Aid arrives in boxes of food

At the free food distribution conducted at the Chatham Fairgrounds Tuesday morning, May 26, volunteers loaded boxes into vehicles along with a copy of the Columbia-Greene Interagency Yellow Pages. Photo by David Lee                    See story…  

United against racism

A peaceful “Black Lives Matter” demonstration took place at the entrance to Promenade Hill, Hudson, Sunday, May 31 at 4 p.m. Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson sent out an announcement about it and asked everyone to remain indoors starting at 8:30 p.m. that night. Speakers addressed the crowd of about 300 people. Most participants wore masks and some carried signs saying, “Justice for George Floyd,” “End White Silence,” “White Silence = Violence,” “End Police Brutality.” Photo by Lance Wheeler

Half of county workers return June 8

HUDSON—Next Monday, June 8, Columbia County employees will begin returning to work at 50% staffing, per New York State guidelines, County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell said in the June 2 county-issued Covid-19 update press release.

The following week, Monday, June 15 all county buildings will again be open to the public. Until that time, the previously indicated departments will remain open to the public.

“We will bring staff back slowly starting next week as we all work through the initial part of the process. There will obviously be somewhat of a learning curve for everyone as we reopen,” Chairman Murell said in the release. Read more…

Work on County Route 21 bridge starts June 15

HILLSDALE – Contractors working for the Columbia County Department of Public Works will begin the construction work for the replacement of a small bridge, carrying county Route 21 over a tributary of the Agawamuck Creek in the Town of Hillsdale, located immediately east of Pheasant Lane, Monday June 15.

County Route 21 will close at the bridge site just prior to the start of the bridge replacement work and traffic will be directed to use a temporary, off-site detour that will be signed/posted by the county’s project contractors.

The bridge replacement work at the County Route 21 bridge is expected to take approximately 4 to 5 months to complete. Read more…

34th death reported; Phase 2 a go

HUDSON—A 34th Columbia County resident died of the coronavirus as of June 1 at 3 p.m., according to the Columbia County Department of Health (DOH).

The DOH has received a total of 4,679 PCR test results with 390 confirmed positive cases.

There are 114 active cases of Covid-19 in Columbia County; 36 additional residents are on mandatory quarantine and 7 residents are on precautionary quarantine; 243 of the total 390 cases have recovered from the virus; 18 of the positive cases are hospitalized, 1 of those hospitalized is in the ICU. Read more…

UPDATED: How about take-out?

The Church Street Deli and Pizzeria in Copake is among the many eateries keeping the doors open for take-out and delivery with a reduced staff. On Sunday afternoon, pizza chef Rob Heeder sliced mushrooms while owner Dave Valden waited for orders. Photo by David Lee

GHENT—You can’t go out to dinner until the coronavirus subsides, but take-out meals can come home to you. Below is a list of some of the county’s many restaurants that have adapted their menus and their work schedules to offer good food at the recommended social distance, even if you are required to enjoy it at home.

The list is a free service of The Columbia Paper, and it’s far from complete at this point. We urge restaurants that aren’t yet on the list to email their name, street address, phone number, email and web addresses, plus a very few words about hours and services (delivery, for example). Our address is . There is no charge for the listings.

Be sure to call or digitally connect with these places before you decide where to get your tasty take-out.

Eat well. Stay safe. Read more…