By Lissa Harris on Monday, Mar. 14, 2011 - 7:43 pm
When a predicted flood last week didn't reach Biblical proportions, Phoenicia residents breathed a sigh of relief. The tiny hamlet in Shandaken has borne the brunt of much of the region's flood damage over the fall and winter, with back-to-back floods in... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Saturday, Mar. 12, 2011 - 4:19 pm
Michael Koegel, owner of the Mama’s Boy coffee shop on Main Street in Phoenicia, is still a very fresh face in town. The former Manhattanite moved up to the mountains full-time to open up his shop just last year. But he’s already jumped into small-town... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Friday, Mar. 11, 2011 - 2:01 pm
Sandbags outside Ricciardella's Restaurant this morning in Phoenicia. Photo by Aaron Bennett. After the dire warnings of the past two days, the flooding isn't as bad as expected. Ulster County Emergency Communications Director Arthur Snyder emailed at 12:... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Friday, Mar. 11, 2011 - 6:13 am
According to a 5am email from Ulster County Emergency Communications Management Director Arthur Snyder, the town of Shandaken has declared a state of emergency, and there have been several rescues on Rte. 209. Here's the email in full, which includes a... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Mar. 10, 2011 - 10:25 pm
On February 27, 50-year-old Timothy Shields, a photographer, was found dead in his cabin in a Big Indian housing complex on Oliverea Road. Although a medical examiner's report would show that Shields died of a pulmonary embolism, the flurry of police... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2011 - 5:20 pm
If you thought the rivers and streams got high earlier this week, you haven't seen anything yet. The National Weather Service has issued flood watches for all five Catskills counties -- Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan, and Ulster -- from tomorrow... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2011 - 3:28 pm
Over in Shandaken, Mike O'Neil, Troutmeister -- yes, that does appear to be an official title -- recently issued a plea to the community for money to fund the annual stocking of trout in the Woodland Valley Stream. Troutmeistering is a sacred family trust... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Friday, Mar. 4, 2011 - 10:19 am
Despite the layoff woes at the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, this year has been excellent for the businesses that depend on it, Jay Braman wrote in the Daily Freeman yesterday: At a meeting on Monday of the  Belleayre Region Lodging and Tourism... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 - 12:23 pm
Laura Levine, the proprietrix of Phoenicia's thrift-store-cum-junk-shrine Homer & Langley's Mystery Spot Antiques, also happens to have taken some of rock's most iconic images (such as a portrait of naked, leaf-covered Bjork) during her career as a... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 - 8:55 am
The voters have spoken in Budget Travel's America's Coolest Small Town contest, and Phoenicia has come in 6th with 15,451 votes. (The winner was Lewisburg, West Virginia, with an astonishing 139,118 votes.) Lewisberg has been the leader in the contest... Read more


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