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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.

Measles vaccine required at Ulster County camps

Measles vaccine required at Ulster County camps

In response to a growing outbreak of measles throughout New York City and the Lower Hudson Valley, which has recently expanded to include cases in Sullivan and Greene Counties, Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan has directed Commissioner of Health Dr. Carol Smith to issue orders requiring measles vaccination or immunity for all campers and staff, except those with a valid medical exemption, who wish to attend or work at day or overnight camps in Ulster County.

Saugerties’ Jim Starlin: The man behind Thanos

Saugerties’ Jim Starlin: The man behind Thanos

Jim Starlin is one of the most important writers in the history of pop culture, but you likely don’t know his name. As a comics writer at Marvel in the 1970s, Starlin created Thanos, the villain who has supported the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, the cinematic juggernaut whose intricately-connected franchise movies have dominated international theaters for over a decade now. 

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.”

Troubled Woodstock 50 festival will need a new location

Troubled Woodstock 50 festival will need a new location

The Woodstock 50 Festival will not be held at the Watkins Glen International racetrack, according to a statement issued by the venue this afternoon. The announcement leaves festival promoters just over two months to find an alternate location before the planned Aug. 16-18 event, which marks the 50th anniversary of the 1969 festival and is being organized by original promoter Michael Lang.

The anatomy of an enigma: The unknown Hervey White

The anatomy of an enigma: The unknown Hervey White

Erroneously named “founder” of Woodstock by Life magazine in 1938, Hervey White [1866-1944] is better described as godfather of a town he personally transformed into America’s most famous Bohemia, earlier even than 1920. But despite this fact, and although admired by artists and farmers alike, Hervey lived and died an enigma. Some knew part, but none knew all his secrets.