Hillsdale residents pack boxes for Thanksgiving dinners. On Saturday morning, November 21, dozens of volunteers gathered at the Hillsdale Firehouse to pack boxes of food to be distributed to families in need in the Roe Jan area. According to event organizer Betty White, there were 159 boxes packed for delivery. Pictured is Aubrey Proper, who has just finished transferring some groceries to one of the boxes. For her family, this has been a long-standing holiday tradition. Ms. White said Vernetta Moore, Teri Traver and Linda Miller helped organized and she thanked the IGA grocery store in Hillsdale, the Hillsdale Fire Company, Herrington’s Fuel, Stewart’s and the many private donors who have given generously of their time and money. Photo by David Lee

Ancram finds it takes a town to revise a law

ANCRAM—During the season of giving thanks, this small rural town is taking stock of its many gifts.

On the top of this gift heap is an army of volunteers who make a lot of good things happen around here.

In recognition of these donors of their time and knowledge, town officials invited a bunch of them out for an evening of food, drink and a healthy dose of appreciation at The Pond restaurant November 15. Read more…

Court offers path to out of addiction

HUDSON–On November 16, the Columbia County Treatment Court conducted the year’s second graduation. The event celebrates the work of a team of government employees that has guided seven people addicted to drugs or alcohol out of the confines of the criminal justice system.

The ceremony is conducted in the large, domed main courtroom of the county courthouse. The jury box was filled with representatives of the treatment court team members: Twin Counties Recovery Services, Columbia County Public Defender’s Office, Columbia County Department of Human Services, Columbia County Department of Social Services, the county Probation Department, the District Attorney’s Office, and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Read more…

How’s the weather in the park? Find out soon

HILLSDALE–Following the Pledge of Allegiance at this week’s Town Board meeting, Town Supervisor Art Baer offered an expression of sympathy and solidarity with the citizens of Paris France, in light of recent terrorist attacks that killed more than 100 people there.

He also proposed that the flag in the town monument be lowered through to the end of November. This was approved by unanimous voice vote. Read more…

Valatie adopts wisdom of Climate Smart Communities

VALATIE–The Village Board passed two resolutions on climate change last week, one intended to make the village part of the state Climate Smart Communities program and the other endorsing a statement from the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) acknowledging that climate change is happening and promising to work with all levels of government to deal with the issue.

Board members Dave Williams and Anglo Nero voted against the resolutions, while Frank Bevens, Phil Bickerton and Mayor Diane Argyle voted in favor at the November 10 meeting. Read more…

New Leb wrestles with budgets for town, firefighters

NEW LEBANON–“Nobody’s leaving here happy,” town Supervisor Michael Benson concluded at a fire protection budget meeting held before last week’s Town Board meeting. The town fire department, the Lebanon Valley Protection Association, has been actively saving money to build a new firehouse, upsetting some board members and residents who claim the department has an $110,000 operating costs but is requesting a budget of $240,000.

“We’re giving them money for a building they don’t even know they’re going to build yet,” board member Chuck Giraldi said.

“We do need to fix it at the very least,” replied board member Irene Hanna. Read more…