The weather wasn't the best, but at least the rain held back while the community came together to mourn the loss of those who gave their lives in battle on this Memorial Day 2021, in Philmont.
Town Supervisor Kippy Weigelt, Town Councilman and Deputy Town Supervisor Stephen ("Hookie") Hook, Town Councilman George Duntz, Town Clerk/Tax Collector Mary Jeanne Hoose, Congressman Antonio Delgado, NYS Senator Daphne Jordan, Philmont Mayor Brian Johnson and other dignitaries and elected officials attended.
The event, organized by the Philmont American Legion, included a shortened parade down Main Street, from Maple Avenue to Elm Street.
Following the parade, speeches were given and prayers shared.
While delivering his remarks, Town Supervisor Kippy Weigelt said, "With any luck, we are beginning to see the end of this terrible pandemic that we've been living through and dealing with for over a year now. It's been difficult to be separated from our family and friends; not able to see them or hug them for so long. And while the pain of being isolated from those we love during this pandemic is real, today - Memorial Day - helps to put it in perspective for me.
Far too many military families will never see their loved ones again. They've been lost to war and conflict, defending our freedom and liberty. These families will never again share a holiday with their fallen service member. They can no longer call them to share exciting news or just to tell them they love them. They'll never again share a meal or a family vacation with their military hero. The pain of being isolated from loved ones that we've all felt in recent months, is permanent for these Gold Star families. As we begin to open up and spend time with family again, our hearts are again full; while the hearts of our Gold Star families remain broken... the void left ever present.
So today, as we gather for barbecues and family get-togethers to observe this solemn day, let us not forget that there will be an empty chair at the home of many patriots. Let us never forget them or their sacrifice. Let us always support their family and their loved ones left behind.
To those who gave all, I thank you. We thank you. This village, town and nation thanks you. We will remember.
Thank you all again for attending. It's an honor to serve as your Town Supervisor and to speak with you here today.
God bless this great country."
Rich Morris and Jeff French conducted the presentation at the War Memorial.
State Senator Daphne Jordan recognized the Village of Philmont as an official "Purple Heart Village."
COUNSELORS NEEDED FOR SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM
A great employment opportunity for students age 16+!
The Town of Claverack is gearing up for its Summer Youth Program and is looking for persons interested in serving as Program Counselors.
The five week summer recreation program runs July through August.
Interested persons must be:
For an application click here. Please attach a resume with the application.
Completed applications must be returned by June 1, 2021 by either dropping them off at the Town Office (91 Church Street, Mellenville), by mail to Town of Claverack, P.O. Box V, Mellenville NY 12544 or by email to Deputy Town Clerk Rich Michael.
For more information, contact the Town Clerk's office at 518-672-7911.
PHILMONT MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES PLANNED
Village to be designated a Purple Heart Community.
The Minkler-Seery American Legion Post # 252 is busy planning this year’s Memorial Day Parade and service in Philmont.
This Memorial Day, May 31st, 2021, the Village of Philmont will become an official Purple Heart Community.
New York State Senator Daphne Jordan, Philmont Mayor Brian Johnson, Town Supervisor Kippy Weigelt, Deputy Town Supervisor Stephen Hook, Town Clerk Mary Jeanne Hoose and other elected officials and dignitaries are expected to attend.
The Town of Claverack was named Columbia County's very first Purple Heart Community in 2019.
Scheduled events are as follows:
Friday evening May 28th the Legion will hold services at the lower Main Street Memorial at 6:00 pm and at the two cemeteries.
Monday, May 31st there will be a small parade lining up at 8:30 am on Maple Avenue in front of the Philmont Firehouse. The parade will travel down Main Street to the Main Street Memorial starting at 9:00 am.
The Philmont Post Office is also taking part by promoting the Purple Heart stamp the week before Memorial Day.
These are exciting times. Claverack (and Philmont) is working!
The Mellenville-Philmont Food Pantry continues to provide much needed food and supplies to town residents.
Volunteers including Town Clerk Mary Jeanne Hoose, Deputy Town Supervisor Stephen Hook and many others continue to support the Food Pantry's mission by keeping the pantry supplied, distributing items to the community and keeping people up-to-date via the town website and Food Pantry's Facebook page.
The vast majority of the food and supplies that we offer do not come to us free; we have to purchase them. Many things, like meat protein, is expensive and makes it difficult for us to afford. So we have to be able to substitute with what we can afford, and use what funds we have.
Anyone wishing to make a financial donation to the food pantry may do so by mailing a check made payable to "Mellenville/Philmont Food Pantry" to the Claverack Town Office, PO Box V, Mellenville, NY 12544.
CLAVERACK REPUBLICAN CLUB PLANS ROADSIDE CLEANUP
The Claverack Republican Club will conduct a roadside cleanup of trash, litter and debris Saturday, May 22, 2021 in the Claverack Hamlet.
A number of years ago the group “adopted” three one-mile stretches of road leading to the traffic light in the center of the hamlet and every year members and volunteers, in conjunction with the NYS Department of Transportation, pick up the trash that has accumulated along the sides of those three stretches.
The cleanup will be held Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 9:00 AM. Volunteers will meet in the A.B. Shaw Firehouse parking lot (must be at least 12-years old).
Coffee and donuts will be provided.
Volunteers need not be a member of the Claverack Republican Club.... all are welcome!
HUDSON SEEKS TO REROUTE TRUCKS
New Route Would Push Trucks Out of Hudson into Neighboring Towns
The City of Hudson is working to have the established truck route moved out of their city and into neighboring towns, including the Town of Claverack. This could mean significant impacts to the roadways, homes and businesses where the truck traffic would be rerouted.
Among the proposals is to reroute all truck traffic up Route 9H/23 and onto Route 23B, through the hamlet of Claverack. This is unacceptable.
Other possibilities in the study commissioned by the City of Hudson would move the truck route to Spook Rock Rd, a county road that is full of twists and turns. This too would be unacceptable.
The City of Hudson invites community members to participate in a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 6:00 PM via Zoom. Registration is required for the event.
I will oppose any plan to move the truck route, that largely serves the greater Hudson/Greenport commercial district, out of Hudson and into Claverack. I would encourage you to speak up and do the same!
COUNTY COVID CASES CONTINUE TO DECLINE
Help Available to Seniors and Homebound Residents
The COVID-19 infection rate continues to be low in Columbia County with just 40 active cases reported countywide as of Friday, April 23rd. That's the lowest numbers we've seen since October 2020. That's very good news! This is do, in part, to residents being vaccinated. Over 45% of Columbia County residents have now received at least one shot of the vaccine.
New York State is providing vaccine for CCDOH vaccination clinics for anyone who works or resides in Columbia County and is 16+ years old (Pfizer vaccine). Please check the CCDOH website for posted registration links.
Columbia County seniors and/or homebound residents in need of assistance getting themselves registered for the COVID-19 vaccine are encouraged to contact the county call center Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The telephone number is 518-697-5560.
NOTICE FROM TOWN ASSESSOR CHARLES BREWER
Pursuant to Sections 506 and 526 of the Real Property Tax Law:
Notice is hereby given that the Tentative Assessment Roll for the Town of Claverack is completed, and a copy thereof may be seen at the Town of Claverack Office Building, 91 Church St., Mellenville, NY until May 15th, 2021.
Notice is hereby given that an Assessor will be in attendance with the Tentative Assessment Roll for the Town of Claverack at the Town Office Building during the hours of 10 AM to 2 PM May 6th and May 11th, on the following two days May 13th, 6-8 PM and May 15th 10 AM to 2 PM.
Notice is hereby given that the Board of Assessment Review for the Town of Claverack will meet to hear and examine all properly filed complaints in relation to assessments of Real Property at the Town Office Bldg., 91 Church St., Mellenville, NY during the hours 4 PM to 8 PM on May 25th, 2021.
A publication containing procedures for contesting an assessment is available at the Assessor’s Office or the Columbia County Real Property Tax Office as well as online here.
Charles W. Brewer
FOUR FAMILIES HOMELESS AFTER PHILMONT BLAZE
Donations being accepted.
Four families are homeless after a huge fire ripped through an apartment building and a second home in the Village of Philmont. The fire was reported to Columbia County 911 Tuesday morning, shortly after 10 AM. The fire started at a row house on Block Street before spreading to a nearby home on Main Street.
The Philmont Fire Company was aided by several surrounding fire departments, with others providing standby coverage. All told, over 20 fire departments were involved with additional public safety agencies providing support at the scene.
The blaze left 14 people homeless. Various efforts have been organized to collect donations for those affected. More information on that below.
On behalf of the entire Town Board, I'd like to thank the Philmont Fire Company, the Mellenville Fire Company, A.B. Shaw, Churchtown and the many other mutual aid fire companies who responded to this terrible fire. We also thank the local businesses - like Mcnan's Variety Foods, High Falls Pizzeria, Cumberland Farms and others - who came together, as they so often do, to support the firefighters as they worked to extinguish the fire.
To help the families, consider donating in any of the following ways:
Our Community Cares
GoFundMe for the Wallace Family
GoFundMe for the Khan Family
GoFundMe for the Palumbo Family
SKIP SPEED HONORED FOR YEARS OF SERVICE
I was happy to join New York State Senator Daphne Jordan, incumbent Philmont Mayor Brian Johnson, Deputy Mayor Doug Cropper, past and present village officials and employees, and a host of friends and family to acknowledge and thank Philmont Mayor Skip Speed for his many years of service to the Village of Philmont at the Village's annual Organizational Meeting on Monday, April 5th.
Senator Jordan presented Skip with a New York State legislative proclamation, and I was honored to present him with a proclamation from the Columbia County Board of Supervisors.
Deputy Mayor Doug Cropper also honored Skip, on behalf of the Village Board, by handing over the blue sign that proclaimed his service as Mayor for years as you entered the village on Route 217.
We thank you Skip for your years of service, and look forward to working with the new Mayor and Village Board on joint projects of mutual benefit moving forward.
HOOKIE'S COOK'IN CHICKEN
Advance sale only -- get your tickets by April 17th.
Tickets are on sale now for the Claverack Republican Team Chicken Barbecue slated for April 29th at the Claverack Firehouse on Route 23.
This will be an advance sale only (no tickets at the door) / take-out only event.
Deputy Town Supervisor Steve Hook will be serving up his famous secret recipe barbecue chicken, complete with potato salad, coleslaw, dinner roll and drink.
Pick up will be 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm on the 29th.
This event will sell out!
Order your tickets by April 17th online here, or by calling 518-813-2516 or 518-851-7570.
TOWN ASSESSOR COMPLETES TOWN-WIDE REVALUATION
What do updated assessments mean for you?
Recently, Claverack property owners received a notice from Town of Claverack Assessor Charles Brewer regarding their new preliminary assessments. These assessments were the result of a town wide revaluation to bring all assessments up to current full-market value. It’s important that we understand what a revaluation does, and doesn’t do. I’ll try to explain. Read the full story here!
The Columbia County Department of Health has announced upcoming COVID-19 vaccination Points of Dispensing (POD) that will deliver over 1,600 vaccinations to eligible Columbia County residents.
The first POD, scheduled for March 17th is already full. But fear not, there are others scheduled and we have the information on when and where to register!
Three additional PODs are scheduled for March 18-20. All of these PODs are open to Group 1B, which includes 60+ seniors, residents with comorbidities, and Essential Workers including: public facing government and public employees, not-for-profit workers who provide public-facing services to New Yorkers in need, and essential in-person public-facing building service workers.
If you aren't sure if you qualify, check here.
The links for these PODs will be released as follows:
March 18th link will be released Tuesday, March 16 at 5 PM
March 19th link will be released Tuesday, March 16 at 5 PM
March 20th link will be released Wednesday, March 17 at 5 PM
The links to register will be posted here. (Scroll down to "CCDOH POD Registrations.")
For additional information, or assistance with registering, call the Columbia County Department of Health's hotline at 518-697-5560.
If the forecast is right, we're facing our first significant winter storm of the season Wednesday night into the day on Thursday; and while we're used to these storms here in the northeast, the first snowstorm of the season can sometimes catch us off guard.
That said, I wanted to give you a little heads up and layout the forecast, as it looks right now.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Claverack effective 4 PM Wednesday through 1 PM Thursday.
It looks like snow will begin to fall here after 5 pm on Wednesday, so there should be (as it looks now) minimal impact on the Wednesday afternoon commute home. Snow picks up in intensity late Wednesday night and through the overnight into Thursday when snowfall rates could reach 1"-2" per hour. This will likely make for a very difficult Thursday morning commute. If you're able to go into work late on Thursday, or work from home, that would probably be best.
Total snow accumulations of 12" to 18" is expected by the time the storm winds down Thursday afternoon.
Again, heavy snow isn't new to us here, but please - since this is our first significant snowstorm of the season - plan to check on elderly friends, family and neighbors.
Stay up-to-date by subscribing to my email list, Kippy News.
If you haven't already enrolled in Columbia County's new emergency alert system NY-ALERT, now would be a good time!
The Columbia County Department of Health has scheduled a drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinic for December 15, 2020, 9 AM to 11 AM at the A.B. Shaw Firehouse on Route 23 in Claverack.
You must be a resident of Columbia County to be tested at this clinic and you must pre-register.
This is important information, and we'd ask that you consider forwarding this information to your friends and family.
Effective August 29, 2020, Columbia County is changing its mass-notification emergency alert system from CodeRed to the system provided by New York State known as NY-ALERT.
All Columbia County residents are encouraged to enroll in the new emergency alert system, NY-ALERT, prior to August 29th.
Existing landline telephones will be automatically subscribed to the new service.
Thankfully, our efforts to stay at home, socially distance and practice good hand hygiene have paid off. We've managed to slow the spread and flatten the curve, which helped avoid a healthcare crisis in our local emergency rooms.
New York State is slowly beginning to reopen, but unfortunately it will be some time before things return to "normal." That said, I regret to share with you the following cancellations:
The Philmont Memorial Day Community service and parade have been canceled. The Minkler-Seery American Legion Post 252 will still honor those Veterans who gave their lives for us with a service at each cemetery and at the Village Memorial Parks, with a time and date to be announced.
Chairman Jeffrey French is asking all Claverack residents to take a moment out of your day on May 25th to remember those service members who are no longer with us.
All rentals of the Claverack Town Park have been suspended for the Summer. This includes any private parties, gatherings, concerts, etc. The park will remain open for walking and playing, but residents are asked to refrain from playing any contact sports (basketball, etc.).
The Claverack Summer Youth Program at the Town Park has been canceled. The Town Board regrets having to make this decision, but we did not feel it was prudent to move forward with the program as State and County government have both discouraged summer camps and youth programs during this time. We look forward to having a program in Summer 2021.
The Claverack Republican Club's Summer Concert Series has been canceled for 2020. In making the announcement, Club vice-president Charles Schram said, “there was simply no way to make it work given the nature of the venue and the close interaction required.” The club will begin planning for the 2021 season at the first of the year.
Philmont Community Day has been canceled. Any donations, and all money from fundraising will be utilized for next year’s event. Anyone with questions or concerns can contact Secretary/Treasurer Brenda Baker by calling (518)-821-4481, or by email.
For additional updates and announcements, please continue to check the town website.
The Town of Claverack has received a limited amount of cloth face masks (not medical grade) from the County to distribute for free to Claverack residents who have been unable to obtain them elsewhere.
A limited supply of these masks will be distributed in the Claverack Library Parking Lot on Saturday, April 25th, from 12:00 Noon until about 2:00 PM (or until we run out). Masks are also available at McNann’s on Main Street in Philmont for those of you that live closer to Philmont.
The masks come in packages of five, so we are limiting the distribution to one package per family. We encourage you to share any unneeded masks with someone who needs one. They are made of soft cloth and can be washed and re-used.
Per the State social distancing guidelines, we ask that everyone maintain at least a 6-foot distance from one another if you come to get a package.
Please note that if you cannot make it on Saturday, there will be a supply of these masks at the Town Office on Church St during the week. If you come to the office, our Town Clerk will come out and give you a package.
We apologize for the short notice, but we just received these and wanted to get them out into the community without delay.
Claverack Town Board