large crowd came out early on Saturday morning,
September 13 to find out what they could do to help halt, or at
least soften, budget cuts to Belleayre Mountain. With the state’s
economy ready to take a Wall Street hit, though, the ski center’s
long term future may be weakening...
Foes Come Together, Schumer Comes On Board, But The Future Keeps
By Phoenicia Times Staff
The man that has been described as the final authority over drastic
budget cuts to the State owned Belleayre Ski Center has been invited
to visit the facility and the region next month for a quick lesson
on the local economy, and what would happen to it if those cuts
Trial Of Muddied Issues
Shandaken Jury Finds Mt. Tremper Man Guilty Of Polluting The
By Paul Smart
The trial of Mt. Tremper resident Algernon Reese in Shandaken
Town Court on Tuesday, August 16, was the town’s first
in at least a year, according to the town justice’s
charges Reese were facing were about as local as one can get:
the state Department of Environmental Conservation alleged
that the former judge and attorney who moved onto a seven-acre
property adjacent to the Esopus Creek to be close to the Zen
Mountain Monastery had worked in, changed and modified the
course of a protected stream without proper permits, that
by discharging turbid water into the Esopus from his property,
he was guilty of pollution, and that he obstructed governmental
administration during the course of being issued summons on
the previous two charges.
View From Here
Local Future Gazer Predicts Collapse As Local Banks Continue
To Stay Mum
By Gary Alexander
Maybe by the time you read this, the international economic
cataclysm will be old news and the treadmill will have
turned to the latest O.J. trial. Maybe the head-spinning
rush of news out of Wall Street and Washington will take
a back seat to some other catastrophe. Maybe we’re
just dreaming this and, when we wake up, we can go on
denying the obvious. Maybe you’re not even shocked.
Perhaps you were expecting it all along.
Olive’s Verizon Tower Lends Signal
To Esopus Valley, Raising Policy Questions
Phoenicia Times Staff
No one knew when it was coming, but once
it arrived it didn’t take very long
for the news to spread.
After all, the word could now be spread
by cell phone, phones which now work along
the Route 28 corridor almost up to the
hamlet of Phoenicia.
Sometime early last week, without any
ceremony, Verizon Wireless activated its
equipment atop the recently built communications
tower on South Mountain in the town of
Olive. The strength of the signal sheds
new light on the debate over how many
towers would be needed to blanket the
corridor, or at least close the gap between
the signal that Verizon just sent out
in Olive and the company’s existing
equipment on a Cell tower in Highmount.
Onteora Moves Towards West Hurley Sale &
Stalemates On A Dirty Water Revote...
By Lisa Childers
The Onteora district school board discussed
the possibility of hiring a part time grants
writer at its monthly meeting in Boiceville
Tuesday night, September 23. The district
already has a contract with BOCES to find
suitable grants, but OCS Superintendent
Leslie Ford said it could prove too expensive
to have a part time person on hand just
for that purpose, noting that principals
and teachers already write small grants.
Flayhan suggested using the interim superintendent
to write district grants.
The idea ended up canned… for now.
HASHANA 5769, the Jewish New Year, unfolds next
Monday through Wednesday. Why not check out the continuation of
local artist Durga Bernhard’s exhibition at the Woodstock
Jewish Congregation on Glasco Turnpike through October 15. Included
is the above work, Halleluya. Visit www.durgabernhard.com for