Roxbury

RCS softball club splits two this week

It’s a season of transition in Roxbury with a lot of new faces, and veteran softball coach Jane Ware is still figuring out what she does and does not have. One thing Ware has learned is that her girls can hit the softball. Roxbury banged out double digit batting outputs, 23 hits in all, several of the extra base variety, as her Rockets edged Stamford last Wednesday, 16-13, before falling to Gilboa, 14-7 on Thursday.

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Roxbury Arts Group celebrates its volunteers with "Just Desserts"

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This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week and out of a sincere respect for all the volunteers that have passed through its doors, The Roxbury Arts Group (RAG) will give thanks to them at a volunteer appreciation event at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 at the Roxbury Arts Center, 5025 Vega Mountain Road.

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Hops Harvesters made right in Roxbury

By Cheryl Petersen
The basic ingredients of beer are water, malt, hops, and yeast. “As a hobby, I brew beer at home,” said Steve Steenland of Steenland Manufacturing. “A couple of years ago, I visited Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown and toured an old hops farm.” That visit may have plant­ed the seed for a mechanical hops-harvesting machine that Steenland and his father are now manufacturing in their Roxbury machine shop.
 Steve Steeland poses next to the hops harvester that he and his father invented and manufacture in Roxbury. — Photo by Dick SanfordHOP TO IT: Steve Steeland poses next to the hops harvester that he and his father invented and manufacture in Roxbury. — Photo by Dick Sanford

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Plattekill named top "Secret Skiing" spot

By Jay Braman Jr.
Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury has been listed as one of the “Top Eight Secret Ski Spots in North America” according to a March 10 article in TheActiveTimes.com by Diana Gerstacker.
Claiming that nothing ruins a perfect day of skiing quicker than a crowd, the online magazine set out to find places where the skier/slope ratio provides more space for enjoyment.
They found eight.


Young baseball squad taking the field for Roxbury

By John Bernhardt
With eight seniors lost to graduation, the Roxbury baseball team is turning a new page in 2014.
“We have a lot of newbies on our team this year with a friendly, healthy competition among kids trying to earn a spot for several open positions on the field,” said Roxbury coach Greg Funck. “It’s almost like we’re starting fresh with a whole new group. The first three weeks of the season have been really enjoyable. Everyone is working hard and working together well, attending to baseball basics.”


Budget, building and high-tech on the horizon for Roxbury Central School

By Trish Adams
It’s the season of school budget votes, and Roxbury Central School finds itself in a perfect trifecta of opportunity, challenge and necessity. 
At its next budget meeting on March 26, Superintendent Thomas O’Brien and the board will be demonstrating the ins and outs of the 2014-15 budget, which must not exceed a 0.9 percent increase in the tax levy. Due to arcane formulas and exceptions, the increase allowed is not even the “two percent” number you hear in the news.


Paulina Cowan spends spring break helping rebuild in New Orleans

Paulina Cowan of Roxbury is one of 13 students from The College of Saint Rose who are spending an Alternative Spring Break in New Orleans helping citizens of the city continue to rebuild in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The 13 students are volunteering with lowernine.org in the Lower Ninth Ward, one of the hardest-hit parts of the city. They are helping homeowners rehabilitate and build homes in what remains the most devastated neighborhood in New Orleans.


RCS will reveal proposed capital project on March 13

By Trish Adams
Superintendent Tom O’Brien and architect William Taylor will be “top of the bill” at a Thursday, March 13 Roxbury Central School Board meeting, where they will make a presentation about a proposed capital project that will be on the ballot at the RCS budget vote and election on May 20. The meeting was rescheduled from its regular Wednesday date.
There will also be a presentation on the proposed 2014-15 school budget at that meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.


Roxbury Business Association encourages "dreamers" at its series of mixers

By Joe Moskowitz
In Roxbury, they’re looking for a few good dreamers. The Greater Roxbury Business Association (GRBA) is even willing to pay an imaginary million dollars for just one good idea.
And the ideas at this point are just dreams. But if people talk about their dreams, who knows what might happen? That’s the concept behind a series of mixers sponsored by the GRBA.
Big Dreams: Abby Liddle holds a million dollar “dream” check that she would use to build a miniature golf in the community. — Photo by Joe MoskowitzBig Dreams: Abby Liddle holds a million dollar “dream” check that she would use to build a miniature golf in the community. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz


Taking Wing: Students rapt by raptors

Here's looking at you, kid!Here's looking at you, kid!
Roxbury Central School fourth-graders were treated to a wildlife lecture and bird-of-prey demonstration Tuesday morning by Bill Robinson of Saugerties, a retired science teacher and wildlife expert. Robinson kept his audience in rapt attention as he showed off several hawks and a turkey buzzard that he had raised from a chick. The program was made possible by a grant attained by RCS teacher Barb Cella and Fleischmanns resident Carl Shader, a long-time friend of Robinson’s. The program included flight and feeding demonstrations. More information about the program is available at robinsonswildlifelectures.com. — Photo by Dick Sanford


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