Not-so-wild horses get a pre-fair bath. Lorrain Brewin cleans the Amusements of America carousel at the Columbia County Fair before the fair opened on the first day of its six-day run Wednesday morning, September 2. This year marks the fair’s 175th year at the Fairgrounds in Chatham. The event, which includes agricultural, business and community exhibits, country singer-songwriter Rodney Atkins and many local entertainers, Demolition Derby, Monster Tractor Pull, the Schoolgirl Queen Pageant, a rodeo and lots more runs through Labor Day, Monday, September 7. Photo by Scott Langley

These cars go bump in the night

GHENT–Danny Snow was born in 1973, the year of the great oil crisis. The OPEC embargo resulted in the national average price rising from 38.5 cents to 55.1 cents per gallon. Gas rationing led to long lines at gas stations. Worse yet, the event signaled a downturn in the economy.
That year saw the end of the great muscle cars known to car savvy people by letters–GTX, GTO, SS, R/T–and numbers, like 4-4-2, signifying a four-speed manual transmission, a four-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust, and most importantly by cubic inch displacement. Detroit metal was not measured in liters.

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…