Rev. King’s life celebrated in Hudson. The Hudson Interfaith Council continued its annual tradition of honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Shiloh Baptist Church on Warren Street, Hudson Sunday, January 18. Above (l to r) Alaja Ocasio, Kee’sha Woods and Schaquette Ivery of the Shiloh Baptist Church Praise Team performing a Praise Dance. The Rev. Richard Turpin, led the event in the absence of Shiloh’s pastor, the Rev. Ronald Grant. Rev. Turpin, the pastor at the Second Baptist Church in Catskill, is also the father of Rev. Shanell Turpin, the keynote speaker. Also performing were the Hudson High School and Shiloh Baptist Youth choirs. Among the guests were Rep. Chris Gibson and Hudson Mayor William Hallenbeck, Jr. Photo by Scott Langley

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…

Disagreement doesn’t stymie new law in New Leb

NEW LEBANON—The January 13 meeting of the New Lebanon Town Board began with two public hearings.

The first related to a request by the Lebanon Valley Protective Association (LVPA) to change its tax status from its current IRS designation of 501(c)(4) to 501(c)(3). Both are designations are for tax-exempt, non-profit organizations, but Edward Godfroy, vice president of the LVPA, said the change to 501(c)(3) will enable the organization to apply for more grants. He said that the change will be “no burden to the taxpayers, no burden to the town.” Read more…

Columbia County closings, cancellations reported

GHENT–The snowstorm predicted to hit this area has caused the cancellations of local meetings and other events. Below is a list cancellations and postponements received so far by The Columbia Paper.

If your agency or organization has changed a scheduled event due to the storm, please email the name of the event, the group or agency sponsoring it, the date and time it was supposed to have taken place and any information about a rescheduled date to .

We will update the information as we receive it.

School closings and delays are usually posted on district websites and can be found at the websites of Albany area TV stations.


The City of Hudson has declared a Snow Emergency beginning at 8 p.m. Monday, January 26 and running through Wednesday, January 28. Alternate side of the street parking will be in force. There will be No Parking on the Even side of city streets from 8 p.m. Monday through 8 p.m. Tuesday; No Parking on the Odd side of the street from 8 p.m. Tuesday until the end of the emergency Wednesday. There will be snow removal Thursday and Friday, with signs instructing motorists where to park. Read more…

District hears support for veterans tax break

CHATHAM–Military veterans and district residents filled the high school library last week for the public hearing convened by the Chatham Board of Education regarding the alternative veterans tax exemption. The message from those attend was clear: Approve the tax relief for veterans.

Before the hearing was opened up to the public for comments, school district Business Administrator Michael Chudy presented information about the exemption is and what it could mean to Chatham. The exemption is a property tax break for certain military veterans of wartime. This exemption has already available to towns and counties for several years, but this is the first year it is available for school districts to offer. Read more…