Ulster County Artists Join Forces After Irene

Friday, September 02, 2011

Bridges and dams were ruined in the Catskills due to Tropical Storm Irene. Bridges and dams were ruined in the Catskills due to Tropical Storm Irene. (Courtesy of Rebecca Clarke)

As tree limbs are cleared from the streets and sump pumps growl in New York City basements, tight-knit artist communities upstate are coming together to cope with the damage from Tropical Storm Irene.

"Flooding in Phoenecia was really catastrophic and the damage is severe," said Bronson Eden, an artist who lives in the Ulster County hamlet of Phoenicia. "Right now, we're not really artists or anything. We're just all neighbors helping neighbors."

Data on exactly how much damage was wrought by Irene north of New York City is still unclear. On Tuesday, Govenor Andrew Cuomo declared that the storm had caused some $1 billion in damages across the state. Tens of thousands of New York residents are still without power. In Ulster County, dry ice distribution centers have been set up so residents can preserve their food. Neighbors are sharing perishable items so that nothing goes to waste.

County residents said that they never thought Irene would obliterate houses, destroy bridges or severely flood the community the way it did.

"The feeling that I get from talking to people is that they were blindsided," said Eden. "The first thing they said is that they never expected anything like this."

The biggest relief, he said, was that community members were helping one another out.

"Nobody has power and there's no cell service so you can't find anything out or be in touch," said Christina Varga, who owns and operates the Varga Gallery in Woodstock.

During the storm, Varga's gallery had an opening she called "Irene or Shine." Now, she's planning a benefit for Helping Hands of New York, a non-profit aid organization, in order to raise funds for community members who have been affected.

Although the storm has shut down many of Ulster County's arts events, the Woodstock Songwriter Festival is still expected to go ahead as planned this weekend. And for the most part, the local galleries are open.

"I hope we get some people in town," Eden said. "I don't know if anybody will be coming, but we'll be open for business."


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Paul Felix Schott

Our Sun’s UV Rays will get stronger as each passing day go’s by, read and i will tell you why.

The Great big forest have be striped from most of the Earth for Greed of Money by the Wicked. The trees our are Main Source of Oxygen on this Plant.
The Forest Trees scrubs the Pollution out of the air and makes Oxygen from the rain and dirt that it grows in.

The Forest Trees do more then just make Oxygen they stop Soil Erosion, just Look at the 1930 Dust Bowl. Greed by our Government taxes led farmers to clear cut all their Forest and farm all the land they were being Tax on. They had to farm it to pay for the Taxes. Why leave the Trees when food crop makes Money.

The Pollution and CO2 Carbon Dioxide go into the Tree Bark as a shield from most bugs so they do not eat the tree.

Less Forest less Oxygen this is why the moon. That has no Oxygen is very cold on the side with out Sun Light,And hot as ever on the side with Sun Light. Way too cold and too hot to live there.

With no blank of Oxygen to lessen or reduce the Sun’s UV Rays and Solar Wind they are deadly there on our Moon. Every Mt. Climber and Aircraft Pilot knows the higher you go the thinner the Oxygen and colder it gets.

Just spend a night on a Mt. top above 13,000 feet with no Sun Light and you will see or should i say feel the cold stinging any of your exposed skin. If you are new to Mt. Climbing stay below 10,000Ft. The Astronauts and the Cosmonauts and Fighter Pilots that i have been with for years know this very well, and the Radiation Hazards to humans at High Altitudes.

Soon the Sun’s Solar Wind and UV rays will be way to strong for most to go out in the Sun Light for even a short time. The Geomagnetic Storm to come and the Bad Weather Storms well you have not seen nothing yet and the Sea Level is Rising the Oceans.

And there shall be famines, and pestilences, and Earthquakes, in divers places such as was not from the beginning of the Creation.

The last 30 years On Earth we have broke all high temp records and the temp it is still going up. All the Worlds Ice Glacier are melting at an Accelerating Rate. The Glaciers and Polar Ice Caps store more water than all the Fresh Water Lakes on Earth.

The Bad Weather Storms now are Babies compared to what is to come.

They will get even bigger and worse less Oxygen the more UV Rays to the Earth and more Water molecules will evaporate and go up into the Earth’s Atmosphere. Less Oxygen the colder with out sun light and hotter with it.

The Sky full of more water vapor molecules, more snow in the winter and more Flash Floods in the Summer.

If every living person on Earth were to Plant A Tree Today we might have a chance.

The Earth’s Atmosphere Blanket surrounding it protects life on Earth as Our Lord and GOD will all that seek Him.

Then it is written when the tree is full it is harvest time. All the Earth will someday burn away.

This is all Foretold in the Bible Read it
and may our Lord Bless all that do so.

Oct. 27 2011 02:45 PM

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