DAYS... Sure, the full color of a Catskills autumn is grand,
but so's the brilliant lead-in to the big hurrah itself. Enjoy
the ups and downs of what they call Indian Summer!
On Track Again
Town Board OKs Handover To CWC For Phoenicia's Long-Pending Project
By Paul Smartt
The Town of Shandaken's longstanding game of chicken over a
New York City-funded Phoenicia sewer system seemed to have been
laid to rest for at least two years following a 4-1 town board
vote on Monday night, September 13, to sign a contract passing
it all over to the regional Catskill Watershed Corporation for
review, recommendation and eventual oversight.
Gang-Related Shooting By 16 Year Olds Leads To Arrests
& OCS Reaction Kudos
By Phoenicia Timess Staff
It's the sort of thing that chills a parent to the bone...
a campus lockdown at the High School based on reports
that there's been a shooting. Suspects are at large with
guns. No matter that busses have already left for the
afternoon. There's still an elementary school nearby.
We remember the stand-off in Margaretville, have seen
news footage from all sorts of unbelievable events around
the nation in recent years.
On The Big Changes
Part 2 On Local Teacher's Second Thoughts On Our
Nation's Recent Educational Shifts
By Gary Alexander
It remains mystifying as to how a valedictorian
speech given at Coxsackie-Athens High School
in Greene County in June became an internet
sensation referenced by almost 400 separate
websites even before someone posted a video
of it on the web.
Special Notice To Our Readers
Please be aware that after our next, Oct 7, issue,
The Phoenicia Times will be suspending
Rhythm Of Life
On Art & Mothering
By Euphema Robinson
The rhythm of life is everything. There are
no distinctions here. Time really waits for
no man and forget about woman-if I don't watch
it time will zoom right past me. I make time
because my two boys don't sleep late, I sincerely
wished they did. Two months before I got pregnant,
I was one of a half dozen artists in a group
show at the Time Life Building in New York
City. I enjoyed the electrifying atmosphere.
There were hipster artists everywhere, some
discreetly checking out each other's work
while sipping red wine, others possibly having
conversations with potential clients. I mean,
it was an otherworldly feeling standing in
that spacious room looking at my art on the
wall and how perfect it fit the chosen spot.
I remember being mindful of containing my
excitement, my friends were there, all happy
for me and I wished I could have that special
feeling every day. Art makes me happy, but
it is hard work, it takes strong will and
To A Full Board...
Onteora Names McKeon Over Harkin,
Sets New Community Meetings
To Mull Options
By Gary Alexander
At a time that public education
in the United States is leaning
over the edge of the most massive
change in its 157-year history,
a high school teacher residing
in West Shokan, who taught at
Onteora on a string of leave replacements
from 2002 to 2004, recently found
herself addressing vital points
of the moment to U.S. Secretary
of Education Arne Duncan and reflecting
on how she came to be in the position
she was in.