Hudson residents take closer look at home

HUDSON—People voiced thoughts about specific streets in Hudson on walking tours July 29 as part of a Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) project known as Hudson Connects. The goal is to create a “streetscape improvement” plan.

The tours consisted of walking on Hudson sidewalks between 2nd Street and the River, stopping at several corners to fill out a questionnaire about the segment just covered. The questionnaire asked about sidewalks, curbs, pedestrian friendliness, trees, landscaping, accessibility and perceived safety. Representatives of Arterial and Street Plans, firms that the city has engaged for Hudson Connects, led the walks.

The City of Hudson got $10 million from the State for the entire DRI and divided it into several projects, of which Hudson Connects is one. First the leaders had the participants divide into two “tour” groups: one for each side of the city. Afterwards, the groups came together for a workshop in Hudson Hall. Read more…

Ancram’s Stiehle House comes tumbling down

An excavator works on demolition of the Stiehle House, August 5. Photo by Christopher White

ANCRAM—It’s the end of the road for the Stiehle House.

The circa early 1800s, pale yellowish, rundown structure at 2407 Route 82, met the wrecking ball, so to speak, Wednesday, August 5 after being condemned following a crash.

Joseph P. Martino, 27, of Ancram was the driver of a Subaru Forester traveling southbound on Route 82 when it failed to negotiate a turn at the County Route 7/State Route 82 intersection blinking light and plowed into the north side of the building’s west wall, continued through the building and exited through the south end of the east wall, one-story above grade. The house was situated very close to the road.

The driver and his two dogs were not injured. Read more…

School awaits state’s OK to reopen

KINDERHOOK—The Ichabod Crane School District administration presented the district’s plan for reopening school in September at a Zoom meeting July 29. At points, over 480 people were logged on to the meeting, which could hold up to 500 participants.

District Superintendent Suzanne Guntlow said at the meeting that the state asked all school districts to have three plans for September: all students in the school buildings; all students working remotely; and a hybrid plan. But Ichabod Crane officials really have only two options since there is no way they can bring 100% of the student body back into the buildings and meet Covid-19 safety regulations.

Ms. Guntlow showed the results of an online survey filled out last month by over 900 parents, saying that 50% of the respondents supported in-person classes every day with safety precautions. A quarter of the respondents supported a mix of in-person and remote learning; 13% supported full-time at-home learning and 12% were undecided. Read more…

State Police take over assault case led by DA

KINDERHOOK—The State Police have taken complete control of the investigation into the case of an assault on a man at the home of a Columbia County Sheriff’s deputy, the morning of July 5.

And Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka will be in charge of the prosecution.

In a phone interview this week, Mr. Czajka told The Columbia Paper that he has been consulting with the state Attorney General’s Office (AG) about the case for the past several weeks and that he will continue to do so. Read more…

What a great way to learn

State Trooper and A.B. Shaw Fire Chief Brennan Keeler gives his daughter, Kersten, 14, some on-the-job firefighting tips as they battled a structure fire on Snydertown Road in Claverack. Kersten is a Junior Firefighter with A.B. Shaw. The fire started the morning of July 25. Churchtown and Greenport Fire Departments were on the scene, with mutual aid from A.B. Shaw, Mellenville, Philmont, Craryville, Taghkanic, Ancram, Copake, and Hillsdale. Also on the scene were county fire coordinators and EMS. Taghkanic, Hudson, Livingston, Millerton and Egremont stood by. Photo by Lance Wheeler