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By Julia Reischel on Friday, Jul. 25, 2014 - 12:37 pm
Animal-rights activists hoping to shut down Sullivan County foie gras manufacturers lost a court battle last week. On July 17, the Third Judicial Department of the New York State Appellate Division denied the California-based Animal Legal Defense Fund's... 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 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, 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 Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 - 12:06 pm
A judge has found that a group of self-described witches may have gotten special treatment from the town of Catskill – and not in a good way. In a strongly-worded decision issued on Tuesday, Judge George J. Pulver, Jr. of the Greene County Supreme Court... 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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