Millay Colony opens its barn doors to public

AUSTERLITZ–If you have ever wondered what it’s like to be an artist, or if you are an artist, and wonder what it’s like to work at an artists’ colony, now’s your chance to find out. The Millay Colony will open its doors to the public on the afternoon of July 24 at its annual fundraiser, inviting the public to visit studios and meet artists. The event also includes samples of local foods, live jazz/funk/groove music, and art, poetry and recordings of music made by residents. Read more…

Turbine project passes the turning point with town zoners

ANCRAM–The legendary winds that blow atop Winchell Mountain will soon be spinning the blades of two wind turbines to generate electrical power for Michael Gershon’s house and garage.

The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) unanimously okayed two special use permits for the construction of two 111-foot high wind turbines on Mr. Gershon’s three-acre property at 143 Carson Road, June 29. Read more…

Times aren’t changing much, as city’s clock nears centennial

HUDSON–It’s hard to imagine a time when not everyone had access to a clock, and even harder to imagine a time when clocks lacked faces and were heard, not seen, but that is the reason they were first placed in towers, so that everyone could hear them. And as Hudson’s tower clock approaches its 100th birthday, it appears to be in such good working order and is keeping such good time, it could last centuries more.

In 1912, a relatively prosperous time in Hudson’s history, a new clock was purchased by the city for the tower of the First Presbyterian Church at the corner of 4th and Warren streets. The city had a surplus of $650 in its coffers left over from the Fulton Centennial Celebration of 1909, and city commissioners decided to devote the cash to the project. Two men, J. Rider Cady and Frederick J. Collier, were appointed to form a committee and solicit bids for a clock that would be as much an expression of civic pride as a means of getting to work on time. Read more…

ICC board picks new president, approves retiree exodus

KINDERHOOK–The Ichabod Crane school board approved 13 retirements this week night, and Interim Superintendent Lee Bordick said that a few more would be coming at next month’s meeting. Many of the retirements were part of the state retirement incentives plan intended to save school districts money.

The board also appointed Andrew Kramarchyk president at the July 6 organizational meeting. He replaces John Phillips, who will now serve as vice president of the board. Read more…

Ancram sets vote date for new town garage

ANCRAM—If all goes according to plan, Ancram’s highway crew may actually be able to park, service and repair their plow trucks indoors in a heated place of their own this January.

At a special Town Board meeting July 2, the Town Board approved two resolutions that move the long-contemplated idea of a new highway garage another step closer to reality.

All that is needed now is voter approval.

The board approved setting a special election Saturday, August 21, when Ancram voters will go to the polls to decide whether to authorize borrowing up to $400,000 for an addition to and renovation of the existing highway garage at 32 Maple Lane, Ancramdale.

The total project cost is not to exceed $500,000.

The garage will be expanded from its current size of 80 X 32 feet to 80 X 80 feet, a 4,000-square-foot addition.

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