LITTLR BIT OF HEAT... like we had last week, is all we
need now to get our summer stew in order. Yet still, there are
those that need the thrill of a tubing ride down the Esopus. Ahhh...
Memories Hold Fast
Poncic’s Approval Still A Sore Point As Woodland
Valley Association To Meet
By Phoenicia Times Staff
A controversial water harvest project, although approved last
year, remains stagnant in Phoenicia where a well organized citizens
group continues a legal battle to stop it.
This Saturday, July 7, the citizens group, known as the Woodland
Community Association, will hold its annual meeting at noontime
at the historic Roxmor Colony Clubhouse on Woodland Valley Road.
According to Association President Howard McGowan the meeting
Saturday will be an opportunity for those interested to hear an
update on the status of the lawsuit.
Rec Rules Tossed
Greene County Case Seems To Call For New Reservoir Fun... Via
A Greene Judge
By Phoenicia Times Staff
A state Supreme
Court justice in Greene County has thrown out rules for recreational
use of watershed lands that the New York City Department of
Environmental Protection enacted last year.
The town of Hunter had filed a lawsuit against the city agency
over the rules, claiming they were adopted without proper
procedure and that the rules themselves hurt the local economy
by limiting access to thousands of acres of city-owned watershed
land. The town argued that the rules, adopted in August 2006,
violated the 1997 Memorandum of Agreement between the city
and communities in its upstate watershed because the agreement
allows for public access to the watershed.
For The Schooling...
Phoenicia Parents Explain How Their Community Is Defined
Despite the actions that the Onteora School Board
has narrowly voted to begin working on to create a
new 5-8 Middle School that will address shrinking
enrollment figures district-wide, many parents with
kids at Phoenicia Elementary are working to back up
their belief that should our local schools and communities
keep their charm, more people will continue moving
into the area.
Hunter & Windham Question Belleayre’s
Increasingly Competitive Positioning
By Paul Smart
The well-publicized successes at state-owned Belleayre
Mountain Ski Center in Shandaken, at least in terms
of skier visits, if not overall profitability, may
have caused its own avalanche.
After much grumbling from the region’s private
ski area owners reported in these pages this past
winter — when poor weather conditions almost
made 2007 the winter that never happened, were it
not for a spate of late spring storms that extended
the season somewhat – politicians in Greene
County, home to Hunter and Windham mountains, have
responded with a call for the state to “play
fair” when it comes to its involvement in the
region’s winter sports industry.
By Martin Michaels
It is a difficult and life altering transition.
Moving on from High School and the familiar community
of our rural Catskill Mountain area can seem like
an overwhelming and confusing experience. Not
only do we have the task of finding exactly what
we want to do with our lives, but there is a whole
host of larger issues in society that we may feel
an obligation to help correct.
My generation, the generation of graduating high
school seniors, has been tagged with the immense
task of correcting societies ills. It seems like
one moment we are enjoying a day of skiing at
Belleayre Mountain with friends, and the next
we are handed global warming, the war in Iraq,
and social security and asked to fix them.