County suspends seasonal flu shot clinics

HUDSON–The Columbia County Department of Health has suspended seasonal flu vaccine immunization clinics until further notice due to a lack of vaccine availability, according to a press release issued by the department the morning of Thursday, October 22.
Shipments of seasonal flu vaccine are expected in two to three weeks, the release says.
Seasonal flu vaccine clinics started early this year. In previous years, clinics started in early November. Seasonal influenza usually doesn’t impact Columbia County until December, health officials say.
There is still time to receive the seasonal flu vaccine. People should watch for announcements or check with their physicians in a few weeks.
Information can also be found on the county health department website at or the state health department website at

Sign recalls Mohican legacy

Scholar and author says those who greeted Hudson deserve notice too

GHENT–“History is never quite complete,” says Donald Shriver. But that knowledge has not deterred him from adding a little bit to the public’s awareness of Columbia County and the Hudson Valley. This weekend the fruits of a two-year odyssey through the state bureaucracy will culminate with the unveiling of a new historical marker along the Taconic State Parkway acknowledging that Mohican Indians greeted the first European here.

Though a public effort has been mounted this year to celebrate the quadricentennial of Henry Hudson’s  voyage in the Halfmoon up the tidal river that now bears his name, little attention has been paid to the local inhabitants at the time, who paddled out in canoes to welcome him.

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Mass. woman dead in tractor trailer crash

CLERMONT—A Massachusetts woman was killed when her car crashed into a tanker tractor trailer on State Route 9G, October 20 at 8:41 a.m.
Helene M. Stril-Rever, 25, of Waltham was driving a 2007 Toyota Yaris south on Route 9G, just north of Cemetery Road, when for an unknown reason her car crossed into the opposite lane, where it ran head-on into a northbound 2003 Peterbilt tractor trailer owned by Borwegen Trucking, Inc. of Greenville.

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Tour offers chance to see Olana as neighbors see it

GREENPORT–Thousands of visitor marvel at Frederic Church’s idiosyncratic Persian style home each year and remark on the majestic views of the Hudson River below the bluff and the front wall of the Catskills just to the west. Less evident, perhaps, is how similar the view remains today compared to what Church preserved on canvas in the second half of the 19th century.

It is no accident. The region has been spared any cataclysmic event that indelibly altered the terrain, but there has been development, yet its impact is muted by the presence of farms, forests and wetlands, and not least, by limited growth along the riverbanks, all of which are part of what is now referred to as the Olana viewshed. Apart from the 250-acre Olana State Historic site, over a thousand acres have been willingly preserved by landowners with the help of Scenic Hudson, the Columbia Land Conservancy and the Olana Partnership.

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Ghent flu shot clinic canceled

GHENT-The Columbia County Department of Health has canceled the community seasonal flu vaccine clinic scheduled for the Ghent Town Hall at 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 21.

A release from the department issued Tuesday afternoon said the seasonal flu vaccine clinic would not happen because the vaccine was not available.

The release said the department regretted any inconvenience to county residents. It did not indicate whether the clinic would be rescheduled or when supplies of the vaccine might be received.