AT THE MEMORIAL DAY PARADE...
This is Helen Cordo's great time of year, what with her
having spearheaded Flag Day activities at the school for years.
On Friday, June 4th, at 4:30 pm, the Shandaken Republican Club
will be presenting Ms. Cordo with their first ever Community Spirit
Award in the newly constructed meditation garden adjoining
the St. Francis Rectory on Main St. in Phoenicia. The goal is
to thank Helen for her years of dedication to the youth of our
But No Press
Last week's two visits to the proposed Belleayre Resort
project site by Judge Wissler and the attorneys for the parties
involved was made by a group of about thirty people including
expert witnesses slated to testify in future proceedings and DEC
staff. Conspicuously absent was the press, barred from attending
by Crossroads Ventures' Dean Gitter.
Whither The Vote?
Onteora School Board Mulls Upcoming Second Round Of Annual Budget
By Violet Snow
Reeling from the recent decisive defeat of the school budget
by Onteora voters, the school board is expected to adopt a second,
lower budget at the Monday, June 7, meeting, for presentation
to voters at another election on June 22. Also at Monday's
meeting, business administrator Chuck Snyder will make a detailed
comparison of the district's per-pupil costs with those
of nearby districts, as requested by a group of West Hurley
parents. State senators Larkin and Bonacic and Assemblyman Cahill
have been invited to address the intent of the large-parcel
tax legislation, which has complicated the process of the budget
The River Runs Red
Why The Esopus' Mudbath Has Less To Do With The Portal
Than Clay Banks
It seems the portal in Shandaken is no longer
the big bad monster mucking up the Esopus. After recent
rains started turning the Esopus Creek a rich, muddy red,
creating so much turbidity that local innkeepers began worrying
about keeping holiday bookings and the local chapter of Trout
Unlimited made special mention of the phenomenon in their
regular newsletter, investigation revealed that the muddying
culprit is actually upstream from the passageway by which
water is moved from the Schoharie Reservoir into the Esopus,
a long-recognized cause of local turbidity. The eroding clay-bed
stream bank is located behind the Pine Hill Sewer Plant, near
where Birch Creek, a major tributary of the Esopus, dramatically
turns from crystal clear to chocolate murk.
Sea Of Lawyers Battles Over Details Of Gitter DEIS With Few
By Paul Smart
With a loose huddle of nearly a dozen attorneys, the adjudication
process for Dean Gitter's Belleayre Resort project got underway
at the Margaretville Fire House in Delaware County the morning
of May 25.
The proceedings will be restarting next Monday, June 7, in
the same location. See inside for a full schedule.
All ears at last Thursday's session of the Belleayre Resort
issues conference were on Brian Ketchum from Margaretville,
the Catskill Preservation Coalition's traffic expert. The
bottom line according to Ketchum, is that the project's actual
impact on Route 28 traffic would be approximately double that
projected in Crossroads Ventures' DEIS.
A Reel Teen
Making Movies In The Catskills
By Paul Smart
Chance Fraser's "The Letter Guy," which premiered
at the Woodstock Film Festival last year and is set to play
as the only local finalist in the Reel Teens Film Festival at
the Catskill Mountain Foundation Movie Theater in Hunter this
weekend, is a perfect local movie.
It involves a young man riding in a car with his father. He's
looking out the window, watching the scenery pass along Route
28 when he sees a man in a really nice suit retrieving letters
from a mail box situated in front of a particularly ramshackle
home. The kid and his father wonder what the story is. Cut to
inside the house, where the "letter guy" is slovenly
dressed watching television when he decides to get the mail,
dressing up for the occasion- only to return to his couch
potato persona after emptying the mail box.
So what if the film's only 3 minutes long. Fraser's
16, and the "Letter Guy," produced as part of the
Onteora High School's Indie Works program, is an assured