young adults we're educating! Onteora's recent graduation came
off spectacularly, and culturally, last Friday, June 25, with
students playing Elgar most graciously. For more on its speakers,
see our Briefs inside... or the photo on page 21.
To Hit The Creek!
Summer Recreation Still Brings Home The Bacon, Despite Economic
By Violet Snow
While the country and the region flounder through the recession,
one segment of the local economy is holding its own-the purveyors
of low-cost summer recreation.
"The last two years, with this economy, have been the best
two years I've ever had," comments Richie Bedner of F-S Tube
Rental, which sits tucked away behind the Phoenicia Pharmacy.
He adds that his bright red storage shed is now more visible to
the public since the hotel burned down, possibly giving an extra
boost to the customer flow.
PHCC Turns Ten Years Old
How A Community Center Is Allowing Pine Hill To Renew Itself
For The Future
By Paul Smart
There's no better example of just how successful the Pine
Hill Community Center, which celebrates its 10th birthday
with a characteristic open-to-all potluck party on Sunday,
July 11, has become in its first decade than a statement
that came midway during a recent Saturday morning session
in which local residents spoke with professional planners
about the future of the former village.
Regulate Or Not...
Today's Basic Political Dilemma Hits The Farmstand Issue
With A Wallop
By Phoenicia Times Staff
On Tuesday afternoon, June 29, Supervisor Rob Stanley
was hopeful that the process of preparing a new farm
stand law would move forward later in the evening. That's
when the town board was scheduled to meet with the planning
board to try and hammer out something that would allow
larger such enterprises in Shandaken.
By the time that meeting was half over, however, it
was clear that his hopes would be dashed.
On Thursday, July 8, at 6:30 PM,
there will be a "Rock Snot, Bad Bugs and Other
Bio Bullies" free presentation by Leslie Surprenant,
Invasive Species Management Coordinator at the NYS
Department of Environmental Conservation, at the
Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Office, 6375
State Route 28, Phoenicia. Call 688- 3047.
Countdown For Dr. Ford
OCS Board Punts On Contract, Decides To Discuss Redistricting
By Lisa Childers
Rumors over Onteora district Superintendent Leslie
Ford's contract can finally be put to rest following
a Board of Education meeting this past Monday,
June 28. First on their plate in the central office
was a 9:00 AM executive session concerning the
legal obligation to review the superintendent's
contract. The board was required to meet before
the fiscal school year of July 1, 2010 and decide
whether it wants to take action to renew her contract
or do nothing. Following the executive session,
which lasted nearly two hours, no resolution to
extend her contract surfaced and the meeting continued
in a "business as usual" fashion.
Fracking Debate Intensifies As Dangers Surface
& GOP Lines Up Behind Them
By Gary Alexandert
Governor Paterson wasn't available to take a phone
call from SUNY environmental sociology professor
Brian Obach at a midday demonstration on June
15th in support of an environment-related bill
before the NYS legislature. During the impromptu
cellphone call before a gathering staged by grassroots
groups outside of the DEC building in New Paltz,
the Governor's representative would not concede
that Paterson's support of the current campaign
to tap natural gas resources in vast regions of
the state, including the NYC watershed, is set
in stone. .
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.