You call this a blizzard? At least the snow banks were two feet, the forecast snowfall that turned out to be between four-to-eight inches most places in Columbia County Tuesday, January 27. Above, Chris Kerner of Chatham walks to the Ghent Xtra Mart on Route 66 after shoveling snow at his aunt’s house nearby. Some snow is predicted for the end of this week followed by intense cold and an “active weather pattern” next week. Photo by Scott Langley


Funds help diversify police

HUDSON—Opportunity is knocking for minorities and women considering a career in law enforcement.

Community leaders, police and non-profits are working together to increase diversity in local, state and federal police agencies through a Law Enforcement Diversity Initiative (LEDI).

The program was introduced to the media in a Galvan Foundation conference room in the Hudson Area Library, Monday afternoon as the county hunkered down for the blizzard that wasn’t. Read more…

G’town board reorganizes briskly

GERMANTOWN—The Town Board’s annual reorganization meeting passed quickly and amicably on January 5.

Regular Town Board meetings continue at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month, with exceptions for Memorial Day and Christmas week. Town Board workshop meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 16, June 15, September 14 and December 14. Read more…

Hillsdale hears it could have historic tollhouse

HILLSDALE—At the January 20 meeting of the Hillsdale Town Board, town historian Peter Cipkowski reported that the current owner of a Route 23 tollhouse, a structure that dates from the 1790s, would like to donate the property to the town. Mr. Cipkowski said he was, “stunned to see so much original detail” preserved at the building.

The tollhouse was originally part of a turnpike that ran from Hartford, CT, to Sheffield, MA, and Hudson. A similar tollhouse—the Columbia Turnpike-West Tollhouse in Greenport—was built in 1800 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. Read more…

Disagreement doesn’t stymie new law in New Leb

NEW LEBANON—The January 13 meeting of the New Lebanon Town Board began with two public hearings.

The first related to a request by the Lebanon Valley Protective Association (LVPA) to change its tax status from its current IRS designation of 501(c)(4) to 501(c)(3). Both are designations are for tax-exempt, non-profit organizations, but Edward Godfroy, vice president of the LVPA, said the change to 501(c)(3) will enable the organization to apply for more grants. He said that the change will be “no burden to the taxpayers, no burden to the town.” Read more…

Columbia County closings, cancellations reported

GHENT–The snowstorm predicted to hit this area has caused the cancellations of local meetings and other events. Below is a list cancellations and postponements received so far by The Columbia Paper.

If your agency or organization has changed a scheduled event due to the storm, please email the name of the event, the group or agency sponsoring it, the date and time it was supposed to have taken place and any information about a rescheduled date to .

We will update the information as we receive it.

School closings and delays are usually posted on district websites and can be found at the websites of Albany area TV stations.


The City of Hudson has declared a Snow Emergency beginning at 8 p.m. Monday, January 26 and running through Wednesday, January 28. Alternate side of the street parking will be in force. There will be No Parking on the Even side of city streets from 8 p.m. Monday through 8 p.m. Tuesday; No Parking on the Odd side of the street from 8 p.m. Tuesday until the end of the emergency Wednesday. There will be snow removal Thursday and Friday, with signs instructing motorists where to park. Read more…