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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Reported shooting triggers police search of Rondout Creek

Dozens of police cars suddenly descended upon Rosendale, during a brief but unsettling false alarm. Neighbors breathed a sign of relief once the dust settled. Nobody was seriously hurt. Rt. 213 was closed to traffic during a frantic search for an alleged gunman. Local resident Keith E. Hedeman was alone in his home at 605 […]

Solstice Festival & Puppet Conspiracy

Solstice Festival a Success in Rosendale Amy McTear’s summer solstice celebration at the Widow Jane mine in Rosendale drew over 200 people to Lawrenceville, outside Rosendale. The June 21st gathering presented an uplifting, interactive musical (and meditative) concert of gong, crystal singing bowls, voice, didgeridoo, chimes, and drums. McTear is a spiritual counselor, sacred music […]

The ZBA’s underground adventure in Rosendale

The zoning board of appeals went on a site visit last week, which took them to the darkest depths of Rosendale — the mysterious Whiteport mine. In a town world-famous for its celebrated underground spaces, this particular dungeon remains unknown to many local residents. As reported previously, applicant Matt Igoe came before the ZBA on […]

Rained-out car show a complete success in Rosendale

Rained-out car show a complete success in Rosendale Rosendale’s rained-out car show last month saw a wet empty field. Nobody came, yet the canceled event nevertheless earned roughly $2,000 in local charitable fundraising. The 7th annual Rosendale youth program car show was scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, May 15th — but was called off […]

Rosendale Water District needs expensive tank repairs

Rosendale’s water & sewer commissioner has alerted the town board about expensive repairs pending at a district storage tank. The fix will cost rate payers roughly half a million dollars. And, if the work is not completed quickly, regulatory agencies may shut the unit down — forcing a full tank swap priced at upwards of […]

Subterranean distillery seeks zoning variance in Rosendale

Rosendale may soon be getting solar-powered whiskey. The zoning board of appeals (ZBA) recently heard an applicant petitioning to operate a proposed distillery, located at a former underground cement mine on Hickory Bush Road. Matt Igoe appeared at the May 17th ZBA hearing on behalf of the New York & Rosendale Distillery Co. “They need […]

High priced lawyers for red tape in Rosendale

Rosendale’s town board took flack from residents over expensive revisions to the new sign ordinance. A public hearing over legal changes was held over to June 8th from last month. “It’s a good question, and I can get an exact number for you,” said town supervisor Patrick McDonough, when quizzed. “I bet there was a […]

Help on the Way: Joppenberg friends gear up to raise mountain funds

Tuesday nights in Rosendale have become regular meeting times for this community’s newly-formed Joppenbergh Mountain Preservation Association (JMPA), informally known as “Friends of Joppenberg” (FOJ). The group, which meets at the Fre Atlast’s drum studio on Main Street, is modeled after the highly successful ad-hoc Rosendale Theater Collective. Their goal is to help privately raise […]

Another drowning at aqueduct abutment in High Falls

David S. Turner crossed over the Hudson River from Dutchess County, to go swimming with friends in idyllic High Falls. It was the afternoon of Wed., June 8th, 2011. He never came back alive. Turner, a 26-year-old Poughquag resident, became the latest victim of drowning at an abandoned industrial site located in Marbletown’s quaint and […]

Rosendale town board mulls Williams Lake DEIS response

The Rosendale town council made a 30-minute discussion at the June 8th regular meeting, deliberating local municipal response to Williams Lake. A voluminous Site Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) application is pending approval before the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). “We’re not going to have final comments that are a consensus of the entire town […]