Tour Woodchuck Lodge this weekend

Roxbury — Woodchuck Lodge, the farmhouse where naturalist John Burroughs spent summers from 1910 to 1920, will be open for free tours all three days of the long Independence Day Weekend.
Visitors are most welcome any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. July 2-4. The lodge is located at 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, Roxbury, 12474. Follow signs from NYS Route 30, just north of the hamlet of Roxbury.
There is no admission charge; donations towards the ongoing restoration of the historic site are appreciated.
There is a picnic table on the grounds, so bring lunch!

"At Dusk" series set at RAG

Denver — “At Dusk,” a series of three concerts at The Roxbury Arts Group’s Old School Baptist Church will fill that landmark treasure in the most beautiful valley in the area with music from the classic of the ’50s through acoustic virtuosity to a luscious blend of jazz folk and blues.

Margaretville/Roxbury Legion team holds off Stamford for first victory

By John Bernhardt
The Roxbury contingent of the Margaretville Post 216 Legion baseball team was glad to be home. With Sam Nash leading the way, the Roxbury gang unleashed a wicked hitting attack in the early going of last week’s American Legion contest, spearheading a seven-run second inning that gave Post 216 a 9-0 lead. Margaretville then withstood a furious Stamford last inning rally winning 9-8 to bring home their first win of the year.

Jonathan Dykstra of Roxbury wins Northwestern Scholarship

Orange City, Iowa— Jonathan Dykstra of Roxbury has been awarded an academic honor scholarship from Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa, for the 2011-2012 school year.
Dykstra, a graduate of Roxbury Central School, will be transferring from Hartwick College. The son of Richard and Carol Ann has been awarded an Academic Achievement Scholarship, which awards a minimum of $2,000 per year, in recognition of his outstanding academic background.

High school commencements time to reflect and look ahead

By Pauline Liu
Graduation time is an annual rite of summer that’s generally accompanied by warm weather and barbecues. So it was with much anticipation that commencement ceremonies were held last weekend for the classes of 2011 at Andes, Margaretville and Roxbury central schools.
Twelve seniors graduated from Andes on Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. The graduates were Joshua Bonifacic, Nathan Eagle, Peter Fabrykiewicz, Travis Fairbairn, Thomas Falco, Gabrielle Harp, Isabella Mincarelli, Eric Reed, Cameron Roberts, Gina Tait, Kayla Weaver, and Ian Wright.

Plant donations sought for sale

Roxbury — The Greater Roxbury Learning Initiative Corp (GRLIC) is seeking donations of perennial plants to be sold at the Roxbury Sidewalk Festival on July 2.

Anyone who is dividing perennials or who has annuals to spare can drop them off at the shed located next to the school garden. Please label plants with plant name.

These donations will be used to raise money to continue and improve programs for students in the garden located at Roxbury Central School. Anyone with questions can contact GRLIC at 607 326-4754. Donations will be accepted through Saturday, July 2 at 10 a.m.

Hinkley promoted and deployed

Spokane, WA — USAF MSgt. Winfield S. Hinkley Jr., son of Wink and Karen Hinkley of Grand Gorge, was recently promoted to the rank of senior master sergeant.  Promotion to senior master sergeant is the most difficult enlisted promotion to attain in the Air Force.

Roxbury Depot grand opening planned for July 2


Roxbury — The Friends of the Roxbury Depot will host a reception for the grand opening of the Roxbury Depot Museum Restoration Exhibit on Saturday, July 2 beginning at noon.

In cooperation with the Delaware & Ulster Railroad, the Ulster & Delaware RR Historical Society and the Ulster & Delaware Corridor Historic Assets Conservancy Trust, the Friends of the Roxbury Depot will open the exhibit from noon to 3 p.m. at the Roxbury Depot, 101 Bridge Street in Roxbury.

Panelists sought for grant panel

Roxbury — The Roxbury Arts Group (RAG) is seeking qualified volunteers to serve on the Community Arts Funding Panel. Members of this panel review applications for decentralization grants for community arts projects.

Peer decision-making is a key component of the program.

Roxbury names top graduates

Roxbury Central School has announced its Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Class of 2011.
Meghan Elizabeth Wallace is the Valedictorian for the Class of 2011.

She is the daughter of Sidney and Karen Wallace of Roxbury. Meghan has participated in each drama production since ninth grade. She also has been a member of the Roxbury Science Olympiad Team where she has won numerous medals.

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