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Hillsdale will have ‘Roots’ festival in September


HIILSDALE–Town Supervisor Peter Cipkowski opened the monthly meeting July 12 with several “good news” announcements, starting with, “The Old Tones Roots Music Festival is back in Hillsdale.”

The town’s Planning and Zoning boards met Monday, July 11, including the new hosts of the festival, Matthew and Lisa Schober, and approved their Cool Whisper Farm, on county Route 21 in North Hillsdale, as the festival site.

There are still some conditions that must be met by the hosts, primarily “strengthening liability coverage”, according to Mr. Cipkowski.

The festival dates remain September 8 -10.

Mr. Cipkowski concluded the announcement, saying, “I couldn’t be more excited.”

There are one full-time and one part-time position for machine operators this summer with the town Highway Department. The full-time job pays $17/hour and requires a commercial drivers license (CDL) The part-time wage is $13.26/hour. Mail resumes to 155 Old Town Road, Hillsdale, NY, 12529 or

Also, Highway Superintendent Richard Briggs said the department is ready to seek bids for work to extend the Harlem Rail Trail from Black Grocery Road to Anthony Street.

The meeting also saw a discussion of the role of solar farms in Hillsdale, which does not have an ordinance regulating the quickly developing industry. All the council members supported the idea of a short moratorium on future solar farmer-business partnerships until language for an ordinance regulating solar farms is drafted and a public hearing scheduled.

Councilmember Steve Tiger noted that solar energy aligns with resolutions the council has adopted in support of the state Climate Smart Communities program.

Two immediate concerns identified at the meeting were land classification for tax purposes and responsibility for removal of decommissioned technology.

In other news:

• The Roeliff Jansen Historical Society’s Bash Bish Falls Exhibit at the society’s building in Copake Falls is open to the public weekends from 2-4 p.m. Bash Bish is one of the tallest waterfalls in New England and attracts 200,000 visitors annually according to the society’s website

• The Historical Hillsdale Committee is initiating cemetery project to identify and document the town’s cemetery and developing a possible tour of them in 2017. The committee’s work will start with cemeteries on Pill Hill, Old Town West and Old Town East roads

• The Climate Smart Task Force is seeking members and Green Solution Chair Tom Carty says an active search for volunteers will be conducted at the Saturday Farmers Market in Roe Jan Park. The committee also hopes to generate interest by publishing “weed recipes” and penning a regular Green Solutions Tip column in the Hillsdale newsletter.

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