Incoming supervisor vows to review Ancram budget

ANCRAM—The Town Board adopted a 2010 budget that carries with it a .8% increase in the amount to be raised by taxes and a one-cent rise in the tax rate.
Compared to other recent Town Board business, the 2010 budget proved something of snoozer when the public hearing was conducted prior to the regular November 19 Town Board meeting.
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Grads here knew failure first

Family Treatment Court honors those who break addiction cycle

HUDSON–It was similar to many graduations, with proud parents and grandparents, tears and cheers, the conveying of diplomas, the recognition of achievements and a speech by an alumna.

It was different from many graduations. The attendees gathered in a courtroom, not a school. And the only one wearing anything that resembled traditional graduation garb was the judge in his black robe.

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$200K gift buoys school

Anonymous donor funds arts, humanities grants  

HUDSON–The city school district has received a $200,000 grant from Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in Great Barrington to establish the Hudson City School District Arts and Humanities Fund. Although the grant comes through the foundation, the money comes from an anonymous donor.

Of the $200,000 grant to launch the fund, $100,000 is a challenge to the community to match the gift for a permanent endowment by 2014. The gift includes $20,000 per year for five years for immediate grants to “enhance and enrich the educational experience of students and teachers in the Hudson City School District through access to programs in the arts and humanities that emphasize excellence, innovation and creativity,” according to a press release from the foundation.

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Ancram board asks: Is it legal yet?

ANCRAM—Despite being advised by two attorneys that leasing the Mathews’ property for a highway garage was illegal, a majority of Town Board members seemed ready to sign on the dotted line last week.
But in an evening rife with turnarounds, by the end of the November 12 special meeting they had changed their minds.
The series of plot twists began with the public notice about the special Town Board meeting, which was posted at the Town Hall. It stated the purpose of the meeting was “to allow open discussion on leasing the Mathews’ paintball facility located on Roche Lane … as a highway garage…”
A standing-room-only crowd of more than 100 people eager to engage in the discussion showed up, extra chairs were hauled in, the crowd was buzzing.
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Fund set up to replace carillon

HILLSDALE–With a little luck the sound of the carillon that rang out in the town center will ring again on Christmas Eve, according to Hillsdale United Methodist Church member Bette Gallup. The carillon just “quit,” Mrs. Gallup told The Columbia Paper. A repairman called to evaluate it, she said, told church members to “put it out of its misery.”

At the time, the church was in the process of putting on a new roof and not in a position to replace the bells. But a neighbor who missed the noon and 5 p.m. hymns offered to jump start a fund to replace it, she said. When the church set out to collect for the replacement, which is over $5,000, the response was “overwhelming.” One person told her that the carillon was something he “really liked, that made Hillsdale special.”

She hopes to be able to order the replacement in time for it to “ring out on Christmas Eve.”

People can still send donations–“$5 or $10 make people part of it, Mrs. Gallup said– to the church, Routes 22 and 23.