Car, truck crash kills man

CLAVERACK—A 24-year-old Wappingers Falls man was killed this morning in a crash on a snowy road.Car, truck collision kills man

Daniel Edmondson was driving his car northbound on Route 9H at about 8 a.m. when he crossed over the center of the road into the path of a southbound flatbed truck, State Police at Livingston said. The driver of the truck, Norman Morrison Jr., 45, was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital, where police said he is being treated for neck, back and rib injuries. The truck is owned by Columbia Tractor.

Claverack Firefighters and the Greenport Rescue Squad responded. Columbia County Coroner Angelo Nero pronounced Mr. Edmonson dead at the scene.

Route 9H was closed for approximately 3 hours while State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Units assisted BCI investigators and Troopers at the scene .


Death puts focus on farm crisis

Copake dairy farmer takes his own life after destroying some of herd

COPAKE–In life, dairy farmer Dean Pierson was private, quiet and hard-working, but when he killed himself and 51 of his dairy cows last week, his story drew national attention.

Though newspaper and radio reports have linked the Pierson tragedy to the financial strain put on dairymen by record low milk prices, it seems personal problems rather than economic ones may have played a more substantial role in this dairy farmer’s last desperate acts. Read more…

Hearing airs concerns over gravel mine proposal

TAGHKANIC–The town Zoning Board of Appeals convened a hearing Monday evening at the firehouse to receive public comments on a proposal by Berry Pond LLC of New York to conduct a gravel mining operation on Livingston Road near Route 82 in West Taghkanic. The applicant’s lawyer said the mine would have little impact on the community, but residents who live near the proposed site see nothing but trouble ahead if officials grant a permit for the project.

Berry Pond has received a permit from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and now needs only the approval of the town ZBA before commencing its surface mine operation. That prospect drew over 60 residents to attend the January 18 hearing. Read more…

More parking, but don’t stay too long

CHATHAM – The village is moving forward with plans to lease land from CSX, the railroad company, to create parking spaces and an access road behind the buildings on the east side of Main Street.

Mayor Paul Bohme discussed the plan with the board of trustees at the January 14 village meeting, saying he met with local shop owners and residents on Main Street before the meeting to go over the plan. He said he told the group at the hour-long meeting, “We’ve sent [CSX] the necessary funds for the lease.” Read more…

Local food arrives on big screen

GHENT–Carlo DeVito says it’s an agricultural story that has never been told, so he tells it in his new 57-minute documentary film called, LOCALS: Greenmarkets, Farm Markets and the People Who Grow Your Food.

The idea to make the film came to Mr. DeVito as he worked at the Hudson Farmers Market under a 10-by-10-foot tent selling wine produced at the Hudson-Chatham Winery, which he co-owns. Read more…