Its not bad enough that you print letters from an individual
that has not had a single original thought on his own, EVER,
and has nothing better to do except to tarnish the character
of our fellow townspeople, whoever they may be. But now he
proposes that if people cannot vote Democratic, that they
SHOULD NOT VOTE AT ALL. This individual does not put his brain
in gear before he opens his mounth!
Really Editor, have you no sense of responsibility to the
public when you chose the letters you print in your newspaper.
Or will you just hide behind the right to a free press, no
matter if its true, false or damaging to anyone. This person
makes wild accusations, and you print it. He repeats formers
letter writer's words over and over, and you print it. He
doesn't know the difference between being responsible for
getting sworn in on your own, or getting somebody thrown off
the board on a technicality, as DiModica did with Bill Fitchner.
Don't think people forgot that little episode. His berating
of private citizens is bordering on liable! Have you no sense
of responsibility when one of your own reporters, reported
on how the Democratic caucus was so nice and civilized. He
failed to report how people hissed and booed at non Democratic
candidates when they got up to speak, and the candidates had
nasty things to say about their opposing candidate. People
who are at this moment serving the town!
Not DEMOCRATIC at all!
Is this how they propose to bring the town together?
I have not seen one bad word about any Democratic candidate
so far. Are your candidates so squeaky clean that something
couldn't be said about them? Can anyone be put under a microscope
and not have flaws? Maybe something could just be made up
about them, as your writer is so good at.
So I am asking you, Editor in Chief, will you be more selective
in your letters to the editor? What kind of reporting and
campaign are we looking forward to this time around? I leave
it to you to make the call.
John C. Kuever
Editor’s Response: We run all letters that come
to us, and seek out many from other publications, without
any editing because we feel our community's open debate, from
the most local to most universal topics, is the key responsibility
of this newspaper. As for your comments about the Democratic
Caucus and our reporting on it... what you bring up did not
occur at the event we were at on August 5. Could you have
mistaken another open Meet the Candidate’s event for
I would like to take this opportunity to respond to Mr. Dave
Channon’s letter printed in the Phoenicia Times August
First, let me clear up one of the letter writer’s misrepresentations.
SHARP did not “own a piece” of the Phoenicia Hotel.
Mr. Stokes applied for and received a loan that SHARP administers,
as have most of the businesses in this town. SHARP files a
lien on all borrowers to the loan fund, and it has never been
our policy to place insurance on these loans as to do so would
bankrupt the Fund quickly. I would also like to add that for
the writer to say that “we discovered” there was
a loan, seems to imply some sort of illegal activity, to which
I, along with the SHARP Board of Directors, take great offense.
If the “Imperial We” were to dig deep enough,
“We” may find that many of his friends and neighbors
have most likely benefited from this loan fund from time to
time as well.
Secondly, the reason for the loan was to do renovations, which
Mr. Stokes did indeed comply with, making complete interior
renovations to the rooms upstairs, as well as building space
for what was to become several successive restaurants next
door to the Tavern. I am not sure who the writer talked to
regarding the use of Mr. Stokes’ loan, but it was certainly
not anyone involved with the loan fund process, which would
leave me to believe that he is simply making up his own facts
as he goes along, and each individual would take it as just
that, and make their own decisions based upon where the information
Lastly, all applications to the loan fund are reviewed by
a Loan Fund Committee. It is also the Committee that makes
the decision on who will get the loans and who will not. No
Executive Director has ever been in the position to do so,
this includes Ms. Jane Todd. Therefore, Ms. Todd was no more
instrumental in the loan made to the Phoenicia Hotel, than
Mr. Dave Channon was.
As this is an election year, and Mr. Channon has apparent
axes to grind from the Top in Albany all the way down to little
old Phoenicia, SHARP is once again bracing for the onslaught
of daggers Mr. Channon regularly throws at The admirable Jane
Todd, as we often times feel the sting from a wild strike
every now and again. Mr. Channon is either ignorant of the
true facts or else he deliberately distorts them to suit his
own political schemes. We at SHARP will continue to service
the needs of our community, helping out in any way we can.
I believe change can only come about when worked on in a positive
Buffy Kibe, Exec. Director
The Large Parcel debacle is over. Olive dodged a 30 percent
LPL cannonball in a 15-15 tie vote at the county venue on
Aug. 8th. Hats off to the 2 pro-LPL UC Legislators who were
absent that night. If the NYC assessment suit is settled by
next August, our next LPL dunking could occur after the next
NYC reval, perhaps many years out. I do believe that the LPL
problem will be resolved by then. Perhaps the next NYC reval
could be approved by the powers that be in Albany before it
is applied, avoiding the possibility of a huge refund to NYC
years after the fact. Also avoided would be the years of potential
large hikes and school harmony meltdown that can follow a
NYC reval under the LPL. That would be a valuable law. The
many weighty issues involved underscore the value of the inter-municipal
agreement sought by Olive.
I'm puzzled and surprised that the 2 Woodstock chaps and Noonan
chose to bring the LPL to a vote at the county venue. They
bypassed the UC Legislature Administrative Services Committee
decision to table the LPL for '07 which was due to the recent
Olive reval. A 30 percent hurt for a 2 percent gain? Where's
the logic? Even the Woodstock Times said table it. Sadly,
its more fuel on the fire.
Despite the huge tax hikes and school harmony meltdown, the
LPL is a mosquito bite compared to the potential of the other
NYC tax issues. Olive leaders working to join with the county
and school to deal with NYC is a great idea. With millions
in hand to purchase more land in the watershed, the 900 lb.
gorilla will soon weigh a ton. The final reservoir value determined
at the Jan. trial may well become a benchmark for many years
to come given the lack of funding to commission and defend
future revaluations. Olive has done its homework and is building
bridges to work with the other affected parties.
Dr. Ford was advised not to participate. Perhaps because the
school levy is issued and will be paid no matter what the
apportionment. The amount collected by the school does not
go up if NYC is worth more, so why get involved? The people
will pay the levy no matter what. The other members of OCSD
seem shortsighted in pursuing the LPL while neglecting the
larger NYC assessment issue. Olive suffered financial loss
and the entire school district suffered harmony meltdown from
the LPL due to one action only, that of Olive assigning an
up to date value on the reservoir. OCSD is scarred. Will the
wounds ever heal?
Olivite’s came together and pulled on whichever rope
or lever they could to fend off the LPL. The Admiral called
forth a sometimes mutinous citizen crew and the good ship
OM was launched with at least one loose cannon stowed aboard
to help shore up the defense. Olive Matters stoked the boilers
keeping the steam up for the long voyage. The yearly skirmishes
were each quelled in a fortnight with all hands on deck. Not
a bad show given that the royal ship of state and its media
brethren are zealously pro-LPL and willing to deceive at every
turn. Only a few Olive turncoats swam against the tide. Calmer
seas are on the horizon.
I'm awed at Olive’s participation at the school. Olivite’s
support each other through thick and thin, it seems. I’m
awed at the County Building protest of Feb.,‘05. Olive
peaceably roared with style at a truly unforgettable event.
The Holiday Inn protest might have been a little too severe,
but I've mixed feelings given the 3 million theft from Olive
purses. Many struggled just to get through the year after
the LPL tsunami hit. NY Senator Farley asked Gov. Pataki to
sign LPL into law to avoid tax hikes for the “hard hit
seniors” in his district. Our own state Senator appears
to have other concerns. He told those in distress to sell
and leave town. Our Assemblyman was of similar mind and treated
a delegation of esteemed polite Olivite’s quite poorly
when the issue first arose. Distressed seniors and school
harmony meltdown are of no concern to them.
I'm very glad to live in Olive, the little town that could.
And will. Peaceable, neighborly and fair, mostly. Live and
let live, always. Look around! Verbal altercations if not
fisticuffs occur at almost every public meeting in surrounding
towns. Not here. Oh, we have the occasional minor spat, but
nothing much compared to outside Olive. The SS Olive appears
to be in good trim despite the stormy weather. Our senior
officers have the experience and appear well able to navigate
the treacherous shoals of the NYC coastline.
A big peace-or-war showdown is set for Washington on Saturday,
Sept. 15, and the American antiwar movement will be there
in force, including a contingent from the Hudson Valley traveling
in chartered buses from Kingston and New Paltz.
Sept. 15 is the day Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. commander
in Iraq who
represents the Bush Administration1s hope for military victory,
will deliver his eagerly anticipated report on the status
of the war. He is expected to plead for more years to obtain
Simultaneously, tens of thousands of peace demonstrators ‹
great majority of the American people, according to all public
opinion polls we will be marching from the White House to
the Capitol for a rally, demanding, 3Time1s up! Withdraw now!2
Some 20 peace groups and coalitions are sponsoring the event.
The Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter is chartering the buses
to Washington and back, leaving in early morning and returning
late at night. For information on reservations and other details,
email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (845) 255-5779.
Jack A. Smith
New Paltz, NY
Sunday evening, I was driving home on 28 West. The traffic
at 8PM was so heavy, it was hard to get onto the road. When
I came almost as far as the Black Bear, I saw a young white
and black cat on the wrong side of the road. He/she was looking
around, trying to figure out how to get out of the mess that
curiosity had created. I was fed up with the usual government
blunders and mulling them over, trying to talk myself into
not caring, and instead concentrating on my personal needs.
Nevertheless, I found my car drawn over into the Black Bear
parking lot, and then tried for some time, to cross 28 to
see if I could rescue the cat. All the while, I was scolding
myself for being too soft. "See? That's why you have
no money, you're a fool, etc., etc.".
I got across to find the cat crying at me, "Help me,
please help me". I was able to pick it up easily, with
no scratches to show, carefully crossing the jammed up 28
and went into the restaurant. I didn't know what I'd do, but
when I got inside, 3-4 women wanted to hold the cat. I talked
to the patrons about what to do, suggestions were coming in,
"Call, WDST", "Go to the Emergency Hospital
in Kingston", "Call he ASPCA." At the last
suggestion, a man jumped off his barstool, and said: "No
- don't call the ASPCA, or any of those things. This cat will
find it's owner, or I'll take it". I looked him in the
eye and we were both practically crying. We thanked each other
and I left. The next morning, I got up to learn that Karl
Rove had resigned. Need I say more?
Recently, George Bush, with a straight face, told us that
everyone in the USA already has health coverage, since the
uninsured can go to an emergency room when they need care!
Over forty-six million uninsured citizens in the US, and his
solution is for people to wait until their
health problems are so severe that they need to go to already
overcrowded emergency rooms - the least efficient and most
expensive health-care solution!! I wonder why he didn't take
his own advice and go to one of Washington, DC's emergency
rooms to treat his Lyme Disease last year? Probably there
was no need, since he has good government health-care coverage.
And his coverage seems to be so good, he even got doctors
to come to him for his recent colonoscopy, while he was on
vacation at Camp David. Perhaps the White house will publish
the health-care costs associated with those procedures and
how much the Bush family had to pay out-of-pocket for any
medical services they received? I wonder: Do they have a deductible?
While Bush blabbers, the state of public health in the US
continues in a downward death spiral. In a just published
study on how long Americans live, Dr. Christopher Murray,
head of the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at
the University of Washington, reports, "Despite being
one of the richest countries in the world, America has dropped
from 11th to 42nd place in 20 years." People are dying
sooner because of the failing health system in our country.
What will it take to get a national single-payer universal
health system that simply says to all American citizens, "You're
born, you're covered...you die, your coverage ends?"
This week my wife and I received notice that our group health
insurance rates just jumped another $100 per month, with no
end in sight. And in the midst of this, the regressive national
health-care priorities still hold sway. The only talk about
health-care on the Republican campaign trail is about how
quickly they would give more millions in subsidies to favored
private insurers (and rich CEOs) and continue to strangle
public services in this country. One definition of insanity
is "to keep doing the same thing and to keep expecting
different results." Why are Republic candidates asking
us to continue the madness and why do they want voters to
support the continuation of a failed profit-making health-care
system? What we need, instead, is a non-profit PUBLIC health
care system that covers all Americans under one plan like
Medicare For All. With no profit allowed, administrative costs
will drop dramatically. And, with a single-payer plan, doctor
fees can be reduced when they save big-time on billing and
So, why are Republican candidates still trying to scare voters
with worn-out phrases like "socialized medicine"
or "Hillary-Care" when a vast majority of Americans
support cost-effective comprehensive public health coverage?
How could the Republicans be so out of step with what's needed?
Follow the money! When we remove the 30% waste and profit
that goes to companies making millions under these schemes,
we'll have a much stronger health-care system. And, I bet
our longevity improves.
In contrast to the Republicans, all the Democratic candidate
endorse universal health-care. Presidential candidate, Dennis
Kucinich, has the best plan of all the candidates to change
the way health-care is delivered in America. It embraces all
the important elements of a not-for-profit public system to
provide health coverage for our communities. It recognizes
we are all in the health-care boat together and we gain when
public-health policy is strengthened, not dismantled.
I urge this paper, its readers and all candidates for public
office to strongly endorse HR 676, the rational approach to
universal, not-for-profit, single-payer health-care offered
by Dennis Kucinich and John Conyers, and to work for its adoption.
I know it's early to be thinking about the November elections
and with all the fighting and arguing, sometimes it's hard
to digest all of what is going on. However, I had the privilege
of watching all three of the district attorney candidates
answer questions and present their platform to the public
via Kingston Public Access TV. I wish I could say all were
impressive, but I can't. There really was only one candidate
that stood out as a clear frontrunner, and that is Jonathan
Republican candidate Holley Carnwright made some very disturbing
comments in terms of how he would handle the district attorney's
office, contrary to what [Kingston Police] Chief Keller says
Mr. Carnwright does not feel there is a need to be proactive
in fighting crime, he stated crime is going to happen anyway
so there is no need to try to prevent it but rather prosecute
it as it comes in the door. Mr. Carnwright also stated that
there is no need to upgrade the office to the 21st century
and that everything is currently up to date. I have talked
to many people, including the current district attorney, who
conclude that updates are needed to effectively prosecute
crime. Conservative candidate Vincent Bradley Jr. was on for
an hour and I can't really tell you any of his positions on
crime. Mr. Bradley seemed very uncomfortable and was not clear
where he stood on the issues.
Then there was Jonathan Sennett a bright, confident voice
who gave a clear plan that included tackling quality of life
crimes by getting to the root causes of crime and making the
office proactive in fighting crime. Mr. Sennett went into
great detail about how he would prosecute crime more efficiently
and more effectively. Fighting crime seems to be his forte
after being an assistant district attorney in the Bronx County
district attorney's office for over six years. Mr. Sennett
also made a statement that sticks out; he said that he would
not just be the chief prosecutor of the county, but the chief
community leader. That to me says it all. Mr. Sennett is a
person that will serve our county proudly and, in my opinion,
clean up a lot of the crime problem that exists today. Jonathan
Sennett has my vote!
How will the Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran invasions be stopped?
How will the tragic loss of soldiers and civilians be stopped?
How will our hard-fought rights as citizens of a democracy
be saved? How will the valid purpose of a federal government,
the security and well being of all the people, not just the
super rich, be restored?
When the executive branch takes excessive powers and uses
them to put the country in jeopardy while trying to control
information (see the Sunday, Aug 19 New York Times op ed written
by some of our soldiers in Iraq), when the Federal Courts
are stacked with lackeys of the Executive Branch, we must
look to Congress. We DID look to Congress in a massive outpouring
for the 2006 Congressional election.
Because our nation's founders feared such a runaway executive
branch, they gave Congress, as representatives of the people,
two legitimate powers control such an executive branch.
1) Withdraw the portion of OUR taxes which pay for the executive's
illegitimate plans which threaten both the security and well
being of the people. (This is not the same, obviously, as
not supporting our troops)
2) Dis-empower the members of that executive branch by impeachment.
Without using those powers, or even attempting to use those
powers, all else from Congress is rhetoric. Our two Congress
members from the Hudson Valley, Maurice Hinchey and John Hall,
disappoint us by choosing to reject those two Constitutional
powers. Will the present administration be challenged by being
censured, basically reprimanded? Of course not. Does it care
if it is investigated knowing the investigation will have
no consequences? Not really.
If a boy in my kindergarten class grabbed a big building block,
destroyed the classroom, injured other kids, and thereby broke
all the rules of that little society, I wouldn't tell the
other children how bad he was, reprimand him and then hand
him another block!
We respect and support our local congressmen. We count on
them. They are actually beloved. And therefore it is heartbreaking
to contrast their words, which gave them the Congressional
majority, and their present lack of action. We expect them
to be courageous in both word and deed. We need to let them
know we have their backs. We need to insist they take the
block away. De-fund and impeach. Do not dither. Our democracy
and even our earth are at stake.
Perhaps many people in Ulster County (the silent majority
of pro-choice individuals) are not aware of what is being
dispensed in their midst at two places called “pregnancy
Recently, I walked into the Pregnancy Support Center in New
Paltz and met Sharon LaRose, the Executive Director. She told
me that all young women who enter the Center receive a packet
with brochures; she then gave me a sample of the material.
Enclosed in that packet is a brochure that would terrify any
young girl, or adult for that matter. It is entitled: “The
Single Most Avoidable Risk Factor For Breast Cancer Is Elective
Abortion.” This is an outright lie. I have contacted
scientists, medical doctors and researchers who have said
that this is nonsense and is only misconstrued statistical
scare tactics used by Right to Lifers (disguised as do-gooders
who “support pregnancy”) to frighten young women
into not having an abortion.
I will be hosting and producing a television show in the near
future with one of the doctors who explained how ridiculous
this brochure is...and how dangerous. These people are insidious;
the majority of people in this state - both men and women
- are too young to recall the days of bacterially infected
wire hangers and bloody deaths from illegal abortion. Those
who have had to experience abortion that is safe and legal
appreciate this precious constitutional right.
There are one million abortions in America every year. Most
of the women who have abortions are married; many have become
pregnant while using birth control. As everyone knows, there
is no method of birth control that is 100 percent effective.
Several years ago I wrote an article for The Daily Freeman
about a Saugerties resident, a former member of Right to Life,
who had four children and found herself pregnant after her
boyfriend abandoned her and the children. She ended up agonizing
over her choices, and ultimately chose reluctantly to have
an abortion. She even spoke to her priest about her wrenching
dilemma. I drove her to the doctor’s office in Kingston
where she had the abortion in the early 1980’s. She
was grateful she could have access to this procedure, as she
could not financially support a fifth child, and did not want
to go on welfare. She said to me: “The problem with
people in Right to Life organizations (she had been an activist
over the years), is that they see everything in black and
white while life takes place in the gray areas most of the
I am sure most Ulster County residents would agree with her
assessment of the situation. I learned something from this
woman. Life can turn on a dime. As a Libertarian, I believe
every human being has a right to decide for him or herself
what to do.
I am shocked and saddened that a Right to Life organization
is disseminating untruths in a publication dispensed to vulnerable
young women in crisis. This is truly abusive and unfair. The
majority of Ulster County residents must not remain silent;
their silence may very well endanger our constitutional rights.
I used to love visiting county fairs, where I'd encounter
sheep, cows, goats and rabbits - hundreds of animals polished
and spit-shined for the big event. It has only been in the
last decade that I've stopped attending such fairs, disturbed
by what seems to me a misleading presentation of animal agriculture.
Animals raised for food have anything but the contented lives
that fair producers would have the public believe, and I am
heartened each time more attention is drawn to the practices
of agribusiness and their impact on the health of animals,
humans and the planet we share.
At the same time, I live in the real world, and recognize
that when it comes to culturally and historically-based habits
and belief systems, change comes slowly. I might wish for
the world to give up animals products tomorrow, but I know
that won't happen. Through my work and my book, I encourage
compassionate people to lift the veil: to learn about the
lives of animals raised for food, and to ask whether they
want to continue to participate in the cycle of violence and
But bull riding? At the Dutchess County Fair? I'd love to
know the politics behind the decision to include such a barbaric
spectacle in a progressive community's beloved fair. While
it will take prolonged, Herculean efforts to encourage ordinary
Americans to look honestly at their eating habits and the
suffering they cause, those same ordinary Americans react
with moral indignation at outright displays of torture. One
need look no farther than the Michael Vick case. Bull-riding,
a "sport" that induces bucking via painful jabs
and caustic ointments, is torture.
Shame on the decision-makers at Dutchess County Fair.
Kathy Stevens, Director
Catskill Animal Sanctuary
The Invasive Species Bill which passed the legislature this
spring is expected to be delivered to Governor Spitzer one
day this week. The Governor will have 10 days to sign the
bill into law or to veto it. It is extremely important that
he receive many, many letters supporting the signing of this
The bill will create a permanent body, The NY Invasive Species
Council (FYI, the NY Invasive Species Task Force is not a
permanent body). It will also call for support of the Partnerships
for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISMs). In addition,
the bill calls for phasing out the use of invasive species
by state agencies and public authorities and promoting the
use of native species.
If this bill becomes law it will help to advance the work
to prevent, control and manage invasive species in the NYS.
Please send a letter to the Governor’s office, as well
as the office of his Counsel, indicating that you / your organization
support the legislation, and urge him to sign the bill. Fax
numbers are below, which will ensure faster delivery of your
letter. You may also want to mail a hard copy.
The bill numbers are A. 9027-A (Sweeney) / S. 6117-A (Marcellino).
Please fax your letter to:
Judith Enck, Deputy Secretary for the Environment: 518-473-2344
AND David Nocenti, Counsel to the Governor: 518-474-8099
You can also write the Governor.
Also, please contact someone you know who is interested in
invasive species and ask them to send a letter.
Ron Urban, Chairman
NY Trout Unlimited
Port Ewen, NY
Some of the finest wild ginseng in the world has been found
here in the Catskill Mountains. This ginseng though is being
depleted through poor management of the forest and education
of the people who are picking wild ginseng. Following a few
simple tips could get ginseng back growing the way it should
be. Some major problems are the misconceptions surrounding
planting ginseng seeds when you find a wild root. Here are
a few tips that work:
Ginseng seeds die if they dry out, so don't take the seeds
home and dry them out or plant them in bone dry ground. Ginseng
seeds found this fall will not sprout next spring no matter
what you do, they will sprout the following year. So here
is the problem. You need to plant the seeds so they will not
dry out during this time. Sometimes nature can wipe out a
year's worth of seeds with a drought. You might think that
you will replant the seeds when it is wet. Well that is dead
wrong. Ginseng roots won't grow in a puddle or a depression.
They don't like to have their feet wet as that promotes a
fungus disease which kills them. Also, don't smoke or handle
tobacco while messing with seeds or roots. There is a fungus
which grows all over tobacco and it is deadly to ginseng.
Guess what? Yep, another reason to quit if you still smoke.
I just dug a real nice root, why don't I put the seeds back
where I dug the plant? Wrong. The reason is that ginseng takes
certain minerals out of the soil that won't let new plants
grow. The people who cultivate ginseng can't grow ginseng
twice in the same patch. I don't believe they have figured
it out yet so don't worry. Just move over a foot or two and
plant the seeds there.
Planting seeds: Scratch the leaves off the forest floor and
put the seeds about one half to an inch into the rich black
dirt. Cover with dirt and then put the leaves back. The best
places are around dead stumps and logs on a slope where there
is 78% shade. The shade, dampness, slope, dirt type, etc.
are solved by planting around ginseng's companion plants,
some of which are Doll's Eye or Baneberry, Blue Cohosh, Trillium,
Jack in the Pulpit, and Nettles. Don't plant around hemlock
or pines, Club Moss or Oxalis, and in grassy fields or open
spaces. I have found it doesn't like to grow above 2800 feet
in altitude here in our Catskill Mountains.
Plants/roots under 10 years old have minimal value. They bring
a poor price in the market and have not matured enough to
have all the beneficial compounds that an older plant has.
One more thing. Ginseng seeds that will sprout next year are
available at low cost if you want to do a "Johnny Appleseed"
thing. Our woods could use the help.
The Rondout-Esopus Land Conservancy (RELC) is now twenty-years
old. When you're working close to an organization, it is sometimes
easy to forget important dates. And so we were surprised to
note that the RELC turned twenty in August. RELC was incorporated
under NY State’s Not-for-Profit Corporation Law, and
the incorporators were Nancy Copley, Harry Hansen, and Eric
Hertz. We congratulate them on their foresight, good sense
In the beginning, the name of the organization was the Rondout
Valley Land Conservancy. At that time, the Conservancy was
not yet able to accept easements, and so the first easement,
the Gordon/Farquhar farm in Stone Ridge, was actually granted
to Mohonk Preserve and had to be held until the conservancy
was approved as a 501c3 public charity by the IRS. That was
in 1988. Two years later, the conservancy changed its name
to the Rondout-Esopus Land Conservancy to better describe
its area of service. Since its inception, thirty-eight land
owners have donated conservation easements covering more than
3,000 acres to RELC, forever protecting for future generations
open farmland, forest, wetlands and other important natural
resources from future development
On behalf of RELC, its current and past board members and
many volunteers, we thank our easement donors and the current
owners of these important properties for their dedication
to preserving open space and the essential character of the
region in which we chose to live.
It's pleasurable work maintaining the natural beauty of our
region, and we continue to encourage others to donate easements
to the conservancy for the purpose of maintaining the rural
character of the Rondout-Esopus Valley.
Happy 20th Birthday, RELC. And please visit us at relanconservncy.org
The RELC Board of Directors:
Robert Anderberg, Jonathan Blair, Jac Conaway, Jen Cairo,
Floyd Lattin, Paul Lenz, Walter Levy,
Peter Nelson, Zali Win
Just a note to pass on some interesting statistics I gathered
from the Town of Shandaken tax roll. There are 2,048 residential
properties in Shandaken. Every one has an owner, and that
owner gets mailed tax bills. Where do these tax bills go?
1,115 of these bills (54%) are mailed to an address within
the Town. Presumably, these are people who live in Shandaken
"full-time" or most of the time. 933 of the bills
(46%) are mailed "out-of-town," presumably to second-home
owners who live elsewhere most of the time. Where do the 933
"out-of-town" tax bills go"
23 Staten Island
109 Long Island
81 Other Ulster County
25 Other New York State
117 New Jersey
68 Other States
3 Outside US