Phoenicia

Phoenicia Key Bank to re-open but not any time soon

By Jay Braman Jr.
Almost six weeks after the Phoenicia branch of Key Bank was damaged by fire, company officials have announced that it will be rebuilt.
But on Monday, Key spokeswoman Therese Myers said the project will take awhile. “We are grateful for the community’s support and concern during this time,” she said. “We cannot express how much that support means to us. We will be rebuilding the Phoenicia branch and look forward to remaining a part of the community. A timeline has not been set yet, but we are working to reopen as soon as possible.

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Phoenicia water main repairs tabbed at $150,000

By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken officials say that it will take $150,000 they don’t have to repair the Phoenicia Water District water main that fell into the Esopus Creek.
But, after a month of supplying about a quarter of the small district with water unfit to drink unless boiled first, a plan has been made to make another fire hose rig across the bridge street bridge to where it can be connected to the water mains that serve the users on the south side of the creek.

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Petition drive started to re-open Key Bank in Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
With the fate of the Phoenicia Key Bank branch still uncertain following a February 16 fire, a petition is being circulated that should let bank decision makers know where the people of the community stand.
They want their bank back.
And, as it turns out, those signing are not just Key Bank­ers that want to return to the pleasure of banking locally. Its others, who live and bank elsewhere, all across the country, that believe Key’s presence on Main Street is a vital element of Phoenicia’s economy, vibe, and overall health.


Phoenicia Library celebrates grand re-opening

By Jay Braman Jr.
The grand re-opening celebration for the newly rebuilt Phoenicia Library was everything such a celebration should be. It was a good time for a good cause that gave the community a chance to say thank you to all those that made it happen.
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? — Storytelling and educational playtime are back in force at the new Phoenicia Library . — Photos by Jay Braman, Jr.WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? — Storytelling and educational playtime are back in force at the new Phoenicia Library . — Photos by Jay Braman, Jr.


Phoenicia Water district seeks income info to qualify for a grant

By Jay Braman Jr.
In some cases, less is more.
In the case of the Phoenicia Water District, which is facing a $70,000 bill for a new pump, less income district wide can mean getting a large grant to pay for it.
So, the Town of Shandaken is now trying to find out just how much income is earned by district residents, and they are prepared to go around knocking on doors to do it.


Phoenicia Library reopening delayed until new year

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Phoenicia Library, closed since 2011 after being destroyed by fire, won’t be open for business until the New Year.
That’s the word from library officials, who say the ambitious rebuild project, underway for about a year now and costing upwards of $800,000, is actually on schedule but that delays on the part of a shelving manufacturing company have pushed the anticipated fall opening of the popular facility into perhaps January.


Sewer project again the focus in Shandaken

By Jay Braman Jr.
Against a backdrop of the dismal failure of the controversial Phoenicia sewer project, the residents of the nearby Hamlet of Shandaken are now being asked if they want to get involved in a similar plan.


Mt. Tremper and Phoenicia residents urged to weigh in on flood planning

By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken Town Supervisor Rob Stanley has put out the word to Phoenicia and Mount Tremper property owners that it is critical they attend the meetings set up to discuss flood issues.
At press time, a meeting for Phoenicia residents was expected to be held on Oct. 14, while a meeting for Mt. Tremper residents will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20, at the Emerson Resort and Spa on Route 28.


Phoenicia explores opening water source

By Jay Braman Jr.
Due to a booming business cycle during a summer that has brought throngs of thirsty visitors, the Phoenicia Water District has started a project to reclaim precious spring water for the hamlet to make sure there’s enough to go around.
Water Commissioner Rick Ricciardella said Monday that work will soon begin on carving a road up the mountain across the street from the district’s filtration plant to grant access to a half-dozen natural springs that have supplied the hamlet for the past 100 years.


County begins repaving Phoenicia's Main Street

NEW SURFACE — Workers began repaving work on Main Street, Phoenicia this week. — Photo by Jay Braman Jr.NEW SURFACE — Workers began repaving work on Main Street, Phoenicia this week. — Photo by Jay Braman Jr.

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Ulster County Highway Department announced late last week that it will tear up Phoenicia’s Main Street and repave it this week as long as the weather permits.
The project calls for the street to be redone between July 21 and 22 from the Phoenicia Pharmacy eastward all the way down to the Parish Hall of the Saint Francis de Sales Church.


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