VIEW FROM OUTSIDE... About 70 people showed up to protest
the acceptance of a Spirit of The Catskills award to Gov. Eliot
Spitzer by his environmental consultant Judith Enck for their
work on the Belleayre Resort and Ski Center Expansion projects.
Many came dressed in black tie, like the invited guests. Belleayre
Mountain had provided hot cocoa, and 7 DEC officers. Enck, at
right, stopped to accept a petition from Save the Mountain Coordinator
Julie McQuain, left, and Judy Wyman, center, with 2,300 signatures.
Enck was quick to offer a meeting to the two and others opposing
By The Esopus
Local Musician’s Body Found In Big
Indian; Toxicology Report Awaited
By Olive Press Staff
The body of a local musician and popular Woodstock Day School
afternoon program music teacher was discovered in Big Indian
under strange circumstances two weeks ago, several miles from
his Lexington home. With word on the street in Shandaken and
Woodstock, where he was best known, noting everything from
discrepancies about who discovered the body to whether or
not it showed evidence of having been dragged to where it
was found, the tragedy has been haunting communities up and
down Route 28 since it occurred.
In It For Us?
Spitzer’s Budget Revives Interpretive Center, Suggests
Property Tax Relief
By Paul Smart
amongst the labyrinth of text and charts that make up Governor
Eliot Spitzer’s 2008 budget proposal, delivered via
a speech and flurries of press releases in Albany Tuesday,
January 22, was a figure promising $1 million for the long-dormant
Catskill Interpretive Center briefly approved and made ready
for construction during the waning years of the Cuomo administration
13 years ago.
By Brian Powers
Very few rural communities in America are actually
able to support primary health care facilities for
their residents. So when in November, 2005, Maverick
Family Health purchased the medical practice in Phoenicia
from Benedictine Hospital, whether they’d be
able to make it economically viable was anyone’s
guess. But now, less than two and a half years later,
they’re ready to expand.
By A Used Piano
Newspaper Editor Turns Fondness For
Firefighters Into New 9/11 Musical For STS
If you doubt that dreams can come true or that
fate can strike you in a supermarket, consider
the remarkable story of “Sons of Brooklyn,”
a brand new musical to be produced in February
by the Shandaken Theatrical Society.
It was just about 10 years ago now that a world-weary
newspaper editor and closet romantic bought an
old piano for $400. Joe Dowd had always wanted
to learn how to play, but since he couldn’t
read piano music, he figured the only way to learn
the instrument was to write his own songs. Why
let a little thing like a lack of lessons or formal
training get in the way, he figured.
Middle School Planning Forum Yields Little Room
For Meaningful Questions
By Paul Smart
The sense of disconnection and disappointment
was palpable at the recent Onteora Community Forum
on plans to reconfigure the school district for
a 5-8 Middle School.