West Ghent Reformed Church gets more than just desserts. The Ghent Reformed Church in West Ghent held its ninth annual Valentine’s Italian Buffet Saturday, February 10. The dessert table was not to be rivaled. At the dessert table, Liz Grattan (l) prepares to carve into her strawberry cream roll. Photo by David Lee

ICC expects higher tax cap, more computers

KINDERHOOK–The Ichabod Crane school board discussed proposed non-instructional expenses for the 2018-19 school year with district Business Manager Michael Brennan at the February 6 board meeting. Non-instructional programs include the district’s Transportation Department, the Central Office, and staffing. But Mr. Brennan said a big portion of this budget is health insurance.

The board also heard about the transition that faces the district as it moves toward having all students take tests on computers.

Last year the non-instructional costs were about $18.8 million of the $39-million budget. This year the district looking at spending $19.2 million on those costs. Read more…

Cost of dog stays doesn’t sit well here

COPAKE—Town Supervisor Jeff Nayer thinks his town spends too much money on services for out-of-town dogs abandoned in Copake.

At the February 8 Copake Town Board meeting, Mr. Nayer said he wants the town to contract with another, cheaper place in addition to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA, where stray dogs can be taken when found in the town.

Mr. Nayer said four dogs that were never claimed by their owners were picked up in Copake by Town Animal Control Officer Wes Powell last year and taken to the humane society, which is the town’s official dog shelter in such situations. Each dog cost the town $650 for a total of $2,600. Read more…

Agan sentenced to 187 years for murder and sex crimes

HUDSON—“You are getting what you deserve,” Judge Richard Koweek told David T. Agan, Jr., at his sentencing in Columbia County Court the morning of February 15.

Mr. Agan, 44, faces 187½ years to life in state prison for the brutal murder of his estranged wife, Christina M. Agan, and repeated rape, incest and other sex crimes committed against his daughter.

Ms. Agan, was 37 years old when Mr. Agan viciously attacked her with a flathead screwdriver, stabbing her at least 35 times in the vestibule of the Valatie Medical Arts Building, 1301 River Street in the village, December 10, 2015 shortly before 2 p.m. She bled to death. Read more…

Candidates for House race already raise $6M

GHENT–Seven candidates vying to represent New York’s 19th Congressional District, including the incumbent Republican John Faso, have already raised a combined total of $6 million in campaign contributions for what promises to be a hotly-contested seat.

According to the latest Federal Elections Commission (FEC) reports filed for the fourth quarter of 2017, the six Democrats who have reported to the commission have raised a total of $4.8 million; Mr. Faso raised $1.2 million.

The district covers all of Columbia County and 10 other counties in the Hudson Valley and Catskills. Read more…

Mail Carrier Eigenbrodt receives award for heroism

Pictured at the East Chatham Post Office at the award ceremony are (l to r) Chatham Town Supervisor Maria Lull, District Manager Tom Kelley, Mr. Eigenbrodt, Chatham Postmaster LeeAnn K. Alessi, District Operations Manager Tony Hall and New Lebanon Postmaster Melissa Eigenbrodt. Photo by David Lee

EAST CHATHAM–Tab Eigenbrodt has been the rural carrier for the East Chatham Post Office for many years.

Last year he received the Million Mile Award for having driven one million accident-free miles to deliver the mail. And on January 31, Albany District Officials came to East Chatham to present Mr. Eigenbrodt with another award, this one for heroism.

Mr. Eigenbrodt knows the people on his route and he noticed that one of his customers had not picked up their mail for several days. “I have people who might leave their mail for a month, but this was really unusual for this person. They would usually be in the doorway waiting for their mail,” he said. Read more…