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COMMUNITY BRIEFS: Grange, Elks, Memorial Day, Food Bank, farmers’ markets, no Bash Bish, Humane Society, Clermont garden, Boy Scouts

Make Swedish meatballs like these. Photo contributed

That’s some Swedish meatball

COPAKE—Copake Grange #935 presents, “Cooking with Stuart” in a Zoom online event, Thursday, May 21 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

During this online event, Stuart Peterson will show how to cook Swedish meatballs and a yummy potato dish on the side. Mr. Peterson is the dining room manager at the Roe Jan Brewery and has extensive cooking experience. Get the Zoom link below, and bring your appetite. This online event is free on Zoom. Register to get the link at or email Donations are gratefully accepted.

Drive-through to drop off food, school supplies

KINDERHOOK—Kinderhook Elks and Our Community Cares, Inc. conducts a drive-through school supply and food drive for community children at the Kinderhook Elks Lodge, 2750 State Route 9H.

Donors can just drive-through, open their trunks and someone will unload it, May 23, 9 a.m. to noon.

The Elks and Our Community Cares, Inc. are uniting to help supply kids in need of food, school, hygiene supplies to receive these much-needed items. This program helps students in need when the school meals they depend on are unavailable.

“Donate to this drive and together we can send our kids home with the basic needs,” the press release said. All donations will be split between Ichabod Crane, Chatham and New Lebanon schools.

Chatham Memorial Day canceled, personally remember

CHATHAM—With great regret, Chatham Post 42, American Legion, announces cancellation of its annual public Memorial Day ceremonies honoring the nation’s fallen servicemen and women.

“The continuing deadly coronavirus pandemic has forced us to make the difficult decision to cancel our historic Memorial Day program in the Village of Chatham,” Commander Jim Garvey announced in a May 15 press release.

“As social distancing has become the best defense against the virus, Post 42 will be observing limited ceremonies this year to comply with public gathering restrictions,” he said.

The Legion’s officers and color guard will place memorial wreathes and conduct brief services at veterans’ memorials in Chatham, Ghent and Spencertown to remember their fallen comrades this year.

Many veterans’ organizations and fraternal groups will forgo the traditional placement of flags on the graves of individuals to comply with social distancing rules in their localities.

Chatham Post 42 is making every effort with limited volunteers to recognize the graves of veterans by continuing the tradition of placing American flags on gravesites within the village and neighboring communities.

“The pandemic has impacted traditional observances, but should not prevent citizens from personally remembering the service and sacrifices of those who selflessly defended our nation in war and peace. And, this year we should especially keep in mind the dedicated doctors, nurses, emergency personnel and all others on the frontline in battling Covid-19,” Mr. Garvey concluded.

G’town cancels ceremony, moves forward with procession

GERMANTOWN—The Town of Germantown and the Germantown American Legion Post 346 decided to cancel the Memorial Day Ceremony, parade and the gathering that follows in the interest of general public safety during Covid-19.

But organizers have found a way to continue honoring fallen heroes and celebrate Memorial Day in Germantown. On Monday, May 25 at 10 a.m., Germantowners will line up in their vehicles for a Memorial Day Procession through town More details will be forthcoming about location and route.

Anyone who’d like to participate in a vehicle should sign up in advance. Send an email to

Only one household per vehicle. Maintain all current social distancing and safety practices, including mask wearing. Participants should not exit their vehicle during the procession.

Organizers encourage procession participants to decorate their vehicles, if possible, to spread cheer throughout town during these difficult times. The theme is “Red, White & Blue / Celebrating Our Fallen Heroes.”

Participating organizations, groups or businesses are encourage to make signs or banners for their vehicle.

Staging: South side of Palatine Park Road from top of hill by Town Hall down to Route 9G, single file facing uphill. (Order of lineup to be provided). Note: All vehicles should be lined up before 10 a.m.

Ceremony at the Monument begins at 10 a.m.

Procession begins following the conclusion of the Ceremony:

Route: South on Palatine Park Road, Left on Route 8, Left on Eastern Parkway, Left on Dales Bridge, Left on Hover Avenue, Right on Route 8, Right on Maple Avenue, Left on 9G, Left on Palatine Park Road.

Lead Vehicles stop at Town Hall and park in the lot. Color Guard lines up (six feet apart) and the rest of the procession passes by and the event is concluded.

Organizers want to carry out this event as safely as possible, while also giving the community a moment of togetherness.

Community partners distribute food

CHATHAM—A drive-through food distribution will be held at the Chatham Fairgrounds, Route 66 entrance, May 26, beginning at 10 a.m. until the food is gone. Households will receive boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products and canned goods. No one should arrive ahead of time.

Arriving early will cause traffic and large crowds. Everyone should wear a mask and stay in their car. Those who are walking should practice social distancing. Adhering to these instructions will allow volunteers to distribute food quickly. Catholic Charities, the Northeast Regional Food Bank, the Chatham Silent Pantry, Valatie and Ghent Pantries have joined forces to organize the event.

Market opens with safety first in mind

COPAKE—The Copake-Hillsdale Farmers’ Market is scheduled to open for the season Saturday, May 23, with the usual hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. running through October 31.

There are 29 vendors scheduled to participate at this time at the weekly market.

Under the current situation with Covid-19, market organizers are taking precautions and have put safety guidelines in place to protect customers and vendors alike.

To read the complete market layout and safe opening plan, go to

Vendors should also follow recommendations per NYS Ag and Markets:

Immunocompromised, elderly shoppers or expectant mothers, who want market products but don’t want to shop at the market can contact market staff at They will do their best to accommodate them.

The Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market protocols are per guidelines of the CDC, NYSDOH, NYS Agriculture and Markets, The Farmers Market Federation of New York, Farmers Market Coalition and state and local government. Per Governor Cuomo’s Executive order 202.6, in which Farmers Markets have been deemed an “essential business”. It is now required that customers as well as vendors wear face coverings when in a public place.

G’town Farmers’ Market opens for summer season

GERMANTOWN—The Germantown Farmer’s Market summer schedule starts May 23, welcoming back friends and neighbors who have enjoyed the market since it’s opening last year.

“We are so excited to invite all of our friends, neighbors, and loyal patrons to join us for another great season,” said Stacylyn Himelright, co-manager and co-founder at Germantown Farmer’s Market.

Many local communities have been able to benefit from the quality and selection offered by local farmers and makers at the Germantown Farmer’s Market. Residents and visitors alike have been able to connect and create friendships with the individuals and families who are raising wholesome food and creating high quality products here in the Hudson Valley.

This distinctive market offers many categories of quality products, from homemade artisan breads to grass-fed meats to local organic vegetables.

Germantown Farmer’s Market runs every Saturday starting May 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Palatine Park, 50 Palatine Park Road. The market runs on a weekly Saturday schedule until October, and runs on a once a month schedule during the winter. For more details follow the Germantown Farmer’s Market NY on Facebook and Instagram.

For more information on the market:

Bash Bish Falls park is closed

COPAKE FALLS—Bash Bish Falls State Park in Massachusetts remains closed. All New York State access to Bash Bish Falls is closed.

All other hiking and biking trails at the Taconic State Park, 253 State Route 344, remain open for use. Camping and playgrounds remain closed. Call the park at 518-329-3993 or for updates visit:

Humane Society resumes some services

CLAVERACK—The Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA’s lobby will continue to be closed to the public.

The shelter is resuming the implementation of some programs for the community. Curbside service will ensure that staff and consumers/clients remain safe. Find an updated program and service list below.

*Food Bank continues to be open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anyone quarantined and who needs food for their pet, should call 518-828-6044 X 100 or 108 or email

*All surrenders are accepted by appointment only. Call 518-828-6044 X 100, or email at

*The shelter maintains adoption services. Potential adopters can view animals on the website at and fill out an online application to be pre-approved for adoption. Interaction with pets is limited to ensure the safety of staff and the potential adopters.

*Grooming services have resumed. For an appointment call 518-828-6044 X 103.

*Boarding and Daycare services have resumed. For a reservation call or text 518-610-3232 or email

*Health and Wellness services, vaccine programs and dog and cat spay/neuter services have all resumed. For an appointment to any clinic call 518-828-6044 X 100.

*Saturday morning nail trims resume Saturday, May 23, between 10 a.m. and noon. Clients are required to prepay. To make a reservation call 518-828-6044 X 100 or email

*Donations of pet food and supplies can be left at the front door. For any general questions or for a donation receipt call or text President/CEO Ron Perez at 518-828-6044 X 100 or email

Little sprouts grow big food. The Teaching Garden at Clermont State Historic Site will not only continue to serve its role to educate children as the site is able, but will also donate its bounty to families in Hudson who need it. The site is maintaining its program schedule to the best of its ability, rescheduling or providing online, live versions. Learn more at Photo contributed


These Scouts made history. Boy Scout Troop 752, chartered by the Cadby-Shutts Hillsdale VFW Post 7552, completed the first “Virtual Campout” in troop history. Scouts camped at home and checked in via Zoom at various times throughout the weekend. Saturday night’s scavenger hunt (items that were required to be identified for rank advancement) culminated with a late add-on, the International Space Station, which flew over at 9:45 p.m. This was in addition to locating Polaris (North Star) and the Big Dipper. Many more pics on our Facebook Group BSA Troop 752. Saturday, May 23, the troop will be the placing flags at veteran graves in coordination with but at a distance from the Hillsdale VFW. Families interested in the scouting program can visit and enter their zip code for local unit contact information. Photo contributed


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