John Wort Hannam at Phoenicia Museum

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

Fishing collection donations wanted

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

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

Benefit at Al's for Phoenicia victims

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

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

Sound of Music at OCS this weekend

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

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

Phoenicia gets flood mitigation permit

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

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

OCS budget has 3.7% tax hike

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

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

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

Phoenicia library gutted by fire

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

Phoenicia spared last week

By Jay Braman Jr.
Last week’s stormy weather came and went without destroying the Hamlet of Phoenicia, in spite of expectations of substantial damage.

Having already being hit hard twice this winter, local residents braced for another devastating flood when snow and rain covered the region Thursday night into Friday morning. Local emergency planners expected high water to turn Main Street, Phoenicia into a muddy river.

Sweet Sue's closed due to septic issue

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Ulster County Health Department shut the doors on a popular Phoenicia restaurant Friday after a spot inspection revealed the establishment’s septic system had failed.

Sweet Sue’s, located on Main Street in the business district, was ordered to close immediately.
According to Shandaken Town Supervisor Rob Stanley, county health officials appeared in Phoenicia Friday, following flooding that had hit the area the day before, and began inspections of all the restaurants on Main Street.

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