring in more funding
over the coming years.
But creating confusion, said project coordinator Peter Manning
of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development this
week, has been the fact that the $500,000 in Smart Growth monies
arriving simultaneously for the municipalities needs to be applied
for fast… by June 20, to be exact. As well as the accompanying
facts that first, everyone involved has now recognized that
those funds need not be spent in any coordinated fashion; and
secondly, that those monies, and the whole Smart Growth concept
for the region, first surfaced as part of former Governor Eliot
Spitzer’s Agreement in Principal compromise plan for the
building of Dean Gitter’s controversial Belleayre Resort
“After the state Department of Environmental Conservation
started holding workshops on the funding and what would be needed
for applications, it became apparent we’d be ending up
with individual proposals instead of, say, a proposal to do
six information kiosks along Route 28,” the CCCD’s
regional planner said this week.
Manning noted that projects discussed for the $500,000 Smart
Growth funds to date included the creation of a possible picnic
area along Route 28 in Olive, sidewalks for Pine Hill in Shandaken,
the planting of trees along Bridge Street in Margaretville,
and either the extension of street lights in Andes or the creation
of a scenic pull off at the top of Palmer Hill in Andes, which
overlooks both the east and west branches of the Delaware River.
Talk of projects in Fleischmanns and Middletown, he added, was
still preliminary, although ideas were bandying about for “mortar
and bricks” projects that could be implemented within
the funding’s fast timeline.
Manning said the quick deadlines were likely tied to a number
of factors, including the tenuous state of the State budget,
questions surrounding the entire Spitzer Agreement in Principal,
and “of course, that whole switching of governor’s
Representatives for the involved towns, to meet Thursday, include
artist Robert Selkowitz for Olive, councilman Tim Malloy for
Shandaken, councilman Don Kearney for Middletown, trustee Harriett
Grossman for Flieschmanns and planner Alex Adelson for Andes.
Among ideas Manning wants to get people talking about at the
upcoming meeting are ways to move beyond the initial funding
to start thinking about releasing future Smart Growth funds
from the state and other agencies. To accomplish this, he said,
a sense of communal planning has to be established; an advisory
board needs to be set up, including representatives from involved
groups such as the state DEC, City DEP, local chambers of commerce,
the Catskill Watershed Corporation, and the Coalition of Watershed
Towns; and regional priorities, from better ties-in to the state
DEC’s new Catskill Park Master Plan and various localized
environmental incentives, have to be outlined.
“We need to show responsibility, and that we can be forward-thinking,”
Manning said, noting that various state officials have started
talking about the Catskills, and Smart Growth, as key concepts
they want to explore for the coming years. “Just getting
these resolutions passed supporting the idea of a joint commission,
and getting the municipalities to meet about their funding proposals,
is a major accomplishment.”
After a year and a half in the Shandaken Conservative Party,
former Republican Club head Gerry Setchko has gone back to the
After months of dissention within Republican ranks Gerry Setchko,
a GOP also-ran for Shandaken town board in 2005 and current
Planning Board chair, quit the Republican party in 2006 and
launched a campaign to lure registered voters away from both
the Republican and Democrat camps to create a stronger Conservative
party. But after giving it the old college try, Setchko felt
the close knit Conservative Party, which has about 40 members,
was destined to remain the small party that it has been for
as long as anyone can recall.
“I couldn’t see it getting any bigger,” Setchko
said Tuesday. At the same time he was working on developing
the Conservative Party, he said, he was watching his former
party begin unravelling and found he was not alone.
”A lot of people didn’t like the way the party was
run for the past couple of years,” he said.
With the 2007 election over, which brought in a slate of Democrats,
Setchko noticed there was support for him returning to the GOP
in his role as President of the town’s Republican Club.
He has now been voted in by the Club’s rank and file to
once again take the helm, and last month he held a meeting for
club members to get together and have a chance to speak openly
about the party’s strength’s and weaknesses.
At this point Setchko says it’s his job to put the Republican
Party back on track, which he said is no easy task.
“I’ve got a road long ahead,” he said.
The folks at Tetta’s Store in Samsonville, the only business
along the Olive/Rochester town border for miles excepting a
tire service and rural bar/restaurant, say they kept a Missing
Persons photo and description of Joey Martin up for nearly a
decade after the 15 year old vanished March 25, 1996. Although
not willing to talk on the record about events of recent weeks,
when a 27 year old friend of Martin’s, now living in Brooklyn,
admitted to killing the teen 12 years ago with another friend
since convicted to state prison for the murder of another local
resident 11 years ago, they said the news was all anyone in
this rural corner of Ulster County had been talking about since
it hit the news May 9 and was revealed in full detail on Mother’s
The facts, brought forth in a pair of hearings in the Town of
Rochester court on May 8 and 13, are gruesome, and deeply troubling.
On May 7, State Police investigators from Ellenville went to
Brooklyn where they interviewed Alexander Barsky, 27, a childhood
friend of Martin who had been periodically interviewed in the
past about the disappearance. After failing a polygraph test,
Barsky admitted to having killed Martin with a third friend,
Daniel Malak, who was later convicted for second degree murder
when he admitted killing a second-homer in Samsonville for his
car. Based on what Barsky told them, they found clothing shreds
identified to Martin in a location where the two teens hid the
15 year old’s body after bludgeoning him to death with
a metal pole.
Barsky, who went to Rondout Valley High School with Martin and
Malak and moved to Brooklyn within a year of his graduation,
was charged with second-degree murder late Thursday, May 8.
Malak, who was charged with murder in the shooting death of
62-year-old George Allison of New York City in Allison’s
weekend home in Samsonville a year after the Martin murder,
is currently serving 20 years to life in East Meadow State Prison
near Glens Falls. He has not been charged with any crime in
relation to the Martin murder as yet, according to Ulster County
District Attorney Holley Carnright, who said on May 14 that
it would be at least month before a grand jury for full investigation
of the 1996 incidents could be called.
Barsky is currently being held in the Ulster County jail without
bail, and will eventually be tried as an adult, according to
In Rochester Town Court in Kerhonksen on Tuesday night, May
13, County Assistant District Attorney Katherine Van Loan described
how Martin had left his family’s Krumville Road home in
Samsonville, near the Rochester-Olive town line, at about 10:30
p.m. on March 25, 1996, saying that he planned to walk about
a mile-and-a-half to Schwabie Turnpike in Rochester to meet
Barsky and Malak and watch the night sky for the comet Hyakutake.
State Police Investigator Peter Cirigliano testified that Barsky
said he and Malak had plotted for two days to attack Martin
because Martin had robbed Barsky. On the evening of the murder,
the two boys took beer and marijuana to a makeshift fort they
had made in the woods off Schwabie Turnpike, where they had
arranged to meet Martin. There, they forced Martin to his knees
and Malak struck the baby-faced boy repeatedly with a two-foot
metal pipe, which he then handed to Barsky, who repeated the
blows. The two then placed Martin’s lifeless body in a
wheelbarrow and pushed it through the forest to a large rock
that had a cave-like indentation into which they jammed the
body. They then went back to their fort, finished the beer,
and went to their individual homes and went to sleep.
Later, Alex Barsky helped look for his missing friend, participating
in repeat searches for the boy, then vigils and remembrance
walks. According to Martin’s aunt, Patricia Atkins, he
even ate with the deceased’s family and cried with them
At the May 13 Rochester court hearing, Barsky said he had lied
when interviewed by police, and moved away from the area after
Malak admitted to another murder. He came back to the site of
Martin’s body twice in the next few years, eventually
dismantling its bones to toss in garbage cans around Brooklyn.
“He said he couldn’t be more sorry about his involvement
in such a horrible thing,” Cirigliano read in court from
the statement Barsky gave him in Brooklyn last week. “He
said, ‘I’m just happy to get it off my chest.’
He said he was not really a bad person, that he had lived a
good life since then.”
Before those statements came forth, Rochester court was closed
off for half an hour when another 27 year old man who had gone
to Rondout High with Martin, Malak and Barsky attacked the accused
while he was being brought into the room in his orange prison
jumpsuit. The attacker, Christopher Ronda of Accord, was arraigned
and remanded to the county jail on $2,500 bail on misdemeanor
charges of assault in the third degree, obstructing governmental
administration in the second degree and criminal contempt in
the second degree.
“Everyone had suspicions about what could have happened
to Joey. For a while I wanted to believe that he ran away, but
there was always that sinking sickening feeling in the back
of my mind,” read one comment from a classmate of the
deceased, and the murderers, in the days following the 12 year
old revelations. “Never in a million years did I think
it’d be someone among us, someone who was there when the
family pleaded and cried.”
The folks at Tetta’s said there were many such comments,
many coming in from elsewhere to the many places the Rondout
grads have since moved.
“It’s ripped open lots of old wounds,” said
the woman who answered the phone. “Alex, he lived with
his mom down in the old Rochester firehouse. This isn’t
easy for anyone out here…”
It’s been busy time at the Catskill Watershed Corporation.
27 education grants totaling nearly $135,000 were recently approved
by the Catskill Watershed Corporation Board of Directors. The
awards will go to schools and non-profit organizations serving
school-age students in the Catskills and in New York City. The
current crop of funded projects includes an agriculture-themed
exhibition and field day for Sullivan County schools; a participatory
community planning exploration in Margaretville; construction
of a Watershed model at a New York City middle school, and development
of a local history curriculum related to water-based industries
on the Mountaintop of Greene County. Several schools will visit
Frost Valley and Ashokan environmental education centers. Watershed
include Jefferson, Hunter-Tannersville, Onteora, Delhi, Andes,
Fallsburg and Gilboa-Conesville Central Schools; the Roxbury
Arts Group; Sullivan County BOCES; Cornell Cooperative Extension
of Sullivan County; Catskill Center for Conservation & Development;
Mountaintop Historical Society; and Manhattan Country School
Farm in Roxbury. Trout Unlimited, which runs the Trout in the
Classroom program, will receive a grant to better serve more
than 100 schools that are participating in this popular program
both in the Watershed and in the City.
Also of late, the CWC recently sent letters offering maintenance
assistance to 338 homeowners in the Catskills whose septic systems
were installed or replaced in 2005. The CWC’s Septic Maintenance
Program pays half the cost of pumping septic tanks and inspecting
systems that were installed in the New York City watershed west
of the Hudson River since 1997 and are at least three years
old. Letters explaining the program were sent in early May to
180 homeowners whose systems were replaced by the CWC’s
Septic Rehabilitation and Replacement Program in 2005, and to
the owners of another148 new homes. (Septic systems for new
construction are not covered by the CWC’s replacement
program, but are eligible for the maintenance program.)
If you think you may be eligible for the maintenance program
and have not received a letter and the required participation
forms, please call the CWC at 845-586-1400, or, toll-free, 877-928-7433.
Low-interest loans approved by the CWC include a fifth loan
to help finance the reconstruction of Brookside Hardware on
Route 28 between Arkville and Margaretville, the creation of
a wedding hall and event venue in rural Delaware County, the
establishment of a bicycle rental shop in Arkville, amd funds
for Richard and Mary Anne Erickson, owners of Blue Mountain
Bistro (Bistro-to-Go) on Route 28 in the Town of Kingston, to
purchase the building they currently lease for their catering
business and retail gourmet food shop.
For more information, go to www.cwconline.org, or call toll-free
Go Go Green!
Phoenicia Elementary’s 4th grade class, led by Sharon
McInerney, showed its true colors – green – this
week when it won the Green Nation award, a statewide competition
sponsored by State Senator John J. Bonacic that focuses on environmental
problems and solutions. With a clever news spoof concept and
a rousing rendition of “Go Phoenicia,” sung to the
tune of “Grease Lightning” (from Grease), McInerney’s
class bested hundreds of other 4th and 5th grade entries from
schools across New York State to take 1st prize in the video
division of the competition. The video was conceived by the
students on a Mac with the help of music teacher Mr. David Laks.
It can be viewed on YouTube by searching “go go green
The class wass subsequently invited to a celebration in Albany
on Tuesday, May 20 to receive their award and attend a luncheon
reception with the Senator. They will have the opportunity to
meet fellow winning students from around the State, view other
submissions, and tour the historic Capitol.
Last September, Phoenicia Elementary and their PTA instituted
a school wide 5R’s (Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)
waste reduction/recycling program. As part of their public service,
McInerney’s class volunteered to be responsible for overseeing
the day-to-day operations of the program. To date, the efforts
of the small rural school of 240 students and staff have saved
over 70 mature trees, 28 cubic yards of landfill space and recycled
six tons of paper, cardboard and co-mingled items according
to Waste Management.
Ironically, on the same day that Ms. McInerney’s class
was to pick up their award, Onteora School District voters went
to the polls to select school board members in an election where
a key issue is the closing of the same school that won the award.
Key Tax Battle…
A coalition of Adirondack and conservation organizations is
seeking permission from the Appellate Division of NYS Supreme
Court to join in the state’s legal defense of its tax
payments to local governments in areas where the state owns
large tracts of forest land. Those payments were threatened
by a lower court decision last October. The coalition asking
permission to join in the state’s defense of property
tax payments to local governments is comprised of the Adirondack
Council, Open Space Conservancy, Adirondack Landowners Association,
Adirondack Mountain Club, Residents’ Committee to Protect
the Adirondacks, Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks,
Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, and Audubon
New York. The case is expected to be heard in September.
At stake is more than $70 million in annual property tax payments
to 92 towns, 12 counties and dozens of school districts in the
Adirondack Park alone, on 2.7 million acres of constitutionally
protected NYS Forest Preserve. Statewide, close to $200 million
in annual revenue to local governments is at stake.
Last fall, a NYS Supreme Court justice ruled that all state
property tax payments to local government must stop. In that
case (Dillenburg vs. New York State, 2007) a Chautauqua County
Town of Arkwright supervisor sued the state because it would
not pay taxes on state-owned forest lands in the town, although
it made payments to other towns for similar forest lands. The
judge ruled that the town was right in claiming unfair treatment
and issued an order halting all state tax payments to all local
governments. The judge voluntarily held-off on the execution
of his order, allowing the state time to appeal the decision
before the payments to local governments are stopped.
Ironically, the judge also added that the state tax payments
to local governments in the Adirondack and Catskill parks were
both the oldest (established in 1886) and most legitimate, having
been created with a clear public purpose in mind. However, he
refused to exclude them from his ruling.
“The Legislature had good reasons for allowing the state
to be taxed on state Forest Preserve by local towns, villages,
counties and school districts in the Catskills and Adirondacks,”
said Deborah Meyer DeWan, Interim Executive Director of The
Catskill Center for Conservation and Development. “Those
reasons still apply today. They are state parks, serving a statewide
purpose. The Forest Preserve protects pure water and standing
forests, while providing tourism revenue.”
“It was inappropriate for the lower court in this case
to lump the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves in with
other state forest lands,” said Neil Woodworth, Executive
Director of the Adirondack Mountain Club. “Tax payments
on non-Forest Preserve lands were set up at different times
for different reasons. The payments on Forest Preserve lands
have received broad-based public support and have been upheld
by New York’s courts over the past 122 years.”
“All of the towns in the Adirondacks and Catskills have
a more solid claim to state tax payments than the Town of Arkwright,
which filed the original complaint, or any other town outside
those two parks,” said Houseal of the Adirondack Council.
“For example, there is nothing stopping local contractors
from harvesting trees on state lands outside the two parks.
However, timber harvesting is banned on Forest Preserve lands
inside the parks, as is all private or commercial development.
It is very unlikely that we will receive support from local
governments for any new purchases of Forest Preserve in the
Adirondacks or Catskills if the tax-payments aren’t secure.
If the Forest Preserve becomes tax-exempt, it will be seen as
a burden to local taxpayers, not an asset. Some Adirondack towns
are more than 70 percent state-owned Forest Preserve.”
The organizations are being represented by Marc S. Gerstman
of Albany, former chief counsel for the NYS Department of Environmental
Conservation, which oversees most state-owned forest lands.
The Catskill Mountainkeeper, The Upper Delaware Council, Inc.
(UDC) and National Park Service Upper Delaware Scenic &
Recreational River (NPS) were to co-sponsor a free Public Information
Forum on Natural Gas Issues on Wednesday, May 21, in Honesdale,
PA. The objective was to present factual information on natural
gas and its exploration methodologies, extraction techniques,
the New York City’s DEP’s regulatory authority,
potential environmental impacts, and the execution of mineral
rights leases by property owners. Catskill Mountainkeeper was
to focus on the environmental impacts that natural gas drilling
will have on the region, including its potential impacts on
ground water, drinking water and the reservoir systems that
provide drinking water to both New York City and Philadelphia,
as well as the impacts on air quality, wildlife and tourism.
Also expected to be talked about were previous explorations
in the 1990s that were called off when it was discovered that
uranium was being sought as well as natural gas deposits.
Stay tuned as these issues rise…
The Guidance Department at Onteora Central Schools will be hosting
Middle and High School orientation meetings for parents in the
coming week. The Middle School meeting will be held on May 28th,
at 6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. New Middle School parents are
invited to attend. Topics covered will include transition planning,
course requirements and available activities. The High School
meeting is on May 29th at 7:00 p.m. in room #121A. New High
School parents are invited. Topics will include course offerings,
graduation requirements and tips for High School success.
Ulster County and ten of its municipalities are going to spend
almost $261,000 from the state to conduct a feasibility study
into possible shared services. The study will include the county
and the towns of Denning, Hardenburgh, Hurley, Marbletown, Marlborough,
Rosendale, Saugerties, Wawarsing, Ulster and the City of Kingston.
The county-wide share services feasibility study and implementation
plan will research, identify and review the municipal services
provided by the county and duplicated by each of the local governments.
The focus of the study will be on shared highway services and
where feasible, the potential for consolidation of court programs.
From the information gathered, an analysis will be completed
that identifies areas where combining either space, service,
departments, or employees would result in positive outcomes
including a cost savings for one or more of the municipalities
and/or an increase in the quality and amount of service delivery.
Isn’t it time for similar funding for sharing services
throughout the Catskills, including the entirety of the Route
The Ulster County District Attorney’s Office has filed
criminal warrants against 11 parents who have refused to pay
child support. DA Holley Carnright said collectively they own
over $640,000 in past due support.
“For many years the impetus for collecting child support
from ‘dead beat’ parents was on the aggrieved spouse
who proceeded through Family Court,” he said. “Too
often the spouse would be left with a judgment of child support
but no actual payments were received.”
His approach is to use all of the resources available in a coordinated
effort, said Carnright. “We are starting to treat spouses
who are owed child support as we do other victims of crime.”
Billed as an outdoor “gathering” sponsored by the
Catskill Heritage Alliance, Barbecue & Bluegrass on Saturday,
May 24, will be held at Casey Joe’s Coffeehouse in Arkville
at the intersection of State Route 28 and County Route 38 starting
at 1:00 pm. The musical group, Not Necessarily Bluegrass, will
provide a range of foot-stomping, finger-snapping music, and
the featured food will be barbecue chicken platters with all
the fixin’s from the legendary Hickory BBQ Smokehouse
on Route 28 in Kingston.
The gathering “is a great way for people who live here
part time and all the time to get together with people passing
through,” says Beverly Rainone, who is co-coordinating
the event with Freddi Dunleavey, “so all can share what’s
beautiful and unique about our region.” It’s also
an opportunity to raise awareness and money “to support
Save The Mountain’s efforts to sustain our mountain environment,”
Save The Mountain is the coalition of organizations and individuals
committed to preserving open space and the wilderness environment
of the central Catskills.
In addition to the food and music, BBQ & Bluegrass offers
a silent auction for a range of premiums—from artwork
by local artists to meals at some of the region’s fine
restaurants. T-shirts, hats, and information from Trout Unlimited
and the Save the Mountain coalition will also be available.
Parking will be plentiful.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s Esopus
Creek Management Plan will host a stream monitoring workshop
at Simpson’s Mini Park in Phoenicia (at the intersection
of Main St. and Route 214) on Saturday, May 31, from 9:00am
to 3:30pm Rain date is Sunday, June 1. The cost is $10 per person.
Open to adults, and children, at least 11 years of age. Children
ages 11-14 years old must be accompanied by a parent or adult.
No refunds. Participants will learn how to identify macro-invertebrates
(insects) and monitor the health of the stream bed. For more
information call Michael Courtney at 845-340-3990 or email email@example.com
There will also be a Streamside Restoration Project and Stewards
Meeting in Big Indian, with participants helping plant trees
to restore streamside habitat as part of the Department of Environmental
Conservation Trees for Tribs Program. This project will take
place on Saturday, June 1 from 9:30am to 12:30pm at the Kupec
Property located at 33 Lasher Rd. in Big Indian. Following the
planting there will be a volunteer meeting to discuss and plan
future Stream Stewards projects.
Youth from around the world — and particularly those in
the tri-state area — are invited to submit their original
artwork to the “11th Annual Peace Pals International Arts
Exhibition and Awards,” held this year in celebration
of the International Day of Peace established by the United
Nations on September 21. This year’s theme is “friendship.”
The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2008.
A panel of international judges will select the first-, second-,
and third-place winners in four age groups, ranging from age
5 to 19. Winning artwork will become part of a worldwide tour.
The winners will be announced at an Awards Gala and Ceremony
on September 21, 2008, in Beacon, NY. All artwork submitted
will be displayed in Main Street storefronts in the city during
a two-week Peace Pals celebration sponsored by the Beacon Arts
Community Association. Although Peace Pals International is
based in Dutchess County, NY (Wassaic), this year will mark
the first time the Awards Gala and Ceremony is held in New York
Following the events in Beacon, the exhibition begins its world
tour at the United Nations on October 2 for the International
Day of Non-Violence. Other stops scheduled or planned for the
tour include: Scotland, Germany, Japan, Brunei, India, Hong
Kong, and California.
For full submission guidelines and additional information, visit
www.wppspeacepals.org, or call 845-877-6093.
Friends of Middletown Cemeteries and the Historical Society
of the Town of Middletown have invited The Haines Family Association
to conduct a one-day workshop on cleaning and repairing old
cemetery stones Saturday, May 31. Family association leaders,
local historians, genealogists, town officials and caretakers
who have cemetery maintenance as one of their duties will find
this workshop invaluable.
The workshop will begin at 10 a.m. at Fairview Public Library’s
Community Room, 43 Walnut Street, Margaretville, and will continue
with an afternoon demonstration and work session at the Arkville
Cemetery on County Route 38 (the Cut-Off Road).
The morning will be devoted to a discussion of cemetery history,
appropriate cleaning and repair materials, and approved methods.
During the afternoon session, some of the techniques learned
in the morning will be demonstrated on a few gravestones which
will be cleaned, re-set and repaired.
Representatives of the Haines Family Association will include
Richard Haines and Bill Haines, who have spent many years restoring,
repairing and maintaining small cemeteries in the Haines Falls
(Greene County) area. They have attended training sessions in
New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Indiana to become
thoroughly familiar with the proper methods and materials of
The AWARENESS Alcohol Program, a teen group, will be offering
with the Ulster County Sheriffs Department a Car Simulator program
at the Ulster County Law Enforcement Center May 30th between
1 – 3 p.m, with an earlier visit planned for the Onteora
High School in Boiceville. The car is a training tool that simulates
driving and actually will show the consequences of an inattentive
driver while that driver texts, talks on their cell phone and/or
drives while impaired from alcohol or drugs. The visit is planned
to remind teens and their parents of the dangers of bad driving
just before the annual Prom night parties that took the life
of a local teen last year at this time.
The AWARENESS Alcohol Program is an education program. The Ulster
County Sheriff’s Department provides space for them at
the County Law Enforcement Center. The group of teens who take
part in the education component have all been trained by a licensed
Substance Abuse professional and they continue their work under
supervision during the educational classes held monthly. The
next two hour program is May 23 between 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
“The program currently has no county or outside funding
and relies strictly on volunteers,” said Marie Shultis,
program initiator. “One teen takes on the role of the
Coordinator, including all paper work, setting up community
service with Alternative Sentencing, following up and reporting
to Judges at the completion of the community service, and creating
and maintaining a data bank. If an offender is a repeat offender,
the curriculum will be slightly different.”