HALLOWEEN... is big time in
these parts. Be sure and make it to the annual parade in Phoenicia
on Sunday, starting at 2 p.m. from the school, with readiness
at 1 p.m.
No Stage For OHS Plays
School Board Searches For Alternatives After High School Rigging
By Paul Smart
Don't expect to be seeing any performances at the Onteora High
School auditorium over the coming months. And that includes the
upcoming holiday season and the district's traditional concerts
and performances, according to discussion at the OCS School Board
meeting at the Woodstock Elementary School the evening of Tuesday,
Tongore Deli's Community Story
By Bruce Golden
As the Catskill breezes sweep across the Ashokan Reservoir,
if your senses are keen they will lead you to the hub of the
hamlet of Olive Bridge, to a centerpiece of a small town. Just
moments from the section of Reservoir Road sealed off to traffic
and a classic bicycle ride,
The Tongore Deli and Cafe on Route 213. is much more than a
place to get a good cup of coffee and something to eat. It provides
a different sort of sustenance. It is operated by the daughter
and mother team of Megan Jacobsen and her mom Ellen Iwanowski.
It is an oasis for people looking for a little more than the
wholesome comfort food served 7 days a week. Breakfast, lunch
and dinner. It goes beyond just a convenience store to pick
up groceries and supplies. The real story here is very human...
about the people who run it and patronize it.
Megan, a young mother of two initially took on this project
with her husband but as the marriage faltered the business appeared
to be going with it but she joined forces with her mom Ellen
and together they have found a relationship that is supportive
and hopefully financially viable.
And The Winner Is...
Amidst High Anxiety, GOP And Dems
Anxiously Look To Get Out The Vote
By Brian Powers
All signs point toward a heavy local turnout for next Tuesday's
election, with registered voters and requests for absentee
ballots both up significantly since the last presidential
race. According to Ulster County GOP Election Commissioner
Thomas Turco, voter registration is up by more than 9,000
people since the last presidential election, with the county
rolls now listing upwards of 110,400 eligible voters.
But what's shaken some trees in Ulster County of late is that
of those 9,000 new voters - more than half registered in the
past two months alone - Democrats have turned out to outnumber
Republicans by 6 to 1.
What's In The Budget...
Public Hearing On October 28, Town Meeting Nov. 1, Final
Budget Vote Nov. 4
By Brian Powers
Shandaken's 2005 budget is in. By Thursday night its public
hearing will have been held, and by Thursday, November 4,
it'll probably be adopted.
The numbers for 2005 show a $140,631 increase in the amount
to be raised by taxes, translating to a 5.9 percent increase
in the town tax bills we'll receive after the first of next
year. As proposed, the amount to be raised by
taxes will total $2,674,089, with the town's total expenditures
including both the General Fund and Highway Department pegged
at about $3,730,000. The increase this year falls about
in the middle amongst neighboring towns, which range from
Woodstock's plus 11 percent to Marbletown's minus 2.6 percent.