Owl be seeing you. Trish and Bernie Marki of Silent Wings/The Wildlife Institute of Eastern NY exhibited raptors and discussed their migration at the Columbia Land Conservancy offices on Main Street in Chatham Sunday, November 16. Ms. Marki, a wildlife rehabilitator and educator, holds a snowy owl, a type of owl spotted in the wild here and across the northern tier of the U.S. in the winter. For more information on Silent Wings visit For more on the Columbia Land Conservancy go to Photo by Siobhan Connally





Superfund site gets new treatment system

NASSAU – As announced by the Environmental Protection Agency last July, a new treatment system (HiPOx) is being added to the water treatment plant at the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund site to further address the long-term treatment of the chemical 1,4-dioxane.

Direct discharge from the plant to the Valatie Kill at an effective flow rate of 0.5-0.6 gallons per minute is expected to begin on or around December 1. Read more…

Hillsdale gets cracking on sidewalk details

HILLSDALE—The Town Board took the next step in its ongoing project to repair the Town’s sidewalks this week, authorizing creation a special sidewalks development account, which will make it easier to keep track of the money involved in the sidewalks project.

The account will not be entirely separate from the general account, but it will separately list incoming funds and expenditures having to do with the sidewalks project.

With the town receiving over $500,000 for the project from the state, “eventually, we’re going to be audited on the sidewalk project,” said Supervisor Art Baer at the board’s Tuesday, November 18 meeting. Read more…

Despite bid, Valatie lot’s not got buyer

VALATIE–The Village Board decided this week to put off accepting the only bid to purchase a parking lot owned by the village. Instead, the board agreed to hold a public hearing on the sale of the lot next month.

The lot is next to the American Legion Hall on Main Street and is owned and maintained by the village. The board posted the sale of the property and accepted bids to open at the meeting. Read more…

ICC eyes veterans tax break

VALATIE–The Ichabod Crane School Board held a public hearing this week on property tax exemptions for veterans. The audience, which included many veterans, spoke in support of the exemption, though some audience members asked about the impact the exemption would have on other taxpayers in the district.

District Business Manager Michael Brennan presented the numbers he’d received from the county about the impact on the district, which spans seven towns and two counties. He told the audience at the November 18 meeting that there are 652 veterans who would be eligible for the some kind exemption in the district, with the highest concentration in the Town of Kinderhook, which has 411 veterans. Read more…

Ski hotel’s fate hangs on newest member

COPAKE—The stage is set for a Zoning Board of Appeals vote again on the $80-million Berkshire Mountain Club at the Catamount Ski Area project, this time with the tie-breaking vote in place.

On September 25, the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) deadlocked two-to-two on whether to approve a special permit for the four-season resort project at the base of Catamount. Project developers proposed building a hotel and time-share with 153 residential units (256 beds) in three-phases over 10 years. Read more…