Fire district takes heat

Local group asks court to block sale of historic home

ANCRAM–The Stiehle house was recently sold to the Ancram Fire District, but the Ancram Preservation Group says the transaction was a breach of contract and has filed a lawsuit against both the seller and the buyer to get the deal undone.

Chairman of the Ancram Fire District’s Board of Fire Commissioners Terry Boyles told The Columbia Paper Tuesday, January 19, that he would have no comment on the matter until the litigation had run its course.

The humble, two-story, grimy-yellowish Stiehle house has stood sentinel at the east end of this hamlet at the crossroads of state Route 82 and county Route 7 since sometime in the first half of the 18th century, according to the website for the Ancram Preservation Group (APG). Read more…

Meadowgreens lost to fire

Meadowgreens, a popular restaurant and entertainment spot at 1242 Route 9H in Ghent, was gutted by fire Thursday, January 21. Photo by Lance Wheeler.W.GHENT–The Meadowgreens Restaurant at 1242 Route 9H was gutted by fire Thursday, January 21.

A passerby reported the blaze to 911 at 4:10 a.m. West Ghent firefighters and the Greenport Rescue Squad were immediately called to the scene. Arriving firefighters reported flames visible through the roof.

Mutual aid was called in from Stottville, Stockport, Ghent, Stuyvesant, Claverack and Valatie with its ladder truck. Stuyvesant Falls and Greenport stood by. The Sheriff’s Office, County Fire and Emergency Medical Services coordinators and New York State Electric and Gas crews were all on the scene.

West Ghent firefighters and the Cause and Origin Team were still on the fire scene as of late Thursday afternoon trying to determine the cause.


Popular movie theater owner dies

Tony Quirino owned historic Crandell Theatre in Chatham

CHATHAM–The marquee of the Crandell Theatre is still lighted on Main Street even though the man normally standing at the ticket booth is no longer there. Anthony Quirino Jr., better known as Tony, died suddenly Sunday. He was 62.

Mr. Quirino’s father, Anthony Sr., bought the Crandell in the 1960s, but Tony owned and operated the theater for the last 25 years. He did just about everything at the theater from selling tickets to running the projector to cleaning up. He and his wife, Sandy, who worked concessions, were there most every night. Read more…

Gordon urges public to send books to troops, families

ALBANY–Assemblyman Tim Gordon (I-108th) has received over a thousand books from local residents for the United Through Reading Military Program book drive he is sponsoring to support our troops and their families. The program helps ease the stress of separation often felt among military families, especially children, when a parent or relative is deployed. Donated books will be sent along with DVDs to military personnel overseas. The deployed service member reads the book while being filmed and a DVD and the book are returned home, allowing the child to watch and read along with their loved one. Read more…

Family Resource Center opens Hudson site

HUDSON–Family Resource Centers (FRC) of Columbia County has opened a new, free, non-denominational, drop-in playgroup center for parents and caregivers with infants and children through age five at Christ Episcopal Church on the corner of Union and East Court streets. The center is open every Wednesday from October through May from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Read more…