Ichabod Crane High School holds 66th Commencement

On June 26, parents, students, teachers and staff gathered to celebrate graduation day for the Ichabod Crane Central School District’s class of 2020. This year however, was a little different. Upon arrival, family members were directed to stay in their cars and proceed to the primary school parking lot where they were assigned parking spaces in view of a large video screen. Similar to a drive-in movie, families could listen to the ceremony on the car radio while adhering to the social distancing guidelines. The graduating seniors were directed to the auditorium to wait before the ceremony, which was held outside on the school’s campus. High School Principal Craig Shull (l) helped class valedictorian Trevor Wolfe with his tassel in the auditorium. Photo by Catherine Sager

It’s not to late to apply for Ancram scholarship

ANCRAMDALE – For the seventh year the Ancramdale Neighbors Helping Neighbors Association is pleased to offer higher education grants to help full-time students who will enter an accredited college, community college, or vocational school this fall.

The Ancramdale Neighbors Helping Neighbors Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation serving the Town of Ancram, including Ancramdale, and Boston Corner.

The grant is intended to help students pay for food, clothing, books, or transportation during the first year of continuing education, and will be based on financial need. In the past they have awarded grants of $1000 to $1,500 to qualified students. Preference will go to first-year students, but all continuing college, vocational, and graduate students may apply. Read more…

CHS graduation procession June 26

CHATHAM – On June 26, emergency response vehicles will accompany Chatham High School’s Class of 2020 in a celebratory procession through the Village of Chatham immediately following their drive-through graduation ceremony that evening.

Due to social distancing guidelines, graduation will not be public, but the community is invited to watch the procession, show the graduates support, and decorate homes and businesses along the public viewing portion of the route, which will begin on Route 66 at the entrance to the Columbia Fairgrounds, proceed down Main Street and around the rotary to Kinderhook Street, take a left onto Woodbridge Avenue and end at School Road.

Since the school is doing graduation a little differently this year, they are not sure exactly how long graduation will take, and that will affect the start time of the procession. The procession will start no earlier than 7:30 p.m. and the school hopes to have it rolling sometime between then and 8 p.m.

For the safety of everyone, if you come out to watch the procession, please wear a mask and follow all social distancing guidelines, including staying at least six feet from others.




C-GCC’s Black Rocket Camps offer online STEAM education

GREENPORT — With summer camps in Columbia County canceled this year and many other programs in limbo, Columbia-Greene Community College has joined forces with Black Rocket Productions LLC, to offer families with children ages eight to 14 an alternative.

A provider of digital arts and creative sciences camps, Black Rocket has partnered with C-GCC to provide a series of online, educational programs this summer, slated to run for seven weeks from Monday, June 29 through Monday, August 10. The courses are taught live by trained instructors and available to students anywhere, with two online camps running each week. Read more…

Visconti and Tuthill receive Moore Memorial Scholarship Award

Chatham Central School seniors Vinnie Visconti (l) and Alex Tuthill (r) are the 2020 recipients of the Doris L. Moore Memorial Scholarship Award given by the Ghent Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. The scholarship, which honors the life and volunteer service of Mrs. Moore, is given to a graduating Chatham senior who has volunteered for their local fire department. Vinnie volunteers with the Ghent Volunteer Fire Company and Alex volunteers with the Chatham Fire Department. They received their awards at a socially distant presentation May 21 at the Ghent Firehouse. Photo contributed