Photo: Scott Langley A star and her handler arrive Roy Denniston of North Chatham unloads his registered Holstein at the Columbia County Fairground’s cow barns in Chatham Wednesday morning, getting ready for the livestock judging and competition at the county fair. Mr. Denniston says he never misses the fair because “there are people you see this week that you don’t see any other time of year.” He has been coming since 1978. This is the 174th year for the fair, which opened this year on August 27 and runs through September 1.


Grattan seeks to assure airport critics

HUDSON—To say that Supervisor Patrick Grattan (R-Kinderhook), an attorney, was in the witness stand at Monday’s Airport Committee meeting, would be an exaggeration.

A slight exaggeration.

Supervisor Art Bassin (D-Ancram), who chairs the Airport Committee, invited Mr. Grattan, chairman of the county Board of Supervisors, to the meeting so that he could talk to the committee and public about his recent decision to designate the Airport Committee as a subcommittee of the Public Works Committee. Read more…

In G’town, unwelcome ads will trigger litter fines

GERMANTOWN—In response to advertising circulars being tossed all over town in non-biodegradable plastic bags, the Town Board passed a resolution Monday authorizing the police force to issue tickets for littering.

Councilman Donald Westmore said he regretted “the necessity of issuing such an obvious resolution. But as an expression of unhappiness, I support it.” The resolution passed unanimously. Councilwoman Andrea Dunn was absent. Read more…

Chatham cuts bridge speed, ponders gas pipeline

CHATHAM – The Town Board voted last week to lower the speed limit on the Albany Turnpike Bridge to 5 mph after residents complained about the hazard created by the one-lane bridge. The fate of another bridge in East Chatham remains in limbo.

The board also heard from a group opposed to a plan to run a new natural gas pipeline through the town.

The Albany Turnpike bridge, also known as the East Chatham Bridge, was recently replaced by CSX Transportation, the company that owns the train tracks beneath the bridge. The new bridge has one lane unlike the old span, which had two. But the speed limit was kept at 30 mph. Since it was reopened last spring residents have come to many meetings to say the poor sight lines on the approach headed from Route 295 toward Old Chatham make crossing the span very dangerous. Drivers can’t see whether a vehicle is coming from the opposite direction until they have driven onto the bridge. Read more…

Ancram debates how safe is ‘unsafe’

ANCRAM—For some, a proposed law dealing with dangerous dilapidated buildings in town cannot come soon enough. Others say the town already has too many laws and one person called the law patently discriminatory.

At a public hearing before the August 21 Town Board meeting, the board spent an hour listening to residents’ questions and views on Local Law #1 of 2014 which would allow “for the repair or removal of unsafe buildings.” The board has already had two prior in-depth discussions about the proposed law, one in June with Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer Edward Ferratto and another in July with Town Attorney Jason Shaw. Read more…

Email’s down. Got a stamp?

GHENT–Last week county residents who use “” email addresses experienced a major slowdown in receiving email. A Fairpoint representative said Monday, August 25 that the problem was fixed, though according to Fairpoint Regional PR Representative Angelynne Amores Beaudry, company technicians were still conducting tests to determine what caused the problem.

Ms. Beaudry said this week in a phone interview from Portland, Maine, that there was never an Internet service outage; the issue was a slowdown in the speed at which costumers received and sent email. “Emails weren’t lost,” she stressed, saying that on Wednesday, August 20, Fairpoint added extra servers to its email service “to bring it back up to normal.” Read more…