Checking out this year’s apple harvest Raley Berninger, 3 1/2, of Ghent, helped her grandparents pick fruit for pies on Sunday at Philip Orchards in Claverack. The orchard is open daily for pick-your-own apples and pears. The Philip family encourages customers to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the scenery. Photo: Siobhan Connally

TH considers plan to ‘flip’ some classrooms

CRARYVILLE—Technology was the theme of the September 17 meeting of the Board of the Taconic Hills Central School District.

The technology discussion began with Teacher Leadership coaches Ryan Proper and Beth Flores presenting the results of their workshops on “flipped” classrooms. The term refers to the practice of recording lectures for students to watch at home, so that classroom time can include more interaction between teachers and students and less lecture. “No one ever says lecture is the best use of time,” said Mr. Proper. Read more…

K’hook village connects to Valatie sewer

KINDERHOOK–Mayor Carol Weaver announced at the Village Board meeting on September 10 that five properties in the village Business District have connected to the Valatie Waste Water Treatment Plant. The properties include the village hall, the post office and the Kinderhook Bank.

“As of Friday the sewer is hooked in,” said Project Manager Jim Dunham told the board at the meeting. The project will eventually connect over 30 properties on Chatham and Board streets, and Albany Avenue to the central sewer system. Mayor Weaver said that she is meeting with Valatie Mayor Diane Argyle to talk about payments for Kinderhook residents. The first bills are supposed to be mailed out in October. Read more…

K’hook village ZBA says size, not sign, matters most

KINDERHOOK–It was standing room only at the village hall Monday night as the Village of Kinderhook Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) heard from the public about the banners that hung at The School, an art gallery on Route 9 owned by Jack Shainman.

Stuart Peckner, a business owner in the village, came to the board to question the ruling by village zoning Code Enforcement Officer Glenn Smith to allow two large banners as permitted in the code. The banners covered the two brick wings on the front of the former Martin Van Buren School to mark the opening of the gallery. Read more…

Germantown readies emergency shelter

GERMANTOWN—The day after the People’s Climate March drew more than 300,000 marchers to New York City to bring attention to the threats from a changing climate, the Town Board approved unanimously partnering with the Red Cross to make the Kellner Activities Building a shelter in case of disaster or emergency.

The decision did not come quickly. In August representatives of the Red Cross and the Columbia County Emergency Management Office toured the Kellner building and were very interested in using it as a short-term warming or cooling center. The restrooms are not handicapped-accessible and there are no showers in the building, so if an emergency continued more than 24 hours, people would be bused to more long-term shelters. Read more…