Committee will focus on shelter for county’s homeless

HUDSON–Tensions between the county and city government leaders have abated for the moment, as both sides agreed this week to have a committee discuss ways the county can house the increasing number of homeless people who require temporary emergency shelter.

The issue came to the boiling point two weeks ago, after Art Baer (R-Hillsdale), chairman of the county Board of Supervisors, announced that the county planned to lease all 34 rooms of the St. Charles Hotel for seven years and use the rooms for emergency housing.

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Stephentown Library seeks crafters

STEPHENTOWN–There are still spaces available for selling crafts at the
Stephentown Memorial Library Book/Bake/Tag Sale this weekend. 

Spaces are $25 or $20 plus an item for the Chinese Auction.  Tables can also be
shared by two crafters. Crafters must provide their own table and chairs. 

The sale is on July 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Set up is at 8. The rain date is July 12.

Please call the library at (518) 733-5750 to sign up or for more info.

The library is at 472 State Route 43.

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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