For Pride, Being Gay Through the Generations

Monty, 71 Monty Diamond was born in 1946, but he didn’t come out of the closet until 1980. He warns me his experience of being gay might not be typical — he considers himself an odd duck and thinks the interview might not produce what I expect. People’s stories are never typical. Monty attended The…

A Very Obscene Circus

You usually don’t hear a lot of obscenities called out from circus rings, which is odd, because most circuses are pretty obscene. I went to the Ringling Bros. Circus while I was a child, and remembered two things: -Everyone was covered with mud And -There were crying elephants You could ride the crying elephants, which…

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Chief Moore: Policing Hudson for 30K a Year

Hudson Police Chief Ed Moore made only $30,000 last year as Hudson’s top cop, and is set to make the same amount in 2018. Moore served in the New York State Police for 32 years and retired in 2013 with a hefty pension. State law forbids New Yorkers under 65 receiving public pensions to make…

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A Week in Columbia County Court

John Hillman stands to his full height before Columbia County Judge Richard Koweek and tries to explain why his client, who is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing at 1 p.m., is nowhere to be found. The last time he actually talked to Luis Flores* was three weeks ago, Hillman says as Koweek stares flatly down…

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The Most Hated Man at The Women’s March

Protestors hoisted a cornucopia of signs at the 2018 Hudson Women’s March, most referencing women’s rights in one way or another, but the most common theme was not what the signs were for, but against. Trump. “Dump Trump” “Super-Callous -Fascist-Racist-Braggadocios” (photo of Trump included) “Voting Is My Superpower” “Trump Be Gone” “Fight like a Nasty…

A Drink with Congressional Candidate Dave Clegg

Dave Clegg, one of six democratic primary candidates competing for a chance to take on Rep. John Faso in next November’s 19th District congressional election, arrived at a meet and greet at Or in Hudson Dec. 12 with his wife and daughter. The family drove from Clegg’s campaign office in Kingston, his daughter, Jennifer, said,…

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Unicycle Hockey with The Hell on Wheels Gang

I first became interested in unicycle hockey because a friend of mine kept breaking his foot while doing it. After the second fracture, my friend tried to ameliorate his temporary handicap by purchasing what was essentially a peg-leg, which he could kind of hop around on, but the inconveniences of having a disabled pirate at…

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Standing in the Cold for a Cause

About five minutes outside Hudson, NY, amongst the garish strip malls of Fairview Avenue, two women and a man stand facing the wailing traffic in a tight row. It is 45 degrees out, but the trio has dressed for the cold. They have been standing here every Wednesday morning for years, arriving in separate cars…

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Choose 1 of 2 for Greenport’s Future

Ed Nabozny and Kathy Eldridge are facing off — for a second time — Nov. 7 to decide who will lead Greenport in the coming two years. The Columbia County town of 4,000 broke away from the city of Hudson in 1837 because residents in the city’s outskirts didn’t want to pay taxes they felt…

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The Beginnings of Spending $10 Million

Hudson received a $10 million grant from New York in August, one of ten cities in the state to receive funds to revitalize their downtowns and spur economic development. But now comes the complicated part — deciding exactly how this chunk of change will be spent. The grant is not a blank check. Projects must…

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Bed Races!

The first thing I saw when I arrived at the Hudson Bed Races was an ambulance conspicuously positioned at the starting line. There was another one parked ominously near the race’s finish a block away. Six teams were vying for the glory that comes with shoving a friend down a steep incline in a wheeled…