Ancram’s camp opens doors wide

ANCRAM—If you are kid in Ancram, you can’t wait to go to summer camp.

Every year enrollment in the Town’s Summer Camp program grows, and this year, the most campers ever have signed up.

Ancram Summer Camp Director Samantha Mason told The Columbia Paper this week that 84 kids, ages 4 to 12, have enrolled.

Out of the total, an average of 68 to 70 youngsters show up every day for camp, more than half of them between the ages of 4 and 8. Read more…

Angel Hill bridge repair expected to take months

GHENT–Last week’s Town Board meeting saw measures put in place to repair and reopen Angel Hill Road. A truck crossing the Angel Hill Road bridge recently caused the bridge to be pushed down, a condition that led to the road being closed. Solutions regarding the repair of the bridge were discussed at the Town Hall, but the fix will not be quick.

Highway Superintendent Benjamin Perry estimated that it would probably be spring before the road is completely repaired. He said that families living on Angel Hill Road will most likely need to bring their children to the Slate Road bus stop when school reopens in September.

“The tennis court isn’t a priority,” Mr. Perry said, referring to the courts behind the Dairy Queen, which have fallen into disrepair of late. Read more…

How to build a park? Here’s exactly what Copake’s done

COPAKE—When Copake Memorial Park soon turns 35, the whole town will have itself to thank.

The now much-loved and indispensable park came together over the years through the hard work and dedication of those who call this place home.

In the clerk’s office at Town Hall, there’s a yellow loose-leaf notebook, thick with old newspaper story clippings, correspondence on Town letterhead, photographs of grinning Little League teams and hands-on volunteer construction work, a thank-you note with signatures scrawled in pencil by kids who now are 30-some-odd-year-old adults, the first Copake Parks and Recreation Commission report, old tickets for fundraising events and raffles, maps and a program marked: Dedication Copake Memorial Park July 25, 1982. Read more…

Chatham Cares 4 U celebrates one-year anniversary

CHATHAM — Police Chief Peter Volkmann, along with Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I) Co-Founder and Chairman John Rosenthal and Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade, announced recently that the Chatham Police Department celebrated its one-year anniversary of its Chatham Cares 4 U (CC4U) Outreach Initiative Program, assisting 130 participants into treatment.

First launched on July 1, 2016, CC4U encourages residents who want to overcome their drug addiction to walk into the police station, turn over their drugs and paraphernalia and ask for help. Those who come in are not charged, but instead, are placed into a drug treatment program. Participants are also assigned to a volunteer “angel,” whose role is to guide and support them through their journey recovery. Read more…

P-CAN finds name for village pocket park

PHILMONT–The pocket park across from the Philmont village office on Main Street has just received an official name. An organization created last Fall, Philmont Community Action Neighbors (P-CAN), revealed at the Community Day fireworks showcase that it would be named in memory of Nancy J. Brousseau.

This came after a month of nominations submitted to P-CAN or the village office with the final voting taking place on the village green last Saturday. Other options besides Ms. Brousseau included Marilyn Tipple, Timothy Smith, Matthew Harris and Philmont Community Volunteer Park.

“We had a lot of enthusiasm for the voting. It was a tight race. We had wonderful nominations, they were all worthy of being honored,” said Carolyn Stern, one of the members of P-CAN who tabulated the votes. Read more…