Signed, sealed...Task Force delivers its report

Signed, sealed…Task Force delivers its report

As promised and slightly ahead of a self-imposed deadline, the Woodstock Library Facilities Task Force, asked to evaluate possible solutions to the library’s immediate space and facility needs released its final report January 27. The 60-page document that calls for...
Obituary: Kiki Randolph passes on

Obituary: Kiki Randolph passes on

Like a hurricane finally blowing out to sea, Kiki Randolph, 87, departed Ferncliffe over the weekend as an ice-storm in her wake closed the New York State Thruway. Leaving stories enough to fuel a best-seller and heart enough to save an impoverished...
Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary heads for High Falls

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary heads for High Falls

The Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, a haven for rescued cows, goats, turkeys, and other abused livestock, is pulling up stakes and moving 30 miles south to High Falls. The sanctuary’s 23-acre property in Willow is up for sale, along with...
Olive's 2015 agenda

Olive’s 2015 agenda

Flood mitigation is high on the priority list for 2015 in the Town of Olive, along with upgrading town infrastructure, specifically buildings and parks. “We’ve worked well together this year,” supervisor Sylvia Rozzelle commented, referring to the town council. Among...
Rebuilt Phoenicia Library set to open

Rebuilt Phoenicia Library set to open

The electrical fire that destroyed the interior of the Phoenicia Library was still smoldering on that March morning in 2011, when Judith Singer, then president of the library board, got on the phone with Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, technical advisor at...
Ars Choralis turns 50

Ars Choralis turns 50

Among the eight “Whereases” in the Town of Woodstock resolution to honor the choral group Ars Choralis for its fiftieth year of performances: “Whereas, Ars Choralis is one of four choruses in the United States recognized for its concerts of...
Kevin Peters is the new Woodstock fire chief

Kevin Peters is the new Woodstock fire chief

After 27 years as Woodstock’s fire chief, 73-year-old Mike Densen is retiring from the department. Kevin Peters, 56, who has served as an assistant fire chief for 25 years, will take his place. “Since the chief’s job is sort of...
New York bans the boom

New York bans the boom

New York State banned the natural gas retrieval procedure known as High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing during a televised cabinet meeting presided over by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday. The decision cited a variety of concerns raised by the state Department...
Olive Free Library exhibit recalls reservoir construction era

Olive Free Library exhibit recalls reservoir construction era

Like many other Town of Olive residents, Rejoice Scherry grew up hearing stories about the towns that were uprooted to make way for the Ashokan Reservoir, built to provide New York City residents with drinking water. Now equipped with degrees...
Spinelli’s Burning Man hearkens back to the Maverick Festivals

Spinelli’s Burning Man hearkens back to the Maverick Festivals

Rooted in Utopia’s past, Frank Spinelli’s astounding photographic record of “Burning Man” celebrates the planet’s newest art-driven community. In doing so this native Woodstocker reminds us that our most extraordinary (if largely forgotten) contribution to world culture is alive and well in an...
Woodstock talks Niagara, aquifer protection

Woodstock talks Niagara, aquifer protection

Environmental conservation was the theme as the Woodstock Town Board heard input on an aquifer protection overlay district, opposed a Hudson Valley crude oil pipeline and heard suggestions for stopping the proposed Niagara water bottling plant. Dharmaware owner Erik Holmlin,...
Books: Frances Gray’s My Life with Archipenko

Books: Frances Gray’s My Life with Archipenko

Frances Archipenko Gray, the elegant longtime Woodstocker who’ll be reading from and signing copies of her new memoir My Life With Alexander Archipenko at the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 7, has written one of...
Woodstock gets legal counsel for Niagara review

Woodstock gets legal counsel for Niagara review

Denied a seat at the table, Woodstock officials have enlisted legal muscle to help defend its watershed rights in the discussions about a proposed Niagara bottled water plant in the town of Ulster that would draw water from Cooper Lake...
No status for Woodstock

No status for Woodstock

Following a lengthy public session where the Ulster Town Board heard from members of the public concerned about oversight on the proposed Niagara Bottling plant, the town board voted to deny both the Kingston Common Council and Woodstock Town Board...
Herren chills Onteora students with stories of drug abuse

Herren chills Onteora students with stories of drug abuse

Former NBA-Basketball star and recovered drug addict Chris Herren told his chilling story to a full audience of Onteora District grade-nine-through-twelve High School students at a Friday morning assembly on substance abuse. Over 400 students arrived at the auditorium in...
Sheriff suspends warrant checks at Social Services

Sheriff suspends warrant checks at Social Services

Ulster County Sheriff Paul VanBlarcum said this week that he will suspend a controversial policy of running warrant checks on visitors to the county’s Department of Social Services HQ after lawmakers threatened to replace sheriff’s deputies assigned to security at...
Our man in Washington predicts progress from next Congress

Our man in Washington predicts progress from next Congress

Fresh from his resounding win in New York’s 19th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson (R-Kinderhook) talked this week about unfinished business from the 113th Congress, legislative priorities for the 114th and the new landscape in Washington, where Republicans now...
The Early History of Water, Woodstock and Kingston

The Early History of Water, Woodstock and Kingston

I have an idea. When it comes to the current controversy surrounding Cooper Lake, the Kingston Water Department and the Niagara Bottling Company, let’s all just blame William Cooper and be done with it. On second thought, I take that...
Woodstock Lodge says it will sue the Travel Channel

Woodstock Lodge says it will sue the Travel Channel

A cable piece, “Rotting Woodstock,” started screening last week on Hotel Impossible, a show on The Travel Channel and currently in rotation, has become a huge topic of conversation around town and county. For the owners of the Woodstock Lodge,...
WAAM offers Georges Malkine retrospective

WAAM offers Georges Malkine retrospective

The heat is unusual for April. Past a lake, briskly, all is flat but the curved backdrop of low mountains. The trees have an early start to their summer cover, leaves oiled by the humidity. The only movements in the...
Bach on the streets

Bach on the streets

Hearing musicians outdoors in Woodstock is not a surprise. But it was a big surprise —startling, actually — to walk out of CVS on a Sunday afternoon and see someone playing unaccompanied Bach on a violin. A moment’s listening surprised...
Library task force meets the public

Library task force meets the public

In its first two-way dialogue, the library’s facilities task force assured the public it was exploring all avenues for expansion and heard pleas from a neighboring business owner to minimize any disruptions to his family’s livelihood. “We are far from...
No septic, no loan: Phoenicia Pharmacy sale falls through

No septic, no loan: Phoenicia Pharmacy sale falls through

Pharmacist and WellCare founder Ed Ullman’s plans to buy the Phoenicia Pharmacy have been scotched by the refusal of the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) to grant him a low-interest loan for renovating the property. Ullman’s is the second application to...
Grimm, Bisson get Pollock-Krasner awards

Grimm, Bisson get Pollock-Krasner awards

A few weeks back it was the abstract painter Calvin Grimm who was all smiles. Yes, his solo show at the Woodstock Arts Association & Museum was going well and he’d just been on the front page of this paper....
Land Conservancy celebrates 25 years and saving the Zena Cornfield

Land Conservancy celebrates 25 years and saving the Zena Cornfield

Marita Lopez-Mena, who’s been serving as director of the Woodstock Land Conservancy (WLC) for only a few “very hectic” months now, recently recalled the first time she saw the Zena Cornfield, which will be celebrated Saturday August 9 on the...
Woodstock Jewish Congregation has a new rabbi and a new endeavor

Woodstock Jewish Congregation has a new rabbi and a new endeavor

The Woodstock Jewish Congregation, whose Hebrew name is Kehillat Lev Shalem (“Congregation of a Full Heart”) appears to have an equally full agenda these days. On Friday evening, June 27, the group held a special Shabbat service to celebrate the...
Woodstock Rescue named EMS Agency of the Year

Woodstock Rescue named EMS Agency of the Year

We can do incredible things nowadays. Every ambulance is a mobile emergency room,” said Richard Muellerleile, president of the Ulster County Emergency Medical Services Council, which held its annual Award and Recognition dinner on May 16, honoring a number of...
I’m In The Jailhouse Now

I’m In The Jailhouse Now

Part one   The team’s owner was a sweet man named Jay Polan, who owned and operated a bus company in nearby Chicago. Too bad JP was in jail for trying to obtain a max contract for a prime school...
Pete’s Rainbow Quest

Pete’s Rainbow Quest

[portfolio_slideshow id=4521] Oh, had I a golden thread And a needle so fine I would weave a magic strand Of rainbow design, of rainbow design So Pete Seeger would sing at the beginning of his early 1960s television show, Rainbow...
Bolton Brown and the making of modern Woodstock

Bolton Brown and the making of modern Woodstock

Woodstock as we know it begins with Bolton Brown (1866-1934), a prodigy whose gifts brought him fame, before ego accompanying these ripped them away again. He was an art instructor at 19, arguably the first great mountain climber in America...
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Niagara scoping document not yet in

Niagara scoping document not yet in

Town of Ulster Supervisor James Quigley III said this week he has not been in contact with a California water bottling company since it missed a deadline to produce a key document for an environmental review of its proposed production facility in Lake Katrine. But, Quigley said, it is likely the company simply needed more...
A Doorway, by Will

A Doorway, by Will

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LaMonda's invention keeps classrooms safe

LaMonda’s invention keeps classrooms safe

Sixth-grade teacher Kevin LaMonda of Shokan was deeply shaken by the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. A few days later, there was a lockdown drill at Bennett Elementary School, where LaMonda teaches. His wife, Heather, recalled that he came home that day saying, “There has to be a better way to lock...
New priest at St. Gregory’s has wide religious background

New priest at St. Gregory’s has wide religious background

The smell of frankincense billows through the side chapel, as the fine powder falls onto a burning disk of charcoal. Reverend Matthew Wright, the new priest at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Woodstock, is preparing for the Thursday evening contemplative prayer group, which will focus on the non-canonical Gospel of St. Thomas. “I want to...
Suzan Saxman is a Reluctant Psychic

Suzan Saxman is a Reluctant Psychic

Since the appearance of the January 23 New York Post article on Suzan Saxman’s memoir, The Reluctant Psychic, which comes out this weekend from St. Martin’s Press, the Woodstock shop owner has received hundreds of calls for readings. But as the book title implies, she’s not eager to acquire clients. “I’m happy my story is...