Windham, New York

 
 
 


UPDATED: APRIL 9, 2014

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- Trout fishing season starts April 1. Fishing licenses can be purchased and printed from home by visiting LicenseCenter.NY.gov

- Reminder: the annual New York State open burning ban is in effect until May 14th. Burning barrels, open pit burning, and burning of leaves is not allowed. More information is available at www.dec.ny.gov

- A career fair for students in grades 5-12 will be held at Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School on Thursday, May 22. The guidance department is looking for adult volunteers to participate in the fair and present information about their careers. Interested parties should contact Nicole at (518) 734-3400 ext. 1116, NBaldner@WAJCS.org; or Mike at (518) 734-3400 ext. 1170, MPellettier@WAJCS.org by Friday, April 11.

- Vendors are needed for the 6th annual farm machinery show that will be held in Ashland on Saturday, June 7. Contact Diane at (518) 734-3636 to reserve your 12' x 12' space. Booth rentals are $10. Bring your own table and tent.

- Prattsville’s annual Easter egg hunt will take place, weather permitting, on the Prattsville Town Green on Saturday, April 19 at 11 am. Please call Stella at (518) 299-3121 if you would like to volunteer to stuff plastic eggs or supervise the children the day of the hunt.

- Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22. The Catskill Watershed Corporation will provide trash bags, gloves and tokens of appreciation to volunteers who clean litter and other debris from stream banks in their neighborhoods. Call Kim at (845) 586-1400, ext. 305 to arrange to get these items.

- The Zadock Pratt Museum in Prattsville is creating a Hometown Heroes banner program to honor the town’s veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, past and present. Applications may be obtained by calling Lana at (518) 929-2447 or by email sjakowiw@aol.com. It’s estimated that each banner will cost about $185.

- The United Way’s 4th annual catfish derby will be held on Saturday, July 19 along the Hudson River and its tidal tributaries. The registration fee is $15. The weigh-in will be held at Dutchman’s Landing in Catskill. Your catch needs to be presented by 2 pm. Prizes for all ages, kids’ casting contest, music and food. First prize for the largest fish of the day is $500. Sawyer Chevrolet will award a new pick-up truck, new boat, motor and trailer to the fisherman that sets the New York State record for the largest channel catfish submitted during the one day tournament. The State record is 32 lbs. 12 oz. Call (518) 943-3285 or visit UWCG.org to register.

- The Grand Gorge Senior Dining Center is looking for volunteers to help in the kitchen as their driver is on vacation for 9 weeks. Please call (607) 588-6166 if you can help out for even just a day or two.

- The Rip Van Winkle Boy Scout Council is in search of young men on the mountain top who are interested in fun and adventure. Any boys going into first grade through 18 years of age please contact Lee Roush at (518) 589-5812, Chris Dunn at (518) 947-0317 or go to BeAScout.Scouting.org to find your nearest pack or troop.

Applications for the Community Arts Grant Decentralization Program for Columbia and Greene counties are now available for the 2014 funding cycle. Visit GreeneArts.org or ArtsColumbia.org for applications, guidelines, workshop schedules and locations, deadlines and more information. To register for a workshop, please call (518) 943-3400 or email ColetteGCAA@hotmail.com.

- The Greene County Historical Society’s 2014 calendar, featuring a dozen food and lodging establishments, is now on sale at the Society’s Vedder Research Library in Coxsackie for $19.95. Mail orders can be placed by calling Jennifer at (518) 731-1033 or emailing JBarnhart.GCHS@yahoo.com.

- Prattsville residents are urged to complete an online survey at www.SurveyMonkey.com/S/RebuildPrattsvilleSurvey or to pick up a hard copy at the Prattsville Town Hall, Beth’s Café, Jim’s Great American, Young’s Agway, or the post office.

-  Tracing Your Roots in Greene County, The First Fifty Articles from the Greenville Mountain View Pioneer, is a collection of pieces written by Sylvia Hasenkopf for this community newspaper covering northern Greene and southern Albany counties. The book is $24.99 plus $3 shipping. Checks made payable to Sylvia Hasenkopf may be mailed to her at 155 Edison Timmerman Road, Cairo NY 12413. Call (518) 821-3852 or email Sylvia@NorthRiverResearch.com to ask questions or arrange for local pick up.

-  Customers experiencing a financial hardship this winter are encouraged to apply for a Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) grant through their local Department of Social Services. Eligibility is determined by income and family size. Visit your energy provider’s website or http://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/ for more information.


now - Sunday 4/20

  • The Mildred Vrooman collection of over 5,000 hand-painted, one-of-a-kind Easter eggs arranged in vignettes that were created by Ms. Vrooman and Elizabeth Warner over a 60 year period, will be open to the public on the weekends of April 4-6, 11-13, and 18-19 from 10 am to 5 pm. The exhibit will be open on Easter Sunday, April 20 from noon to 5 pm. Groups may make special arrangements to view the exhibit Monday through Thursday, April 7-10 and April 14-17 by emailing Schoharie.EasterEgg@gmail.com. The exhibit is housed on property adjacent to the historic 1785 Colonel Peter Vrooman house, 112 Covered Bridge Lane, just off Route 30 in Schoharie. Suggested donation is $5 per person or $10 per family with all proceeds going to the Schoharie Free Library. A book entitled The Mildred Vrooman Easter Egg Collection will be available for $20 with proceeds also benefitting the library.

Thursday 4/10

  • The Hunter Civic Association will hold a dinner meeting at Hotel Mountain Brook, Route 23C in Tannersville on Thursday, April 10. Cocktail hour with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will be served at approximately 6 pm. There will be a choice of three entrees: bacon-wrapped pork, roasted half boneless chicken, and chickpea cakes with couscous. Dinner is $25 per person. New members are welcome. Each year two senior students at Hunter-Tannersville Central School are awarded scholarships from money raised through dues and the monthly dinners. Contact HunterCivicAssociation@gmail.com for more information.

  • The Greene County Chamber of Commerce will hold a business after hours meeting on Thursday, April 10 from 5-7 pm at Tip Top Furniture in Freehold. Call (518) 943-4222 or email Info@GreeneCountyChamber.com to RSVP.

  • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Thursday, April 10 from 10 am to 3 pm at Coxsackie-Athens high school, 24 Sunset Boulevard in Coxsackie.

  • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Thursday, April 10 from 1-6 pm at the Hudson Elks Lodge No. 787, 201 Harry Howard Avenue in Hudson.

  • On Thursday, April 17 the Catskill Watershed Corporation will host a free seminar for engineers and contractors who design and install residential and commercial septic systems. It will be held at the CWC office, 905 Main Street in Margaretville from 9:30 am until 2 pm. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. Space is limited. Register online at http://www.CWConline.org/ by Thursday, April 10.

Friday 4/11

  • Every Friday during the Season of Lent, from March 7 through April 11, the Stations of the Cross will be held at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus in Windham at 6:30 pm.

  • A benefit basketball game for Bryce Cole and Scout Lamport, with the Stamford Fire Department versus the Jefferson Fire Department, will be held at Stamford Central School, 1 River Street in Stamford on Friday, April 11 at 7 pm. There will also be a bake sale and 50/50.

  • Savor Schoharie, a moveable feast, will be held on Saturday, April 26 at various locations. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at the Depot Lane Theatre, 143 Depot Lane in Schoharie from 5:30-6:30 pm. During the cocktail reception participants will be assigned to a host home for dinner. Dessert will be served at a former tavern in Schoharie. Tickets are $50 per person and seating is limited. Please make your reservation by no later than Friday, April 11 by visiting http://www.SaltRecovery.org/SavorSchoharie or call (518) 702-5017.

Saturday 4/12

  • The Windham food pantry at Hope Restoration Church will be closed on Saturday, April 12.

  • Vigil Mass for Palm Sunday will be held at St. Theresa’s Church in Windham on Saturday, April 12 at 5 pm. Blessed palm will be distributed.

  • The Lexington Historical Society will hold a history fair at the Community Hall in West Kill on Saturday, April 12 from 10 am until 2 pm. Bicentennial cookbooks will be on sale and you can taste some sample dishes from the cookbook.

  • John Burroughs’ Wild Places: The Catskills and Adirondacks, a multimedia presentation by Dr. Daniel Payne, will be given at the Masonic Hall on Bridge Street in Roxbury on Saturday, April 12 at 2 pm. Free will donations toward the upkeep and restoration of Woodchuck Lodge will be gratefully accepted.

  • Rev. Gary Gelfenbein will bless the animals at the new Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA, 111 Humane Society Road in Claverack on Saturday, April 12 at noon. The public is welcome to attend and to bring their pets. All dogs must be leashed and other animals must be in an appropriate carrying case. All dogs and cats will receive biscuits or snacks for attending. Please be at the shelter by 11:45 am. Email Info@CGHS.org or call (518) 828-6044 for more information.

Sunday 4/13 – Palm Sunday

  • Palm Sunday Mass will be held at St. Theresa’s Church in Windham on Sunday, April 13 at 11 am. Blessed palm will be distributed.

  • The Kaaterskill United Methodist Church, 5942 Main Street in Tannersville will hold Lenten discussion groups on Sundays after worship and Wednesdays at 9:30 am in the blue room.

  • United Way of Columbia and Greene counties will be collecting all forms of electronic waste during a fundraiser on Sunday, April 13. Companies and organizations can call United Way at (518) 755-2155 to have their electronic waste picked up now. All contributions to this event are tax deductible.

  • The Hobart Rotary Club will sell Brooks’ barbeque chicken and ribs on Sunday, April 13 from 11 am until 2 pm. No dinners, take-outs only. Chicken halves are $6, ribs are $11. It will be held next door to Mirabito’s on Route 10 in Hobart.

  • Michael Keene will present Mad House: The Hidden History of Insane Asylums in 19th Century New York at William H. Adams Antiquarian Books, 602 Main Street in Hobart on Sunday, April 13 from 2-3 pm. Admission is free.

Monday 4/14

  • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Monday, April 14 from 1-6 pm at the Jay Gould Memorial Church carriage house in Roxbury.

Tuesday 4/15

  • Delaware County Public Health will hold a rabies clinic for dogs, cats and ferrets at the East Branch Fire Hall, 29 Bridge Street in East Branch on Tuesday, April 15 from 7-9 pm. Call ahead for ferrets (607) 832-5200. Dogs must be on a leash and under proper control. Cats and ferrets should be in a carrying case. Please bring a record of your pet’s previous vaccination to receive a 3 year booster.

Wednesday & Thursday 4/16 & 4/17

  • A 6 hour driver safety program will be held at the Jewett Municipal Building, Beaches Corners in Jewett on Wednesday and Thursday, April 16 and 17 from 1-4 pm each day. The cost is $20 for AARP members, $25 for non-members. Participants must possess a valid NYS driver’s license or a NYS learner’s permit. To register call (518) 263-4392, Maureen at (518) 943-3291 or Mike at (518) 945-2122.

Wednesday 4/16

  • The Kaaterskill United Methodist Church, 5942 Main Street in Tannersville will hold Lenten discussion groups on Sundays after worship and Wednesdays at 9:30 am in the blue room.

  • Larry DePaulo from the UAlbany Small Business Development Center will be at the Greene County Chamber of Commerce’s office, 327 Main Street in Catskill on Wednesday, April 16 from 9 am until 2 pm. He will assist a new business with business plan preparation information and also assist an existing business with expansion plans, competitive analyses, and financial statement preparation to obtain needed financing. This is a free service by appointment only. Please call (518) 943-4222 or email Info@GreeneCountyChamber.com to make an appointment.

  • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Wednesday, April 16 from 12-6 pm at Catskill United Methodist Church, 40 Woodland Avenue in Catskill.

  • In honor of Earth Day the Heermance Memorial Library in Coxsackie will screen the film American Experience: Earth Days on Wednesday, April 16 at 6 pm.

Thursday 4/17 – Holy Thursday

  • Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be held at St. Theresa’s Church in Windham on Thursday, April 17 at 5:30 pm.

  • The Greene County Chamber of Commerce will host a women in business event at the Stewart House, 2 North Water Street in Athens on Thursday, April 17 from 5-8 pm. The scheduled speakers are Janet Riccobono of New Life at Mid Life and Suzanne Rajczi, Chief Operations Officer at Ginsberg’s Foods. Refreshments will be served. There is a $20 registration fee for this event. Please call (518) 943-4222 or email Info@GreeneCountyChamber.com to RSVP.

  • Holy Thursday Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 27 Harper Street in Stamford on Thursday, April 17 from 7-9 pm.

Friday 4/18 – Good Friday

  • Good Friday Mass will be held at St. Theresa’s Church in Windham on Friday, April 18 at 5:30 pm.

  • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Friday, April 18 from 2:30-7:30 pm at the Town of Coxsackie Ambulance, 117 Mansion Street in Coxsackie.

  • Good Friday Passion service with communion will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 27 Harper Street in Stamford on Friday, April 18 from 7-9 pm.

Saturday 4/19

  • The Windham food pantry at Hope Restoration Church will be closed on Saturday, April 19.

  • Easter Vigil Mass will be held at St. Theresa’s Church in Windham on Saturday, April 19 at 8 pm.

  • Prattsville’s annual Easter egg hunt will take place, weather permitting, on the Prattsville Town Green on Saturday, April 19 at 11 am. Please call Stella at (518) 299-3121 if you would like to volunteer to stuff plastic eggs or supervise the children the day of the hunt. In case of inclement weather it will be held at Young’s Agway in Prattsville.

  • An Easter egg hunt will be held at Indian Trail Park, 5 South Street in Stamford on Saturday, April 19 from 11-11:30 am.

  • Holy Saturday Easter vigil will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 27 Harper Street in Stamford on Saturday, April 19 from 8-11 pm.

  • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Saturday, April 19 from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Rensselaerville Volunteer Ambulance, Routes 352 and 357 in Medusa.

Sunday 4/20 – Easter Sunday

  • Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord will be held at St. Theresa’s Church in Windham on Easter Sunday, April 20 at 11 am.

  • Easter service and breakfast at Hope Restoration Church, Route 296 in Windham will begin at 9 am.

  • Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 27 Harper Street in Stamford on Sunday, April 20 from 12-1:30 pm.

Monday 4/21

  • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Monday, April 21 from 1-6 pm at Stamford Baptist Church, 40 Lake Street in Stamford.

Tuesday 4/22

  • The Greene County Chamber of Commerce and Greene County Economic Development, Tourism and Planning will hold a spring tourism seminar and business after hours meeting on Tuesday, April 22 from 3-7 pm at Windham Mountain. Admission is free. Call (518) 943-4222 or email Info@GreeneCountyChamber.com to RSVP.

  • Starting Tuesday, April 22 at 8 am you’ll be able to bid on unique and entertaining items, from vacations to one-of-a-kind experiences to great deals from local businesses, including a chance to co-host the WRIP morning show with Joe Loverro or the afternoon show with Jay Fink, when you visit HunterFoundation.org/. Proceeds from the Hunter Foundation’s auction will benefit mountain top communities’ revitalization and economic development programs.

  • The Cairo-Durham Relay for Life team captains will meet at the Cairo-Durham high school library, 1301 Route 145 in Cairo on Tuesday, April 22 at 4:30 pm.

Wednesday 4/23

  • In honor of Earth Day the Heermance Memorial Library in Coxsackie will screen the National Geographic documentary Six Degrees Could Change the World on Wednesday, April 23 at 6 pm.

  • Delaware County Public Health will hold a rabies clinic for dogs, cats and ferrets at the Stamford Village highway garage, 22 Railroad Avenue in Stamford on Wednesday, April 23 from 6-8 pm. Call ahead for ferrets (607) 832-5200. Dogs must be on a leash and under proper control. Cats and ferrets should be in a carrying case. Please bring a record of your pet’s previous vaccination to receive a 3 year booster.

Thursday 4/24

  • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Thursday, April 24 from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm at Cairo-Durham high school, Route 145 in Cairo.

Saturday 4/26

  • The Town of Windham Police, Town of Hunter Police, Greene County Sheriff and the Drug Enforcement Agency will collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs (pills and patches only; no liquids, needles or sharps) on Saturday, April 26 from 10 am until 2 pm at the following locations: Windham Pharmacy, Route 296 in Windham; Tannersville Town Hall, 5748 Route 23A in Tannersville; and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, 80 Bridge Street in Catskill. This service is free and anonymous.

  • The Windham Chamber of Commerce will host a cabin fever dance at the Windham Country Club on South Street in Windham on Saturday, April 26 from 8-11 pm.

  • Dabke will be performed by the Zvi Dance Company at the Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center, 6050 Main Street in Tannersville on Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 pm. Advance tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and $7 for students. Tickets at the door are $30, $25 for seniors and $7 for students. Visit CatskillMtn.org or call (518) 263-2063 to purchase tickets online.

  • The 2nd annual Patriots’ Day dinner will be held at the Community Hall in West Kill on Saturday, April 26 at 6 pm. Please bring a dish you prepared from the bicentennial cookbook. Iced tea and lemonade will be provided.

  • Evidence of Paleo-Indians along the East Branch will be the topic of Lynda Carroll’s presentation at the Historical Society of Middletown Hall, 778 Cemetery Road in Margaretville on Saturday, April 26 at 1 pm. Admission is $2 for members of the Historical Society, and $4 for non-members.

Sunday 4/27

    Historical re-enactor Clifford Oliver Mealy will portray Solomon Northrup, a man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841, at the Greene County Historical Society’s Vedder Research Library in Coxsackie on Sunday, April 27 at 2 pm. Northrup’s story was the basis for the movie 12 Years a Slave. This program is free and open to the public.
  • Marianna Boncek will present Lost Local History: Gone Missing in New York & The Spooky Hudson Valley at William H. Adams Antiquarian Books, 602 Main Street in Hobart on Sunday, April 27 from 3-4 pm. Admission is free.

  • The 13th annual autism walk and expo of the Hudson Valley region, to raise funds and awareness for local programs, will be held, rain or shine, at the track area of the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Route 9 in Rhinebeck on Sunday April 27 from 9 am until 1 pm. The event features a 1 to 2 mile walk of the track. Individual and team walkers are encouraged to obtain sponsorships. Registration begins at 9 am and walk-ins are welcome. The first 500 registrants will receive a free gift. Visit AutismWalkHV.org or call (845) 331-2626 for more information.

Monday 4/28

  • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Monday, April 28 from 10 am to 3 pm at First Niagara City Centre, 1 Hudson City Centre in Hudson.

Tuesday 4/29

  • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Tuesday, April 29 from 9:30 am to 3 pm at Columbia-Greene Community College’s PAC building, Route 23 in Hudson.

Wednesday 4/30

  •  RESCHEDULED  Greene County Public Health will hold a rabies clinic for dogs, cats and ferrets at the firehouse on County Route 42 in Lexington on Wednesday, April 30 from 6-8 pm. Call ahead for ferrets (518) 719-3600. Please bring a record of your pet’s previous vaccination to receive a 3 year certificate. Donations are highly encouraged.

  • Homes for Hounds, an adopt a dog event and fundraiser for animal welfare, will be held at Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street in Hudson on Wednesday, April 30 from 5-7 pm.

Thursday 5/1

  • The Town of Hunter Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly meeting in the General Store, Main Street in Tannersville on Thursday, May 1 at 7 pm.

Saturday 5/3

  • A remembrance gathering for family, friends and neighbors of Mike and Jane Avella of Maplecrest will be held at the VFW Hall Post #1545 in Windham on Saturday, May 3 from 11 am until 3 pm. Mike passed away on December 11, 2013. His wife, Jane, passed away a few weeks later on January 18.

  • WRIP will be broadcasting live from the annual gyro and souvlaki fundraiser for the Friends of the Feathered and Furry Wildlife Center at Tannersville Lake and pavilion on Saturday, May 3 from 11 am to 9 pm. There will also be vegetarian and vegan food, vendors, live music, DEC canine demo, a bouncy house, face painting, and games.

  • The Cairo town picnic will be held at Angelo Canna Town Park on Saturday, May 3 from 11:30 am to 3 pm. (Rain date is Sunday, May 4.) There will be a bike raffle at 11:30, new slide ribbon cutting at noon, free bike raffle from 12-3, and the Little League’s opening game. Bring blankets, kites, bikes, lawn games, and a picnic lunch. Food will also be available for purchase.

  • AARP will hold a smart driver course at the Durham ambulance building, behind the Milk Run in Durham, on Saturday, May 3 from 8 am until 4 pm, with a break for lunch. Completion of the course will give you a discount on your insurance and four points off your license if you have any. The cost is $20 for AARP members and $25 for non-members. Register as soon as possible by calling Joseph at (518) 239-4769.

  • The 2nd Coxsackie Earth Day will be held on Saturday, May 3 from 8:30 am to 1 pm. Meet at the Gospel Community Church in Coxsackie and enjoy a free breakfast before going out to clean up local parks and roadways. Bring gloves, rakes, brooms, and pruning shears. Appropriate footwear is also recommended. Free pizza and soda will be available for lunch. To volunteer contact Jeffrey at (518) 478-5414 or email JHaasrph@aol.com.  RAIN DATE MAY 10

  • The annual Hudson children’s book festival will be held at the Hudson Junior/Senior high school, 215 Harry Howard Avenue in Hudson on Saturday, May 3 from 10 am to 4 pm.

  • Medusa Fest and small business fair will be held at the Medusa firehouse, 28 County Route 351 in Medusa on Saturday, May 3 from 9 am to 4 pm. There will be food, vendors, workshops, speakers, hands-on activities, live music, kids’ art lab, chicken barbeque, and a rummage sale. Admission is free, although donations are appreciated. Call (518) 239-6980, visit MedusaSmallBusinessFair.blogspot.com or email April.Roggio@gmail.com for more details.

 



- Do you own a rental property? Are you a landlord who needs a little help fixing up your investment property? Western Catskills Community Revitalization Council, Inc. is accepting applications for a HOME Rental Rehabilitation grant in Harpersfield, Kortright, and Stamford (including the Villages of Hobart and Stamford) in Delaware County; Ashland and Prattsville in Greene County; and Blenheim, Broome, Conesville, Fulton, Gilboa, Jefferson, and Summit in Schoharie County. This program provides funds to address housing health, safety and accessibility issues, improve energy consumption and more. Tenant incomes in improved apartments must be 60% or below of your county’s HUD median income limits. This is an opportunity that should be considered by all landlords in the eligible towns and villages. This program provides funding to rehabilitate apartments or the common areas of an apartment building. While a landlord match is required, the grant pays for most of the work. Applications and fact sheets for these programs are available by calling (607) 652-2823. For more information visit WesternCatskills.org.

- Volunteers are needed, especially in the Windham area on Mondays and Fridays, to deliver meals and to provide transportation to medical appointments. Volunteers generally work one day a week or every other week. If you’re interested in volunteering or need more information, call Ruth Pforte at (518) 719-3555 or toll-free at (877) 794-9266, or email RPforte@DiscoverGreene.com. You can also call Pat Merwin at the Jewett municipal building at (518) 263-4392.

- Family Support Service, an organization that helps families supporting an individual with autism or a developmental disability living fulltime in their home, has expanded their services into Greene, Orange and Ulster counties. Their toll-free number (888) 750-2266 is manned 24/7 to answer questions about the program and the services they provide. Visit Occupations.org for further information.

- The Mid-Hudson Region Small Business Development Center is providing information on the steps small businesses can follow immediately with respect to the effects of Hurricane Sandy in the State of New York. Beginning on October 28, 2012, federal aid may be made available to NY businesses to supplement state and local recovery assistance in the areas affected by the storm. Contact the Mid-Hudson Region SBDC at (845) 339-0025.

- Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA is asking for donations of food to support their pet food bank. The shelter’s current need is for dry cat and dog food. Donations may be dropped off on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM, or on Wednesday or Sunday from 9 AM to noon. They are also accepting gift cards and cash donations to purchase food. The address is 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson, NY 12534. The Food Bank is open for those in need of assistance on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11:30 AM to 4 PM. For more information call (518) 828-6044 or email RonPerez@cghs.org.

The Catskill Watershed Corporation has extended eligibility guidelines for its septic rehabilitation and replacement program. Homeowners in the five county NYC watershed west of the Hudson River, whose homes were built prior to November 2, 1995 and whose property is within 300 feet of a watercourse, are eligible to participate in the program. This program is voluntary. Homeowners who agree to participate will be reimbursed for the cost of pumping and inspecting the septic system to determine its condition. If repairs are needed, the CWC will pay for 100% of eligible costs of repairs for permanent residences, and 60% for non-primary residences. If you feel your property may be eligible, please call toll free (877) 928-7433 or (845) 586-1400 to arrange for a staff visit.


American Red Cross Blood Drives

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org to make an appointment to donate blood. Individuals who are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in NY), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. Identification is required at the time of donation.

  • Thursday, April 10:  10am-3pm at Coxsackie-Athens high school, 24 Sunset Blvd., Coxsackie.
  • Thursday, April 10:  1-6 pm at Hudson Elks Lodge No. 787, 201 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson.
  • Monday, April 14:  1-6 pm at the Jay Gould Memorial Church carriage house in Roxbury.
  • Wednesday, April 16:  Noon-6 pm at Catskill United Methodist Church, 40 Woodland Ave., Catskill.
  • Friday, April 18:  2:30-7:30 pm at the Town of Coxsackie Ambulance, 117 Mansion St., Coxsackie.
  • Saturday, April 19:  7:30am-12:30pm at Rensselaerville Volunteer Ambulance, Routes 352 & 357, Medusa
  • Monday, April 21:  1-6 pm at Stamford Baptist Church, 40 Lake Street in Stamford.
  • Thursday, April 24:  8:30am-2:30pm at Cairo-Durham High School, Rt. 145, Cairo.
  • Monday, April 28:  10am-3pm at First Niagara City Centre, 1 Hudson City Centre in Hudson.
  • Tuesday, April 29:  9:30am-3pm at Columbia-Greene Community College’s PAC building, Rt 23, Hudson
  • Monday, May 5:  2-6pm at Jefferson Central School, 1332 Rt. 10 in Jefferson.

 Town Directory

Ashland

  • A free wellness clinic for Greene County residents, sponsored by the Windham Rotary and the Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties, will be held at the Ashland Town Hall, Route 23 in Ashland every third Thursday of the month from 5-8 PM. Free clinic services to be offered include acupuncture, massage, reiki, yoga, chiropractic services, mental health and nutrition counseling, and feldenkrais (gentle pain-relieving movement). Call Peg at (518) 989-6491 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins will be seen if scheduling is available.

  • Sunday services are held at the Ashland United Methodist Church at 9 AM.

  • A breaking habits support group meets every Friday night in the Ashland Community Hall, across from the post office, from 7-8 PM. Call Gary at (518) 819-9554 for more information.

Cairo

  • Cairo Rotary meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM for a dinner meeting at The Bavarian Manor Country Inn in Purling.

  • The women’s group for breast cancer patients and survivors meets every third Monday of the month from 6-7:30 PM at the Cairo Town Hall Court Room, 512 Main Street in Cairo. For more information call (845) 339-4673.

Catskill

  • The fitness center, located in the Catskill High School, is open for public use Monday thru Friday from 5-9 PM and weekends from 7 AM to 4 PM. The cost is $1 per use. Please use the entrance located on the side of the building between the auditorium and the gym. An attendant is on duty during the times the facility is open.

  • The Community Action of Greene County’s Food Pantry at 53 South Jefferson Avenue in Catskill is open Monday, Thursday and Friday from 2-4 PM.

Coxsackie

  • Lighten the Load, a weight loss support group, meets every Monday at 6 PM at the Second Reformed Church, 16 Washington Avenue in Coxsackie. Wear comfortable clothing. Suggested donation is $5. Call Jeffrey at (518) 478-5414 for more information.

Durham – Durham, East Durham, Oak Hill

  • The Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of Knock Council #6439 meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:30 PM in the Council Hall located on Route 145 in East Durham. New members are always welcome.

Greenville – Freehold, Greenville

  • The Freehold Church, located on County Route 67 in Freehold, is offering a free soup night on Thursdays from 4-6 PM. Free soup, bread, coffee and tea to anyone in need. All are welcome.

  • A 12-Step Workshop for individuals who want help with hurts, hang-ups, or habits they would like to break takes place at the Greenville Christian Life Center on Mondays from 7-9 PM. Sessions are free. Call (518) 966-4519 with questions.

  • The Northeast Vietnam Veterans Association meets at the Greenville Library on the first Saturday of each month at 12:30 PM.

Hunter – Elka Park, Haines Falls, Hunter, Onteora Park, Platte Clove, Tannersville, Twilight Park

  • First Friday Shabbat services and Oneg (potluck meal) will be held on the first Friday of every month at the Hunter synagogue on Main Street in Hunter at 7 PM. Skiers welcome. Bring a dish if you like. Email Mike Alpern at AlpernM@aol.com for more information.
     
  • Hunter Chamber of Commerce meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month.
     
  • A free creative writing workshop is offered at 2 PM every Saturday at the Village Square Bookstore & Literary Arts Center, 7950 Main Street in the Village of Hunter. Call (518) 263-2050 to sign up.
     
  • The Mountain Top Golden Agers meet at the Tannersville Village Hall the fourth Thursday of the month.
     
  • Earn Money - Share What You Know Do you have a skill or knowledge that you would like to share with others, while getting paid for your efforts? Become an instructor in the Hunter-Tannersville Central School District's Adult Education Program. You choose the days and times. HTC does the paperwork of advertising, registering participants, finding a location for your class, and handling fees. Contact HTC Adult Education Coordinator, Barbara at BSlutzky@HTCSD.org; (518) 589-5400, ext. 1520; or call (518) 263-4061.
     
  • Story time for children ages 3-6 is held at the Hunter Public Library Tuesday mornings from 10:30-11 AM. Call (518) 263-4655 for further information.
     
  • Bunt-Brewer American Legion Post 165 meets the first Wednesday of the month, April through January, at 7:30 PM at the legion headquarters in the Tannersville Firehouse. For information call Jim at (518) 263-5184.

  • The Kaaterskill United Methodist Church food pantry, located behind the Tannersville Village Hall, is open every Wednesday from 1-3 PM. If you have an emergency need or would like to donate non-perishable items, please call Bernice at (518) 263-4865.

Jewett – East Jewett, Jewett

  • The Jewett Senior Center, located on Route 23C just off Route 296 in Jewett, holds blood pressure clinics the second Tuesday of the month and also on the fourth Friday of the month at 11 AM. Call (518) 263-4392 for information.

  • The Jewett Ladies Auxiliary meets the third Tuesday of the month at 8 PM in the upstairs meeting room in the Jewett Firehouse.

  • Sunday services are held at the Jewett Presbyterian Church at 9 AM.

  • The Jewett Food Pantry is open every Sunday from Noon until 2:30 PM at the Jewett Presbyterian Church.

Lexington – Lexington, West Kill

  • Every Wednesday morning a pre-school program will be held in the Lexington Mission food pantry meeting room from 10:30 AM to noon. There are stories, crafts, snacks and lots of fun. Call (518) 299-3227 for information.

  • A 12-step support group meets every Friday night in the Lexington Mission food pantry meeting room from 7-8 PM. Call Andy at (518) 487-8270 or Gary at (518) 819-9554 for more information.

  • The Lexington Mission Community Food Pantry will be closed for the winter. If you have an emergency need please call (518) 299-3227.

  • Sunday morning worship services are held at the Lexington Mission at 9 AM.

  • Sunday services are held at the Lexington United Methodist Church at 9:30 AM.

Prattsville

  • The Reformed Church of Prattsville holds Sunday Worship and Sunday School in the parsonage chapel, 14537 Main Street, across from Jim’s Great American, every Sunday at 11 am. All are welcome.

  • The Prattsville food pantry, in the Methodist Community Church, is open on the third Tuesday of every month from 4-6 PM.

  • Rebuild Prattsville magnetic car signs are available for $15 at the Prattsville Town Hall. All proceeds go toward that cause.

  • A community dinner is held in the Prattsville United Methodist Church hall on the first Wednesday of every month at 6 PM. Please bring a food dish to share.

  • Sunday school classes have resumed at the Prattsville United Methodist Church and are held on Sundays from 9:30-10:30 AM. Ages 3 and up are welcome and there is also an adult class that meets at the same time.

Windham – Hensonville, Maplecrest, Windham

  • VFW Post #1545 has partnered with the American Clothing Company of Glens Falls to have a clothing drop box located at the west end of the Post property on Route 23 in Windham. Area residents are encouraged to drop off any usable clothing and shoes that will go to needy persons throughout the state. This is an ongoing fundraiser for the Post that also benefits those in need of assistance.

  • Volunteers are needed, especially in the Windham area on Mondays and Fridays, to deliver meals and to provide transportation to medical appointments. Volunteers generally work one day a week or every other week. If you’re interested in volunteering or need more information, call Ruth at (518) 719-3555 or toll-free at (877) 794-9266, or email RPforte@DiscoverGreene.com. You can also call Pat Merwin at the Jewett municipal building at (518) 263-4392.

  • Catholic Charities of Columbia and Greene Counties WIC Program will be assisting families the third Tuesday of every other month from 10 AM to 2 PM at St Theresa’s Church in Windham. The WIC program is a nutrition education program available to pregnant and postpartum women and their children under the age of 5. Each family member is eligible for $70-$130 worth of food vouchers per month. Participants need to be income eligible for the program. Please call the Catskill WIC office at (518) 943-9082 to see if you qualify or have questions about your current WIC benefits. The office at 82 Woodland Avenue in Catskill is open 5 days a week.

  • A self-help program for young adults will be held at St. Theresa’s Church, Route 23 in Windham every Wednesday at 7 PM. Visit alateen.org to learn more. Anonymity is the basis of this program.

  • The Community of Windham Foundation is selling streamers to commemorate all who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. They are $10 each and are available at Legacy Bank, Route 296 in Windham, or by calling Chris at (518) 734-5011. Proceeds will support youth and community programs.

  • The WAJPL Golden Age Club meets on the first and third Monday of each month at the Windham Town Hall in Hensonville at 1 PM.

  • The Knights of Columbus Council 8533 meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM in the church hall of St. Theresa’s Church in Windham.

  • Sgt. James F. Carty VFW Post 1545 and the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW meet the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at the Dugout, lower Main Street, Windham.

  • Al Anon meetings are held every Wednesday at 6 PM at St. Theresa’s Church in Windham.

  • St. Theresa’s Women’s Guild meets the first Friday of each month at 11 AM in the church hall at St. Theresa’s Church, 5188 Route 23 in Windham. All parishioners are welcome.

  • The Windham Food Pantry at Hope Restoration Church is open every Saturday from 11 AM to 2 PM. Call (518) 734-3826 for more information.

  • Sunday services are held at the Windham-Hensonville United Methodist Church, St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church, Hope Restoration Church, and Mitchell Hollow Missions Church at 11 AM. Mitchell Hollow Missions Church holds Sunday school every Sunday at 10 AM. For more information about Mitchell Hollow Missions Church go to MitchellHollow.org.

Columbia County

  • A new breast cancer support group will meet in Hudson on the third Thursday of each month. Meetings will take place at 6 PM in the second floor conference room of the Columbia Healthcare Consortium, 325 Columbia Street. Space is limited, so please call (845) 339-4673 to reserve a spot. If you have any questions call that number or email Hope@BreastCancerOptions.org.

Delaware County

  • The Roxbury Library, located at 53742 State Highway 30 in Roxbury, directly opposite the United Methodist Church on Main Street, has new hours. The Roxbury Library, RLA Thrift Shoppe and the Irma Mae Griffin History Room will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM to 5 PM, and on Saturdays from 10 AM to 2 PM. Call (607) 326-7901 for further information.

  • CORE Values Thrift Store in Stamford is located at 112 Main Street, across from the Grand Union. CORE welcomes donations of clean, usable clothing, household items, toys, and furniture. No old computers, please. All donations are tax deductible. Money received through the sale of merchandise is distributed back to the community. Open Wednesday through Friday from 11 AM to 4 PM, and Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM. The phone number is (607) 652-4772.

Greene County

Mountaintop Ecumenical monthly meetings start at 11 AM with a speaker, followed by a covered-dish luncheon. All are welcome. Please bring a dish to pass.

  • Tuesday, May 6 at the Lexington United Methodist Church

    Tuesday, June 3 at the Mitchell Hollow Mission Church in Windham

    July & August – no meeting

    Tuesday, September 2 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Windham

    Tuesday, October 7 at the East Jewett United Methodist Church

    Wednesday, November 5 (Election Day is Tuesday, November 4) at the Windham-Hensonville United Methodist Church in Windham

    Tuesday, December 2 at the Ashland United Methodist Community Church

Schoharie County

  • The Gilboa Historical Society meets every third Wednesday of the month at 7 PM at the Gilboa Town Hall on Route 990V in Gilboa. There are no meetings in January and February. There is a short business meeting prior to a guest speaker and refreshments are served.

  • The Schoharie Valley Hay Shakers Square Dance Club hold dances at the Middleburgh Central Schools on the first and third Friday of the month from September through June, except January and February. All dances run from 7:30 to 10:30 PM. Contact them by email at SVHayShakers@gmail.com or call (518) 595-9213 if you have any questions.

2014 Appointments Available For Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus and Medicaid Enrollments

Many working individuals and families experience difficulty finding affordable health insurance. If your children are uninsured, you can talk with an Enrollment Counselor about Child Health Plus, a free or low-cost health insurance program. CHP provides comprehensive health benefits for children from birth to 18 years old. Childless adults and parents without health insurance should also ask about Family Health Plus.

Enrollment counselors offer eligibility screening and application assistance for individuals and families wishing to obtain affordable health insurance through New York State-funded Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, and Medicaid. Assistance with annual re-certification is also available. These consultations are absolutely free of charge. Eligibility screening can be done by phone by calling (518) 822-9600.

Visit ColumbiaHealthNet.org for more information.
 Walk-in hours at the Healthcare Consortium office, 325 Columbia Street, Suite 200 in Hudson
 are Monday through Friday 9 AM to 4 PM.

 


 Art Exhibits

  • Outside the Lines, a Pre-K through high school youth arts exhibit, will be on display at the Greene County Council on the Arts Catskill gallery, 398 Main Street in Catskill through Saturday, May 3. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturday 12-5 pm. Admission is free.

  • The exhibit Master, Mentor, Master: Thomas Cole & Frederick Church will be on display at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street in Catskill from Wednesday, April 30 through Sunday, November 2.
  • Young’s Agway in Prattsville is currently displaying a Civil War painting and a hand-sewn quilt, both of which are fundraisers for the Zadock Pratt Museum. Raffle tickets are being sold for both items, with the drawing taking place on Thursday, October 30.

  • Catskill Mountain Views, an exhibition of 23 photographs by Edward C. Hansen, will be on display at the Catskill Watershed Corporation, 905 Main Street in Margaretville through Tuesday, April 15. Hours are Monday-Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm. All works are for sale and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Thomas Cole House Historic Site in Catskill.

  • Richard Kathmann: His Trees will be on exhibit in the Walt Meade Gallery at the Roxbury Arts Center, 5025 Vega Mountain Road in Roxbury from Tuesday, March 11 through Saturday, April 26.

  • The Whimsical World of Ruth Sachs: Artful New Works by a Raku Master will be on display at the Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery, 7950 Main Street in Hunter through Sunday, June 1. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 3:30 pm.

  • Nancy Winternight: A Play between Inspiration and Spirit, an exhibit of painted quilts, will be on display at the Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery. 7950 Main Street in Hunter through Sunday, June 1. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 3:30 pm.

  • 2014 Greene County Council on the Arts Calendar of Events:

    The Greene County Council on the Arts Catskill Gallery is located at 398 Main Street in Catskill and is open Monday thru Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM. For more information on any of these exhibits and events call (518) 943-3400, visit their website at GreeneArts.org or email GCCA@GreeneArts.org.


    Mountain Top Historical Society Hike Schedule - 2014

    The Mountain Top Historical Society’s visitors’ center in Haines Falls will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-4 PM, as well as on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM to 4 PM.

    May 17 Kaaterskill Rail Trail and Laurel House Grounds. Part of our Spring Fling with additional activities at the Historical Society grounds in Haines Falls. Full details to be announced.

    June 7 (Sat.) – National Trails Day. Rip's Retreat. A morning illustrated presentation will orient participants to Rip's Retreat and, following a lunch at our historic U & D Railroad Station, prepare them to explore the site of this 1950s tourist attraction. We will find some of the few signs of the buildings that once occupied the picnic area at North Lake and follow the path of the amusement's miniature train ride now hidden in the woods just downhill along the stage road that, from the 1820s to the 1940s led to The Catskill Mountain House. An easy, family friendly hike. The route of the train ride has some overgrown areas and may be wet or muddy. Led by Bob Gildersleeve. Check back for further details and information on the Lunch.

    June 21 (Sat.)  Sam's Point Ice Caves. Hike with Catskill 4000 Club leader Paul Misko and famed Catskill Geologist Dr. Robert Titus to the Sam's Point Ice Caves in Cragsmoor. Sam's Point, a nature preserve managed by the Nature Conservancy located on the Shawangunk Ridge, was preserved for its unique ecological and geological significance. It offers magnificent views along several miles of mostly level trails. Dr. Titus will describe the extensive geological features of the rocks of the Ridge and the ice caves. Mr. Misko will share the colorful history of Sam's Point. Level: Easy to moderate, with added difficulty in the Ice Caves due to rocky and slippery spots. (Yaktraks or microspikes recommended.)
    Group size limited to 12. No dogs please. Length: 3 miles. Time: 4-5 hours. Register no later than Friday, June 20, with Paul Misko at
    woodvalleybear@gmail.com. Or with the MTHS at director@mths.org, or 518-589-6679. Directions to meeting spot will be sent upon registration. Meeting time: 9:45 a.m. There is a $10 parking fee per car. Carpooling is recommended due to the small size of the lot.

    July 5 (Sat.) Tiskilwa Park. A guided hike through private lands and trails in Chichester of the former "Tiskilwa Park." The morning will begin with a short but steep climb (800 vertical ft) to the expansive views from Crow Hill, before descending to the Ox Clove Creek, where we'll explore what's left of the road and bridge system built by former furniture factory owner William O. Schwarzwaelder.  Hike will be lead by landowner,local historian and former newspaper guy Brian Powers. Half-day, moderate, with options for less or more. The hike will be  followed by a visit to the Empire State Railway Museum in Phoenicia.

    July 19 (Sat.) Wittenberg An all day excursion, led by Catskill 4000 Club leader Paul Misko, the ascent from Woodland Valley to the summit of Wittenberg is one of the most challenging but rewarding day hikes in the Catskills. Paul will share the history of the Woodland Valley region, especially the explorations of naturalist John Burroughs, and point out the unique characteristics of this trail. Special treat: a bushwhack to Wittenberg Cave. Length: 9 miles. Level: very difficult due to steepness and length. Some rock scrambles and bushwhacks. Meeting time: 9:30 a.m. at the Woodland Valley State Campsite day use lot. Purchase a day use parking pass at the Campsite office. Exit time: 5-6 p.m. Limited to 12 hikers. Register no later than Friday July 18, with Paul Misko at woodvalleybear@gmail.com. or with the MTHS at director@mths.org, or 518-589-6679.

    August 2 (Sat.) Plans are underway for an exploration of Austin Glen. This very special area in Catskill and Leeds was the location of the Catskill Mountain Railroad and is a fascinating and important geological area. Led by Dr. Robert Titus, Bob Gildersleeve and others to be announced.

    August 16 (Sat.) Blackhead Loop Hike over Blackhead Mountain:  Enjoy spectacular views, rushing brooks, a lean-to, scenic rock formations, and a delicious spring on four routes over one of the Catskill Forest Preserve's highest peaks, 3,940-foot Blackhead Mountain.  This is a 5.1-mile hike with an ascent of  1800 feet.  Some sections are very steep with occasional challenging areas and tricky footing; this hike is rated 'Difficult.'  Bring lunch, snacks, water, and wear good boots.  Hike duration, including all stops, up to five hours.  We will meet at the parking lot in C.D. Lane Park (formerly Batavia Kill Day Use Area) about 1.5 miles east of Maplecrest, Big Hollow Road, at 9:00.

    Sept. 13 (Sat.)South Mountain Led by Bob Gildersleeve. Edward West, said the trails on South Mountain had the best views for the least effort of any trails in the Catskills. We will explore these views along easy to moderate trails of about 4.0 miles with a possible excursion of another 2 miles. Meet at the Mountain Top Historical Society's Campus on Route 23A in Haines Falls at 9:00 am.

    All Mountain Top Historical Society hikes are free and the public is invited. Please wear proper hiking attire and boots (NO sneakers), pack a lunch, don’t forget rain gear or sunscreen, and bring plenty of water. Membership is not required for hike participation, but you must register for each hike by calling (518) 589-6657 or emailing Director@MTHS.org. Please leave your name, phone number, and the total in your party. The schedule is subject to change and notifications, including weather cancellations, will be made up to the day of any given hike. Call Bob at (518) 734-9701 or check MTHS.org for announcements.
     

    Cornell Cooperative Extension Programs
    Cornell Cooperative Extensions of Columbia and Greene Counties fall program schedule. Pre-registration is required for all programs. You can register for programs taking place at the CCE Columbia Education Center, 479 Route 66 in Hudson by calling 828-3346, extension 0. In Greene County, unless otherwise noted, programs are held at the Agroforestry Resource Center, 6055 Route 23 in Acra. Call 622-9820, extension 0 for these programs. In case of inclement weather, please call the office for updates. Complete details for all programs including times, registration deadlines and fees may be found at AgroForestryCenter.org. You can call either office and request a program listing be mailed to you as well.












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