Harvesting the hops at Hudson Valley Hops and Grains in Ancram are (l-r) Debbie Bryant, Terry Bryant and Stuart Farr, who bought part of the former Bryant Farm to grow hops, grains and oilseeds. Hops grow up a trellis to a height of 18 feet and their primary use is to flavor beer. Photo by B. Docktor

Legion dedicates new home in Stockport

STOCKPORT – The Hudson American Legion Post 184 conducted a ceremony on Saturday, September 30 to dedicate the newly acquired building at 107 County Route 25. The ceremony began with a procession by Post 184 Color Guard, the Stockport Volunteer Fire Company Color Guard, the Village Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps of Delmar, flag bearers from Boy Scout Troop 102, and a delegation of past commanders.

The post’s new commander, Ed Coons, welcomed the gathering. Congressman John Faso (R–19th) presented a flag that had been flown over the nation’s capital in Washington D.C. Remarks on the day were provided by Congressman Faso and state Senator Kathleen Marchione (R- 43rd) both of whom also assisted with the unveiling of the dedication plaque Read more…

G’town will hold final hearing on town plan update

GERMANTOWN—The Town Board holds a public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan Final Draft next Thursday, October 19 at 6 p.m. in Town Hall.

For town residents who are feeling a sense of “deja vu all over again,” this is a new hearing, for a new purpose, before a new administrative body.

On June 1 the committee appointed to update the 2011 Comprehensive Plan completed its draft and held a public hearing. At that time, the public was speaking to the committee. Read more…

K’hook sets fees for use of Glynn Municipal Building

KINDERHOOK–The Town Board set rental fees for use of the Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building at the board meeting last week. Use of space in the building, which is co-owned by the town and Village of Valatie, will remain free for most not-for-profit programs, but a building committee has created fees for commercial groups that want to rent space and for events where not-for-profits charge admission to attend or ask for donations.

At the October 2 meeting, town Supervisor Pat Grattan said the fees will “not affect anybody currently using the building.” He said that the building committee, which he sits on and includes Councilwoman Patsy Leader, Valatie Mayor Diane Argyle and Valatie Trustee Frank Bevens, agreed on the new fees.

The supervisor said the committee based the fees on what the Ichabod Crane Central School District and the Village of Kinderhook charge for using their buildings. Read more…

New farm bets on hops crop

ANCRAM—Hops are perennial plants that grow up a trellis to a height of 18 feet. The fruit of the plant, also called the flower, is primarily used to flavor beer, but is also used in fragrances and as an ornamental.

Hops are grown mainly in Oregon, Washington and Michigan in the U.S., and are now experiencing a resurgence in New York State—mostly in the Finger Lakes and Syracuse.

A closeup of a hops fruit or flower. Hops sell for $15/pound. Photo by B. Docktor

But a new hops, grains and oilseed growing operation can be found right here in the southeast corner of Columbia County on 50 acres of the old Bryant Farm at the corner of Roche Drive and Route 82. Read more…

County assessor pays visit to H’dale

HILLSDALE–Property reassessment is under way here.

Suzette Booy, director of Columbia County’s Real Property Tax Department, who made a presentation regarding the reassessment process to the Town Board at its monthly meeting Tuesday, October 10, said the reassessment will impact school taxes in 2019 and property taxes in 2020.

Ms. Booy noted that Hillsdale’s last reassessment was in 2008, “So Hillsdale is overdue.” She added that the state recommends reassessments be conducted every 4-6 years because “inequities creep into the system.” Read more…