Photo: Tobiah Black The band Deafheaven, above, was one of the many groups to perform at the Basilica’s SoundScape Saturday, September 13 in Hudson. The band members include (l to r) Shiv Mehra, Stephen Clark, Daniel Tracy, George Clarke and Kerry McCoy. In addition to music there were poetry readings, different types of food, performances, media and plenty of people at the second annual ScoundScape.

Hillsdale keeps tight rein on highway budget

HILLSDALE—At a budget hearing held before the regular meeting of the Town Board this week, town Supervisor Art Baer said, “I’m projecting revenue to be down slightly.”

The Board went through each department’s budget request at the September 16 session, discussing places where spending needed to be reduced or increased. The budget for the Highway Department got particular scrutiny. Highway Superintendent Richard Briggs was in the audience. Read more…

Germantown hears good news on student progress

GERMANTOWN—Nichole McCollum, chief information officer of Questar III BOCES, reviewed federal and state student test results this week with the Board of Education.

During a 75-page PowerPoint presentation September 10, Ms. McCollum showed a dizzying array of statistics that put Germantown in context with state and countywide results. Read more…

Ghent grants variances for Ginsberg’s expansion

GHENT–The town Zoning Board of Appeals has approved all three variances requested by Ginsberg’s, the regional foodservice distribution company looking to expand to a new site along Route 66 at the Claverack town line.

Ginsberg’s, currently located in Claverack, is seeking to build a new facility on a 33-acre parcel on Route 66 that straddles the towns of Ghent and Claverack. The proposal calls for a “phase 1” project to construct a freezer building and offices within one year from starting the project. The “full build” plan involves the rest of the project, including a warehouse to be completed within 10 years. The Ghent and Claverack planning boards have been jointly reviewing the proposal. Read more…

Waterfront pulsates to Basilica’s SoundScape

HUDSON—Drones from the P.A. echoed through the cavernous Main Hall of Basilica Hudson on Saturday night. The light was dim. A neon sign—”Bar”—glowed red. The only really well lighted place was the merchandise table at the back of the Main Hall, which had a spotlight directed at it.

Now in its second year, SoundScape is a large event with a lot of moving parts. When Majical Cloudz—who took a brief detour from their day jobs as the opening act on Lorde’s North American tour to play at SoundScape—finished their set, people streamed out of the North Hall in all directions. Read more…

Does that home have room service?

Copake awash in complaints about well-to-do ‘transients’
COPAKE—Can’t find enough hotel or motel rooms for you and 30 of your closest friends?
Don’t despair. Rent a house… or three, just $1,200 per night.
But wait, is it legal?

At its September 11 meeting, the Copake Town Board received a letter from a resident of Upper Rhoda Lake in West Copake who contends that residential homes are meant for permanent occupancy not “transient accommodations such as hotels, motels and hospitals” according to Town Zoning Code definitions. Read more…