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By Julia Reischel on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 - 5:21 pm
In a curt decision issued on Tuesday, Nov. 18, the New York State Court of Appeals ruled that the Maetreum of Cybele, a monastic branch of Paganism with a headquarters in the Catskills, is entitled to a religious property tax exemption from the Greene... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Monday, Apr. 21, 2014 - 5:28 pm
Above: A goddess on an altar at the Maetreum of Cybele in 2010. Photo by Julia Reischel. The question of whether a tiny Pagan group's Palenville headquarters qualifies for a religious tax exemption will be heard by the highest court in New York State this... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 - 1:52 pm
The Maetreum of Cybele, a former inn in Palenville that is now the spiritual home of a Cybeline Pagan group. Photo by Julia Reischel. A group of Pagan adherents in Palenville won a major victory in a New York State appellate court last week, when a judge... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 - 7:52 am
The Maetreum of Cybele in Palenville. Photo by Julia Reischel.  A group of self-described pagans in Palenville has lost its bid for a religious exemption from property taxes. Last Thursday, a New York State Supreme Court judge issued a decision in the... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 - 1:32 pm
This Saturday, do as the pagans do and head to the hamlet of Palenville in Greene County to celebrate all things witchy. Organized by Palenville's resident priestess, Cathryn Platine, and her religious order, the Maetreum of Cybele, Pagan Pride Day will... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Apr. 7, 2011 - 4:24 pm
The Maetreum of Cybele, in Palenville. The town of Catskill is appealing a judge's decision that it may have discriminated against a group of pagans by refusing to grant them a religious property tax exemption. According the the Greene County Clerk's... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 - 1:23 pm
The New York Times ran a column about Palenville's pagans on Wednesday, giving the beleagered Maetreum of Cybele a chance to appeal to a national audience for help in their fight with the town of Catskill over property taxes. Out Towns columnist Peter... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Monday, Jan. 24, 2011 - 10:17 am
A pagan group that wants the town of Catskill to recognize it as a religious organization may lose its Palenville home before the end of the year. The Maetreum of Cybele, a pagan community that owns the former Central House hotel on Rte. 23A, has been... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Saturday, Jun. 26, 2010 - 11:40 am
Remember Rev. Mother Cathryn Platine and the Maetreum of Cybele? We ran a story on the Maetreum's property-tax battle with the town of Catskill last month. Today, the Catskill Daily Mail has a feature on their brewing court battle -- and why its outcome... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Saturday, May. 8, 2010 - 5:39 pm
Cathryn Platine, the Reverend Mother of the Maetreum of Cybele.  Palenville’s loudest property tax critic is a witch. Cathryn Platine, a towering 60-year-old pagan who can trace her ancestry back to one of the witches who was hung in Salem in 1692, is the... Read more
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