Roxbury

RCS school vote scheduled Dec. 9

By Joe Moskowitz
Roxbury Central School District taxpayers, who approved a $4 million bond issue back in May to help fund $5 million in repairs and upgrades to the school, are being asked to go back to the polls on December 9 and reapprove the project because legal language in the original bonding document was faulty.

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25th anniversary brings piece of Berlin Wall out of storage

By Cheryl Petersen
Once a powerful and enduring symbol of the Cold War, pieces of the Berlin Wall are now found in fragments around the world. “We brought home quite a few pieces of the Berlin Wall,” said Roxbury resident Jane Piasek, who visited Germany in 1991.
“Most of the wall was down by time we arrived. Ex-patriots were selling pieces of the wall to the tourists.”
Her trip began when Jane’s father-in-law, Abram, asked the extended family to travel to Europe. “He wanted to see his childhood home in Poland, then travel to Germany, Hungary, and a few other countries,” said Jane. “There was no way I was going to miss that trip.”


Numann Technology Center opens at RCS

By Joe Moskowitz
Guy Numann graduated from Roxbury Central School (RCS) in 1949. He only went to RCS for his last three years of high school and, as a transplanted New York City boy, he said he felt like an outsider. He also said he had to attend summer school just to get into college. But he said during those three years at RCS he learned about family, integrity, and community.
He said those values have guided him through life and he wanted to give something back to the community where he learned them.
SIGN OF THE TIMES — Guy Numann poses next to the sign at the newly opened Numann Technology Center at Roxbury Central School. The center was officially unveiled at a ceremony on Friday. — Photo by Joe MoskowitzSIGN OF THE TIMES — Guy Numann poses next to the sign at the newly opened Numann Technology Center at Roxbury Central School. The center was officially unveiled at a ceremony on Friday. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz


Death of Roxbury entrepreneur Lenihan leaves a void in the community

By Joe Moskowitz
Phil Lenihan, one of the pillars of the recent revival of the Roxbury business community, and a great friend and patron of the arts community, died unexpectedly Friday night while attending a Halloween party in Woodstock of an apparent heart attack. He was 61 years old.
Lenihan was born and raised in Dallas, TX and had traveled much of the world. Before moving to Roxbury he had lived in Woodstock.
He started visiting this area and purchased homes in both Andes and Roxbury. In 2011 he bought the Roxbury Corner Store and the attached post office building.


Roxbury reval project is nearing completion

By Joe Moskowitz
Town of Roxbury property owners who have been waiting several years for the town to finish its assessment revaluation won’t have to wait much longer. But, those who think that a revaluation is automatically going to mean lower taxes, may be disappointed.
Assessor Bob Breglio held two information sessions Saturday, one in Grand Gorge, the other in the Hamlet of Roxbury, to give a progress report.


Numann Technology Center opens at RCS on November 14

Roxbury — Roxbury Central School and the Greater Roxbury Learning Initiative Corporation (GRLIC) will celebrate the grand opening of the Numann Technology Center on November 14 at 1 p.m.
The center is the result of a unique school and community partnership that will be available to students during the school day and also to the community.


RCS project re-vote is planned

By Joe Moskowitz
Voters in the Roxbury Central School District are being asked to do something they had already done before, but the good news is that doing it again won’t cost any extra money.
In March 2014, Roxbury taxpayers approved a measure to spend $1 million in unused bond money, and issue another $4 million in bonds to pay for repairs and improvements, mostly to the older portion of the school building.
But on December 9, the voters will be asked to do it again, approve a total of $5 million for the capital project.


RCS adds six new staff members

There are six new staff members at Roxbury Central School this year. 
WELCOME ABOARD — Six new staff members have joined the staff at Roxbury Central School for the 2014-15 academic year. In front row, from left, are: Beth McLaughlin, Julia Manetta and Laura Gervais. Back row:  Stefani Albano, Elaine Smith and Maureen Burton — Photo by Dick SanfordWELCOME ABOARD — Six new staff members have joined the staff at Roxbury Central School for the 2014-15 academic year. In front row, from left, are: Beth McLaughlin, Julia Manetta and Laura Gervais. Back row: Stefani Albano, Elaine Smith and Maureen Burton — Photo by Dick Sanford


Scarecrows on the job on Roxbury farm

SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT: Scarecrows are hard at work keeping birds away from the corn crop at Straight Out of The Ground farm on Route 30, near Roxbury. — Photo by Joe MoskowitzSOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT: Scarecrows are hard at work keeping birds away from the corn crop at Straight Out of The Ground farm on Route 30, near Roxbury. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz
By Joe Moskowitz
Roxbury farmer Madalyn Warren has about half a dozen new employees. She admits they work 24 hours a day, they don’t get overtime, actually they don’t get paid at all.
Warren has artfully brought back an old way of getting rid of an old problem, mainly crows that like to eat corn seeds.


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