Kinderhook, New York
Local food/farms
31 May 2020 05:34PM

This past week, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.34, which addressed the ability of store owners to require customers to wear a face covering inside the store. The Executive Order reads as follows: “Business operators and building owners, and those authorized on their behalf shall have the discretion to ensure compliance with the directive in Executive Order 202.17 (requiring any individual over age two, and able to medically tolerate a face-covering, be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth facecovering when in a public place), including the discretion to deny admittance to individuals who fail to comply with the directive in Executive Order 202.17 or to require or compel their removal if they fail to adhere to such directive, and such owner or operator shall not be subject to a claim of violation of the covenant of quiet enjoyment, or frustration of purpose, solely due to their enforcement of such directive. Nothing in this directive shall prohibit or limit the right of State and local enforcement authorities from imposing fines or other penalties for any violation of the directive in Executive Order 202.17. This directive shall be applied in a manner consistent with the American with Disabilities Act or any provision of either New York State or New York City Human Rights Law, or any other provision of law.”

Important upcoming events…… 


Tuesday, June 2nd 10:00am-12:00pm: at the John L. Edwards Elementary School in Hudson

Sunday, June 7th 10:00am – 1:00pm: at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in Chatham

Signup instructions and further instructions regarding the clinics can be found on the Health Department’s webpage on the Columbia County website https://www.columbiacountynyhealth.com/, or by calling 518-828- 3358.


Monday, June 8th, at 1:00pm: Columbia Comeback Meeting. The meeting is open to the public and can be accessed at https://columbiacomeback.com. Columbia Comeback was established by Chairman Murell as a resource for local businesses as they work to safely and successfully reopen under state guidelines.



Phase One of New York Forward, which began on Wednesday, includes construction, manufacturing and wholesale supply chain; retail for curbside pickup and drop-off or in-store pickup; agriculture, forestry and fishing; as well as low-risk business and recreational activities, including drive-in movie theaters and some outdoor activities. Guidelines and templates relating to reopening plans can be found at: https://columbiacomeback.com/resources/phase-one/ Also, New York State has recently added a “Reopening Tool,” designed to let businesses know when they may reopen in a particular region. It can be accessed at: https://www.businessexpress.ny.gov/app/nyforward


Family Assistance Network: As part of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Columbia County Emergency Management has asked leaders in the human services and spiritual areas of our community for help, Director of Emergency Management David W. Harrison, Jr., said Saturday. The individuals were asked to form a Family Assistance Network to provide information to assist county residents who may be dealing with someone close to them who passed away as a result of the COVID-19 virus. Information on where someone can reach out for help is posted on various websites, including the Columbia County website: http://www.columbiacountyny.com and the Emergency Management Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/columbiacountyemergencymanagementoffice

Hotline for Elderly and Vulnerable: Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett has established a hotline for the elderly and vulnerable in our county, including those with medical conditions or are disabled, who would welcome a deputy checking on their well-being on a daily basis. The number for the hotline is 518-828-0601, extension 1400.



Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell continues to urge anyone migrating from outside Columbia County to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival. “Everyone should consider they are a carrier of the coronavirus,” said Murell.


Monetary: Monetary donations intended for the purchase of coronavirus testing kits and much-needed equipment for emergency responders, medical personnel, and others on the front lines of the coronavirus fight are advised to send a check in care of Columbia County, with coronavirus noted in the memo field. The check should be sent to the Columbia County Controller’s Office, 401 State Street, Hudson, NY 12534. All money received is being placed in a dedicated account.

PPE: Those wishing to make donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as N95 masks, face shields, and gowns, are advised to contact the Emergency Management Office at 518-828-1212. If no one answers, leave a message and someone will return the call. Food: Donations should be directed to the county Office for the Aging (518-828-4258) and local food pantries.

Masks: Those interested in donating masks should contact Austerlitz Town Supervisor and county Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Rob Lagonia at rlagonia@austerlitzny.com. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s five or 100, we need every one,” said Lagonia, who recommends that those wishing to help out with mask donations consult CDC guidelines at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diycloth-face-coverings.html

Free fabric: Currently, Ocean State Job Lot stores are offering free fabric for use in the construction of masks in a “Mask Fabric For Free” campaign. Visit any Ocean State location for the fabric, which is said to be of a high-quality cotton/polyester blend available in two sizes. Further information is available on the Ocean State Job Lot website. Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts is offering free mask kits. Those seeking to acquire a kit are advised to order online for curbside pickup. The Greenport store telephone number is 518-828-2621. Current store hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


It is the county’s intention to issue accurate information regarding the coronavirus situation under conditions that can change by the minute.

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Kinderhook, New York
Local food/farms
13 September 2019 04:41PM
Jody Bolluyt


Pictured above: Protecting the leeks

People ask us if we have problems with deer eating our veggies. We don’t have a permanent deer fence around the farm because it would be too large of an area to fence in. Deer really aren’t that big of a problem. We put up temporary fences around head lettuce and sweet potatoes. And once the fence is up the deer stay out. Woodchucks are a much bigger problem and this year has been especially crazy. The cute pudgy creatures can do a lot of damage in just a few hours.

One of our fields borders the Martin Van Buren National Historic site and the woodchucks have made an underground fortress in their hedgerow and under one of their maintenance buildings. They best way to control woodchucks is hunting or trapping. We can’t hunt or trap in that field so we put up two layers of fence to keep them out of the veggies. One of the fences was electrified. And the woodchucks laughed at us. We would watch them pushing up the fence and crawling under it. Or one would flop on the fence so other woodchucks could climb over – the adult woodchucks teaching the young ones the ways to conquer the fence. Then they would be happily munching away on our cabbages and parsley. If we came upon them eating our crops then they would scamper to the electric fence and bounce off it because of the electrical charge. The fence seemed to be better at keeping them in our vegetables than out. Woodchucks out smarting the farmers.

Once it was warm enough we moved the transplants from the heated greenhouse to our new greenhouse with roll up sides. The roll up sides provide ventilation for the plants. But they leave a 96 ft long by 4 ft tall opening along both sides of the greenhouse. So, we attached plastic chicken wire netting along the sides. We should have known that woodchucks would need more than that. We found them digging holes along the back wall and chomping on our brassica and cucumber transplants. They wiped out a whole planting of cucumbers in a couple of hours. We put concrete in the holes. Then they started chewing through the chicken wire netting to get to the lettuce transplants. We put up an electric fence around the whole greenhouse and attached it to a fence charger that can electrify up to 10 miles of fence. That 300 ft of fence was super hot. A win for the farmers, no more woodchuck damage in the greenhouse.

Now they are sampling the Brussels sprouts and head lettuce. More fencing but it is less successful in the field than around the greenhouse. It seems anywhere there is a shrub or a tree in our fields, a woodchuck clan moves on in. A very hungry woodchuck clan. And in this field the trees and shrubs are right next to the road so hunting again isn’t possible. The fences are working better than they did in the spring but not quite as well as we would like.

We are happy to share our crops with our wild neighbors and we do plant extra to give ourselves a cushion. But, this year the woodchucks are eating a bit more than their share in some of the veggies. We will be doing some more clearing around our fields this fall and winter so there are fewer places for woodchucks to hide. We can also be more creative with our crop rotation and plant onions or scallions around crops the woodchucks find extra tasty. And the fence will definitely be installed early around the greenhouse in the spring. Crossing our fingers that we can outsmart the furry beasts next year.


Savoy Cabbage and Chickpeas
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 shallots, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons mustard seeds
1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed
½ head savoy cabbage, cored cut into 1″ strips
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
½ teaspoon crused red pepper flakes
1 cup plain Greek yogurt

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook shallots and mustard seeds, stirring occasionally, until shallots soften and mustard seeds begin to pop, about 3 minutes. Add chickpeas, cabbage, and 2 cups water; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, covered, until cabbage is very tender, 10–12 minutes. Uncover and cook until liquid is almost completely evaporated, about 3 minutes. Stir in vinegar and red pepper flakes; season with salt, pepper, and more vinegar, if desired.

Season yogurt with salt and pepper. Spread yogurt onto a serving platter and top with cabbage and chickpeas. http://www.bonappetit.com

Savoy Cabbage Salad
1/2 head medium-large savoy cabbage (about 4 cups sliced)
1 firm but ripe avocado, cubed
1 blood orange, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
1/4 cup of dry currants (or raisins)
For the Dressing:
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp dijon mustard
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp honey
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
For the Optional Add-Ons:
Grated carrots, crumbled goat cheese, toasted nuts or sunflower seeds
Slice the cabbage as finely as you can. Add all the ingredients and toss together, gently so as not to squash the avocado pieces. Place all the dressing ingredients in a small lidded jar and shake vigorously. Pour over salad and toss. Taste and adjust salt and pepper, as needed.

Protecting the leeks from insects.
COMING NEXT WEEK: onions, arugula, head lettuce, kale or chard, plum tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, red cabbage, cilantro, spinach, garlic, and peppers or eggplant

FRUIT: pears or apple

Full Share: beets, slicing tomatoes, eggplant or green beans, head lettuce, savoy cabbage, acorn squash, hot peppers, garlic, plum tomatoes, arugula, red onions, kale, and parsley.
FRUIT: pears

Small Share: beets, savoy cabbage, acorn squash, head lettuce, plum tomatoes, eggplant or green beans, garlic, and red onions
Please bring a bag to take your small share home in and leave box at your CSA site. Thank you!

Monday morning harvest
Plum Tomato Salad
6 medium plum or heirloom tomatoes, sliced
1/2 cup sliced red onion
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon pepper
4 fresh basil leaves, snipped
In a large bowl, gently combine tomatoes and onion. In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, oil, sugar, salt, garlic powder and pepper. Pour over tomato mixture; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with basil. Serve at room temperature with a slotted spoon.

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Kinderhook, New York
Local food/farms
14 July 2019 09:59AM
Enid Futterman


There is one more performance of the enthralling one-man memoir play, this afternoon, Sunday, July 14, 3 pm at Ancram Opera House. I’m starting with that, in case you don’t get past the lede, to urge you to go, even on a beautiful summer day. It’s only 85 minutes long and you will thank me.

The title is mentioned only once, early on, in passing, in relation to something I don’t even remember because it isn’t important. What’s important is the conflict it posits, between good and evil, restraint and abandon, right and wrong, as described by one of the nuns who teaches pre-pubescent Marty Moran how to be a good Catholic at Christ is King School in the Rocky Mountains.

Moran quotes another teacher, a science teacher, who says of those mountains, “A rock, a mountain may look at rest, but they most certainly are not. Everything is filled with ceaseless subatomic motion.” Which could be a metaphor for this show.

We come to learn that the tricky, the agonizing, the wounding part for the author, protagonist and performer, is all of the above conflict, and above all, the ability to discern the difference between good and evil, and assign blame.

Even if, like me, you managed to get through childhood and adolescence without being sexually abused by an adult, if you are an empathetic, intelligent human, you know that it happens at a fairly alarming rate, and that the child is always the victim. But you’ve never fully understood how it happens, and why, and how wounding it is, no matter how much the child “likes” it. (Actually, the child hates it as much as he likes it, and as much as he is in thrall to his abuser.)

Martin Moran will tell, you in story and performance so honest, so intimate, and so visceral, it doesn’t matter that he’s the only one on stage and it’s just a story. It doesn’t matter that there is nothing to look at but the lanky storyteller and a photograph, taken by his abuser, of the beautiful boy he was at 12. You laugh with him, because it’s funny even when it’s awful. You hold your breath with him when it’s so compelling you understand why he never said no, even though he knew then almost as much as he knows now. And you grieve for the beautiful boy, who is gone, but not gone, and never will be. You are there, in 1972 when it happens, in 2002 when Martin finally confronts an unrecognizable mess of a man in a VA hospital bed, and right now when it ought to be all over. You are there, inside his mind and body, for whom all of those times are simultaneous.

Today, Sunday, July 14, 3 pm. Ancram Opera House. 518 329 0114 or:

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Kinderhook, New York
Local food/farms
1 July 2019 12:44PM
Christine Mackerer


Ages: 9-18
Price: $150 (scholarships available – email info@ps21chatham.org)

Jamal Jackson Dance Company dancers will teach a workshop of traditional dance and drumming from Mali. There will also be a cooking component with a professional cooking instructor where students make their own healthy lunches!

The workshop culminates in a public performance on Friday, July 26th at 1:00PM on the PS21 stage!

Event details and registration can be found at PS21CHATHAM.org.

PS21 Theater
2980 Route 66
Chatham, NY
(518) 392-6121

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Kinderhook, New York
Local food/farms
9 January 2019 10:19AM

Photo Caption Beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 23, C-GCC will host the first course of the NYSED Coaching Certification series: Health Sciences as Applied to Coaching Sports.

HUDSON — Columbia-Greene Community College, a New York State Education Department-approved provider of secondary coaching education, is offering a series of certification courses for coaches this semester.

Upon successful completion of this series, students will have met the NYSED requirements for coaching at the modified, junior varsity, and varsity sports levels. Instruction is delivered both in the classroom and online.

Beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 23, C-GCC will host the first course of the program: Health Sciences as Applied to Coaching Sports, a series of interactive exercises and activities designed to study Health Sciences as they apply to coaching sports. Through these activities, exercises and health application to coaching topics, participants will gain information, organize it for professional and personal use, and apply it to their programs. The cost of the required textbook, Successful Coaching – 4th Edition or later (ISBN- 13:9781450400510) is included in the course fee of $152. The course will be held at C-GCC in Room 134, and run for seven Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The series will continue in March with Principles, Philosophy and Organization of Athletics in Education, Theory and Techniques of Coaching, and First Aid for Coaches.

Instructor Stacy Collier-Deieso, M.A., is a Catskill Central School District teacher and C-GCC adjunct instructor. For more information or to register, please call (518) 828-4181, ext. 3342, or email communityservices@sunycgcc.edu.

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Kinderhook, New York
Local food/farms
21 August 2018 04:55PM
Art School of Columbia County Executive Director


Interested in helping give back to your community and have a passion for art? In its sixth year of offering high-quality art classes and programs to the community, the Art School of Columbia County, a non-profit community-based organization with a vision of “imagining art for everyone,” is seeking volunteers for our upcoming Fame, Canvas, and Art Supply Sale, in addition to other opportunities year-round.

The Frame, Art Supplies & Canvas Sale is on Saturday September 8 from 10 am – 4 pm, and volunteers are needed to help greet visitors and guide them to purchase art supplies (1-3 hour shifts) – a great fit for someone who knows art supplies or about antiques, frames, etc., but we can also provide training. The sale is an opportunity to up-cycle art supplies or frames no longer being used, and to make bargains on quality art supplies available to everyone. All proceeds go to support art programming at ASCC.

Buyers wanting an exclusive opportunity to shop early are invited to the Pre-View Party on Friday September 7 from 5-7 pm. We could use some volunteers to help set up and greet visitors to our Frame & Canvas Sale Pre-View Party, with the option to help for 1-3 hours. Pre-View party admission is free to current ASCC members and K-12 teachers, and $10 for the public. Refreshments served. The sale on September 8 is free. On Saturday September 8, ASCC members will be painting en plein air on the grounds of ASCC, and visitors may view the works being created. A pop-up sale of their plein air landscape art will be in the afternoon at ASCC.

Further volunteering opportunities are available throughout the year, and cover a range of areas, from assisting with fundraising, preparing Art in the Library supplies, distributing posters and brochures in local towns, preparing for shows, and more. Please see our volunteer page for more information: http://artschoolofcolumbiacounty.org/volunteer/

The sale and plein air event are held at ASCC, 1198 Route 21c in Harlemville, at the intersection of Harlemville Road and Route 21C. ASCC serves over 1500 members of our community each year with programming in libraries, schools, senior centers, and at its historic schoolhouse. For more information, email info@artschoolofcolumbiacounty.org or call 518-672-7140.

Image: ASCC Volunteer

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Kinderhook, New York
Local food/farms
30 May 2017 05:16PM

Real Boy follows the journey of trans teen Bennett as he navigates adolescence.
Bob Elmendorf 518-766-2992 poetapoetus@taconic.net
Secondary contact
Donna Hardwick, ITVS 415-356-8383; donna.hardwick@itvs.org

Visit our press page for more information and downloadable images: https://itvs.org/films/real-boy


WHAT: FREE preview screening of Real Boy followed by a community discussion
WHO: Presenters: Indie Lens Pop-Up, WMHT Public Media, Old Chatham Quaker Meeting
WHEN: Saturday, June 3, 2017 6 PM Potluck, 7 PM Screening
WHERE: Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham, NY

Old Chatham, NY. Indie Lens Pop-Up, presented by ITVS, Independent Lens and Old Chatham Quaker Meeting http://www.oldchathmquakers.org is excited to present Real Boy, a film by Shaleece Haas, followed by a Q&A.

A moving and intimate story of a family in transition, Real Boy follows the journey of trans teen Bennett as he navigates adolescence, sobriety, and the physical and emotional ramifications of his changing gender identity. Through the process, his mother Suzy makes her own transformation — travelling a difficult road toward accepting that the daughter she raised as Rachael is now her son Bennett. Filmed over the course of four years, Real Boy is a love story about a mother and son who rediscover connection with each other and find support from their communities, reminding us that families are not only given, but chosen. Real Boy premieres on Independent Lens Monday, June 19, 2017, 10:00-11:00 PM ET (check local listings) on PBS.

“All I want is to be loved by my family, but for my family, it’s not as simple as that,” says Bennett. “It’s complicated for them.” Through interviews with Suzy and old home movies, we meet Bennett as a joyful, happy child, but that changed as he grew older. Adolescence brought anger, substance abuse, and self-destructive behaviors. When Bennett began to share his true identity as male, he felt happier inside but faced resistance from his family. Finding solace online with other teens facing the same issues, the aspiring musician is also taken under the wing of his idol Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician fighting his own demons.

Through observational storytelling that is alternately heartbreaking and humorous, Real Boy offers a clear-eyed look at a family tested by a change they never imagined, the complexity of addiction, the healing power of music, and the unbreakable bond between mother and child.
For more information, visit: or http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/real-boy/
Or https://itvs.org/films/real-boy

About the Filmmaker

Shaleece Haas (Director/Producer) is a documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA. Her films are marked by a balance of poignancy and humor, and by intimate character-driven storytelling that invites audiences deep into the interior worlds of their protagonists. Haas produced The Genius of Marian (Tribeca, POV) and the short films Awardwinninggir (SF DocFest) and City Fish (Hot Docs, Documentary Channel). Her documentary short, Old People Driving (Mill Valley Film Festival), was broadcast on PBS NewsHour as part of the Economist Film Project and won best documentary at the Phoenix Film Festival. She is a 2015 Film Independent Documentary Lab Fellow, a 2012 Working Films (Reel Aging) Fellow, and a 2010 Met Life Foundation Journalists in Aging Fellow. Haas is a member of Film Fatales and the Queer Producers Collective. In addition to filmmaking, Haas has taught at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and led video storytelling workshops for the Berkeley Advanced Media Institute and the NY Press Association. She previously worked as an editorial photographer and radio producer and was a founding staff member of the national oral history project, StoryCorps. She is a graduate of the documentary film program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

About Indie Lens Pop-Up
Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations together to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation. Can’t attend in person? Find Independent Lens on Facebook for information on our online Pop-Up events.

About Independent Lens
Independent Lens is an Emmy® Award-winning weekly series airing on PBS Monday nights at 10:00 pm. The acclaimed series features documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers. Presented by Independent Television Service, the series is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people, with additional funding from PBS and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. For more visit pbs.org/independentlens. Join the conversation at facebook.com/independentlens and @IndependentLens.


Old Chatham Quaker Meeting | 5187662992 | poetapoetus@taconic.net
June 3, 2017
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Credit cards not accepted | Wheelchair accessible
Refreshments available

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Kinderhook, New York
Local food/farms
25 October 2016 10:43AM
Olana State Historic Site


Just below the town of Hudson, N.Y., some 500 feet above the river, stands Olana, the house of the painter Frederic Edwin Church.

All the standard features of the full – blown Victorian villa are there: the hefty corner tower, the willfully bewildering floor plan, the cupola – rich roofline that
quivers like the needle of a seismograph. And yet they are used as never before.

For Olana is a jumble of accurate detail and pure imagination, a painter’s dream of Persian architecture, and one of the most outrageously colorful buildings ever built in America.

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Kinderhook, New York
Local food/farms
1 May 2016 07:17AM
Columbia County Historical Society


Genealogy, Architecture, and Columbia County Research

After a two-month delay due to renovation in the CCHS Museum&Library building, the Barbara P. Reilly Memorial Research Library has resumed public hours.

The Columbia County Historical Society Library holds volumes on Columbia County and New York State history, genealogy, architecture, and decorative arts as well as manuscripts and photographs.

In this archive are books, maps, architectural drawings, diaries, personal correspondence, scrap books, broadsides, business records, pamphlets, programs, ephemera, photographic prints, glass and film negatives, cased images, and albums.

​For more information about what type of material you will likely find in the collection click here: http://www.cchsny.org/resources–archives.html

Shelved books and genealogical materials are available without an appointment. For access to other resources such as maps and the historic manuscript and photograph collections, an appointment is required.

This non-circulating library is open to the public for research during regular museum hours.

To schedule a research appointment please contact: library@cchsny.org

Open Hours ( 01 May – 15 December)
Tuesday, 10AM – 4PM
Friday, 10AM – 4PM
Saturday, NOON – 4PM
Sunday, NOON – 4PM

Library Visit/Research Fee:
$5.00 Adults | CCHS Members and Students FREE

Staff are available to make copies for visiting researchers.
Copies are $0.25/$0.15 for members.
Low resolutions scans can be made of some materials for $1/scan.
Color copies are $1 each.

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