Pine Hill

Pine Hill water system is at the freezing point

By Jay Braman Jr.
Don Clark says it’s the lesser of two evils.
The Pine Hill Water District Commissioner is urging users to keep their cold water running round the clock in order to avoid the freeze up of the metal lines that feed homes and businesses, even though most are buried at least four-feet deep underground.
While doing so is sure to increase water bills this month, Clark says that’s less costly than the alternative.


Pine Hill "downtown" now all zoned commercial

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board has voted unanimously this month to change the zoning of Pine Hill’s business district to make it all commercial.
Officials expect the change, which takes effect following approval by the state’s Attorney General, will give property owners more flexibility when it comes to the use of their properties.
The idea came up months ago when the town’s planning board noticed inconsistencies in the zoning of Main Street.


Pine Hill zoning change on tap for Main Street

By Jay Braman Jr.
In a move that is expected to give landowners on Pine Hill’s Main Street more options for what they can do with their properties, the Town of Shandaken is taking steps to change the zoning there from residential to commercial.
Shandaken Supervisor Rob Stanley said he expects the switch to take place by the end of the year, but that the change will not be officially in effect until the State of New York signs off on it.
“We’ve been discussing this for two months now,” Stanley said when explaining the details.


Pine Hill sewer extension planning underway

By Jay Braman Jr.
One part of the historic 1997 Watershed Agreement between New York City and upstate Watershed dwellers has finally begun in Pine Hill, where the City agreed, 17 years ago, to connect 25 properties up to what is known locally as the Taj Mahal of waste-treatment plants.


Turkey Trot boosts PH Center

By Jay Braman Jr.
Gobble gobble, walk, run or wobble, come to the third annual Phoenicia Turkey Trot this Saturday, Nov. 30 and help raise funds for the Pine Hill Community Center.
Turkey Trots are races held on or around Thanksgiving, presumably as a fun and festive method of burning off all those extra calories the holiday brings and burning any residual Tryptophan out of one’s system.
But in Phoenicia, the Turkey Trot has become much more than that. It has become a unique fundraiser in which every year a cause is chosen to be the recipient of whatever amount has been pledged.


Kool Kamp at Pine Hill

Pine Hill — The Pine Hill Community Center (PHCC) will launch a new free summer children’s program for children ages 6-12. The program, Kool Kamp for Kool Kids, will offer a variety of arts, crafts, nature and games every Thursday and Friday beginning on July 11 and going through August 30.

Camp Director Francesca Warnes of Shandaken is a jewelry artist, mother of two sons, outdoors person and an innovative and experienced youth leader.  She also participates in an after school program, Kool School, at the Phoenicia Elementary School.


Pine Hill Block Party on July 20

By Jay Braman Jr.
A huge block party has been planned in Pine Hill on Saturday, July 20 to benefit the Morton Memorial Library.

And the neighbors of this historic landmark and all around cool community place are getting involved too. Over 20 families in the vicinity are holding yard sales on that same day.
The event has become so big that the Town of Shandaken has decided to close Elm Street to traffic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. while the fair takes place.


Gardening workshop planned for Pine Hill

Pine Hill — The Pine Hill Community Center will sponsor a series of three free workshops  for all ages designed to help would-be gardeners plan, plant, maintain, and harvest a small vegetable garden.   The workshops, led by horticulturist Andrew Messinger and farmer Madalyn Warren, will be hands-on, using the center’s small garden space.  Participants will take away practical information and some start-up seeds and/or plants. They will also be able to participate in the cultivation of the PHCC Community Garden


Peace poet and troubadour to perform at PHCC

Pine Hill — David Rovics, the singer songwriter who Cindy Sheehan calls “the peace poet and troubadour of our times,” will appear in concert at The Pine Hill Community Center on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m.  A suggested donation is $10.

David Rovics grew up in a family of classical musicians in Wilton, CT, and became a fan of populist regimes early on. By the early ’90s he was a full-time busker in the Boston subways and by the mid-’90s he was traveling the world as a professional flat-picking rabble-rouser.


Steampunk Festival in Pine Hill

Pine Hill — The First Pine Hill Steampunk Festival will take place in Pine Hill this weekend, running from 6 p.m.-midnight on Friday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-midnight on Saturday Oct. 27 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Festival tickets, badges and the complete program schedule are available only at Pine Hill Books, 300 Main Street, Pine Hill (next to the post office). Telephone 845-254-3344, or e-mail pinehillsteampunk@gmail.com. The ticket for the entire festival is $20. Single day passes are $5 for Friday, $15 for Saturday, and $10 for Sunday.


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