Tour offers chance to see Olana as neighbors see it

GREENPORT–Thousands of visitor marvel at Frederic Church’s idiosyncratic Persian style home each year and remark on the majestic views of the Hudson River below the bluff and the front wall of the Catskills just to the west. Less evident, perhaps, is how similar the view remains today compared to what Church preserved on canvas in the second half of the 19th century.

It is no accident. The region has been spared any cataclysmic event that indelibly altered the terrain, but there has been development, yet its impact is muted by the presence of farms, forests and wetlands, and not least, by limited growth along the riverbanks, all of which are part of what is now referred to as the Olana viewshed. Apart from the 250-acre Olana State Historic site, over a thousand acres have been willingly preserved by landowners with the help of Scenic Hudson, the Columbia Land Conservancy and the Olana Partnership.

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Ghent flu shot clinic canceled

GHENT-The Columbia County Department of Health has canceled the community seasonal flu vaccine clinic scheduled for the Ghent Town Hall at 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 21.

A release from the department issued Tuesday afternoon said the seasonal flu vaccine clinic would not happen because the vaccine was not available.

The release said the department regretted any inconvenience to county residents. It did not indicate whether the clinic would be rescheduled or when supplies of the vaccine might be received.

Wood boiler reg plan bubbles to surface at Copake meeting

COPAKE–The Town Board is considering adding outdoor wood burning furnace and junkyards/motor vehicle storage area regulations to the town’s zoning ordinance instead of enacting new local laws with enforcement problems.

The Town of Kinderhook imposed a moratorium on the installation of outdoor wood boilers in August while a committee works on a law to regulate them, and the Copake board talked about a similar moratorium. But, in the end Copake board members opted to forego a moratorium and draft a law.

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Can school board function without paper in hand?

CHATHAM–The school board this week discussed the next step toward a proposed $5-million capital improvements project. The plan calls for repairs or upgrades at the district’s buildings and would be paid for with capital reserve funds and federal economic stimulus money, with no additional tax burden placed on district taxpayers.

The board also talked about sharing the position of treasurer with another district, future professional development days for teachers, which would add two half-days to the school calendar, and moving to paperless board communications.

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Greenport spells out its roads policies

GREENPORT–“Keep the Green in Greenport” is the anti-littering slogan adopted by the Town Board at its October meeting last week.

The signs, said Highway Superintendent Mark Gaylord, will remind litterers that they risk fines up to $1,000 for strewing trash.

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