Chatham installs electric vehicle charging station

CHATHAM – Visitors to the Village of Chatham can now charge their electrical vehicles for free at a new charging station. The station is located at the rear of the parking lot at 77 Main Street, adjacent to Chatham Brewing. By installing the charging station among other action items, Chatham earns the designation of a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Maria Lull, Chatham Town Supervisor said, in a press release,“The Town of Chatham’s installation of the Electric Vehicle Charging station provides a spark of creative innovation for the business district of the Town of Chatham and Main Street. By providing this service for visitors and shoppers who are in the area in electric cars, it is anticipated that they will shop and congregate in local eateries while their vehicles are charging. This is a great resource for the Town and Village of Chatham. We have a dedicated Climate Smart Committee that has worked tirelessly to bring economic change to our communities”.

Funding for the vehicle charging station was made possible through a grant from the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Office of Climate Change. Charging will be free for the next two years with a ChargePoint card under this grant. Read more…

This Grange changes with the times

Facade of the 116-year-old Copake Grange building at 628 Empire Road. Photos contributed

COPAKE—Copake Grange #935 is back from the brink of extinction.

After years of declining membership and inactivity, people are joining in droves and the group’s upcoming event calendar is bursting with entertainment, sales, food and a festival.

What is going on? Did the Grange suddenly become hip? Read more…

What’s your stop? Workshop explores local bus service

HUDSON–Catskill, Taconic State Park and Chatham were the places with no county bus service that received the most pins on a map that asked people to put “pins where you think are important for bus stops,” at the Getting Around workshop in Hudson June 5.

The place outside of Hudson that received the most pins was Philmont, which has county bus service, but only three days a week. On a chart that asked people to stick adhesive dots on time slots that “would be most convenient for the bus,” all slots—including weekends and evenings—received many dots. One table at the workshop offered people the chance to answer a survey about public transportation needs and wants in Columbia County.

Getting Around was “a youth-led community workshop to improve our public transportation.” It was held at the Hudson Area Library. The Workshop was spearheaded by Raising Places in collaboration with the county Department of Social Services. Raising Places is a project of Greater Good Studio, based in Chicago, which “designs tools for social change.” It picked Hudson as one of that project’s sites, with Kite’s Nest and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhoods its contacts there. Read more…

Ghent says poor Spectrum service plagues broadband roll-out

GHENT–After months of dodging crews running cable up and down local roads, and In spite of promises made time and time again, town residents are still waiting for broadband internet service promised by Spectrum.

The town was notified in early May that broadband service would be made available to existing Spectrum customers in Ghent on June 5, but as the date has come and gone, nothing has changed.

A press release issued by the Town of Ghent last week says that Spectrum sent out information in May to existing customers instructing them on what was needed to update to Broadband, specifically mentioning the need to obtain a new Spectrum Receiver by June 5. However, customers who reached out to Spectrum to get this new equipment were told contrary information that did not match what they had previously been told. Read more…

Austerlitz ponders zoning for pet crematory

AUSTERLITZ–Susan Bandy is opening an expanded non-profit dog rescue and care kennel, while adding a commercial small-animal crematorium at her 80-acre home and farm.

The Austerlitz Planning Board extended public comment at its June 7 meeting while members struggled to make it possible for the project to move forward as expeditiously as possible. The net result was the temporary withdrawal of the crematorium proposal so it could be referred to the Austerlitz Zoning Board of Appeals. The referral is required for a new commercial use, according to ZBA Chairman Karl Gabosh.

Engineer Patrick Prendergast and Ms. Bandy presented the project using engineering drawings and describing the nature of both the dog care kennel and crematorium. The proposed crematorium is designed to look like a small New England style cottage with a flower garden. Read more…