Fire wood is hard to come by

Fire wood is hard to come by

Got that first whiff of wood smoke wafting through the air yet? Look at it as a warning as much as an enticement. Unless you know someone willing to part with their own stash, it’s already too late to be...
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...
Local films fill Woodstock Film Festival

Local films fill Woodstock Film Festival

It’s never easy to discern how a film festival film’s going to play, especially from what one reads in a catalogue. Take a flick like the new WildLike, which we described as a love story only to hear from one...
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....
Few accept Defense Department weapons at the local level

Few accept Defense Department weapons at the local level

What are the chances of the police in our area showing up at a mass gathering with armored cars and machine guns, displaying the sort of military might the nation’s been watching and discussing this week instead of community policing...
Bear care

Bear care

A mother bear with two cubs has raised a ruckus in Mink Hollow by repeatedly breaking into a home to raid food supplies. Officials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have set a trap with the...
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...
Clear water portends a good fishing season

Clear water portends a good fishing season

On the curve where Phoenicia’s Main Street turns into the Old Plank Road, there’s a dilapidated silvery structure, overgrown with vines, that was once Elmer’s Diner. It’s said that on the opening day of fishing season, reported Chichester photographer and...
Pete’s Rainbow Quest

Pete’s Rainbow Quest

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 Quest, on...
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...
Jerry Wapner hangs up his shingle

Jerry Wapner hangs up his shingle

On his eightieth birthday on 27th day of November, Jerry Wapner — longstanding dean of Woodstock lawyers — will retire from the law practice he created not very long after arriving here with his family some 50 years ago. The...
Attendance, circulation way up at Olive Free Library

Attendance, circulation way up at Olive Free Library

Katie Scott-Childress has been director at the Olive Free Library for little over a year…and says that yes, she’s starting to notice some changes in the 61 year old institution’s character alongside its daily challenges. She points out how, during...
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Donated desk will highlight rebuilt Phoenicia Library

Donated desk will highlight rebuilt Phoenicia Library

The Phoenicia Library’s move from temporary quarters on Ava Maria Drive to its renovated home on Main Street is tentatively scheduled for December, announced library director Elizabeth Potter, who hopes to open in the updated space by January 1. With the reconstruction nearing completion, the moving date will depend on when the new shelving is...
Slowing the deluge

Slowing the deluge

Dredging local waterways was the flood prevention strategy most requested by Phoenicia area residents at the October 14 meeting on Local Flood Analysis (LFA), as consultants from New Paltz engineering firm Milone and MacBroom invited feedback on flood issues. It was clear that the managers of the LFA program, designed to consider the feasibility of...
By Will

By Will

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Belleayre Resort decision close?

Belleayre Resort decision close?

Is the $400 million Belleayre Resort and adjoining high-stakes full build out of state-owned Belleayre Mountain Ski Center a done deal, with only the formalities of a few needed state and city permits and planning board reviews in Shandaken and the Delaware County Town of Middletown standing between it and a construction start date? Not...
Very tough love

Very tough love

Visitors to the county’s Department of Social Services offices will have to show identification and undergo a check for active arrest warrants under a new policy put in place by department officials and the Ulster County sheriff. The policy, which covers all DSS visitors, including clients, their family members and caseworkers from outside agencies, went...