Ancram’s history drops into view

Pat Hoysradt, Farmer/ Image contributed

ANCRAM—Imagine being able to travel down the roads of a town and see images of its past around every bend.

Come spring in Ancram, you will be able to.

A historic banner project has come to life in the studio of local mixed media artist Lynne Perrella, who brought the idea to the Town Board back in June. After getting board approval, she set about creating 50 2-foot by 4-foot historic banners using her collage techniques to combine historic photographs, typography and visual image snippets of a famous local quilt.

In a phone interview this week, Ms. Perrella told The Columbia Paper she has long been impressed by Ancram’s “amazing historic archives—all under lock and key.

“The most unifying [feature] of any town is its history—it makes people feel good. It brings everyone together. Newcomers are fascinated by it” and to the people who grew up there “it is their legacy, their story.”

The goal of the banner project is to bring the town’s priceless historic archives to light. It “elevates our shared history and makes it visible,” she said. Read more…

‘It’s a Wonderful Life Postponed’

VALATIE–The Valatie Community Theatre performances of It’s a Wonderful Life scheduled for December 3-5 have been postponed due to a positive Covid test for a member of the cast.

A statement from the theater said the organization regrets the inconvenience and that current plans are to reschedule the play for early in the new year. No date has been determined.

In/Out? What’s the pot law all about?

CHATHAM—At their regular meeting Thursday, November 18, the Chatham Town Board voted to approve Local Law #3, “opting out of licensing and establishing on-site cannabis consumption establishments within the town.”

The board held a public hearing before voting on the law at the on-line meeting. There was one comment from the public about the local law. Resident Matthew Pirrone said he supported the town’s law to opt out of on-site cannabis consumption sites but he also wanted the board to opt out of all sales of cannabis. Mr. Pirrone said he didn’t think allowing cannabis sales would be beneficial for the community and that consuming cannabis remains illegal under federal law.

The board members did not comment on the law and all five members voted for it. Read more…

Free parka zone

The Ghent VFW Post 5933 held its annual Coats for Kids distribution on Saturday, November 20. But more than just coats, there was an assortment of mittens, gloves, scarfs, hats and snow pants, displayed for selection by any kids who needed them. All of the clothing is like new. Ed Northup, who has overseen the event for several years, said this would be his last. He plans to transfer the assignment to someone else. Last year there was a limit of one family at a time and nobody could try anything on due to the pandemic, but this year the only precaution was to wear a mask. Pictured are the Oakley kids, 5-year-old Mark and 10-year-old Vanessa, finding gloves and mittens to match their jackets. Photo by David Lee

Hecate squeezes size of its solar farm footprint… again

COPAKE—How much more will Hecate Energy reduce the size of its Shepherd’s Run solar facility in Craryville?

The public will find out at Hecate’s upcoming in-person informational open house next Tuesday, November 30.

For the past couple of months Copake Deputy Town Supervisor Richard Wolf has been reporting in his monthly updates on the proposed 60-megawatt industrial-sized solar facility that Hecate officials are proposing to further shrink the project area.

Headquartered in Chicago, Hecate, a developer of solar and wind facilities and energy storage projects, initially proposed to site its 200,000 solar panel installation on 500 acres on several sites along State Route 23 and County Route 7 in and around the Copake hamlet of Craryville. In his November 11 report at the Copake Town Board meeting, Mr. Wolf, the town liaison on everything Hecate, said the latest project site acreage totals 208—down from 245 in October and 255 before that. Read more…