Case against Copake councilman dismissed


HUDSON–The trespass charge against Copake Councilman Walter R. Kiernan was dismissed in Columbia County Integrated Domestic Violence Court by Judge Paul Czajka, June 29.

Mr. Kiernan, 40, of Copake, was charged in March by Copake Police based on a complaint signed by his estranged wife, Carolyn Kiernan, in which she alleged that Mr. Kiernan went on her property and picked up their three children.

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Valatie Theatre goes to the birds, literally

VALATIE–The Valatie Community Theatre was the setting on Saturday evening, June 27, when V.E.R.A. (Valatie Economic Redevelopment Association) hosted its first Birdhouse Auction. Approximately 200 people attended the event that began with a 5 o’clock preview of handcrafted birdhouses with an auction following at 6 p.m.

The event featured 77 birdhouses designed and built by community members. The birdhouse artists ranged in age from 8 to 80, and in ability from amateur to professional.

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Copake finds itself in the red

COPAKE–Unless town officials make significant spending cuts or find some revenue soon, the town will have to borrow $160,000 to cover its bills for the rest of the year.

Copake’s Accountant Brian Fitzgerald delivered that news to the Town Board at a special meeting to discuss budget issues Tuesday, June 23.

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Office for the Aging gets $10K for home repair

HUDSON—The Columbia County Office for the Aging has received a $10,000 grant to provide home maintenance, repair, and outside chores for low-income senior homeowners.
Senator Steve Saland (R-41st) secured the grant for the program, which is designed to help those without available family supports and sufficient resources to complete important tasks associated with home ownership.
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Artist floats big idea in Chatham

CHATHAM—Local artist Melissa Sarris has asked Village Board members for permission to float “environmental sculptures” on Old Pond. She discussed her proposal with trustees at the Water and Sewer meeting Thursday, June 25.

   The board also discussed the possible purchase of a sludge processing machine for the village, which would process sewage. Trustee George Grant and village employees visited the community of Bainbridge in Chenango County, to see the sludge machine at work. Mr. Grant said that it was a fairly new technology, but that it would be “smaller, more efficient then a sludge processor.” The new machine would cost between $150,000 and $160,000. No decision of whether or not to purchase the equipment was made at the meeting.

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