Phoenicia business reportedly buying Boiceville property

By Jay Braman Jr.
A one-acre commercial property jewel in Boiceville is being sold, but not to the owners of Hanover Farms of Mount Tremper. That is according to Town of Olive Supervisor Bert Leifeld, which has had the property up for sale since last year.

On Monday Leifeld said that a Phoenicia businessman has placed a binder on the property and that the transaction is moving forward through the bureaucratic red tape that slows such deals.

Sewer costs skyrocketing in Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
Phoenicia heard sobering news Monday night about the costs of building a sewer system for the hamlet.

Under discussion since 1997, the costs have been going up and up and up.
Now, according to La-mont Engineering, which has been studying five different options for a system, it would cost between $25 and $30 million to build a system and between $550, 000 and $600,000 a year to run.

Now, those figures, while staggering if the 250 users in the tiny hamlet had to pay all of it, have not yet been broken down by La-mont.

John Wort Hannam at Phoenicia Museum

Phoenicia — Flying Cat Music will present John Wort Hannam in concert at the Empire State Railway Museum in Phoenicia on Friday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $12 at the door or $10 for those who RSVP to or call 688-9453.

Fishing collection donations wanted

Phoenicia — The Jerry Bartlett Memorial Angling Collection at the Phoenicia Library is seeking donations of books and angling artifacts (especially those that relate to the Esopus or other nearby streams) and furniture to rebuild the collection that was destroyed when the library was gutted by fire in March.

Established 15 years ago, the Angling Collection included more than 800 books, 18 fishing rods and many treasured artifacts all of which were lost in the fire.

Benefit at Al's for Phoenicia victims

Phoenicia — A benefit dinner for Bill and Janet Lundberg, who lost their home in a fire on April 7, will be held on Wednesday, May 18 at Al’s Seafood Restaurant in Phoenicia.

Dinner will be served 4:30-8:30 p.m. The price is a donation of your choice. Dinner choices will include chicken marsala, baked Virginia ham, fresh filet of haddock or pasta primavera and homemade desserts. There will be a silent and live auction at 8 p.m. There will also be raffle prizes and 50/50 drawings.

Sound of Music at OCS this weekend

The Sound of Music, considered to be the world’s most beloved musical, graces Onteora’s Harry Simon Auditorium from April 28 through May 1.  

Performances, all held at the Middle/High School Campus on Route 28 in Boiceville, are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on April 28, 29 and 30 with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Sunday, May 1.  Tickets are $12 per person, or $8 for seniors and children and may be purchased at the door.  For more information, please call Onteora’s Middle School/High School at 845 657-2373, or

Phoenicia gets flood mitigation permit

By Jay Braman Jr.
After waiting all winter, Phoenicia has been given the go ahead for a quick-fix plan that will hopefully solve the hamlet’s all-to-frequent Main Street flooding problem.

This week the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued a permit to the Town of Shandaken, which had applied for permission to dredge Stony Clove Creek in December after two severe floods last fall caused the creek to overflow its banks and run straight down Main Street, causing thousands of dollars of damage to public and private property.

OCS budget has 3.7% tax hike

By Jay Braman Jr.
When Onteora School District voters go to the polls on May 17, they will be asked to approve the district’s first-ever $50 million budget. If approved, the spending plan, which was adopted by the board of education last week, will carry a 3.7 percent school tax hike along with it. The proposed budget includes revenue of $2 million from the school’s reserve funds.

Phoenicia library finds temporary home as they face $100,000 shortfall

By Jay Braman Jr.
Less than one month after a fire destroyed its longtime Main Street location, the Phoenicia Library has miraculously risen from the ashes, maintaining regular hours at a temporary location a couple blocks away.

Phoenicia library gutted by fire

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Phoenicia Library, which became homeless following an early morning blaze Saturday, is already open for business in a new but temporary place right in the hamlet.
The fire destroyed the interior and contents of the Phoenicia Library Saturday, rendering the Main Street Building uninhabitable.

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