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Ghent, New York
Kids and Schools | Local culture | Local living
27 October 2017 12:55PM
Barbara Reina

BROUGHT TO LIGHT | UNEARTHING THE HISTORY OF AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN CEMETERY IN KINDERHOOK, NY is coming to YouTube in the winter of 2017 with local events planned for 2018.

The full documentary features excerpts from the cemetery rededication ceremony, the archaeological dig to place the interpretive sign at the site and the educational Kinderhook Walks on local history. Watch interviews with University at Albany Africana Studies Adjunct Professor Dr. Roxanne Jones Booth, Columbia County Historical Society Executive Director and Curator, NYS Museum Bioarchaeologist Lisa Anderson and Curator of Historical Archaeology Michael Lucas.

Persons of Color Cemetery Rededication Ceremony Excerpt: Andrew Aaron Carter of the Ujima Journey of the Capital District. Narrator: Demetria Bridges with voice talents Amy Freinberg-Trufas and Charles Logan.
Drone video by WheelerDrone.com Barbara Reina Productions, LLC.

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Ghent, New York
Kids and Schools | Local culture | Local living
3 October 2017 02:03PM

Do you have a scary tale to share? A story that would curl our listeners’ toes? WGXC’s Diamond Street Radio Players are preparing their Halloween version of “Prison Alley Tales,” and looking for storytellers. If you want to participate, please email your idea to info@wgxc.org. Or call 518-291-WGXC and take three minutes to pitch your story idea.  Join local actors and raconteurs and performers to create a special evening, which will be broadcast on WGXC 90.7 and streamed at wgxc.org – on Halloween, live from the Red Dot in Hudson.

One of our storytellers is sharing the childhood nocturnal visits he had from his grandfather – who’d been dead already fifty years. Have a story like that? Come and share it!!!!!

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Ghent, New York
Kids and Schools | Local culture | Local living
24 September 2017 05:29PM
Enid Futterman

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“On August 29, the South Bay Coalition submitted a formal request to the “City of Hudson Zoning Enforcement Officer” for “an accurate delineation of all boundaries between the City’s Recreational Conservation District and its Core Riverfront district.” The request goes on to say: “The requested clarification is a necessary prerequisite for public understanding of a road proposal by A. Colarusso and Son, Inc. . . . ”

“As is illustrated on the zoning map below, the Core Riverfront District (C-R)—the darker shade of green—extends like a rat’s tail through the Recreational Conservation District (R-C)—the lighter shade of green—across South Bay to Hudson’s border with Greenport on the east side of Route 9G. The rat’s tail, of course, is the path of the controversial haul road.

“It’s important to know the exact width and location of the rat’s tail as it cuts through South Bay because the proposal to move and widen the roadway may result in the road encroaching on the Recreational Conservation (R-C) District where a roadway for heavy industrial vehicles would be prohibited. Steve Dunn, in his letter to Colarusso president Paul Colarusso, noted a specific “choke point” where the haul road could not be widened without encroaching into the R-C District. The following is quoted from Dunn’s letter.”

Read on at the link above.

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Ghent, New York
Art School of Columbia County Executive Director

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Reading, art, and writing all came together these past two weeks at the Ichabod Crane Primary School (Valatie) and Mary E. Dardess Elementary School (Chatham) as ASCC faculty member Nancy Kohler taught word-and-image based art programs to nearly 300 students from grades K-5 based on two poems by Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson. Students up to second grade worked with Dickinson’s poem “I’ll tell you how the sun rose.” Together, the students imagined hills taking off their bonnets, and amethyst ribbons crossing the sky. The students then developed location-based poems, and created postcards to share.

Students in grades 3-5 in Chatham worked with Robert Frost’s poem “The Pasture” and created poem-and-image based accordion books, one side with a journey with Robert Frost, the other with a journey of their own.

Students from both programs were given copies of the poems to take home to share with family, and encouraged to check out books from their school libraries related to the programs’ themes. ASCC’s free Art in the Library Programs, taught by a team of ASCC faculty who are practicing artists who explore similar themes in their own art, are also offered this summer for students grades K-12 in libraries throughout Columbia County. Please see ASCC’s website for locations, dates, and times.

ASCC thanks the administration, teachers and librarian at Ichabod Crane Primary School for hosting this program, and the Kinderhook Arts & Humanities Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. For Chatham, ASCC thanks the administration and librarian, and the Chatham Education Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. In addition, ASCC thanks the many community donors who have helped make these programs possible.

Entering its fourth year of offering high-quality art classes to the community, ASCC, a non-profit organization with a vision of “imagining art for everyone,” offers free art programs in the community, affordable fine art classes for older teens and adults in its 1842 schoolhouse, and hosts art lectures and exhibits. A scholarship program is also available. ASCC is located in Old Schoolhouse, 1198 Route 21c in Harlemville, at the intersection of Harlemville Road and Route 21C. Next to the Hawthorne Valley Farm Store, the building is centrally located within Columbia County. For more information, email info@artschoolofcolumbiacounty.org or call 518-672-7140.

Captions: ASCC faculty member Nancy Kohler displaying an example of student work at MED Elementary School (Chatham). ASCC faculty member Nancy Kohler teaching Kindergarteners with a collage inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poem (Ichabod Crane Primary School).

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Ghent, New York
Kids and Schools | Local culture | Local living
3 November 2015 12:07PM
Columbia County Historical Society
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