The Kinderhook Farmers’ Market fall festival, hosted by the Kinderhook Business and Professional Association (KBPA), was held on Saturday, October 11. There were several events that went along with the last outdoor farmers market of the season. Pictured are (l to r) Emma Greer, Jeanne Blau, Annabel Cleary, Silas Cleary, Ian Sweeney, and Toby Greer stuffing scarecrows in the village square. There were hay rides, a bake off and pumpkin painting as well. The farmer’s market will move inside for the winter to Samascott’s Garden Market on Route 9 starting Saturday, October 18. Photo by Siobhan Connally


G’town mulls multi-million capital project

Board sets October 29 special meeting to discuss spending

GERMANTOWN—The Community Facilities Committee recommended “priority” capital projects totaling $4.7 million at the October 8 Germantown Central School District Board of Education meeting.

Teresa Pulver reported for the committee, which consisted of 14 community members plus, as advisors, Superintendent Susan Brown, chief custodian James Palmieri and David Sammel of Sammel Associates, district architects. Read more…

‘Save Pine Haven’ protest goes on the road

43 14news Pine Haven demoAbout 20 employees of Pine Haven, the county rehabilitation and nursing facility in Philmont, gathered along state Route 66 in front of The Columbia Paper office in Ghent Friday afternoon, October 17, to protest efforts by the county to sell the facility to a private owner. Requests for proposals to purchase the facility are due by the end of this month. Four companies have sent representatives to tour Pine Haven, employees said this week. Seen closest to the camera are Pine Haven employees Heather Cole and Michael Anderson. Mary Potts, a ward clerk for 11 years, said at the event that she and other workers want the county to retain ownership of Pine Haven. She said many of the residents are former county taxpayers and “it’s time to return the favor with care.” County officials have said the nursing home is too large a strain on the county budget. At upper left is Albert Wassenhove, chairman of the Save Pine Haven Committee. He organized the demonstration and has led opposition to the county’s plans. Photo by Lance Wheeler.

FilmColumbia adds Hudson screening

CHATHAM—FilmColumbia opens its 15th year on October 22 and runs through October 26. The Chatham-based festival will expand to a third theater in Hudson for the first time this year.

In 1999 Peter Biskind, Laurence Kardish and Calliope Nicholas took control of a loose series of film-related events run by the Columbia County Council on the Arts (CCCA), which was withdrawing funding. “It was hardly a festival,” said Mr. Kardish of the CCCA’s event. Read more…

Resort’s not quite dead yet

COPAKE—The final decision on the Catamount resort project is still up in the air.

Last month the town Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) deadlocked two-to-two on whether to approve a special permit for the Berkshire Mountain Club at the Catamount Ski Area. That effectively halted plans for the $80-million, four-season resort project at the base of Catamount, because the law requires an affirmative vote of a majority of board members for permit approval.

Criticism of the ZBA’s failure to grant the special permit that would have allowed the resort project to move forward was voiced at the October 9 Town Board meeting. And it turns out there is still time to resolve the issue if the ZBA takes a new vote by November 26. Read more…

Claverack meeting protests power line

CLAVERACK–In a press release issued Tuesday, October 7, town Councilwoman Katy Cashen said that the Town Board was briefed at its latest workshop session by Ian Solomon, head of Farmers and Families for Claverack (FFC) on the proposed power line project that would go through the town of Claverack.

The state Public Service Commission (PSC) is currently reviewing proposals to run new high voltage lines from further upstate to a Dutchess County site to supply more power to New York City and Long Island. Attempts to reach PSC officials about the project before press deadline were unsuccessful. Read more…