Whoo’s found a bargain? The annual Hudson Valley Old Time Power Association auction was held Saturday, May 14 in Greenport. The weather was perfect and there was much to see and purchase. Bidding was hot for a concrete owl (pictured center). The Hudson Valley Old Time Power Association (HVOTPA) is a non-profit association created “to promote interest in and the preservation of the tools and equipment of yesterday’s rural America,” according to the group’s website. Pictured is a small amount of the 20 acres of antique tools, equipment, tractors and other items at the sale. Photo by David Lee

New Hillsdale concert plan fizzles, sidewalk plan advances

HILLSDALE–Organizers of the Oldtone Festival have withdrawn their application for a permit to stage a post-Labor Day, 4-day music event in the town. When organizers met with members of the Zoning Board of Appeals and the public on April 19, several residents raised concerns regarding traffic and health safety.

Festival planners identified Bridlewood, located at 35 Sir William Farm Road off Whippoorwill, as the festival site and anticipated a maximum of 1,100 participants, including up to 800 campers. Because of the size of the festival, organizers also, would have had to make a presentation before the Planning Board. Read more…

G’town prepares for paddles ahead

Kayak rental plan intended to boost river access

GERMANTOWN—The town has two boat launches on the Hudson River, the Cheviot hamlet boat dock and park, and the Lasher Memorial Park and boat dock at the end of Anchorage Road (known as the Anchorage boat launch). Small boats can also be put into the Roeliff Jansen Creek at the Dales Bridge Recreation Area.

In March the Town Board put out a request for proposals in March seeking concessions for waterfront recreational activities. Only one proposal came in by the April 11 deadline, from A Day Away Kayak Rentals, based in Kingston. Proprietor Jesse Hicks wanted to try renting kayaks at the Anchorage boat launch, starting this season.

“He’s a dynamic young man,” said Supervisor Joel Craig at the April 26 Town Board meeting. Read more…

Chatham agrees to put cops behind handlebars

CHATHAM–The Village Board has authorized the formation of a Chatham Police Bicycle Unit. The village Police Department plans to buy two new bikes and have an old one refurbished so that bike patrols can start by July.

At the May 12 board meeting Police Chief Peter Volkmann said that he had received three bids on bikes for the police and that the new bicycle shop in Chatham came in with the lowest bid at $840 per bicycle. He said that there is money left in the 2015-16 police budget to cover the expense and that officers planning to participate in the unit have money in their clothing allowance to buy the new bike unit uniforms. Read more…

Cascino ignores Army’s order

COPAKE—After more than two months behind bars, convicted felon and perennial scofflaw Salvatore Cascino is free and aggressively engaged in his favorite activity—dumping.

After all, he has 69 days to make up for and based on visual observation of passersby, he is dumping with a vengeance.

His latest activity is the filling in of federal wetlands along the east side of Route 22 in full public view and he is not letting a “cease and desist” order from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers slow him down. Read more…

All six school budgets pass


GHENT–Results from all six public school districts in Columbia County showed that annual budgets passed easily in all districts. A handful of ballot propositions, none of which involved a large amount of spending or generated controversy, also won by wide margins.

Click on READ MORE for results. Read more…