Shandaken

Shandaken seeks to put teeth in new dog law

By Jay Braman Jr.
A controversial dog law that was squashed last year in Shandaken may be making a second appearance next month.

Town Clerk Laurilyn Frasier said at the November town board meeting that New York State is giving up the chore of issuing dog licenses.
“Now we have to take it over,” she said.


100-acre logging project on tap for Oliverea

By Jay Braman Jr.
Several miles up into the Oliverea Valley, at the head of what is known as Little Peck Hollow Road, sits a 100-acre chuck of land owned by the Upper Esopus Fish and Game Club.

This month representatives of that organization appeared before the Shandaken Town Board with plans to log the property, beginning soon.


Metnick returns to the helm for STS's "Little Murders"

By Jay Braman Jr.
After a seven-year hiatus, Margaretville’s Dennis Metnick returned to the Shandaken Theatrical Society this fall, and from the audience reaction opening night to his interpretation of the dark comedy “Little Murders,” most hope that he stays this time.


Missing man died of hypothermia; body not found for 2 days

By Jay Braman Jr.
Autopsy results have determined that a 20-year-old Pennsylvania man died of hypothermia after he went missing in the woods last week Monday in Shandaken.

The results, released on Thursday by the Ulster County Medical Examiner’s Office, show no evidence of foul play, according to police.


Shandaken budget proposal shows about a 6% hike

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town budget for next year, may bring a tax increase of just a shave under six percent, but according to Supervisor Rob Stanley it could be even less depending on the results of a public hearing on the plan tonight (Wednesday.)

There may even have been a few changes for the better already made.


"Little Murders" comes to STS Playhouse

Phoenicia — Autumn is upon us, and the longer, cooler evenings can kindle creative energies. If you want to see “a satire that scorches nearly everything it touches” (Boston Globe), then don’t miss the Shandaken Theatrical Society’s (STS) production, “Little Murders,” by Jules Feiffer.


Shandaken budget tops $5 million

By Jay Braman Jr.
“These figures are not set in stone,” Supervisor/Budget Officer Robert Stanley told a very small audience at the October Shandaken Board Town meeting last week. That evening Stanley released his preliminary budget plan. For the first time in history it will now cost over $5 million a year to run Shandaken; $5,032,447 to be exact. Taxes are set to go up, but by only 5.96 percent.


OCS warns families of suspicious man on bus route

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Onteora School District superintendent took a daring, proactive approach to a concern about child safety last week and it appears that district parents are lauding the effort.
Last week Wednesday 22 parents and guardians received a chilling automated message from the school district.


Shandaken draft budget keeps 2011 spending down

By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken Supervisor Rob Stanley said this week that spending would remain almost flat in 2011 if an early budget draft developed by the board receives approval.

“The departments have submitted their budgets and after several meetings we pared the budget down to a .9 percent increase,” he said.


Shandaken Day offered fun & recognition

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By Jay Braman Jr.
It was the perfect end to a perfect day.


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