State of Emergency declared for Columbia County

HUDSON—Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell declared a State of Emergency for Columbia County beginning at noon Tuesday, March 14 and continuing in effect for a period of 36 hours and ending at 12:01 a.m. March 16.

Ancram Supervisor Art Bassin has issued the same declaration for the entire Town of Ancram.

Each declarations says:

“The State of Emergency has been declared due to emergency conditions produced by heavy snow and winds causing hazardous conditions which threaten or imperil the public safety of the citizens of this municipality. Read more…

Columbia County is under blizzard warning

GREENPORT–Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murrell issued an advisement to all county residents due to Winter Storm Stella, March 13, according to the Columbia County Emergency Management Office (CCEMO).

Winter Storm and Blizzard Warnings are in effect for the entire county, the CCEMO announced via a CodeRed phone alert to residents Monday evening.

It is expected that Columbia County may receive up to 24 inches of snow depending on location and the track of the storm. It is recommended that residents who do not need to travel tomorrow (Tuesday, March 14) should stay off of the streets and roadways. Read more…

Hudson grapples with overdose antidote policy in schools

HUDSON–A group of Hudson City School District (HCSD) officials met on March 2 to discuss supplying schools with Narcan, an emergency antidote to opioid overdoses. The state Department of Health is trying to persuade all schools to have Narcan available, and several schools in the area already have a Narcan policy in place, according to June Boucher, the registered nurse for the HCSD Intermediate School.

Narcan (naloxone HCl) blocks opioids from affecting the body for half an hour. It does not replace emergency medical treatment but it can keep an overdose victim’s body functioning until emergency responders arrive. People familiar with the drug say that anyone who one administers it must also call for emergency medical help.

Narcan kits consist of pre-measured doses of naloxone and equipment for administering it. There are two methods used to administer naloxone: injection or nasal spray. For schools, nasal spray is recommended, Ms. Boucher said by phone after the meeting, because it is easier for non-medical people to give nasal sprays than to administer injections correctly. Read more…

K’hook prepares to pick vendor for digital makeover

KINDERHOOK–The Town Board met with two companies to hear proposals about updating the town website before the regular meeting on Monday. Board members plan to review services offered by each company and award a contract in April.

The board launched a new website about five years ago, Supervisor Pat Grattan said at the March 6 meeting. He said that that websites had changed a lot over the last five years and the town needs to upgrade its site. At meetings in the past he pointed out that the website was hard to update and change.

The board had asked former Councilman Peter Bujanow to create a request for proposals to seek companies interested in upgrading and maintaining the website. Mr. Bujanow said at the board meeting, “We are now in the evaluation phase.” Read more…

Districts define where history lives

ANCRAM—The ability of a town to grow and prosper in the future may rely on its past.

Historic districts have been around for a while, but towns here are now defining and recognizing these places as part of a plan for new economic growth.

According to a historic district is “a specific, definable geographic area with a significant number of historic buildings, features, structures, or objects that are united by historical events or aesthetic associations.” Read more…