Phoenicia, Boiceville sewer projects moving along slowly

By Jay Braman Jr.
A pair of sewer projects in the region is having difficulty moving forward, but supporters of both projects continue to make slow headway. Both projects benefit from funds supplied by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which has committed millions to build such systems in the watershed after local officials demanded the funds back in the 1990s.

Phoenicia has a new art gallery

By Jay Braman Jr.
This weekend a new fine art gallery joins the fabric of similar venues that blanket the Phoenicia area. Phoenicia Resident Andrea Cabane, an artist and photographer, said this week that she has always wanted to have her own gallery, and when she saw space available on Main Street she knew it would be the perfect location to fulfill that dream.

Halloween abounds in Phoenicia with scary activities this weekend

By Jay Braman Jr.
Witches and werewolves will be on the prowl all weekend long in Phoenicia, where special events will entice all souls to partake in the fun. On Friday at 7 p.m. in the STS Playhouse on Church Street will be a special showing of the humor/horror classic “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.”

Water Harvest Plan reappears

By Jay Braman Jr.
A local businessman, who has tried unsuccessfully for almost a decade to get permission to develop a water harvesting system in Phoenicia, is trying again. Andrew Poncic, who last year had his permit voided by the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, is now seeking an interpretation of Town of Shandaken zoning laws by the Zoning Board of Appeals.

New teachers join Phoenicia faculty

By Jay Braman Jr.
There are no less than six new teachers at the blackboards at Phoenicia Elementary School this fall. According to Principal Linda Sella there’s also a new lunch lady at the school.
“We have four new teachers. Mr. Hallock in third grade, Mr. Grady in physical education, Ms. Scherry in fourth-grade and Ms. Sobolewski in second-grade."

Mt. Tremper man charged with illegal stream digging

By Jay Braman Jr.
A Mount Tremper man is free on $5,000 bail after being arrested for working in the Esopus Creek with a backhoe.
Algernon Reese was arrested last Wednesday after a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEP) Police Officer responded to a complaint that Reese was working in the stream with equipment and a crew of workers. He was charged with the misdemeanors of obstructing governmental administration, disturbing a protected stream and violating a general prohibition against pollution.

Phoenicia Hotel site cleanup put on hold by state officials

By Jay Braman Jr.
The mountain of rubble that was once the historic Phoenicia Hotel will remain the most prominent feature on the Phoenicia Business district, at least for now, but at least it’s not an asbestos hazard. That’s the latest word from town officials and the property owner who responded to complaints that the unsightly debris has been sitting for too long.

Mt. Tremper firemen douse sign project

By Jay Braman Jr.
The guys at the Mount Tremper Fire Company are mad.
Monday night several of them wrestled a large road sign into Shandaken Town Hall and dropped it at the doorway of Town Supervisor Peter DiSclafani, thus telling him in no uncertain terms that the sign, a new one announcing the hamlets of Mount Tremper and Mount Pleasant, was not welcome in their community.

DEC issues tickets for Phoenicia Hotel demo work

By Jay Braman Jr.
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued tickets last week to two local men involved in what DEC alleges was the unlawful disposal of remains of the Phoenicia Hotel, which burned one year ago and was knocked down two weeks ago.
The charges, which are misdemeanors and violations, were leveled at Harry Jameson, the owner of Romer Mountain Park in Woodland Valley and David Gutierrez, owner of Woodstock Landscaping.

Phoenicia tourist rail ride marking 25th anniversary

Time flies when you’re having fun. This year, the Catskill Mountain Railroad Company is celebrating its 25th season operating tourist trains along
the Esopus Creek in the beautiful Catskill Mountains.   
Historically, the Catskill Mountain Railroad’s Scenic Train has traveled along a 12-mile round-trip between Phoenicia and Boiceville. With its all-volunteer workforce, and its continued effort to expand, the Catskill Mountain Railroad is proud to announce a new extension to its scenic train ride.

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