Republicans from Claverack and Philmont gathered recently at the Town Hall on Route 217 to hold their annual caucus to endorse candidates for the General Election. Two positions for Claverack Town Council will be on the November ballot.
Nearly 50 energized Republicans attended the caucus and enthusiastically endorsed Lisa Bowe and George Duntz for the two seats. The nominations for Bowe and Duntz were made by Maryanne Lee and PJ Keeler, respectively. Both received unanimous support from the caucus goers.
In nominating Lisa Bowe, Maryanne Lee - a Councilwoman herself - spoke of Bowe's commitment to the Claverack community and her experience and interest in town government. "Lisa is very in tune with the business of the Town Board," Lee said. "She attends every Town Board meeting and is a member of the Board of Assessment Review, and is very active in the community, including the annual Philmont Thank-a-Vet Celebration and the Claverack Summer Concert Series," Lee added. Bowe told those attending that she wants to be “the voice of all Claverack residents.” Bowe is a Columbia County native and has lived in Claverack the past 24 years. She has served the public as a Registered Nurse all of her adult life.
Town resident and County Treasurer PJ Keeler endorsed George Duntz for the second Town Council seat. In making his nomination, Keeler spoke of Duntz's family history of community service, including that of his Grandfather, former County Coroner and County Clerk Don Tkacy. Duntz, a registered Independent, was the Independence Party liaison for former Assemblyman Marc Molinaro and worked on Molinaro's most recent campaign for New York State Governor. Duntz told caucus goers that he "looked forward to working for the common good" and "achieving common goals for all Claverack and Philmont residents."
Also attending the caucus and supporting the candidates were Town Supervisor Kippy Weigelt, Town Councilmen Stephen Hook and Brian Keeler, Town Clerk Mary Jeanne Hoose, Town Highway Superintendent Lou Lamont, and Town Assessor Charlie Brewer.
For more information on Lisa Bowe and her campaign, please visit www.LisaBoweforClaverack.com, and to learn more about George Duntz, visit www.GeorgeDuntzforClaverack.com.
Three special promotions for local community service organizations, the popular Emergency Services Appreciation Night, the return of the chicken barbecue and eight of the area’s most popular country and rock bands are some of the highlights of the upcoming 2019 Summer Concert Series at the Claverack Town Park, Church Street, Mellenville.
The series takes place Thursday nights (generally) in July and August and is sponsored by the Claverack Republican Club. All the concerts are free of charge and open to the public.
Because the first Thursday in July is July 4, the kick-off event for the series will be held Saturday, July 6 at the park, with the super popular band Thunder Ridge taking the stage at 7 p.m. This band has been a regular fixture in the Summer Concert Series for the past eight years and never fails to draw huge crowds from all around.
But before the band begins, the Club is offering a chicken barbecue with all the fixin’s beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets for the BBQ are $12 each and are available from club members or by e-mailing email@example.com. Advance sale ticket holders are served first and at-the door ticket buyers follow. Take-outs are available.
Getting back on the normal Thursday schedule, the July 11 free concert features Jarrod at 7 p.m. and also includes a special promotion for the Everlasting Hope Animal Rescue. Attendees are asked (but not obligated) to bring cat and dog food, old blankets and towels, kitty litter, paper towels and, of course, monetary donations for this locally-based rescue group saving our forgotten pets.
The July 18 free concert features the Greyhounds, a popular Capital District rock and oldies band in their first gig with this concert series.
The Oldies Show comes back to town July 25, bringing their retro take on rock oldies and doo-wop. This evening also has a special promotion for the Columbia-Greene Humane Society. Attendees are once again asked (but not obligated) to bring cat and dog food, old blankets and towels, paper towels, cat litter and, of course, monetary donations for this long-time twin-county rescue organization saving our forgotten and neglected pets. A large visual display of the shelter’s activities and services will be part of the presentation.
Jarrod returns to the Claverack stage August 1 at 7 p.m.
Local favorites South Bound take the stage August 8 at 7 p.m. for the fourth annual Emergency Services Appreciation Night, a special salute to area first responders with free hamburgers, hot dogs and giveaways for fire, EMS and police personnel. An impressive array of fire and police apparatus is expected.
The August 15 concert features the 217 Band at 7 p.m.
The Fender Bender Band comes to town August 22 for a 7 p.m. concert and special promotion for the Mellenville-Philmont Food Pantry. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the food pantry that serves the entire Claverack community.
The season closer will be Peaceful Country on August 29 at 7 p.m.
The snack bar is open each concert night from 7 to 8:30 offering hamburgers, hot dogs, French Fries, fried dough, drinks and weekly specials, all at reasonable prices.
Expenses for the Summer Concert Series are covered in large part by donations from various local sponsoring businesses. The 2019 sponsors are: Gold Sponsor – A. Colarusso And Son; Silver Sponsors – Valley Energy and Pattison, Koskey, Bucci and Howe; and Music Aficionados – Saturn Industries, Johnston Transportation LLC, Brandon’s Auto, CPL Architecture, Engineering and Planning, Meltz Lumber, Friends Of Columbia County Treasurer P.J. Keeler, John A. Alvarez And Sons, Furniture Plus, Dell’s Plumbing, Heating And A/C, the Bank Of Greene County, Charles Brewer, Philmont Family Dentistry and Ginsberg's Foods.
For more information on this year’s Summer Concert Series visit www.claverackrepublicans.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notice is hereby given to all enrolled Republicans of the Town of Claverack that a caucus is scheduled for the purpose of nominating candidates for the positions of Town Offices at the General Election to be held on Tuesday November 5, 2019. Caucus will be held at the Claverack Town Hall, 836 Route 217, Mellenville, on Thursday, May 16, 2019, 7:00 PM sharp.
Positions up for Election:
2 Councilpersons (4 year term)
Submitted by John Lee
Claverack Republican Committee Chairman