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—Some eateries are opening for indoor and/or outdoor dining under the latest easing coronavirus guidelines.

But those still leery about venturing out can get take-out meals to bring home, some places even deliver. 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 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…

ICC names Guntlow newest super

KINDERHOOK—The Ichabod Crane Board of Education announced this week that Assistant Superintendent Suzanne Guntlow would become the new superintendent of the district starting this summer.

At a June 23 meeting, held online on Zoom, Board President Matthew Nelson also announced that board member Regina Rose had resigned from the board. After a short discussion at the meeting, the board decided to appoint Tammy Crawford to the open seat, a one-year position. Ms. Crawford is currently finishing her first-term on the board. She ran for reelection this June but lost her seat by 11 votes. There were three open seats on the board and Ms. Crawford was the fourth highest vote-getter.

Board Vice-President John Antalek suggested the board appoint Ms. Crawford. He said the board has done that in the past. Board member Elizabeth Phillips also supported the idea of appointing Ms. Crawford, saying it would benefit the board to have someone who was not new to everything on the board. Read more…

Ancram logs its rickety structures

Building Inspector’s book tells all. A photograph of Ancram’s number one unsafe and dilapidated structure at 73 Cottontail Road. Photo contributed. See story at https://www.columbiapaper.com/2020/06/ancram-logs-rickety-structures/

ANCRAM—Most people know about Santa’s Naughty List.

At its June 18 monthly meeting, the Ancram Town Board heard about a similar kind of list contained in a book called, “Unsafe and Dilapidated Structures.”

The Ancram list is not about recalcitrant children, but it is about out-of-control structures that could or have become a nuisance or hazard. Read more…

Second wave inevitable; testing dates upcoming

HUDSON—Columbia County Department of Health Director Jack Mabb reported experiencing a disturbing lack of mask-wearing and social distancing on a weekend visit to Lake George.

“I believe what I observed tells me a second wave of the coronavirus is inevitable. The streets were just as crowded as they were last year and I would estimate only 10% of those walking by us were wearing masks. At times my wife and I were the only people on the street wearing masks and we also heard derogatory remarks from those mask-less people walking by,” Director Mabb said in the June 22 Covid-19 update press release issued by the Columbia County Board of Supervisors

Mr. Mabb had high praise for shop and restaurant owners, who required masks before entering, adding he did see some unhappy people turned away because they didn’t have one. Read more…

Solar farm firm pulls plug on open house plan

COPAKE—Hecate Energy will not conduct in-person open houses to solicit public comment or answer questions before it files details of its industrial-sized solar energy facility in Craryville with the state.

In Copake Councilmember and Deputy Supervisor Richard Wolf’s monthly update June 11, he said Hecate Energy, a Chicago-based energy company, has filed a Public Involvement Program, which told state officials that before filing details of its proposal to site a 60-megawatt solar facility with 200,000 solar panels on 500 acres within a 900-acre project area, it would hold two open house meetings to answer questions about the proposal from Copake residents and address their concerns.

The project area is near the intersection of State Route 23 and County Route 7, primarily south of Route 23 in the Copake hamlet of Craryville. Read more…