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…

Still stuck in digital slow lane

COPAKE—Even when broadband gets here, it may still not get to you.

A Roe Jan Valley Broadband Forum was presented by the Ancram, Austerlitz, Copake and Hillsdale broadband committees at the Copake Town Hall Saturday morning, February 24. About 60 people showed up to find out if and when broadband is coming to their homes or businesses.

The answer was not simple. Read more…

Taconic Hills makes cooler students a priority

CRARYVILLE–The Taconic Hills School District (THSD) board reviewed a laundry list of 40 proposed capital improvement projects at a special meeting February 21. The data was prepared by SEI Design Group, the architectural firm the district used to conduct its Building Condition Survey (BCS) last year.

Matt Schools, SEI associate principal, attended the meeting to field questions and to clarify answers for the board. Also attending were Nicholas Smith, THSD director of facilities, Superintendent Neil Howard, Jr., and Business Manager Cybil Howard.

Board President Christine Perry suggested that the meeting start by dividing the 40 projects into categories of “need” and “want.” Broadly the projects address repair, replacement, or improvement to buildings, roadways and athletic fields. The data provided also enumerated the costs to replace, repair or upgrade each proposed item. Read more…