K’hook readies plan to pave Wildflower

VALATIE–The Kinderhook Town Board reviewed plans for paving Wildflower Road at this week’s meeting Monday night. Town Engineer Pat Prendergast told the board that he just has “to finish putting the bid specs together” to find a contractor to pave the dirt road. Once Wildflower is paved, a project that will paid for by the property owners along the private road, the town will take ownership of the road and maintain it.

Wildflower residents came to the board in 2016 asking for the town Highway Department to take over maintenance of the road, which off of Mason Road. According to Town Attorney Andy Howard, state law required the residents to sign a petition asking the town to pave the road.

The residents did sign the petition and the town then authorized Mr. Prendergast and surveyors to come up with a plan for paving the road. Even though the town will hire the contractor, the residents must pay for the paving. The board has held several workshop meetings with the residents of the road over the last two years. Many of the meetings were on Saturdays so that weekend homeowners could attend. Read more…

Ichabod Crane heads toward a one-bus schedule

KINDERHOOK–Ichabod Crane Superintendent Michael Vanyo has told the Board of Education that the district hopes to go to a single bus run system by the next year school. At the board meeting Tuesday night, he talked about the savings to the district if it adopts a single bus run to replace the current two-run system.

Students in the high school and middle/elementary school are picked up on the same bus run, with about 25 buses used for that early run. Then 15 buses go back out to pick up about 350 primary school students, according to district Transportation Supervisor Dan Doyle.

“We’re going to streamline the whole process,” Mr. Doyle told to the board at the March 6 meeting. He said the district would use about 30 buses to pick all the students in a single run. Read more…

New Lebanon starts celebrating it’s 200th birthday

NEW LEBANON –The Town of New Lebanon will be celebrating the bicentennial of its incorporation throughout the spring and summer months this year with a long menu of events highlighting the town’s history and all of the various businesses that call New Lebanon home. There was an NL200 kickoff event at the town hall on Saturday morning, March 3, with an emphasis on spirituality and religion in the town.

Town Supervisor Colleen Teal welcomed the gathering and in her opening remarks spoke of the goals of NL200: cohesion, pride and economic development. She introduced the Passport program, a booklet containing pages advertising 24 of the town’s premier destinations from the Lebanon Valley Speedway to the Mount Lebanon Shaker Museum to the Hilltown Country Smokehouse. A stamp from any 12 of these destinations gains the passport holder eligibility to a raffle at the end of the summer, the top prize being an iPad.

In her introduction of the Church of Our Savior, Mary (Godfroy) Young put the assembly into perspective with a narrative that began at the Garden of Eden and led to Columbia Hall and the healing waters of the Lebanon Springs, destination of the rich and famous and those wishing to be healed, and to the famous stone church on route 22 designed by Richard Upjohn and dedicated in 1881. Read more…

Hudson speeds up school security measures

HUDSON–Security, budget designing and firefighter recruitment highlighted the Hudson City School (HCSD) District Board of Education meeting Monday, February 26.

For security, Superintendent Dr. Maria L. Suttmeier announced:

1. Many school doors are to be fitted with alarms “very quickly.”

2. Starting September, visitors to school buildings will enter foyers, separated from the rest of the building, and have to stay there until their driver’s licenses pass security checks. School Resource Officer Jake Hoffman of the Hudson Police Department said that Ichabod Crane and Chatham schools already use such a system. Read more…

Lawmakers hear county’s response to opioid abuse

GREENPORT–Opioid addiction is everywhere, and it’s time to stop pretending it’s not. This was the consensus at last week’s public meeting for the state Senate Heroin Task Force held at Columbia-Greene Community College.

Spearheaded by state Senators Kathleen Marchione (R-43rd) and co-chairman George Amedore (R-46th), local authorities, medical professionals and addiction treatment providers came together to discuss what was needed to overcome the epidemic in Columbia County.

“Columbia County has advanced many community-based solutions that address all areas of the heroin and opioid crisis. You have been ahead of the curve,” said Senator Marchione in her opening remarks. “Your efforts have saved lives, and are helping to turn the tide. We’re here to listen to you, and to learn from you as to what New York State can do and do better.” Read more…