Nice day to be outside. OutHudson hosted the Pride Parade down Warren Street in Hudson Saturday, June 17. Several groups marched including Coarc, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, LGBTQA Youth Straight Allies, several musical acts and many local businesses. One of the businesses represented in the parade was Deb’s Oasis, a restaurant of tropical comfort food in Hudson. Deb’s had a large and brightly arrayed contingent. Photo by David Lee

Copake adopts tax breaks for veterans

COPAKE—This town has joined the ranks of several others in Columbia County that have enacted veterans’ real property tax exemptions at increased levels.

At the June 8 Copake Town Board meeting, board members adopted Local Law #3, which increases veterans’ tax exemptions and establishes a Gold Star Parent exemption.

No residents spoke about the law at a public hearing prior to the meeting.

Copake, along with Canaan, Chatham, Germantown, New Lebanon and Stockport now have Alternate Veterans’ Exemptions at rates that equal those adopted by the Columbia County Board of Supervisors in March. Read more…

Sale set for Germantown market

GERMANTOWN—In real estate, as in baseball, it’s never over till it’s over.

That said, the closing on the sale of Otto’s Market, from Otto Leuschel to Noah Bernamoff, is set for Friday, June 30.

Rae and Noah Bernamoff cook together. Photo contributed

The market and Germantown Variety, also owned by Mr. Leuschel, were first offered for sale in the spring of 2015, for $995,000 each. The variety store property sold earlier this year; the last price listed, on the Patricia A. Hinkein Realty website, was $799,000. The Hinkein site lists the market as “Pending,” at $849,000. Read more…

It takes a village to raise a movement

CHATHAM–Carol Hegeman, the town’s representative to the county’s Office for the Aging, reported to the Town Board last week about the village movement, which aims to enable seniors to stay in their own homes and communities as they age.

She told the board that only six people came to a meeting June 5 at the North Chatham library to start a discussion on developing a village movement program in the town. Ms. Hegeman called the low turnout for the initial meeting “quite discouraging.” She said more people would be needed to start a local program.

There are 55 Village Movement programs under development around the state, including one in Rhinebeck in Dutchess County. Ms. Hegeman described the movement as “a geographically defined, self-governed, grassroots, volunteer-based organization” that helps seniors stay in their homes. Read more…

Ghent holds summer camp at Water Street Playground

GHENT–The Town of Ghent’s annual summer day camp is gearing up to open Wednesday, July 5. This year the camp will be held at the Water Street Playground for kids ages six and up through August 4. Registration now open to the public.

This year’s camp will be open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2p.m. Applications are available online at or in-person at the Ghent Town Hall at the corner of Route 66 and Garage Place Road.

Camp Director Karyn Schassler will be in charge of the camp and activities provided will include arts, crafts, games, sports and community building activities. Children are required to bring their own lunch, as well as plenty of water to drink. In addition to what’s available at the playground, the kids will be driven to Fox Hill in Spencertown for swimming a few mornings a week, depending on the weather. Ms. Schassler also mentioned that there will be a few field trips planned for the campers. Read more…

Petition opposes ads near Hillsdale Civil War monument

HILLSDALE–Lifelong Hillsdale resident Beverly Stalker presented Town Supervisor Peter Cipkowski a petition this week with 200 hundred signatures supporting a ban on advertising at the Civil War monument on Anthony Street.

During the public comment portion of the monthly board meeting Tuesday, June 13 Ms. Stalker, who is “close to 80” years old, said the monument “is sacred ground and should remain free from any signs or any articles.”

She has expressed this opinion at past meetings but this was the first to which she brought a petition. She also told Mr. Cipkowski that she could get more signatures “if needed.” Read more…