Ready To Sue
The Woodland Valley Association has put out the call that
they need a commitment of substantial funds from the community
within the next several days to launch a legal attack
on the town of Shandaken for approving a controversial
water harvesting project last month. Association President
Howard McGowan said the reality is that over $27,000 is
needed to challenge the projects approval.
” I believe that we must take every step we can
to stop this foolish plan. Despite all our voices, letters,
and efforts this Planning Board has refused to listen,”
he said. ”The Planning Board went outside their
legal bounds in adopting this proposal. We believe that
we have significant grounds for over turning this approval
in the Courts.”
He said $15,000 is needed immediately to retain Attorney
Marc S. Gertstman for the action. It is estimated that
a total of $27,500 would be needed to complete the process.
The Association is asking all members to immediately contribute
$300 each. Non-members supportive of the cause are asked
to contribute as well.
“Over seven hundred people signed a petition against
this proposal. We packed the Town Hall on several occasions
for Public Hearings. We wrote hundreds of letters. Still,
this Planning Board with four new members appointed by
our Supervisor Bob Cross, ignored us,” McGowan added.
Cross did not return phone calls this week to respond
to questions about the cost to the town for defending
against such an action. In the 2007 town budget, adopted
last Monday, the amount allocated for legal fees is $30,000.
But the town is currently embroiled in another major lawsuit
with another Landowners Association. It remains unclear
whether the amount for legal fees in the budget is enough
to defend the town against the Woodland Valley Association
Cross announced recently that the town has spent about
$20,000 on the lawsuit filed by the Shandaken Landowners
Association over alleged discriminatory land assessment
practices. But Peter Vinci, the President of the Landowners
Association, believes that figure is inaccurate. Vinci
suspects the town has already spent over $45,000 on the
“I wanted to take out an ad in the paper and apologize.”
That’s what Highway Superintendent Keith Johnson
said when asked what was going to happen to High Street
and Woodland Valley Road now that they have been ripped
up and re-graded.
Unfortunately, the roads will remain in their washboard
like condition until next spring.
Johnson said that he planned to surface the roads with
what is known as “oil and chip” but that the
weather did not cooperate. Two consecutive days of clear
warm weather are needed, he said, and Mother Nature didn’t
supply them before it got too cold to do the job.
The Shandaken town board unanimously voted to create a
sewer district for the hamlet of Phoenicia on Monday.
This action is expected to be challenged via a permissive
referendum, which would take place sometime in February
according to Kevin Young, the Attorney preparing the district
for the town.
The formation of the district is the first solid step
toward building a sewer system for the hamlet and in fact
authorizes the town to begin the project. But opponents
of the sewer project, who vow to stop it, will now begin
the process to get enough signatures on a petition to
force the referendum. If a majority of Phoenicia voters
support the project the sewer district will remain and
the system will be built.
“We knew they were going to do this,” said
project opponent Sue Bernstein after the vote. “Now
we prepare for the referendum.”
Opponents like Bernstein are quick to say they don’t
oppose the system, but instead oppose the details of the
deal with New York City, which is paying to build the
system and hand it over for Phoenicia ownership.
During the public hearing on the matter just before the
vote, it was the opposition that spoke loudly. Jerry Pearlman
warned that any advice given to Phoenicia has come from
sources with a vested interest in the success of the project,
such as Young and Delaware Engineering, the company designing
Demanding that the board hold a referendum, Pearlman also
challenged the ability of the current administration to
handle things properly.
“I would advise residents of the water district
to remember what town management of the water district
has cost them in taxes in the past year because of the
white elephant filtration plant that does little to enhance
the quality of the drinking water,” he said.
Pearlman also has a theory that the plan is to greatly
expand the size of the sewer district out into the route
28 corridor. Such an expansion, he said, may require the
district to increase the size of the treatment plant.
“Who would pay for that,” he asked.
The costs of forming the district and designing, permitting
and constructing the infrastructure are funded pursuant
to the Memorandum of Agreement with the City of New York
pursuant to a the Block Grant of $17,273,723.
Supervisor Robert Cross Jr. said last month that the block
grant is also paying for all the engineering and attorneys’
fees associated with the project and includes a $1.5 million
contingency fund. The fund, he added, may be used to help
landowners pay for the costs of hooking into the system,
but only if it is not used up on cost overruns during
construction of the project.
According to Young, the town will not incur any expense
in the formation of the proposed district and the construction
of the public improvements to be constructed within the
district. If the Block Grant is insufficient to fund the
entire project as designed, he said, the Town Board may
have to reduce the size of the plant or the sewer collection
system or make such other modification to the design as
necessary to bring the project within the Block Grant
amount and/or seeking additional funding from the City
of New York.
The county legislature has been discussing the impacts
a proposed $300 million 2007 Ulster County budget would
have on staff and services, with possible cuts to libraries
and tourism getting much public scrutiny. The county has
been pushing a shift from old-style print marketing to
a more Internet-based approached. County Administrator
Michael Hein has said nothing he heard during recent public
hearings has swayed him from what he outlined in his budget
presentation last month.
“We firmly believe that the old model simply wasn’t
working, and this new model, which is going to be more
of an Internet-based model, is the wave of the future,
and what we need to ultimately hit our target market.”
Hein sees no reason to change anything in his budget.
The legislature is working to keep the tax levy hike for
county expenses to somewhere between 7 and 8 percent,
versus the 39 percent rise forced by a GOP-written budget
last year. To get there, Hein’s budget calls for
59 position eliminations, 27 through layoffs.
Meanwhile, it was revealed last week that sales tax revenues
grew an average of 9.2 percent annually in the Mid-Hudson
Valley from 1999 to 2005, the highest in the state, according
to a report issued by the state comptroller’s office.
The report said that despite increases in state aid, more
school aid and a cap on local Medicaid costs, fiscal stress
among New York’s local governments is mounting and
shows no signs of lessening any time soon.
Campus Auxiliary Services, which owns the Ashokan Field
Campus affiliated with SUNY New Paltz, is nearly finished
negotiating with the Open Space Institute over the sale
of the 372-acre site near the Ashokan Reservoir. Steven
Deutsch, chief executive officer of Campus Auxiliary Services,
said this week that the Open Space Institute, a conservancy
group that has been protecting portions of the Hudson
Valley for 35 years, has offered $2.1 million for the
property - the appraised value. He added that the conservancy
is working as a bridge purchaser for the Ashokan Foundation,
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason’s newly formed non-profit
organization that hopes to incorporate the campus’
outdoor education heritage with a greater appreciation
for arts and music.
Deutsch said the new owner will have to work with the
New York City Department of Environmental Protection,
which has entered into past agreements with the campus
to allow New York City to drain water from the reservoir
through a dormant waste channel on the campus. The channel
eases spring runoff, and has been used to help accommodate
an overflow from the Schoharie Reservoir during repair
work. He said the campus’ current employees and
outdoor educational programs for fifth- and sixth-graders
will all remain the same under the new ownership. Campus
Auxiliary Services will continue to provide dining, bookstore,
laundry and other services to SUNY New Paltz according
to its contract with the college.
Ungar, president of the Ashokan Foundation, helped facilitate
the sale in hopes of combining the campus’ educational
and environmental heritage with music and art. He has
held summer camps at the Ashokan Field Campus since 1980.
Many residents in the Delaware River basin portion of
the New York City watershed are expressing relief about
the NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s
recent decision to lower the levels of the Neversink,
Cannonsville and Pepacton reservoirs to alleviate flooding.
The program will monitor the water levels of the three
reservoirs by making sure they do not exceed a level of
80 percent during periods of wet weather.
Because of several recent severe floods, New York City
wanted to find a way to mitigate flooding upstate while
still ensuring that the city had adequate water, said
Paul Rush, deputy commissioner of the Department of Environmental
Protection. The temporary program will monitor reservoir
water levels by releasing water when needed. After that,
the DEP will come up with a permanent flood mitigation
Although the program was proposed by the city DEP, all
parties in the Delaware River Basin Commission had to
vote unanimously in order for it to go through. The five
areas that represent the commission are New York City,
New York state, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Similar efforts in the Ashokan basin are currently dependent
on the finishing of repair work on the Gilboa Dam that
serves the Schoharie Reservoir, expected to be completed
in the coming months.
Sales of existing single family homes in the Hudson Valley
and Catskills regions dropped significantly in September
compared to the same month in 2005. But selling prices
have remained consistent with those from the previous
year despite the drop off in sales. According to recent
figures, sales in Ulster County are down 23.9 percent,
with a median house price of $245,000. Dutchess County
sales are down 22 percent with a median house price of
$370,000; Greene is down 5.6 percent, with a median price
of $162,500; Delaware County is up 4.8 Percent, with a
median of $87,000; Sullivan County is down 33.9 percent
with a median price of $173,000; Columbia County is down
34.3 percent, with a median of $121,500; Rockland County
is down 18.2 percent, with a median of $500,000; Orange
County is down 22 percent, with a median price of $310,000;
Putnam County id down 35.9 percent, with a median of $401,250,
and Westchester County’s sales amounts are down
22.4 percent, with a median home cost at $617,500.
Statewide, the market is down 15.7 percent from last year
with a median house price of $238.000.
The Ulster County Legislature was set to consider a pair
of resolutions Wednesday as part of what has become an
ongoing process of trying to regulate sex offenders in
the county. One requests state lawmakers pass a law requiring
uniform methods for sex offender notification statewide.
Currently, each municipality has its own method for notifying
residents about the sex offenders in their community,
a system that can cause confusion and fear – as
occurred in Olive in recent months. The other resolution
requests state lawmakers make failure to register under
the Sexual Offender Registration Act a felony. It is currently
a misdemeanor punishable with a maximum one year in jail.
A felony could be punished by several years in prison.
The one sex offender resolution the county was not voting
on this month was a residency restriction law proposed
in September that would prohibit level 2 and 3 sex offenders
- those with a high risk of repeat offense - from living
within 1,000 feet of schools or child-care facilities.
Some critics from both parties had questioned the bill’s
effectiveness and it was sent back to committee.
Additionally, a proposal is being pushed to force the
state to implement tracking of level 3 sex offenders,
those with the highest risk of repeating a violent offense,
with satellites through the Global Positioning System.
Ulster County is preparing to serve as the pilot program
for such a project with a $250,000 grant from the federal
The Town of Saugerties is setting up a permanent electronics
collection container on site at the Route 212 Transfer
Station in Saugerties servicing Saugerties, Woodstock,
and Shandaken residents beginning November 1. Hours of
operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 7 AM to 3
PM. Accepted are electronics including computer components,
vcr’s/dvd players, keyboards, printers, monitors/tv’s,
Discarded electronic waste represents a growing portion
of the solid waste stream in New York State and Ulster
County. Electronics contain potentially hazardous materials
including lead, cadmium, mercury, silver and phosphorus.
The recovery, refurbishing, dismantling, and/or recycling
of valuable materials found in electronic waste is viewed
favorably by regulatory agencies. Collection of this material
will benefit the Town and County by source separating
and diverting electronic waste from other landfill bound
municipal solid waste while increasing recycling rates
and reducing landfill use.
Advanced Recovery Industries (ARI), the vendor providing
service for the electronics collection days held by the
Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency, will provide the
Town with a collection container. Once filled, ARI will
transport the electronics to its warehouse in Port Jervis,
PA for dismantling and recycling. Countywide over eighty
(80) tons of electronics have been collected this year,
including the City of Kingston which also has an ongoing
electronics collection program.
Call (845) 679-0514 for more information. Residents only,
A toll-free number provided to Medicare customers by a
listing in the June 2006 Verizon Yellow Pages book for
Ulster, Dutchess, Greene and Orange counties lists the
number for Medicare beneficiary inquiries as (800) 442-8430.
But rather than an automated menu, callers who dial that
number are greeted with an offer to “jump into fun
exciting live talk now” by calling another 800 number.
Callers to the second number are greeted with: “Hey
there sexy guy. Welcome to an exciting new way to go live,
one on one, with hot, horny girls waiting right now to
talk to you.”
Jeff Hall, director of communications for Medicare and
Medicaid Services Region II, said he didn’t know
how the wrong number wound up being listed in the local
phone books. He said the number for inquiries has been
1-800-MEDICARE (633-4227) “for years.” The
number that leads to the phone sex service is a former
Hall guessed that there haven’t been many complaints
about the mixup because most people who make Medicare
inquiries don’t look the number up in the phone
book. Rather, they use numbers in a handbook that’s
provided to them each year or get information and phone
numbers online at www.medicare.gov.
Andy Shame, a spokesman for Verizon information services,
said the number must not have been updated the last several
times that his company printed its local phone books.
On Saturday, November 11th, Delaware County fine art galleries
will be holding the first Delaware County Gallery Tour.
Self-guided, participants can hop on board at will and
travel the gallery circuit. Festivities will culminate,
however, at The Gallery, Stamford, 8 p.m., with a concert
by singer/songwriter Andrew Calhoun.
In Andes, the Chace-Randall Gallery, 49 Main Street, is
presenting Bar and Cafe, with new works by Leslie Bender
and Laura Di Nello. The Catskill Center Erpf Gallery located
on Route 28, Arkville, presents “Handmade in the
Catskills,” works by glass artists Mary Certoma
and Alan Barbier, potter Robin Bruck-Tanner, folk artist
Richard Connell and metal sculptor John Jackson. 110 Main
Street, in Delhi, celebrates its grand opening housing
three major art centers: Delhi Art & Antiques, Delaware
County Fine Arts Center (DCFAC) & The Main Street
Gallery with shows featuring prints, photography and sculpture
by established Delaware County artists plus a new exhibit,
Abstract is Back. Art 28/30, a new co-op gallery scheduled
to open its Margaretville doors next season, previews
work by its participating artists at the M-ARK Project,
773 Main Street. Ken Orton Gallery, 746 Main Street, presents
the work of the figurative painter whose work includes
portraiture and landscape. Enderlin Gallery, Main Street,
Roxbury, presents “Abstract Tendencies,” with
works by Jeanette Fintz, Roshan Houshmand and Rebecca
Welz. The Walt Meade Gallery, Roxbury Arts Group, Vega
Mountain Road (right off Main Street), presents Karen
Kucharski, “The Art of the Tango,” acrylic,
charcoal and monotype works all portraying the Tango.
Finaly, the Mural Gallery, Mount Utsayantha Regional Arts
League, Frank W Cyr Center on West Main Street in Stamford
presents “A Walk Through The Seasons,” still
life and landscapes in watercolor by Karen Graves and
Celia Clark and The Gallery, 128 Main Street, presents
new work by gallery founder and director Timothy Touhey,
and an 8 pm closing concert featuring Andrew Calhoun singing
Scottish ballads and original works.
The Delaware County Artist Tour is organized by The Gallery,
Stamford, and Chace-Randall Gallery, Andes. It is free
and open to the public.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The Ulster County Department of Motor Vehicle expanded
its hours last week to an 8:00 AM start time Monday through
Friday at the Ulster County Office Building. The new hours
of service will be 8:00 AM to 4:45 PM Monday through Friday.
In addition, a County Motor Vehicle Bus will continue
to travel to local town halls throughout Ulster County
Monday through Friday. Hours of operation for the Mobile
Unit are 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. The
location schedule includes Fridays at the Shandaken Town
Hall, Rt. 28, Shandaken, NY.
St. Francis de Sales Church has announced a temporary
change in its weekend Mass schedule effective November
11. Due to furnace problems and
the approaching cold weather, Masses at the Allaben and
Boiceville mission churches are being moved to the main
church in Phoenicia until further notice. According to
Rev. Phil Tran, Parish Administrator, donors have come
forth to replace the furnaces and provide fuel for one
year for each of the mission churches. The parish cannot
proceed with the replacements until the NY Archdiocese
makes a decision on the status of the mission churches,
“We regret any inconvenience for our parishioners
and weekend visitors and are grateful to those who are
willing to replace these furnaces,” said Rev. Tran.
“We continue to pray for a positive outcome.”
The US defense department has set up a new unit to better
promote its message across 24-hour rolling news outlets,
and particularly on the internet. The Pentagon said the
move would boost its ability to counter “inaccurate”
news stories and exploit new media.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, whose resignation was
asked for by a group of military publications this past
week, said earlier this year the US was losing the propaganda
war to its enemies.
The Bush administration does not believe the true picture
of events in Iraq has been made public and has said that
it is particularly concerned that insurgents in areas
such as Iraq have been able to use the web to disseminate
their message and give the impression they are more powerful
than the US, our correspondent says. The newly-established
unit would use “new media” channels to push
its message and “set the record straight”,
Pentagon press secretary Eric Ruff said.
“We’re looking at being quicker to respond
to breaking news,” he said. “Being quicker
to respond, frankly, to inaccurate statements.”
A Pentagon memo seen by the Associated Press news agency
said the new unit would “develop messages”
for the 24-hour news cycle and aim to “correct the
record”. The unit would also monitor media such
as weblogs and would also employ “surrogates”,
or top politicians or lobbyists who could be interviewed
on TV and radio shows. Ruff said the move to set up the
unit had not been prompted either by the eroding public
support in the US for the Iraq war or the US mid-term
Rumsfeld said earlier this year that he was concerned
by the success of US enemies in “manipulating the
“That’s the thing that keeps me up at night,”
Belleayre Mountain is scheduled to kick off its 57th season
on Saturday, November 11th, weather and conditions permitting.
With temperatures below freezing, Belleayre was able to
start up the snow guns on Thursday night, November 2nd.
On November 12th will be the Harvest Brunch Buffet &
Auction in the center’s Discovery Lodge, hosted
by the Open Eye Theater of Margaretville, NY. A buffet
will highlight auction items, with all proceeds benefitting
the theater group. Call the Open Eye Theater at 845-586-1660
to purchase tickets.
Due to last year’s response to the Thanksgiving
Rail Jam, Belleayre Mountain will be offering its first
Rail Jam on Saturday, November 25th. The Rail Park will
be set up on the lower half of the Wanatuska trail, and
the jam will begin at 5 pm. Cash prizes for the top skier
and snowboarder will get the kids out for a great night,
with a performance in the Overlook Lodge by live band
“Call It A Night”.
Belleayre Mountain will be closed on Thanksgiving Day,
but open the weekend following… weather permitting.
This past weekend, on November 4, Belleayre held a “Tap
Into Winter” Party at its Overlook Lodge bar as
a way of saying “welcome back”.
It was rcently announced at a campaign-style press conference
with State Senator John Bonacic that Belleayre Mountain
Ski center will receive another $750,000 to improve the
state owned facility.
Announcing the $750,000 award to Belleayre, Bonacic said
that any state investment into the facility was an economic
boost to the region, particularly to nearby private sector
ski establishments in the Catskills region.
“When you help Belleayre you help Windham, you help
Hunter, you help Plattekill,” he said.
For more information about all the upcoming events at
Belleayre, visit www.belleayre.com or give us a call at
Discount carrier JetBlue Airways will begin flying between
Stewart International Airport and Florida, U.S. Sen. Charles
Schumer announced recently. The news comes less than a
month after AirTran Airways announced it would start offering
service between Stewart and four Southern cities.
JetBlue will begin its Stewart service on Dec. 19 with
one round trip per day between New Windsor and Orlando,
then expand the service on Jan. 5 to include two round
trips per day between Stewart and Orlando, two round trips
per day between Stewart and Fort Lauderdale and one round
trip per day between Stewart and West Palm Beach. JetBlue’s
introductory one-way fare between Stewart and the three
Florida destinations will be $79.. Those fares eventually
will rise, ranging from $99 to $299 per one-way ticket.
The JetBlue announcement comes just three weeks after
AirTran Airways, another low-cost carrier, announced it
would begin five daily flights to and from Stewart beginning
Jan. 11. AirTran will fly twice per day between Stewart
and the airline’s hub in Atlanta and once daily
between Stewart and Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa,
Fla. AirTran’s introductory one-way fares will be
in the $79-to-$89 range.
Two federal agencies are investigating whether the Bush
administration tried to block government scientists from
speaking freely about global warming and censor their
research. The inspectors general for the Commerce Department
and NASA have begun “coordinated, sweeping investigations
of the Bush administration’s censorship and suppression”
of federal research into global warming, according to
“These investigations are critical because the Republicans
in Congress have ignored this serious problem,”
Kristen Hellmer, a spokeswoman for the White House Council
for Environmental Quality, said Wednesday night that the
administration has supported the scientific process in
its approach to studying climate change.
A report last month in the scientific journal Nature claimed
administrators at the Commerce Department’s National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration blocked the release
of a report that linked hurricane strength and frequency
to global warming.
NOAA has denied the allegations, saying its work is not
Ignoring climate change could lead to economic upheaval
on the scale of the 1930s Depression, underlining the
need for urgent action to combat global warming , a British
report on the costs of climate change said.
Meanwhile, a report by chief British government economist
Nicholas Stern is saying that the benefits of determined
worldwide steps to tackle climate change would greatly
outweigh the costs. His 700-page report adds that no matter
what we do now the chance “is already almost out
of reach” to keep greenhouse gases at a level which
scientists say should avoid the worst effects of climate
change. It said the world does not have to choose between
tackling climate change and economic growth, contradicting
President Bush, who pulled out of the Kyoto Protocol against
global warming in part because he said it would cost jobs.
“The evidence gathered by the review leads to a
simple conclusion: the benefits of strong, early action
considerably outweigh the costs,” said the report,
prepared for British Prime Minister Tony Blair and finance
minister Gordon Brown. “Our actions over the coming
few decades could create risks of major disruption to
economic and social activity, later in this century and
in the next, on a scale similar to those associated with
the great wars and the economic depression of the first
half of the 20th century,” it said.
The report was being released prior to the start of U.N.
climate talks in Nairobi on November 6, focusing on finding
a successor to Kyoto which ends in 2012.
The report estimates stabilising greenhouse gases in the
atmosphere will cost about 1 percent of annual global
output by 2050. But if the world does nothing, it could
cut global consumption per person by between five and
Stern called for a coordinated international approach
to combat climate change, saying the effort must be shared
fairly by rich and poor. He suggested rich nations take
responsibility for emissions cuts of 60-80 percent from
1990 levels by 2050. Countering global warming would bring
new opportunities to industry, he said, estimating the
market for low-carbon energy products could be worth at
least $500 billion a year by 2050.
He advocated a doubling of worldwide public spending on
research and development into low-carbon technologies
and a sharp increase in incentives to encourage people
to use them. Stern said a global carbon price was needed,
affixing a clear cost to pollution, and this could be
created through tax, trading or regulation.
Bush To Move?
A land grab project by US President George W. Bush in
Chaco, Paraguay, has generated considerable discomfort
both politically and environmentally, according to South
American newspapers that have been following stories circulating
the continent about plans to buy 98,840 acres of land
in Chaco, Paraguay, near the Triple Frontier (Bolivia,
Brazil, Paraguay), known as the last refuge of Nazism,
a center for Al Qaeda, and one of the world’s last
undeveloped oil reserves… as well as leading water
resources for the arid region.
Paraguay Governor Erasmo Rodriguez Acosta revealed he
heard that part of the land purchase consists of an ecological
reserve with which Bush is affiliated. Then concern increased
in recent weeks with the arrival of Bush daughter Jenna,
and a source from the Physical Planning Department saying
that most of the Chaco region now belongs to private companies.
Luis D”Elia, Argentina´s undersecretary for
Land for Social Habitat, says the matter raises regional
concern because it threatens local natural resources.
He termed it “surprising” that the Bush family
is trying to settle a few short miles from the US Mariscal
Estigarribia Military Base.
Argentinean Adolfo Perez Esquivel, a 1980 Nobel Peace
Prizewinner, warned that the real war will be fought not
for oil, but for water, and recalled that Acuifero Guaraní
is one of the largest underground water reserves in South
America, running beneath Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and
Uruguay (larger than Texas and California together).
No More Fish?
If current trends of overfishing and pollution continue,
the populations of just about all seafood face collapse
by 2048, a team of ecologists and economists warns in
a report in the new issue of the journal Science. While
the study focused on the oceans, concerns have been expressed
by ecologists about threats to fish in the Great Lakes
and other lakes, rivers and freshwaters, too.
An international team spent four years analyzing 32 controlled
experiments, other studies from 48 marine protected areas
and global catch data from the U.N. Food and Agriculture
Organization’s database of all fish and invertebrates
worldwide from 1950 to 2003.The scientists also looked
at a 1,000-year time series for 12 coastal regions, drawing
on data from archives, fishery records, sediment cores
and archaeological data.
“At this point 29 percent of fish and seafood species
have collapsed - that is, their catch has declined by
90 percent. It is a very clear trend, and it is accelerating,”
the report said. “If the long-term trend continues,
all fish and seafood species are projected to collapse
within my lifetime - by 2048. It looks grim and the projection
of the trend into the future looks even grimmer…
But it’s not too late to turn this around. It can
be done, but it must be done soon. We need a shift from
single species management to ecosystem management. It
just requires a big chunk of political will to do it.”
The researchers called for new marine reserves, better
management to prevent overfishing and tighter controls
In the 48 areas worldwide that have been protected to
improve marine biodiversity, they found, “diversity
of species recovered dramatically, and with it the ecosystem’s
productivity and stability.”
The National Fisheries Institute, a trade association
for the seafood industry, does not share the researchers
“Fish stocks naturally fluctuate in population,”
the institute said in a statement. “By developing
new technologies that capture target species more efficiently
and result in less impact on other species or the environment,
we are helping to ensure our industry does not adversely
affect surrounding ecosystems or damage native species.
Seafood has become a growing part of Americans’
diet in recent years. Consumption totaled 16.6 pounds
per person in 2004, the most recent data available, according
to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
That compares with 15.2 pounds in 2000.
Joshua Reichert, head of the private Pew Charitable Trusts’
environment program, pointed out that worldwide fishing
provides $80 billion in revenue and 200 million people
depend on it for their livelihoods. For more than 1 billion
people, many of whom are poor, fish is their main source
of protein, he said.
The research was funded by the National Science Foundation’s
National Center for Ecological Synthesis and Analysis.
Xmas Dreams... The Shandaken Police Benevolent Association
and The Shandaken Ambulance Squad have joined forces to
make Christmas a special holiday for as many deserving
children and families in the Town of Shandaken as they
can by sponsoring “CHRISTMAS DREAMS COME TRUE”.
On December 2, the two organizations will be holding a
Christmas Day Spectacular set to include a Christmas party
for the children including a visit from Santa Claus with
gifts. Later that day they will alsol kick off a Penny
Social with a Silent Auction, Bake Sale and 50/50 Raffle.
They will also be selling raffle tickets in the near future
for a cash prize. The goal of the comined efforts is to
raise enough money to be able to give deserving families
the following gifts: The fixings for a complete turkey
Christmas dinner, warm coats and boots for the children
along with a few smaIl toys for them to open on Christmas
The PBA and Ambulance Service are currently looking for
donations to help them reach theirr goal. If you can find
it in your heart and your pocketbooks they would appreciate
any donation one chooses to make.
Monetary donations are needed as well, and will be greatly
appreciated. They can be mailed to: Christmas Dreams Come
True, P.O. Box 91, Phoenicia, NY 12464. Checks can be
made payable to Christmas Dreams Come True.
If you have an item for pick-up please contact: Chad Storey
845-707-0113 (Leave Message); Lisa Benjamin 845-688-5485;
Jerry Pearlman 845-688-5491; Linda Storey 845-688-5382;
Shandaken Police 845-688-9748 (Leave Message); or Shandaken
Ambulance 845-688-5030 (Leave Message).
Wendy Goetz was named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of
Margaretville Memorial Hospital by the organization's
board of directors on October 25. Ms. Goetz has served
as acting CEO since June 1, following the resignation
of Joe DiPalo. She began work at the Margaretville healthcare
campus in April 2000 when she was named administrator
at Mountainside Residential Care Center, sister facility
to the hospital. In 2004, Ms. Goetz was promoted to vice
president of operations, in addition to her duties as
nursing home administrator. A native of Utica, Ms. Goetz
received her master's degree in business administration
from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy in 1995.
She later earned a master of science degree in health
service administration from the SUNY Utica-Rome.
Ms. Goetz began her professional career as an administrator
with the Chicago Pneumatic Tool Co. She then completed
the Administrator in Training program at Oneida Healthcare
Center before accepting a position as administrator at
the Swancott Home in Utica.
Her professional affiliations include membership in the
American College of Healthcare Administrators for Nursing
Homes and serving as a diplomat in the American College
of Healthcare Executives.
On a local level, Ms. Goetz has served as president of
the Margaretville Rotary Club and is a member of the Fairview
Public Library Board of Directors.
Ms. Goetz said she is pleased to have been named CEO and
will work to maintain the positive growth of the healthcare
"We have an outstanding staff on the whole campus.
It's a pleasure and honor to work with our employees,"
Ms. Goetz said she has really grown to love the Catskill
region. In her leisure time she enjoys golf, skiing and
Margaretville Memorial Hospital and Mountainside Residential
Care Center are affiliated with the Kingston Regional
Health Care System. For additional information please
call 845 586-2631.