BOOM BOOM... There'll be a rare
but promised-to-be-wonderful fireworks display at the Parish Field
in Phoenicia this Saturday night at 9:30 to celebrate the bicentennial.
Seen here are the July 4th fireworks in nearby Margaretville...
Quite The Odd Hike...
'Save Belleayre' Group Voices Opposition To SEQRA 'Cumuluative
By Brian Powers
In what was planned as a 'celebration of the mountain' and a hiker's
protest of the proposed Crossroads resort, 38 people climbed Belleayre
Mountain from 4 different trails on the rainy morning of July
5, according to organizers. As the sun broke through over the
summit however, they encountered a scene they weren't expecting:
Heavy security by Department of Environmental Conservation and
Town of Shandaken police, Crossroads' videographer carefully documenting
faces, and about 45 people uniformed in white 'Coalition for Belleayre
Mountain' tee shirts, who'd ascended to the summit lodge by chairlift
in apparent protest of their hike.
A Bear Takes Main Street
Young Bruin Learns The Ropes, Gets Chased By Broom-Wielding
By Phoenicia Times Staff
There's a marauding bruin wreaking havoc in Phoenicia of late,
but last week he got his comeuppance when he was chased out
of a store by a broom-wielding waitress.
In the morning of July 1st Marietta Hofmeister was alarmed by
the sound of the bear rummaging around in a room in the back
of her main street store, Morne Imports. The exterior door was
ajar and the bear decided to check out the room, only to find
Hofmeister's dog Barney, a 12 year old Dalmatian, tied up inside.
"It was very serious, and sad," Hofmeister said."Barney,
who is an old dog, was very upset and crying. The Conservation
officer said the bear would have killed the dog."
It didn't get the chance though. Just prior to the bears entry
Lea Friedrich, who works at Sweet Sue's Restaurant across the
street, saw it lurking around in the alleyway. She went across
the street to get a better view of the critter, saw what was
going on inside, and grabbed a broom and went in to get the
Big Bicentennial Celebration Centers In Phoenicia Saturday
With Multiple Events
By Paul Smart
You've got to hand it to Shandaken, the central Catskills
town spread out along Route 28 just before you hit Delaware
County and the land of cows. The place has spunk. Louder,
more crowded town meetings than any other town in the county.
Same for political races. A hardscrabble style- but also something
uniqu and innately sophisticated. After all, it was
in Shandaken that the region's first French restaurants took
hold. Where trout has long been king. Where the Manhattan
cognescenti still go for their weekend getaways- or maybe
just dinner and some shopping in Pine Hill or Phoenicia. After,
of course, a bit of hiking.
The Soothing Pull Of Local History...
By Paul Smart
Lonnie Gale IS Shandaken history. Although born and raised in
Tannersville, his town roots run deep, both directly and via
his wife, Peg.
He remembers dearly riding the train over Stony Clove to the
Phoenicia Station. And the tales his grandfather would tell
him about local fishing holes, or legendary figures like the
pioneering Jake Moon, one of the last of a long-gone breed of