Screen gem stays put

Film club buys historic Chatham movie house

CHATHAM–The Chatham Film Club has purchased the Crandell Theatre, the historic single-screen movie house that went dark for the first time in its 83 years last winter following the death of its owner. The club says it expects to resume showing movies the weekend of July 4.

The club, which stages the popular FilmColumbia film festival at the theater each fall, had been in negotiations to purchase the business from owner Tony Quirino, but Mr. Quirino died suddenly in January, and the building was placed on the market. The club continued its efforts to raise the money, with the asking price set at $650,000, according to club President Sandi Knakal. But last month a group led by Judy Grunberg, the owner of the Blue Plate restaurant and the founder of the PS/21 performance tent just outside the village, announced it planned to purchase the theater, although no details were released. Read more…

Hospital Foundation completes capital campaign

HUDSON–The Columbia-Greene Hospital Foundation has completed its “Fulfilling the Dream” capital campaign, exceeding its goal of $10 million. A press release from the foundation  goal described it as the largest and most successful fundraising effort in this community’s history.

The capital campaign has funded renovations and expansions at Columbia Memorial Hospital, and has made it possible to purchase technology and medical equipment. “Every donation helps make Columbia Memorial even better for those who turn to the hospital for care,” Betsy Gramkow, executive director of the Columbia-Greene Hospital Foundation said in the release Read more…

Tri-Village builds firehouse for the future

CHATHAM– Dirt movers and crews are on the site, as work gets underway on the new Tri-Village Firehouse on county Route 13.

Though construction has begun, the official ground breaking ceremony is scheduled for Saturday June 5 at 11 a.m. The public is invited and the company expects visits from local and state officials. Read more…

Donations hatch new season of bird ed at TH

CRARYVILLE–Thanks to the largess of two organizations, an Audubon education program that lost funding in the district budget is still in operation at Taconic Hills Elementary School.

This spring five 3rd grade classes are learning the basics of bird science under the instruction of Audubon Education Coordinator Larry Federman. At their first class in April students learned how different field marks, such as feather coloration, beak formation, tail length and shape, and other characteristics, contribute to the identification process that every wildlife scientist uses. Read more…

And the winner is… Chatham High thespians

CHATHAM – The school’s production of “Guys and Dolls” was honored at a school board meeting this week, and the board discussed supporting the state’s second try for federal money through the president’s Race to the Top initiative.

The First Annual Maureen T. Cort Columbia County Theater Awards, or Trish Awards, were presented to several people involved with the “Guys and Dolls” production at the board’s Tuesday, May 25, meeting. Maureen Cort was a Germantown resident very involved with high school theater. Her daughter, Tara Cort, created the awards after her mother died last year from breast cancer. Local judges for the awards attended high school productions throughout the county and decided who should receive the prize. Read more…