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Organization seeking project suggestions

SOUTH SALEM — Hudson Center for Community and Environment is a local non-profit organization focused on creating equitable, healthy Hudson Valley communities and natural spaces. We are seeking to further environmental justice efforts through engaging in projects that help to revitalize under served neighborhoods and towns, such as building community gardens and open spaces, cleaning up polluted and degraded areas, and refurbishing buildings and other structures. If you would like to suggest such a project, contact us at

Ichabod Crane requests for transportation

VALATIE — Ichabod Crane Central School has the Requests For Transportation to a “Non-Public School” available to residents who are planning to enroll their children in a NON-PUBLIC SCHOOL for the 2021-2022 school year. However, a child must reside within 15 miles of the non-public school in order to qualify for Ichabod Crane bus transportation from home to school.

Non-Public School Transportation Request forms may be obtained by calling the Transportation Department at 758-7575, ext. 3551 or at Requests must be submitted no later than April 1, 2021. Should a family move into the district after April 1, their request for transportation must be made within 30 days of establishing residency.

A transportation request should be submitted for any child who may possibly attend a non-public school in the fall, even if a definite commitment has not yet been made. The request can always be withdrawn; however, NYS Education Law states a request must be submitted no later than April 1 or transportation may be denied.

A community update on CCA for the Village of Kinderhook

KINDERHOOK — In 2019, the Village of Kinderhook began exploring Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), a bulk energy purchasing program that enables residents and small businesses to buy renewable electricity. The Village held several public information sessions and passed a local law enabling our community to pursue CCA on behalf of eligible residents. Joining with 12 other municipalities in the Capital Region, our CCA can leverage our collective buying power to obtain a fixed rate and competitive pricing for renewable electricity. Pursuing CCA is also a high impact action in NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities program, through which the Village can receive grant funding.

Since the spring of 2020, Village leaders have examined pricing options and worked with our CCA Administrator, the Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance (MEGA), to consider launching this innovative and exciting program. We continue to work toward program launch in 2021 so that our residents can enjoy the benefits of this program, and our village can take bold action toward our clean energy goals.

We are also exploring the opportunity to expand the CCA program and offer opt-out community solar to residents, following regulatory approval. MEGA has provided a brief video explaining this new opportunity:

MEGA’s CCA Team is available to answer any resident questions about CCA. Email or call 518-533-5399.

Free homebuyer seminar

KINGSTON — Ulster Savings Bank and the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region would like to invite the public to a FREE Virtual Homebuyer Seminar at 10 a.m. Feb. 24.

This informational seminar will provide details on mortgage options available for homebuyers. Ulster Savings Bank’s Mortgage Trainer and Business Services Manager David Friedman (NMLS- 404771) is the presenter. He has been in the mortgage industry for over 25 years and has done homebuyer seminars for hundreds of clients in Dutchess, Ulster, Orange, and Westchester counties in that time.

The seminar will cover the many critical steps to owning your own home. Discussion topics will include the following: Steps in getting pre-qualified; Credit scores and why they are important; Documentation needed to apply; Low down payment options; Choosing the right lender; What to expect during the buying process. Participants in this seminar will receive a $750 Homebuyer Credit* when they submit their qualifying home purchase application. Sign-up today at

Navigating grants webinar

SYRACUSE — A webinar on Navigating Grants for Urban Agriculture in New York State is set for March 3. Learn from federal, state and non-profit grant making experts on the steps to apply for competitive funding opportunities in urban agriculture projects. Topics will include navigating grant websites, writing tips and examples of successful grant applications. The event will take place noon-1:30 p.m. March 3. This webinar is free however pre-registration is required for this event. Registration is available at

If you need an accommodation to participate in this webinar, contact Lynnette Wright at 315-477-6309, or, by March 1. You may also contact Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

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