Breakfast with Santa

December 15th, 2018

Shredding Program Begins

December 3rd, 2018

December 3-14 at Town Hall during Town Clerk hours.

Hillsdale Tree Lighting

December 1st, 2018

Hillsdale’s Holiday Tree lighting celebration is Saturday, December 1. Kids, large and small are invited to gather at the firehouse around 5 pm and board the hayride to Cullin Park for the lighting of the Town tree. As usual, spectacularly lit fire trucks will guide them into Town where, at 5:30, Santa magically appears to light the tree! The kids head back to the firehouse for presents and treats.

For those of us that will not be enjoying the hayride, local shops will be offering lots of special treats just for you. And hot chocolate will be served outside.

See you at Cullin Park on Saturday, December 1!












Memory Care Planning

November 13th, 2018



Have a Blast at Furnace Fest!

November 12th, 2018

blastThe Friends of Taconic State Park with be celebrating another great year at the Copake Iron Works with Furnace Fest a fun filled afternoon with music, burgers and dogs, raffles, and of course guided tours of the Iron Works grounds and museum on November 12 from 12 to 2 pm at the Copake Iron Works on Valley View Road in Copake Falls, NY.

For more information visit or call 518-329-3251.



Vietnam Veterans Panel at RJHS

November 11th, 2018

On Sunday, November 11 at 2 pm, in the true spirit of Veterans Day, the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society will host a special panel of local Vietnam veterans recalling and sharing their experiences. We invite the community, especially local veterans and their families to attend and join the discussion. Anyone interested in joining the panel please contact Mike at email hidden; JavaScript is requiredor call 917-655-5504

RJHS Sunday programs take place at 2 pm in the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society Museum, Route 344 and Miles Road, a short distance off NY Route 22 in the historic hamlet of Copake Falls, New York.


Special Program for Veteran’s Day with Colonel George “Buzz” Colclough at RJHS

November 11th, 2018

In the true spirit of Veterans Day, the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society will host a special Program honoring Vietnam Veterans. Following a presentation by Colonel George C. Colclough, we invite all attending Vets to share memories and mementos from their own military tours in Vietnam and elsewhere. Colonel George “Buzz” Colclough, was inducted into the Military Hall of Fame in 1997, and began his distinguished military service in Vietnam as Rifle Platoon Leader, B Company, First Battalion (AM), 12th Cavalry Regiment, First Air Cavalry Division.

We invite the community, especially local veterans and their families to attend and join the discussion. Anyone interested in joining the panel please contact Mike Stanke at email hidden; JavaScript is requiredor call

Sunday, November 11 at 2 pm.

The Roeliff Jansen Historical Society Museum, Route 344 and Miles Road, a short distance from NY Route 22 in the historic hamlet of Copake Falls, New York.

Singer/Songwriter Linda Worster at the Library

November 10th, 2018

Singer/ songwriter Linda Worster, accompanying herself on guitar, will bring her mix of original songs and well-known cover tunes to the Roe Jan Community Library on Saturday, November 10, at 5 pm.

Linda is a dedicated songmaker, vocalist and musician. Her music and lyrics proclaim the joy and explore the struggle of inner discovery. She has performed in various venues throughout New England, New York, and New Jersey.  She has also opened for many well-known artists over the years including Livingston Taylor, Harry Chapin, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, and Taj Mahal.



Ecology Walk at Hawthorne Valley Farm in Hillsdale

November 10th, 2018

Join the Farmscape Ecology Program for an Ecology Walk at Hawthorne Valley Farm, Saturday, November  10 from 1 – 3 pm.  They plan to explore both field and forest to see where insects might be spending the winter, which plants we can identify in their “off season”, and which ones might still be green and happily soaking up the sunlight… This walk is free, but please register with email hidden; JavaScript is required to reserve your space and get directions for the meeting place.



Planning Board Minutes 10/15/15

November 9th, 2018

Planning Board Minutes 10/15/15

Election Day

November 6th, 2018


Polls will be open at the Hillsdale Fire House from 6 am to 9 pm, just north of the traffic light on Route 22.  Registered voters who will be out of town can vote in what’s called “Over-the-Counter Absentee Voting.” Just show up at the Board of Elections at 401 State Street in Hudson –  open for in person absentee voting on Saturday, November 3 from 9 am to noon.


Water for Tomorrow Community Event

November 4th, 2018

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is working with the City of Hudson’s Conservation Advisory Council to comprehensively think about water resource issues in the Taghkanic Creek watershed. As part of this work, TNC would like to engage the upstream towns of Taghkanic, Copake, Claverak, and Hillsdale to understand their vision and concerns for Taghkanic Creek and its watershed. Taghkanic Creek is an integral part of all these communities, Copake, Taghkanic, Claverack, Hillsdale, and Hudson. Did you know, however, that the creek, its tributaries and head water lakes, and the watershed community are facing several water resource problems including algal blooms, water quality degradation, and inadequate flows during dry periods?

To that end, we would love for you, and any others you would like to invite, to join us at a Water for Tomorrow community event at the Copake Grange, Copake, NY on November 4, 2018 from 1-3 pm. This Water for Tomorrow event is a chance to voice your vision and concerns for Taghkanic Creek and its watershed. The Nature Conservancy invites you to come play a fun collaborative water themed board game, eat snacks, and talk about the future of Taghkanic Creek.

You can RSVP at



Local Author/Historian Leslie Wheeler at Library

November 3rd, 2018

New Marlborough, MA, author/historian Leslie Wheeler will speak about her new novel Rattlesnake Hill, at Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Saturday, November 3, at 4 pm.

In this book, the first in Wheeler’s new seriesBerkshire Hilltown Mysteries, a Boston woman travels to the Berkshires to solve a family mystery—the identity of a nameless beauty in an old photograph belonging to an ancestor.

“….an atmospheric series set in the Berkshires…Vivid descriptions in this intricately plotted novel will remind readers of Sharyn McCrumb’s Appalachian tales with their strong sense of place.”—Lesa Holstine, starred review in Library Journal.

“Rattlesnake Hill is a riveting tale of past and present, innocence and evil, that kept me turning the pages far into the night”—Barbara Ross, Agatha-nominated author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries

Award-winning author of American history books and biographies, Leslie Wheeler has written three living history mysteries: Murder at Plimoth PlantationMurder at Gettysburg, and Murder at Spouters Point prior to beginning the Berkshire Hilltown Mystery series. Leslie divides her time between Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Berkshires.



A Magnolia for Jan Keefner

November 3rd, 2018

The Town will plant a Magnolia tree at Town Hall to honor the many contributions of Jan Keefner, Hillsdale’s former Court Clerk and staff member for 30 years.  Jan died in December 2017.

Please join us at noon for a brief dedication.










Simon Winchester at Library

October 28th, 2018

Simon Winchester, bestselling journalist and historian, to discuss his latest book on Sunday, October 28 at 4 pm at the Roe Jan Community Library.

Copake – Bestselling journalist and historian, Simon Winchester will speak about his latest book The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World, at Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Sunday, October 28, at 4:00 pm. The Perfectionists—titled Exactly, in the UK—has been short-listed for the Royal Society Science Book Prize (the most prestigious prize in the field.)

“An ingenious argument that the dazzling advances that produced the scientific revolution, the industrial revolution, and the revolutions that followed owe their success to a single engineering element: precision…. Less a work of scholarship than an enthusiastic popular-science tour of technological marvels, and readers will love the ride.” —Kirkus starred

This is a return visit by Mr. Winchester, also a great raconteur, who several years ago spoke to a fascinated Library audience about his previous book Atlantic. Simon Winchester is the New York Times best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman. Recent titles include Atlantic and The Men Who United the States. Winchester was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to journalism and literature. He lives in Massachusetts and New York City.




October 27th, 2018

Saturday, 10/27, 8 pm is the 11th Annual MOUNTSTER MASH Epic Halloween Party at the Mount Washington House. 3 Bars, DJ Scream in the back room, Live music by License to Groove in the tavern. Free buffet, Prizes for Best Costumes, Drink Specials and Giveaways. 21+ Only Bracelets to attend are $5 in advance, $10 at the door and can be purchased at the Mount Washington House.











Hillsdale Pumpkin Fest

October 27th, 2018

Cassana Tea House

  • Pumpkin Treats! (11-4)

C Herrington Home + Design

  • Stop on in for our In Store Sale and treats! (10-5)

Crossroads Food shop

  • While having lunch be sure to order a few fresh baked Pumpkin Baked Goods. Hurry, before they sell out! Open (8:30-2:30)

HGS Home Chef

  • Join in the fun at the Hillsdale Pumpkin Festival by baking and bringing your best homemade pumpkin pie to the HGS Home Chef kitchen between 10 AM and 3:00 PM on Oct. The Home Chef team will judge the pies that afternoon and winners will be announced the following day. First Prize will be two tickets for a cooking class, Second place prize is a $25 gift certificate at CrossRoads Food Shop. Participants are welcome back to the store between 4:30 and 5:00 PM to collect their pies (or what’s left of them!).
  • A count the candy in a jar contest for children age 9 and younger to win some goodies.
  • Free gift to any child who shows up in costume.(10-5)
  • A bake sale on the front porch to benefit the Hamlet Committee’s Beautification fund (11-3)

The Hillsdale General Store

  • Stop by The Hillsdale General Store for an autumn tasting of les collines seasonal, small batch jelly and preserves! Learn how to use these locally sourced beauties for everything from cocktails to glazes, cheese boards to sauces. (12-2)

Hillsdale Wine & Liquor

  • Stop on in and join our Wine Tasting (1-4)

Honey Dog Farms

  • What’s screams fall more than a Hayride! Meet at Long Hill Farm, aka the farm by the Air Mail sign that is high up in the air. And gather beside the farmstand to load onto the wagon.   (2:30)

Mirror Mirror

  • Pumpkin corn hole game , cider and Outside the store will be 2 large photo stands with cutouts, for taking photos, to be setup on front lawn.

Mount Washington House

  • Annual Halloween Party “Mountster Mash” (8pm)

O’s Hillsdale Country Dinner

  • Yummy Pumpkin baked goods. (All Day)

Passiflora & Village Scoop

  • Lots of fun ahead! Game’s, prizes, grab bags, specialty ice creams, coffee, and mocktails! (1-4)

Roe-Jan Community Library

  • Join us during the Pumpkin Festival as we sit back, relax and watch a Halloween Favorite Film! And what good is a movie without snacks? Don’t worry, Pizza & Goodies will be Provided!(6:00) Sign up is required, deadline October 25th so give us a call to reserve your place! 518-325-4101

Taconic Lawn & Garden

  • Activities will take place from (1-4)
  • Face painting, and crafts for kids!

Trudy’s Beauty Shop

  • Fun and refreshments in Trudy’s beauty shop (12-4)


North Methodist Chicken BBQ

October 20th, 2018

On Saturday, October 20,  from 4 – 6:30 pm, the North Hillsdale Methodist Church (a designated historic landmark) is hosting their quarterly BBQ extravaganzas. Located at Route 21 and Route 22 – just 4 miles north of the intersection of routes 22 and 23.

Menu includes: 1/2 BBQ Chicken, Baked Potato, Homemade Coleslaw, and Homemade Deserts.

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Take out only.

Adults: $13.00  Children 5-10 years: $6.00  Under 5 years: FREE

Location: North Hillsdale Methodist Church on Route 22 (4 miles north of Route 23) in North Hillsdale, NY.

All proceeds support the building restoration project.

Town Board Meeting Minutes 9/11/18

October 17th, 2018

Town Board Meeting Minutes 9/11/18

ZBA Meeting Minutes 9/4/18

October 17th, 2018

ZBA Meeting Minutes 9/4/18

ZBA Meeting Minutes 8/7/18

October 17th, 2018

ZBA Minutes 8/7/18

The Kris Jensen Swingin’ All-Star Trio

October 14th, 2018

The Kris Jensen Swingin’ All-Star Trio to play on October 14 at 5 pm at Roe Jan Library

The Kris Jensen Swingin’ All-Star Trio will perform at Roe Jan Library on October 14 at 5 pm.  The Trio: saxophonist Kris Jensen, Linda Ransom vocals, and Doug Schlink on piano will perform jazz and pop hits.  The group was very well received at the 2018 Roe Jan Library Gala where they provided the entertainment for the evening.

Saxophonist and multi-wind artist, composer and arranger Kris Jensen is a versatile musician, who has been sideman to jazz and rock artists for nearly two decades and has toured throughout the United States and beyond. He can be heard monthly at the Iridium jazz club in New York City.  He also serves on the music faculties of several schools including Bard College’s Simon’s Rock and The Millbrook School.

Doug Schlink, pianist, a veteran of the Connecticut music scene for over 35 years, performs a variety of eclectic and popular jazz styles, ranging from great American songbook standards to contemporary classics.  He is also frequently heard with the trio or freelancing at other jazz venues.

Linda Ransom, vocalist, hails from Connecticut and has worked with world renowned musicians for many years.  She has performed in London, Paris, Japan and throughout the U.S.  Linda has recorded and performed with numerous Jazz greats.



The Antiques Roe Jan Show with Mike Fallon

October 14th, 2018

Sunday, October 14that 2 pm 

Inspired by the Antiques Road Show, the RJHS invites you to bring your favorite antiques to the Roe Jan museum to have them appraised by local auction expert Mike Fallon for a nominal fee of $10 (for appraisal of up to 3 items). The Fallon family owns and operates Copake Auction Inc., the longest running auction house in Columbia County, NY. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the programs and outreach of the Roe Jan Historical Society.

Founded in 1974, the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society serves the towns of Ancram, Copake, Gallatin, Hillsdale and Taghkanic. Through publications, ongoing research, a speaker series, and a multimedia archive, the Society documents and conserves local history – too easily lost. Its mission is to bring recognition to the stories, skills, and traditions of local folks, past and present.

The presentation is at the Roeliff Jansen Museum on Route 344 and Miles Road, a short distance off NY Route 22 in the historic hamlet of Copake Falls, New York. Visit for more information.


Redemption: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Last 31 Hours

October 13th, 2018

Joseph Rosenbloom Speaks about Redemption: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Last 31 Hours, at Roe Jan Library 

Investigative journalist Joseph Rosenbloom will speak about his book Redemption: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Last 31 Hours, at Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Saturday, October 13, at 4 pm. Rosenbloom’s talk will be accompanied by photos and audio clips.

Redemption examines in detail the events in Memphis immediately leading up to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., including the movements of both King and his assassin, James Earl Ray, as well as fresh material about a lapse in the Memphis Police Department’s provision of security for King. Rosenbloom draws on extensive interviews, archives, transcripts, and police records for his reporting.

“The granular detail of this slender volume is immersive, humanizing and demystifying.”—Charles Blow, The New York Times

“Joseph Rosenbloom’s Redemption is like no other. He tells the suspenseful story of King’s last days in remarkable detail, illuminating King’s increasing radicalism and intensifying purpose in a narrative that takes in both the worst and the best of human possibility.” —Megan Marshall, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Margaret Fuller

Joseph Rosenbloom is an award-winning journalist who has been a staff reporter for the Boston Globe, an investigative reporter for Frontline, and a senior editor for Inc. magazine. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, American Prospect, among other publication, and lives in Newton, Massachusetts.


October Town Board Meeting

October 9th, 2018
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Accept minutes
  3. Announcements/Correspondence (Cipkowski)
  4. Public Comments
  5. County Update (Cipkowski)
  6. Highway Superintendent’s Report (Briggs)
  7. Town Clerk’s Report (Doolan)
  8. Fire District (Hanselman)
  9. Tax Collector (Hanselman)
  10. Town Board Reports: Human Resources (Tiger), Infrastructure (Ward), Parks (Sims), Zoning/Planning (Carty)
  11. Committee Reports: Broadband (Dash), CAC (Lewis), Clean Energy (Carty), Development and Marketing (Sims/Cipkowski) Housing (Levy), Safe at Home (Lapenn)
  12. Old Business/New Business
    • 2019 Budget
  13. Amendments
  14. Public Comments
  15. Pay Bills
  16. Next Board Meeting: Tuesday, November 13 @ 7 pm