DEC monitors algae at K’hook Lake

KINDERHOOK–The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has confirmed to the county that recent testing shows the presence of the cyanobacteria HAB (harmful algal blooms) in Kinderhook Lake.

According to Jack Mabb, director of the county Department of Public Health, his department never advised people not to swim in the lake. He said people should be aware of the blooms and educate themselves about the issue. Read more…

K’hook to commission more sheriff’s patrols

VALATIE–At the regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 2, the Kinderhook Town Board approved a motion to contract with the county Sheriff’s Office for an Enhanced Enforcement Patrol. Supervisor Pat Grattan said the average hourly cost of the enhanced enforcement would be about $47.

He stressed that the town would not be paying for a deputy to cover the town 40 hours a week. He said the town is anticipating the time spent as “six hours to four hours a week.”

Mr. Grattan said the enhanced enforcement hours go above and beyond the patrols the Sheriff’s Office already provides in the town. He said earlier in the meeting that between the state troopers and the sheriff’s deputies 350 and 400 traffic tickets are given out every month on Kinderhook town roads. Read more…

Niverville water gate quarrel bubbles up again

VALATIE–The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has reaffirmed its position that the Kinderhook Lake Corporation may not put up a gate in the water off Rose Street extension, a road allows boat access to the lake.

In the letter, dated September 5, 2017 to the KLC President William Cleary the DEC writes, “Since the subject permit has expired, no further work may occur at the site absent proof noted above and the issuance of a Freshwater Wetland and Protection of Waters permit.”

Tom Puchner, a lawyer representing a group of neighbors on the lake that opposed the gate, presented the Kinderhook Town Board and the Columbia Paper with the letter for DEC at their June 4 meeting.

The Town Board had sent information to the state about the ownership of the Rose Street Extension in Niverville. Town Attorney Andy Howard said at a meeting in 2016 that he confirmed with DEC the board’s stance that the street is a public highway and that the town board would like to keep it that way. Read more…

When tinseltown thriller put Hudson on map

HUDSON–The movie “Odds Against Tomorrow”, filmed partly in Hudson in 1959, played again at the Hudson Area Library June 28. The film, which depicts a bank robbery attempt by a racially integrated trio, stars Harry Belafonte, Ed Begley, Robert Ryan, Shelley Winters, Gloria Graham, and Cicely Tyson.

To add to the movie atmosphere, the event included a concession stand, run by library regular Pierre Rice, selling popcorn, malted milk balls, Coca Cola, Dr. Pepper, root beer and other refreshments. Historical researcher John Craig sold tickets.

The well-attended event began with Kelly Drahushuk, a member of the library’s History Room Committee and co-owner of the Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson, explaining that after watching “Odds Against Tomorrow” she proposed to the committee that they show it to the public in Hudson. The project was then directed to local film-maker David McDonald. Read more…

A new bad bug heads this way

CLAVERACK—Many people think Columbia County is a fine place to live, unfortunately a bunch of bad bugs agree.

The latest culprit on the long and getting-longer list of these invasive species is spotted lanternfly (SLF).

Spotted Lanternfly with open wings. Photo credit: Lawrence Barringer, PA Dept of Ag,

An invasive species is any living organism—non-native or alien to an ecosystem that when introduced causes harm to the economy, environment or human health, according to

The situation is so dire that New York State has invented Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) which it will celebrate for the fifth year, July 8 through 14. Read more…