TO SHANDAKEN... Tenzin Gyatso, the XIV Dalai Lama
of Tibetan Buddhism and one of the key spiritual and moral figures
of our day, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and noted author and philosopher,
will be attending a conference on Longevity and Optimal Health:
Integrating Eastern & Western Perspectives at Woodland Valley’s
Menla Mountain Conference Center next week. The Conference is
from September 18 to 21. The Dalai Lama is expected on the last
day and will overnight in the vicinity before heading on to Woodstock.
Although giving no public audiences during his visit (a Buffalo
event sold out immediately at 30,000), his visiting our town is
considered quite the blessing. Could we become his second home?
Gives City Its OK
Watershed Health Report Gives Regs The Nod As
Long As Things Don’t Worsen...
Phoenicia Times Staff
The Environmental Protection Agencies New York City Watershed
Team, with assistance from the New York State Department of Health
Bureau of Water Supply Protection, have issued a report that states
the City has met EPA requirements in protecting the water supply
for half the states population without the use of a filtration
Despite A Lack Of Public Notification Discussions
Begin On A Tax Update
Shandaken’s town board held a workshop meeting September
6 to hear from State and County officials and begin consideration
of a possible townwide revaluation. But apart from the board,
staff from the assessor’s office, and press who’d
learned of the meeting at the last moment, only 5 members of the
public were present.
For Budget Season?
Town Board Shows Surprise At Water District Finances As New Questions
By Phoenicia Times
With a mandate to present a preliminary spending plan by the end
of this month, it was curiously appropriate that the Shandaken
Town Board found itself dealing with a variety of money matters
this week at it’s monthly meeting for September.
Questions about spending popped up everywhere. The dispute over
drinking water rates in Phoenicia festered again, still more flower
vouchers for that same hamlet piled up on the desk in front of
an aggravated Councilman Robert Stanley, and Stanley started to
lay the groundwork to get some money for his home hamlet of Pine
Hill to do a little sprucing up of his own.
Local Outcry Deters Diocese’s
Closure Plans And A New Priest Takes Charge
By Violet Snow
Despite a proposal by the Archdiocese of New York
to make Phoenicia’s St. Francis de Sales Catholic
Church into a mission church, with one service per
week, and place it within St. John’s Parish
of Woodstock, the local parish is apparently going
to be left intact, with its mission churches in Allaben
and Boiceville remaining open. Parishioners are relieved
but uneasy about the failure of the archdiocese to
communicate openly with them about the decision.
By Violet Snow
Even if you haven’t noticed Japanese knotweed
all year, it is probably grabbing your attention now,
with its pretty sprays of lacy white flowers. But
be aware that this imported ornamental wreaks havoc
along waterways because of its aggressive growth habits,
displacing native species that are more harmonious
with local wildlife and better at flood prevention.
Knotweed’s shallow roots do not sufficiently
anchor streamside soils and contribute to bank erosion
under flood conditions. If you have knotweed on your
property—look for the jointed, hollow bamboo-like
canes, up to ten feet high—it is advisable to
try to get rid of it. The 4-H Club in Oliverea, under
the guidance of Pat Rudge, has had success with the
following technique. Stomp down the canes so they
bend and break; then cover them with black plastic
or, preferably, black landscape fabric, depriving
the plants of sun and moisture. You may have to go
back and stomp a few more times over the next few
weeks. Once the plants have dried out, they may be
burned. Guard against letting plant fragments, especially
roots, be released into streams or fill, whence they
may spread. A root fragment as small as a centimeter
can sprout and start a new patch downstream. For more
details, see the recent Cornell Cooperative Extension
newsletter or www.esopuscreek.org
(click on Esopus Creek News Archives).