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HILLSDALE–The town of Hillsdale is the setting for a feature film, “Go Don’t Go.” Producer Max Gardner introduced himself during the public comments portion of the monthly Town Board May 9 meeting.

Mr. Gardner described “Go Don’t Go” as a sci-fi mystery and likened it to the box office hit, “A Quiet Place” “but without the monsters.” Mr. Gardner said the film is being shot at locations across Columbia County, including the Hillsdale’s IGA. He said the company is using Skarship Farm on Mitchell Street off Route 23 as its primary location. Filming runs through May 21.

Town Supervisor Peter Cipkowski announced that Saturday, May 19 is Clean Up Day, 9 a.m. to noon. Residents can discard unwanted bulk items at the Hillsdale Town Garage on Old Town Road. There will be fees ranging from $10-20 to dispose of mattresses, box springs, sofas and recliners. Electronics, paints, tires and hazardous materials are not accepted.

Mr. Cipkowski also announced that Thursday, May 24 is Tax Grievance Day. Property owners can come to the town hall, 4-8 p.m., to contest their tax assessments. In addition, the Supervisor noted that Saturday, May 26, is the annual Memorial Day Flea Market, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., in Hamlet Park. Early birders can start shopping at 8 a.m. with a $10 admission.

In other business board member Tom Carty reported that the Bank of Greene County Foundation awarded Hillsdale a grant of $500 for its future information center.

Town board member Jill Sims-Elster reported that the summer youth program is “close to being filled.” A few slots remain and those wanting to participate should get their applications in “as quickly as you can.”

Ms. Sims-Elster said that all “paid jobs are filled” but counselor-in-training opportunities are available. The youth summer program starts July 2 and runs for six weeks to August 10; and, this year, swimming at the Taconic Hills School District’s pool is being offered.

Tod Wolfarth made a presentation on flags to be added to the 16 lampposts that line Route 23 in the business district and in Cullen Park. The lampposts will be bookended by the Hillsdale town flag, which will be attached permanently. The other lamppost flags will be changed seasonally. The proposed schedule is: United States flag from Memorial Day to Labor Day; an Autumn design from Labor Day to Thanksgiving; a holiday design from Thanksgiving through December 31; a winter design New Year Day to April 1; and a Spring design from April 1 to Memorial Day.

Supervisor Cipkowski said that the flags serve as a “visual reminder that the town of Hillsdale is not static.” The flags measure 3′ x 2′.

The next town meeting is Tuesday, June 12 at 7 p.m.

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