Phoenicia

Phoenicia project proceeding

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Country Store in Phoenicia should be able to reopen soon.
Closed since January, the owners, Verona Oil Inc., have suffered schedule set backs due to the discovery of underground fuel contamination at the site. Originally expected to be open within two weeks, the store remains shut down three months later.


Water harvesting plans are cloudy

By Jay Braman Jr.
After months of mulling over some very tricky legal language and hearing several opinions from lawyers, judges and residents, the Shandaken Zoning Board of Appeals reached a verdict this month on whether water harvesting is an activity covered in the town’s zoning code.


Gas leak at Phoenicia Country Store leaves gaping hole

By Jay Braman Jr.
Smack in the middle of Phoenicia’s business district, another massive blemish appeared with little notice several weeks ago.
That blemish, a dug up parking lot where Verona Oil Company’s Country Store sits, was supposed to be a two-week event in a community already suffering from blight from the now infamous Phoenicia Hotel site next door. But immediately after an inspection by the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) two weeks ago, all work suddenly stopped, leaving a gaping hole in the ground and a large excavator perched precariously atop a pile of gravel at the site.


Walton gets stormwater grant; Phoenicia CWC loan is OK'ed

Margaretville — The Town of Walton will receive funding for three storm water improvement projects following action by the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) Board of Directors on Feb. 3.
A total of $290,742 from the CWC’s Storm Water Retrofit Program will assist the town in stabilizing road banks and ditches, installing culverts, and improving drainage infrastructure on Bob Gould and Walton Mountain roads, and the Oxbow Hollow drainage basin, which includes Oxbow Hollow, Budine Hill and Crawford roads.


Fly tying workshop

Phoenicia — Once again the Jerry Bartlett Memorial Angling Collection at the Phoenicia Library will be offering fly tying workshops this winter. The purpose of these workshops is to pass on the art and the history of fly tying, specifically the angling heritage of the Esopus Creek and Phoenicia.


Greener, cheaper sewer system under consideration in Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
Phoenicia residents packed Shandaken Town Hall Saturday to hear more about an alternative sewer for the hamlet.
While some remain cautious about building any system at all, many at the two-and-half-hour session showed support for the latest version of a project that uses artificial wetlands and reed beds instead of the conventional concrete facility that a little more than half of Phoenicia voters voted down two years ago.


Emerson Spa again awarded Four-Star rating from Mobil

Mt. Tremper – For the fifth year in a row, The Spa at Emerson Resort & Spa has been awarded the elite accolade of a four-star rating from the Mobil Travel Guide. The Emerson Resort & Spa is one of only five spas in New York State to receive the honor.


Fly tying workshops planned

Phoenicia — The Jerry Bartlett Memorial Angling Collection at the Phoenicia Library will be offering fly tying workshops this winter. The purpose of these workshops is to pass on the art and the history of fly tying, specifically the angling heritage of the Esopus Creek and Phoenicia.


Phoenicia water rate plan stirs debate

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board has delayed the adoption of new bylaws for the Phoenicia Water District following a public hearing Monday night that ran well into overtime.


Phoenicia, Boiceville sewer projects moving along slowly

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


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