The Phoenicia Fire Company
recently held its special training sessions for young people to
learn means for water rescue in the local area. Over the years,
they've proved helpful at rescue work along the Esopus during
our busy tubing season that should be startiong soon...
Voters Turn Out In Olive & Hurley To Turn Down Proposals
& Make Changes
By Violet Snow
& Paul Smart
A $42,720,937 Onteora School budget
went down in a solid defeat throughout all districts Tuesday
night, with a final tally of 2,026 voters against versus 1,190
On the same evening, veteran board member Meg Carey was defeated
in a three-way race for two open school board seats. Parent
David Patterson of Hurley was the top vote-getter, pulling a
total 1,918 votes district-wide versus 1,550 for Tom Rosato,
who retains his seat, and 1,408 for Carey.
In other election matters Tuesday, a $133,500 proposition to
purchase new school buses was defeated 1,887 to 1,253. A proposal
regarding student representatives to the board passed 1,942
The board will now meet again on June 7, at the Phoenicia School,
to decide it's next actions. There are three basic options:
To resubmit the current budget just defeated, to submit a second
budget proposal, or to turn to a contingency budget that cuts
In discussion over the last month, an alternative budget that
would raise expenses by only 4.3 percent, versus the 6 percent
hike represented by the now-defeated budget, was proposed as
a Plan Two should what happened happen.
Whatever is decided will go up to voters again on June 22, unless
the board decides to stick with a contingency budget.
Coalition Of Watershed Towns Sides With Gitter, Threatening
New York City
By Paul Smart
Just as the various forces determined to mitigate, if not
just halt, the proposed Belleayre Resort Project were preparing
for what promises to be at least a month of issues conference
dates starting next Tuesday, May 25, project developer Dean
Gitter bounced back from what looked like a fatal blow from
New York City to bring his own form of the cavalry' in the
form of the same Coalition of Watershed Towns that fought
New York City over watershed regulations eight years ago.
Joe Raiola Makes
In all the pictures I'd seen of Joe Raiola, he appeared to be
at least seven feet tall with a thick beard and a look in his
eyes that was a little scary. That's why I was shocked when
I met him at his home outside of Woodstock and found that he
was roughly five-foot-four, wearing comfortable clothing, and
talking with a lisp. Talk about way off the mark. That made
me nervous. Here I was about to do an interview with the senior
editor of MAD magazine and all the information I had read about
him was quickly leaving my mind. But Joe Raiola put me
at ease as soon as he started talking. And talking.
It's a surprise that a city boy like Raiola
would be happy living in the country, even if it's only for
a few days a week. But for Joe Raiola, "this life is enough---
it's rich enough, difficult enough, challenging enough, terrible
enough, and wonderful enough," he says with a laugh. He
realizes that he doesn't need other people to make him happy,
only a few simple things. And living near the mountains with
his wife, Lisa, has made him very happy, indeed. Living in the
city has its advantages, but living within the 'Gunks has allowed
Raiola to explore the area and the love he feels for the range.
"They are amazing for little guys," he says with a
smile, referring to the 1800 foot peaks.