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Rosendale Trestle wins matching funds grant

“Track the Trestle,” a grassroots effort by Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) & Open Space Institute (OSI) to refurbish Rosendale’s landmark Rondout Creek crossing, finished its first round of fundraising on June 30th. Roughly $50K was collected — half from matching funds. “The $25K is being matched by an anonymous donor, and this is one […]

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 […]

Brother, can you spare a mountain?

They couldn’t bring McDonough to the mountain — but maybe they can bring the mountain to McDonough. Rosendale has no surplus funds to buy Joppenburg mountain, town supervisor Patrick McDonough revealed at the June 1st town board meeting. The disclosure comes in the wake of several controversial meetings in April and May, which drew a […]

McDonough in hot seat over Joppenberg allocation

Sparks flew at the sparsely-attended May 12th Rosendale town board meeting, where Republicans took on town supervisor Patrick McDonough over the pending purchase of Joppenberg mountain. The land deal was approved last month, after a long and controversial public hearing process. Rosendale agreed to spend $85,000 to buy 117 acres of undeveloped wasteland from local […]

Rosendale town board votes to buy Joppenberg Mountain for $85,000

Rosendale’s local government decided to go forward with the controversial purchase of Joppenberg Mountain for $85,000. The vote came at a contentious meeting last week on April 13th, where council members disagreed along party lines: three Democrats in favor, against two Republicans opposed. The night was marked by occasional outbursts, eventually leading to the ejection […]

Big turnout for Joppenberg hearing

The Rosendale Recreation Center was filled to capacity on April 6th, for the public hearing on Rosendale’s proposed purchase of Joppenberg Mountain. The 495-foot peak looms over the downtown business district as a local landmark, sitting upon 117 acres of undeveloped forest and waste, wrapping around the north side of Main Street from the trestle […]

Track the Trestle kickoff event

“Track the Trestle,” a campaign of the Wallkill Valley Land Trust and Open Space Institute, held its kickoff event Sat. March 27 at the Rosendale Theater. The public was invited to view a short film featuring a fireside chat with the late Walter G. Williams, proprietor of Williams Lake Hotel, recorded in 1986, one year […]

Townfolk Shall “Tell it from the Mountain.”

The town of Rosendale is further considering acquiring Joppenberg Mountain, through a series of transactions initiated by the not-for-profit Open Space Institute. A last-minute agenda item was added at the March 2nd town board workshop meeting, discussing a resolution scheduled for the following week, to hold a public hearing over possible land purchase. Joppenburg is […]