Shandaken loses power in Monday's storm

By Jay Braman Jr.
Lights in the Town of Shandaken went dark Monday night after a transformer fire caused electrical outages from Big Indian to Boiceville.

This was just one of the problems of the day, which saw heavy rain, the threat of flooding and some confusion about whether or not Route 28 was underwater.
At about 5 p.m. New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) customers in town experienced sporadic outages over a 30-minute period, and a total blackout at approximately 7 p.m.

Shandaken in Bloom garden tour on June 26

Shandaken — Visit six glorious gardens during the “Shandaken in Bloom” garden tour on Sunday, June 26 from 10 a .m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets for the tour are $20 and benefit the Shandaken Democratic Committee. Advanced tickets are on sale at the Tenderland Home, Main Street in Phoenicia.

The tour starts with map/purchase ticket pick up  at the Gazebo, Main Street and Route 214 in Phoenicia and features shady woodland gardens, intensive organic vegetables, classic cottage gardens, reflecting pool, and field cutting garden.

Former Super grilled over graft accusation

By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken Town Board meetings are a little bit like the early days of summer, when it can be bright and beautiful for the most part, and just when you thought it would stay that way thunder claps, lightening flashes and storm clouds roll in.

STS presents 'Into the Woods'

By Jay Braman Jr.
Steven Sondheim’s dark, rich and funny fantasy world that is “Into the Woods” appears in Phoenicia this month courtesy of the Shandaken Theatrical Society (STS).

For 35 years STS has been providing theater in the 150-seat playhouse they call home, offering everything from new plays to old classics. This year marks the first production of a Sondheim play at STS says Amy Wallace, the director.

After Wallace gives a brief description of the show, it is clear that one must see it to believe it.

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.

Big Indian home invasion ends in injuries and arrests

Staff report
Two masked, armed robbers allegedly tried to pull off a brazen daybreak home invasion early Saturday morning at an apartment in Big Indian only to have the tables turned on them as gunfire broke out.

The occupants inside the apartment, located above Railroad Pizzeria on Route 28, not only fought back, but injured both suspects severely enough to send them both to hospitals.

Home repair offered to Shandaken seniors

Phoenicia — The SHARP Committee is pleased to announce the 2010/2011 RESTORE award for the towns of Shandaken, Woodstock and Olive.

STS presents holiday show on Sunday

By Jay Braman Jr.
This year’s version of that longtime holiday favorite known as the Shandaken Theatrical Society’s Annual Christmas Show has been written, rehearsed, and readied by the group of elves who call the STS Playhouse their workshop, and at noon this Sunday everyone and anyone who can fit into the Church Street building can enjoy it for free.

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.

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