More parking, but don’t stay too long

CHATHAM – The village is moving forward with plans to lease land from CSX, the railroad company, to create parking spaces and an access road behind the buildings on the east side of Main Street.

Mayor Paul Bohme discussed the plan with the board of trustees at the January 14 village meeting, saying he met with local shop owners and residents on Main Street before the meeting to go over the plan. He said he told the group at the hour-long meeting, “We’ve sent [CSX] the necessary funds for the lease.” Read more…

Local food arrives on big screen

GHENT–Carlo DeVito says it’s an agricultural story that has never been told, so he tells it in his new 57-minute documentary film called, LOCALS: Greenmarkets, Farm Markets and the People Who Grow Your Food.

The idea to make the film came to Mr. DeVito as he worked at the Hudson Farmers Market under a 10-by-10-foot tent selling wine produced at the Hudson-Chatham Winery, which he co-owns. Read more…

Winter or not, Copake thinks green

COPAKE–Though the outdoor terrain is mostly white and brown these days, green thoughts–about energy, money and recycling–were on peoples’ minds at the January 14 Town Board meeting.

Councilman Daniel Tompkins reported that solar energy proposals for the town hall, the park building and the highway garage have all been accepted by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). He expects to hear whether the projects are approved for funding by March. Read more…

Region’s Red Cross opens doors to volunteers

KINDERHOOK–The tragic earthquake in Haiti may be almost 2,000 miles away, but even at the Red Cross of Northeastern New York offices in Albany the phone has been ringing off the hook with offers to help.

While the local office isn’t directly involved in sending volunteers to Haiti–that’s handled at the state and national level–the Red Cross nevertheless appreciates the offers, said Siobhan Kent, communications manager with the local chapter, which covers eight counties in the Capital District, including Columbia and Greene. Read more…

Police: Dairy farmer kills himself and 51 cows

COPAKE—Livingston State Police report that Dean Pierson, 59, a local dairy farmer for many years, shot and killed himself in his dairy barn at 121 Weed Mine Road, Thursday, January 21.

Before killing himself, State Police say, Mr. Pierson shot and killed 51 head of dairy cattle in the barn.

Televised reports say Mr. Pierson left a note on the milkhouse door, which said not to enter, just to call police.

Trooper Charles Buttenhoff was dispatched to the barn by Columbia County 911. He found Mr. Pierson dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Police say, Mr. Pierson was despondent over personal issues.

An autopsy took place at Albany Medical Center Friday, January 22.

An investigation into Mr. Pierson’s death, headed by State Police Investigator Kelly Taylor, is ongoing.

Other responding officers were Captain Scott Brown, Sergeant Kimberly Adriance and Investigator Abdul Weed.