Shandaken supervisor balks at sewer project

By Jay Braman Jr.
If the Hamlet of Phoenicia ever builds a sewer system, it won’t be just cars and trucks crossing the major bridges in the locale.

Effluent from the hamlet’s toilets will be too. Every minute of every day.

And since the bridges in Phoenicia are in the habit of breaking during the more and more frequent floods, local officials are wondering what would happen if the sewer mains broke on the bridges and sent gallons of sewage into the Ashokan Reservoir downstream.

Shandaken town board jeopardizes sewer plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
Claiming to not have enough information to make a decision, the Shandaken Town Board on Tuesday tabled the resolution to move the Phoenicia sewer project forward, but this time it may have put the final nail in the coffin of the beleaguered plan.

By not passing a resolution to hold a public hearing on whether or not to create a Phoenicia sewer district, the town board will not meet contractual deadlines with the City of New York, which has allocated millions of dollars to build a system for the hamlet.

Shandaken farm stands face permit difficulties

By Jay Braman Jr.
Getting a permit to operate a farm stand in the Town of Shandaken is turning out to be a tough row to hoe.

On Monday, May 21 at 7 p.m. in Shandaken Town Hall a public hearing will be held for just such a permit, but between now and then a few questions need to be answered in order for the planning board to move forward.

STS opens season with 'Spitfire Grill'

Phoenicia — The Shandaken Theatrical Society (STS) Playhouse in Phoenicia will present “The Spitfire Grill” a musical about a mysterious stranger that arrives alone in a small town and finds love and family. “The Spitfire Grill” opens Memorial Day Weekend and will start a new theatre season in a town that is rebounding after the effects of Hurricane Irene.

Shandaken stalls sewer project

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board balked Monday at a critical decision on the longstanding Phoenicia sewer issue, putting the fate of the project in jeopardy.

Before the board that evening was a resolution to set a public hearing on the creation of a Phoenicia sewer district.

But after harsh criticism of the proposal from both the audience and town board members, the resolution was tabled until a full town board could be assembled.
Supervisor Rob Stanley was on vacation this week.

Burroughs monument hike this weekend in Shandaken

Shandaken — Celebrate naturalist John Burroughs’ 175th birthday year with a hike up Rochester Hollow in the Town of Shandaken on Saturday May 12 to see a monument to naturalist John Burroughs.
Meet at noon at the Rochester Hollow trailhead parking lot on Matyas Road just off Route 28 between Pine Hill and Big Indian. Registration is not required for the hike, which will be cancelled if there is heavy rain at 11 a.m. For weather confirmation, call 586-4973.

J Rocco's Steakhouse and Speakeasy open in Shandaken

By Jay Braman Jr.
There’s a new restaurant in the Shandaken area where one of the most notorious criminals in American history, a former Public Enemy Number One, holds a place of distinction, not only on the wall but also in the heart of the eatery’s owner.

According to Erik Risher, who just opened J Rocco’s Steakhouse and Speakeasy, it was people like Public Enemy Number One, otherwise known as Depression era bank robber and bootlegger John Dillinger, that were some of the region’s first economic developers.

Farm stand law sprouts new ventures

By Jay Braman Jr
Along with the dandelions, two new businesses have sprouted up this spring in Shandaken, where just last month the town adopted a new law that cleared the way for larger farm stands.
Both are readying locations alongside Route 28 in Mount Tremper close by Hanover Farms, the business largely responsible for the new law, establishing that stretch of road as the breadbasket in town.

Hanover Farms sues Shandaken

By Jay Braman Jr.
Al Higley, the owner of Hanover Farms in Mount Tremper, is suing the Town of Shandaken over a stop-work order the town’s code officer issued to his business two weeks ago.
The order, issued by Town Code Officer Richard Stokes on March 18, has been flagrantly ignored by Higley.

“We’re going to Supreme Court,” Higley said Monday.”We want the court to throw the stop work order out.”

Shandaken Ambulance chief calls for cell phone help

By Jay Braman Jr.
Cell phone service in the Town of Shandaken remains spotty but the head of the town’s ambulance service has a plan that he thinks will help solve the problem.

Well, at least for those tech savvy residents who are Verizon customers.
Shandaken Ambulance Squad Chief Richard Muellerleile spoke before the Shandaken Town Board Monday night, reminding all present that 2011 was indeed a busy one, not only for his department but for all of the emergency services.

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