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Hudson Flag Day is called off

HUDSON—Current coronavirus circumstances have made for unpredictable events that have not been experienced in this lifetime. The Hudson Flag Day Parade Committee has been monitoring news outlets and government sites to stay apprised of the situation.

“We know that due to these specific circumstances we have to take into consideration the safety of all and continue to take precautions in our professional and personal lives,” Committee President Christine Grossman said in an April 17 press release.

For these reasons, the Hudson Flag Day Committee, having considered suggestions and concerns from local authorities, has decided, “with deep regret, that we must not move forward with the 24th Hudson Flag Day Parade and Festival that was scheduled for June 13, 2020,” the release said.

The planning of this event requires an intensive amount of preparation and organizing; and moving forward at this point is not feasible for that date.

“It is our hope that our supporters and friends will remain with us through these difficult times and join us in looking forward to upcoming events as soon as they are possible and safe for all involved. The Committee offers all “its sincere wishes that you, your friends, and your family remain safe and healthy during this crisis.”

Hudson Memorial Day parade and service canceled

HUDSON—Due to the Coronavirus, the Hudson Memorial Day Parade and Service planned for Monday, May 25 is canceled. Organizers are disappointed at having to take this action, but do it for the safety of veterans, parade participants and the community.

“The Memorial Day Committee and I ask that on Memorial Day, you take a moment to say a prayer to remember and honor the men and women who gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today. We look forward to next year and if you fly the American Flag, remember, let the flag fly at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day. At noon, the flag again is raised to the peak of the flag pole, where it remains until it is lowered for the day. Thank you for your past support and God Bless,” Committee Chair Ed Coons said in a press release.

Chatham Legion foregoes Memorial Day parade

CHATHAM—It is with great sadness that Chatham Post 42 American Legion, announces the cancellation of its traditional 2020 Memorial Day parade due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“Since the inception of the American Legion a century ago, Post 42 has joined the community in remembering and honoring our fallen military veterans with public memorial ceremonies,” Commander James Garvey said in a press release.

“The continuing health crisis with its prohibitions on public gatherings and social distancing restrictions, however, has seriously jeopardized planning and conducting the annual event,” he said in the release.

With the statewide shutdown now extended until mid-May, the commander said the annual Memorial Day cemetery services also could be in jeopardy—or limited—depending on the continued imposition of social distancing and state and federal guidelines.

“If we must cancel public ceremonies, we can still keep in-mind the significance of Memorial Day with the display of Old Glory, and by visiting the graves of veterans and departed loved ones,” Mr. Garvey said.

MVB Historic Site hosts virtual National Park Week events

KINDERHOOK—National Park Week is going virtual at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site with a variety of special programs and activities from now through Sunday, April 26.

In addition to highlighting some favorite partners and programs, the site will post activities the whole family can do from home throughout the week. There will also be chatting with park rangers across the service about their parks’ stories during the Coffee with a Ranger Facebook series. Virtual visitors get the opportunity to ask their own questions and post their own experiences on twitter and Instagram. Bookmark our website and follow us on Facebook, twitter, and Instagram in advance. For more information visit

The complete Virtual National Park Week schedule below:

*Sunday, April 19: VIP (Volunteers In Parks) Day, 9 a.m. Coffee with a Ranger on Facebook; All-Day Spotlight— Volunteers-In-Parks (all platforms)

*Monday, April 20: Military Monday, 9 a.m. Coffee with a Ranger on Facebook; All-Day Spotlight—Abraham Van Buren, Soldier and Son (all platforms)

*Tuesday, April 21: Transportation Tuesday, 9 a.m. Coffee with a Ranger on Facebook; Instagram Challenge: Post a photo of a road or transportation route that means something to you and why. Tag it with #TransportationTuesday

*Wednesday, April 22: Earth Day, 9 a.m. Coffee with a Ranger on Facebook; 3 p.m. At-Home Activity: A Trip Around the World Without Leaving Home (all platforms)

*Thursday, April 23: Throwback Thursday, 9 a.m. Coffee with a Ranger on Facebook; 8 to 9 p.m. Ask a Ranger: Join us on Twitter to chat about preserving and interpreting history.

*Friday, April 24: Friendship Friday, All-Day Spotlight: The Friends of Lindenwald (all platforms); 3 p.m. Martin Van Buren–Friend to Poets? (video series on Facebook)

*Saturday, April 25: Park RX Day, All-Day Spotlight: Veterans Art Program (all platforms); Instagram Challenge: Share your experiences of solace and healing in national parks with an image and quote, poem, or phrase that best represents your experience. Tag it with #ParkRX

*Sunday, April 26: Bark Ranger Day, 9 a.m. Coffee with a Ranger on Facebook (with special Bark Ranger guest host); 3 p.m. At-Home Activity: “Sorry Mr. President, No Tigers Allowed in the White House” (all platforms).

Martin Van Buren National Historic Site modifies operations

KINDERHOOK—Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, in response to guidance from the New York State Department of Health, has made additional modifications to operations to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

As of April 14, the site will offer no services outside those that support visitor or resource protection. The following services and operations will be suspended in order to comply with the state health guidance:

*The planned April 18 opening date for the 2020 visitor season will be delayed

*The park headquarters building, visitor center, and historic Lindenwald will remain closed

*The park will not issue permits, conduct on-site public or educational programs, collect trash, operate or provide restrooms, maintain roads or walkways, or provide visitor information and services.

The health and safety of visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site is the number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service-wide with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the Covid-19 pandemic. The public will be notified when full operations are resumed. Updates will be provided at and social media channels.

Outdoor spaces at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site remain accessible to the public in accordance with the latest federal, state, and local health guidance.

The NPS asks visitors to adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health authorities to protect visitors and employees. As services are limited, the NPS urges visitors to continue to practice  “Leave No Trace” principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safer and healthier.

The NPS encourages people to take advantage of the many digital tools already available to explore Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, including: a virtual tour of historic Lindenwald; videos on various topics; self-guided learning activities.

Visit or for more information.

Virus keeps seniors at home

NEW LEBANON—New Lebanon Seniors usually meet on the first and third Friday of the month, 1 p.m. at the New Lebanon Town Hall. But both May meetings have been canceled due to the virus.

The group’s May 12 day trip to West Point has been cancelled.

The June 7 to 9 trip to Perkins Cove, Maine, has been postponed due to the virus. Notice will be given if and when it is rescheduled. Accommodations are at the Anchorage Motel, activities include a lobster boat ride, lobster bake, trolley ride and some free shopping time; stop on way home at Stonewall Kitchens; price $405/double.

The August 27 Essex Steam Train ride, with a steamboat ride on the CT river and lunch included for $60/person is still planned. For more information call Mary Derfreest at 518-733-0009.

The Easter Bunny made a stop at the Kinderhook Elks Lodge, April 11 for a “drive-by” visit with the kids. Photo contributed

Lodge closed, but Elks still active

KINDERHOOK—Kinderhook Elks Lodge #2530 has been shut down due the coronavirus.

But the Elks and their pal the Easter Bunny collected food and monetary donations to help out the Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry, Saturday, April 11. A few members came out on that cold blustery day and collected a truckload of nonperishable food and $320.

The Lodge also hosted a drive-through Easter Bunny visit that Saturday. People drove in to get a glimpse of their furry friend. Kids were not allowed to get out of the car for a picture with the bunny, but they were happy to see him and to get a little bag of goodies. The bunny and his helpers gave out over 150 bags of candy.

Sometime in the future the Kinderhook Elks will host breakfast with the Easter Bunny so the kids can all get the pictures they missed out on. Check the Elk’s Facebook page. The Elks have also jumped on board with the “518 Rainbow Hunt.” They want to know how many rainbows everyone has found.

‘Gettysburg’ talk is off for now

GREENPORT—The Adult Learning Institute’s (ALI) presentation of “The Second Battle of Gettysburg” with Ron Gabriele, scheduled for Thursday, April 23 has been canceled. Contact ALI at 518-828-4181 X 3431 or

CGHS/SPCA has unexpectedly had an unprecedented number of adoptions in the last month—more than 30 in the last two weeks. Pictured is one of the four-legged friends going to its new forever home. Photo contributed

CGHS/SPCA gives Covid-19 update

CLAVERACK—Based on Governor Cuomo’s extended stay in place policy and continued business regulations, the Columbia-Greene Human Society/SPCA’s lobby will continue to be closed to the public.

The shelter will make every effort to continue to offer vital shelter services while ensuring a safe environment for staff and visitors. To meet the essential needs of the community, some services and adoptions will continue to be offered in a limited capacity:

Food Bank: Food Bank will continue to be open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those quarantined and need pet food, call 518-828-6044 X 100 or 108, or email

Surrender Services: All surrenders are accepted by appointment only. Call 518-828-6044 X 100 or email at

Adoptions: Adoption services are ongoing. Potential adopters can view animals 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: Grooming services are canceled until April 29.

Boarding/Daycare: Since many clients are medical professionals and rely on boarding and daycare services to care for their dogs, the shelter will continue to offer these services by appointment only. Any questions, call or text 518- 610-3232 or email

Medical Clinics: Currently, Health and Wellness clinics are canceled through April 29. Anyone in need of medical treatment for their pet, should call or text 518-222-4218.

Spay/Neuter Clinics: Spay/Neuter Clinics are canceled through April 29.

Donations: Donations of pet food and supplies can be left at the front door. To get a receipt, call or text Ron Perez at 518-828-6044 X 100 or email

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