She’s ready for whatever comes next. New Lebanon Senior Class President Christine Bienes led the girls’ procession at the high school graduation ceremony June 27. It is customary at the school’s graduation for the boys to walk in from one side and the girls from the other. This was the 98th annual commencement for the district. Photo by David Lee

Dollar General gets more specific

G’town Planning Board reviews discount store plans

GERMANTOWN—A site visit by the Planning Board and a photo simulation of the store are the next steps in Dollar General’s effort to open a retail store on Route 9G, just north of the Main Street intersection. Those two decisions were made after an hour-long discussion of the proposed building at last week’s Planning Board meeting.

Board chairman Stephen Reynolds noted at the outset that the town’s zoning law allows retail stores in that area, and that Primax Properties, LLC, which is developing the site for Dollar General, has not yet completed an application, so “this is just a conversation,” he said. Read more…

Dollar General, new sidewalk, back in G’town’s sights

GERMANTOWN–The Dollar General retail store proposed for Route 9G just north of the Main Street intersection was scheduled to come back before the Planning Board Thursday, June 25 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.

Supervisor Joel Craig announced this development at the Monday, June 22 Town Board meeting.

Five months have passed since Primax Properties, LLC, presented its plans to the board. These were busy months, to all evidence, for Primax and its engineers, Mercurio Norton Tarelli Marshall in Pine Bush. Read more…

Behold! offers options for summer in New Leb

NEW LEBANON–What is Behold! New Lebanon? In a recent written statement Ruth Abram described it as “an unusual grassroots collaboration among dozens of longtime New Lebanon residents who have built–without walls–America’s first living museum of contemporary rural life.”

Behold! New Lebanon became a reality with a pilot program in 2014 and was founded by Ms. Abram, the founding president of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City. The programs for this year were announced at a June 18 gathering at Meissner’s Auction Service held in front of a projected image of local farmer Evan Thaler-Null and his two draft horses. Read more…

Another Hudson school board president leaves

HUDSON–Peter Rice, president of the Hudson City School District (HCSD) Board of Education, has submitted his resignation. He is the third board president to leave in the last two-and-a-half years.

District Superintendent Maria Suttmeier announced his resignation at the board meeting Monday, June 22.

Superintendent Suttmeier said Mr. Rice wrote a “very nice” letter informing her that he was resigning for personal reasons. In it, he thanked her and the board for the time he had served on it. Read more…

New tactical team is a shared service

GREENPORT–SSRT is an acronym for Shared Services Response Team.

The team comprises deputy sheriffs and police officers who receive specialized training to provide a tactical response to critical incidents and other specialized assignments and emergencies within Columbia and Greene counties. Its formation was announced June 24 in the conference room of the Public Safety Building that houses the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the Columbia County 911 dispatch center and the county jail. Read more…