Letters – 2/16 to 2/22

Springing To Life

Recently I taught a course as a volunteer in Lifespring: Saugerties Adult Learning Community for the first time, and discovered the treasure that this program is, sitting in plain sight in our community. I was given much more than I gave as a volunteer! Here was a gathering of elders in the true sense of the word, a community of people with strong life experience to offer one another, and the desire to continue to learn and grow.  Truly “good company.”

My course in dream work focused on new methods of developing personal awareness, and discovering “out-of-the-box” perspectives on one’s life challenges. My class far outdistanced any expectations I might have had for them, and in fact surpassed any new class I had had in years. Without exception, each person delved in, experimented, supported one another, and brought a great sense of spirit and play to the six week course. One class member even brought a dream in from her neighbor, and the whole class jumped in to work on it!

I attribute this delightful learning/teaching experience to the very special atmosphere created by the Lifespring program staff, the good hearts and expertise offered by the teaching volunteers, and, a mission statement supporting participants to grow into the honorable state of elderhood.


Please do check out www.lifesringsaugerties.com or call 845-246-2860 x452.

Dr. Judith Schafman

Loch Sheldrake


Think About It

Not taking any action may be considered an action which could potentially have calamitous consequences.

Howard Harris




We did it! We actually got our first mailer going. What an experience…all 3,746 envelopes. We folded, stuffed, sealed, sorted, and hauled every last envelope to the post office. Betty Markle really saved the day. At first, we thought it was going to take all day to get it together but her expertise helped reduce the process to about 20 minutes.

By now, you should have received your letter. We sincerely hope you didn’t just throw it in the trash before even opening it.

If, for some reason, you haven’t received your letter, please call 845-417-5535 and we’ll send you out a copy right away.

Thank you in advance for your generosity. We look forward to all the possibilities for improvements that donations offer the Good Neighbor Food Pantry: more gasoline to drive to Latham to get more nutritious food, more money for things like eggs, milk, and toilet paper.

Pantries everywhere need food. Lines are longer each week. Yet our country is filled with abundance which is the hub of the entire emergency food system. Pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, etc., are all working together using this abundance to reduce the level of hunger in our great country.

To explore the Good Neighbor Food Pantry further, check out our new website:  GoodNeighborFoodPantryWoodstock. Also, find us on Facebook: Good Neighbor Food Pantry. Peace and food for all.

Thurman Greco



Amazing Initiatives

I have just come back from my first meeting of the Board of the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and Arts (WCCA) and there is so much to share with you. Forget any chamber you’ve ever known, Woodstock has its own unique chamber that has moved into the 21st. century. I’ve lived here for 45 years and I am amazed at the new initiatives this Chamber has created. Go on line to ulsterpub.staging.wpenginechamber.com and you’ll see what I mean. When you go online check out the Experience Woodstock Card…I’ve already saved money in town by using my card. There are so many opportunities for special offers and the chamber is doing an outreach to those of you who work out of your home, don’t have a storefront, but want to get involved. If anyone has any questions please let me know and I will make sure to get you answers!

Terrie Rosenblum, (New) WCCA Board member


 For more letters, see print edition.