Photo: Scott Langley A star and her handler arrive Roy Denniston of North Chatham unloads his registered Holstein at the Columbia County Fairground’s cow barns in Chatham Wednesday morning, getting ready for the livestock judging and competition at the county fair. Mr. Denniston says he never misses the fair because “there are people you see this week that you don’t see any other time of year.” He has been coming since 1978. This is the 174th year for the fair, which opened this year on August 27 and runs through September 1.


Ancram debates how safe is ‘unsafe’

ANCRAM—For some, a proposed law dealing with dangerous dilapidated buildings in town cannot come soon enough. Others say the town already has too many laws and one person called the law patently discriminatory.

At a public hearing before the August 21 Town Board meeting, the board spent an hour listening to residents’ questions and views on Local Law #1 of 2014 which would allow “for the repair or removal of unsafe buildings.” The board has already had two prior in-depth discussions about the proposed law, one in June with Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer Edward Ferratto and another in July with Town Attorney Jason Shaw. Read more…

Email’s down. Got a stamp?

GHENT–Last week county residents who use “” email addresses experienced a major slowdown in receiving email. A Fairpoint representative said Monday, August 25 that the problem was fixed, though according to Fairpoint Regional PR Representative Angelynne Amores Beaudry, company technicians were still conducting tests to determine what caused the problem.

Ms. Beaudry said this week in a phone interview from Portland, Maine, that there was never an Internet service outage; the issue was a slowdown in the speed at which costumers received and sent email. “Emails weren’t lost,” she stressed, saying that on Wednesday, August 20, Fairpoint added extra servers to its email service “to bring it back up to normal.” Read more…

New Lebanon banks on gravel-to-gravel coverage

NEW LEBANON–The Town Board recently discussed plans to buy a “screening plant” from the Town of Chatham for producing gravel and sand. “It’s not that easy to open a gravel bank,” said Highway Superintendent Jeffery Winestock at the New Lebanon meeting August 12, “and we have a gold mine.”

The screening plant—which costs about $125,000 new—will be purchased for $40,000. The town currently has a smaller screen, which they hope to sell for about $20,000 to offset some of the cost of the new screening plant. With the new screening plant the Highway Department will “be able to make [our] own product the way [we] want it,” said Mr. Winestock. Read more…

Hillsdale has limited luck recruiting volunteers

HILLSDALE–The Town Board passed a local law last month increasing the number of seats on the Board of Assessment from three to five. So far the town has only received one letter of interest. Bill Sullivan is the applicant.

“If Bill is willing to serve, we should appoint him,” Supervisor Art Baer said at this week’s regular Town Board meeting.

A motion was passed to appoint Mr. Sullivan. Read more…

Village faces winter leaks after low bidder backs out

KINDERHOOK–Repairs to the Village Hall roof will have to wait as the board reviews the two remaining bids for construction on the project.

The board opened the bids for the proposed $600,000 project at the last regular meeting in July but did not decide on a contractor at the August meeting.

Trustee Bob Puckett told the board that after the lowest bidder for the job toured the building and went up to the roof, the company withdrew its bid. Read more…