Special Edition - August 2011
"One is not born into the world to do everything
but to do something."
Henry David Thoreau, poet, writer, philosopher
In our April newsletter we announced a new annual program called the Copake Spirit of Community Award which was created to recognize an individual, business leader or group who has enhanced the quality of life for the town of Copake.
Over the last few months nominations have poured in online, by fax, mail and hand delivered. We feel very fortunate to live in a town with so many worthy candidates for this award. Ultimately ten of the nominees were selected, based on their current and long lasting contributions. Those ten will be recognized at a ceremony at The Grange Hall on Wednesday, August 17th at 7 pm. Among the nominees one will be awarded the Copake Spirit of Community Award and will be presented with a commemorative plaque.
Our goal in creating this award was to recognize the enormous generosity of spirit that exists and to inspire others to follow the many examples that have been set. We hope that through this process our community can connect with one another, share stories of giving, and continue to pave the way for others who might want to contribute to our community.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank those who took the time to nominate a person or group. We enjoyed reading through the heartfelt submissions. It's very clear that so many people appreciate the tremendous efforts of all those submitted for consideration.
Please join us at The Copake Grange Hall on Wednesday, August 17th at 7 pm for a brief reception followed by the ceremony. No need to RSVP. Please arrive early, seating is limited.
The Copake Economic Advisory Board
The CEAB is short for the Copake Economic Advisory Board, a group of 12 volunteers appointed by the Copake Town Board. The CEAB actively pursues activities, programs and actions to attract, maintain and expand commerce in the Town of Copake, and makes recommendations to the Town Board toward realization of these goals.
The goal of the Copake Connection is to share community success stories, spotlight special people or leaders and communicate the projects and activities on the CEAB agenda. We hope you will enjoy this quarterly newsletter, share it with your neighbors, and visit us at one of our meetings!
The Nominees for the Copake Spirit of Community Award are....
A long time resident of Copake, Alice has shown her generosity in many ways. She has created her own community garden, and allows residents to use her farm to garden their flowers or vegetables. She is an active member of the UMW and most recently donated part of her land to the Copake Fire Department to ensure they would always be able to get water in an emergency.
It has been said of Alice that she is an 'Outstanding Copake Citizen'. Alice Belt is well known throughout Copake for her philanthropic and volunteer activities to benefit the town.
Bob is well known for his numerous volunteer efforts. He serves on the Town Board, voluntarily tends the community garden plot at Taconic Shores and is a volunteer fire fighter. Perhaps Bob's most recognizable contribution to Copake is publishing the e-mail newsletter, "The Copake Chronicle".
This weekly free newsletter with a circulation of over 1,200, provides timely local news and views of Copake. He welcomes anyone to write a comment or article expressing their opinions. Through the Copake Chronicle he supplies informative and often inspiring articles about our town and the people who live here, and provides an outstanding vehicle for information dissemination during emergencies.
Said of Bob: Copake is clearly a better place because Bob Sacks is one of its citizens.
The Comprehensive Planning Committee
Margaret Mead said "Never doubt the ability of a small group of thoughtful people to change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
The members of the Copake Comprehensive Plan Committee (CCPC) come from different backgrounds and represent the experience of many different Copake residents. They earned, and deserve, the appreciation of the community, because, simply, they brought us together to envision what we can do to make Copake an amazing town.
The final 50 page report with appendices of several hundred pages, is a culmination of over 90 meetings spread over a span of three years and is now on display at the Town Hall and the Roe Jan Library.
Said of the CCPC: They struggled with issues and found a balancing point between provoking discussions and accomplishing the essentials. They were both practical and visionary. From farmers, to realtors, to young people, they listened to diverse voices and reflected their ideas in a plan with a shared vision.
The members of the Comprehensive Planning Committee are: (Pictured left to right, front row) Frank Peteroy, Marcia Becker, Jeanne E. Mettler (Chair), Charles Dodson, William F. Kiernan, Jr., (Top Row) Rus Davis, Roberta Roll, Harvey Weber and Dan Hass and Dr. George Beneke (not pictured)
Copake United Methodist Women
The Copake United Methodist Women (UMW) "have not squandered their time on earth". Perhaps faith, hope, love, and charity has moved these women to continue a well-trodden path of good works for the community and beyond.
In addition to managing a Bargain Shop, now celebrating its 50th Anniversary, members of the UMW partner with church members and community volunteers to provide free "chow" at a soup kitchen every Tuesday evening. Everyone is welcome. The good food and camaraderie attracts many friends and neighbors. Attendance has grown to around 50 people.
Said of UMW: Hard work and financial contributions to the Food Pantry, the soup kitchen, missions, and the needy qualifies the UMW for the Spirit of Community award.
The members of Copake United Methodist Women are: (Pictured from left to right, front row) Sung Ja Lee, Flora Bergquist, Betsy McNulty, Connie Near, Alice Belt, (Top Row) Teri Proper, JaeJuuw Lee, Bernice Bussett, Louisa Blenk, Barbara Gobillot, Jane Miller
The Reinard family took what was a run down but a very historical piece of land and turned it into an asset to the community. By franchising KOA, Gary has put Copake on the map nationally and internationally for tourism.
Gary goes out of his way to support and recommend the services of local businesses. He offers his campground for community activities, such as pig roasts for campers to raise funds for the fire rescue department. He also offers free space to various charities on Saturdays to raise funds, like St. John's Episcopal Church and the Susan G. Komen Breast cancer walk.
Said of Gary: Copake is experiencing a revival with the new influx of campers from Copake KOA. He is an astute businessman. His efforts, contributions to the community and results have been superhuman despite being faced with many daunting obstacles.
Hugh "Rus" Davis
Rus is well known to everyone in town. He has always been involved in the betterment and beautification of Copake Town Center from the Christmas trees to the Memorial Clock and everything in between. He supports our sport teams at Taconic Hills School, runs a successful and vital business in the hamlet, hires local people and maintains an attractive shop. He is involved in community activities, served on the Comprehensive Planning Committee, and has been active in the preservation of the history of Copake.
Said of Rus: He has been planting the flowers around the clock forever. I feel Rus Davis is a fixture and a feature in our small town of Copake. Rus was instrumental in gearing up the Town Clock for restoration. It shows his support for the community and the community's veterans. Hugh "Rusty" Davis deserves this award because he demonstrates clear community support and actually has the drive to follow through. He is kind, he is always ready to listen, and he cares about this town and all of us in it.
Ingrid has given her all to preserving and improving the beauty and historical heritage of Copake. She reaches out to many of her neighbors in town to offer help and gives generously to the food bank. Ingrid has been a long standing care giver at the Camphill Village, which is such a vital part of our Copake community. She has worked tirelessly on community activities including the restoration of the Memorial Clock.
Ingrid's commitment and dedication to raising funds for the restoration of The Clock was exemplary. She spearheaded bake sales with her incredible baked goods and held many tag sales all to raise money for the clock restoration. She spread word of the restoration with inspiration and hope. She never let an opportunity pass to tell stories of the clock. In fact, if you find yourself pausing when you hear the chimes and consciously taking a breath in and out, it is no doubt due to Ingrid's "clock tales".
Said of Ingrid: Ingrid has a passion for helping others. Her caring spirit and energy sets the bar high for other residents of our town.
Jane has lived in Copake Falls all of her life. She uses her time to help others and to protect and promote the natural and historical gifts of Copake, especially in Copake Falls.
As the founding President of Friends of Taconic State Park, Jane helped to create an organization that has gained respect on a state level resulting in the protection of our historical sites that are part of the park. As a member of the Historical Society, Jane has contributed her time and skills to preserve and educate visitors about the historical richness of our community.
Said of Jane: Jane has also given of herself personally to individuals who need tax preparation help. She drives people to their medical appointments who would otherwise have no way of getting there. For many years, Jane also served her church by keeping financial records.
Jon has spent years as a part time resident of the Copake Lake and is an active participant in community life.
He took on the enormous project of transforming the Copake Country Club into a vital community asset. He bought the club to save the golf course and the integrity of the lake. He hired locally and kept people working during three years of tough times as he restored and rebuilt. He uses as many all natural treatments as a golf course can allow and creates jobs in the area for many people. Most importantly, he kept the club public instead of taking private money and converting to an exclusive private club. He has created a community asset and a public place we can all access and enjoy.
Jon committed to a farm to table restaurant, with a focus on creating community and commerce between local farms and The Greens Restaurant. He also contributes generously to a number of community causes.
Said of Jon: It took perseverance and a vision that few have. He has done all of this hard work for one reason only, because he loves Copake and the lake. Yes, Jon is a businessman but in this matter it is a labor of love that allows so many people to enjoy one of the prettiest places in the world. He creates jobs, beautifies the landscape and uses local resources to better the community.
Roberta has been a resident of Copake for almost twenty years and has been a moving force in the physical health and well being of our community. She voluntarily writes a health column for the Copake Chronicle, for over three years has served on the Comprehensive Planning Committee, and volunteers at Taconic Hills teaching yoga to middle and high schools students in conjunction with their health classes.
She is the innovative and energetic founder and organizer of the Copake Farmers Market, a new and highly successful addition to Copake Town Center. Roberta provides us with a way to reconnect with our roots as a farming community and to express our appreciation for those who grow our food.
Said of Roberta: It is lovely to come out on a Saturday and see Copake so alive with people shopping for healthy local food, listening to music and socializing pleasantly. I think it is the best new thing to happen to this town and I believe it will be a catalyst for future development.
Thank you for participating in this inaugural program to recognize those who help make Copake a really great place!
See you on Wednesday, August 17th at
The Grange Hall in Copake at 7:00 pm
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Donations Needed for Rail Trail Extension
The State of New York has awarded a $121,000 grant for the design work needed to build a five-mile extension of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail north from its current terminus in Copake Falls through the Hamlet of Hillsdale. The Rail Trail is a wonderful recreational resource for hikers, bikers, runners, strollers and, in the winter, snowshoe fans and cross-country skiers. It provides a safe, paved, off-road way to get exercise for kids and adults of all ages.
Extending the trail will provide increased access for Copake residents to the new Roeliff Jansen Community Library, Roeliff Jansen Park and the northern part of Copake.
The recently unveiled Town of Copake Draft Comprehensive Plan supports the further development of the Rail Trail in its efforts to make Copake an attractive community with character as well as encourage a thriving economy.
But the state grant requires a $40,000 match. A group of Copake and Hillsdale residents have joined to form the Copake Hillsdale Rail Trail Alliance to help raise these funds, in collaboration with the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association and the Columbia Land Conservancy. The sooner we raise the funds, the sooner we can hire engineers to create construction drawings that will allow us to go after the substantial funding we will need for construction.
Please send a tax deductible donation to the Copake Hillsdale Rail Trail Alliance, PO Box 305, Hillsdale, NY 12529. Make your check payable to the Columbia Land Conservancy, and in the memo portion of the check write 'Copake Hillsdale Rail Trail'.
If you prefer to donate on-line go to www.clctrust.org and select DONATE. Fill in the amount and then go to 'Designating your gift' and select Copake Hillsdale Rail Trail Fund.
If you are interested in helping please contact Copake chair Nancy Schultz at email@example.com .
COPAKE FARMERS MARKET
Saturday, August 13th
12 noon - 2 pm
at the market green, Church St.
Potluck - bring a dish to share
Come shop early at the market if you like - then bring the fruits of the farmers and your talents to the picnic.
Bring a lawn chair too!
Pie Baking Contest
Best Salad Contest
Bring your best and taste the best at the picnic!
For more information call Roberta Roll 329-0384
COPAKE FALLS DAY
August 20, 2011
7:30 AM 5k, 10k Cross Country Run in the Wilderness Registration
8:15 AM Runs start
8:30 AM Garden Lecture by Margaret Roach, St. John in the Wilderness
Tickets are $20.00. Must be purchased in advance at http://gardenlecture.eventbrite.com
10:00 AM Opening Ceremony on the Triangle
Family Fun Run on the Rail Trail Registration
11:00 AM Lunch in the Market Area
11:00 AM Kid's Nature Craft Activity at the Park Entrance
- Bring your Bathing Suit and Take a Dip in the Ore Bed Bike Riding Events with Prizes
- Farmers'/Craft Market in front of the Hamlet Apartments
- Art Show at the Taconic Wayside Inn
- Visit Hidden Gardens - including Margaret Roach's
- Follow the Map to Historic Homes in the Hamlet
- Face Painting, Scavenger Hunt and other Activities for Kids, Prizes
- Civil War Exhibit at the Historical Society's Museum
- Antique Tractor and Classic Car Show
- Chance Auction and Big Prize Raffle
- Fly Fishing and Blacksmithing Demonstrations at the Iron
- Tours of the Iron Works, Museum and Machine Shop
1:00 PM Kid's Art Collage Activity with Prizes
2:00 PM "The Belle of Amherst" at Church of St. John in the Wilderness
3:30 PM Raffle and Auction Drawings
4:30 PM Jazz Vespers at the Church of St. John in the Wilderness
5:30 PM Beef Barbeque by our very own Pitmaster, Kevin Silvernail
Questions? www.copakefallsday.org or call 518-966-2233
Margaret Roach hosts a benefit for Friends of Taconic State Park, Saturday, August 20th in Copake Falls.
Margaret Roach/A Way to Garden.
Our dear friend Margaret Roach is hosting another benefit event in support of Friends of Taconic State Park. On Saturday, August 20th, Margaret will present "Nonstop Plants: The 365-Day Garden." This hugely popular slide show and lecture will cover Margaret's four-season gardening philosophy, her favorite plants, and a history of her garden. The lecture begins at 8:30 am and will be held at the Church of St. John in the Wilderness.
Tickets must be purchased in advance through Eventbrite
. To register follow this link
. Your $20 donation includes a $5 coupon redeemable toward a signed copy of Margaret's recent book, "And I Shall Have Some Peace There."
Seating is limited; we urge you to buy tickets soon.
Margaret says, "Proceeds from tickets and book sales will benefit Friends of Taconic State Park, an important charitable group within my community and one close to my heart, since my garden is surrounded by parkland on three sides."
Memorial Clock Rededication Coverage & Photos
To view the photos from the event (courtesy of Lorrain Nayer) CLICK HERE
Channel 13 covered the ceremony. To view click here: http://wnyt.com/article/stories/S2162954.shtml?cat=300
The Columbia Paper's front cover showed a photo with caption "Hometown with heart". In addition, there was a full page article on the rededication. To view that article click here: http://www.columbiapaper.com/index.php/the-news/2097-by-catherine-sager
The Register Star also covered the story: http://www.registerstar.com/articles/2011/06/19/news/doc4dfd56641b2c2731057509.txt
Copake Community Day was a huge success!
Many thanks to the generous sponsors:
Ed Herringtons Inc.
Copake Country Club
Brad Peck Insurance
Church Street Deli
Shag Bark Inc.
Karen and Michael DiPeri
Copake Lake Realty
Copake Veterinary Hospital
Bank of Green County
Frank Peteroy, RA
Sunset Sunrise B&B
IGA - Hillsdale
Jim's Auto Body
First Niagra Bank
Peck & Peck Funeral Home
Connecting with residents, business owners and civic leaders is at the heart of the CEAB's activities. In fact our charter is:
"The Copake Economic Advisory Board shall promote the economic welfare, recreational opportunities and prosperity of the inhabitants of the Town of Copake and actively promote, attract, encourage and develop recreation, economically sound commerce and Industry in and for the Town of Copake."
Please come visit us at our next meeting. For a schedule click here
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