Cooperative Extension’s Jeremy Magliaro offers
instruction in stream management at his office’s packed
open house at the Phoenicia Plaza last week.
On Eve Of New Meeting, Local Businesses Anxious
About Town’s Wastewater Plans
By Phoenicia Times Staff
As unease continues to fester in the Phoenicia hamlet about water
and sewer costs, attendance at the bi-monthly meetings of a small
but influential sewer committee has grown to the point where the
sessions are bursting at the seams.
Plan On Hold
County Dems Back Off Resort Vote, As Gitter Asks
“Will Wonders Never Cease?”
By Brian Powers
County Democrats last week backed away from a planned legislative
vote to endorse a scaled-down version of the proposed Belleayre
Resort project, offered last October by Rep. Maurice Hinchey.
The resolution supporting that plan, authored by District 2 legislator
Brian Shapiro (D-Woodstock), was pulled from consideration just
prior to last Wednesday’s legislative session. At his party’s
caucus preceeding it, 5 of its 21 members indicated they’d
be voting with the Republicans in opposing Hinchey’s proposal,
leaving the resolution one vote short of passage in the 33-member
A Middle School
Grouping Of Grades Takes Precedence As Phoenicia’s
Future Looks Brighter
By Lisa Childers
Speaking to a full audience of concerned parents and community
members, Scott Hillje and Armand Quadrini of KSQ architects presented
their recommendations on school configurations at a school board
meeting in Phoenicia, on February 7. As mandated by the State
Department of Education, a study must be conducted on the facilities
every five years, but a middle school steering committee and the
future of the district committee recommended further studies.
New federal education standards and the reduction of student population
have taken priority in what the district will look like in the
contestants participated in the 9th Annual Shandaken
Primitive Biathlon in Oliverea
last month. Ike Bobseine, seen here, was overall
winner, as well as winner of the 12-16 age group.
Randy Butler was Smoothbore Winner; Liza Bobseine
was Woman’s Winner’ Doug Brayman won
the 17-40 category and Gary Bobseine won the 41-59
World Class Opportunity
Rail/Trail Hearing Pushes Past Questions
Of Challenges To Embrace Eco-Tourism
By Paul Smart
At first, the February 9 Rail/Trail public hearing
at the Olive Town Meeting Hall had the look and
feel of many late winter political gatherings in
the Catskills. The room was packed to overflowing.
Men and women sat arms crossed and made statements
about taxpayer expenses, local geographic and geological
problems, and asked why such a tourist incentive
was being considered now and not 30 years ago when
the trains were last run up the line from Kingston.