Motorists should prepare for winter driving

ALBANY—The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) offer tips to help New Yorkers winterize their vehicles and prepare to drive in more challenging weather conditions. The agencies also reminded motorists that they can install snow tires on their vehicles. State law allows the use of snow tires from October 16 through April 30.

“Winter weather will be here soon, and motorists should winterize their vehicles and anticipate changing weather conditions,” DMV Commissioner and GTSC Chair Mark J.F. Schroeder said in a press release. “A few simple practices like driving slow, making sure your lights are clear and not covered with ice or snow, having ample windshield washer fluid, for example, will help ensure your safety and the safety of others on the roads.”

Before driving, GTSC recommends these tips: Read more…

Anybody seen Uncle Drosselmeyer?

On Friday, December 3, the Hudson Valley Academy of Performing Arts (HVAPA), 957 Route 82 in Taghkanic, rehearsed The Nutcracker ballet. The performances are on Sunday December 12 at noon and 4 p.m. in the PAC at the Taconic Hills Central School in Craryville. The dancers help each other with their flower diadems. Pictured (l to r) are Ciara Dellea, Cadence Weiss, Emma Miller, Director Debra Hughes, Brenna Lu, Ceanna Weiler and Eliza Pratt. Photo by David Lee

He sells chain saws and other useful stuff

The 30th Annual Beaver Mountain Farm Auction in Ancram was held Saturday, April 10. Everything was on sale from hay bales to a 19th century horse-drawn grain wagon to a giant Caterpillar D8K bulldozer. The event is held on land adjacent to the Don Duksa Farm on Route 27A. Mr. Duksa plays host and Leaman Auctions, LLC of Pennsylvania is employed to do the selling. Kevin Lechner (pictured) holds up and demonstrates items for sale. Photo by David Lee

Jordan faces challenge from Nelson in state Senate race


GHENT—Republican incumbent Daphne Jordan is running for reelection in the 43rd state Senate District against Democrat Patrick Nelson.

The 43rd District covers all of Columbia County, and well as parts of Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Washington Counties. State senators are elected for two years.

As of February 21 of this year there were 220,414 voters in the whole district, the majority of them in Rensselaer and Saratoga counties. Democrats hold a slight lead over Republicans district wide, but there are more than 15,000 registered Independence Party members in the district. Ms. Jordan has the endorsement of the Independence Party. But the largest bloc of voters after those in the two major parties is made up of eligible voters who have selected no party affiliation. Read more…

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