Was it cruel?

As dairy farmers struggled, some of their cows died

HILLSDALE–It is another tragedy to add to the ever-growing list of those that have befallen area dairy farmers in the past few months–charges of animal cruelty brought against a family known to friends and neighbors as hardworking, dedicated farmers.

Jim Clapp, 76, his wife Ida, 74, and their son Charles, 49, were each charged last week with 33 misdemeanor counts of failure to provide proper sustenance to some of their dairy animals by Columbia-Greene Humane Society investigators and Sheriff’s deputies. Read more…

Will no charges mean no ambulance?

NEW LEBANON–Lebanon Valley Protective Association firefighter and former emergency medical technician Bud Godfroy is concerned. “Somehow it needs to get out to the residents of New Lebanon and Canaan residents east of County Route 5 that there is a major restructuring of the ambulance coverage coming about,” he says.

The LVPA Ambulance Service charges for the calls that it makes in New Lebanon and half of Canaan. But the ambulance service is part of the fire company, and state law does not allow volunteer fire companies to charge for their services. So the ambulance squad cannot continue charging if it remains part of the fire company. Read more…

Play’s the thing in Ancram

ANCRAM–The people in charge of fun in town think that a new playground will go a long way toward raising the gauge on the town’s fun-o-meter.

Bob Wilcox, a member of the Ancram Youth Commission and a town justice, with several other commission members at his side, presented a recommendation and detailed plan for a new 6,000-square-foot playground at the April 17 Town Board meeting. Read more…

Claverack board park about to get rolling

CLAVERACK–The town is moving toward the completion of the skate board park at the Town Park. This project has been in process for years, and the concrete pad has finally been poured.

At this month’s Town Board meeting Mike Johnson, the board member liaison with the park, reported that town officials have received an offer from American Ramp Co. to finish the park at a 25% discount so that the company can use it as a model. The new design will be modular so it can be changed, moved and expanded.  Read more…

Murphy holds Buy Local ag event


WASHINGTON, DC–Congressman Scott Murphy (D-20th) will host a Buy Local Agricultural Conference Friday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tymor Park, 249 Duncan Road, in the Dutchess County community of Lagrangeville. Rep. Murphy will meet with farmers, consumers and community leaders to discuss different approaches and strategies to help local farms and agriculture businesses succeed in the global economy.

The conference will feature panel discussions, including Consumer Attitudes Toward Local Food, From Farm to Market, Educating Our Way to the Future of Agriculture, Local Milk & Beef, and How Broadband and Energy Will Benefit Farms of Tomorrow. In addition to the panels, Rep. Murphy and attendees will have the opportunity to visit with local farmers, vendors, agencies and other groups to view their products, and discuss ideas.

“Over the past two years, our region has been devastated by an economic recession that has taken a tremendous toll on our local farmers. By creating connections between farmers, consumers and community leaders, we can work together to create a better market for our produce and products, help our farming families grow their businesses… and provide all of Upstate New York with wholesome, healthy, home-grown food,” Mr. Murphy said in a press release.

Registration runs from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to Jen Martin, (518)-581-8247 or . Registration is limited to 300.