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Woodstock Times Vol. 45, No. 10; March 8, 2018




Onteora threat Former student is taken into custody after social media post by Paul Smart


nteora School District superintendent Victoria McLaren was first called about a police investigation into an online threat against area schools between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. Thursday morning, March 1. A decision was made to send out a notice to the school community between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. “Last night, several community members contacted law enforcement to report a threat that was posted on social media yesterday by a former student. Law enforcement immediately investigated the threat and worked for several hours to locate this individual. Early this morning, he was located and taken into custody,” read the notice McLaren posted. “I am thankful that members of our community reported this situation so that law enforcement could begin the investigation. It is so important that anyone who sees a threat report it immediately so that we can work with law enforcement to take the appropriate steps to keep our schools safe. We are fortunate that through the efforts of our local law enforcement professionals this individual was located so quickly and that we can move forward knowing that this situation has been resolved.” It was noted that Onteora schools would Continued on Page 6

Central Hudson crews worked diligently this week to restore power to more than 109,000 customers. More on Page 5.

Romping with the Geezers Four old men stay young with Woodstock projects by Violet Snow


he Geezer Corps’ motto is “Doing good things for Woodstock until we keel over.” The four town residents meet every morning at Bread Alone to discuss the community service projects that are keeping them busy in their retirement. Their only rule is to have fun. How much fun? I’ll try to convey it through dialogue, although the one-liners zinged by so fast, I couldn’t get everything down. All four men have volunteered for the town in multiple ways. Lorin Rose and Richard Heppner are both on the Woodstock town board. Heppner is the town historian and on the board of the Historical Society of Woodstock. Jim Hanson started as a volunteer fireman in 1968. Tom Unrath served on the town planning board. They all wear hats that say “Geezer Corps” on the front, with their nicknames on the back. They started the interview with an explanation of the nicknames. UNRATH: I’m “Sneaky” because I’m a retired attorney. HANSON: I’m “Leaky” because I drink too much cof-

Tom Unrath, Jim Hanson, Lorin Rose and Richard Heppner.

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What’s Up


Water Rescheduled

Join Woodstock Land Conservancy as it identifies aquatic life, talks about floodplains and plant growth along riverbanks, and learn about where our water comes from in a rescheduled hike, noon-2 p.m. Saturday, March 10 at the Comeau Property, 95 Comeau Drive, Woodstock. The hike was postponed from last week. Early springtime along the Sawkill is one of its busiest seasons. Aquatic life is waking up, melting snow and rain raises the water level, and plants are starting to grow again. Meet in the Comeau Property parking lot by the kiosk at noon to begin the hike. Warm clothes and waterproof boots are recommended. In the case of bad weather this event will be cancelled. See for updates and more information.

Zena Fire Co. Corned Beef Dinner Woodstock Fire Company No. 4 in Zena will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Corned Beef dinner and La-

dies Auxiliary Bake Sale, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at the firehouse at the corner of Zena and Sawkill Roads. The dinner will be prepared by a chef trained at the Culinary Instute of America and there are only 300 dinners available. You can eat in, or take out. All proceeds will go toward firemanic activities including this year’s focus on community outreach programs such as basic first aid and home safety. According to a company press release, every volunteer fire fighter dedicates over 150 hours a year to meetings, drills and training. Dinners are $15. Call 845-679-2068 and leave a message for ticket reservations.

Blacklists Are Back Panel Discussion A Panel entitled “Blacklists are Back: Freedom of Speech and the Israel Lobby” will be held 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18 at the Woodstock Town Hall, 76 Tinker St. Three speakers from the Hudson Valley will share their stories of how their human rights efforts were opposed by the Israel

Lobby. One is a prominent journalist who was forced into retirement for writing articles about the West Bank. Another is a political activist who tried to introduce a human rights resolution to the Dutchess Co. legislature, and the third is a student from Fordham University whose organization, Students for Justice in Palestine, was thrown off campus. For more information, see mideastcrisis. org,,, or contact or call 845 876-7906.

World War I Reading And Discussion Group Humanities New York, the Woodstock Library, and The Friends of the Woodstock Library are conducting a free and open-to-the-public reading and discussion group “Our World Remade: World War I.” Led by author and Woodstock resident Sheila Isenberg, the group will meet Mondays from March 12 through April 23, from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. at the library. There is no class Monday, March 19. Registration is required. Books for the course will be available to borrow free of charge to all participants and can be picked up at the library. Anyone interested can sign up by contacting staff at the Woodstock Library, www. or call 845-679-2213.

JOHANNA WHITE Johanna’s health has taken a dramatic turn for the worse. The change started in July 2017 with fatigue and loss of weight. It was unclear to the doctors what was happening at first because Johanna had been stable for a year and a half prior to these changes. However, in a short time, her blood work started to change, showing increasing anemia as well as skyrocketing white blood cells and platelets. She quickly became bedridden. Her weight dropped from 135 to 95 pounds (!) and she has been unable to take care of herself for several months. Johanna has been in and out of the hospital six times in the past two months. The last visit, she needed three pints of blood. Her oncologist concluded the cancer was advancing and she might not be with us much longer.

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fee. I was a social worker. I worked with crazy adolescents, and that’s why I never grew up. ROSE: That’s why we get along so well. I’m “Creaky” because I’m a retired construction worker. HANSON: It ruined his joints — they really do make noise. HEPPNER: I’m “Geeky.” ROSE: He does all our Facebook stuff. HEPPNER: These guys can’t even use a dial phone. WOODSTOCK TIMES: And you were a professor, weren’t you? ROSE: A professor! We’re just like Gilligan’s Island. HEPPNER: Without Ginger. Actually I ended up as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Orange County Community College. You probably want to know how the Geezers got started. WT: You read my mind. ROSE: I was on the planning board, and I was looking to get off. The first kiosk project came up for the Comeau Property, and I thought, this lets me off the planning board. I can give to the town doing something I like better. Like every project, there was a whole bunch of people going to help until the work starts. I had been the elder statesman on a big mason job, so I was known as “The Geezer.” UNRATH: I didn’t want to do any of this work, but I saw they needed stones, and my son had a defunct quarry, so I’d go by at night and put stones in their pile. HEPPNER: I worked on text and photos for the kiosk. HANSON: When I retired in 2002, I got on the Environmental Commission and the Comeau Stewardship Advisory Committee. I was a trail boss for improvements on the Comeau trail. Then the kiosk thing came up. Lorin had helped on a bridge project, and I knew he was a guy who’d show up. As he likes to say, we’re hyperactive kids who grew up and can’t sit still. ROSE: We take naps. We only work between nine and eleven. Well, sometimes we go till noon, but then we get time and a half. HANSON: Our only rule is to have fun. If it’s no fun, we quit. ROSE: We like to do things with an artistic bent. Except for the tin shed. UNRATH: That was the worst. Family of Woodstock had us tear down their old shed, and they had a new shed donated. It took us four days to put it together. ROSE: All those screws! UNRATH: And it didn’t look any different from the old one. HEPPNER: We saved the Keegan Bell, from the tower at the community We restored theTimes bell Woodstock Times center. & Saugerties and the casing and built the kiosk it sits in now. ThankROSE: you,WeLynn! love the bell. HANSON: We continue to ring it on special Contact: Joanne Miller, 679-4636 occasions. ROSE: Richard downloaded stuff to show us how to take it apart. It hadn’t been touched in 100 years. HEPPNER: The community has been great, donating to these projects. For the bell, we put on

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building and insulated the room. ROSE: For the [late town supervisor] Jeremy Wilber memorial, Dennis Drogseth let us go into his quarry on Ohayo Mountain and pick out some stone. HEPPER: The memorial is a 1200-pound monolith. Water flows down the face of the stone. We put up solar panels to run the pump. ROSE: I would rather stumble around quarries than anything else. Each of us has our department. Tom explains things for us and to us. Jim is more fun than a puppy. HANSON: I make sure there’s laughter around the table in the mornings. We sometimes engage in foolishness. HEPPNER: [displaying a photo on his phone] This is a bug on a trailer on top of a water tank. It’s made of copper and two garden sprinklers that spray water, for the wings. The eyes are the webbing of old propane heaters. We’re going to pull it down the street in the Memorial Day parade, in memory of our childhood. HANSON: We had to promise it wasn’t political, and we wouldn’t throw candy. Everything else is on the table. WT: So you work for free, but you do fundraising for the materials? HEPPNER: We put something in the paper, that we’re raising money for the bell or Jeremy’s memorial, and we get lots of donations. UNRATH: We get a lot of building materials donated, or at cost. HEPPNER: Tom’s a veteran. He served in Viet Nam. ROSE: Tom does whatever’s necessary. UNRATH: I mix the concrete. I have less skills, so I do what’s needed. HEPPNER: Tom says things, and you wonder what color the sky is in his universe, they’re so brilliant. ROSE: And he can do a great drawing of a UFO from one of his encounters. UNRATH: They tell jokes on Saturday afternoon, and by Monday morning I’m laughing.

‘We’ve done quarry walks for the conservancy, at Snake Rocks and Sloan Gorge. I talk about history, Lorin does the mechanics of the quarry, and Jim sings and yodels...’ Conservancy had to give its approval of the bridge because of easements. They liked the bridge so much, they asked us to do a couple at their Israel Wittman Sanctuary. HEPPNER: We’ve done quarry walks for the conservancy, at Snake Rocks and Sloan Gorge. I talk about history, Lorin does the mechanics of the quarry, and Jim sings and yodels. HANSON: Snake Rocks made a beautiful acoustic amphitheater. HEPPNER: He sounded like he was in the shower. – for August 2017 publication WT: You’re a yodeler? HANSON: I was an original member of the Woodstock Warblers. We played around here in the 70s and 80s. It was a country folk kind of band. When we did the quarry thing, I sang a song about the people who drove the mules in the quarry to pull the stones out, called “The Muleskinner Blues.” There’s a yodel in it. ROSE: Nobody knew this was gonna happen. It was the highlight of the tour. Actually I saw Jim onstage singing that song before I knew him. The Band gave a concert before they went on the road, and at the end of the performance, Rick Danko brings this guy up to sing “The Muleskinner Blues.” That was Jim. HEPPNER: For the land conservancy, we also make corn fritters for Longyear Farm Day — using Lorin’s recipe. HANSON: He retired before his wife, and she wanted him to have dinner on the table when she got home, so he took courses at the Culinary Institute. WT: Is this true? ROSE: I took a bunch of weekend courses. I build things, and cooking is just building things out of food. UNRATH: We helped paint the Historical Society


he Geezers’ big project for this spring is a new sidewalk to circumvent the bridge on Tinker Street that passes between the Christian Science Church and the Reading Room next door, on opposite sides of a stream. There is minimal space for pedestrians on the road bridge, so the town wants to make a safer detour. The latest plans call for the county to weld the foot bridge, making it too big for the Geezers to handle, but they still expect to oversee the project. Rose observed, “We’ll make sure it doesn’t suck when it’s done — that’s an industry term. The Geezers still have a little magic left in their pocket.”++


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s a sunny Tuesday moved through the area, Central Hudson Gas & Electric was promising that by that evening, all power was to be restored from the 109,000 customers who lost it in the March 2 Nor’easter. “As of 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 4,400 outages remain, primarily in the most heavily impacted areas of northern Dutchess County.” This, as the area braced itself for a predicted up to 15 inches of snow, apparently set to hit on Wednesday, March 7. At the end of the day Friday, March 2, the day the lights went out, and a foot or more of snow


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hammered some areas, while others, mere miles away were unflaked, while still being buffeted by high winds and rain, a frazzled John Maserjian, spokesman for Central Hudson told us that Ulster County had some 25,000 outages and that “hardest hit are Esopus, Hurley, Town of Olive, Saugerties, both the town and the Village and Woodstock. It’s one of the most severe storms to have hit our service area. It’s in the top 10 in the last 50 years.” Mutual aid crews came from as far as Quebec, where presumably the weather was better. Residents listened in the dark for the warm music of the chain saws clearing fallen trees and

branches from the wires, with the line crews sure to be close behind. Central Hudson officials say they are prepared for this week’s Nor’easter. “While forecasts indicate snow accumulations and windy conditions, the storm is not expected to be as severe as Friday’s nor’easter,” said Charles A. Freni, Senior Vice President of Customer Services and Transmission & Distribution Operations. “As a precaution, we are preparing crews and assembling resources in the event of problems resulting from this storm, and we continue to stay abreast of weather predictions so that we can plan accordingly.”++

A primary contest Abe Uchitelle throws his hat in the Democratic ring against Kevin Cahill


t struck me like a dagger when Donald Trump became president,” said Abe Uchitelle of Kingston. “I thought I was partially to blame. I said to myself, I need to get involved.” A year and four months after that initial realization, Uchitelle decided to run in the Democratic primary (if there is one) on Thursday, September 13 for the state Assembly seat representing most of northern and central Ulster County and the Dutchess County towns of Rhinebeck and Red Hook. The legislative seat now constituting the 103rd Assembly District has been occupied for the last 20 years by Kevin Cahill, also of Kingston. Cahill is widely expected to seek re-election. Both Uchitelle and Cahill graduated from SUNY New Paltz majoring in political science. Cahill, who will turn 63 the day before the November 6 general election, graduated that school in 1977. Uchitelle, now 29, graduated in 2010. He has been president of the 25-employee boutique digital marketing agency DragonSearch, recently rebranded Dragon 360, since February 2016 and has worked for the Kingston-based firm for over five years. “A community’s choice in a representative should come down to selecting a leader who listens to their constituents, walks among them, and advocates for them,” Uchitelle said in a press release. “I believe that it is time for a change, and that I can offer a new voice reflective of the evolving nature of this district.” The area needs a strong voice in Albany and allies at every political level, the Dragon360 executive said. When officeholders get involved in political vendettas, “the losers are the people,” he said. He wasn’t specific about how existing examples of partisan politics and longstanding personal feuds could be dealt with, other than to say he wanted to avoid them. He favored “a completely different approach.” A new generation, he said, could “change the rules” and “rewrite the rulebook.” Uchitelle suggested a focus on three broad areas of issues: job creation, education and training, and responsible housing policies, “while upholding the progressive values of our community.” As a college student, Uchitelle collaborated with

various entities and levels of government to organize a New Paltz bus loop in New Paltz. Concentrating on other things, he said after the last election he felt he was getting complacent. He had skills he wasn’t using. He told himself he could be helping people with real problems. That line of thinking led to his wanting to get involved in politics, he explained. Uchitelle serves on the boards of the Kingston Land Trust and Family of Woodstock. He has been on the picket line outside congressman John Faso’s Kingston office. He has done volunteer work in Kingston and he’s helped out at People’s Place. Uchitelle held a campaign kickoff at the Senate House Garage Tuesday afternoon, at which time he was endorsed by Callie Jayne and Merle Borenstein. His website is “Bring it on!”, declared Cahill. This Tuesday, Kingston mayor Steve Noble gave Cahill a strong re-election endorsement. Cahill didn’t waste time circulating it. “There have been issues on which we haven’t agreed, but we have used those moments to listen and to learn from each other, and I know that I am stronger leader today because of him,” wrote Noble in part. “He is my mentor and friend, and

Abe Uchitelle above all he is a fighter. Whether he’s standing up to big polluters threatening our environment or advocating for comprehensive healthcare, Kevin doesn’t back down.” ++ Geddy Sveikauskas

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be open for the day, and at 9 a.m. McLaren amended her earlier statement by announcing a police presence at each of the district’s schools for the day. “We are taking this step out of an abundance of caution and to provide reassurance to students, staff, and parents,” she wrote. “We understand that this is a distressing and anxious time. We remain vigilant and focused on the safety and well-being of our students.” Taken into custody at approximately 4:30 a.m. Thursday morning was 23-year-old Henry L. Reilly, a Saugerties resident and former Onteora student who’s been working at various businesses Henry Reilly around Woodstock over the years. Reilly’s brother Harold died of a drug overdose behind the Bank of America in Woodstock two winters ago, sparking a town-wide soul-searching that included a number of heavily-attended forums at Onteora through the winter of 2016. According to Reilly’s father, Fionn, he first got a call a little after 3 a.m. that his son had been reported for posting a threatening statement on Facebook. The elder Reilly told police where his son could be found and by 4:30 a.m. the young man was in custody, facing a felony charge of making a terroristic threat. He was sent to Ulster County Jail in lieu $50,000 bail. “I’m shooting the school,” was the statement Reilly was arrested for, after an earlier rant in which the school was not mentioned. According to McLaren, notification of Reilly’s statement was made by “members of the school community. Parents, I believe.” She was contacted by Onteora’s school resource officer, who had been contacted by state police, the county’s sheriff’s office and Woodstock police, working together. Another timeline for Reilly’s actions emerged from Facebook posts on the young man’s social media page, as well as a GoFundMe site launched

March 2. “On the 1st of March, Henry Lancelot Reilly was at a friend’s house drinking. In the early hours of the morning, Henry began posting messages to his Facebook. From there, he made some insensitive comments. These comments then led to an upset parent reporting his posts to the police. The police then tracked his whereabouts, and before 4 a.m., arrested Henry,” reads the crowdfunding site, which by press time had raised $601 towards a $5,000 goal set to be matched by the site’s originators, Ray Morris and Sabrina Hart. “...Any of you that know Henry or have been served by him will know and understand that this has been blown out of proportion and that he intends to apologize for his insensitive words, which he never intended to fulfil [sic]...Any contribution would be greatly appreciated.” On Reilly’s Facebook page, others noted how the offending post had been taken down soon after it went up, and attempted to put it in context. Skirmishes broke out between posters about what sort of punishment fit such a case. “Henry wouldn’t hurt a fly. He just lost his brother recently its Hard times. There no violence in words. This is what the internet has become,” wrote one commenter, a former local now drifted to the West Coast. “Drunk words are sober thoughts. And if your blaming his loss of a brother that’s another reason. He’s depressed or ‘mentally ill’ and causing him to say this. Every other school shooter was mental ill or crazy. And they are dealing with there consequences, as should he wether he meant it or not. Its not a joke and not okay,” replied a young mother from the Rondout Valley. Bail contrast By the time this story was going to press, the Facebook infighting had disappeared. Remaining were some new comments about the many instances people had seen threats against liberals, Democrats and political figures online, as well as the amount of bail set for Reilly versus that set a few days earlier for a Saugerties father and son situation that involved threats and the discovery of a cache of firearms after the father said there were none. On February 27, Saugerties police arrested a Saugerties High School student, 18 year old Connor Chargois, who used Snapchat to praise the Columbine High School killers on social media. His father, 58 year old Bruce Chargois, was also charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and

17 minutes for 17 lives Onteora Student Walk Out set


grounds, we can’t have people that we are not nteora Central School District students will familiar with,” said McLaren. “That is a very unsafe participate in the National Student Walkout environment given the current mood.” at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, for 17 During public commentary minutes. The Walkout will honor parent Durga Bernhard voiced the 17 victims in the Parkland, concerned that the Onteora disFlorida High School mass shooting trict lacked safety. “I came up and bring to attention the need A snowstorm has postponed with a wish list of security meafor safety in schools. At its March the Onteora School district Comsures,” she said. “My main focus 6 Board of Education meeting at munity Forum on safety that was is keeping a prospective shooter Woodstock Elementary, a handschedule for Wednesday March out of the school.” This wish list ful of students and community 7, to Monday, March 12, at 6:30 included one entrance only with a members attended the meeting to p.m. in the Middle/High School metal detector and security guard, show support of the walkout but auditorium. The district Website bulletproof locks on all the doors, also expresssed concern about has asked that people interested one way turnstiles at exits, and safety. In a separate interview, in attending RSVP at onteoracoma select few faculty to be trained district Superintendent Victoria This to carry weapons. McLaren said there would be no can also include questions or input Senior student Olivia Inrepercussions for the disruption to that will be brought to the panel galsbe disagreed. “I don’t want the school day and that school ofconsisting of school officials and to cause dispute with anyone ficials will provide a secure venue law enforcement. ++ but I do firmly believe the United for students to express themselves. States Government must adjust to “The administration is working changing times.” But, she said, with the students to create a safe “I think Onteora has done a reenvironment,” she said. ally good job at making students feel safe.” She “I would say the students have worked very hard continued, “I think it’s important that while we on this,” School Board President Kevin Salem said. address safety issues, that we don’t go overboard. “This is a student led thing.” The walkout will begin No student wants to feel like they’re going to a jail at the 10 a.m. bell time when students are changing cell because that’s not what a school is.” classes. “I’m not trying to be political about this, but I will say that they’ve done an incredible job Good academic standing at recognizing their own differences of opinions,” Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum MarysSalem said, “as have the teachers and administration, tephanie Corsones presented the 2016/17 school and I think the end result is everybody recognizes report card results which stated that, overall, the the importance of school safety.” district is in good academic standing with some Because school is in session, people from notable changes. The ten-year trend of economically outside the immediate school community will not disadvantaged in the district has increased from be permitted to participate. “This is on the school

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obstructing governmental administration after he was found to have a cache of firearms that he had originally denied having. Among the guns was a fully automatic 9mm Uzi, an AR15, various homemanufactured .22 and 9mm firearms and a quantity of ammunition. The father was released on his own recognizance while the son posted $10,000 bail and went free. The local threats were among 797 since the Parkland, Florida school massacre on February 14 that have been tracked by the Educator’s School Safety Network, an Ohio-based nonprofit run by former teachers and school administrators to chart violence in our schools. Locally, other incidents have resulted in arrests in the Dutchess County towns of Hyde Park, Pine Plains, and Poughkeepsie. Social media forum According to Reilly’s father, his son’s situation represented a case of a young man’s raw attempts at irony, and inability to realize the ramifications of dealing with social media as a public forum. Others pointed to the context in which the young Reilly’s comment was made, a thread that started with his statement: “Feed em, clothe em, give em a place to stay, while struggling myself. They still turn they back n they mouths on me. I’ve been on my own since I was 15.. I’ve had some help yes, but it’s harder for me then most my age around here. I never complained, only gave me sympathy for the other struggling youth. That sympathy only gave me scars in my back from u savages.” Immediately following the Facebook statement that caused his arrest, one of Reilly’s friends commented, “Call me first,” while another asked what he meant. Calls to Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright in regards to the high amount of bail requested in Reilly’s case, as well as a report that the young man would be offered a plea deal, went unanswered as of press time. Reilly was set to appear in Woodstock Court before Judge Jason Lesko at 10 a.m. on March 7. Because of the threat of snow, that appointment was rescheduled until 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 8. Onteora’s McLaren noted the importance of school communities feeling comfortable reporting all perceived threats immediately, while also expressing hopes that an upcoming forum on school safety issues, also postponed on March 7 (to the evening of March 12) “will prove helpful in bringing us together.”++

27 percent in 2007/08 to 44 percent in 2016/17. Every school in the district has had an increase of students who are eligible for free or reduced lunch. All test assessments show students are proficient, performing at or above state level. Common Core standards are alive, however goals have slowed. Corsones said the State, “took a step back and they addressed what was developmentally appropriate but also what’s appropriate for the 21st century.” The number of students opting out of tests continues to remain high, even though the tests themselves have changed through teacher input. The graduation rate throughout the Onteora District is 87 percent, compared to State average of 82 percent. This includes students in programs outside of the district and special education students placed outside of the district due to of more challenging educational needs. The graduation rate specifically at the High School is 94 percent, an increase from previous years. One driver of this increase is that 100 percent of students with disabilities are graduating, compared to 57 percent in 2017. Of economically disadvantaged students, 88 percent graduated. The district continues on a decline in enrollment to 1248 students currently enrolled, compared to 1407 in 2014/15. The rate for attendance at a two or four year college is 82 percent. In other district news: • Middle School principal Jennifer O’Conner presented the homework survey completed by students, teachers and parents. Overall a majority of students in grades seven-and-eight spend 30-to-60 minutes on homework and usually complete it during afterschool homework help or in study hall. Most students find homework as fair, with it given occasionally on weekends. • March 2 was the last allowable snow-day (out of seven) where school was closed. Any additional snow-days used will be cut into spring break. ++ Lisa Childers


Hurley goes west Town officials listen, talk at West Hurley Firehouse


Route 209 bridge over Esopus to be closed for reconstruction


ver use Route 209 to head south from Kingston? Think again this summer, when, according to Hurley supervisor John Perry, the state Department of Transportation is planning to replace a bridge over the Lower Esopus Creek between the NYS Troopers Barracks and O&W Rail Trail parking lot a year early. That means detours from “roughly June through August,” with the impact of truck traffic hopefully lessened somewhat by getting GPS and other mapping systems changed before construction starts. The main detour route that Perry said he’s been speaking with DOT officials and police about would take traffic down Wynkoop Road to Hurley Mountain Road, if headed north on 209, or along Hurley Mountain from Route 28 at Kenco’s to Wynkoop if headed south. Talk of adding traffic lights to aid with traffic flow has been under discussion, the supervisor added. The NYS Department of Transportation website posts a daily average of 13,029 vehicles along the stretch of 209 to be detoured. Perry said he’s asked the DOT and county to ensure that the 2014 bridge crossing the Esopus in Hurley, along Wynkoop Road, be checked for maximum load carriage, as well as any dangerous areas along Hurley Mountain Road. The supervisor also said all efforts would be made to keep truck and other through-detour traffic off of Hurley’s historic Main Street, where many in town fear increased traffic will damage the area’s collection of old stone houses. “There’s nothing really positive about this,” Perry said. “I guess once it’s done it won’t be happening again in our lifetimes.” He added that local events along Main Street will still be on for the busy summer season ahead, including Old Stone House Day, when all traffic will be closed from the historic area. Everyone agreed it will be a long summer.++

wo Hurley officials held a special listening session at the West Hurley Fire House on Monday evening, March 5, drawing nearly two dozen residents from the Glenford and West Hurley areas, as well as from elsewhere in the town of almost 7000 residents. Although only town board member Mike Boms and supervisor John Perry were the only town officials on hand (with Boms noting that there was also a town planning board meeting the same evening), discussion was lively, with several key issues arising. Glenford resident Tobe Carey kicked things off by requesting that the town look into telecasting its meetings on public access cable, and maybe even streaming them on the town’s website. He added that the time might also be ripe “That’s where I’d like to zone for taking a serious, committee-led those for,” he said, noting how look into the state of telecommumany people he’d spoken with nications in Hurley. while campaigning last fall who Later, Perry and Boms spoke expressed fears about short term at some length about ongoing rentals and the party-sorts they negotiations for increased cable might bring to town. He added that access throughout the town, nothe was speaking to “an architect ing answers from Time Warner/ in town” about some proposals Spectrum that essentially added for changing the zoning so that if up to a flat “no” unless the town and when Airbb rentals occurred can pay for access. That led to in Hurley, they’d settle in along the discussion of whether such costs, Route 28 corridor. which were estimated at about $7 Some audience members exper month if shared across all town pressed concerns about regulating taxpayers, might be best paid for where Airbnb rentals would be alvia the creation of a special district. lowed; others said they didn’t want Why not, some in the audience to see any in town. Perry spoke wondered? After all, the town’s again, this time about special use childless pay for school taxes, but permits and his own fears of zoman Internet-ready town would be bie houses, as well as how he was a boon for all? “Because seniors Supervisor John Perry planning to send out crews to cut on a fixed income wouldn’t want grass around town if it got over ten to pay for someone else’s cable if inches in height, then bill such properties’ owners. they already have it,” Perry answered. Someone used the term “domino effect” in relaThe supervisor later agreed that he’d look tion to short term rentals. One man spoke in terms into setting up a committee to deal with all such telecommunications matters. He added that state funding for increasing broadband wasn’t available in any meaningful amounts for Hurley, given how much of the town has access already. West Hurley resident Sal Miccio brought up a street drainage problem causing dangerous ice conditions at the junction of John and Wildwood streets in his hamlet. He noted having contacted town highway superintendent Mike Shultis about the situation; Perry replied that Shultis had just had spinal surgery and it would be some days before he could deal with the situation. Others talked about different drainage problems resulting in other ice situations, or flooded basements. Miccio suggested new drainage ditches and a culvert. Perry said he’d be in touch with Shultis and set up site visits to look more closely at what was going on. Questions arose in regards to needed upgrades for the town’s Main Street, home to one of the nation’s largest concentrations of pre-Revolution stone houses, including sidewalks and buried power lines. Airbnb concerns The supervisor said he’d been in discussions about possible funding for such matters with state Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, who noted that while there was some state money available, Hurley’s definition as a bedroom community worked against it. This led to talk about the possible creation of an architectural review board to help oversee growth in town, especially along the Route 28 corridor, which in turn led to Perry talking about his plans to deregulate “some of the zoning there” on Route 28, especially between the Stewarts and where Route 375 leads to Woodstock. “It would be great to get some antique shops, a café in there. Bring it back to life,” Perry said. “Nothing too dramatic…right now it’s restricted to residential homes.” Continuing, the supervisor suggested that this might be the town’s best area for Airbnb rentals.

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of transient people “just bringing problems into our town. It ravages the neighborhood.” Perry’s challenger for supervisor last November, former Woodstock supervisor Tracey Kellogg, pointed out how other towns have regulations already. Perry said he’d talk to them. Meanwhile, a quick glance at the Airbnb website while the discussion was ensuing showed 28 homes and rooms available for rent this coming weekend for prices ranging from $300 to $25 a night. At meeting’s close, Perry said he was working to set up new “checks and balances” on the town’s committees, which he said hadn’t changed in years and were in fact missing members in many cases. “I’m trying to bring in new energy, new life,” he said. “We’re also looking to update our website. I’m speaking to an IT professional. Maybe people will be able to make payments directly online.” He added that people interested in joining committees, including the Hurley Zoning Board of Appeals, should contact town hall. “We’re trying to get more modern,” the supervisor said.++ Paul Smart

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t the March 5 Shandaken town board meeting, supervisor Rob Stanley commended police, fire, ambulance, and highway personnel who helped keep town residents safe during the nearly three-day power outage resulting from high winds and wet snow over the weekend. Stanley said he maintained close contact with NYSEG throughout the blackout and praised the power company for its efforts to get electricity restored to the town as quickly as possible under troublesome conditions. Power went out in Shandaken around 9:30 a.m. on Friday. Service to downtown Phoenicia was disabled by a tree that had fallen on a line. It was fixed by Saturday morning, but later in the day, the line fell and caught fire, interrupting power again. Electricity was finally restored around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. The town was bracing for a similar storm predicted for Wednesday, March 7, with a chance of further power outage, since the hastily made repairs might be vulnerable to another foot of wet snow. Town clerk Joyce Grant explained that during extended power outages, the firehouses are open to provide information, assistance, and — as long

as cable service is intact — wifi. The firehouses also serve as warming stations for those without a woodstove or generator. “If you don’t have a backup heating source,” said Grant, “make plans to stay with someone who does. For communication, make friends with a neighbor who has a Verizon landline,” since phone service through a cable company will not function when power goes out. She also urged residents to sign up for emergency alerts, which can be sent to cell phones, landlines, and email addresses to warn of forthcoming weather events or other emergencies. Contact the town clerk’s office at 845-688-5004. After the storm, Grant received calls from homeowners looking for assistance. She is happy to direct them to the proper resources but pointed out, “When you buy a house here, you’re responsible for the land. People call us to take care of a tree that fell on the line to their house — but for that, you have to call the power company yourself.” Town council member Gael Alba reported that during the outage, a neighbor on Lane Street was found unresponsive on his floor. The friend who checked in on him immediately started CPR and contacted other neighbors, one of whom walked into town to get an ambulance. “Everyone worked together in this crisis,” said Alba, “including the highway department. We’re on a little cul-de-sac, but the road was clear enough so an ambulance could get down to us. The patient is now in Kingston, and our community saved his life.” Ambulance


Edith Heckeroth Miller, age 74, passed away February 8, at her home in Huntington Beach, California. She had battled cancer for seven years until her weakened heart gave out. She was interred at Good Shepard Cemetery in Huntington Beach following a Memorial Mass at St. Vincent De Paul Church. Born in Woodstock, she was the daughter of Edith and Adolf Heckeroth. Adolf had a Plumbing, Heating and Electric business and when she was young, Edie frequently manned the phones and ran errands. Edie attended Woodstock Elementary School and Onteora H. S. and graduated with High Honors in History from Russel Sage College in Troy, NY.

chief Dennis Whelan’s report to the town board thanked Alba, who works as a nurse, for her help in handling the situation. Police chief Chad Storey said his department has a list of residents they check in on. “If there’s someone with a special need we don’t know about, give us a call now so we can be prepared.” The police department can be reached at 845-688-9902. Alba said she had made calls to inquire about copper-wire landlines, which are available from Verizon at $20 to $30 a month. The Phoenicia firehouse has copper lines, which will work when power goes out. Stanley said 99 percent of copper wiring has been phased out in favor of fiber optic lines, which do not function in a power outage. Nick Alba asked from the audience about the prospect of getting townwide cell service, which would be a boon in a blackout. Stanley said he and board member Faye Storms have contacted Verizon about putting microcells in buildings, but they would not work during an outage. He has put a cell tower company in touch with a landowner who might be willing to have a tower put up on his land. “We would like to have centralized cell service,” said Stanley. “I talked to the county to see if we could get a cell tower on wheels for temporary service if we have more than two or three days without power.” Tutt resigns The town board accepted the resignation of building inspector Warren Tutt, who also serves as the zoning and floodplain officer. “He’s going to be a hard guy to replace,” said Stanley. “He took over quite a mess up in that office. Between him and building secretary Anne Ricciardella, they have done a bang-up job.” Warren, who computerized the antiquated operations of the building department, is going to work as a building inspector for the Town of Ulster. He emphasized that he is not leaving because of any dissatisfaction with Shandaken but simply because the new job is much closer to his home and will offer better-paid, fulltime work.++

She married John Miller of Kingston in 1966 and they resided in Rochester, NY, Plano, TX and finally Huntington Beach, CA. Edie was a true Woodstock native. She had many friends in the area and they maintained a vacation home in Woodstock for her last 12 years. With husband John, they returned each spring and fall to her rebuilt cottage on Mountainview Ave.

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Edie loved to travel and they visited many countries. She was also active in AAUW. Edie excelled as a teacher and taught 7-8 grade at St. Bonaventure’s Parochial school in Huntington Beach for 8 years. Deciding to try working in industry, she joined Behr Process Corporation in 1988 as a receptionist and rose to become Behr’s first VP of HR. She retired in 2005. No other paint brand was acceptable for use on her homes. Edie was a generous supporter of her Church, College and other community charities in both Huntington Beach and Woodstock. She is survived by John, her husband of 51 years, daughter Katherine Klem (Lance Klem) of Valley Center, CA and son John A. W. Miller (Joanne Miller) of Carlsbad, CA and brother William Heckeroth of Woodstock. She also leaves 3 grandchildren who miss their “Oma” greatly.

MARVIN DAVIS Marvin Davis passed away peacefully on October 25th after a long illness, with his wife, Cathie Payne, at his bedside. He was born in the Bronx, New York on September 11, 1927. Marvin graduated from the School of Hard Knocks and began his career as a studio assistant at Grey Advertising. Then a product manager at Revlon, ad director at I. Miller Shoes, and on to SVP at Delehanty, Kurnit and Geller. In 1969 he started his first agency as Davis, Parker, Vellanti, followed by Attardi & Davis and finally Davisworks. A large part of that time was devoted to his favorite client, the Portuguese Tourist Office in the U.S. In 1991, Marvin left advertising and, in Saugerties, NY, started Romancing the Woods, custom builders of outdoor rustic furniture and woodland garden structures. He sold the business and retired in 2006. After a long courtship, Marvin was married to his wife in 1987. He is also survived by his most beloved daughter, Lissa Davis Block, her husband Niles, grandson Jared Eppsteiner, his wife Amanda, and great-grandson Adrian. Marvin was an adventurous spirit, ardent in love and devoted to his panoply of avocations: painting, drawing, photography, interior design, sculpture and cooking. He will be deeply missed.

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Airline says 2018 won’t be 2017


ould it be my imagination? Could the great pond that separates North America and Europe be shrinking for reasons other than climate change? Is it even remotely possible that flocks of Dubliners could soon be crossing the pond, arriving at Stewart Airport in mid-morning, be driven by bus to shop at Woodbury Common Outlet Center’s 240 high-end stores, and then, exhausted but bags filled, return late that afternoon in time to fly happily back to The Emerald Isle that very evening, alighting back in the auld sod during the pre-dawn hour. Surely ’twould be an exhausting day-into-night if they were to do so. An option might be to pay $100 or so for a nearby hotel/motel room in order to squeeze in a second immersive day of shop-untilyou-drop at Woodbury Common. After almost nine months of operations at Stewart and in the wake of winter service cutbacks there, Norwegian Air seems now preparing to up the ante for 2018, doubling its flight frequency to Dublin beginning on April 26 to two a day in each direction. Americans traveling to Irish airports could hop from the Irish airport to low-cost flights elsewhere if they wished. The Coach USA bus company and Woodbury Common management seem game to play their part, offering bus trips designed to accommodate Norwegian Air travelers and travel packages that include coupon books. Bus rides are already being offered from Port Authority’s bus terminal in Manhattan to stop at Woodbury Common before connecting to Norwegian flights from Stewart.


hat you don’t find in Norwegian’s ebullient marketing is the cost squeeze of the airline’s expansionary strategy, of which what’s happening at Stewart Airport is but a part. As of the beginning of this year, Norwegian’s capital expenditures for 2018 were about $1.9 billion. Norwegian passenger capacity grew by 25 percent in 2017 and will grow an expected 32 percent this year. Will the increase in capacity be accompanied by cost benefits that result in higher profitability?



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Norwegian has bought more than 200 fuel-efficient new jets, which it has mostly put into service. It expects to sell its older aircraft. “Norwegian’s fate rests on the still unproven strategy of adapting the success of low-cost short-haul travel to long-haul routes,” recently wrote Irish Times,“ as well as making a parallel bet on leasing out jets to rival carriers.” “We are not at all satisfied with the 2017 results,” Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos told analysts in February, according to Irish Times. “2017 was not a very good year.” The costs of expansion significantly reduced the airline’s cash reserves. Kjos took a defensive rhetorical tack. “What could we do?” he asked. “We had already started to sell a lot of tickets. We couldn’t say to the passengers, ‘Sorry, we can’t fly you.’ The best thing about 2017 is that it’s now 2018.” Questions persist as to the long-term demand for the Norwegian routes to and from Stewart. A comparison of Norwegian’s month-to-month passenger figures for Stewart with those at the Port Authority airports as a whole show a similar seasonal pattern — strongest in the summer and considerably weaker in the winter. If anything, autumn and winter demand to the northern climes Norwegian serves lagged a bit behind the average seasonal international demand. It’s hard to know how the end of winter will affect Norwegian’s financial perspective at Stewart.

structures. Cheap fares seem on more consumer minds. Deals are everywhere, more options than ever are available. Even everyday fares seem to have sunk to new lows. The new frame of mind seems to have changed the calculation of the convenience-versus-price ratio for the air consumer. “With prices this cheap,” Money magazine recently advised, “you can handle the extra costs and hassles of using B-list airports, and still have money left over to hopscotch around Europe by booking a few low-fare flights within the continent.” Precisely. As it increases the frequency of its transatlantic flights this spring, Norwegian Air will face new competition. Last Thursday, American Airlines announced it would introduce a new discount fare in April to compete with discount transatlantic carriers such as Norwegian. British Airways, Air France and Deutsche Lufthansa are also preparing lower-cost offerings. Delta already offers basic economy fares on such routes. Can these new offerings reverse the trend? Or is the low-cost jinni out of the box forever?++


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Gun Control

I find it curious that our court system has not been mentioned as one of the reasons for the increase for violence in our country. New York State’s Sullivan Law makes the carrying of an unlicensed concealed firearm a felony — a  crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year. Years ago, a NYC police officer was on patrol in his radio car, and a man fired six shots from an unlicensed handgun, blowing out the car’s rear window. The man was arrested and charged with, among other crimes, Attempted Murder of a Police Officer. He was convicted by the Court of Attempted Possession of a Deadly Weapon, a misdemeanor. How many people who committed a felony while in possession of a firearm received the mandatory sentence? I understand the need and reasons for plea-bargaining however, when it comes to the charge of illegal possession of firearms, plea-bargaining should rarely if ever be considered. Howard Harris Woodstock

NRA And Dark Money

The NRA, which spent $54 million on the 2016 elections, is a macabre slice of the corrosive role of dark money in U.S. politics. Originally promoting responsible gun safety, The NRA has metastasized into a rabid pseudo libertarian juggernaut and weapons industry lobbying arm. A 6/29/17 NRA video threatened progressives who “assassinate real news” with the “clenched fist of freedom.”  NRA’s Wayne LaPierre decries a “leftist radical plan to tax capi-

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talism to collapse.” An 8/5/17 NRA video warns “Democrat overlords” and the New York Times, “we’re coming for you.” Three percent of Americans own 50% of civilian guns. Many of these “super owners” frequent self-styled “libertarian” websites that spew paranoid conspiracy theories and openly equate democracy with communism. They remain obsessed with a certain “Kenyan Communist,” and some, nostalgic for the antebellum South, envision a new civil war against the “libtards” and socialists. Dark Money by Jane Mayer, and Democracy in Chains by Nancy MacLean document how America’s greediest corporations such as fossil giant Koch Industries, fund fake populist “astroturf” movements like the John Birch Society, and Tea Party; and think tanks like The Heartland Institute, U.S Chamber of Commerce, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC, which submits ready to enact anti-union and anti-environment legislation to state legislatures), Americans for Prosperity, American Enterprise Institute, Cato Institute, and many others; some with a veneer of academic respectability, but all ramming billionaire friendly policies and purchasing corrupt climate denying, anti-union, and gun happy politicians. Between tweeted distractions and outrageous chunks of red meat for his base, Trump is cutting taxes on the rich, repealing regulations that protect consumers, working folks, and our environment; taxing solar panels, filling the courts with corrupt judges, and rolling back healthcare.  The gun “super owners” just may become the storm troopers to enforce that agenda, and silence those of us who still believe in democracy. Ed Haffmans Accord

History Books!   

Imagine, if you possibly can, what the history books pertaining to this administration will include. What possible phraseology will historians choose to describe that the POTUS elected in our country in November 2016 was basically an illiterate; had an extremely limited vocabulary; was a con man; a fraud; a tax evader; a money launderer; a draft dodger; a racist; a pathological liar; a sexual predator; a promiscuous, extremely vain, narcissistic, out of touch with reality television personality; had not one iota of an idea how a democratic republic functions; was totally unfamiliar with our Constitution, our Bill of Rights or any of the laws on the books, let alone comprehending what was or wasn’t ethical; was totally devoid of any degree of integrity; had absolutely no knowledge of foreign affairs; not only didn’t know the names of most leaders of other countries but was unable to properly pronounce or spell them; had no clue where most of the other countries were located, let alone knowing anything about their mores/cultures/religions/governing procedures, etc.; that he worshiped autocractic/despotic/dictatorial leaders; supported violence in various ways; was a colossal bully his entire life; had no interest in nor concerns for anyone who wasn’t in the top 2% of the wealthiest individuals in the country; lacked any sense of why philanthropy was a positive part of citizenship; was 100% devoid of sympathy, let alone empathy and considered to-

tal loyalty to him to be the most important thing in his entire world. After you have imagined all that, then please tell me how you are going to explain to your child, grandchild or great-grandchild, when he/ she asks you how any such person could have ended up as the POTUS? Give me some answers, if there are any, how I can ever answer such a question from my heretofore totally trusting great-grandchildren? Thus far they seem to consider me a ‘walking encyclopedia of everything’ and that they can ask me anything and I’ll be able to correctly answer them. That image will burst and disappear on the day they ask me how this nation ever ended up with Trumpf in our Oval Office! Mary Phillips-Burke Woodstock

Faso Responses Not Even Adequate

Rep. John Faso and some others in Congress seem to think that mild expansions of background checks and perhaps raising the age to purchase firearms to 21 are adequate responses to the plague of gun violence that has afflicted our nation. While I would welcome any more stringent federal regulation of firearms, these proposals do not go nearly far enough. Banning of semi-automatic weapons, high-capacity magazines, “bump-stock” modifications, and a comprehensive Federal background check system that bars anyone with a history of crime or mental illness from owning a gun are needed and needed now. Mr. Faso’s disingenuous March 3 opinion piece in the Daily Freeman does not reflect the fact that he voted for concealed weapons to be carried across state lines and his arguing for due process for gun purchases by those with mental illness in the wake of the Parkland shooting is as tone deaf as can be imagined. Jason Eckardt Kerhonkson

Remember Fukushima At D.C. On March 24

Before March 24, 2018 consider the significance of what is March 11, 2018? That’s next week which happens to be the seventh anniversary of the tsunami which struck Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant which was a total tragedy maybe the worst since 9/11/01.  On March 24 at D.C. (in the name of Health & Science & Education Ecology Awareness) there could be other banners and signs to walk with. Know what I mean? The March on Washington March 24 might be as diverse as the crowd that’s making it. It does not only have to be about guns. In order for the March on D.C. to be successful it should be like a rainbow coalition of causes. I n the meantime between now and then people planning on marching should be studying the art of marching and the teachings of the Reverend Jesse Jackson who taught Rainbow Coalition tactics. A single bullet theory can easily be broken but to go there and represent education, science, pride, no guns in the classroom, lowering the sales of guns, teaching tolerance, the wisdom of radical acceptance, need for healthcare reform, demand our equal rights amendment: All the things we hoped for to make the country as wonderful as it could be and not this weird trip it has become since the first Women’s march was totally forgotten (1/21/16) would be great.


March 10, 2018 13 It’s a fool’s mission to design a new library for a town that doesn’t want it. Only 25 percent of randomly selected voters chose the tear-down option in November’s survey. The trustees will spend at least $100,000 of our money pursuing this idea while surrounding themselves with cheerleaders to create the illusion that they have popular support. This is exactly what happened in 2012 and 2013 with the annex plan, which wasn’t put to rest until 2015 after $230,000 had been wasted. John Ludwig Woodstock

The Tracks Are Not Abandoned

One tip to any student reading this: get a copy of the Original Broadway Cast Recording of the musical Hair. 2018 is the 50th anniversary of Hair and it has not been censored. You will learn: “What a piece of work is man…” and other unforgettable songs you won’t regret hearing. Good Luck. Stacy Fine Woodstock

A Words-Eye-View

Trump last week claimed he’d run into a Florida high school preventing a gunman from carrying out last month’s mass shooting. “I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon,” Trump told a gathering of governors at the White House. Welcome to the land of absurdity… Just when we believe he can’t go any lower, he does with his own narcissistic, demented mind. It only takes a picture-perfect opportunity for Rambonespursman to save the day all by himself…Sure he would, no doubt! ‘Act first think later’ is his modus operandi — but wait, just like the nasty bone spurs in his heels kept him from going to fight in Vietnam, the foot pain of running towards a school where kids were being massacred would be too much for him...the challenge of being a real hero would’ve found Trump instead backpedaling fast and furious in ‘get outta here’ 3rd gear…A man is only as good as his word, I say, we cancel this un-Presidential White House ass with a proactive voice which would rebuke and never normalize his BS. However, now that I’m really thinking hard about his self-aggrandizing quote, maybe he’d have gone in — Sure he would...right after he sent his lawyers to back up a small truckload of cash, paying the guy $130K, not to pull the AR15 trigger. Trump continues to bore us. With incredible clarity we see no sense of valor in his DNA. He has no guts to do anything courageous. What a bleepin’ phony! And in a calamitous situation, well, fuhgeddaboudit! He doesn’t even show a boldness to go against his wacky base. He can’t be ‘the hero’ because he doesn’t have ‘the right stuff’ — fearmongering is his game; it isn’t being fearless. Trump’s an empty, dam-


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aged soul who’ll say anything outrageous to get 24-hour news coverage with scandalous boastfulness and his ‘what if’ crap. Think about this: Then why do people need guns? Trump would’ve stopped him without one...hmm, again yeahrightsure! Where’s the bullshit meter? He deserves nothing less than one big butt plug, for the wazoo, err I mean…for his lying mouth, IMHO! The next time there is a horrific mass killing with any legal and purchasable assault weapon the citizenry must cry out that Trump and his Republican party fully own the ‘bloodbath’…their overwhelming support of NRA policies allowed these murders — enough said! Please join in a nationwide ‘March for Our Lives’, protest fueled by Student Power, it’s against gun violence. Neil Jarmel West Hurley

Library Board On A Fool’s Mission

Here’s what’s happening at the Woodstock Library. Last Thursday at 2 p.m., the “Build a Better Library” committee held a secret, illegal meeting in the director’s office. Presumably, they discussed their tear-down plans, but only those in the room know what was said — there was no notice of the meeting in the newspaper or on the library’s website, a violation of law. The Open Meetings Law requires that all board and committee meetings be announced and open to the public. We’re seeing the library annex all over again — illegal meetings, lack of public support, trustee arrogance — except this time the stakes are much higher. They voted on January 18 to demolish the whole complex and start from scratch. You’ll hear talk of keeping the 1812 facade, which they call “a form of renovation.” Their strategy, then, is to redefine the word renovation because the voters say they want renovation. Sounds like a form of trickery, similar to the laughable claim by the trustees that renovated buildings last only 10 to 20 years. Did we elect a Woodstock Library Board of Tricksters?





As you may know, Ulster County Government is ripping up 11.5 miles of railroad track along the Ashokan Reservoir for a trail. I would like to make the following points. 1) Ulster County is ripping up the first 1.1 mile of track leading up to the beautiful view of the Catskill Mountains at the Ashokan Reservoir. This eliminates the possibility of continuing the Polar Express Tourist Train from Kingston to the Reservoir for a 12-month tourist attraction to view the Ashokan Reservoir views. It also eliminates the possibility of tourists taking the Kingston train to use the new Ashokan trail. 2) The Ulster & Delaware Railway Revitalization Corp. ( has taken legal action saying Ulster County began ripping up the tracks without getting approval from the Surface Transportation Board (STB), a Federal Agency in Washington, DC which has national oversight of railroads. 3) Ulster County Government said this Catskill line from Kingston to the Ashokan is “abandoned.” However, we all know that each Christmas season about 24,000 people ride the Polar Express on this “abandoned” line. 4) We think the STB will find Ulster County Government in violation of Federal Railroad law because the rail line is not abandoned. They may require them to replace 12 miles of track at $1 Million per mile at our taxpayer expense. 5) In addition, has asked our local State Supreme Court Judge Christopher Cahill to issue a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) asking the county to stop ripping up the final 5 or 6 miles of track until the STB issues a ruling. Initially, the judge has refused, but new evidence of track removal may change the ruling. Ulster County Government should immediately stop ripping up the rails and should enter into the mediation offered by both the STB and the UDRRCORP. Ralph Mitchell Kingston

Protect Our Animals

There are so many animal lovers in our area that I wanted to bring this potentially devastating legislation to the community’s attention.   I was deeply saddened to learn about two recently introduced bills — HR 4879/HR 3599 — known also as the “Protect Interstate Commerce Act.” This legislation was introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-IA), and it has the potential to reverse hundreds of animal cruelty laws across the entire country including those protecting dogs in puppy mills and animals on factory farms. If this horrible legislation passes, even the sale of horse


14 March 10, 2018 and dog meat could become legal in states that have specifically prohibited these practices! I am an animal lover and regularly volunteer with my local animal shelters. I’m appalled that this law is even being considered due to its potential to threaten not only animals, but our food safety and the environment.   Something has to be done to stop HR 4879/ HR 3599 from passing! One thing we can all do right now is contact our congressional representatives and ask them to strongly oppose this bill. Please join me in doing so today! Caren Fleit Lake Hill 

basement! was quickly  alleviated by the unspoken expertise and commitment of our volunteers and road crews. Thank you. Alexandra Angeloch Hafner Lake Hill


One word describes the proposed teardown of our Woodstock library: vandalism, plain and simple. Francesca Husted Woodstock

Setting The Record Straight

We All Understand

There is not a single soul who reads this paper who misunderstands, mis-comprehends or misconstrues any letter writer who constantly, with every weekly dispatch ,accentuates and attempts to bolster every lie spoken by Donald Trump, his party and his family. Letters filled with such insulting pomposity to those opposed and with such ignorance toward the intelligence of the readers of this paper does not go unnoticed on these pages as those conceived by a person, like Trump himself, who weakly attempts deflection by claiming his letters, or words, are the direct opposite. This, as logic will dictate, would be right out of the Russian troll handbook in practical propaganda procedure as exemplified by this person’s series of rants. You can’t be too careful these days with letters of this ilk and people with a hate filled agenda and trying to disguise it as love for this country. G.S. would be wise to keep that in mind next time he scratches out another one of his disinformation filled diatribes. Robert Fusco Woodstock

Thanks, Emergency Workers

A big thank you to Nash and the Lake Hill and Woodstock Fire Depts. for helping me bail out my basement during the recent storm. Unable to pull the rip cord to my ancient generator to keep the sump pump alive, the basement quickly became flooded with over a foot of water inching up over the furnace. What a happy relief to find calm, able experts to help me with the situation within minutes of reaching out for help. Thank you to the Woodstock Police Dept. for getting the team out to my house. Special thank you to the wonderful and hardworking Highway Dept. crews, plowing at all hours of the night and helping to keep us safe during this ferocious storm. An uncomfortable misery of 2-3 days of no heat, no water, no electric, and maybe no more

Regarding Diane Neal’s congressional run and the meeting at Starbucks. I went to that meeting to hear what Neal had to say. Most of the others that were there were local Democratic committee insiders. First they tried to get her to drop out of the race completely; then they accused her of being paid off by the Republicans to run; then they requested that she run in their primary; and failing that they offered her a guaranteed slot and their full support if she ran for the State Senate instead of Congress. I don’t know if these insiders had the authority to offer her an uncontested slot, but someone made a call to somebody who showed up and gave that impression. If she did what they wanted her to do, they’d be singing her praises, but she didn’t, so they’re saying she’s terrible. Thomas Kadgen Shokan

Sentiment, For Thought

I have read with interest the many thoughtful responses to the Library Board’s decision to raze the existing structure. One letter urged a recognition of the reasonable versus the sentimental reaction. My thoughts are decidedly sentimental. My relationship to the library began when a neighbor brought to me to get a card. Judging by the politics in Woodstock at the time and the books she directed me to, she was a Socialist. The many hours I spent deep in the stacks, permeated by the dense order of old books certainly altered my still plastic 6-year-old brain Sentimentality surfaces as well when I pass the house I grew up in on Rock City Road. Next door was a magnificent three-story Federal building. I watched tearfully one unannounced Saturday morning as it was torn down. The public lavatory marks the spot today. On my morning drive, at a Broadway corner where the circular, domed Kingston Post Office stood until

it was demolished in favor of a fast food chicken franchise, a defunct Planet Wings now stands. It has also been correctly stated that restoring old buildings is a difficult venture. I know every time my 150+ year old farmhouse needs repairs. Even though it costs twice as much and takes three times as long, my choice is clear. I trust the new structure will fulfill all the intended, new requirements. Hopefully it will still have books; and a state of the art ventilation system will eliminate toxic vapors from aged pages influencing young minds. An unrelated but appreciated comment points out that we democratically elected the board in a republican system where once elected they can do that they please. The survey I participated in seemed to favor maintaining some form of the current structure. Why it was even undertaken if demolition was a foregone conclusion is mysterious to me. If a republican response were available, and a re-vote were possible, I favor putting the hard working, well intended Board members who voted for the current plan out of office. Arthur DiNapoli MD, PhD Woodstock

Try Woodstock 104.1

If anyone else is bored by NPR’s endless commercials, (which they pretend are not commercials), one sentence news briefs, chirpy hosts obsessed with not offending, not to mention the “experts” from Republican think tanks or National Review and the dearth of science, just switch the dial to 104.1 FM, Woodstock’s only non-commercial station, free to question the status quo.   There, at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., a listen to Amy Goodman’s Headlines will amaze you at how much is happening that you never hear on NPR.  Monday at 9 a.m. Law and Disorder is devoted to the current struggle for our Constitutional rights.  On Tuesday, Project Censor analyses mainstream propaganda  while encouraging digital media literacy. Wednesdays hear Professor Richard Wolff explain how the week’s news fits into the macro capitalist economic picture. On Thursday, brilliant Native thinkers examine America’s ongoing colonialism of the earth and celebrate their creative survival. Sprouts covers youthful grass roots endeavors nationwide.. In the evening find Tech wizards, physicist Michio KaKu and also local hosts, Woodstock Town Board meetings, the fabulous Wide Net Blues or Steve Romine’s guests telling us the truth that we would rather not hear and will never hear on NPR. Woodstock 104 is an ongoing gift of  erudite, generous knowledge, right here next to my easy chair. Joan Walker-Wasylyk Woodstock

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WOODSTOCK TIMES No Laughing Matter

Brian Hollander’s editorial of last week (Woodstock Times 3/1/18) provides an opportunity to address some prevailing misconceptions. Mr. Hollander begins by lamenting that sanctions against Russia, which “Congress...overwhelmingly agrees need to be in place” are not being implemented. Congress also overwhelmingly agreed to endorse an illegal war against Iraq, hawked by the mainstream media, based on fabrications and lies. Mr. Hollander then repeats the corporate media’s endless allegations of Russia’s “meddling in the 2016 election” with his own emphasis that Russia is “absolutely trying to destroy this country” with the now commonly accepted implication that Russian hackers somehow helped elect Trump. These allegations, repeated daily for more than a year, have created the impression of fact. But after more than a year of investigations, the actual facts leave much to be desired. The only indictments brought forward in this regard cite a Russian group who posted information on Facebook critical of Hillary Clinton. One posting showed a photo-shopped image of Hillary in a prison uniform. Serious meddling? The “Russian hacking” fabrication began as a diversionary cover up when Wikileaks published thousands of emails leaked from within the Democratic National Committee, clearly documenting malfeasance on the part of the Clinton campaign. Vice Chair of the DNC — Rep. Tulsi Gabbard — quit her position in protest of the shenanigans before the emails were released. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was forced to resign as Chair of the DNC after the revelations. Who imposes computerized voting on us? If hacking is an issue, shouldn’t we return to paper ballots? And in a subsequent letter we’ll look at what real meddling looks like, citing a few of more than 70 instances of assassinations and coup d’etats funded with our tax dollars, fomented and engineered by the US State Dept., the CIA, and the U.S. military. Liam Watt Phoenicia

Happy Days Are Here Again!

Donald Trump will run for a second term in 2020. Who can beat him? What if immigration is solved, the Wall is up and working, and automatic and semi-automatic weapons are outlawed? What will the democrats run on? Get out the crying towels, it’s coming! Greg Safris Woodstock

Thanks, Saugerties Police

The Woodstock Jewish Congregation is grateful to Chief Sinagra and the officers and dispatchers of the Saugerties Police Department. The Department personnel are skilled, diligent, and caring. We are fortunate to have them overseeing the safety of our community. Susan Mack, Executive Director Woodstock Jewish Congregation

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Our country is in the most dramatic state of being since WWII, (in my opinion). The differences in parties have never been as clearly defined as it is now. You are either a Republican, backing a very dangerous president, or a Democrat backing anyone other than what we have now. This week, our president made a statement about China’s president, behind closed doors that CNN obtained from a recording that said: “China’s President XI, is now president for life” and “look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day.” If you haven’t read Brian Hollander’s editorial from last week, I’ll quote this: “The National Security Agency head says he doesn’t have authorization from the White House to counter Russian cyber attacks aiming at the 2018 elections.” What? So, we’re doing nothing to make sure that our elections aren’t rigged (most likely) again? My optimism is presently left only with Robert Muller and the students from Florida, but we can’t sit back and just watch this very dangerous time we are living in. We must do whatever we can to back the students from Florida’s “March For Our Lives,” which will take place in Washington. As they have said: “We’re  marching because it’s not just schools. It’s movie theaters, concerts, nightclubs.” Let’s remember that the NRA has the money, but we have the numbers, provided that we don’t just sit home and watch Fox News. Let’s remember that democracy is not a spectator sport. Jill Paperno Glenford

Attempt To Subvert Home Rule

The Wireless/Telecom Industry with their deep pockets has obviously bought Gov. Cuomo. The 2018 budget he has proposed would change the General Municipal Law and would eviscerate home rule. The result of Cuomo’s sleight of hand addition to the State Budget makes the forcing of 5G minicell-towers on utility poles outside of people’s homes that could end up in your front or back yards without review of local zoning or planning boards a harsh reality to every community in New York. It was already bad enough when the Telecom Act 1995 forced cell-towers into our communities but at least  with the option of locals choosing the specific location. With these 5G transmitters mini-cell-towers the choice of location will be overridden by the Governor’s slick maneuver of slipping this change to the General Municipal Law into the State Budget. An equivalent maneuver was tried in California with SB649 but CA. Governor Brown vetoed that controversial attempt. This proposal by Governor Cuomo is nothing short of a back door attempt to subvert the authority of local governments rights to decide what will happen in their communities. The placement of these transmitters could be on every pole by some reports or every other pole by other reports. Furthermore the radiation from these 5G towers would be even higher than existing larger cell towers as they would be much closer to the exposed person than the existing  cell towers, many more in number and more of a danger because of the specific frequencies used in 5G transmission. It should be noted that certain frequencies are more bio-active than others. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences held a conference this year that proclaimed 5G constitutes a public health threat as it’s frequencies disrupt human sweat glands and unzips DNA. Furthermore Scientists led by Lennart Hardell, who was a top scientist for the International Agency for Research on Cancer, just sent an appeal to the European Union for a moratorium on 5G. To see what these transmitters look like view this link ( To voice opposition, call your elected representatives Bill McKenna &John LaValle 679-2113 (extn 16&17), Congressman Faso, 202-225-5614, Assemblyman Cahill-518-455-2350, Senator Gillibrand-202-224-4451, Senator Schumer, 202224-6542,  Senantor Amedore, 518-445-4436 and  Governor Cuomo, 518-474-8390. The push to pass this monstrous violation of our right to a healthy environment will be voted on in  two weeks. Lets make our voices be heard. For more information visit Steve Romine Woodstock

No 5G On Your Block

Do you want to have a 5G cell transmitter in the front yard of your home or business? 5G constitutes a public health emergency! There was a conference co-sponsored by NIEHS (the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) that indicates that 5G is extremely dangerous. The radiation is higher due to proximity of these so-called “small cells.” Don’t be hood winked by the Telecommunications Industry telling you they are “safe!” Governor Cuomo’s 2019 budget would change the General Municipal Law by illegally gutting home rule to force 5G cell towers onto utility poles without review. Cuomo’s budget would allow 5G cell towers on utility poles outside peoples’ houses and businesses and gut local zoning/planning. Towns and cities would not be able to control their siting and would be forbidden from taking a fee where they find it appropriate to site these transmitters. This needs to come out of the budget as it violates home rule! This would force 5G “small” cells onto right of ways in municipally controlled land and towns, villages, cities, and counties. It interferes with local right to control rights of way and to control where these transmitters go. Localities must preserve right to say when, how, how much, with local public input within the confines of Federal Law.   Act now! There is approximately one week to call assemblymen, senators, planning and zoning officials and Gov. Cuomo to say “take the illegal language changing the general municipal law to gut zoning and planning out of the budget.” Planning and Zoning officials, mayors and supervisors don’t like this — so call them. This is taking the power away at local levels without asking — and this is what will spur them into action.

March 10, 2018 15 If we do nothing and these 5G transmitters get installed, you will have no recourse! Call your NY State Legislators, planning and zoning officials, and mayors immediately and tell them: Don’t include Article 13-E, Small Wireless Facilities Deployment in One House budget proposal!  Tell them they must take the language out of proposed NYS budget that will change municipal law to gut local zoning and planning laws! Go to this link to get phone numbers and more information: Raji Nevin Woodstock


Woundstuck seems to be drifting evermore towards ossification, that is, petrifying itself into a bourgeois-authoritarian ziggurat; but with an elaborate, studied, faux-goldleaf veneer of ‘spiritual-creativity’ thinner than the pled for gruel in ‘Oliver Twist.’ All of which brings us to an adamant refusal of this plangent bogeyman: we want the entire Comeau Property, every ‘square inch’ of it. Why? Well, that’s for us to know, and for the febrile marsupials to find out. But know this: we adore Hakim Bey. We celebrate an internal and eternal TAZmania.  The chickens have come home to roost. Ron Rybacki Woodstock

Stop Gun Violence With The Right Representatives

Gun violence is a local and a national problem. While we were mourning the deaths of 17 teens in Parkland, Florida our local police were responding to multiple threats of school gun violence. These threats included the 2/28 closing of the Poughkeepsie City School District due to a threatened shooting; the 2/28 arrest of a Saugerties High School senior and his father on weapons charges after the teen posted praise on websites for the Columbine High School shooting; the arrest on 3/1 of two students by the Dutchess County Sheriff for threats directed at the Pine Plains school and Dutchess County BOCES; and police protection stationed at all Onteora schools on 3/1 resulting from treats of violence by a former student. It is easy to become demoralized as deaths mount and elected representatives refuse to enact legislation that would protect our schools and citizens. But we can prevent these horrendous shootings. Electing the right representatives to the U.S. Congress and Senate would make all the difference in getting sensible gun protections enacted. Our current District 19 congressman, John Faso, opposes restrictions on assault weapons, opposes the right of individual states to enforce their own concealed-carry laws, and opposes NY’s SAFE Act which requires universal background checks. Dave Clegg, by far the best qualified candidate to represent the 19th Congressional District, wholeheartedly supports sensible gun laws and has the real-world experience necessary to negotiate bipartisan solutions to gun violence. Clegg supports restrictions on rapid fire weapons, universal background checks, closing gun show loopholes that allow individuals to obtain guns without proper vetting, and supports the right of NY State to enforce our own concealed-carry guidelines. On the June 26th Democratic primary vote for Dave Clegg to represent our 19th Congressional District. Having the right people in Washington is the only thing that will stop mass shootings. Joyce Hunt Bearsville

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n a 24-hour blackout, like the one the whole village of Margaretville had last weekend, my house is a party. I’ve got solar lanterns and a woodstove with a cooktop; I’ll be fine for a week. While my neighbors were huddling and freezing and eating cereal with the milk they were keeping cold on the back porch, we were making pancakes and playing nerdy board games and warming up the neighborhood kid gang. We would’ve been fine, if my wife weren’t a politician. For a lot of local residents, the power outage lasted three days, which is a long time to go without heat or a well pump. As the weekend wore on with hundreds of Town of Middletown households still in the dark, Julia began to worry about her constituents. On Saturday, she swung into full action mode; she spent most of the day on the phone with NYSEG, the state, the county, the local fire departments. By Sunday, she had organized a warming center at the Margaretville firehouse, and was spreading the word through Facebook and word of mouth that the town had dry ice and bottled water for whoever wanted it. With no official town channels at her disposal, and no way to alert the masses other than to spray and pray, just getting the word out about what was happening was an uphill battle. I thought: There’s got to be a better way. Well, there is. And our next door neighbors are on it. With 120 square miles of territory, Shandaken is one of the largest towns in Ulster County by area. It’s also one of the most sparsely populated. Fewer than a third of its 3,085 citizens live in the comparatively civilized hamlets of Pine Hill and Phoenicia; the rest are scattered across the hills and cloves. Long, wending rural roads, like Oliverea and Woodland Valley, are vulnerable to being cut off from the outside world, either electronically or physically.

It’s not a place you’d expect see on the cutting edge of digital technology. But somehow Shandaken has made it into the 21st century. In 2016, the town signed up with SwiftReach, a New Jersey company that handles emergency communications for municipalities, schools, large businesses and other unwieldy organizational amoebas. In the event of a disaster, officials can use the company’s Swift911 system to alert residents to road and power outages, dangerous weather, boil-water alerts and other fast-moving disaster news. They can also use the system to muster volunteers in an emergency. The system sends text alerts to cell phones, but for dinosaurs that don’t do cell or internet — a species that still makes up about a quarter of Shandaken’s population — the alerts also go out by voice to landlines. Officials can call alerts in over the phone, and the system will convert them to text. A single alert can be sent automatically to text, phone, email, and the town’s social media accounts, and citizens who sign up for the service can choose what methods they’d like to get alerts in. If Shandaken’s computer system is knocked out by flooding — a prospect that, we have learned the hard way, is not too far out of the realm of possibility — the emergency alert network and all of the town’s information will still be up and running on SwiftReach’s Mahwah servers.

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he company’s Swift911 service costs the town about $1000 a year, Grant says. Shandaken’s electronic revolution is basically paying for itself: The town now saves about $700 year in postage by sending most residents digital bills instead of paper ones. Shandaken’s willingness to try new things might have something to do with how hard their communications systems got owned by the Irene floods in 2011. Power and phone lines were down across much of town. Oliverea Road sprouted a 50foot canyon that could be crossed only by ATV. At one point during the disaster, officials were driving through the streets of Phoenicia making public safety announcements with a loudspeaker. Compared to the Herculean physical efforts Shandaken officials made just to stay in touch with residents during Irene, sending a few text alerts is a cakewalk. This may be the brave new world, but it’s still the Catskills. The town expects a certain fortitude from its citizens. “We only send the alert for snow if it’s over six inches. Because if you live here, and you can’t drive in under six inches, don’t stay,” she says, laughing. “You can quote me on that.” So far, most of our rural Catskills towns are sticking to the old ways. We have our own systems, official and otherwise, for making sure our neighbors are okay. Popular forms of official disaster response include “driving over to check on that old guy down the road,” “not having town email addresses,” and “it’ll be fine, people are tough around here.” I hold out hope that we might be getting a little more organized. When I called the Shandaken town hall to talk to Grant about the system, not long after NYSEG got most of the region’s power working again, she had company in the office: Olive’s town clerk, who was there to learn more about it and see if it might work out for Olive too. If you ask me, it’s a great idea, and long overdue around here. I may have to have a word with my local elected official about it. ++

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Shandaken’s newfound digital fluency is largely thanks to Joyce Grant, the town’s indefatigable clerk. She was the one who found SwiftReach with a Google search, and she handles most of the message posting. The town supervisor, the highway superintendent and the chief of police also have access to post to the system. Grant loves it. “It really is an awesome system. We reach about 800 people in 20 seconds,” she says. “In this area, you need something like this.”

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t seems state Republicans are beating the drums (again) for Dutchess County executive Marc Molinaro. They want him to run for governor against Andrew Cuomo. No knock on Molinaro, but I sense desperation among Republicans. Assembly minority leader Brian Kolb dropped out citing “family considerations” (as if he didn’t run this by loved ones in the first place). Then former Erie County executive Joel Giambra withdrew. Last man standing was state senator John DeFrancisco, 71, of DeWitt, who excited little enthusiasm. A capable 13-term senator, said to be one of the best legal minds in the State Senate, DeFrancisco, like Molinaro, found the waters beyond his safe district deep and cold. His prospects of success against the juggernaut Cuomo appeared slim. The only announced challenger knows they play hardball on the Second Floor. Witness, for instance, a Cuomo administration response to DeFrancisco’s criticism in late January of Cuomo tax policy: “That statement is about as real as his hairline,” sneered a Cuomo spokesman of the senator’s dime-store toupee. Ouch. “This has been Cuomo’s M.O.,” DeFrancisco fired back, according to published reports. “When they can’t respond logically to a logical argument, they make derogatory personal remarks.” Molinaro, at 42 fit and photogenic, has won on every local level, from Tivoli village mayor to Dutchess County legislator to state assemblyman to two-term county executive. But he’s no Tom Dewey, and he sure as heck isn’t an FDR (the pair being the last Dutchess residents to be elected governor). The state Democratic Committee, controlled by the governor, seems to be taking a Molinaro candidacy seriously. Why else link him to Trump, the anti-Christ of the left-of- center? Molinaro is being ardently courted. Is he ready for prime time? He’d better make up his mind soon, again.

Juan Figueroa Rodriquez of New Paltz and Kingston mayor Steve Noble, in addition to luminaries from Rosendale, Saugerties and, of all places, Shawangunk, where enrolled Democrats represent a quarter of registered voters. Republicans have 40 percent, according to the board of elections. It would appear it’s the sheriff’s controversial public statements on social issues that have the active and vocal progressive wing of the Democratic Party ready to dump their incumbent. “Sanctuary cities, they’re furious about,” said the sheriff. “I met with the president. I talked about checking IDs at social services. Guns. Nobody seems to have any complaints about dayto-day operations. They just complain about me.” In some places, they call that democracy. As Harry Truman used to say, if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen. Van Blarcum isn’t complaining. He’s been through this routine for three elections and he’s sticking to his guns. Ah, guns. It was Van Blarcum’s so-called “call to arms” in late 2015 after another school shooting that gave his political enemies ammunition. The sheriff told a small gathering of Town of Ulster Democrats last week that “the media” had misrepresented his urging licensed pistol owners to carry their weapons full-time. “I wasn’t telling everybody to run out and buy a gun,” he said. “That would be adding more guns.” He believes armed civilians, “properly trained,” can make a difference in situations so tragically common these days. “Take the mall shooting,” Van Blarcum said, referring to the February 2005 shooting at Hudson Valley Mall where two people were wounded by a 24-year-old gunman from Saugerties with a semiautomatic rifle. “There were five off-duty cops in the mall that day. None of them were armed,” the sheriff said. If Van Blarcum is advocating that police officers carry their guns at all times, count me in. Less so in recruiting Joe and Mary Pistol Permit to the armed forces. These are, after all, civilians who take out a gun permit to protect their homes or businesses, and who might fire their weapons a few of times a year at tin cans in the woods. People like that shouldn’t be facing down crazy guys with high-powered rifles in crowded, unimaginable conditions. Unlike some on the right, VanBlarcum does not support arming teachers. Armed police officers at highly secured schools make better sense, he says. Figueroa worked out of the Kingston barracks while a young trooper, but spent most of his 25year career as an investigator assigned to special duty in New York City. The two old cops know each other from various beats, and there appears to be mutual respect. But the retired trooper says the sheriff ought to talk less. At least he’s not tweeting every other day. Meanwhile, we point to county unofficial nominating conventions in late May. Candidates are not held to convention results. Losers have gone forth to nomination and victory in the past, but margins can be telling. Close calls in either or both contests could signal a race to the finish on primary day. I suspect that lots of people currently occupying

No knock on Molinaro, but I sense desperation among Republicans.

An ode to Billy Let’s break up the politics for a moment for an endearing tale. There I was last Sunday lounging in my pew at St. Peter’s Church in Rosendale in anticipation of one of pastor Edmund Burke’s insightful sermons. After reading the Gospel, Father Burke paused, gazed at the congregation and began with the passing of Billy Graham, who had died at 99 the week previous. I looked around to check if I was in the right church. A priest eulogizing a Protestant evangelist from the pulpit? This was not my grandmother’s church. Billy Graham, Father Burke told us, was a humble man with a wry sense of humor. Graham, he said, liked to tell the story about holding a rally early in his career in a small Southern town. After writing a letter to his wife, he left his hotel in search of a post office. Encountering a young man on the sidewalk, he asked for directions. “It’s two blocks down on the left side of the street,” the man said. Graham thanked him and invited him to his rally that night. “Why would I go to something like that?” the man asked the minister. “Because,” said Graham in that sonorous voice millions had come to know and love over decades, “I can show you the way to Jesus.” “I don’t think so,” the stranger said over his shoulder. “You can’t even find your way to the post office.” He shocked the sheriff Three-term Democratic sheriff Paul Van Blarcum would not have been surprised if a Republican had challenged him for reelection this fall. He may not have expected a primary from his own party. Only a few weeks ago VanBlarcum was talking about not having to raise money for an unopposed election. Enter retired state trooper Juan Figueroa of Plattekill, committed, he says, to challenging Van Blarcum in the September 13 Democratic primary. Who woulda thought? Heading the list of “early support for Juan” attached to Figueroa’s February 28 formal announcement were legislature minority leader Hector

fences will jump one way or the other long before then. Republicans can only relish the thought. Connecting the dots There’s always politics, motivation and history to consider, especially when two unknowns suddenly emerge to challenge veteran officeholders in primaries. A few days after Figueroa formally announced for sheriff, Abe Uchitelle, a young businessman in Kingston’s uptown Stockade area — thus “Stockabe” — announced for the Democratic nomination against eleven-term assemblyman Kevin Cahill. Cahill, who keeps his ear to the ground, was not surprised. “Bring it on,” he said, hinting at a connection to arch-enemy Mike Hein. “He interned with Hein right out of [SUNY-New Paltz] college,” Cahill, 62, said of his 29-year-old challenger. Was Hein playing Oz again? I can lure politicians to the phone, but they don’t always bite. “We’re not choosing sides,” Hein said when asked if he was supporting either candidate. “They’re both very smart and talented,” he said, referring to the challengers but not his own party incumbents. Nudged a bit, Hein recalled Uchitelle briefly serving as an intern with his administration “early on,” meaning around 2009. Hein also recalled that Figueroa and his late brother Werner, a state police zone sergeant who died at 45 the year Hein was elected executive, were close. I smelled smoke, but that’s all I got. ++



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Piano Plus! Back For Fifth Season The Piano Plus! chamber music series will enter its fifth season with a concert featuring Bard Conservatory Collaborative pianists JongSun Woo and Bethany Pietroniro playing Beethoven: Op.109; Chopin: Ballade No. 4; and Debussy: L’isle joyeuse, at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at the Olive Free Library, 4033 NY-28A, West Shokan. JongSun Woo is currently in her second year of Advanced Performance Studies at Bard College Conservatory, studying with Peter Serkin. Since her debut at London’s Wigmore Hall at the age of 17, she has performed widely across the UK in venues such as, Purcell Room Southbank Centre, St. John’s Smith Square, St. Martin-in-the Fields, West Road Concert Hall and has appeared as a soloist with various London orchestras.   Bethany Pietroniro is a postgraduate collaborative piano fellow at the Bard College Conservatory of Music. She has twice been the recipient of a Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship at SongFest in California, where she had the opportunity to study with leading artists including Margo Garrett, Graham Johnson, and Lucy Shelton. Bethany has also participated in the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Garth Newel Chamber Music Fellowship Program, and the New Music on the Point Summer Festival. The concerts are offered in the Olive Free Library’s community room on the library’s beautiful DINE IN PICK UP DELIVERY

Come Back Strong author, Lori Ann King will share her personal story about her experience with hysterectomy and oophorectomy, which thrust her into sudden surgical menopause, in a book talk at the Woodstock Library Forum, 5 p.m. Saturday, March 10 at the Woodstock Library, 5 Library Lane. King shares tips and tools to manage menopause, both surgical and natural in regard to nutrition, exercise, complementary medicine, and lifestyle changes. Her insight is empowering for women going through hormone transitions, as well as anyone going through challenges in life. She will share the challenges as well as the joys, celebrations, victories and laughter that This talk is for women experiencing symptoms of menopause (surgical or natural) as well as their family and friends. King will offer invaluable insight on how women can ask for help, as well as how their support network can offer kindness and compassion. Kingston resident Lori Ann King is a writer, speaker, blogger, certified sports nutritionist and wellness coach. The Woodstock Library Forum is the longest running cultural and public affairs program in the Hudson Valley and is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Admission is free and refreshments are served.

Steinway Model B Grand Piano. Tickets are a suggested $12 donation at the door. For more information please call the Olive Free Library at 845-657-2482, or email programs@ or visit

Red Vs. The Wolf At Playhouse The NYCA Theatre for Children Company presents Red vs. The Wolf by Judy Wolfman, at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11 at the Woodstock Playhouse, 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock. This introduction to theatre for young children can be shared with their parents, grandparents, friends and family. It’s a comedy with lessons: You’ve all heard the story of Little Red Riding Hood. But how often has it been told from the Wolf’s point of view? Yes, this kind, sensitive wolf gentleman is upset, for he has been maligned by society because of a story that has been repeated to generations of children. Meet the characters and enjoy photo-opps after

the show. It’s a 45 minute show with no intermission and tickets are $8 for children and senior citizens; $10 for Adults For tickets, or for more information, see www., or call the box office at 845-679-6900.





Autism Art

Through the Eyes of Autism: an Art Exhibition will have an Exhibition Reception, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, March 10 at the Arts Society Kingston, 97 Broadway, Kingston . This is a heartfelt exhibition featuring a select mix of student artwork and photos by students with autism attending The Center for Spectrum Services, in Kingston. Meet the artists and their families, see a performance by the Spectrum Services Chorus, enjoy food and refreshments, and more. Admission is free. For more information, see

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march! They’ll also hear a messagºe from Cameron Kasky, a survivor of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school, who is a founder of the gun control advocacy group Never Again MSD. The organizers of the event will be circulating a petition in support of having a town board resolution brought forth by councilman Jay Wenk that failed in 2017, mandating safe storage of unattended firearms. This resolution apparently will be resubmitted to the Woodstock Town Board for consideration again this spring Tickets are $15, with 100% of proceeds to Everytown for Gun Safety, March For Our Lives. They are available at or or by calling 845-6797625.++


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