gang of dumpster raiding bruins took
a snooze in the shady branches of a Main Street maple in Phoenicia
last Friday. After a brief break, locals are running into them
more, and literally. Shandaken police officer Fred Holland said
this week that about a baker's dozens have died meeting cars
this month alone...
Ag Council forester Tom Pavlisich leads an educational hike during
the recent teachers retreats in the area.
Onteora Staff Among Prized Spots In City/Fed-Sponsored Environmental
Ten local teachers and ten teachers from the New York City area
gathered at the Menla Mountain Retreat in Woodland Valley from
August 6 to 11 for a Watershed Forestry Institute. Run by the
Catskill Center for Conservation and Development (CCCD) and sponsored
by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the
U.S. Forestry Service, the program is designed to help teachers
educate students about the ways land use affects water quality
in the NYC watershed.
For A Reval?
Councilman Stanley Invites ORPS In To Discuss Finally Doing Townwide
After years of uncertainty that has left Shandaken the only town
around who hasn’t re-evaluated its tax rolls in decades,
the possibility of a town-wide reval is now on the table, with
a meeting on the subject with state officials being set for next
month… and as much uncertainty whether anyone in the town
actually has the guts to go through with the thing.
Parcel Hearing At OCS Draws Little But Olive Opponents
By Paul Smart
The crowd that turned out for the annual Onteora School Board
public hearing on whether it should implement the state’s
Large Parcel Legislation equation for assessing its taxes on Thursday,
August 10 was less than previous years, but its message largely
Eagle Lands, Again
Shandaken Day Set To Break The World Kazoo Band Record,
If Guiness Listens...
banners in Phoenicia herald the approach of Shandaken
Eagle Day on Saturday, August 26th. Other blue banners
stamped with the eagle image decorate the roadways.
Seated under an umbrella on Phoenicia’s Main
Street, civic saleswoman Helen Cordo does brisk business
in Eagle tee-shirts and hats. All systems are go for
the third annual Shandaken summer celebration, possibly
the town’s biggest ever.
Developer Manipulates EPA Appointee To Divert Resort’s
Failing Review Process
After months of quiet on all fronts, it turns out
that local developer Dean Gitter, whose massive Belleayre
Resort proposal for the Central Catskills has been
mired down in the state’s adjudication process
for over a year, has been busier than anyone expected.
And not just busy on new plans, but working the ropes
where it seems to matter most these days: via the
federal Environmental Protection Agency and its last-say
control over New York City’s drinking water