July 31, 2016

Spike in homeless prompts county’s concern

July 28, 2016 by JEANETTE WOLFBERG

HUDSON—Homelessness and veterans’ issues dominated the Columbia County Board of Supervisors Human Services Committee meeting Wednesday, July 20.

The number of homeless people receiving or waiting for county aid increased from 34 in June to 55 in July, the highest since March, even though the homeless count usually decreases in summer, according to the county Department of Social Services (DSS).

July 25, 2016

Lee Bordick Named One-Year Interim Superintendent

The Board of Education appointed experienced superintendent Lee Bordick as the district's interim superintendent at its July 25 meeting.

Mr. Bordick will serve for one year while the district conducts a search for a permanent superintendent, who will start July 1, 2017. Mr. Bordick will start on Aug. 1.

"I'm honored to serve in this role, following a colleague and friend and hopefully continuing the progress made under his leadership," said Mr. Bordick. "I know the school community is very strong and by working together, we'll continue that progress."

Mr. Bordick served as superintendent of Lansingburgh CSD for 22 years before retiring in 2007. Since retiring, Mr. Bordick has served as interim superintendent for Ichabod Crane CSD, Chatham CSD and Wynantskill UFSD. He also served as an interim principal at Catskill CSD.

A glimpse of the "good, old days" in the town of Schodack.

Schodack's Enduring Heritage

About the Historian's Office


My office is located on the second floor of the town hall. The files of the Historical Society of Esquatak are also stored in the historian's office. Office hours are on Thursdays from 8:30 until 12:30 pm or by appointment. Please stop in to visit or contact me for research about any questions you may have on Schodack history at 477-7939, extension 316 or by email.

Joachim Staats House and Gerret Staats Ruin
Listed in 1978 and located north of Castleton-on-Hudson on Papscanee Island. The Joachim Staats House was built around 1700 with additions in 1790 and 1880.

Rachael Mattice arrested

Rachael Mattice arrested, charged with falsely reporting an incident

LATHAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York State Police say the case against Rachael Mattice has been closed following her arrest on Friday.

Police say Mattice, 24, voluntarily surrendered to State Police on Friday in Mayfield. She is being charged with falsely reporting an incident.

“Nothing Mattice said happened. It’s all made up,” William Keeler, Troop G Commander, said.

July 15, 2016


Apparently all social Media in Turkey shut down
Turkey was in chaos Friday as the military attempted a coup to overthrow the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan called on the people to take to the streets to defend the government while the military insisted it had taken control and declared martial law.

July 10, 2016

Remembering Bob Horan

Community Invited to "Remembering Bob Horan - Always in Our Hearts" –Tuesday, July 12 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

In addition to services Friday and Saturday, Maple Hill High School will open its doors on Tuesday, July 12 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. for "Remembering Bob Horan – Always in Our Hearts," an opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate the life of Superintendent Horan.

July 7, 2016

Our Oath of Office A Solemn Promise

FBI Director James Comey once said this:

I James Comey do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

July 4, 2016

The Star Spangled Banner

The flag that inspired the National Anthem:

Francis Scott Key was a gifted amateur poet. Inspired by the sight of the American flag flying over Fort McHenry the morning after the bombardment, he scribbled the initial verse of his song on the back of a letter. Back in Baltimore, he completed the four verses (PDF) and copied them onto a sheet of paper, probably making more than one copy. A local printer issued the new song as a broadside. Shortly afterward, two Baltimore newspapers published it, and by mid-October it had appeared in at least seventeen other papers in cities up and down the East Coast.

July 1, 2016

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Jeff Simons Starts as New Superintendent of Schools

The East Greenbush Central School District’s new Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey P. Simons officially starts today.

Mr. Simons, who was appointed on March 2 after an extensive search that began last fall, met with staff members this morning and will be touring each of the schools and surrounding neighborhoods later in the day.