Germantown, New York
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2 August 2020 05:52PM


As of 12:00 PM on August 2, 2020:

– Columbia County has had 37 residents that have passed away from COVID-19.

– Columbia County has 497 confirmed positive cases.

– There are 15 active cases of COVID-19 in Columbia County. We are monitoring 78
county residents on mandatory quarantine, and there are 13 on precautionary quarantine.

– 445 of the 497 cases are recovering from COVID-19.

– 3 of the positive cases are hospitalized, none of those hospitalized are in the ICU.

– We have received 18,537 PCR reports. Please note this number may represent duplicate reports, out of county reports, and multiple nursing home testings.

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Germantown, New York
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8 May 2020 08:16AM


“If you think it’s crowded in the Hudson Valley now, just wait until later this year.

“Real estate agents are reporting an unprecedented number of city residents who are now shopping for homes in the Hudson Valley. Thanks to the pandemic, people living in NYC are expected to flee their highrises and move to Dutchess, Ulster and Orange Counties. …”

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Germantown, New York
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13 March 2018 07:27PM
David Smith

Andrea Bargabos, soprano

4:00pm, Saturday, March 24th; Van Buren Hall, 6 Chatham Street (US Route 9), Kinderhook, NY. $20 contribution. Students free. Lift available to second floor.

For its 25th program Concerts in the Village celebrates an especially dramatic and transitional period in music history, while also recognizing two centennials: the untimely deaths of Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) and Claude Debussy (1862-1918). Eight outstanding musicians come together for performances of richly textured vocal and instrumental works, some well-known, others less so. The exceptionally precocious Lili Boulanger, at 19 the first woman to win the prestigious Grand Prix de Rome, will be represented by eight remarkable pieces, including excerpts from her song cycle Clairières dans le ciel. The compositions of Lili’s older and better-known sister Nadia, regarded by many as the most important musical pedagogue of the 20th century, are not well known, but should be. Seven songs and three short pieces for cello will correct this oversight. Maurice Ravel’s exotic, forward-looking Chansons madécasses (1925-26) for the nearly unique combination of soprano, flute, cello and piano magically captures the spirit of Madagascar. The program concludes with Debussy’s last major work, the virtuosic Sonata for Violin and Piano (1916-17). Performers include sopranos Amanda Boyd and Andrea Bargabos, tenor Jon Morrell, violinist Elizabeth Silver (Concertmaster, Broad Street Orchestra), cellist Jay Shulman, flutist Elizabeth Chinery, and pianists Noah Palmer (CITV Musical Assistant) and David Smith (CITV Artistic Director). Ms. Bargabos will be making her CITV debut.

“Having been a student of Nadia Boulanger in the early 1970’s, I confess that this program is very close to my heart,” says David Smith, CITV’s Artistic Director. “What a tragedy that Lili died at such a young age. The promise suggested by what she has left us is extraordinary. But for me, and for others, her gifts had already reached remarkable maturity and emotional depth despite the brevity of her years. I suspect that, ill for quite some time, she knew that accomplishment could not wait. Nadia’s dedication to Lili’s memory was legendary. And of course the Boulangers, Debussy and Ravel all inhabited the same unrepeatable musical culture of early 20th century Paris.”

Preview talk by David Smith: 4:00pm, Saturday, March 17th
Kinderhook Memorial Library, 18 Hudson Street, Kinderhook, NY 12106; 518-758-6192

CITV concerts are made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Columbia, Greene and Schoharie Counties by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants Fund. Generous funding has also been received from the Hudson River Bank and Trust Company Foundation, T. Backer Fund, Alexander & Marjorie Hover Foundation, and Stewart’s Shops, as well as from many individual and business supporters. Kinderhook Reformed Church is especially acknowledged for its many in-kind donations.

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Germantown, New York
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7 March 2018 07:34PM
Art Bassin

A wonderful event in the beautiful historic building in the heart of Ancramdale hamlet. Saturday, March 10 at 5:30 pm.

Dinner includes corned beef, cabbage, boiled potatoes, carrots, Irish soda bread and homemade dessert. Take-out available as well.

Tickets are a $15 donation to the church.

To reserve your ticket, call Irene (Renie) Dietter at 518 329 1206.

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Germantown, New York
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19 November 2016 11:38AM
Olana State Historic Site

Fun for everyone at Olana all Thanksgiving week long! For more information or to register for these programs, visit: http://www.olana.org/publicprograms

November 23 | 6-8PM – Holiday Gobble Hike
November 25 | 10AM-12PM – Miniature Theater: Marionette Production
November 26 | 10AM-12PM – Beeswax Candle Making
November 26 | 3-5PM – Preserving Olana: Conserving F.E. Church’s Painting Autumn

House tours available Friday-Sunday: http://www.olana.org/book-a-tour/
Downloadable digital landscape tour: http://www.olana.org/digitaltour/
Museum Store open Friday-Sunday, 10AM-4PM for all of your holiday shopping needs
Landscape open daily 8AM to sunset

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Germantown, New York
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23 June 2016 08:25PM
Jody Bolluyt


We are lucky to have easy and constant access to irrigation water. The Kinderhook Creek flows through the back of the farm and runs year round – providing water for irrigation and some good recreation as we float between the two farms on our giant tubes on hot days. The only regulation we have on water use is to fill out an annual report for the DEC of how much water we use; both surface water and well water. No fees and no worries about our water source drying up or being used up by someone up stream. One of the benefits of farming in the Northeast.

Both sides of the farm have underground pipes that run from the creek to our vegetable fields. We have a large pump at the creek with an intake hose that floats in the creek. In the field we have two kinds of irrigation systems. One is called drip irrigation. Each bed in these fields has a plastic tube with holes in it running just under the surface of the soil, putting water right at the roots. We use this kind of irrigation in our tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, onions, and melons. There is very little loss of water to evaporation and you can give each type of plant the right amount of water at the right time as each bed is watered individually.

For instance, onions need a lot of water from transplanting to the middle of June in order to develop into a good sized onion. After that the onions don’t need much water. Tomatoes need water when they are very young and then once the fruit is developing on the vines. Too much water when the plants are young causes the vines to grow out of control and set very little fruit. Too much water when the tomatoes are ripe and they all split on the plants. Keri monitors the amount of water in the soil carefully with sensors that are buried at the depth of the plant roots.

The other way we irrigate the fields is with a giant sprinkler that is attached to the underground pipe system. This one is not very fun to run under unless you are my border collie, Loki. She thinks the water needs herding. The machine is a large reel of 4-inch hard pipe that is ¾ of an inch thick attached to a metal cart that holds the big irrigation sprinkler. We pull the hose out with the tractor the length of the bed. Then as the water goes through the reel it pulls the hose back in while watering the vegetables as it goes. We can control the speed of how fast it pulls in to give the fields a ½ inch to 1 inch of water. One person can irrigate the whole farm without help each week. It is a great machine.

On Friday afternoon and Saturday morning we planted the fall cabbage. Our plan was to irrigate it in just after planting because of the hot, dry weather. We irrigated winter squash while we finished up planting. As the reel wound itself back up we noticed water shooting out of a place that is supposed to be dry. That gives a farmer a sinking feeling. Little plants in dry earth with no rain in site. Upon further exploration we found that the clamps holding the metal sprinkler cart to the hose had twisted in a strange way and cut a giant slice in the hose. Not a fun fix but something we can do without having to wait for parts.

Kyle and Max came over armed with a saw, a propane torch, and some ratchet straps. Trying to get a barbed 4-inch piece of metal into a 4-inch hard plastic pipe is not that easy. We used the torch to heat the plastic just a bit to make it pliable. Max, Keri, and I held the pipe in line with the sprinkler cart and Kyle cranked on the ratchet straps has hard as he could. About 30 minutes of cranking and wrestling and we had the sprinkler cart back on the hose reel. Thank goodness.

Thinking our problems were solved, Kyle left to help bale hay for his uncle and Max to feed the pigs. Keri and I then realized that there was more wrong than a sliced hose. The insides of the machine were bent and not aligned properly so we couldn’t pull the hose out to bring water to the cabbage. We unjammed, unbent, and re-aligned things a couple of times as we didn’t really know what the insides looked like before the bending and jamming. After a couple of hours, we had everything put back together and the sprinkler back in action watering the unhappy cabbage.

Not exactly how we had hoped to spend our Saturday afternoon but that is farming. We are lucky to have very knowledgeable, creative, and experienced farmers working with us to keep all our moving parts going smoothly (or at least going). I think a new irrigation reel is in our future.

The share price will be pro-rated for the weeks you missed. Use the link above for more info.

Broccoli or cabbage, kale or chard, cucumbers, snow peas, summer squash, zucchini, onions, scallions, garlic scapes, chiogga beets, salad mix, basil, cilantro, and head lettuce.

Sugar Snap Peas: Store in the fridge unwashed in a plastic bag. Wash just before using. Snap off both ends and the string along the pod. You can eat the whole pod. Cook for just a few minutes, either steaming or stir fried.

Baby Onions: These onions are sweeter and milder than regular onions. You can use them thinly sliced raw or cook just like other onions. You can also use the green tops. Store in the fridge in a plastic bag. Wash just before using. If you notice white dots on the greens that is clay we use to protect the onions from insects. The clay coating confuses the insects so they can’t find the onions.

Chard (for some members): Wash and dry when you get home and store in a plastic bag in the fridge. Cut out the stem and chop and cook for a few minutes before you add the greens. Sauce in olive oil or use in recipes calling for kale or spinach.

Cucumbers: Wash just before using. Store in the fridge. You can eat the skin or peel before you use it. You can often find crew members eating them like a banana.


GREENS with Tahini Yogurt Sauce and Buttered Pine Nuts

Greens about 2 lbs
2.5 TBS unsalted butter
2 TBS olive oil, plus extra to finish
Scant 5 TBS pine nuts
2 small garlic cloves, sliced very thinly
1/4 cup dry white wine
sweet paprika to garnish (optional)
Salt and freshly ground black better

Tahini and Yogurt Sauce
3.5 TBS tahini paster
4.5 TBS greek yogurt
2 TBS freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 TBS water

Start with the sauce. Place all the ingredients in a medium bowl, add a pinch of salt, and stir well with a small until you have a smooth, semistiff paste. Set aside.

If the greens have a tough stem, cut out and remove stem. Cut both to 3/4 inch long slices. Bring a large pan of water to boil and add stalks. Simmer for 2 minutes, add the leaves, and cook for 1 minute. Drain and rinse under cold water. All the water to drain and then use your hands to completely squeeze the greens until they are dry.

Put half the butter and the 2 TBS olive oil in a large frying pan and place over medium heat. Once, hot, add the pine nuts and toss them in pan until golden, about 2 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove them from the pan, then throw in the garlic. Cook for about a minute until it starts to become golden. Carefully pour in the wine. Leave for a minute or less, until it reduces to about one-third. Add the greens and the rest of the butter and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chard is completely warm. Season with 1/2 tsp salt and some black pepper.

Divide the greens among individual serving bowls, spoon some tahini sauce on top, and scatter with the pine nuts. Finally, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with some paprika, if you like.

SUMMER PASTA with Zucchini, Ricotta, and Basil

Extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, finely diced
2 pounds zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick pieces (for larger zucchini, cut in half lengthwise before slicing)
Salt and pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced, or 2 tablespoons chopped green garlic
1 ounce basil, about 2 cups loose leaves
1 pound ziti or other dry pasta
8 ounces ricotta, about 1 cup
Pinch of crushed red pepper
Zest of 1 lemon
2 ounces grated Parmesan, pecorino or a mixture, about 1 cup, plus more for serving

Put a pot of water on to boil. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the onions in 3 tablespoons olive oil until softened, 5 to 8 minutes. Reduce heat as necessary to keep onions from browning. Add zucchini, season generously with salt and pepper, and continue cooking, stirring occasionally until rather soft, about 10 minutes. Turn off heat.

Meanwhile, use a mortar and pestle to pound garlic, basil and a little salt into a rough paste (or use a mini food processor). Stir in 3 tablespoons olive oil.

Salt the pasta water well and put in the pasta, stirring. Boil per package instructions but make sure to keep pasta quite al dente. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of cooking water.

Add cooked pasta to zucchini in skillet and turn heat to medium-high. Add 1/2 cup cooking water, then the ricotta, crushed red pepper and lemon zest, stirring to distribute. Check seasoning and adjust. Cook for 1 minute more. Mixture should look creamy. Add a little more pasta water if necessary. Add the basil paste and half the grated cheese and quickly stir to incorporate. Spoon pasta into warm soup plates and sprinkle with additional cheese.


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Germantown, New York
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23 May 2016 06:01PM
Richard Feuer

Come join us for good food and good people.

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Germantown, New York
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5 May 2016 02:53PM
Jay Burgess

Scenic Hudson has protected 22 ecologically important acres adjoining Clermont State Historic Site. The estate of Erno Szemes donated a conservation easement on the property—which contains woods, wetlands and 1,600 feet of shoreline along the Clay Kill—ensuring its permanent protection. Prior to his death, Mr. Szemes had indicated his commitment to conserving the land.

The property is contiguous with nearly 1,100 acres of previously protected land, including state parkland around the historic Clermont mansion and adjacent farmland on which Scenic Hudson holds a conservation easement. Conserving large, contiguous landscapes links and expands habitat networks on which many wildlife species depend and ensures that development-sensitive species, such as migratory songbirds and vernal pool amphibians, continue to thrive.

Preserving open space also offers myriad human health benefits. Trees sequester pollutants that contribute to asthma, lung cancer and cardiovascular disease, while releasing oxygen. In addition to helping keep drinking water clean and avoid flooding, conserved land maintains biodiversity, which plays an important role in preventing diseases such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease.

“We’re grateful to Erno Szemes for his commitment to protecting this land, ensuring it will continue to benefit wildlife that rely on its habitats for survival,” said Steve Rosenberg, executive director of the Scenic Hudson Land Trust.

“Erno Szemes lived off this land for over 50 years in a small structure without electricity or running water. He considered himself to be as close to nature as possible. His sense of responsibility to himself, his land and nature was always first and foremost in his thoughts and actions,” said Charles Blum, executor of Mr. Szemes’ estate.

Protecting this land marks another victory in Scenic Hudson’s Saving the Land That Matters Most campaign, a multi-year, collaborative effort with fellow land trusts, governments, individuals and businesses to protect lands of the highest scenic, ecological and agricultural significance throughout the Hudson Valley. The land is located within the campaign priority area known as the Estates District North, which features historic and scenic landscapes surrounding 18th- and 19th-century mansions built by the Livingston family as well as significant wildlife habitat and productive farmland.

Since initiating the Saving the Land That Matters Most campaign in 2007, Scenic Hudson has conserved 12,998 acres and our land trust partners an additional 2,669 acres.

Scenic Hudson Land Project Manager Michael Knutson worked with Mr. Szemes’ estate to complete the easement transaction.

Scenic Hudson works to protect and restore the Hudson River and its majestic landscape as an irreplaceable national treasure and a vital resource for residents and visitors. A crusader for the valley since 1963, we are credited with saving fabled Storm King Mountain from a destructive industrial project and launching the modern grass-roots environmental movement. Today with more than 25,000 ardent supporters, we are the largest environmental group focused on the Hudson River Valley. Our team of experts combines land acquisition, support for agriculture, citizen-based advocacy and sophisticated planning tools to create environmentally healthy communities, champion smart economic growth, open up riverfronts to the public and preserve the valley’s inspiring beauty and natural resources. To date Scenic Hudson has created or enhanced more than 65 parks, preserves and historic sites up and down the Hudson River and conserved more than 35,000 acres. http://www.scenichudson.org

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Germantown, New York
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2 March 2016 08:00PM
Leanna Mulvihill


Leanna Mulvihill operates Four Legs Farm in Germantown, where she raises sheep, pigs, and cows for meat shares. The animals are pasture raised in a management-intensive system with only non-GMO grain. She has meat-share distributions at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, in the Village of New Paltz and in Germantown. Fourlegsfarm.com.

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Germantown, New York
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2 March 2016 10:42AM

Thursday March 3, 7pm
Free Columbia’s Space on Main
84 Main Street, Philmont NY

A Banksy Film is a film by street artist Banksy that tells the story of Thierry Guetta, a French immigrant in Los Angeles, and his obsession with street art.

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Germantown, New York
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31 March 2015 11:39AM
Art Omi


Omi Inaugurates 2015 Season With Arrival of Writers Omi Residents + Public Reading

Writers Omi Reading
Saturday, April 18th, 5:30 PM at the 3rd Floor Gallery in Hudson, NY
341 ½ Warren Street, 3rd Floor, above Hudson Wine Merchants

For Immediate Release

Ghent, New York – Omi has welcomed the spring session of its international residents who will spend the coming weeks focused on writing and translating at Omi’s beautiful rural campus in Ghent, NY. A distinguished group of eight Writers Omi residents will read and share their works with a public audience on Saturday April 18th at 5:30 PM at the 3rd Floor Gallery in Hudson, New York, located on the third floor at 341 1/2 Warren Street. The reading will be free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served, including a selection of international wines generously provided by event supporters, Hudson Wine Merchants.

This is the first reading hosted by Writers Omi this year, which provides residencies to international literary voices across all types of literature. Like all Writers Omi readings, these events never fail to bring a unique group of talented literary voices to an upstate New York audience who might not otherwise be exposed to their work. Much of the work from this year’s residents happens to deal with political action and human rights in their home countries.

Says DW Gibson, Director of Writers Omi, “We have some very accomplished residents with us this spring, and a few of them know what it’s like to work under censorship and threats against them and their families. As such, it brings a meaningful dimension to the group beyond the quality of the work.”

The writers who will read on April 18 are:

Marine Petrossian (Armenia, Poetry/Nonfiction), a poet and essayist whose writings and TV appearances have made her a public figure in Armenia. Her first poetry book appeared in 1993, just two years after the Soviet Union collapsed and Armenia became an independent republic. Petrossian’s essay “Antipoetry, or When the Poet Does Not Seek an Alibi,” has aroused intense discussions in Armenian literary circles.

Allison Amend’s (US, Fiction) books include the Award-winning short story collection, Things That Pass for Love and the novel Station West, which was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award and the Sami Rohr Prize. Her most recent novel, A Nearly Perfect Copy, was published in 2013.

Born in Tamil Nadu, Salma’s (India, Fiction/Poetry) first poetry collection shocked conservative society where women are supposed to remain silent. In 2003, Salma and three other Tamil women poets faced obscenity charges and violent threats. Her first novel, The Hour Past Midnight, was translated and published in 2004.

As a writer, Raad Rahman (Bangladesh/India, Fiction) draws on her extensive experience as a human rights and communications expert, having lived and worked in six countries across three continents. Raad’s writing regularly appears in international media outlets, including UNICEF, Global Voices Online, and Al Jazeera.

Born in Opole, Poland and now based in Berlin, Matthias Nawrat (Germany/Poland, Fiction) has published the novels Wir zwei allein and Unternehmer, as well as several short stories and essays in magazines and newspapers.

Jeremy Tiang (Singapore/USA, Translation/Fiction) has translated six books from Chinese, and was recently awarded a PEN/ Heim Translation Grant. He also writes and translates plays, and his short fiction has appeared in Esquire, Meanjin, Ambit, Litro, the Istanbul Review, and Best New Singaporean Short Stories.

Sanja Lovrenčić (Croatia, Fiction/Poetry) lives in Zagreb where she works as a freelance writer and translator. She was awarded the renowned Croatian Gjalski Prize for the novel Searching for Ivana. Her poetry is published in Croatian and foreign literary magazines and has been translated into German, English, Polish, Hungarian, Slovenian and Russian.

Becca Rose Hall (US, Fiction) studied writing at Stanford and the University of Montana, and her work has appeared many places including Contrary Magazine, High Country News, and The Bellingham Review.


About Writers Omi Since its founding in 1992, Omi has hosted hundreds of authors and translators, representing more than fifty countries in the rural setting of Ghent, New York. The colony’s strong international emphasis reflects the spirit of cultural exchange that is part of Ledig’s enduring legacy. The program was named for German publisher, Heinrich Maria Ledig-Rowohlt, who was noted for his passionate commitment to quality in literature. His authors included Thomas Wolfe, William Faulkner, Yukio Mishima, Jean-Paul Sartre, Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, Toni Morrison and Thomas Pynchon. Writers Omi welcomes published writers and translators of every type of literature. International, cultural and creative exchange is a foundation of our mission, and a wide distribution of national background is an important part of our selection process.

About Omi International Arts Center
Omi International Arts Center seeks to foster an environment of creative exploration and exchange, professional opportunity and exposure, and a stylistically and culturally diverse community for creative artists from around the world. Through our programs and resulting public events – including our Residency Programs, The Fields Sculpture Park, Architecture Omi, and Education Omi – Omi contributes to a vibrant arts culture locally, regionally, and internationally. For more information visit: http://www.omiartscenter.org.

Image credit:
Writers Omi resident Els Beerten from Belgium reading in Hudson in spring 2013.

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Germantown, New York
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4 March 2015 05:22AM


HUDSON — Operation Unite’s Law Enforcement Diversity Initiative is up and running. A total of 22 candidates will participate in a six-month program created to encourage employee diversity at local law enforcement agencies.

The training kicked off Feb. 23 with an introduction to the program. Operation Unite President Gregory Mosley, who will run the program, said the first meeting was held to show the candidates what the program would involve.

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