SWEET WARMTH... There's nothing
quite like a woodstove to remind many of us what we like best
about January in the Catskills... a bit of time outside and a
lot of looking into fires and getting to know the cat better.
Three of SHARP’s six board members from Shandaken, including
two of its founders, Lonnie and Ruth Gale, have resigned following
accusations by the group’s president that comments in
a letter-to-the-editor written by fellow SHARP board member
Edna Hoyt had undermined the group’s reputation.
According to SHARP President Ernest Gardner, Hoyt’s comments
were an attempt to “politically discredit” its executive
director, Shandaken town board member Jane Todd.
Gardener, in a December 1 letter notifying Hoyt of her immanent
dismissal, said that “The SHARP Committee has never and
will never be engaged in ‘using government money’
to further anyone’s career.”
His denial was unusual in that Hoyt’s letter-to-the-editor
which appeared in The Phoenicia Times and the Catskill Mountain
News in late October and which Gardner claimed as the basis
for the Board’s action, neither mentioned nor implied
any such charge.
A New Year Holiday Kind-Of Love Story
By Martha Frankel
It's love at first sight, although I hear Her voice first. It
is nothing like the mean, stupid woman's; Hers is light and
funny. The girls at the shelter are showing Her all the yapping
puppies, using words like sweet, adorable, cuddly. "What
about him?" She asks, nodding towards me. I don't move,
don't wag my stump of a tail, don't look interested or pathetic,
both of which I do pretty well. I know what's coming. "Well,"
the girls tell Her, trying to steer Her back towards those adorable
puppies, "he's a year old Doberman-mix, partially trained,
but he's got a bit of an attitude." She walks right over
to my cage. "Me, too," She says, eyeball-to-eyeball
with me, and within the hour I'm riding in the back of Her car.
She sings the whole way home and scratches my ears. I nuzzle
Her hair with my nose.
Public Hearing on the proposed Belleayre Resort is postponed
until Jan 20 at 7PM at the Onteora School. Come early
to sign up and reserve your chance to speak.
DEC will be accepting written comments
until February 24, 2004. Written comments should be addressed
to Alexander Ciesluk, Jr. NYS DEC, 21 South Putt Corners Road,
New Paltz, NY 12561-1620
Ready For Changes
Bob Cross Steps Up To The Supervisor's Position Promising To
By Paul Smart
For Bob Cross Jr., Shandaken's incoming Republican supervisor,
the final weeks of the year are always his busiest. A surveyor
by trade, Cross says this December has been even more stressful
than usual, what with his new job set to start with the town's
official reorganization meeting January 5.
"We're going to wind it down some for a few months, cut
the magnitude way back due to me taking this position,"
he said of the business he runs with his father, Bob Cross,
Sr. "My father's 73. You worry about your dad at his age"
Asked what parts of the town's governance that have been drawing
his attention, and preparations, most at this point, Cross listed
three major engineering projects: the finalization of the long-awaited
Phoenicia filtration plant, started over the last year but still
unfinished; the initiation of much-needed repairs to the town's
newly-acquired Pine Hill Water System; and the creation of a
plan for implementation of a New York City-financed Phoenicia
Sewer System, now inching forward under the direction of a town-sanctioned
citizen's committee that is weighing several options.
Teen Reporter Meets Local
By Hailey Martine Pearson
Walking up the windy driveway to the door of Leon Gast‚s
screen porch has to be one of the most nerve-racking things
that‚s occurred in my life to date. But being greeted
by the legendary filmmaker himself, and his two dogs, has also
proved to be one of the best things that‚s happened to
Leon Gast is a documentary filmmaker/producer. He is most widely
known for the extraordinary film, When We Were Kings, which
was about Muhammad Ali at the time of the Foreman/Ali fight
Born in Jersey City in 1936, Gast's first job in the film business
was with a show called High Adventure with Lowell Thomas that
ran in the 1950s. Leon speaks of Thomas in terms of adventure.
He says that Thomas was the first to see the Dalai Lama: "Lowell
brought an expedition up Everest. He was just one of those kind
of guys, back fifty years ago."