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Shandaken will form short-term rental committee to draft regs

Shandaken will form short-term rental committee to draft regs

According to the results of the survey devised by the Shandaken Short-Term Rental Committee, respondents are, as expected, divided on whether and how to regulate STRs in the town. At the committee’s June 10 meeting, town supervisor Rob Stanley said he will not be a member of the new committee that will be formed to draft regulations now that the survey has been completed.

Local pharmacist says drug pricing system is squeezing out the independents

Local pharmacist says drug pricing system is squeezing out the independents

In the communication between pharmacies and insurance companies, Pharmacy Benefits Managers, such as Caremark, OptumRx, and Express Scripts, are intended to help handle transactions, navigating through the tangle of insurance plans, regulations, and prescription options. But the Pharmacists’ Society of the State of New York says the system is being abused for the profit of Pharmacy Benefits Managers and the downfall of independent community pharmacies.

With help, Woodstock man transitions to life outside prison

With help, Woodstock man transitions to life outside prison

“I haven’t experienced freedom in so long, my biggest fear is to have that taken away,” said Woodstocker Ryland Koller, who has been partially released from prison after doing eight years for robbing a heroin dealer in 2011. “I wake up in a cold sweat, thinking some technicality will come up, and I’ll have to go back in. Sleep has been elusive.”

Phoenicia clinic opens with neurologist; seeks more practitioners

Phoenicia clinic opens with neurologist; seeks more practitioners

The new clinic in Phoenicia currently has only one doctor, neurologist Paul Mullin of Medical Associates of the Hudson Valley (MAHV), but the practice is looking to take on additional practitioners in family medicine, internal medicine, and mental health. Mullin, whose office opened on May 20 at 9 Ava Maria Drive, as part of the Kingston-based group, is already booked with patients, virtually back-to-back, for two weeks.

Performing Arts of Woodstock’s The Weir

Performing Arts of Woodstock’s The Weir

The Weir, to be presented by Performing Arts of Woodstock (PAW) from May 30 through June 23 at Woodstock’s Mescal Hornbeck Community Center, takes its title from the word for a small dam constructed to divert the flow of water, symbolizing what happens in the play. Written by Conor McPherson and directed by Warren Kelder, the drama is set in a rural pub in Ireland in the 1990s.

Biology and beauty: Phoenicia gets a new fly fishing shop

Biology and beauty: Phoenicia gets a new fly fishing shop

On the chalkboard at the door of Esopus Creel, the new fly fishing store at the Phoenicia Plaza on Route 28, the list of promising flies to fish today includes beadhead prince, blue-winged olive, and flashback pheasant tail. Even “creel,” the word for a wicker basket used to carry fish, has an elegant ring to it.