FREE Lecture: “Oil Tank Safety in Historic Properties”, Jan 26

The Columbia County Historical Society, and Historic Committee for the Town of Kinderhook is holding a free lecture on Oil Tank Safety in Historic Properties.

This lecture will be important to you if your oil tank is more than 15 years old; if you own an historic property, are planning to sell or buy a property; or are thinking of replacing your older tank. There is no way to predict if or when an oil tank will fail. Both aboveground and underground tanks have the potential for a costly environmental condition.
Oil tanks will leak with age or when exposed to the elements. Buried tanks that are not ‘to code’ can present the potential for a costly environmental condition.
Learn what to look for if your tank is a potential candidate for replacement, before it becomes an environmental hazard. Learn how to go about the process of oil tank abandonment if your tank has leaked or is buried. Logical and responsible choices in new oil tanks will also be discussed.
Toni Hokanson, Director of Marketing and Training for C2G Environmental Consultants in New Paltz will explain the life span of oil tanks, options for abandonment or removal as well as new tank options.
Fire Safety is important throughout the year and especially during the winter when fireplaces and wood stoves are in use.
Cailey Nieto, Public Health Technician, with the Columbia County Department of Health, will also make a brief presentation about fire extinguishers and what we should know about them and where to have them filled or checked.

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Saturday, January 26th, 2019: 1:30 – 2:30pm

Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building (Meeting Room)
3211 Church Street,
Valatie, NY 12184



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Snow Storm Likely to Cause Event Cancellations

With 1 to 2-feet of snow projected for parts of the area this weekend (January 19 – 20, 2019), chances are good that there are going to be lots of event cancellations. If you have plans to attend anything this weekend, check with the organizer, venue, etc before heading out.

If we do get as much snow as the forecasts are projecting, be safe and stay off the roads unless you absolutely must go out.

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Hillsdale Historian Chris Atkins “The Original Route of the Columbia Turnpike” at Roeliff Jansen Library, Jan 19

Hillsdale Co-Town Historian Chris Atkins will present his findings after a yearlong investigation into the original path of the Columbia Turnpike. Many people believe that the turnpike followed the path of today’s State Route 23, but in fact, as Atkins will demonstrate, the original turnpike diverged from today’s RT. 23 in at least two areas.

“As a trustee of the Friends of East Gate Toll House, I was curious to see if I could find the location of the long gone Middle Gate Toll House,” Atkins said. “In my search, I could see that the original turnpike could not have followed Rt. 23 from the Massachusetts line to the Hudson River and set out to find the actual route – ultimately to create a map showing the path.”

Participants will receive an 11”x17” copy of the map, which also includes information about many of the historic structures that still exist on the original turnpike path.

Saturday, January 19, 2019: 4pm

Roeliff Jansen Community Library
9091 NY-22
Hillsdale, NY 12529



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ECLECTIMANIAC Events – The January 2019 Show

This is the place to get more info on the events we discussed on the ECLECTIMANIAC Radio Show for January 16, 2019.

Guided Tour of Thomas Cole Historic Site

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site, located in Catskill, NY, marks the birthplace of American art, where the Hudson River School of landscape painting began.

Guided Tours Of The Main House and Old Studio are taking place from January through April (2019). Explore the historic Main House and 1839 Old Studio with a museum educator.

Visitors will join a guided tour with a Cole Site Educator to explore the 1815 Main House where Thomas Cole lived and worked. The experience features the multimedia installation The Parlors and the exhibition Thomas Cole’s Creative Process which includes original works by the artist.

Sunday, January 20, 2019: 1pm & 3:30pm
Each tour lasts approximately 50 minutes

Guided tour tickets are $12 for general admission and free for members.
Each tour is limited to twelve people. Members and non-members must reserve tour tickets online in advance.

Visit for tickets.

218 Spring Street
Catskill, NY 12414
Tours begin on the front porch of the Main House


Spencertown Academy Arts Center Presents Reinventing Rockwell: An Afternoon with Artist Pops Peterson

Spencertown Academy Arts Center and it’s ongoing series, ‘Conversations with Neighbors’, presents An Afternoon with Artist Pops Peterson.

Pops Peterson, boldly imagines Norman Rockwell Paintings through a modern-day lens, rethinking the iconic Four Freedoms.

Celebrating the diversity in today’s America, the series has won Pops a great deal of press coverage, as well as an award from the Northeast Regional Conference on Fair Housing and Civil Rights. He has also been named the first Artist in Residence of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. The Norman Rockwell Museum has embraced the project, presenting Pops’ work and lectures at standing room only events in their main gallery.

Sunday, February 3, 2019: 2pm

$20 adults, $10 students, $15 members

790 NY-203
Spencertown, NY 12165


Friends of the Hudson Area Library Book & Bake Sale

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library will be hosting a Book and Bake Sale in the community room of the Library. This is a great opportunity to purchase new and gently used books on a variety of subjects, including art books as well as CDs and DVDs.

There will also be homemade baked desserts for sale during this event. So come out and support the library, get that unique book you’ve been looking for and didn’t know it, enjoy a baked good, and support the Hudson Area Library!

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library supports library collections and programming.
All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Friends, and enhance contributions to the Hudson Area Library.

Saturday, February 9, 2019: 10am – 2:30pm
Sunday, February 10, 2019: 1-3:30pm

Hudson Area Library
51 N. 5th St. (at State St.)
Hudson, NY 12534

For more information email, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.




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Tonight is The Monthly ECLECTIMANIAC Radio Show on WGXC


A new year, a new you, a new show! After a short holiday break, ECLECTIMANIAC Radio Show is back with the first show of 2019! Tony@Large and co-hosts Seth Davis (@sethdavisphoto) & Columbia County Current’s Jeff McKinney (@jeffmmckinney) return to shoot the crap and play jams! This month’s show features tracks from Robyn, John Grant, Silk City w/Dua Lipa, benny blanco plus new music from Mariah Carey, Chaka Khan and Mark Ronson! We’ll also have a chat with Legacy Advocate, Jelani Bandele (@tell_legacy), about the importance of honoring and telling your story this year!

Listen @ 90.7 FM Acra/Hudson/Catskill on your radio or live stream @ online. Love is the answer. Tune in.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019: 8pm – 10pm

Live stream: WGXC.ORG
Tune in: 90.7 FM Acra/Hudson

WGXC radio, 90.7-FM, is a community radio station based in New York’s Columbia and Greene counties. It’s part of Wave Farm, which is a non-profit arts organization driven by experimentation with broadcast media and the airwaves.

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