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Briefs for Sept. 12, 2019

September 11, 2019 11:33 am

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GREENPORT — Be advised the scale located at the Greenport Transfer Station located on Newman Road will be closed for routine maintenance Sept. 25 and will reopen Sept. 28. Anyone having questions regarding the Solid Waste program may contact the office at 518-828-2737.

Sept. 12

HUDSON — The Hudson Area Library History Room, in collaboration with the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History & the Gotham Center for New York City History, presents the latest in its Local History talks 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, ‘Slavery and Dutch-Palatine Farmers: How did middle class farmers in Colonial New York interact with slavery?’ by Travis M. Bowman. Bowman will examine how slavery evolved in New York under the Dutch, British, and American systems of government and how the institution was utilized at a local and personal level among middle class farmers in the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys. A question and answer period and refreshments follow the talk. For information, email, call 518-828-1792 ext. 101, or visit the main desk in the library.

MILLBROOK — Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County presents a comprehensive 35-hour training program to address all aspects of tree care and pest management Sept. 13, 19, 26 and Oct. 3, 11, 17 at the home center, 2715 Route 44, Millbrook. Trees are an integral component of livable, thriving communities, adding immensely to the quality of life in the Hudson Valley. The installation and ongoing care of our community trees requires thought and planning at each stage of the process. Those interested in attending the training should contact Nancy Halas at 845-677-8223 ext. 115 or email at The cost of the training is $195 for registrations received by Sept. 3; $245 received after Sept. 3. Fee includes refreshments and a comprehensive training manual (hard copy and thumb drive), Cornell Tree ID Guide for Common Urban Trees, CU-Structural Soil® A Comprehensive Guide, Recommended Urban Trees, Site Assessment and Tree Selection for Stress Tolerance. NYSDEC Pesticide Certification, ISA CEU’s pending approval. For information and registration form, visit website at

COXSACKIE — The Columbia-Greene Women’s Perpetual Blessings Luncheon will be held 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 12 at Pegasus Restaurant, 10885 Route 9W, Coxsackie. Donna Peterson, Cornell Cooperative Extension will feature “Getting Ready for Fall”; Linda Larsen and Shirley Algozzine of Cairo will provide the music and Carolyn DiMaura, a teacher from Germantown will speak. Reservations are necessary and cancellations a must. The cost is $12.50, cash only. RSVP no later than Sept. 10. Call Ruth at 518-634-7405 or Lynn Overbaugh at 910-382-6373. When calling, mention any specific dietary needs and if you are a first timer.

CASTLETON — The Rensselaer-Columbia-Greene Counties Board of Cooperative Educational Services will meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Questar III Central Office, 10 Empire State Blvd., Castleton.

COPAKE — The Roe Jan Library will host Making the 2020 Census Work: How to Assure an Accurate Count 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 12 at the library, 9091 Route 22, Copake. Join us to learn how the census is conducted, how very important it is to us politically and economically, and what we can do to help make it work. With much of the 2020 census being conducted online, there are a number of new opportunities and challenges facing us, particularly in rural areas where broadband access is spotty. For information on hours and events, call 518-325-4101.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., presents Designing the New Perennial Garden 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 12. Developments in ecology and environmental science over the last 30 years have revolutionized the way we think of using perennials in gardens and landscapes all over Europe and North America. This course is an overview of the major concepts of this movement as well as hands-on experience of practical evaluation and design with herbaceous plants and grasses. We will spend time in the garden taking an in-depth look at plants, lecture time examining concepts and examples, and a design project will be assigned.(4 classes) Members $180, Non-Members: $195. For information, call 413-298-3926.

Sept. 13

WEST GHENT — Free Community Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Ghent Reformed Church, 1039 County Route 22, West Ghent. All are welcome.

TROY — The Friends of Oakwood Cemetery will hold an adult scavenger hut 5-7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Cemetery, 186 Oakwood Ave., Troy. There will be prizes for the individual and team (up to 4 people per team) with the most correct answers in the shortest amount of time. Answer at least 13 clues correctly and you will be entered in a special drawing. Sign in and pick up your clues and instructions at the Earl Chapel between 5 and 6 p.m. Your start time will be recorded. All entries must be turned in at the chapel by 7:30 p.m. to qualify for prizes. The hunt takes place within a restricted area of the cemetery, which will be marked off. The cost is $15 payable at the door. To register and for information, call 518-328-0090.

Sept. 14

OLD CHATHAM — “The Isis Trial” will be screened at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham. A potluck will be held at 6 p.m.

“The Isis Trial” by local filmmaker Ellie Bernstein, is a look at the controversial investigation and trial of three young Somali boys with no history of violence accused and convicted of terrorism in 2016 and sentenced to a combined total of 95 years. Orchestrated by the FBI, this is the second largest federal terrorism case in the United States. The film examines the controversial use of informants and how federal Countering Violent Extremism programs have divided communities.

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and a moderated discussion will follow led by the filmmaker and attorneys Kathy Manley and Steve Downs. For information, call 518-794-3048.

PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Garden Club will host ‘Four Seasons of Gardening’ presented by Dutchess County Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Philomena Kiernan at 1 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Pine Plains Community Room, 7775 South Main St., Pine Plains. No registration required. Constant bloom is the Holy Grail of perennial gardeners, but there are other options to extend visual interest of your gardens throughout the year. Join a 4-season photo tour to see how to use plants with different bloom cycles, foliage, containers and other structural elements to lend seasonal excitement to home gardens. For information, contact

KINDERHOOK — Friends of the Kinderhook Memorial Library Café and Book Sale will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 14 and 1-3 p.m. Sept. 15 at McNary Center, 6 Sylvester St., Kinderhook. For information, call the Library at 518-758-6219.

GERMANTOWN — For more than 90 years, the Germantown Garden Club has held an annual Standard Flower Show. This year it will take place 1-4 p.m. Sept. 14 and 1-3 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Palatine Parsonage, 52 Maple Ave., Germantown. The show will feature flower arrangements, educational displays, and horticultural specimens. This year the Germantown Garden Club’s title of the show is “The Wonderful World of Gardening.” The design and horticulture classes will offer this theme for their entries. The design division will feature fresh and dried flower arrangements in eight major groups. The horticulture specimens division will include individual flowers, herbs, branches, and container-grown plants as well as vegetables. The show is open to the public and admission is free. For information, call Fran Bufi at 518-537-4868.

HUDSON — Malcolm Nance, author and media commentator, will be discussing his latest book The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin and His Spies Are Undermining America and Dismantling the West 3-4:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth St., Hudson. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing courtesy of Spotty Dog Books & Ale. Reservations are encouraged. Email, call 518-828-1792 ext. 101 or stop by the main desk. As this is a free event, arrive at least 15 minutes before the beginning of the talk to ensure your seat.

CHATHAM — The Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main St., Chatham, will host Dr. Tia Powell “Dementia Reimagined” 5-7 p.m. Sept. 14. Powell, board certified psychiatrist, professor, and director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics, discusses her book, “Dementia Reimagined: Building a Life of Joy and Dignity from Beginning to End.” The book combines medicine and memoir with a focus on care rather than cure. Powell lives in Stephentown and New York City. A conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q & A follow a brief reading. Admission is free and there will be refreshments. For information, call 518-392-3005.

TROY — The Friends of Oakwood will present the next Full Moon Twilight Tour 5:30 p.m. Sept. 14. Led by Oakwood volunteer Heidi Klinowski, the group will start in the magnificent Gardner Earl Chapel, to take advantage of the western sunlight streaming through the stained glass windows. Then we will walk to the monuments of some of Oakwood’s interesting ‘residents” and hear their stories. Uncle Sam’s grave and the panoramic overlook at sunset are included highlights of this walking tour. The cost is $15, payable at the door. To register and for information, call 518-328-0090. If the weather forces us to cancel, we will call you if you have registered.

LIVINGSTON — The Kalicoontie Rod & Gun Club, 333 Schneider Road, Livingston, will host an open house 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 14. The shooting range will be open to the public with certified Range Officers on site. Bring your own gun or we have guns and instructors available for those that want to learn. Free food and refreshments for all. Door prizes for all ages. Kalicoontie Rod & Gun club promotes the safe handling of firearms. For information, contact Joe at 518-537-3997 or Scott at 845-757-2552 or visit

COPAKE — Historian John Van Atta will describe the political and regional effects of the Missouri Crisis against the background of slavery in the Hudson Valley and beyond, at 5 p.m. Sept. 14 at Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Copake. Van Atta’s talk will focus on his book Wolf by the Ears: The Missouri Crisis, 1819-1821, in which he explores how the Missouri crisis revealed the power that slavery had gained in the politics of the United States. For information, call 518-325-4101.

VOORHEESVILLE — The Alan Devoe Bird Club will hold a bird walk on Sept. 14 at Thacher State Park. Meet 10 a.m. at the Hawk Watch (overlook parking lot). We will meet up with the HMBC who will also be visiting that day. Broad-wing Hawks use the warm air thermals along the escarpment. Other birds of prey may include Osprey, Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, Sharp shinned and Coopers Hawks. For information, contact trip coordinator Marian Cole at 518-710-9096. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Visit to learn more about the club.

RENSSELAER — Crailo State Historic Site and the Friends of Fort Crailo present Harvest Faire, an event with something for everyone in the family 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 14 at Crailo State Historic Site, 9 1/2 Riverside Ave., Rensselaer. This annual fall festival is free to the public and is presented in conjunction with the Hudson River Ramble. The event is weather permitting, and the rain date is scheduled for Sept. 15. Crailo’s historic grounds and Hudson River park set the scene for the event which features Native American and Dutch Colonial reenactors as well as colonial music. In our cellar kitchen a costumed interpreter discusses the foods and hearth cooking techniques used by the Dutch during the 17th century. Performers and musicians wander around the grounds throughout the day and will offer entertainments. Don’t forget to stop by the museum marketplace gift shop that features Dutch souvenirs, Native American trade goods, and books for all ages. For information, call 518-463-8738.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., presents Bringing Plants in for the Winter 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 14. At the end of the summer, what do you do with all those special patio plants that you have fussed over for the summer months? This class will give gardeners tricks of the trade to protect their tender perennials, house plants, woody potted specimens and succulent collections and encourage them to thrive during the winter season. Learn by doing and take home some plant companions. These simple, cost-saving methods will help gardeners multiply their plant supply for the next season’s garden. Members: $25, Non-Members: $35. For information, call 413-298-3926.

MILLERTON — RJHS board member Jon Strom reprises his highly acclaimed presentation unearthing the surprising stories of two amazing places; Boston Corner and The Oblong at 5 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Northeast-Millertown Library Annex, 28 Century Blvd., Millerton. As part of this hidden history, you’ll learn why the triangular piece of land, originally called Boston Corner, became a “city of refuge” for criminals fleeing the reach of the law, and how a long narrow tract of land known as The Oblong, abolished slavery nearly 100 years before the Emancipation Proclamation. Refreshments will be served. For information, call 518-789-3340 or