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Canaan, New York
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10 November 2017 08:30AM
Amanda Purcell

www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/cause-canaan-church-fire-still-under-investigation

CANAAN — Firefighters continue to search for the cause of a fire that destroyed much of the facade of the Canaan Congregational Church building.

The fire broke out about 5:30 a.m. Monday at the church at the intersection of state Route 295 and county Route 5.

“My first firefighter on scene reported that the two side windows were glowing red and a minute later when I got there smoke was pouring out the doors,” Canaan Fire Chief Bill Wallace said. “The fire was probably smoldering for a while inside the building before we got there.”

Firefighters left the scene by 3 p.m. that day, Wallace said. No one was injured or inside the church at the time the fire broke out, he said.

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Canaan, New York
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16 January 2017 04:41PM
Brenda Shufelt

The Hudson Area Library History Room, as part of its Local History Speaker Series, is pleased to present The Proprietors and their Lasting Influence on the City of Hudson by Carl G. Whitbeck, Jr. on Thursday, January 26 at 6:00 pm.
Mr. Whitbeck, a local resident whose family has deep roots in the area, will offer a fascinating presentation on the Proprietors, the founders of Hudson, NY. They were a group of Quaker merchants from Nantucket Island and Providence, Rhode Island who sought to find a fertile land in which to establish a commercial settlement. In 1783, Thomas Jenkins purchased a bit of land on the Hudson River called “Claverack Landing” from the Dutch settlers. In 1784, Jenkins and his committee mapped out an early survey of streets and plots. The other proprietors soon followed with their families and established the City of Hudson in April of 1785 as an incorporated city. A question and answer period will follow, accompanied by light refreshments.

Mr. Whitbeck is a partner at Rapport Meyers LLP in Hudson, NY, where his work covers a variety of areas: municipal and public authorities law, real estate and land use, environmental law, employment law, and commercial law and economic development, among others. Currently the Athens town attorney in Greene County, he acted as corporation counsel to the City of Hudson from 1980 to 1999 and as town attorney for the Town of Greenport from 1986 to 1995. His civic involvement includes serving on a number of community boards, including the Hudson Home for the Aged. He represents many nonprofit clients in connection with their operations and projects. He has represented the NYS Association for Retarded Citizens, Columbia County Chapter (COARC) since 1974, and he represents the Rudolph Steiner Foundation and Camphill Village. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Berkshire Taconic Foundation since 2013. A Hudson native, Mr. Whitbeck received his B.A. from Williams College and his J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University.

This presentation will be in the community room on the first floor of the Hudson Area Library, with wheelchair access. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series offers free monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County. The Hudson Area Library’s History Room houses a special collection that pertains to the history of the City of Hudson, as well as Columbia County and New York State. The History Room is open to the public on Saturdays from 10am-12pm, and by appointment.
The Hudson Area Library is located at 51 North Fifth St. in Hudson, NY. The mission of the Hudson Area Library is to enrich the quality of life in the chartered service area by providing educational, recreational, aesthetic, cultural and informational programs, services, and materials to all our citizens. For more information: hudsonarealibrary.org or call (518) 828-1792, ext. 101.

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Canaan, New York
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29 December 2016 07:14AM

In January Free Columbia will have 4 Saturdays of painting. Jan 7,14,21,28. In the mornings 9:30-12, we will work with color using layered watercolor. Instruction is individual in a group setting.

In the afternoons we will work with Truth, Beauty and Goodness – an investigation through painting and drawing. 1-4 pm. How do we understand these experiences of morality? How can we work with them artistically? Using watercolor, collage, drawing and conversation we explore these questions so relevant to our time.

Mornings and afternoons can be taken together with a break for lunch 12-1 or you can take just mornings or afternoons.

Contact Laura Summer for information and to register 518 672 7302 laurasummer@taconic.net
suggested donation $0-200

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Canaan, New York
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10 June 2015 09:31AM

“Music in the Air,” a performance about the life and music of Civil War songwriter and Berkshire County native son George Frederick Root, will be presented June 13 at 3 p.m. in the Culture Hall at Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66 in Chatham. The event is free although donations are greatly appreciated.
Root’s great-great granddaughter, Ann-Elizabeth Barnes-Root, will narrate the story, while Graham and Barbara Dean will sing and play the guitar. Larry Wallach will play the piano, accordion and drums, while Richard Meyers will show the visuals to accompany the tale.
Root was a compiler of song books and cultural phenomenon and his life and work was defined by the Civil War. His song, “The Battle Cry of Freedom,” became the most universally sung patriotic song throughout the war years. Barnes-Root and her husband, Richard Meyers, live in Egremont, Massachusetts, close to her great-great grandfather’s birth home in Sheffield. The legends surrounding G.F. Root have inspired her interest in the Civil War. She is the co-author of the children’s book, “A Free Woman on God’s Earth,” the true story of Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, the slave who won her freedom. She recently finished a young adult book, “Sam and the 54th,” the true story of Samuel Harrison, chaplain of the 54th regiment, “the first black regiment raised in the north to fight the Civil War” and made famous in the movie, “Glory.”
Camphill Ghent is a not-for-profit organization that offers independent and assisted living options for seniors. Its mission is to care for and celebrate the special strengths and needs of individuals in their elder years. For more information, go to http://www.camphillghent.org.

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