Phoenicia

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.

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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.


New trail links Phoenicia to the wilderness

By Jay Braman Jr.
Volunteers spent 1,500 hours over a two-year period to create a new, nine-mile-long hiking trail that starts right in Phoenicia and goes up into the Slide Mountain Wilderness.
On Saturday, June 7 the public can see the results of those efforts.
READY FOR HIKING — Volunteers spent 1,500 hours over a two-year period to create a new, nine-mile-long hiking trail that starts right in Phoenicia and goes up into the Slide Mountain Wilderness. Here's your reward when you reach the top! — Photo by Marty CostelloREADY FOR HIKING — Volunteers spent 1,500 hours over a two-year period to create a new, nine-mile-long hiking trail that starts right in Phoenicia and goes up into the Slide Mountain Wilderness. Here's your reward when you reach the top! — Photo by Marty Costello


Onteora school budget passes easily; Phoenicia elementary wood boiler approved

By Jay Braman Jr.
Voters in the Onteora School District easily ushered in a nearly $52-million spending plan for the 2014-15 school year, elected two newcomers and one incumbent to the school board and approved a plan to install a wood-fired heat system for the Phoenicia School.


Phoenicia Elementary proposes a high-tech wood biomass heating system

By Jay Braman Jr.
If voters approve, the Phoenicia Elementary School will be heating with wood next year.
No, there won’t be a big Vermont Castings stove set up in the gym or any such thing, but rather a hi-tech biomass system that is fueled by wood pellets that school officials say it will make for a more environmentally friendly school.


BBQ, Bourbon and Bingo to benefit Phoenicia Library

By Jay Braman Jr.
It seems that there’s no end to the creativity of those trying to raise funds for a worthy cause in the Catskills.
The most recent one to draw attention is a Bingo/Barbecue/ Bourbon mash up slated for Sunday, April 27 at the Peeka­moose Restaurant and Tap Room on Route 28 in Big Indian. A benefit for the Phoenicia Library, which burned a couple years back and is now being rebuilt, this shindig promises to be as fun as it is unique.


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