Nameless the chicken likes riding in the car of owner Heather Kromer, probably because the car’s a coupe. Photo by David Lee

G’town pursues Common Core goals

GERMANTOWN–Nichole McCollum of BOCES Questar III presented her analysis of the 2016 Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) and Math Results to the Board of Education of the Germantown Central School District at their September 14 meeting.

Ms. McCollum is senior school improvement data analyst at BOCES. Her analysis resulted in a 78-page PowerPoint presentation, which can be found on the district’s website,

Asked to analyze the analysis, Superintendent Susan Brown said Monday, “For many years we have used test results to inform instruction for students on target to achieve the test standards and for those who have a gap between their ability and the standards and need help to achieve the standard.” Read more…

Hillsdale bars solar farms ahead of new zoning

HILLSDALE–Following public comments at the September 13 meeting, the Town Board approved a six-month moratorium on commercial solar power installations in the town.

In an interview after the meeting town Supervisor Peter Cipkowski said the moratorium was required because current zoning laws were deemed inadequate to regulate commercial solar businesses in light of concerns about safety of installations, aesthetics and the future decommissioning of outdated and abandoned facilities. Read more…

Wary of overruns, K’hook tweaks new garage plan

KINDERHOOK–The Village Board held a special meeting last week to discuss change orders to the new Department of Works garage. The new request, added to the three other change-work orders, will add about $5,000 to the $357,000 project.

Ray Jurkowski from Morris Associates, the engineering firm working for the village on the new garage, said the board has contingency funds in the budget that have not been spent. “There has been no money drawn off the allowance so you still have $5,000,” he told the board at the Wednesday, September 14 meeting. Spending those funds would put the project over budget by about $132. Read more…

Some in G’town bridle at state’s roadside aesthetics

GERMANTOWN—Talk at the Town Board workshop meeting September 13 was of the new guardrails that are part of the sidewalk project, and the talk was not happy.

Resident Norman Mintz, who has worked in public space planning for decades, is now on the town’s Comprehensive Plan Review Committee. “I’ve been reading the current plan,” he said, “and the vast majority of respondents loved the small-town qualities of Germantown and wanted to preserve them. Read more…

ICC fills one seat only to face new vacancy

KINDERHOOK–The Ichabod Crane Board of Education appointed Daniel Cohn to fill a vacancy on the board at a special meeting Tuesday. But at the same session the board announced that there is now another vacancy to fill.

Board member Tracy Farrell resigned from the board due to work commitments, according to board President Anthony Welcome.

After the September 20 special meeting, Mr. Welcome confirmed that the board will reach out to one of the two other candidates who applied for the vacancy Mr. Cohn was appointed to fill, to see if that candidate wants to be considered to fill the new open seat. Read more…