of Woodland Valley recently participated in their annual trout
stocking... and are now looking forward to further summer activities
together. This is what makes Catskills summers special. Get out
into the creeks, yourselves!
Have That Web!
Local Towns Are Battling To Upgrade Their Images For Internet
By Olive Press Staff
It was not long ago that the only way to find out about the
Catskills was to come here, stop and pick up as many brochures
as possible, then go back to the motel room and start reading.
It was a fun endeavor, and still is. But now the Internet
gives those interested in the Catskills a chance to do the
same thing right at their breakfast table, whether they are
in Tokyo or Tivoli.
Rising Class Sizes...
OCS Board Battles Administration Over Special Needs In The
By Lisa Childers
The Onteora district administration combined the two incoming
2010/2011 Kindergarten classes into one at Phoenicia Elementary
School. Although Onteora's Board of Education tried to reverse
that decision at Tuesday night's board meeting at Phoenicia
elementary, ultimately they have no control over staffing.
Several board members voiced angry frustration when Superintendent
Leslie Ford would not give a definitive yes or no answer
when asked by Trustee Tom Hickey if the decision to merge
the classes was already made. Instead she went into a lengthy
explanation of services offered.
Green. The Old Way
The Suarez Family Celebrates 75 Years On Its Classic
By Violet Snow
"I used to tell people, 'We're on the Merrihew
farm,' and everyone knew it," says Louise Suarez,
who still lives on the Olivebridge property bought by
her parents in 1935. Although four generations of Merrihews
farmed the land, nowadays only a few old-timers recognize
season's relatively dry and hot weather has, so
far, spared tomato and potato plantings from the
"late blight" infections that wreaked
havoc on those crops last year. According to Cornell
Cooperation Extension of Ulster County, there have
been no confirmed outbreaks to date in New York
state, and, if the weather remains much the same,
the infection is expected to be limited.
Everything's Rather Quiet
Supervisor Stanley Talks About What's Happening, As
Well As What Isn't...
By Paul Smart
It's a normal weekday in Shandaken. Town Supervisor
Rob Stanley is catching up on business with an
extra few days in the month to catch up on things
before the next town meeting on Monday, June 8.
What's shaking in the town of Shandaken?
Times In Our Town
Starts Shifting Its ID Into The Catskills Vibrant
By Paul Smart
Friday night in Phoenicia and there's hardly any
parking to be found. People stand around the edges
of the outside seating area at the Alamo, several
tables order over frosted martinis, swankly sweating
in the late Spring heat, over on the other side
of Brios. There's a bonfire blazing outside of
the brand-new Mama's Boy Market, where people
sit around sipping coffees and tea, watching the
Hold Those Calls, Folks
Verizon's Not Offering Help, Although Charting
Our Need Might Help
By Phoenicia Times Staff
By now you know all about cell phone service in
the Catskills. It is here, but it is spotty. Strong
in some locations, like along the Route 28 corridor
between Kingston and Boiceville, but all but absent
anywhere west on that well traveled highway.