New Leb Library volunteers cook up tasty history

NEW LEBANON–Christine Dreyfus says that Culinary Crossroads: Stories from a Rural Community was a collaborative celebration of the bicentennial of New Lebanon created by volunteers at New Lebanon Library and dedicated to Jeanne Bogino who believed the library should be the heart and soul of New Lebanon.

Whether readers seek and enjoy new recipes, appreciate history and stories from the town’s past, or enjoy photography as an art, there is something in Culinary Crossroads.

Recipes were assembled along with stories from the contributors. Among the local eateries and businesses contributing recipes are: Blueberry Hill Café, Chocolate Springs Café, Grant House B & B, Meissner’s Auction Service, New China City, New Leaf Farm, New Lebanon Mini Mart, New Lebanon Post Office, Raven Boar Farm, Shaker Mountain Barbeque, Shaker Museum, and Wild Heron Farm. Read more…

Parkway diner destroyed by fire

O’s Eatery ablaze Saturday, December 8. Photo by David Lee

AUSTERLITZ–O’s Eatery, a diner at 309 Rigor Hill Road along the east side of the Taconic State Parkway, burned down Saturday evening, December 8.

The call first came in to the Austerlitz Fire Company and the Chatham Rescue Squad—originally reported as an appliance fire at 6:25 p.m. That was updated to a deep-frier fire at shortly after 7.

In addition to Austerlitz, other fire companies called in were: Ghent, Philmont, Chatham, East Chatham, Craryville,  Niverville, North Chatham, Tri-Village, Canaan, Lebanon Valley and a Hillsdale truck still decked out with Christmas lights from the Copake Holiday Light Parade the same evening. Red Rock firefighters stood by in the Austerlitz quarters. Read more…

Service Board says apartments near completion

HUDSON– At the Columbia County Community Services Board (CSB) meeting November 28 Jeff Rovitz, executive director of the Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties (MHA), announced that Greenport Apartments is “on track to be fully occupied by December, ahead of schedule.”

Mr. Rovitz said that Greenport Apartments has 66 units, about half reserved for people with mental health issues and half for households who qualify on basis of low income. Rent is based on income. Some renters are on Section 8, some not, Mr. Rovitz said.

Greenport Apartments houses both singles and families, with one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. The MHA owns and operates it. Meeting participants said there should be more setups like Greenport Apartments, concerned the when these apartments fill up, there will still be people with mental health and income issues waiting for supportive housing. Read more…

State grant helps vets with re-entry

HUDSON–The Columbia County Veterans’ Services Department has become a beneficiary of the PFC Dwyer Fund, which helps veterans re-enter the civilian world. Department Executive Director Gary Flaherty reported on the grant at two recent meetings.

The benefits consist of a $100,000 start-up grant and quarterly booster grants. Examples of what the money can be used for include peer-to-peer supportive interaction between veterans, helping veterans pay household bills if they have trouble covering them and helping families of incarcerated veterans. Mr. Flaherty said he is “working on a master plan” for use of the grants.

The PFC Dwyer Fund comes from New York State. Columbia County got enrolled “with the help of state Senator Kathleen Marchione,” Mr. Flaherty said, adding that “Senator Marchione has been really good to us.” She is retiring at the end of this year. Read more…