Rhea, Robinson headline Comedy Fest fundraiser

Rhea, Robinson headline Comedy Fest fundraiser

For me, standup comedy is a giant conversation with a bunch of people, trying to figure out what we all have in common,” said Caroline Rhea, who will be the headliner at “Laughingstock,” the Woodstock Comedy Festival’s April 26 fundraiser...
Phoenicia Pharmacy on the block, hopes for independent takeover

Phoenicia Pharmacy on the block, hopes for independent takeover

A Phoenicia icon has been on the market since early April, with pharmacist Marty Millman contemplating retirement after 34 years in business at the Phoenicia Pharmacy. Millman, about to turn 78, is selling both the building, with an asking price...
Woodstock Writers Fest provides plenty to chew on

Woodstock Writers Fest provides plenty to chew on

“Napping is a crucial part of being a writer. A good nap is like an oasis. When sinking into a nap, I get my best ideas.” — Abigail Thomas “I’m more of a walker. I walk four to five miles...
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...
Former Olive Supervisor Leifeld gets his due

Former Olive Supervisor Leifeld gets his due

Berndt Leifeld — who gets roasted and toasted, and possibly honored as well, for his 38 years as Olive town supervisor and councilman on Sunday, March 30 — laughs when he recalls how he started inching his way towards a...
Critics argue against Library plan

Critics argue against Library plan

The Woodstock Library’s plan to fill its need for event space and room for computer training ran into vocal opposition from an aroused public at its March 20 board of trustees meeting. A standing-room-only crowd of about 40 people packed...
Woodstock Writers Festival to cover a wide span of ideas

Woodstock Writers Festival to cover a wide span of ideas

The keynote speaker for the fifth annual Woodstock Writers Festival, April 3-6, will be actor, writer, and raconteur Stephen Tobolowsky, heading up an array of readers, speakers, panels, and workshops. Tobolowsky was cited by USA Today as the ninth most...
Paul Green, new owners talk about plans for former Zena Elementary

Paul Green, new owners talk about plans for former Zena Elementary

Speculation about the plans for the former Zena Elementary School has run rampant ever since the Kingston City School District’s Board of Education voted to accept a $926,000 bid for the property from Zena 4 Corners two months ago. But...
Winter’s toll on the road surfaces

Winter’s toll on the road surfaces

Just as we’ve all grown weary of Old Man Winter, our area highway departments are doing all they can to keep on top of the snow and ice and make the roads safe for travel. Woodstock Highway Superintendent Mike Reynolds...
Polar Express to the rescue?

Polar Express to the rescue?

The hugely popular Polar Express will come roaring down reconstructed tracks of the old Ulster and Delaware Railroad from Kingston to Route 209 for the month of December. Exactly who hosts that show may be determined by a state appeals...
Woodstock unveils medication disposal box

Woodstock unveils medication disposal box

A January 31 ribbon-cutting ceremony at Town Hall marked the addition of Woodstock to a growing list of Ulster County locations that offer specially designed MedReturn boxes for the permanent, secure, and anonymous disposal of excess prescription and over-the-counter medications....
Prana’s meditative practices

Prana’s meditative practices

He who knows the secret of sounds, knows the mystery of the whole universe.–Hazrat Inayat Khan If you are as prone to anxiety and racing thoughts as I am, relaxation can be tricky. That’s why I was lucky, at the...
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...
Like its yeast, Fleischmanns rises again

Like its yeast, Fleischmanns rises again

At the peak of Fleischmanns’ popularity as a summer resort community, it was said that “there were so many people on the street, if you fainted, you would not hit the ground,” mused Zoom Gallery owner Gloria Zola-Mulloy. Although, like...
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...
Milkweed at Comeau Property may create conflict for local farmer

Milkweed at Comeau Property may create conflict for local farmer

Our native milkweed, the primary food of the monarch butterfly caterpillar, is diminishing with the expansion of farmland in the Midwest — partly in response to a fossil-fuel-saving measure, the legally mandated lacing of gasoline with corn ethanol. In the...
New York City agrees to spend $2.5 million on Ashokan Reservoir rail-trail

New York City agrees to spend $2.5 million on Ashokan Reservoir rail-trail

Ulster County and New York City announced last week that the city will pitch in $2.5 million to build an 11.5-mile rail-trail along the north bank of the city-owned Ashokan Reservoir. The move appears to fundamentally change the rules of...
Ohio luthier moves to Bearsville’s Rebekah Lodge

Ohio luthier moves to Bearsville’s Rebekah Lodge

Dave Schneider’s in the midst of a major move. A master luthier with a specialty in sitars and harmoniums, he’s been working day and night getting the old Rebekah Lodge in Bearsville up to par as his new home. He...
Library approves Annex design

Library approves Annex design

The Woodstock Library Board of Trustees voted to approve the Joel Sanders Architect design for its proposed Annex, a free standing building on the bank of the Tannery Brook on Library Lane, where the Woodstock Laundromat used to be. The...
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...
Life at the Death Café

Life at the Death Café

“My father died when I was nineteen. No one told me he had cancer — I had to find out by overhearing a conversation,” said Woodstocker Laurie Schwartz. “Everyone was protecting each other, so we lived a lie. Other people...
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...
Phoenicia Library reconstruction is under way

Phoenicia Library reconstruction is under way

“We’re gutting the inside back to the original framing. That triggers discovery,” said Wyatt Roberts of Harmony Builders, the contractor reconstructing the Phoenicia Library, which was ravaged by an electrical fire in March 2010. Roberts and his crew have discovered...
CWC likes FAD revisions

CWC likes FAD revisions

In Ulster County, all the talk around the state’s current recommendations regarding the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s ongoing Filtration Avoidance Determinations, made every ten years and currently under half-term review, has focused on the New York City Department of Environmental...
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Federal plan will hike rates for local customers

Federal plan will hike rates for local customers

It’s a familiar scenario. Warning about shortages, the state’s electrical utilities are pushing for greater energy supplies. Environmentally aware citizens’ groups are arguing for alternative energy sources and conservation. Seeking its own middle course, state government is favoring improvements in the system of power transmission from Upstate to Downstate. And a federal regulatory agency has...
Points of view, The Library Annex: Admiring our  treasured past while moving forward

Points of view, The Library Annex: Admiring our treasured past while moving forward

by Michael Hunt, President and Jen DeLisio, Treasurer, The Friends of the Woodstock Library   Imagine standing on Tinker Street looking at the Woodstock Library. There is Dr. Hall’s office in the original building; look at those 18 wooden stars over his window representing a smaller, older United States. See Mrs. Weyl in 1927 dedicating...
Points of view, Annex plan wrong  for Woodstock Library

Points of view, Annex plan wrong for Woodstock Library

by John Ludwig   Woodstock is a tough place in which to get a large public works project done. We Woodstockers have our opinions, and we take every opportunity available for our views to be heard. We all remember how long it took to agree on a site for the new highway garage. After years...
Speaking, by Will

Speaking, by Will

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Braunstein, Levon Helm honored by Film Festival

Braunstein, Levon Helm honored by Film Festival

The third annual Spirit of Woodstock award presentation, a fundraiser for the 15th Woodstock Film Festival, will honor beloved musician Levon Helm (in memoriam) and local businessman Mark Braunstein of Markertek, a supporter of myriad causes. Levon’s daughter, Amy Helm, and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Robbie Dupree will each perform a few songs at the event, scheduled...