Ice fishing derby goes ahead as scheduled. According to Al Meier, organizer of the 12th annual Chatham Lions Club Ice Fishing Derby which took place on Sunday, January 31, 84 people registered for the event. The weather was relatively balmy and the ice had a sufficient 6-8″ thickness. Two weeks ago they were uncertain about whether to postpone, but conditions improved and the word got out that the derby would go ahead.The Canaan Conservation Club’s Queechy Lake Ice Fishing Derby is usually held on the weekend following the Chatham Lions event but they have postponed their event to Saturday, February 20. Photo by David Lee

Hudson keeps talking about $19.9M upgrade plan

HUDSON–On February 9, Hudson City School District voters will determine whether to allow the district to borrow up to $19.9 million for upgrades to its buildings and grounds. In advance of the vote the district has held a series of “community conversations,” the most recent of which took place January 23, with people asking about of sidewalks, athletic turf, the proposed enlargement of the Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School building (MCS) and the fate of the John L. Edwards Primary School (JLE).

Construction plans, called the Capital Project, include a mandated upgrade of heating, ventilation and lighting as well as optional projects, including new a high school track and other athletic facilities. There would be upgrades to the oldest MCS wing and the school would be enlarged to hold more grades so that the district could close JLE on State Street sometime between 2019 and 2021. Read more…

Village faces calls for fire truck, Bartlett House water

CHATHAM–The Village Board listened to a presentation last week from Assistant Fire Chief Eric Barnes about the history of the fire company and the future of its equipment. As part of his presentation Mr. Barnes presented the recommendation of the village Fire Company Committee that the company needs a new truck.

At the January 28 workshop meeting, Mr. Barnes, along with Fire Chief Paul Rideout, talked about needed repairs to the 1988 fire truck that the company currently uses. They talked about leaking oil and other major problems, including safety issues. They also discussed retiring another truck in the fire company’s fleet and instead of replacing both, simply buying one new pumper truck. Read more…

Key Bank to leave Philmont

PHILMONT–Key Bank is closing its branch in Philmont April 29 but another bank has already expressed interest in opening a branch in the village.

Therese Myers, a press contact from Key Bank, said Tuesday, February 2, that the branch will be “consolidating” with the Hudson Branch in the Fairview Plaza. Residents with accounts at Key Bank recently received letters about the closing. Read more…

G’town fire district research plan douses spending speculation

GERMANTOWN—Word on the street here was that the Board of Fire Commissioners for Germantown Hose Company No. 1—the town’s only fire company—was looking to spend a lot of money on new trucks and a computer system. This came up at the January 19 Town Board meeting and was overheard at the January 21 meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Roy Brown, chairman of the Fire Commissioners, nixed the rumor. “We’re not running out and buying equipment,” he said last week. “We have formed a committee,” he said, consisting of two commissioners, two chiefs and two fire company members. The committee is looking at “all the equipment we currently have and will put together a comprehensive truck and equipment purchase plan for the next 10 to 20 years.” Read more…

Cascino files bulge as court action stalls

COPAKE—It’s a vicious circle.

The many pending court cases against Salvatore Cascino keep on spinning, yet seem no closer to resolution than when Mr. Cascino first dumped his way onto the local radar nearly two decades ago.

Mr. Cascino, 76, of Larchmont, a village in the Town of Mamaroneck, Westchester County, owns a 300-acre property along the east side of Route 22. He calls the place Copake Valley Farm and for the past 18 years he has been racking up violations of federal, state and town laws for illegal dumping, building and excavating there.

A convicted felon and serial scofflaw, Mr. Cascino was found guilty of both civil and criminal contempt in 2009. He also pleaded guilty to one count of felony second degree offering a false instrument on behalf of his corporations as part of a plea deal in Albany County Supreme Court in June 2012. Read more…