Call goes out for better cell service

ANCRAM–No cell phone ring tones were heard and no one talked on a cell phone, but there was much talk about cell phone service when around 75 people gathered at Town Hall with Congressman Scott Murphy (D-20th), February 8 at noon.

Ancram Supervisor Art Bassin, Copake Supervisor Reggie Crowley, along with other officials from Ancram, Copake, Taghkanic and Gallatin, Ed Bergstraesser from public affairs at AT&T and Jim Jeffries of Northeast Communications, a company that handles cell tower sites, all on hand. Read more…

State recognizes middle school for ‘character’

CHATHAM–The school board approved an increase in the district’s real property tax exemption at its meeting this week. It also learned that the middle school has earned statewide distinction.

The exemption is designed to help district residents with disabilities, seniors and volunteer firefighters and emergency responders. Read more…

Co-op fortifies milk money

Hudson Valley Fresh finds niche market for local dairy products

HILLSDALE–Nobody becomes a dairy farmer to get rich.

But most dairy farmers would agree that if they were rich–or at least if they received a more reasonable price for their milk–it would be easier to stay in business. And now some of them may have found a way to do that.

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IDA douses plans for Kohl’s store in Greenport

HUDSON–A Kohl’s department store won’t be coming to the area, at least not any time soon. Neither will discounter TJ Maxx.

The county Industrial Development Agency voted unanimously last Friday, February 5, to reject a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) application that the Widewaters Group, the developer of Greenport Commons, said was essential to attract Kohl’s to the shopping plaza on Fairview Avenue in Greenport. The plaza already has a large Walmart and a Lowe’s home improvement store. Read more…

Abode plans to grow… carefully

Historic Shaker structures will remain intact under new, long-term plan

NEW LEBANON–At the very northeastern-most corner of Columbia County change is afoot at the Abode of the Message. A new master plan recently released by the organization envisions improvements costing from $10 to $15 million over the next 10 years. A capital campaign will soon be launched.

The Abode, as it is frequently called, is just east of New Lebanon. It is an “intentional community” founded in 1975. About 40 people live there full time and are dedicated to living according to prescriptions for personal spiritual growth and universal harmony. Many more come to visit, meditate and learn. Read more…