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She’s ready for whatever comes next. New Lebanon Senior Class President Christine Bienes led the girls’ procession at the high school graduation ceremony June 27. It is customary at the school’s graduation for the boys to walk in from one side and the girls from the other. This was the 98th annual commencement for the district. Photo by David Lee

Local farm helps police spot cruelty to horses

Columbia County Sheriff's deputies (l-r) Kelly Briscoe, Jordan Brahm and Scott Kline meet the horse named Hamlet. Photo by David Lee

Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies (l-r) Kelly Briscoe, Jordan Brahm and Scott Kline meet the horse named Hamlet. Photo by David Lee

OLD CHATHAM–The Balanced Innovative Teaching Strategies, Inc. (BITS) of Little Brook Farm, presented its second annual Investigating Equine Cruelty and Neglect workshop for law enforcement late last month. In all, there were 66 participants, including the New York State Police, the deputy sheriffs from several counties, animal control officers, college students and others involved with the rescue of neglected animals. Of the participants, 43 were first-time registrants.

The gathering was convened at the Powell House Quaker Retreat and Conference Center which, in addition to being conveniently near the Little Brook barns, helped host the event. Little Brook Farm has 46 horses, and Lynn Cross, her daughter Summer Brennan and large group of volunteers care for about 75 horses in total. Read more…

In Chatham, does no tennis camp equal hardship?

CHATHAM–The Town Board held a special meeting last week in North Chatham to hear arguments for and against granting a hardship waiver for Adam Slone. Mr. Slone wants to build several tennis courts and host a not-for-profit tennis camp on this property on Thomas Road, but can’t begin work without first convincing the board to waive the town’s moratorium on new construction along unpaved roads.

Several months ago Mr. Slone applied for a special use permit with town’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). As his application was being reviewed by the ZBA, the Town Board discussed imposing a moratorium that would temporarily ban building projects on property accessed by unpaved town roads. The moratorium, which the Town Board did adopt, remains in effect while a town Zoning Implementation Committee reviews and suggests changes to the town’s zoning laws so that the laws reflect the goals of the town’s Comprehensive Plan. Read more…

Copake care center breaks ground

Tools at the ready, (l-r), Copake Town Supervisor Jeff Nayer, Copake Hamlet Revitalization Taskforce Chair Roberta Roll, Columbia Memorial Health CEO/President Jay Cahalan, State Senator Kathleen Marchione (R-43rd) and CMH Board of Trustees Chair Mary Gail Biebel ceremonially break ground for the new Rapid Care Center coming to Copake. Photo by Christopher Quinby

Tools at the ready, (l-r), Copake Town Supervisor Jeff Nayer, Copake Hamlet Revitalization Taskforce Chair Roberta Roll, Columbia Memorial Health CEO/President Jay Cahalan, State Senator Kathleen Marchione (R-43rd) and CMH Board of Trustees Chair Mary Gail Biebel ceremonially break ground for the new Rapid Care Center coming to Copake. Photo by Christopher Quinby

COPAKE—Who needs boring old shovels to get a project started when you’ve got hardhats, a drill, a hammer, reciprocating and circular saws, and a paint roller instead?

Those were the gadgets, straight from the toolbox of Columbia Memorial Health’s VP of Marketing and External Affairs Bill Van Slyke, used by officials to ceremonially break ground and formally announce the coming of a new rapid care facility in Copake, Monday, June 29.

The Columbia Paper broke the story last week that a new rapid care center run by Columbia Memorial Health (CMH) to be located in a portion of the Community Rescue squad building at 283 Mountain View Road, had been given the green light. Read more…

Dollar General gets more specific

G’town Planning Board reviews discount store plans

GERMANTOWN—A site visit by the Planning Board and a photo simulation of the store are the next steps in Dollar General’s effort to open a retail store on Route 9G, just north of the Main Street intersection. Those two decisions were made after an hour-long discussion of the proposed building at last week’s Planning Board meeting.

Board chairman Stephen Reynolds noted at the outset that the town’s zoning law allows retail stores in that area, and that Primax Properties, LLC, which is developing the site for Dollar General, has not yet completed an application, so “this is just a conversation,” he said. Read more…

Dollar General, new sidewalk, back in G’town’s sights

GERMANTOWN–The Dollar General retail store proposed for Route 9G just north of the Main Street intersection was scheduled to come back before the Planning Board Thursday, June 25 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.

Supervisor Joel Craig announced this development at the Monday, June 22 Town Board meeting.

Five months have passed since Primax Properties, LLC, presented its plans to the board. These were busy months, to all evidence, for Primax and its engineers, Mercurio Norton Tarelli Marshall in Pine Bush. Read more…