They study current events up close. Jesanna Britten and Jen Crawford were not the only paddlers to have difficulty in the white water during the Roe Jan Creek Boat Club’s canoe race Saturday, May 16. With underwriting by the club, 51 racers in 35 canoes and kayaks arrived at the Bingham Mills Bridge in Livingston for a 10 a.m. start. The fundraiser netted $2,574 for the American Cancer Society. Photo by David Lee


Feathers won’t fly at fair

CHATHAM–The state Department of Agriculture and Markets has placed a ban on all fowl competitions at all county fairs as a safeguard against avian flu. The department, commonly known as Ag and Markets, issued a press release Tuesday, May 19, saying that “the ban covers all breeds of fowl, including chickens, pigeons, turkeys, pheasants, guinea fowl, bantam poultry, geese, and ducks.” There are 45 county fairs and 6 chartered youth shows for the fair season that runs from June through October, according to the release.

The ban includes the Columbia County Fair, which is set for September 2 through 7. It also applies to the annual state fair in Syracuse. State exhibitors will be refunded their entry fee, according Ag and Markets. Entry forms for the Columbia County Fair have not gone out, so exhibitors have not yet been charged. Read more…

School district vote results 2015

GHENT–Below are the results of the Tuesday, May 19 school district elections in all six public school districts in Columbia County. An asterisk (*) indicates winners in board races.

Budgets and other ballot propositions in all districts were approved by voters by wide margins. All of the school boards adopted budget proposals that complied with the state “2% cap” on school district tax levy increases.

The Hudson City School District, the only district to report a turnout figure, said that just over 6% of all registered voters turned out for the election.





Yes 563

No 219


PROP. 1: Capital Reserve

…not to exceed $2 million

for construction and

buildings/grounds upkeep

Yes 529

No 237

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Girls tell Hudson board bullying persists at school

HUDSON–Bullying, teacher evaluations, and enrollment declines came up during this week’s meeting of the Hudson City School District Board of Education.

Laura Miller, director of Perfect 10, an after-school program geared for intermediate and junior high school girls, said at the Monday, May 11 meeting that every day at least one of her charges arrives crying because people had bullied and harassed her. To stop bullying and harassment, schools notify parents of students who engage in such behavior, sometimes suspend such students, and give anti-bullying lessons. But Ms. Miller said bullying continues. Read more…

Valatie adopts $1.6M annual budget

VALATIE – The Village Board adopted the 2015-16 budget of $1.6 million at the regular meeting on Tuesday. Mayor Diane Argyle said it was within the state’s 2% cap on property tax levy increases. The budget shows a slight increase in spending over the current year.

Also at the May 12 meeting, the board also approved raising the price on tags for garbage collection. The price for stickers will go up by 50 cents starting June 1. The price for three-month stickers placed on garbage cans rented from the hauler will go up from $60 to $70. Read more…

Officer hit at school crossing

CHATHAM—Chatham Police Officer Thomas Lovett was struck by a vehicle while directing traffic at a school crossing crosswalk on Woodbridge Avenue in the village, May 11 at 7:50 a.m.

The vehicle, driven by Reyna Eisenstark, 45, of Chatham, was traveling south on Woodbridge Avenue when she attempted to make a left turn. She told deputies she did not see the police officer directing traffic. Read more…