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…

Winter or not, Copake thinks green

COPAKE–Though the outdoor terrain is mostly white and brown these days, green thoughts–about energy, money and recycling–were on peoples’ minds at the January 14 Town Board meeting.

Councilman Daniel Tompkins reported that solar energy proposals for the town hall, the park building and the highway garage have all been accepted by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). He expects to hear whether the projects are approved for funding by March. Read more…

Region’s Red Cross opens doors to volunteers

KINDERHOOK–The tragic earthquake in Haiti may be almost 2,000 miles away, but even at the Red Cross of Northeastern New York offices in Albany the phone has been ringing off the hook with offers to help.

While the local office isn’t directly involved in sending volunteers to Haiti–that’s handled at the state and national level–the Red Cross nevertheless appreciates the offers, said Siobhan Kent, communications manager with the local chapter, which covers eight counties in the Capital District, including Columbia and Greene. Read more…