Rev. King’s life celebrated in Hudson. The Hudson Interfaith Council continued its annual tradition of honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Shiloh Baptist Church on Warren Street, Hudson Sunday, January 18. Above (l to r) Alaja Ocasio, Kee’sha Woods and Schaquette Ivery of the Shiloh Baptist Church Praise Team performing a Praise Dance. The Rev. Richard Turpin, led the event in the absence of Shiloh’s pastor, the Rev. Ronald Grant. Rev. Turpin, the pastor at the Second Baptist Church in Catskill, is also the father of Rev. Shanell Turpin, the keynote speaker. Also performing were the Hudson High School and Shiloh Baptist Youth choirs. Among the guests were Rep. Chris Gibson and Hudson Mayor William Hallenbeck, Jr. Photo by Scott Langley

G’town school hands bond act to voters

GERMANTOWN—The Board of Education of the Germantown Central School District voted at their January 14 meeting to put an $11.3-million capital project before district voters. The district vote is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10.

The project budget consists of 28 items. The most expensive individual item is a $6.2-million auditorium with about 400 seats. This would be added to the school building on the east side of the Main Street entrance and parking. Read more…

Ancram plans to kick all 10 tires

ANCRAM—Trucks, big ones, are what keep highway crews rolling, but when one of these rigs hits the skids it’s probably time for a replacement, and big trucks mean big bucks.

Town Highway Superintendent Jim MacArthur told the Town Board last month the time has come to purchase a new truck, so Supervisor Art Bassin told him to look around and let the board know what kind of money they are talking about.

At the January 15 Town Board meeting, Mr. MacArthur came back with two price tags, both for 2015 10-wheelers outfitted with plows, sanders and dump bodies. An International from Ben Funk will run the town $209,173 and a Mack from Beam Mack in East Syracuse will lighten the coffers by $208,233.50. Read more…

Chatham to put special use permits on hold

CHATHAM–The Town Board passed a motion last week directing the town attorney to draft a resolution that would place a moratorium on special use permits for development on town roads.

At the January 15 board meeting, the board heard from members of Thomas Street Conservation Alliance, a group of neighbors protesting an application for a 40-person tennis camp on the residential street now being reviewed by the town Zoning Board of Appeals. “Our concerns are focused specifically on the unsuitability of the site, which will generate serious environmental as well as safety issues,” said a statement that representatives from the group read to the board. Thomas Road is a residential, dirt road. Read more…

Teachers say Core tests fail students

KINDERHOOK–Several teachers spoke at the Ichabod Crane School Board meeting this week about their concerns over the state testing connected to the new Common Core Standards. One of them, Jennifer Rickert, a district English Language Arts teacher, said she felt the tests were “cruel and harmful” to her students.

Ms. Rickert and several of her colleagues spoke to a packed house in the Middle School cafeteria January 20. The audience of nearly 100 people, made up mostly of teachers and staff, gave Ms. Rickert a standing ovation after her remarks. She talked about how the tests were developmentally inappropriate and that students are asked to sit for a total of nine hours over several days for just the English test. “After all is said and done, we will reduce each student to a number,” she said. Read more…

Valatie farmers market planned; hotel still rankles

VALATIE–The US Hotel on Main Street was the topic of debate at the Village Board regular meeting this week. Gunther Fishgold, owner of the Valatie Bar and Grill, and his lawyer, Pam Joern, had another heated discussion with the board about the building, which is owned by the village Local Development Corporation (LDC).

“We have significant concerns,” Ms. Joern said at the Tuesday, January 13 meeting, referring to the safety of the building. Read more…