Owl be seeing you. Trish and Bernie Marki of Silent Wings/The Wildlife Institute of Eastern NY exhibited raptors and discussed their migration at the Columbia Land Conservancy offices on Main Street in Chatham Sunday, November 16. Ms. Marki, a wildlife rehabilitator and educator, holds a snowy owl, a type of owl spotted in the wild here and across the northern tier of the U.S. in the winter. For more information on Silent Wings visit For more on the Columbia Land Conservancy go to Photo by Siobhan Connally





ICC eyes veterans tax break

VALATIE–The Ichabod Crane School Board held a public hearing this week on property tax exemptions for veterans. The audience, which included many veterans, spoke in support of the exemption, though some audience members asked about the impact the exemption would have on other taxpayers in the district.

District Business Manager Michael Brennan presented the numbers he’d received from the county about the impact on the district, which spans seven towns and two counties. He told the audience at the November 18 meeting that there are 652 veterans who would be eligible for the some kind exemption in the district, with the highest concentration in the Town of Kinderhook, which has 411 veterans. Read more…

Ski hotel’s fate hangs on newest member

COPAKE—The stage is set for a Zoning Board of Appeals vote again on the $80-million Berkshire Mountain Club at the Catamount Ski Area project, this time with the tie-breaking vote in place.

On September 25, the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) deadlocked two-to-two on whether to approve a special permit for the four-season resort project at the base of Catamount. Project developers proposed building a hotel and time-share with 153 residential units (256 beds) in three-phases over 10 years. Read more…

Kinderhook adopts $2.4M budget for 2015

VALATIE–The Town Board passed the $2.4-million budget for 2015 Thursday, November 6 after a public hearing on the spending plan. The board rescheduled the monthly meeting from the regular second Monday of the month to Thursday for this month only.

The upcoming budget sets a tax rate of $1.19 per $1,000 of assessed value for properties inside the town. In the two villages, Valatie and Kinderhook, the rate is 53 cents. Read more…

NL councilman objects to email in his name

NEW LEBANON—Board Member Bruce Baldwin wants New Lebanon residents to know he didn’t send that letter.

The mostly uneventful November 11 meeting ended with Mr. Baldwin raising the issue of “a couple of e-mails” circulated by Supervisor Michael Benson. Mr. Baldwin said that his name was on e-mails that he had neither seen nor approved, which he felt “implied that the entire town board was in on the emails.” Read more…

In Hudson district, everybody must get surveyed

HUDSON–Parents of pupils in the Hudson City School District have to complete an online survey by December 3. The survey was announced at this week’s Board of Education meeting, which also saw a report on technology funding from the Smart Schools Bond Act, children’s school-time medication policy, and the status of substitute nurses and teachers.

Coordinator of School Improvement April Prestipino announced at the Monday, November 10 meeting that parents, students in 3rd through 12th grades, and all teachers need to complete a survey by K12 Insight between November 12 and December 3. Most students are to fill out their survey forms at their schools during the school day. Read more…