Woodstock group seeks to empower young people

Woodstock group seeks to empower young people

Graduation from college with sky-high debt and few available jobs. The risk that fracking or oil pipelines will contaminate dwindling water resources. The prospect of environmental catastrophe caused by climate change. Is it so surprising, with this future to look...
CMRR seeks Shandaken variances

CMRR seeks Shandaken variances

With their lease of the former Ulster and Delaware railroad tracks due to expire on May 31, Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) is waiting for Ulster County to issue a Request for Proposals (RP) regarding the future use of the county-owned...
Inside WAAM's vault

Inside WAAM’s vault

Spring cleaning, a little color on the walls and preparations for the beginning of the 2016 season have kept everyone at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum busy behind closed doors this January. On Saturday, February 6, (2 p.m.-4 p.m.)...
Rebecca Peacock’s journey home

Rebecca Peacock’s journey home

In spite of a renovation that is clearly still underway, the 19th century farmhouse that Woodstock native and fine jewelry designer Rebecca Peacock calls home is already beautiful. Peacock and her husband, local chef Tim Storrs bought the house as...
Teachers of empowerment

Teachers of empowerment

In Lebanon, where over a million Syrian refugees comprise nearly a fifth of the population, Mona Hassouna has spent most of her life working for a non-governmental organization (NGO) to support the refugees. Part Syrian herself, Hassouna told Gail Straub...
Belleayre Resort gets local approvals; lawsuit

Belleayre Resort gets local approvals; lawsuit

The towns of Shandaken and Middletown have, on January 13 and 14, respectively, approved the Special Use Permit and Site Plan Permit applied for by Crossroads Ventures for the proposed Belleayre Resort project, planned for property that straddles the two...
Coalition seeks to fight drug scourge

Coalition seeks to fight drug scourge

Opiate abuse, mostly from heroin, has been said to be ravaging communities across America, and Woodstock appears to be no different. Some believe it’s even worse here. With the recent news of at least two young people dying from heroin...
Coping with kids and drugs on Tinker Street

Coping with kids and drugs on Tinker Street

The answers are vague, the ideas fleeting. They come and go in conversation, they’re almost abstract thoughts…here’s how you get addicted, these are the culprits, and here are the victims of the scourge — easily available, cheap, devastatingly destructive heroin...
New WAAM director Janice La Motta

New WAAM director Janice La Motta

Janice La Motta says things have moved very quickly since she was appointed Executive Director of the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM) in October. She found a great cottage with mountain views, not far from town, and she’s experienced...
Solar: Buy, lease — or forget the whole thing?

Solar: Buy, lease — or forget the whole thing?

It was hard to imagine a few short years ago. Here in upstate New York, where it’s cloudy half the time, solar panels are taking off. Even though Congress just extended the biggest federal renewable energy subsidy for several more...
"The Band Photographs" defines a moment in time

“The Band Photographs” defines a moment in time

Elliott Landy stands over a stack of proofs that he used to decide what would go into his new book, The Band Photographs, 1968-1969. Each one represents what two facing pages would look like in the book, printed on glossy...
Local drug problems aired in forum

Local drug problems aired in forum

In the wake of two local drug-related deaths in recent months, about 70 people gathered at the Woodstock town hall on November 16 to discuss how the community can address the problem of widespread drug abuse in the region. Raw...
An interview with supervisor, Jeremy Wilber

An interview with supervisor, Jeremy Wilber

With a decisive victory, Jeremy Wilber was just elected to his seventh two year term as Woodstock’s town supervisor. Though the tenure has been non-consecutive (Jeff Moran served from 2008-2011) at the end of the term Wilber will qualify as...
Searching for Carlos at Film Festival

Searching for Carlos at Film Festival

When a friend of mine in California wanted to know if I would cover The Woodstock Film Festival for The Huffington Post, the first thing that came to my mind was The Poet of Havana, the opening film, a documentary...
In other news
Baker sworn in as head of Olive police

Baker sworn in as head of Olive police

At the Olive town board meeting on February 9, Don Baker was sworn in as the town’s new chief of police. Baker, a Saugerties resident, was stationed in Ulster County for most of his 28 years with the state police force. He served 13 of those years as a supervisor. Town supervisor Sylvia Rozzelle introduced...
Onteora Superintendent search

Onteora Superintendent search

The results of a public online survey focused on finding a new Onteora Central School District Superintendent showed a preference for someone who was as a classroom teacher, followed by experience as a Superintendent, and third as a building principal. Of 371 survey respondents, 159 of whom were residents with children attending Onteora schools, many...
Architecture panel mulls the way Woodstock looks

Architecture panel mulls the way Woodstock looks

As a first-time visitor to Woodstock, one is greeted with a hodgepodge of buildings — some historic, some not. Do we need to preserve the history? Do we need to make things more uniform? Those were two of the questions addressed at a “The Public Realm in Woodstock: Architecture,” a symposium that was the first...
Reporter on the ground in Iowa

Reporter on the ground in Iowa

“Boo! Boo!” erupted in the cavernous room overflowing with Trump supporters when Sen. Cruz’s face lit up the flat screens hanging on the walls. The Trumpites, only minutes before laughing loudly and feeling confident their celebrity “non-politician” was going to walk away with his first win, grew subdued. With downtrodden faces, many of which had...
Higley ordered to pay Shandaken $126,000

Higley ordered to pay Shandaken $126,000

On Thursday, January 28, Supreme Court Justice Mary Work rendered a final decision regarding the long-standing litigation between the town of Shandaken and Hanover Farms. The farm stand owner, Al Higley, was ordered to pay the town $126,200 in fines. The once-popular farm stand on Route 28 in Mount Tremper was closed by order of...