Copake Fall holds annual BBQ Saturday

COPAKE FALLS–The Columbia Paper accidentally omitted the ad for the annual Memorial Day Weekend Barbeque in Copake Falls.

The event, with Texas Brisket and North Carolina Pulled Pork, takes place Saturday, May 25 at 5:30 p.m. on the Green Across from the Park Entrance, Copake Falls. Take-out is available. It’s BYOB

Tickets, $20, are available at the Depot Deli, Bash Bish Bicycle, Taconic State Park Office, Town Hall or by calling 518-329-3251

The event is sponsored by the Copake Falls Day Committee.

In case of rain there will be take-out only.

District raises bar to vote

CRARYVILLE—Trying to cast a vote in the Taconic Hills School District election this week proved to be an unexpected challenge for some registered voters who were denied absentee ballots.

State Education Law and State Election Law seem to have clashed, creating a scenario in which voters legally registered to vote in national, state, county and local elections are suddenly not eligible voters in their own school district, at least as far as Taconic Hills (TH) is concerned.

Brad and Mary Stein of Ancram are among them. Read more…

Vanyo resigns ICC post

KINDERHOOK – The Ichabod Crane Board of Education released a statement this week saying that Superintendent Michael Vanyo has agreed to resign effective June 30.

The statement, issued Wednesday morning, May 22, says that “based on a resolution passed by the Board of Education last night, Mr. Vanyo’s leave of absence has ended as of May 21, 2019. Effective today, Mr. Vanyo will be providing transition work to the district through the end of the 2018-2019 school year, until June 30, 2019. During this time, Mr. Vanyo will work with the district from a remote location to help prepare for his departure and ease the eventual transition period of a new superintendent. After that time, Mr. Vanyo will submit his resignation from the position of superintendent.”

Mr. Vanyo, 51, was arrested last month by the Saratoga Sheriff’s Office for DWI–operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or greater–leaving the scene of a property damage accident and an improper right turn. According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, deputies “responded to a call of a property damage motor vehicle crash on Maple Avenue in the Town of Wilton on April 6 at 8:33 p.m. where one of the involved vehicles reportedly left the scene.” Read more…

Grange honors Bussett, unveils marker

COPAKE—The Copake Grange hosted an event to unveil a newly-placed marker designating its place on the National Registry of Historic Places May 4.

Persistent rain stopped completely at 10:45 a.m. as more than 60 community members, Grange board members and visiting dignitaries gathered in front of the Copake Grange #935 Hall, 628 Empire Road, for an 11 a.m. ceremony to dedicate the marker, awarded by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation. The Grange Hall was built 1902-03.

The day’s honoree was 99-year-old Copake resident Bernice Bussett, who was awarded a gold Grange pin, along with a certificate and flowers for her long service to and membership in the Copake Grange. Read more…

State nixes Craryville intersection traffic light

COPAKE–No traffic light is needed at the Craryville intersection of State Route 23, County Route 7 and Craryville Road, where a controversial new gas station/convenience store is proposed.

At the Copake Planning Board’s May 2 meeting, Chairman Bob Haight said he had finally received the state Department of Transportation (DOT) decision about whether a traffic light is needed at the four-way intersection based on a traffic study performed by Crieghton Manning Engineering, LLP, of Albany for the gas station applicant, GRJH, Inc.

Submitted nearly a year ago, the 88-page traffic assessment study, presented at the June 2018 Planning Board meeting, was a part of the applicant’s required Highway Work Permit Application to the DOT. The detailed study used data collected via automatic traffic recorders on Route 23, County Route 7 and Craryville Road in May 2018 and data collected by DOT on Route 23 in April 2018 at a continuous traffic count station east of the intersection. Included in the report analysis were: sight distances, accidents, collision diagrams, capacity and queuing, types of vehicles by day and hour, turning movements, speed statistics, traffic patterns and volumes. Read more…