Phoenicia Rotary Club should get credit for taking a
great idea and making it better. After years of holding the annual
rubber ducky race on the Esopus Creek, organizers decided this
year to move the quirky, quacky event to the Stony Clove Creek,
with the finish line right in the business district, where hundreds
flocked to witness the thrilling conclusion on Sunday, July 26.
Rotarians piped music through the air and emcee Keith Holmquist
kept things moving along swimmingly.
City’s Straightening Of 28A In Olive Is Region’s
Biggest Project In Decades
By Paul Smart
thing’s for certain… the long-awaited
straightening of Route 28A in Olive is by far the
biggest roadbuilding project anyone’s seen locally
in a generation.
But with that fact comes a load of accompanying rumors
As Olive town supervisor Bert Leifeld put it recently,
“I guess, with all the grumbling I’ve
been hearing about it, that it definitely falls under
the category of, ‘Being careful about what you
wish for or you might get it.’”
Cellular Companies Are Saying It’s Now The Economy
That’s To Blame...
By Phoenicia Times Staff
Shandaken’s cellular saga continues with
no end in sight.
These days everyone’s blaming something
on the economy, and now added to that long list
is the lack of quality cellular phone service
in Shandaken, where gaps in coverage are still
not the exception, as was planned, but the norm.
One year after Mariner Tower Inc. built a 180
foot structure on town-owned property at Glenbrook
Park in the hamlet of Shandaken, it stands tall
on the horizon like some erector set sculpture.
But ready for business, the tower has yet to have
even one service provider on it, leaving the center
of Shandaken -- from east of Phoenicia to west
of Big Indian -- devoid of coverage.
A Quiet Caucus
Stanley, Jordan, & Ellison Top GOP
Slate; Johnson Gets Highway Nod
by Brian Powers
Preceded by dark clouds and an early evening blast of
rain and hail, Shandaken’s Republicans gathered
at Glenbrook Park July 16 to select their candidates for
townwide office in November.
Less dramatic than the pre-game show, however, was the
turnout; about half the number of people as the same event
drew in 2007 and a third of those it drew in 2005.
Kid’s Take On Summer
So What If It’s Cool &
Raining, It’s Still A Blast
For Those With The Time To Laze
By Sylvia Viola
Summer Vacation...the time between
June and September, can be the
most fun thing all year, or the
most horribly boring part of the
There are in fact, though, a lot
of things to do, even if you are
not going away on vacation or
to sleep away camp. Shandaken
Rec is a good example —
you go to the lake, and you can
swim, do arts and crafts, and
play sports and games. Shandaken
Rec is fun, I have been going
since I was five. There are days
though, when boredom is quite
primary. I’m speaking about
those days spent sitting home
and do nothing, which simply are
not too fun. On these days, there
are usually plenty of things to
do, but I find my interest is
lost to boredom. Music and sleep
is always good in such situations,
as is reading. The problem is
finding something good to read.
Black Mambazo, the great South
Afgrican vocal troupe that came to the world’s
attention as part of Paul Simon’s
Graceland project in the late 1980s, will
be playing the Belleayre Music Festival
this Saturday, August 1. For further info,
and reservations, call (800) 942-6904, or
visit their website at www.belleayremusic.org.
A Route 28 Retail Store Finds Profitability
Within A Brooklyn/Catskills Connection
by Paul Smart
What’s been happening with
the new Route 28 business Scandinavian
Grace since it opened its doors
locally last autumn could be called
a retailer’s dream, were it
not also a story filled with indications
of the many demographic shifts we’ve
been suspecting in recent years,
taken to profitable new levels.
And quite a surprise, given everybody’s
expectations for such stores these