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Dance to summer before school begins again. Parsons dancer Eoghan Dillon models dance movements for young dancers, including two boys, above, Paul Lehmann and Simon Servetar, (l) at a studio space in an old barn on the property of PS21 in Chatham. Parsons Dance, the New York City based contemporary dance company founded by David Parsons, returns for its 10th season at PS21. This year the dance company conducted a youth workshop August 25 and held an open rehearsal the next day at the PS21 tent on Route 66. Parsons Dance will perform Friday and Saturday, August 28 and 29. Photo by David Lee

Shooter of therapy dog given jail time, $10k fine

HUDSON—Linda DeRosa, 62, of Martindale admitted in court this week to purposely killing her neighbors’ pet dog with a rifle for no justifiable reason.

Appearing in Columbia County Court before Judge Jonathan Nichols the morning of Wednesday, September 2, Mrs. DeRosa pleaded guilty to aggravated cruelty to animals, a class E felony, under state Agriculture and Markets Law (“Buster’s Law”). The guilty plea came in connection with her shooting of the Earner family’s dog, Sunday, June 14, while Ilze Earner and her two daughters were at church.

Mrs. Earner’s husband, Laurence, was at home at the time of the shooting and guests were staying in a separate house on the property. Poppy, a 3-year-old female Great Pyrenees and Newfoundland mix that resembled a giant white teddy bear, was outside on the Earner’s property when she was killed. Read more…

175th Columbia County Fair to blend tradition, today

CHATHAM – Wednesday, September 2 at noon the gates will swing open on a six-day, something-for-everyone celebration of the Columbia County Fair’s 175th anniversary.

During its run Wednesday, September 2 through Monday, Labor Day, September 7, families will converge on the Chatham Fairgrounds to celebrate the county’s agricultural heritage, reconnect with friends and neighbors, and enjoy over 200 exhibits, shows, contests, amusement rides and attractions.

Presented annually by the not-for-profit Columbia County Agricultural Society since 1840 in a field on the outskirts of Hudson, the fair is firmly rooted in the area’s farming community, but offers all the variety, excitement and family fun of a contemporary county fair. Read more…

Hudson brainstorms school improvement ideas

HUDSON–School uniforms, welcome packages for new families in the district and a staff with a demographic profile closer to that of the students: these were some of the leading suggestions at a community conversation on how the Hudson City School District (HCSD) can best meet its students’ needs and build a vision for 2020.

The meeting took place Thursday, August 20, in the cafeteria of the John L. Edwards Primary School.

HCSD Superintendent Maria Suttmeier counted 60 people—including public figures–“at its peak,” she reported later. Read more…

Chatham joins call for lower speed on Rte. 203

CHATHAM–The Town Board has followed the lead of its colleagues in Kinderhook and passed a motion asking the state to reduce speed limit on Route 203.

But at the board meeting last Thursday, August 20, Chatham Councilman Henry Schwartz suggested that the board not include a specific speed for the limit, saying that would cause the state to reject the request. Read more…

How much is that doggie in the shelter?

ANCRAM—Dog owners who are quick to fetch their lost canines will catch a break, while those who dawdle will pay more under the new fee structure at the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, starting January 1.

And if dog owners do not dig deep, the municipality where Fido was picked up will have to.

The Columbia-Greene Humane Society/Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CGHS/SPCA) sent out a letter to municipalities in Columbia and Greene counties last month letting them know new rates will be in place for stray dogs taken in at the shelter next year. Read more…