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Gazebo in Wood Park Funding

Posted 27 Sept 2009

Town of Hoosick Clerk Susan Stradinger, Hoosick Falls Community Band Director Bill Gaillard, and Hoosick Supervisor Marilyn Douglas.

The Town of Hoosick Board unanimously voted to approve the funding of $1,295 to the Hoosick Falls Community Band to supplement the cost of replacing the floor in the Gazebo in Wood Park. Band Director Bill Gaillard and members of the band and community will rebuild the floor./p>

Farmer's Market Features Certified Organic Meat

Posted 27 Sept 2009

Joanne Tilley introduces Tilldale Farm's Organic Meat

Tilldale Farm is a small, family farm owned and operated by Dany and Joanne Tilley in Hoosick, New York. Tilldale Farm is a certified organic, grass-fed livestock and dairy farm, which raises a variety of breeds, and is endorsed by the Northeast Organic Farm Association. Treat yourself to wholesome, nutritious and delicious grassfed beef and pasture-raised pork, which is produced locally. Stop in at the Farmer's Market located at Countryside Woodcraft, Route 7, Hoosick and learn more about Tilldale Farm from Joanne on Fridays from 3 to 6 pm, or on Columbus Day, October 12, from 9 to 3 pm.

Artist Reception at 15 John Street Gallery

Posted 27 Sept 2009

15 John Street Gallery co-owner Peg Loretan, artist Martin Walter, and Gallery co-owner Herb Loretan

An artist reception was recently held at the 15 John Street Gallery in Hoosick Falls. The featured artist was Martin “Marty” Walter, a native of Western New York who has lived in the Cambridge area since 1973.

The body of Walter’s work is a varied one. His travels throughout Eastern New York and Western New England have allowed him the opportunity to observe local landscapes in all their different seasons. These landscapes figure in his work as well as urban street scenes and whimsical drawings. His fascination for buildings and old machines also abound in his work. More than 60 works were displayed at the reception.

The 15 John Street Gallery displays the works of more than 25 artists. Please stop in and appreciate the art, and the important role is plays in the Hoosick community.

Joel Senecal-Moseley reports on his recent trip to Uganda

Posted 27 Sept 2009

Joel Senecal-Moseley attended the regular meeting of the Town Board to report on his trip to Uganda in August. Joel thanked the Board for allowing him to place a collection box in the Town Offices. Donations from Town employees and the community for the children of Uganda were greatly appreciated, and Joel reported: “The children enjoyed them and it was good of you to support the children in need.”

Annual Cow Plop Giveaway and Car Show

Posted 25 Sept 2009

St. Mary’s Academy will hold its Annual Cow Plop Giveaway and Car Show on Sunday, October 4, at the Town’s athletic fields. Come at 10 am and check out, or register for the car show. Trophies will be awarded to favorite cars, trucks and bikes with one taking home the best of show! Registration for the car show is $10 and will take place that day.

For those of you who have never attended a Cow Plop Giveaway, it is your chance to take part in some good old-fashioned entertainment. Buy a cow plop deed for $20. and if the cow “plops” in your square, you win $1,000! The fun kicks off at 12 pm and cow plop deeds are now on sale.

Emceeing the event is Ben Patten, co-host of Magic 100.9 FM Magic in the Morning Show. There is something for the whole family including rides by Amyland Amusements, food, games and a kid’s activity area. For more information about this event, or to purchase a deed, please call St. Mary’s at 686-4314, ext. 202

Got Books?

Posted 24 Sept 2009

If you answered yes to the above question, WE NEED YOU!!

Hoosick Falls Girl Scout Troops are having a book drive and your gently used books would be greatly appreciated! We are looking for reading books in the Kindergarten to Sixth Grade reading levels. Not sure if the book is age appropriate? No problem - drop your book in the bin and we'll decide.

Have your kids gone to college and you still have their books from Elementary School? Want to clean out your bookcase and fill ours? If so, please help us to help our kids. You can drop off any donations in our book bin, located at the Cheney Library on Classic Street in Hoosick Falls. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Joyce Brewer at: 686-4942

We will be collecting all books on October 6th, so be sure to get them to the library soon!!

Not only do our Hoosick Falls Girl Scouts appreciate your donation, the kids of our community do too!!


HFCS PTA Fall Festival 2009 is just around the corner!

Posted 24 Sept 2009

It's that time of year when the HFCS PTA gears up for their annual Fall Festival, now in its ninth year. The hustle-bustle is underway and the excitement mounting for the young and young-at-heart as FALL FESTIVAL 2009 is just around the corner. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 17, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at HFCS.

Fall Festival has fun activities and games for kids including an old-fashioned cake walk, many vendors selling their wares including crafts and homemade products, and fabulous door prizes and raffle items. This year, the PTA will be hosting a Haunted Hall, as well as the return of the popular AnimalLand and more!

Mark your calendars now for this fun-filled family event and keep your eyes peeled for more details to come in October. For information or to get involved, please contact Laurie Gormley, chair (518-686-9138, For vendor information, please contact Margaret Stevens (518-686-1648,


Posted 14 Sept 2009

Hoosick residents, civic organizations and businesses have long been known for their commitment and willingness to give back to the community, and support for "A Taste of Hoosick" to benefit the Food Pantry of the Hoosick Area Church Association is no exception.

In these lean economic times, the Food Pantry has seen a 21 percent increase in use for the year, with a 40 percent increase in June and July. You can help stock the shelves of the Food Pantry by attending "A Taste of Hoosick" on Sunday, September 20, from 4 to 7 pm at the Hoosick Falls Country Club. Tickets are $15. with all proceeds going to the Food Pantry.

Please come and sample the fine fare of the following area restaurants: Bianca's, Big Moose Deli & Country Store, Carmody's West, Eagle Bride Inn, Falls Diner, Guiseppe's, Half-Time Sports Bar & Grill, Ice Kreme Kafe, Man of Kent Tavern, Schoony's, The Old Firehouse Tavern, Pizza Bella, Potter's Tavern, Helvi's Catering, Susan Landry's Old West Catering, and Lindsey Gardner's localfoodpros.

Donating the perfect setting for the event is the Hoosick Falls Country Club and providing the music are: The Hoosick Falls Jazz Band, under the direction of Bill Brown, and the trio Green, vonSchilgen, Wesbster.

You will also have the opportunity to take a chance for the items donated to the Silent Auction by the following: Artistic Hair Design, Bagel & Brew, Baker's Nursery, Barber & Fricke, Blooming Art, Charity's, Coffee Connection, Colonial Lamp Shop, Cone's Garage, Countryside Woodcraft, Davis Coal, Dottie Cross, Doug Hosterman, Ever Changing Hairstyles, Hoosick Falls Country Club, Hobson's, Hoosick True Value, Iva Durkee,





Janet Bugbee, Joyce Brewer, McNally's Insurance, Mt. Nebo Gallery, Old West Catering, Paula Baker, Pet Connection, Potter Hill Barn, Shelly's Shear Design, Tammy's Candy Kettle, Terry Durkee, The Gallery, Theo Knebel, Upsy Daisy, W. B. Mason, Wal-Mart.


A Taste of Hoosick

Silent Auction Items for "A Taste of Hoosick"




Tickets are on sale at Thorpe’s, Upsy Daisy, Town of Hoosick Offices, or committee organizers Susan Bouplon Dianne Hosterman, Village Mayor Matt Monahan, Town of Hoosick Supervisor Marilyn Douglas. All are invited to attend a great Sunday afternoon of fine food, music and friendship and at the same time help those who are less fortunate. Hope to see you there!

Girl Scouts Needs You -- Girls and Adults!

Posted 2 Sept 2009

Girl Scouting may be the perfect place for you! Girl Scouting is a way for girls to build confidence and courage through activities, leadership programs, community service, teamwork, travel, and much more! Adult volunteers in the program share skills, enthusiasm, experience, and values! And together they find a path to a better future.

Why not become a Girl Scout or an adult volunteer?

Who can join? Girls in grades K-12, who want to be a part of an organization dedicated solely to girls, where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, build character and skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, you develop qualities that will serve you all your lives, like leadership, strong values, social conscience, and conviction about your own potential and self-worth. Who can become an adult volunteer? Whether you have girls in the program or not, you can be a strong role model for young women today. Our volunteers are parents, grandparents, guardians, former scouts, teachers, college students, retirees, professionals, community members, church members, neighbors!






Still think you're too busy or don't know what Girl Scouts is all about? Come learn more at a Girl Scout Information Night for New Girls and Adult Volunteers on Sunday, September 20, from 6-7pm, at the First Baptist Church (80 Main Street, Hoosick Falls). Members of the local Girl Scout Service Unit will be available to tell you more about the program and answer questions -- we know you'll be pleasantly surprised! If you are interested in finding out more and cannot attend, please email, or call 686-1765 or 686-4942.

Girls who were registered Girl Scouts in 2008-2009 and want to renew their membership, should be in touch with their leader or Membership Organizer Cathy Gee Graney at

Contact: Cathy Gee Graney, 518-686-1765,


Posted 1 Sept 2009

Staying connected to the community and recognizing going hungry is a reality for many local families, Hoosick area eateries are quickly signing up to showcase their favorite dishes at "A Taste of Hoosick" to benefit the Food Pantry of the Hoosick Area Church Association. The event will be held on Sunday, September 20, from 4 to 7 pm at the Hoosick Falls Country Club.

Restaurants participating are: Bianca's, Big Moose Deli & Country Store, Carmody's West, Eagle Bridge Inn, Falls Diner, Guiseppe's, Half-Time Sports Bar & Grill, Ice Kreme Kafe, Man of Kent Tavern and Cafe, Schoony's, The Old Firehouse Tavern, Pizza Bella, and Potter's Tavern. Also participating are: Helvi's Catering, Susan Landry, and Lindsey Gardner's localfoodpros.

Committee organizers Susan Bouplon, Town Supervisor Marilyn Douglas, Dianne Hosterman, and Village Mayor Matt Monahan invite everyone to come and enjoy this celebration of food, and to partner with the community in assisting those who are less fortunate.








Tickets for the event are $15, and are being sold at Thorpe's, Upsy Daisy, Town of Hoosick Offices, or from committee organizers.

For more information on the event, to participate, or to donate an item for the silent auction, please contact Susan Bouplon at 686-7998, or Marilyn Douglas at 686-9707.

Introducing Kontoulis Family Olive Oil at Farmer's Market

Posted 31 Aug 2009

Being able to get to know your neighbor is just one of the many attributes of the Farmer's Market in Hoosick. Artist John Recco and his wife Maria along with their daughters Gia and Ianna have made Hoosick their home.

Maria brings an international flair to the market by introducing olive oil grown at her family's Kontoulis Family Olive Grove in Messinia, Greece. The olive oil is 100% natural olive juice with no additives, preservatives, or mixtures of lower grade olive oils. Production is limited and the health benefits are great. For those of you with a sweet tooth, Maria also brings along her own gourmet baklava.






Kontoulis Family Olive Oil at Farmer's Market

Photo by Marilyn Douglas


Senator Gillibrand

Posted 31 Aug 2009

Town of Hoosick Supervisor Marilyn Douglas, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Town Councilperson Kevin O'Malley recently discussed plight of New York dairy farmers. Senator Gillibrand says she is continuing to fight to increase mik prices and that local dairy farmers are underpaid.






Town of Hoosick Supervisor Marilyn Douglas, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Town Councilperson Kevin O’Malley

Battle of Bennington Re-enactors

Posted 30 Aug 2009

President Thomas Jefferson called the Battle of Bennington "The first link in the chain of events...that eventually led to the success at Saratoga." the Patriot victory in Hoosick was "The Turning Point Before the Turning Point." Those who attended this year’s celebration particpated in our nation’s history coming alive through historic interpretations and re-enactors.

Sponsoring the Battle Weekend events were Sons of the American Revolution, Wallomsac Battle Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Vinage Voices, Friends of the Bennington Battlefield, State of New York Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Town of Hoosick.

Begin your journey in exploring our nation’s history, by visiting the historic Battle of Bennington and Caretaker's House located on Route 67 in Walloomsac.






Re-enactors give an exciting presentation at Battle Day events

Photo by Bob Wilson

Local Girls Travel to Washington, DC

Posted 20 Aug 2009

Hoosick Falls Girl Scout Troop #1313 and three chaperones, spent five days in mid-August 2009 enjoying the sites of Washington, DC. This trip comes after three years of planning and fundraising efforts, so the young women were sure to fit in as much sightseeing as they could -- covering many miles on foot and Metrorail. They listened to a U.S. Military Band in front of the Washington Monument, toured the national monuments by day and night, went to four of the Smithsonian Museums (Holocaust, Air & Space, Natural History, and American History), had a tour of the Capitol and Senate Chambers, visited the Library of Congress, spent time at the White House Visitor's Center and grounds, toured Arlington National Cemetery, spent a day at the National Zoo, took in the beautiful architecture of Washington and the LeDroit Park neighborhood where they stayed, and much more!







Girl Scout Troop #1313 at the U.S. Capitol (left to right): Matty Blair, Amanda Middleton, Paige Graney, Ayla Graney, Samantha Brewer, and Lauren Conte. Photograph credit: Courtesy of Cathy Gee Graney


Posted 10 Aug 2009

The Town of Hoosick is proud to announce that Augie & Steve Brownell of Augie’s Wholesale Tires have approached the Town of Hoosick and offered the residents of Hoosick a method to dispose of and recycle their used and unwanted tires at a discounted cost. They have arranged for a portable enclosed trailer to be placed on their property located on Rte 67 in Eagle Bridge and will allow residents to bring tires with or without the metal rims on them to be recycled. This will help prevent illegal dumping of tires and keep our roadsides free of used and unwanted tires that are left by people who have no legal method to dispose of these tires.

The cost to dispose of each tire will be $ 2.00, presently if you go buy new tires you are charged between $ 3.00 -5.00 each to have the tires disposed of by the tire supplier.







Augie’s Wholesale Tires has been in business in the Town of Hoosick for 27 years and also operate a permitted auto inspection, repair shop and salvage yard by the Town of Hoosick and New York State DMV. During the present hard economic times that we are all facing Augie and Steve thought that this would be a great way to allow residents to save a few dollars and for their business to give a little something back to their community. Augie’s Wholesale Tires hours of operation are Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. Residents are asked to call in advance to arrange a time to drop off their tires, the phone number is 686-4845.

Farmer's Market in Hoosick Features Maple Products

Posted 9 Aug 2009

Dick and Cathy Ogden of Hoosick started out in 2001 buying a used "backyarder" 2x4 evaporator to make enough maple syrup for their family. That year they had 80 taps and enjoyed it so much that in 2002 traded the evaporator for a new 2x8. Each year since then they have added equipment and taps. In the 2010 sugarin' season they expect to be up to 1000 taps.

Dick and Cathy feature maple syrup and a variety of maple products from their "Running Brook Sugar Shack" at the Farmer's Market at Countryside Woodcraft on Route 7 in Hoosick each Friday from 3 to 6:30 pm. Dick and Cathy noted, "We enjoy participating in the Farmer’s Market in Hoosick. We get to visit with neighbors we don't get to see too often, and we have met many new and wonderful families and neighbors."






Dick and Cathy Ogden of "Running Brook Sugar Shack" offer a variety of maple syrup products at Farmer's Market in Hoosick.


Posted 30 July 2009

Sample some of the area’s finest cuisine on Sunday, September 20, from 4 to 7 pm at the Hoosick Falls Country Club for the benefit of the food pantry run by the Hoosick Area Church Association.

The Honorary Committee for the event is Dianne Hosterman, Susan Bouplon, Steve Marking, Matt Monahan, Village of Hoosick Falls Mayor, and Marilyn Douglas, Town of Hoosick Supervisor.

The food pantry served 3428 individuals in 2008 which represented a 19 percent increase over 2007. The number of families seeking service in 2008 totaled 267, including 347 children, 504 adults and 37 elderly.

Area restaurants are invited to attend the event and showcase their specialty. If you are interested in participating, or would like to be a sponsor for the event, please contact Susan Bouplon at 686-7998, Diane Hosterman at 686-5310, or Marilyn Douglas at 686-9707. The committee notes that we have many blessings as a community, and we hope you will partner with us in assisting those who are less fortunate.






Food pantry volunteer Allison Pine notes that the challenging economic times have put extra demand on the food pantry, and that food and funding are always needed


Graney Earns Girl Scout Silver Award

Posted 24 July 2009

HOOSICK FALLS, NY -- Hoosick Falls Girl Scout Ayla Graney has earned a Girl Scout Silver Award -- an award that represents a girl's accomplishments in scouting and her community as she grows and works to improve her life and the lives of others.

The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest honor in Cadette Girl Scouting and the second highest award a Girl Scout can earn, and is a national award with national standards, awarded by individual councils on behalf of Girl Scouts of the USA. Today, because of the hard work and dedication of girls like Ayla, the tradition continues.

The first four requirements of the Girl Scout Silver Award, which include the completion of 11 badges/projects and 15 hours of volunteer work, help girls build skills, explore careers, gain leadership skills, and make a commitment to self-improvement. The final project, which a girl designs to better her community, takes 40-plus hours of preparation, planning, and work to accomplish.

For Ayla's project, she presented the idea of creating a website for the local youth center to Aelish Nealon, director of the Hoosick Youth and Community Center. Nealon and the center's board were thrilled with the idea and Ayla got underway immediately. The website at continues to grow and is an invaluable resource for youth and families in the Hoosick area.

Ayla is the daughter of Bernie and Cathy Gee Graney of Hoosick Falls, NY, and granddaughter of Bernie and Betty Graney (Hoosick Falls, NY), Sandy Gee (Weston, MA), and Tom and Sue Gee (Rockport, MA). She has been in scouting for nine years, is an honor roll student, and will be in the tenth grade at Hoosick Falls Central School in the fall.

According to her mother, Cathy, who is also her troop leader, "Ayla enjoys scouting because it allows her to meet new people, gain new experiences, and take adventures she might not take otherwise. Her passion for scouting has never waned and she tackles each project with determination." Ayla plans to begin the requirements for her Gold Award in the fall.






Hoosick Falls Girl Scout Ayla Graney earns a Girl Scout Silver Award




Ayla was awarded her Silver pin at a celebration with her family, and troop members and their families on July 19; she will be recognized at a council-wide celebration in spring 2010.

Cathy Gee Graney, Leader

GS Troop #1313


Buy Local at Farmer's Market in Hoosick

Posted 14 July 2009

Enjoy the beauty of living in rural America, help the local economy, and take advantage of locally grown produce and products at the Farmer's Market in Hoosick on Fridays from 3 pm to 7 pm at Countryside Woodcraft on Route 7 in Hoosick. Products available range from fresh grown vegetables from the Moseley farm, organic meat from Tilldale farm, fresh breads and desserts from the Mennonite congregation, organic goat cheese from the Berle farm, maple syrup products from Dick Ogden, Oilve oil from Greece grown on the olive farms of John and Marie Recco, organic soaps and products of Marianne Zwicklbauer, and much more. The market is just not a place to shop, it a great way to get to know more about the farming community and your neighbor.






A bonus at the Farmer's Market is the laughter and smiles of children

History Camps in Hoosick

Posted 28 June 2009

"Registrations are still being accepted for Summer History Camps at the Barnett Homestead at the Bennington Battlefield New York State Historic Site. Camps begin on July 6 with "In Grandma Moses' Day", which gives campers the opportunity to learn how to make their own paint at home, make handmade soap and candles, create original paintings, build a Shaker stool, and, of course, cook every day. Games and stories popular in her day will give campers a chance to experience what times were like when Grandma was young. This camp is followed by "Merrie Olde England", from July 13 - 17, a virtual visit to the country from which we have received many of our habits and traditions. There will be a visit from a group of Medieval knights in full armor, and activities including designing your own coat of arms, making model castles, creating mini dish gardens, and lots of good things to cook and eat.

A new offering this year, taught by Mike Chapman, is the "Old Time Radio" camp, running July 20 - 24, reflecting a more recent era of our culture. Campers will build their own crystal radios, learn how to make sound effects props and how to use them, and participate in creating a radio broadcast from vintage radio scripts. Campers will receive a CD of the finished broadcast to take home.

The popular "Revolutionary Times" camp will finish the month of camps, from July 27 - 31. Each year, this camp offers something new to those who like to return to this exciting period in our history. Activities include making cartridge boxes and "cartridges", haversacks, and embroidered aprons and painted baskets for the ladies. A Revolutionary soldier will return to demonstrate musket firing, and there will be plenty of games, and tasty cooking.







Campers enjoy hearing a story as they relax along the Walloomsac



The fee for the Grandma Moses Camp is $75; registration for that camp is at the Town of Hoosick offices in the Armory on Church St. in Hoosick Falls. To register for the other camps, contact Phyllis Chapman at 518-686-4438 or Norma Peebles at 802-442-8472. The fee for those camps is $100, and checks should be made payable to "Vintage Voices" and sent to Phyllis Chapman, 108 St. Croix Dr., Eagle Bridge, NY 12057. Campers must be at least 8 years of age; there is no upper age limit. Remaining space is limited, so prompt registration is recommended."


Posted 12 June 2009

Hoosick Town Supervisor Marilyn Douglas announces a number of exciting youth camps are planned for this summer. Douglas stated "The Town is pleased to offer the following quality programs for the youth of the Town. The camps provide a safe, healthy learning environment, and the perfect summer experience for your child."

The first week of camp is June 29 – July 2 with the remaining five weeks running consecutively through the week of August 7. The location for this camp is the Town skating rink. The camp includes structured activities, arts and crafts under the direction of Kristen Lang, and swimming at the Town’s Pool. The ages for this camp are 5 through 12. Also, health registration forms must be completed including immunization records. Registration for this camp is first come, first serve. This camp runs from 9 to 3 and costs for Town residents are $65.00 per child For those basketball enthusiasts, HFCS athletic director Mike Lilac will be hosting the Town’s Basketball Camp on June 29 thru July 2 at the Town Basketball Courts from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. This camp is open to girls and boys from grades 3 to 8. The cost for residents of the Town is $65.00, non-resident $100.







For those children interested in history, History Camp under the leadership of teacher Phyllis Chapman is a splendid choice. This year's camp is "In Grandma Moses' Day". The camp will be at the Barnett Homstead from July 6 to July 10 from 9 to 3. The camp is limited to 25, and children must be 8 years old or older. The cost for residents is $80; non-resident $100.

For more information or to register for any of the above, stop in and see Town Clerk Susan Stradinger, or call (518) 686-4571.

Hoosick to Develop Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan

Posted 7 June 2009

Hoosick residents will gather to discuss the future of agriculture in their town at the New York Armory in Hoosick Falls at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, June 30. This public meeting will kick off the development of the Town's agriculture and farmland protection plan.

Hoosick was awarded a grant from New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) to assist in the development the plan. This funding is made available through NYSDAM’s Farmland Protection Program that supports local efforts to protect agriculture land and ensure the continued economic viability of the agriculture industry.

Developing an agriculture and farmland protection plan requires a town to take stock of its agricultural resources and identify ways in which farming is important to the town. The plan makes recommendations on how the town can prevent the loss of farmland and support the business of agricultures.

Town Supervisor Marilyn Douglas said: "Farms are vital to Hoosick in many ways. Agriculture, the largest single land use within the Town of Hoosick, produces food, employs people and pays taxes.






The Town’s farms also buffer natural resources, maintain rural character and provide the scenic landscapes that enrich the quality of life for Hoosick residents. Protecting its agricultural lands and supporting the business of farming is a priority for Hoosick."

The Town Board appointed Town Councilperson Mark Cottrell to oversee the development of its farmland protection plan and hired American Farmland Trust (AFT) as a consultant to help in the development of the plan. AFT is a national nonprofit organization that works to protect farmland and improve the economic viability of agriculture. AFT’s New York State office is headquartered in Saratoga Springs. The Town is working with David Haight, AFT’s New York State director, and Laura Ten Eyck, field consultant. In addition, the Town will receive assistance from the Rensselaer County Planning Department and Rensselaer County Soil and Water Conservation District. Cottrell said, “One of the primary challenges facing Hoosick is the risk of farmland being converted out of agriculture. With some of the nation’s prime soils, we want to promote measurers that encourage agriculture and protect farmland.”

Hoosick Falls Community Band to play at "Celebrating Old Glory"

Posted 31 May 2009

The Town of Hoosick, Friends of the Bennington Battlefield and Vintage Voices are pleased to announce that the Hoosick Falls Community Band, directed by Bill Gaillard, will be performing patriotic songs at the Barnett Homestead on Flag Day, June 14. The formal program begins at 2:00 pm with the singing of the National Anthem by Mary Stedman. The event runs from 1 to 4 pm.

One of the activities planned for children will be the making of get-well cards under the direction of Ronnie Bach of Vintage Voices. These cards will be delivered to the Veterans at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington. Other flag activities will be the presentation of the history of the American Flag by Phyllis Chapman and the designing of their own flag.








John Sheaff, Sons of the American Revolution, Walloomsac Battle Chapter, will have a display of reproduction historic flags.

The "Stars and Stripes", the official National symbol of the United States of American was authorized by Congress on Saturday of June 14, 1777. What better way to pay tribute to America and to teach our children about the history of the Flag and the important role that our area plays in the founding of our Nation, then spend an afternoon at the Bennington Battlefield State Historic site in Walloomsac, NY which was the site of one of the most important Battles of our fight for independence on August 16, 1777.

The Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site is owned by New York Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and managed through a cooperative agreement between State Parks and the Town of Hoosick.

Memorial Day Parade in Hoosick Falls

Posted 26 May 2009


The Annual Memorial Day Parade represented a day of remembrance for those fallen troops who gave their lives from America’s first war for independence to its current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Observances included flag and wreath ceremonies, a rifle salute, prayer, speeches, tributes, songs and more.

Longtime resident and War II veteran Walter (Wally) J. Davendonis was the grand marshal for the Parade. A special thanks goes out to Hoosick’s American Legion Post 40 for organizing the Parade and to the Parade’s chairman Don Bogardus.



First Row: County Legislator Lester Goodermote, Town Supervisor Marilyn Douglas, Town Clerk Susan Stradinger, Pastor Mike Benoit, Village Mayor Matt Monahan Second Row: District Attorney Richard McNally, Town Councilperson Mark Cottrell, Town Justice Tom Restino, VillageTrustee Bob Dowling, County Legislator Stan Brownell Third Row: American Legion Hoosick Post 40: Donald Tate, Keith McCart, Joe Ruggiero, Don St. Hilaire








Grand Marshall Wally Davendonis and granddaughter Tracey Davendonis Friel



"Celebrating Old Glory" at Bennington Battlefield Historic Site

Posted 26 May 2009

The Vintage Voices, Friends of the Bennington Battlefield, and the Town of Hoosick welcome all to attend "Celebrating Old Glory" at the Barnett Homestead at Bennington Battlefield State Historic site in Walloomsac, NY on Flag Day, June 14, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

The formal program will begin at 2:00 pm with the National Anthem being sung by Mary Stedman and music provided by the Hoosick Falls Community Band. The Sons of the American Revolution will also be in attendance with a Flag Display. Special activities are planned for children with the first 50 children receiving free flags.

All are welcome to attend and join in celebrating and showing respect for our flag. The Stars and Stripes has a proud and glorious history, and what better place to celebrate its birth than at the historic Bennington Battlefield which played such a vital role in our nation’s fight for independence.



Posted 24 May 2009

If you are looking for a place to enjoy some warm weather fun, then consider buying a pool membership to the Town of Hoosick's pool. The Town is offering reduced membership rates until June 15, 2009 for pool membership. The reduced membership rates are as follows: Family Daytime - $90., Family Day/night $110., Individual Daytime - $50., Individual Day/Night Membership - $60. The ever-popular morning swim (8:30 am to 9:45 am) for adults is back for $30. for the season, or $1.50 daily. The membership passes may be purchased from Town Clerk Susan Stradinger at the Town Offices, 80 Church Street, Hoosick Falls.

Town Councilperson Kevin O'Malley notes that the Pool is a great resource for Town residents, and will be in operation seven days a week through the summer with pool rates being the same as last year. Town Supervisor Marilyn Douglas said the pool is becoming a popular end-of-the year activity for area schools with St. Mary's, Hoosick Falls Central, Cambridge Central, and Woodford already scheduled for use. The Town is also looking for someone to lead a water aerobics program. If interested, please contact either Kevin O’Malley or Marilyn Douglas.



Posted 18 May 2009

Governor David Paterson announced that the Town of Hoosick’s grant for the purchase of development rights for the Carleton Philpott farm on Petersburgh Junction Road has been approved. The 155-acre Philpott Farm is a second-generation farm which was a family dairy operation until 1998 when Carleton decided to transition to hay production as the primary farm commodity.

The Philpott Farm has more than 72 percent of its soils being prime, or of statewide importance, and is a key parcel in a fertile block of farmland currently being protected through the NYS Farmland Protection Program, Vermont Land Trust and a private foundation in collaboration with the Agricultural Stewardship Association. With the protection of the Philpott land, the farmland block will comprise nearly 1,500 acres along the Hoosick River and cross state boundaries. Town Councilperson Mark Cottrell who chairs Hoosick’s Farmland Protection Committee noted that the contiguous blocks of farmland strengthen the long-term agricultural viability of the area as well as each of the individual farms.

Carleton Philpott said that he has lived on the farm since he was six years old, and along with his family care deeply about keeping their land in agriculture. The preservation of our farm will continue the long-agricultural tradition of farming in Hoosick.







Town of Hoosick Councilperson Mark Cottrell, Town Supervisor Marilyn Douglas, Kay Philpott, Allison Philpott, Chris Philpott, Corinne Philpott, Carleton Philpott


Town Supervisor Marilyn Douglas applauded Carleton and Corinne for their commitment to ensure the land remains available for farming, and for their excellent stewardship of the land and for their active roles in the agricultural community. Douglas noted, “Hoosick is proud of its faming heritage and farming community, and the Town will continue its efforts to protect viable farmland."

The grant was prepared by the Town of Hoosick in collaboration with the Agricultural Stewardship Association if Greenwich, New York.

Barnett Homestead Opens for Season on May 16

Posted 15 May 2009

The Town of Hoosick is pleased to announce that the Visitor Center (Barnett Homestead) for the New York State Bennington Battlefield Historic Site , kicks off its 2009 season on Saturday, May 16, from 1 - 4 pm. The public is invited to experience many aspects of early American rural lifestyle, including sheep shearing, pit cooking, and games for children on opening day.

Outdoor activities and demonstrations on Saturday, May 16 are free, and the Friends of the Bennington Battlefield will be selling refreshments. A reduced fee is charged for guided tours of the house, by costumed interpreters, which includes the presentation about the Battle. Barnett Homestead is a living history museum offering tours and educational programs conducted by Vintage Voices Historical Interpreters.






Tours of the circa 1835 Barnett Home provide a hands-on interpretation of everyday life in the 1800s, and includes an informative and entertaining re-enactment of the 1777 Battle of Bennington. In addition, four history camps are being offered for youngsters from ages 8 and up this summer. School and civic groups also visit the site for special programming; for information, call 518-686-4438, The Visitor Center and gift shop at Barnett Homestead is located diagonally opposite the Bennington Battlefield Park, east of the entrance to the park on Caretaker's Road. Regular hours are Thursday - Saturday from 1 - 4 pm, and Sundays from 12 N – 3 pm, weather permitting. Special group tours and programs can be scheduled for any day of the week-contact the phone number noted above. Information about the History Camps can also be obtained at the Town of Hoosick offices on Church St. in Hoosick Falls.


Posted 20 April 2009

The Town of Hoosick is pleased to offer another set of golf lessons for adults. The first set of lessons was an overwhelming success, and veteran golfer and coach Mike Baratto will again be sharing his expertise and enthusiasm for the game.

There will be eight lessons running from 7 to 8 pm on the following dates: Monday, May 4, Tuesday, May 5, Monday, May 11, Wednesday, May 13, Monday, May 18, Wednesday, May 20, Monday, May 25 and Tuesday, May 26.

The organizational meeting and sign-up will be held on Monday, April 27, at 7:00 pm at the Town of Hoosick Offices in the Armory in Hoosick Falls. The cost for Town of Hoosick residents is $25, non-residents $30. For more information, contact Mike Baratto at, or 686-5916.


Zoning Board Openings

Posted 22 March 2009

The Town of Hoosick is accepting letters of intent/resumes for Town of Hoosick residents interested in serving on the Zoning Commission. Deadline for submission is April 3. Please mail to Town of Hoosick Board, P. O. Box 17, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090, or drop off at the Town Offices in the New York State Armory in Hoosick Falls.

Springtime Workshops at Barnett Homestead

Posted 16 March 2009


Town of Hoosick Supervisor Marilyn Douglas and Vintage Voice Director Phyllis Chapman invite area school children to join in the fun during April vacation for fun craft workshops at the Barnett Homestead at the Bennington Battlefield. Come for a morning, afternoon, or stay for the day. There’s lots of fun to be had!

The schedule is:

Mornings (9:30-11:30 am)

Create a Gift – Make a special handmade gift for a friend or family member--hand made chocolates, a decorated gift box, and a hand crafted gift card. The whole thing is your creation. Monday – Tuesday – Wednesday

Glass Painting – Make plain glass bottles, drinking glasses or jars into works of art with glass paints the fix permanently by just banking them in the over. Monday – Thursday

Stamped Embroidered Samplers – Take part in the tradition of needlework by designing and stitching your own sampler in bright colors. Monday – Thursday

Afternoons (12 noon – 2 pm)

Decorative Tin Punch Designs – Just a small hammer and a nail are all that’s needed to make these unique metal pictures. After it is finished, you will complete it with a decorative frame. Monday and Tuesday.

Not Just a Basket! – Some simple materials, a little imagination, and an ordinary wicker basket becomes a storage box, purse—almost anything! Wednesday and Thursday.

Cookies, Cookies – Just can’t resist bringing this one back! Who doesn’t love cookies? Try new recipes, same fun. Monday and Tuesday.







Sheep waiting to be sheared


Gel Candles – These awesome container candles glow and sparkle inside with beads, shells, colored glass pebbles. Wednesday and Thursday.

The workshops are offered to area school children and are for ages 8+. The workshops are $15. per session and all materials are included. Students enrolling in morning and afternoon workshops are to bring a bag lunch. For more information, call Phyllis Chapman at (518) 686-4438, or (802) 442-8472. Registration forms are also available at the Town of Hoosick offices.

The Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site is owned by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and is managed by a cooperative agreement with the Town of Hoosick.