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The Whipple Cast and Wrought Iron Bowstring Truss Bridge. locally known as the Normanskill Farm Bridge, is located near the entrance to Stevens Farm in southwestern Albany, New York, United States. It was built in 1867.

In July, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the availability of $200 million in enhanced assistance for local governments over the next two years to rehabilitate and replace bridges and culverts statewide. The timing is critical.

  Elisabeth Grace is a retired clinical social worker living in rural Columbia County with two cats, Molly and Silkie. She divides her time between birding, animal welfare, gardening and writing.

After the Rain

Over two days in early June, 2013, I watched my driveway flow downhill and join Albany Turnpike. Soon, a lumbering orange tractor would grind its way up and down the slope scraping displaced earth and stone from the ditches at each side, would divert the runnels of water from the plateau at the top into a gully which had become blocked with fallen branches, rocks and mud, and filled in the 18-inch- deep crevasses which had kept me from driving up to the house for several days.

Faso Victory Photo
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Republicans have made their choice in New York’s 19th Congressional District: Former New York state Assembly Minority Leader John Faso has topped Andrew Heaney.

State police are seeking information about a newborn baby boy found dead in a trash container near a Columbia County convenience store.

Dave Lucas

A winner has emerged in a close Columbia County mayoral race.

WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

A mayoral race in Columbia County is going down to the wire.  In Hudson, Republican incumbent Mayor William Hallenbeck  is trying to hold off a challenge from Tiffany Martin Hamilton for a two-year term.

Columbia County Woman Dies In Moped Crash

May 12, 2015

Police say a 24-year-old New York woman has died after her scooter collided with another vehicle on a Hudson Valley road.

ETSY (Hudson)

A decade after it was founded in a Brooklyn apartment as a way to sell handmade goods online, Etsy has filed for an IPO .  

Founded in 2005, Etsy Inc. filed for an initial public offering March 4th, applying to trade on Nasdaq under the symbol “ETSY.”

Creating Landscapes in the Landscape, the Third Annual Plein Air Painting event hosted in collaboration by The Olana Partnership and the Columbia County Council on the Arts will take place at the Olana State Historic Site Thursday, October 16th through Saturday, October 18th.

West Ghent Volunteer Fire Company/Facebook

As we approach the two-year anniversary of the TCI fire in West Ghent in Columbia County, we look back at the disaster and at TCI's plans going forward.

The fire broke out around 10 p.m. on August 1st, 2012 at TCI of New York on Route 9H in West Ghent. According to Columbia County officials, the building housed mineral oil tanks, tractor trailers containing fuel oil, propane tanks, and other hazardous substances, including sodium that came from transformers disposed of at TCI. The company blamed the inferno on "a third party vendor" that TCI no longer deals with.

    Stephen Lang is a Tony Award-nominated American actor and playwright who is also well known for his film work - including his roles as George E. Pickett in Gettysburg, Stonewall Jackson in Gods and Generals, Colonel Quaritch in Avatar and many others.

This Sunday at 4pm The Chatham Film Club and the Columbia County Historical Society present an exciting combination of theater, film and music that tells the story of the Battle of Gettysburg through the eyes of Union officer and Medal of Honor Winner James Jackson Purman.

The program features a one man show written and performed by Stephen Lang, original music composed by Robert Kessler and performed by virtuoso double-bassist Timothy Cobb, and the a screening of the short film The Wheatfield, written and performed by Lang, and directed by filmmakers, Alexander and Adrian Smith. The program is hosted by historian Harold Holzer.

    Author Mary Beth Wenger, longtime Albany-area TV news anchor and reporter, joins us this morning to discuss her new book, Finding Grandma: A Sentimental Journey Through 1920s Columbia County Recipes.

The book is the story of Wenger's search for the grandmother she never knew. Stumbling over a hidden legacy left behind by Grandma Edna in an authentic 1920s recipe collection, she embarked on a voyage of discovery.

The turn of every crumbling, yellowed page unlocked mysteries, as she uncovered recipes either handwritten or snipped from newspapers, often affixed with straight pins to the pages! This was an unexpected springboard into the past, spurring a nostalgic journey that jumps back and forth from the 1920s to today.

Young's General Store, Prattsville

The Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project is an educational initiative designed to help municipal officials and stream-side landowners throughout the Hudson Valley prepare for floods and climate change. The program has been moving forward, and is being heralded as a successful one.

Educators from the Cornell Cooperative Extension associations in Columbia, Greene, Dutchess, Orange and Putnam counties have been teaching flood preparedness to officials and landowners in 37 Hudson Valley municipalities.

West Ghent Volunteer Fire Company/Facebook

Almost a year ago, emergency measures were implemented across parts of Columbia and Rensselaer counties in New York and Berkshire County in Massachusetts, as six local fire companies battled a blaze that broke out at a recycling plant in West Ghent.

The fire broke out around 10 p.m. on August 1st, 2012 at TCI of New York on Route 9H in West Ghent. According to Columbia County officials, the building housed mineral oil tanks, tractor trailers containing fuel oil, propane tanks, and other hazardous substances, including sodium that came from transformers disposed of at TCI.

Fund Will Be Named For Former NYS Senator

Jun 21, 2013

A fund in the name of a former New York state senator is being announced next week.

Six public school districts in Columbia County, New York are receiving awards totaling $300,000 from a local foundation to strengthen arts and humanities programs.

The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation recently announced that the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation is donating the money to the Arts and Humanities Funds for the Hudson, Chatham, Germantown, New Lebanon, Ichabod Crane and Taconic Hills Central School Districts.

The money is being awarded to celebrate Columbia County-based artist Ellsworth Kelly’s 90th birthday.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two deaths in upstate New York are being attributed to the storm.

State police say a 23-year-old man died when the tractor he was using to plow his driveway overturned in Columbia County Friday evening. And a 74-year-old man died when a car slid and hit him as he walked on a Poughkeepsie road.

The National Weather Service reported snowfall totals of 10-12 inches in the mid-Hudson Valley and Adirondacks; 8 inches at Buffalo; 12 inches at Rochester; 6.5 inches in suburban Albany; and 9 inches in Syracuse.

Sarah LaDuke

The Columbia County Council on the Arts’ 18th Annual Arts Walk is taking place September 29th through October 8th.

It begins at Olana with “Creating Landscapes in the Landscape”: a plein air paint-out, art show, and auction and continues through the week with dance performances, music, literary readings, the Annual Riverfront Artists Marketplace, the Hudson Valley Bounty’s annual Chili Fest, and more!

Tiffany Hamilton/Save The Furgary

The City of Hudson today followed through on its threat to shut down the Furgary... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has an update...