Save-the-Date: 2017 House Tour Looks to the Future

August 12th, 2017

Hillsdale’s Historic House Tour will be back this summer with a twist — this tour will visit Historic Houses of the Future. So save Saturday, August 12, from 10:30 to 3:30, for a tour of houses in Hillsdale that are great examples of contemporary design including ones with “green” features. Details will be posted here soon.

Hillsdale Flea Market

May 27th, 2017

Hillsdale’s Hamlet Committee will host a flea market on May 27, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, marking the return of an event that in years past drew hundreds of shoppers to the center of the town.

Applications for vendor spaces are available now on the Hillsdale home page at

The flea market welcomes vendors selling goods ranging from toys, kitchenware, furniture, plants and clothing to antiques, jewelry and collectibles.

“The Hamlet Committee hopes the flea market draws both residents and visitors for what promises to be a fun community activity,” said Bart Ziegler, chair of the Hamlet Committee. “Shoppers can expect a huge variety of goods from a variety of sellers who are eager to share their items with bargain hunters.”

The flea market will take place in the Hillsdale Hamlet Park, located just southwest of the intersection of N.Y. Routes 22 and 23 at the traffic light.

The market will open at 8 am for early-bird shoppers, at a charge of $10 a person. Free attendance will begin at 9 am. The market will end at 3 pm. As this is an outdoor event, a rain date for severe weather is set for Sunday May 28, with the same times.

Vendors will be charged $30 for a 15-by-15-foot space on grass. They must supply their own table, tent or other items. More information can be found on the event’s Facebook page, or by emailing  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Food and beverages will be offered for purchase at the market, while a variety of eateries in the hamlet will be open as usual for breakfast and lunch.

The Hamlet Committee is a volunteer community group that works to enhance the quality of life in the town’s core, both economically and aesthetically, under the auspices of the Hillsdale Town Board. Proceeds from the flea market will be used to further the committee’s mission.

Vendor Application


Hillsdale Clean-up Day

May 20th, 2017

The Hillsdale Town Garage on Old Town Road will be open on Saturday, May 20, from 9 am to noon for Spring Clean-up. If you have stuff to discard, come on down. Open to Hillsdale residents only. 1 load per resident.


Price of Admission: As usual, donations will be accepted – this year to provide funds for Town activities such as the Egg Hunt and the Holiday Tree lighting.

What you can bring: furniture, appliances, metal, glass, pots, pans, car batteries. Mattresses and box springs $20.00 each (our cost of disposing them).

What you cannot bring Household garbage, TVs, computers, computer screens, electronics, paint, paint cans, oil, oil cans or barrels, chemicals, fertilizer or pesticides or their containers, hazardous materials of any kind, brush, construction debris or tires.

Latex paint: You may dispose of latex paint (which is water based) in your regular household garbage provided the liquid inside of the can is dry. This can be accomplished by adding shredded newspaper, sand or kitty litter to latex paint and letting it air dry (as per NYSDEC).

Hazardous Waste: Columbia County has not yet scheduled a hazardous waste cleanup day Saturday. More information.


The Fiery Sword of Justice Benefit for RJL

May 6th, 2017

“The Fiery Sword of Justice”, a critically acclaimed comedy about how one business woman’s compulsive truth-telling torpedoed her career, will be staged at the historic Ancram Opera House on Saturday, May 6, at 3 pm as a benefit for the Roeliff Jansen Commuity Library.

The play is written and performed by Lauren Lettelier. After a decades-long career in New York as an award-winning communications executive, Lauren is now a Hillsdale-based writer, actor, and voice artist as well as a volunteer at the library both at the circulation desk and on committees.

“The Fiery Sword of Justice” received rave reviews at the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival, where critics called it “Bold, funny, wise and brave … cannot be missed!” (; “An enlightening piece of work … wicked, sharp and funny!” ( and “The most original piece … at the Fringe” (

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online HERE or by check at the library.

Friends Book Shop Open

May 6th, 2017

The Friends Book Shop is open at the Roe Jan Library, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located in the lower level of the library, the sale includes books and media for all ages. New material is on view each month, most at $1 or $2 per item. The library is located at 9091 Rte. 22, one-half mile south of the Rte. 23 intersection in Hillsdale, NY. Please visit the Friends of the Roe Jan Library website for more information:



Public Hearing: Taconic State Park Master Plan

April 26th, 2017

Save Wednesday, April 26, at 7 pm in the Copake Town Hall for the Taconic State Park Master Plan Public Hearing. This is our opportunity to weigh in on the 20 year plan that New York State Office of Parks staff have been developing for the last year. Much more detail will follow including the draft Master Plan Report and Draft Environmental Impact Statement.


The Old Houses of Austerlitz

April 23rd, 2017

At the April 23 meeting of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, Tom Moreland and Michael Rebic will present the “The Old Houses of Austerlitz” project of the Austerlitz Historical Society.

The AHS project, now in its fifth year, has encompassed the 168 buildings in Austerlitz that have have survived from the 350 buildings shown on the 1888 map of the Town. These survivors, several dating to the 1700s, include 155 houses, six schools, three churches, three hotels and one store.  The AHS has researched the ownership history of each building, from construction to the present, to the extent revealed by recorded deeds and mortgages and other reliable extrinsic evidence. A book on its findings, also containing a history of Austerlitz, will be published in 2018 in connection with the bicentennial of Austerlitz.

Tom Moreland, the Austerlitz Town Historian and principal researcher for this project, and Michael Rebic, an architectural historian, will present highlights from the project, utilizing photographs of the buildings taken by Dan Perlmutter and Gail Cashen.

Tom Moreland, a retired attorney, has chaired the AHS Research Committee since 2012 and became town historian in 2016.  Michael Rebic, a member of the Research Committee, is providing the architectural analysis for the book.  He has authored a number of books and articles on American architecture, including a comprehensive study of the history and architecture of the City of Yonkers.  Michael currently is Director of Property Support for the Episcopal Diocese of New York; previous positions were Director of the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Program, Principal Historic Preservation Planner for the City of Yonkers and Administrator for the National Center for Preservation Law (New York office).

The meeting will take place on Sunday, April 23, at 2 pm at the Roeliff Jansen Society’s Museum in Copake Falls at 8 Miles Road. Opposite the Taconic Wayside Inn and adjacent to the Copake Falls Post Office. The public is invited.


3rd Annual Afternoon Tea and Fashion Show

April 23rd, 2017
On Sunday, April 23, from 1 to 4 pm, Mirror Mirror Clothing Shop is organizing a fundraiser for two important local causes: the Taconic Hills Elementary School Backpack Program through the Regional Food Back of Northeastern NY, and Churches Assisting Neighbors (C.A.N.).

Enjoy an afternoon of fun and relaxation with a fashion show featuring local models, yummy treats like scones and jam served with tea, and terrific raffles from local businesses.

The event takes place at the Copake Memorial Park Building at 305 Mountain View Road (near the Copake Town Hall).

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. You can pick them up from Lynne Chmurzynski at Mirror Mirror Clothing Shop, or Trudy Crimi at Trudy’s Beauty Shop. Children under 12 pay only $5.

If you would like to help out with the planning or tasks on the day of the event, please contact Lynne at 518-325-4000.

Concert at the Church

April 22nd, 2017

Children’s Earth Day Program

April 22nd, 2017

Friends of Taconic State Park invites elementary and middle school aged children and their parents to an “Earth Day Celebration” where they will participate in a hands-on, interactive program to learn about important environmental issues on Saturday, April 22nd from 1 pm to 3 pm at Park headquarters, 253 State Route 344, Copake Falls. The event is the second of four children’s nature and history programs offered by the group this year, thanks to a legislative grant secured for the Friends by Assembly member Didi Barrett.

Led by educators from the Taconic Outdoor Education Center, the program will be a fun series of games and activities designed to help children understand the importance of environmental quality in maintaining optimal habitat for wildlife and the impact that the degradation of the environment has on wildlife populations. The role that source point pollution and carbon footprint have on environmental quality will be highlighted so that children can learn ways to have a positive impact on the environment.

The first program in the series, Skins and Skulls was held February 18th and gave children an opportunity to identify animals from their skins and skulls as well as tracks and sign. Future programs made possible by the grant from Assembly member Barrett include “Family Fun at the Furnace,” a re-enactment of the life of a 19th century iron worker at the Copake Iron Works hosted by master storyteller Tom Lee on Saturday, May 27th. A hands-on demonstration of sand casting and an opportunity to watch a blacksmith at work will round out that day’s program. The fourth and final program, date to be determined in late June or early July, will be a night walk in the park to discover the sounds, smells and sights in the forest after the sun sets.

All programs are free of charge.



Easter Egg Hunt

April 9th, 2017

Easter eggsBring your own basket or bag for all your goodies and join the fun on Sunday, April 9. Hillsdale’s Easter Egg Hunt is open to kids of all ages, and is 100% fun and 100% free.

It all begins at 1:30 on Palm Sunday. Look for us behind the Sheriff Sub-station in the Hillsdale Hamlet Park.

Please note that, heaven forbid, the grounds are still covered with snow or it’s too wet, look for the hunt in one of the covered sheds inside the Roeliff Jansen Park.





Palm Sunday Brunch

April 9th, 2017

Join friends and neighbors for an “all you can eat” Palm Sunday Brunch at the Hillsdale Fire House on Route 22. This will be the 37th year for the brunch sponsored by the volunteers of Hillsdale Fire Company No. 1.

From 8 am to 1 pm, enjoy a menu that includes scrambled eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, hash, home fries, pancakes (blueberry and chocolate chip while they last), French toast, corn bread, jell-o, fruit, coffee, tea, and milk.

The Hillsdale Fire Company is a a 501(c)3 organization. The Palm Sunday Brunch is its only fundraiser and is designed to benefit its Heat and Power Fund. If you can’t attend, please consider making a tax-deductable donation to support Hillsdale Fire Company No. 1.

Raffle tickets can be purchased during the Brunch. The Ladies Auxiliary will also host a bake sale during the brunch.

Adults: $10
Children age 4-10: $4
Children age 3 and under: FREE

Roe Jan Watershed Community Meeting

April 8th, 2017

Thanks to a dedicated crew of samplers, the Roe Jan Watershed Community sampled 14 locations on the Roe Jan from May to October, monthly, in 2016. Visit their website to see the results.

More sites will be documented in 2017 and will include more measurements at each site. If you’re interested in helping with the sampling this year, join the team on April 8 at 10 am at the Pavillion at Lake Taghkanic State Park. The goal of the meeting will be to share results, discuss schedules, and train new folks who are interested.

Friends Book Shop Open

April 1st, 2017

The Friends Book Shop is open at the Roe Jan Library, 10 am to 4 pm. Located in the lower level of the library, the sale includes books and media for all ages. New material is on view each month, most at $1 or $2 per item. The library is located at 9091 Rte. 22, one-half mile south of the Rte. 23 intersection in Hillsdale, NY. Please visit the Friends of the Roe Jan Library website for more information:


Spring Gardening Day

April 1st, 2017

Cornell’s Cooperative Extension is offering fifteen 90-minute classes in two sessions. Each registrant can select two classes to attend–one from each time slot. The first session runs from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., the
second from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.  Our keynote speaker, Peter Bowden, well-known Capital Region
gardener and writer, will be speaking from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.  During arrival and break times you are invited to talk with Master Gardeners Volunteers. The Master Gardeners will have light refreshments for purchase during the registration and the break.  Of course, you are welcome to bring your own refreshments.

The cost of the program is $25.00 per person for the entire morning or $15.00 per class if you wish to attend only one session. Please indicate your choice(s) on the registration form. Please complete the registration form and return it with the appropriate fee payable to Cornell Cooperation Extension, 479 Route 66, Hudson, NY 12534. It can be dropped through the mail slot in the main office door anytime. However, it must reach us by Friday, March 24.

You can also register (and pay via PayPal) online

Spring Day Flyer

Program and Registration

More at this link



Agricultural Brunch – Invasive Species: Something for Everyone!

March 30th, 2017

The all new Annual Chamber Agricultural Brunch is being presented by Columbia County Farm Bureau and Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, which will be held on Thursday, March 30 at a new location, Love Apple Farm from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.  Don’t miss this opportunity to network and learn more about agricultural businesses. The topic this year is Invasive Species: Something for Everyone! Presented by Marilyn Wyman, with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties.  For more detailed information visit the Chamber website at

The Agricultural Brunch has become the premier event for county residents who are involved in or concerned with our local farms and food system. This year’s brunch will again offer people a chance to network and learn what is happening on the agricultural scene. The event will be held at Love Apple Farm located at 1421 State Route 9H, in Ghent on Thursday, March 30 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm catered by Simons Catering.  The cost is $25/pp. Please contact the Chamber at (518) 828-4417 for reservations by March 24.

Sponsors of this event are Columbia Land Conservancy, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia & Greene Counties, Farm Credit East ACA, Fix Bros, Inc. and Hawthorne Valley Association.

Investors of all events throughout the year are Major Investors: Kinderhook Bank, Columbia Economic Development Corporation and E.P. Nevins Insurance Agency.  Media Investors are Columbia-Greene Media, iHeartMedia, and Mid-Hudson Cablevision, Inc. Premium Investors are The Bank of Greene County and MetzWood Insurance.

The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, with its 800 members, is the leading voice of business in Columbia County, providing advocacy, promotional and benefit solutions for its members. Those seeking more information concerning the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and membership can contact the Chamber at (518) 828-4417 or visit the website at



Town Board Meeting 2/14/17

March 27th, 2017

Town Board Meeting Minutes 2/14/17

Town Board Meeting 1/17/17

March 27th, 2017

Town Board Meeting Minutes 1/17/17

7th Annual Seedy Saturday

March 25th, 2017

This year, the 7th annual Seedy Saturday, co-hosted by Friends of Taconic State Park and Margaret Roach of A Way to Garden website, is celebrating the coming of spring a little differently. We’ll be welcomed for hands-on workshops to the home of Turtle Tree Seed at Camphill Village in Copake, New York, the nation’s leading biodynamic seed company.

Tickets required, $55; for more information and registration, see Friends of Taconic State Park website:

Join Margaret Roach and our neighbors and friends from Turtle Tree for this special opportunity to visit their charming and inspiring headquarters at Camphill Village and learn by doing how to successfully grow from seed. Camphill Village is a community of people, some with special needs, who live and work together caring for each other and the Earth, following practices inspired by the teachings of Rudolf Steiner. Proceeds from the event benefit nonprofit Turtle Tree and Friends of Taconic State Park.

Each attendee will go home with a flat of sown seeds. You’ll also have a chance to shop from all 350 Turtle Tree seed varieties with expert staffers there to help make tough choices (unless you have room for all 350 in your garden!). Attendees are welcome to add on a tour of Camphill, or lunch at the Camphill coffee shop, and get to know this exceptional place better.


Email Basics at Library

March 24th, 2017

The March 24th session will be about organizing email and working with attachments.

Anyone interested in participating in the Lazarus Family Tech Labs should sign-up at the library or by calling the library at (518) 325-4101.

Lazarus Family Tech Labs and the Library’s computers are supported by a generous grant from the Lazarus Family Foundation.

Friday March 10 and 24 at 4:30 pm

Planning Board Minutes 2/13/17

March 23rd, 2017

Download Planning Board Minutes 2/13/17

March Town Board Meeting

March 21st, 2017

Town Hall Memorial Day 2016Tuesday, March 21, 2017
7 pm 

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Minutes
  3. Announcements/Correspondence (P. Cipkowski)
  4. Highway Superintendent’s Report (R. Briggs)
  5. Fire District (J. Hanselman, Jr.)
  6. Town Clerk (K. Doolan)
  7. Department Head and Committee Reports:
    • Planning (H. Henward)
    • ZBA (C. Norton)
    • CAC (D. Lewis)
    • Broadband (T. Wohlfarth)
    • Economic Development (J. Sims)
    • FAC (P. Cipkowski)
    • Highway (C. Barbato)
    • Human Resources (S. Tiger)
    • Infrastructure (R. Ward)
    • Youth Program (J. Sims)
  8. Comprehensive Plan Committee Reports
    • Climate Smart (T. Carty)
    • Hamlet (B. Zeigler)
    • Historic Hillsdale (L. Lalli)
    • Housing (E. Levy/J. Browdy)
  9. New Business/Old Business
  10. Public Comments
  11. Pay bills
  12. Next Meeting Scheduled






Public Hearing

March 21st, 2017

Solar Moratorium Public Hearing – extension

Hillsadale Town Hall @ 6:45


Jazz at Roe Jan Library

March 18th, 2017

Maple Fest: Celebrating the Wonderful World of Maple Syrup

March 18th, 2017

Date:      Saturday, March 18
Time:     10 am – 2 pm
Cost:  Free
Registration deadline: None
Location:  Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra
For further information: Call 518-622-9820 x0

Experience a taste of the “sweet world of maple sugaring” as part of the New York Maple weekend at CCE’s Agroforestry Resource Center.  The event will provide an opportunity to learn about sugar mapling procedures, including demonstrations in our own sugar shack, fun “maple syrup” taste testing, and displays of antique maple sugaring equipment.  There will be an opportunity to buy maple sugar products from several diligent local maple producers.  Delicious pancakes with pure maple syrup will also be available for sale in case you get hungry.