Afghanistan war casualty has family in Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
When Pfc. Douglas Cordo, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division out of Fort Wainwright, Alaska, died in Afghanistan Friday of injuries sustained in the roadside detonation of an improvised explosive device, the shock was felt locally. Then it was felt statewide.

Cordo, who was 20, has roots in Phoenicia, where his grandmother, Helen Cordo, still resides.

Festival of the Voice hits the stage this weekend

By Jay Braman Jr.
Despite the glamour associated with the opera world, Kerry Henderson knows full well there is much more to it than donning his tux and walking onstage like he will on Saturday evening when he performs in the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice (PIFV) production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.”

Henderson is not only an opera singer, but he is a co-founder of PIFV, a performing arts organization now in its second year.

Massive water leak draining Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
There is a massive leak somewhere in the Phoenicia water system and so far no one has been able to find it.

That was the word from Alfred Peavy Monday night, when he addressed the Shandaken Town Board on the matter.

Peavy, the chairman of the Phoenicia Water Board, said they are bringing in help today, Wednesday, Aug. 3 to locate the problem.

And help could not come a moment too soon.

“We’re working on trying to figure out where the missing water is going,” Peavy said. “We’re apparently losing 60 percent of what we pump.”

Opera stars shine at Phoenicia's Festival of the Voice

By Jay Braman Jr.
They started showing up this week.

Some came from New York City, others flew in from Texas, Tennessee, and other parts of the nation, all coming to a nondescript office in the center of Phoenicia, where they use their God given instruments to reproduce what has come to be known as “The perfect opera.”
Wisps of the sound travel along Main Street on the hot summer breeze, creating a sense of curiosity, excitement and anticipation for what is in store.

Phoenicia business reportedly buying Boiceville property

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

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

Sewer costs skyrocketing in Phoenicia

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

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

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

John Wort Hannam at Phoenicia Museum

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

Fishing collection donations wanted

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

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

Benefit at Al's for Phoenicia victims

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

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

Sound of Music at OCS this weekend

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

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

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