You call this a blizzard? At least the snow banks were two feet, the forecast snowfall that turned out to be between four-to-eight inches most places in Columbia County Tuesday, January 27. Above, Chris Kerner of Chatham walks to the Ghent Xtra Mart on Route 66 after shoveling snow at his aunt’s house nearby. Some snow is predicted for the end of this week followed by intense cold and an “active weather pattern” next week. Photo by Scott Langley


Supervisors hear that homelessness persists here

HUDSON–Volunteer drivers for Meals on Wheels, housing issues and veterans’ needs got attention at the January 21 meeting of county Board of Supervisors Human Services Committee.

Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers to deliver the food the clients, said Michelle Ublacker, acting administrator of the Columbia County Office for the Aging. Those interested in participating should contact that office at 518 828-4258 or Read more…

G’town gives new chief short tenure

GERMANTOWN—At a special meeting on January 20, the Board of Fire Commissioners for the Germantown Fire District voted to approve the election of Michael Lawson as a fire company chief on a month-to-month basis.

On January 5, the five-member board had refused, with one unnamed abstention, to approve Mr. Lawson’s election. The commissioners did not say why, but after a 50-minute executive session, Roy Brown, who chairs the board, said the board would meet with its attorney and then make a statement.

At the start of the January 20 meeting, Commissioner Hugh McLean gave an envelope to Mr. Brown. Mr. McLean then left the room and did not attend the meeting. Observers familiar with the fire company say that Mr. McLean, who served as a commissioner for almost 20 years including several years as chairman, has resigned. Read more…

Funds help diversify police

HUDSON—Opportunity is knocking for minorities and women considering a career in law enforcement.

Community leaders, police and non-profits are working together to increase diversity in local, state and federal police agencies through a Law Enforcement Diversity Initiative (LEDI).

The program was introduced to the media in a Galvan Foundation conference room in the Hudson Area Library, Monday afternoon as the county hunkered down for the blizzard that wasn’t. Read more…

G’town board reorganizes briskly

GERMANTOWN—The Town Board’s annual reorganization meeting passed quickly and amicably on January 5.

Regular Town Board meetings continue at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month, with exceptions for Memorial Day and Christmas week. Town Board workshop meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 16, June 15, September 14 and December 14. Read more…

Hillsdale hears it could have historic tollhouse

HILLSDALE—At the January 20 meeting of the Hillsdale Town Board, town historian Peter Cipkowski reported that the current owner of a Route 23 tollhouse, a structure that dates from the 1790s, would like to donate the property to the town. Mr. Cipkowski said he was, “stunned to see so much original detail” preserved at the building.

The tollhouse was originally part of a turnpike that ran from Hartford, CT, to Sheffield, MA, and Hudson. A similar tollhouse—the Columbia Turnpike-West Tollhouse in Greenport—was built in 1800 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. Read more…