Have you heard from CodeRED lately?

COPAKE—Columbia County’s CodeRED Emergency Notification System was rolled out in 2013.

Residents were either automatically entered into the system or were asked to register.

But in the past six years, people’s land line or cell phone service may have changed, making it necessary to register again to be sure the system has your current telephone or email information. Read more…

At Hudson, smaller headcount means better class sizes

HUDSON–High school electives, the up side of declining enrollment, the first weeks of school and construction updates received attention at the Hudson City School District Board of Education meeting September 17.

The meeting opened with a “curriculum workshop” of presentations by three teachers of elective courses in Hudson High School: Victoria Dougherty–Food Entrepreneurship; Liz Albino—Art; and Phil Gebhardt–Graphic Design.

All three presenters, as well as Hudson High School principal Dr. Antonio Abitabile, spoke about college courses in high school under auspices of SUNY Cobleskill. Some courses available to Hudson students earn them both high school and college credit. Students attend them in the High School building, paying less tuition than they would in college. SUNY Cobleskill oversees some of these courses; Columbia-Greene Community College (CGCC) the others. The Cobleskill partnership started this year; the CGCC partnership has been going on for several years. Read more…

State aid helps county track some and aid others

HUDSON–Three resolutions that the Columbia County Board of Supervisors passed at its meeting on September 11 authorized the county to obtain investigative software for the Probation Department, the Sheriff’s Office to accept the next annual state grant for child car seats, and the Public Health Department to accept another state grant for its Migrant and Seasonal Workers Farm Program.

The investigative software, called CLEAR, will help locate people, County Director of Probation Vincent Doto explained at the board’s Public Safety Committee meeting August 21. People the Probation Department needs to find include those who owe restitution, victims who should get restitution, and absconders.

Currently about 10% of the adults sent to probation in Columbia County have absconded, Mr. Doto said. CLEAR is “a service” from the government and law enforcement division of “a company that offers a wide range of services,” he added in a conversation August 28. Renting the license to use it will cost about $400/ month, but there is no startup cost. For CLEAR, the Board of Supervisors authorized the county to enter into an agreement with the company multinational Canadian company Thomson Reuters. Read more…

Ancram says: So long, Ken

Assessor Ken Leggett

ANCRAM—Ancram bid farewell to Ken Leggett, the town’s appointed assessor for the past 12 years, at a retirement party featuring a table full of pizza and other foods plus a cake inscribed for the occasion, prior to the Town Board’s regular meeting at Town Hall, September 19.

Mr. Leggett, a Livingston resident, started working on that town’s highway crew in September 1974 and went on to become the elected assessor there in 1980. He leaves his assessor posts in both Ancram and Livingston at the end of this month. Read more…

Chatham’s big screen will soon have little sister

CHATHAM–The Village Planning Board met for a special meeting Monday, September 23 to review and approve the plans for a new single screen movie theater at 4 Depot Square, currently a vacant lot.

The new building that will house the movie theater, faces the historic train station and sits next to the Herrington’s building supply store, will be built by Jack Shear and run by the Crandell Theatre.

The Crandell, a 534 seat single screen movie theater at 48 Main Street, is owned by a not-for-profit organization. Read more…