Shandaken

Big Indian legend is standing tall

The following is an account of the Big Indian legend by author and 19th-century newspaperman Charles M. Skinner. It appears in his book Myths and Legends of Our Own Land, published in 1896.
“In the Esopus Valley lived Winnisook, whose height was seven feet, and who was known among white settlers as “The Big Indian.”


Shandaken Day set for new site with many exciting attractions

By Jay Braman Jr.
The popular annual event known as Shandaken Day is set for this Saturday and promises to be better than ever.
This year the fun plays out in Big Indian Park alongside Route 28 in Big Indian, where all the attractions of previous incarnations of the celebration will be offered. But this year, according to organizers, Shandaken Day will take on a flavor more unique to Big Indian.


Shandaken, NYC settle tax dispute

By Jay Braman Jr.
Following the advice of Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) officials, the Shandaken Town Board agreed Monday to a settlement of a dispute with New York City over the assessed value of the Pine Hill waste treatment plant.


Shandaken Democrats pick slate for fall

By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken Democrats came up with a full slate of candidates at their party caucus at the Glenford Park Pavilion last Tuesday evening.
As expected, there were no challenges to incumbent supervisor Peter DiSclafani, seeking his second two-year term. He will face Republican Challenger Rob Stanley, a town councilman now at the end of his first four-year term.


Shandaken gearing up for late summer festivities

The Shandaken Day Committee together with the Town of Shandaken has announced its list of events scheduled to celebrate Shandaken Day on Saturday, Aug. 29. This year marks the sixth year of the event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Big Indian Park on Route 28 and which will showcase the hamlets of Big Indian and Oliverea.


$2.2 million Route 28 project ready for paving

By Jay Braman Jr.
There’s $2.2 million in Federal Stimulus dollars headed to the Town of Shandaken, where electronic road signs signal the beginning of a repaving project for Route 28.
The signs, located just west of Phoenicia and east of mount Tremper, announce that the project will begin on Aug. 10.


Rob Stanley endorsed by GOP

By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken Republicans unanimously endorsed councilman Rob Stanley Thursday to run for town supervisor in the November election.


Political season kickoff set at Shandaken caucus July 16

By Jay Braman Jr.
Several town-level positions will be contested in Shandaken elections this fall. While there has been much speculation about who will be running, or not running, all interested candidates are expected to make their intentions known at the political caucuses this summer.


Shandaken Board mulls mid-year spending requests

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board heard a plan last week from a group of Phoenicia parents asking for some town support to install a large piece of playground equipment in the Phoenicia Park behind the post office.
The $12,000 “Star Climber,” according to the group’s spokesperson, Heather Roberts, would be a great addition to what many consider an under equipped park.


Shandaken cop naps alleged killer

By Jay Braman Jr.
A Buffalo man has been charged with second-degree murder after being captured by a quick-thinking Shandaken Police detective last week.
An Erie County medical examiner’s autopsy of Constance A. Shepherd, 42, revealed the cause of death to be a deep laceration to her neck, leading police to rule the death a homicide. Chief Anthony Palombo said the cut was caused by a “sword-sized knife” that was located in another room of the Shepherd’s house in the Town of Tonawanda, a suburb of Buffalo.


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