Underground Railroad Conference convenes in Troy

TROY–Russell Sage College will host the 9th annual Underground Railroad Conference February 26 to 28 in collaboration with the Rensselaer County Historical Society and the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region.

The history project was formed to conduct research and to preserve and celebrate the history of the Underground Railroad in New York, a movement that helped thousands of slaves escape to freedom before the Civil War. The project studies the role of African-American freedom seekers and abolitionists. Read more…

Domestic policies on minds of most at Murphy forum

GHENT–Congressman Scott Murphy (D-20th) drew a standing-room-only crowd of over 60 people Monday at Town Hall, where he responded in short order to questions from constituents, most of them focused on domestic issues like health care, jobs and the deficit.

It was only last month that the congressman fulfilled a pledge to visit every municipality in his 10-county district with numerous stops in and around Columbia County, but he was back in the county this week to address cell phone service improvements in Ancram and tour the JEM Woodworking site, which received assistance from his office in obtaining a Small Business Administration loan.  And finally the Congress on Your Corner meeting–the concept was introduced locally by his predecessor, Kirsten Gillibrand–where he spoke briefly about what he has been doing in Washington and then opened up the floor to questions. Read more…

Call goes out for better cell service

ANCRAM–No cell phone ring tones were heard and no one talked on a cell phone, but there was much talk about cell phone service when around 75 people gathered at Town Hall with Congressman Scott Murphy (D-20th), February 8 at noon.

Ancram Supervisor Art Bassin, Copake Supervisor Reggie Crowley, along with other officials from Ancram, Copake, Taghkanic and Gallatin, Ed Bergstraesser from public affairs at AT&T and Jim Jeffries of Northeast Communications, a company that handles cell tower sites, all on hand. Read more…

State recognizes middle school for ‘character’

CHATHAM–The school board approved an increase in the district’s real property tax exemption at its meeting this week. It also learned that the middle school has earned statewide distinction.

The exemption is designed to help district residents with disabilities, seniors and volunteer firefighters and emergency responders. Read more…

Co-op fortifies milk money

Hudson Valley Fresh finds niche market for local dairy products

HILLSDALE–Nobody becomes a dairy farmer to get rich.

But most dairy farmers would agree that if they were rich–or at least if they received a more reasonable price for their milk–it would be easier to stay in business. And now some of them may have found a way to do that.

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