Hudson residents see promise in Oakdale Lake

HUDSON–People suggested a variety of activities and goals for Hudson’s Oakdale Park and its lake at a workshop October 13.

The lake has had a public beach since 1948, the park has a variety of tree and bird species. Hudson’s Youth Department runs a summer day camp there.

Friends of Oakdale Lake formed as “a group of mothers who go swimming with their children” there. They decided to band together for improvements, according to Piper Olf, one of the founders. She grew up in Castleton and moved to Hudson in 2011. Read more…

Truckers put brakes on Ancram plan for slower speeds

ANCRAM—The Town Board tabled two resolutions related to speed and weight limits in Ancramdale after hearing from several residents who use trucks to make a living.

The two-hour-plus October 18 meeting was preceded by a second public hearing on the 2019 budget in which funding for the Roeliff Jansen Community Library again took center stage.

A wide range of topics were part of the discussion at the regular board meeting that followed. Read more…

A century ago county welcomed armistice ending WWI

John Callan (r) with Francis “Doc” Wildman in front of a Curtiss “F” Boat at Hammondsport, NY, 1914.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO, on a Tuesday, November 11, 1918, what President Woodrow Wilson called the war to end all wars came to an end. The U.S. entered that conflict in 1917, when, as it turned out, it was almost two-thirds over. Nevertheless the war had a big impact on this country and on Columbia County. Approximately 1,700 Columbia County men, and a few women, served in the Army, the Navy or ancillary organizations during the war. For that reason, among others, the cessation of hostilities was highly welcomed in the county as it was throughout the US.

Four days previously, Navy Ensign Albert Bristol of Copake married his bride, Gladys. Immediately after the ceremony, bells began to ring all over the town. Some thought that because Gladys’ father was Hudson’s mayor, the couple was being given special treatment. The couple had an unusually long wait at the Copake train station on their way to their honeymoon in New York City. Once there, they found that no public transportation was operating, and they had to walk many blocks to the hotel. On arrival, they found that the reservation had not been kept and they had to look elsewhere; it turned out that everybody was celebrating the war’s end. But they soon found out it was a false alarm. November 7 was a false Armistice born of a misreading of a German wireless message.

Columbia County men from virtually every town served in the war, some as volunteers, others as inductees. In 1924, a home defense Committee of Columbia County published a book entitled “Columbia County in the World War,” containing 1,400 biographies and 1,000 portraits of soldiers, sailors, marines and nurses of the county who served in the war. Read more…

G’town voters back ending town police

GERMANTOWN—Amid the highly charged mid-term election campaigns, the ballot for voters Germantown also included Proposition 1, asking whether the town should adopt Local Law No.2 of 2018 which abolishes the Germantown Police Department.

At a special meeting in August the Town Board unanimously voted to abolish the Police Department, but after the board voted a petition was circulated and enough signatures were collected to require a referendum on the ballot for the November 6 elections. Read more…

Septic upgrade paves way for Queechy garage

CANAAN–The town Zoning Board of Appeals has unanimously approved the application of Tony and Ann Zinzer for a variance to permit construction of a 15’ x 30’ garage by their summer residence at 55 Loop Hill Road on the shore at Queechy Lake. The Zinzers were represented at the ZBA hearing by neighbor, friend and year-round Canaan resident, Sallie Lavalle.

At the October 29 meeting Mrs. Lavalle and ZBA Chairman David Cooper discussed the proposed project, which resulted from construction of an upgraded septic system on an odd shaped lot. That construction necessitated removal of a large storage shed. Mr. Cooper that it “seems rational to do this,” adding that the applicants were replacing what they previously had and that the structure “fits well on the odd-configured property.”

Mrs. Lavalle presented copies of 25 notices that had been mailed to neighbors. Of the 25, just one responded and that person was in favor of the garage project. Read more…