HAPPY VALENTINES... Sheila Cramer,
daughter of Roy Winchell and secretary at the Phoenicia School,
recently announced her engagement to Harry Hansen of High Falls.
Oath Snafu Sets Town Board To Change Planners On Eve Of Project
By Paul Smart
The fight over Dean Gitter's Belleayre Resort landed on
a new battleground last week: the Town of Shandaken Planning
At the town board meeting February 2, what would have been a
routine approval of the Planning Board's chairman, who
had been chosen by planners at their own recent meeting by a
6-0 vote, with one abstention, was voted down by the town's
new Republican majority 3-2.
In an aside to Democratic councilman Paul Van Blarcum following
the vote, supervisor Bob Cross Jr. simply noted that "Someone
gave me something I want to look at."
Later, Waterman, a veteran of the board for the past 5 years
and a state Department of Environmental Conservation planning
specialist, said she was taken by complete surprise by the vote,
noting simply that "all they're saying is that there
have been allegations."
More Review Time!
Town DEIS Meeting Set For Friday 13th As DEC Grants 60 More
Days For Comment
By Phoenicia Times Staff
Despite the early closing of schools due to the snowstorm Tuesday,
February 3, about 100 people braved the weather and made it
to Onteora High School to attend the third local public hearing
on Crossroads Ventures proposed Belleayre Resort.
That same evening, the Shandaken town board, planning board
and zoning board of appeals went on with a joint meeting to
hear presentations from consultants for the proposed Belleayre
Resort project at the same time, leaving only Crossroads' lead
counsel Dan Ruzow of Whiteman, Hanna, Osterman attending the
Shandaken town supervisor Bob Cross, Jr. has set a meeting to
discuss, and decide, whether the town seeks Full Party status
on review of the massive project for 2:30 PM this coming Friday,
February 13, at which time a growing number of other town issues,
including possibly major changes in the town planning board,
will be discussed.
A continuation of the ongoing DEC public hearings has been set
for Onteora High School starting at 4 PM on Thursday, February
The final day for written comments on the massive Draft Environmental
Impact Statement was officially extended 60 days this week to
Written comments about the proposed Belleayre
Resort should be addressed to Alexander Ciesluk, Jr. NYS DEC,
21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561-1620 The DEC
will be accepting written comments until February 24, 2004.
Belleayre Resort Supplement
The Park's Centennial
Celebrations Shaping Up As The Blue Line's Time Finally
By Tree McElhinney
The Catskill Park turns 100 years old this year. And to mark
the occasion, a centennial committee chaired by Olive Town Councilwoman
Helen Chase is planning a series of events and activities to
"celebrate the people and the landscape within the blue
The committee's theme is "how the social fabric of the
variously defined communities within the Catskill Park work
together with the landscape," says Chase who is also a
board member of the The Catskill Center for Conservation and
Development. "Afterall, the wilderness is the particular
reason for the creation of the Catskill Park."
Established by the New York State Legislature in 1904, the Catskill
Park ranges over 700,000 acres of public and privately-owned
lands in Delaware, Greene, Sullivan and Ulster counties. The
state-owned land within the "blue line' boundary
of the Catskill Park is designated as the Catskill Forest Preserve
and, as directed by the New York State Constitution, is to be
kept forever as wild forest. Consisting of approximately 287,000
acres and containing the highest mountains in the Catskills,
the Forest Preserve today constitutes over 40 percent of the
total area of the Catskill Park.
For Love Of Nature
Sherret & Kenny Chase's Saga...
By Paul Smart
Sherret and Kenny Chase may be the "it couple" of
the season, what with their joint appearance at the recent public
hearings on the proposed Belleayre Resort project drawing a
The two have an ease, comfort and depth of mutual respect for
each other that is instant witness to their 60 years of marriage.
Caught on an icy evening at their homestead home on Chase Mountain,
off Chase Road in Shokan, the couple smiles as each takes a
turn speaking about their life together.
Kenny remembers first meeting Sherret when she was 12 and he
15, accompanying an aunt who happened to be a close friend of
his future bride's mother.
"I noticed her, anyhow," he says of the same moment
in time back in Washington during the 1930s.