The Shandaken town board is looking for ideas for how to use
up to $88,000 in State grants in town.
The details surrounding a $500,000 pot of gold are sketchy said
Supervisor Peter DiSclafani Monday night, but right now it looks
like the State has earmarked that amount to fund projects along
the Route 28 corridor between Olive and Andes. The fund could
be divided up between all the communities along that substantial
stretch of highway, with each guaranteed a minimum of $42,000
and up to $88,000.
But, DiSclafani said, there may be an opportunity to fund one
or more larger projects that would benefit the entire region.
In other words, instead of chopping up the fund in tiny amounts
and spreading it out through Andes, Middletown, Shandaken and
Olive and the villages of Fleischmanns and Margaretville, the
leadership of those communities could opt to put the funds into
a large project that would accomplish the goals of the grant.
A resolution drafted by the Catskill Center for Conservation
and Development was passed unanimously by the town Board Monday,
May 5. The Catskill Center has offered its services to help
the communities discover how best to use the funds, and on Monday
the Shandaken Town Board agreed to take the non-profit organization
up on the offer, but DiSclafani noted that his town is still
looking at specific plans within it’s own borders.
“We’re thinking sidewalks…places all over
town need sidewalks,” he said.
DiSclafani said he was aware that other communities, like Andes,
are looking for ways to useall the funds. He also said the leadership
of all the communities would benefit from some clarification
on what the rules of grant are.
“This collaborative (with the Catskill Center) may be
making things confusing,” he said. “It’s difficult
to get all these communities to agree on one project.”
Right now it appears that the fund will be used for what DiSclafani
called “brick and mortar projects.” Anyone with
ideas should contact either DiSclafani or Councilman Tim Malloy
at (845) 688-5645.
The Shandaken Town Board heard complaints about the state of
the Phoenicia Hotel this week. At its May 5 meeting Lawrence
Webster, who resides in a home that borders the back of the
Hotel land, came to the town board with hope of hearing that
the structure would soon be removed.
Nine fire companies converged on Phoenicia’s main street
early Sunday morning, July 29th 2007 to battle a blaze that
ultimately destroyed the historic Phoenicia Hotel, established
in 1854, that became a haunt for the likes of Legends like Babe
Ruth. Long considered the physical heart of the Phoenicia business
district, the hotel was the victim of a blaze that has been
determined to be of suspicious origin.
Last winter the property was purchased by local businessman
Declan Feehan, who had been in negotiations with the previous
owner for years. Last Month Feehan brought in a crew and began
demolishing the back of the hotel, which faces Webster’s
home, but stopped the project after a couple of days.
“We’re trying our best to move Declan along,”
said Supervisor Peter DiSclafani, adding that the town has considered
the option of doing the work and billing Feehan. “We haven’t
given him a deadline yet.”
Code Enforcement Officer Gina Reilly said she has notified Feehan
that he is not in compliance with local codes, but discouraged
talk about fining Feehan for leaving the dangerous structure
“If you don’t have any money you can’t tear
it down,” she said.
Ulster County has established a Blue Ribbon Commission on School
Funding and Tax Reform and is part of a new effort to break
the current stalemate in the state’s education funding.
“We’re trying to understand through the impact on
the county level of school taxing in general,” said Susan
Zimet, D- New Paltz, who chairs the commission. “If school
taxes aren’t paid, the county pays back the school taxes,
which most people don’t even know about. We’re trying
to explore our role in taxing and also give support to all those
reformers and bring the power of government behind them.”
Among alternatives being discussed is a “circuit breaker,”
or refundable tax credit for the portion of one’s property
taxes that exceeds a portion of one’s income, as well
as new ways of triggering better state aid so some school districts
don’t end up with better education than others at lower
On a state level, a special property tax commission set up by
former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and supported by his successor, Gov.
David A. Paterson, recently wrapped up its sixth and final hearing.
The commission is due to issue a report by May 22 that will
include imposing a ceiling on annual property tax increases
by school districts as its signature proposal, though the form
of any limit remains to be determined.
But the New York State United Teachers is warning that a similar
effort in California ending up breaking that state’s education
More-controversial ideas that the commission may turn into proposals
include a scaled-back pension plan for new teachers and making
changes in the Taylor Law, which bars public-sector unions from
going on strike but also guarantees pay increases. Specifically,
the commission has discussed repealing the Taylor Law’s
so-called Triborough Amendment, which locks in incremental pay
increases after a public contract expires and before a new one
is agreed upon.
Stay tuned… something’s about to change!
The stage is further set in the race for the first ever Ulster
County executive, as county Democrats lost a candidate recently
while Republicans gained one.
After officially joining the race less than two weeks ago, Ulster
County Legislator Susan Zimet, of New Paltz, announced Sunday
at the annual Democratic brunch at Wiltwyck Golf Club that she
was dropping her bid for the nomination. The move leaves her
opponent, Ulster County Administrator Michael Hein, as the only
remaining announced Democratic candidate for the post.
Hein said if he wins, his priorities are to “protect property
taxpayers, bring jobs to Ulster County, and fight to protect
Meanwhile, Leonard Bernardo, proprietor of Skate Time 209 skating
rink on U.S. Route 209 in Accord, has announced his candidacy
for Ulster County executive on the Republican side. An enrolled
member of the Independence Party, Bernardo has addressed a number
of town Republican committees and was endorsed for the office
by state Sen. John Bonacic. Legislature Minority Leader Glenn
Noonan, R-Gardiner, who has also been making the rounds to Republican
committees, said he is not ready to formally announce his candidacy
for county executive but will soon.
Party nominating conventions, though unofficial, are usually
held in early June.
Independent Allan Wikman of Kingston announced his intention
to run for county executive earlier.
The county executive position was created by a new charter adopted
by voters in 2006. The first elected executive will serve a
three-year term beginning in January and thereafter serve four-year
terms. The executive will replace the county administrator form
of government, in place since 1981. A special legislative committee
has recommended a salary of $115,000 a year.
Towards the end of the May 5 League of Women Voters-run Onteora
School Board Meet The Candidates event at the high school, a
quick series of events occurred when a Town of Olive police
officer pulled out handcuffs and threatened to arrest a local
mother for having treated him “without the respect due
a police officer.” The matter ended peaceably when several
parents and the press intervened and asked both parties to step
back from the situation.
The policeman, Olive Officer Vaco, said that the woman had grown
disturbed when looking over campaign literature left outside
the room where the candidates event was taking place, noting
that one stack of flyers comparing candidates was unattributed
to any campaign group. Two other stacks were from two slates
of candidates while a third was from the ad hoc organization,
Save Our Onteora Schools. Officer Vaco said that the woman balled
up a flyer “and threw it in my direction,” and did
seemed to indicate she would disturb the other papers. He said
he felt she held the potential for creating disturbance and
“broke the law when she showed disrespect to me.”
That’s when he pulled out his cuffs and the woman ran
back into the meeting.
The woman, Hurley Town Councilwoman Kate Hyman, said that she
had asked Vaco to remove the same flyers earlier when she saw
that they had been placed on windshields of cars parked in the
Onteora parking lot, and then questioned how they’d re-appeared
outside the entrance to the meeting. (The League of Women Voters
does not allow campaign literature in its events.) She also
questioned the legality of such literature presented without
“He threatened me,” she said, in tears, of Vaco’s
attempt to arrest her, first as he stood across the cafeteria
where the candidates event was taking place, glaring at her,
and then as he defended his almost-arrest out in the hall when
others came out to question his actions.
Vaco said that he had been asked by the school, three of whose
board members are running for re-election, to be on hand “in
case anything like this happened.” When it was pointed
out 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 in what’s taken on the
appearance of a town vs town fight, he added that he was only
doing his job.
Later, while waiting outside to get information on Hyman, the
woman he had almost arrested, “for report purposes,”
it was noted to Officer Vaco that he was giving the impression
he was “lurking.” Acknowledging as much, he said
he would drive around until Hyman left to get the information
Hyman said she is meeting with an attorney about the incident
in the days to come.
Rettew Engineering representatives are talking with the town
about doing an assessment of Pine Hill’s stormwater troubles.
Rettew has come up with a $40,000 plan to collect information
and data about stormwater and how the hamlet currently handles
it, and then offer suggestions for projects that could be done
to make it less harmful to drinking water quality. The assessment
will also provide essential data needed to evaluate stormwater
management needs to mitigate flooding and drainage problems
that effect homes and businesses. The majority of the assessment
would be paid for with a grant by the Catskill Watershed Corporation,
with Shandaken required to kick in about $6000 in cash and/or
in kind services.
New @ Highway?
Highway Superintendent Eric Hoffmeister got approval from the
town board to buy a new truck for his department. The truck
itself costs $97,503 and the dump body will run $51,494.
Ulster County Treasurer, Lewis C. Kirschner, announced last
week that the 2007 Annual Financial Report for the County of
Ulster has been completed and filed with the State Comptroller,
noting that the county’s Unreserved/Unappropriated General
Fund Balance had grown in a year from $17.8 million to $19.6
million. The factors that have influenced this increase, he
added, have included cost containment initiatives, cost cutting
measures and the maximizing of all revenue streams. As a result,
the County continued to work towards stabilizing and improving
its financial position.
It is recommended by the State Comptroller’s Office that
municipalities should maintain an unreserved/unappropriated
fund balance of between 5% and 10% of their total general fund
budget. The $19.6 million represents approximately 7.5% of the
County’s general fund budget.
The Catskill Watershed Corporation will conduct three free classes
during May on septic system operation and maintenance. “Your
Septic System: What Every Homeowner Should Know” will
be offered Friday, May 9 at 2 p.m. at Pine Hill Community Center;
Saturday, May 17at 10 a.m. at Catskill Mountain Foundation (the
red barn), Main Street, Hunter; and Wednesday, May 21 at 2 p.m.
at the Delaware County E-Center, 5 1⁄2 Main St., Delhi.
Pre-registration is not required. A free water saving kit will
be provided for each household attending the class. For more
information, call the CWC at 845-586-1400.
Elements of the class include: A septic system primer –
types of systems and how they work; Basic biology and soil filtration
concepts of wastewater treatment; Health and environment effects
that can result from failed septic systems; Roles and responsibilities
of homeowners, regulators, engineers and contractors; Basic
maintenance requirements of septic system components; How to
protect against inflow and infiltration, and problems with septic
system additives; and troubleshooting when problems develop
CWC programs and projects are explained on the corporation’s
web site: www.cwconline.org.
As the number of existing single-family homes sold in the Hudson
Valley and Catskills continued to drop in March, so did their
prices. In Columbia County where the number of homes fell year
over year in March by 40 percent, the median price fell by $90,000,
from $280,000 in March 2007 to $190,000 this March, according
to the New York State Association of Realtors. Home sales fell
by over 59 percent in Sullivan County with the median price
falling over $34,000. Home sales fell by 42 percent in Rockland
County with prices falling by $1,500, by almost 40 percent in
Ulster County and by over 38 percent each in Westchester and
Putnam County. Median prices fell in Ulster County by over $42,000,
by $33,000 in Westchester, and by over $8,000 in Putnam. In
Dutchess County, sales fell off by almost 33 percent while prices
fell by $9,500. In Orange County, sales fell by 28 percent while
prices dropped by over $6,000. In Greene County, sales fell
by 12 percent while prices rose by $108,000. Delaware County
was the only one in the Catskills to increase sales with a 57
percent rise while prices dropped $2,500.
Statewide in March, existing single-family home sales dropped
by 29 percent while prices dropped by 36 percent.
This year, the Ulster County 4-H Program is asking the public
to help recognize the achievements of the county’s 4-H
members by making a donation to their 4-H Trophy and Fair Fund.
Contributions will be used for medals, trophies and recognition
of a 4-H exhibitor’s achievement. Individuals or businesses
contributing to the fund will have their name placed on signs
posted during the Fair at each of the three show rings reading:
“We proudly support the Ulster County 4-H Program”.
Those who contribute by May 15, 2008 will have their name or
business name in the Ulster County Fair 4-H Premium Book, and
banners located in each of the three show tents on the fair
grounds throughout fair week. The deadline for contributions
to be only on a banner at the fair grounds is July 1, 2008.
Businesses and individuals are welcome to participate. For details
on sponsorship levels and benefits, please contact Patti Zellmer,
4-H Program Issue Leader, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster
County, 845-340-3990, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a
sponsorship form. Sponsorship forms can also be downloaded on
our website at http://counties.cce.cornell.edu/ulster.
Outrage and frustration continued to mount in parts of the Catskill
region following two major announcements impacting the Belleayre
Mt. Ski Center. With Greene County issuing renewed calls for
audits of Belleayre and with the announcement of a major public/private
partnership to expand New York State-owned and operated Gore
Mountain in the Adirondacks, Belleayre supporters coined the
phrase ‘economic genocide’ to describe what they
see happening locally.
Last month the New York State Comptroller’s Office denied
Greene County’s request for a financial audit of the state-owned
Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, but officials in that County
say they will continue to pursue the matter. County Legislature
Chairman Wayne Speenburgh, R-Coxsackie, said even though the
audit request was turned down, his county would not back down
from its concerns about Belleayre, which competes with the privately
owned ski resorts in Hunter and Windham.
Speenburgh has said he can’t understand why such an entity
wouldn’t want an audit done and wondered whether they
were hiding anything.
Competition with Belleayre, located in the town of Shandaken,
has been an ongoing topic of concern for Greene County officials,
who feel the state-owned resort enjoys competitive advantages
over private resorts that hurt the Greene County economy.
At about the same time it was announced that Gore Mountain,
a State run ski center built on forever wild land in the Adirondack
Forest Preserve, is now slated for a massive public and private
partnership that would build five hotels in addition to hundreds
of housing units all with “ski on/ski off” access
to slopes. According to press reports, not only is the Gore
Mountain expansion approved, but it is also funded, creating
a high level of anger among supporters of frequently attacked
“Economic genocide,” was the way local skier and
second homeowner Heidi White described the news.
“Major public/private partnerships make sense everywhere
else in the world,” she said. “It is astounding
that the state can create an entire Olympic Village in Lake
Placid and surrounding communities while talk of resurrecting
Highmount Ski Center here sends people to their battle stations.”
Joe Kelly, Chairman of the Coalition to Save Belleayre was adamant,
even though some have suggested that the push towards more skiing
in the Adirondacks reflects scientific reports showing a lessening
of winter in our region while the northern areas will maintain
current snow levels into the next 30 years and possibly longer.
“Gore will now have a major expansion of its facilities
and offer ski a on/ski off benefit for the Ski Bowl Village
at Gore Mountain when they put up 131 townhouses, 18 single-family
homes and five hotels,” he said. “Every other ski
mountain in the universe has these features, including Hunter,
Windham, other state-owned facilities and also including private
ski facilities on leased public lands. The effort to stop Belleayre
Mt. from having the same amenities is absolutely unacceptable.”
Supporters of the Belleayre Resort project and the expansion
of Belleayre have stepped up their activity in recent weeks
as threats to the ski center and the resort project mount. Following
a rally event and a trip to Albany by 120 supporters, some Belleayre
funding that had been removed from the budget was restored.
But it was also found that what had looked like a large windfall
for the ski area was actually $500,000 for snowmaking that had
gotten some extra zeros added to it.
The Ulster County Department of Social Services has announced
that the Ulster County Family Violence Unit has been awarded
the 2007 Child and Family Safety-Services Multi-Disciplinary
Teams/Advocacy Center Grant in the amount of $143,110. The Grant
will commence on August 1 and will cover an 18 month period.
Through the awarded grant allocation, the Ulster County Family
Violence Unit will be able to move towards its future goal of
becoming a fully accredited Child Advocacy Center. These funds
will also ensure that all child victims of sexual abuse receive
specialized medical evaluation and treatment, and Hispanic/Latino
clients will receive culturally sensitive and competent services
The Ulster County Family Violence Investigative Unit was developed
in 1995 in response to an alarming increase in domestic violence
cases resulting in murder/suicides in this County and in recognition
of the fact that the system in place at the time was not adequate
to meet the complex need for high quality investigations. During
the period from November 1, 2006 through October 31, 2007, Ulster
County received 2,019 reports from the State Central Registry
for Child Abuse and Maltreatment. Of the reports received, the
Family Violence Unit investigated 139 reports with allegations
of sexual abuse, 6 reports with allegations of serious physical
abuse, 3 fatalities and 455 reports of domestic violence.
The New York State Department of Transportation is asking for
an investment of over $175 billion in “vital infrastructure
improvements” in the next 20 years, which include several
major projects in the Hudson Valley region. DOT Deputy Commissioner
Stanley Gee has said that the Thruway system in the state is
over 50 years old, many bridges, small and large, need structural
aid, and that the state shouldn’t wait any longer to implement
plans to address these issues.
The state DOT released a 20-year Needs Assessment recently,
noting specific bridges and highways across the state in need
of “serious attention.” Of those listed in the Hudson
Valley, the most intensive projects include the I-287/ Tappan
Zee Bridge Corridor, one which had plans in the works since
2002; the I-87/ I-84 interchange, already a year behind its
original completion date; Route 17, and a complete reconstruction
of State Route 9W from Rockland County all the way through Ulster
Cynthia Ruiz, Ulster County’s Transit director, has urged
DOT officials to think about increasing public transit, specifically
bus lines, in their master plan for the next five years.
In similar news, the New York Thruway announced recently that
it will be raising its tolls about ten percent for cash customers
in two installments, over two years, beginning next January.
Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of young American women report
disordered eating behaviors, and 10 percent report symptoms
of eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia nervosa or
binge eating disorder, a new survey finds. The findings - from
an online poll of more than 4,000 women between the ages of
25 and 45 - found that 75 percent eat, think and behave abnormally
around food. The survey was conducted by SELFmagazine in partnership
with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
More than 31 percent of women in the survey reported that in
an attempt to lose weight, they had induced vomiting or had
taken laxatives, diuretics or diet pills at some point in their
lives. Among these women, more than 50 percent engaged in purging
activities at least a few times a week, and many did so every
Eating habits that some women think are normal - such as skipping
meals, avoiding carbohydrates and, in some cases, extreme dieting
- may actually be signs of disordered eating, which is often
linked with emotional and physical distress.
While there’s a widespread belief that eating disorders
affect mostly young women, the survey found that women in the
30s and 40s had about the same rates of disordered eating as
Among the other findings: 67 percent of the women (excluding
those with actual eating disorders) are trying to lose weight;
53 percent of dieters are already at a healthy weight and are
still trying to lose weight; 39 percent of the women said concerns
about what they eat or weigh interfere with their happiness;
37 percent of respondents said they regularly skip meals to
try to lose weight; 27 percent said they’d be “extremely
upset” if they gained just five pounds; 26 percent have
eliminated entire food groups from their diet; 16 percent have
dieted on 1,000 or fewer calories a day; 13 percent smoke to
lose weight; and 12 percent often eat when they’re not
hungry, and 49 percent sometimes do.
International organized crime groups control “significant
positions” in global energy and strategic materials and
are expanding holdings in the U.S. materials sector, the U.S.
Justice Department said recently. A strategy on fighting organized
crime released by the department also says such groups manipulate
securities exchanges and conduct financial fraud to steal billions
of dollars. It says they systematically corrupt public officials,
use computer networks to target victims, and provide logistical
support to terrorists and foreign intelligence services.
“The activities of transnational and national organized
criminal enterprises are increasing in scope and magnitude as
these groups continue to strengthen their networking with each
other to expand their operations,” said FBI Deputy Director
John S. Pistole.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the landmark Family
and Medical Leave Act, which made it possible for many workers
to take unpaid job-protected time off to care for their newborn
children or sick relatives. But instead of celebrating, workers’
rights advocates and the Bush administration are battling over
what would be the most sweeping revisions ever to the law.
Under proposals being considered by the Labor Department, workers
would have to tell their bosses in advance when they take nonemergency
leave, instead of being able to wait until two days after they
left. They would have to undergo “fitness-for-duty”
evaluations if they took intermittent leave for medical reasons
and wanted to return to physically demanding jobs. To prove
that they had a “serious health condition,” they
would have to visit a health-care provider at least twice within
a month of falling ill. What’s more, employers would have
the right to contact health-care providers who authorized leave.
These and other proposed changes have set off a fierce debate.
More than 4,000 comments were submitted to the Labor Department
as of Friday, April 11, the deadline for the public to weigh
in. They came from labor unions, religious organizations, women’s
rights groups, small and large business owners and employees
across the country.
At the crux of it all, said advocates of the FMLA and of its
revisions, is the uncertainty fostered by the wobbly economy.
Workers want assurances that their jobs will be safe even when
they have family or medical emergencies. Businesses want to
make sure they are operating efficiently, getting the most for
their money. And all agree that any changes would have widespread
impact. In 2005, the last year for which the Labor Department
has data, nearly 7 million people used the FMLA, which allows
for as much as 12 weeks of unpaid leave. Workers rely on the
FMLA, which applies to companies with at least 50 employees,
because many companies do not offer paid sick leave or disability
Every gardener is familiar with the multicolor U.S. map of climate
zones on the back of seed packets. It’s the Department
of Agriculture’s indicator of whether a flower, bush or
tree will survive the winters in a given region. It’s
also 18 years old and a growing number of meteorologists and
horticulturists say that because of the warming climate, the
1990 map doesn’t reflect a trend that home gardeners have
noticed for more than a decade: a gradual shift northward of
growing zones for many plants.
The map doesn’t show, for example, that the Southern magnolia,
once limited largely to growing zones ranging from Florida to
Virginia, now can thrive as far north as Pennsylvania. Or that
kiwis, long hardy only as far north as Oklahoma, now might give
fruit in St. Louis. Such shifts have put the USDA’s map
at the center of a new chapter in the debate over how government
should respond to climate changes that were described in a report
last year by a United Nations-backed panel of scientists. The
panel said there was “unequivocal” evidence of global
warming fueled by carbon dioxide emissions, which have created
an excess of the greenhouse gases that warm the Earth.
Growers are worried that their potential losses won’t
be sufficiently covered by the Federal Crop Insurance Corp.’s
Nursery Crop Insurance Program, which covers them for losses
caused by weather-related events such as flooding. If growing
zones move north because of warming there is still a possibility
of cold snaps, and it’s unclear exactly how insurance
programs would deal with that risk.
Economic factors shouldn’t be placed above the science
of climate change, says meteorologist Mark Kramer, who worked
on the 1990 USDA map that remains in effect, as well as a proposed
update in 2003 that showed a warming trend. The USDA rejected
the 2003 map.
“If nature changes, industry should change with it,”
Kramer says. “If the weather changes, we shouldn’t
operate with zones and systems that aren’t appropriate.”
USDA officials reject suggestions that the agency’s resistance
to changing the 1990 map reflects a reluctance to acknowledge
the potential impact of climate change. They say the agency
wants its next map to reflect a 30-year period that gives a
fuller picture of the world’s climate than the 16-year
examination Kramer conducted for his rejected map.
“Everyone’s entitled to their opinion,” Arbor
Day Foundation’s Woodrow Nelson says of the USDA map.
But he says his group, which provides low-cost trees, was seeing
trends that it wanted reflected in its own map for growers.
Martha At SWN
Martha Frankel, acclaimed writer, author and radio and television
celebrity, will speak to members and guests at the Shandaken
Women’s Network annual meeting Wednesday May 21st, 6 p.m.
to 9 p.m. in Shandaken. Frankel’s work has appeared in
magazines as diverse as the original Details, The New Yorker,
Fashions of the New York Times, Japanese and German Men’s
Vogue, The Goodguys Gazette, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, and Movieline’s
Hollywood Life. She has been an on-air contributor to VH1’s
Sexiest Movie Moments, Entertainment Tonight, and Inside Edition.
For the past fifteen years she has been the co-host of the Woodstock
Roundtable, a Sunday morning radio talk-show on WDST in Woodstock,
NY. Since the inception of the Woodstock Film Festival in 2000,
she has been the moderator of the Actor’s Dialogue. She
was a 1997 Philip Morris Fellow at The MacDowell Colony, and
the 2003 Artist-in-Residence at SUNY Ulster, where she taught
a class in memoir writing. Her most recent book is Hats &
Eyeglasses, a memoir about her love affair with gambling.
The Annual Meeting of the Shandaken Women’s Network is
a potluck gathering and anyone wishing to attend must R.S.V.P.
SWN President, Melody Newcombe at 845-688-5472 or via email
at email@example.com at which time they will be told where
the meeting is being held in a private home and asked to bring
a covered dish to share.
Plant A Row
The long awaited vegetable planting season has arrived, and
the Master Gardener program is looking for gardeners to help
feed the hungry in Ulster County by joining their Plant A Row
for the Hungry (PAR) campaign. They are asking vegetable gardeners
to grow a little extra this season, or bring their excess produce
to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County, 10 Westbrook
Lane, in Kingston, NY. Their nutrition program educators will
use and distribute the produce collected when they go out to
teach their hands-on programs that work with low-income families,
children, and seniors residing in Ulster County. Donated produce
will also be given to food pantries in Kingston and New Paltz.
Home gardeners participating in this years program will receive
one free soil test, an informative packet with suggestions of
what to grow, and how to plant them, and free “Plant A
Row” veggie markers for their garden.
If you’re ready to help the hungry call our Master Gardener
Program today at Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County
to receive your free soil test, information packet, free “Plant
A Row” veggie markers for your garden and registration
form, call 845- 340-3478 (DIRT). Or visit http://counties.cce.cornell.edu/ulster.
Woodstock MusicWorks recently announced signing the band, Stoney
Clove Lane, based in Chichester.The label will release their
latest work, Stay with Me, on Monday, June 16.. It is currentlys
available for preview and download at woodstockmusicworks.com.
A week of release parties will follow the release, ending with
a blowout at 9pm, Saturday, June 21 at the Bearsville Theater
in Woodstock. This is the third release from Woodstock MusicWorks,
following A Million Yesterdays by Mechanical Bull and Light
& Blood by Bret Mosley.