Search for missing link leads to Roxbury

By Pauline Liu
Jeanne Robinson is on a mission. In the search for answers about her genealogy, the Shelton, WA resident and her partner, Tina Florek, traveled about 2,500 miles to Roxbury.

Though it sounds a bit dramatic, Robinson’s journey was truly about finding the missing link. She believes she is a descendant of Ebenezer Robinson who was commissioned as a captain early in the Revolutionary War and was quickly promoted to major, for reasons unknown. Records show that Major Robinson married twice and had 12 children. He died in Roxbury in 1802. 

Mysterious weather knocks out power in Shandaken

By Jay Braman Jr.
No ones knows for sure what it was, but the evidence left behind suggests it was a strong weather event.

About 2 a.m. Tuesday morning something, perhaps a microburst of wind or a strong thunderstorm, touched down about one mile west of the Hamlet of Phoenicia and knocked down three large trees within a quarter-mile area. All three trees fell across power lines, knocking out power and some phone service, not only to the hamlet but in outlying areas for miles along Route 28 in the Town of Shandaken.

Towns see increase in building permits

By Pauline Liu
The construction and home improvement season is off to a wet but optimistic start since the number of applications for building permits in the Town of Roxbury have almost doubled from last year. Middletown is also experiencing an increase in building permit applications, although the numbers lag in the Town of Andes.

Restricting NYC land buys is hearing topic

Staff report
A public hearing on restricting New York City’s ability to purchase land and easements in Middletown’s hamlets will be held on Tuesday, June 7 at 7 p.m. at the town hall.
The town board will solicit comments on a proposal to preclude the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) from making land acquisitions or purchasing conservation easements within the municipality’s defined hamlets.

Adding Kelly Corners

Store swapping gives Main Street new look

By Pauline Liu 
As of next month, several well established Main Street businesses in Margaretville will be making their moves, quite literally.  Some will be heading no farther than across the street to fill empty storefronts in Binnekill Square.

As a result of the shop swap, all commercial spaces in that complex will be occupied for the first time since December. The trading of spaces promises to change the face of the village’s commercial district.

Local election results


Local school districts have begun reporting election results.


School board candidates

Lee Austin 117
Kevin Beutel 78
Kurt Holcherr 68
Pat Gonzales 9

School budget

Yes 233
No 41

The resolution to make school board terms 3 years was passed.
Yes 174
No 77


School board candidates

Kelly Kilpatrick 122
Tammy Storey 1

School budget

Yes 110
No 44

Bus Purchase

Yes 108
No 47


School budget

Yes 190
No 79

School budget votes on Tuesday; MCS district only contested race

By Brian Sweeney
Area residents will cast ballots on school district budgets on Tuesday, May 17 and will also decide a board of education vacancy in Margaretville.

MCS voters will voted on the budget and board candidates on May 17 from 2-8 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Roxbury radio makes waves with town board

By Pauline Liu
Roxbury’s community radio station, which began broadcasting last August, became the focus of the regularly scheduled Roxbury Town Board meeting Monday night.

The station relies heavily on grant money, volunteers and help from the town. It is also supported by the Greater Roxbury Learning Initiative Corporation (GRLIC) a not-for-profit foundation.

Shandaken mulls zoning change that would okay farmstand

By Jay Braman Jr.
After several years of having an allegedly illegal farm stand operating on Route 28 in Mount Tremper, and after several attempts to find a way to bring that stand into compliance, the Town of Shandaken is now considering the option that the stand’s owner has wanted all along; a change of the zoning law to allow him to continue.

The town has set up a meeting for later this month to “discuss a zoning amendment in Mount Tremper.”

Roxbury holds forum on hamlet expansion

By Pauline Liu
The topic of hamlet expansion is both a complicated and important one aimed at preventing New York City from buying up land within the hamlet of Roxbury.

The town board not only conducted a public hearing on the matter, Wednesday, May 4, but afterwards they also held a discussion to consider reassessing properties in the town.

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