We’re sorry to report that we’re forced to cancel the 2020 Summer Concert Series due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Summer Concert Series has been a staple of the Claverack community for the past nine years, offering free concerts by top local bands Thursday nights in July and August at the Claverack Town Park.
In making the announcement, Club vice-president Charles Schram said the group had been grappling with ways to alter the program to bring it into compliance with CDC guidelines for reducing the transmission of the Covid-19 virus, which has virtually shut down huge segments of the country’s economy, particularly the dining and entertainment segments, since March.
“There was simply no way to make it work,” Schram said, “given the nature of the venue and the close interaction required.”
In mid-March, the Claverack Town Board announced that it was closing the park through July 29 and would re-evaluate the closure decision at that time, possibly extending it into August or beyond.
“That effectively eliminated half of our season,” Schram said. “It made the decision for us.”
Schram noted that the bands had already been booked for the season and a number of corporate donations had been received.
“The bands have been great,” he said. “They understand what we’re going through. There really was no other choice. I’m sure this was not the only gig they’ve lost because of Covid-19.”
Schram said the monetary donations have all been returned.
The club will begin planning for the 2021 season at the first of the year.
“There is no way to plan ahead with this thing,” he said. “This is all new territory. We just have to take it as it comes.”
With all ballots now counted, George Duntz has come out on top in the race for two open seats on the Claverack Town Council. Duntz was top voter getter, receiving 967 votes.
The second open seat was too close to call on election night with Lisa Bowe leading incumbent Katy Cashen by 24 votes. That lead was overturned when absentee and early voting ballots were finally counted, with Cashen receiving 929 votes, Bowe 865 and the fourth candidate Ian Solomon receiving 757.
As in other areas of Columbia County, second homeowners from downstate accounted for large numbers of the early voting and absentee ballots in Claverack. These are typically democratic voters who support democratic candidates. It was these votes that tipped the race for the second seat in Cashen’s favor.
“I’m honored to receive the votes and endorsement of so many of my neighbors to represent them on the Town Council,” said George Duntz. “As I said during the campaign, I will approach all issues with an independent mind and seek common sense solutions. We needn’t work against each other. Let’s work toward consensus and common goals,” Duntz added.
Lisa Bowe thanked her supporters saying, “I sincerely appreciate the strong support I received from everyone throughout the campaign, and everyone who took the time to cast a vote for me. The campaign was an amazing experience that afforded me the opportunity to meet and visit with neighbors that I may not have otherwise gotten to know. I plan to stay active and involved and will continue to support our great community in any way that I can.”
The Claverack Republican Committee applauded both candidates for their hard work and commitment throughout the campaign. The committee encourages anyone interested in volunteering on future campaigns, or running for office, to contact them at email@example.com.
Volunteers from the Claverack Republican Club, including Deputy Town Supervisor Stephen Hook, gathered Saturday morning to perform their annual roadside cleanup on three miles of adopted highway in the Town of Claverack. Volunteers collected 15 bags of trash and litter from the shoulder of the road. The cleanup is an annual project of the Claverack Republican Club, in conjunction with the New York State Department of Transportation's Adopt-A-Highway program.
At the Monday May 23, 2016 monthly workshop meeting of the Claverack Town Board, officials received a briefing from A. Michael Bucci, CPA and Lisa Gill of the town’s accounting firm of Pattison, Koskey, Howe & Bucci, CPAs, P.C. During the workshop, Bucci and Gill provided financial highlights of the town’s 2015 operating results as summarized in the Annual Update Document (AUD) that is submitted by the firm on behalf of the town. Read more.