Onteora budget widely approved

Onteora budget widely approved

Onteora district voters came out on Tuesday, May 19 in very low numbers compared to past elections, to easily approve the 2015/16-school budget of $51,656,975. The total yes votes were 495, to 159 no votes, including 18 absentee ballots. All...
DEP tells Olive no Roundup will be used on Ashokan roads

DEP tells Olive no Roundup will be used on Ashokan roads

Paul Rush, Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), told the Olive town board at its meeting on Tuesday, May 12, that the DEP will not spray the controversial herbicide glyphosate along roads around the...
BioBlitz turns up life

BioBlitz turns up life

Jason Tesauro sloshes out to the edge of the swamp holding a stick, from which hangs a jelly-like mass containing many black spots, each within its own clear membrane. “Spotted salamander eggs,” he says, “freshly laid.” Woodstock resident Liz Simonson...
How I survived the earthquake

How I survived the earthquake

Most people probably know me from around Woodstock as the guy walking around town with his long dreadlocked hair wrapped in a bun on top of his head. Others may know me as a poet and publisher who has organized...
At 98, Manuel Bromberg won’t give an inch

At 98, Manuel Bromberg won’t give an inch

Manuel Bromberg needed a cliff. It would be a grand sculpture. It was the mid-1960s and the artist, a professor of painting at SUNY New Paltz, had just been awarded a grant for Distinguished Research, he remembers to be about...
17th Karmapa is welcomed

17th Karmapa is welcomed

Two full houses at UPAC last week for a Bestowal of Refuge Vow and Teaching, followed by a public greeting at Andy Lee Field in Woodstock punctuated a week-long visit to town by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley...
Raff resigns

Raff resigns

In a move that shocked trustees, Amy Raff announced she will leave her post as Woodstock Public Library director May 30, giving the board the task of finding a replacement as budget planning nears and expansion deliberations continue. “It was...
Om Aroma, Savor Spa care for your skin

Om Aroma, Savor Spa care for your skin

A few years ago, Angela Jia Kim was cooking up organic skin care products in her Manhattan apartment, using ingredients such as champagne grape seeds, caviar, and truffles. Today her experiments have borne fruit in a pair of award-winning businesses...
The parade is on

The parade is on

The Memorial Day parade and picnic are back on thanks to a tentative agreement with the American Legion, but bad blood between the veterans organization and Councilman Jay Wenk still boiled to the surface at the town board’s April 14...
His Holiness, 17th Karmapa visits to bestow refuge vows

His Holiness, 17th Karmapa visits to bestow refuge vows

It’s said that the visit of a great teacher produces a lot of ripples, like dropping a stone in a still pond. How those ripples come to fruition is interesting,” said Kathleen Wesley, communications coordinator of the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra...
Annals of angling: Rituals, the first day

Annals of angling: Rituals, the first day

We Homo sapiens love our rituals. Beginning with myths of cavemen clubbing their women over the head to tribal dances as cure-alls for whatever ails one to turkey on Thanksgiving or the seventh inning stretch at a ball game, we...
Woodstock Historical Society seeks expansion

Woodstock Historical Society seeks expansion

When the Historical Society of Woodstock (HSW) was founded in 1929, its goal was to preserve the stories of the town. Members wrote essays and gathered in people’s homes on Sundays to read their stories aloud over tea and cookies....
The changing face of Woodstock

The changing face of Woodstock

Mia and Paul are sitting at the bar of the Bearsville Theatre with baby Pascal as the first Woodstock Indoor Farmers Market gets underway. They’re eating noodles as Luca, the first grader son of the Bearsville complex’s new managing partner,...
Woodstock Writers Fest convenes

Woodstock Writers Fest convenes

As usual, the Woodstock Writers Festival begins its sixth year with the ever-popular story slam competition on the evening of Thursday, March 19, and ends on Sunday, March 22, with the signature panel Memoir-A-Go-Go, reflecting organizer Martha Frankel’s passion for...
Church on the Mount gets its due acknowledgment

Church on the Mount gets its due acknowledgment

The Church of the Holy Transfiguration of Christ-on-the-Mount is surely one of the smallest churches ever built, but its significance is large, since it has spanned a range of periods of Woodstock history that justified its designation as a historical...
Poets duel in the mud

Poets duel in the mud

Who, besides poets, likes the local poetry scene? Years ago, Mikhail Horowitz warned me, “The smaller the pie, the sharper the knives.” Oh, I’ve gotten compliments, but the slights are what I remember. The poet who’d reviewed my first book...
Creating Spirit Of Place

Creating Spirit Of Place

Since assuming the Executive Directorship of the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum in September, Neil Trager has heard a distant drum roll heralding an event others are hardly aware of but, as an old hand at the game, he knows...
Claire Lamb is painting Woodstock

Claire Lamb is painting Woodstock

It’s nice to sit and do nothing,” says Katherine Burger as she’s having her portrait painted at the Woodstock Library. “It’s so meditative. And Claire is very entertaining.” “I’m telling her my life story,” laughs Claire Lambe, the Irish-born artist...
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 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...
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Every Father's Daughter

Every Father’s Daughter

The reading for the remarkable new collection of essays, Every Father’s Daughter: 24 Writers Remember Their Fathers — which takes place at least in part at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 23 at Woodstock’s Golden Notebook — will be an historic occasion according the book’s Kingston-based publisher. “Anthologies like this are one of the most difficult kind of...
Sunset, by Will

Sunset, by Will

To see more of Will’s work go to www.thorneatercomics.com
Vote yes on school budget

Vote yes on school budget

Well, it’s an election, anyway. Always a time of excitement and contrast. But, even though we’ll try to convince you to go to the polls between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 19 at the four school buildings in the Onteora district that once housed elementary classes (West Hurley, Woodstock, Bennett and Phoenicia) it...
Mountain Valley Little League overcoming challenges

Mountain Valley Little League overcoming challenges

There was a point in the middle of the harsh winter just passed, Kenny Gierloff says, when it appeared there’d be no more Little League baseball in Olive, Shandaken or Woodstock. The new president of the three towns’ Mountain Valley Little League division said people came to an Olive Town Board meeting to express their...
Red trillium, by Will

Red trillium, by Will

To see more of Will’s work go to www.thorneatercomics.com