Jan-31-12

Elephants On Main Street!

Chatham had been identified as a “Central Regional Location” by the Railroads in the 1830s, but it was1869 – its year of incorporation as Chatham Village – that a dumbstruck crowd actually beheld a mob of elephants right here on Main Street. A Circus Train had arrived, and stopped…confronted by the intricate wooden trestle* then leading into the Village. Taking...

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Jan-17-12

Hudson: Now More Happening than you think

Perhaps it all started when the Club Helsinki opened its doors, giving once-sleepy Hudson the beginnings of a vital new dimension. For many years this small city was notable mostly as a major Antiques center. In recent years increasingly fine – even City class – restaurants began popping up, as have a handful of art galleries.  And now comes…the ‘Sound...

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Jan-03-12

‘The Sanitarium in Chatham Village…’

Each month we present here a fascinating, often little known aspect of Chatham’s history or that of Columbia County — as drawn from our monthly ads in the Chatham Press. Once upon a time – the 1890’s – the huge brick building just off the Central Square was a very, very Grand Affair. Dubbed the Windsor Hotel Sanitarium, this magnificent...

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Dec-02-11

Take the Guesswork out of determining Home Values

Today more than ever before, buyers and potential sellers are innocently going on line expecting a time-saving path to an accurate measure of a home’s worth.  I call this the ‘On Line Pitfall’… and few pitfalls are more useless or misleading than this one. On line sites generally draw data from three sources: the property characteristics, the tax assessment, and...

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Nov-09-11

And Now For A Little Optimism

In this view, a rekindled optimism about Real Estate is due and overdue. With the Press taking an overall ‘National’ view, it drones on and on about foreclosures and falling prices — simply ignoring the fact that conditions vary widely from market to market.  This ‘broad brush’ smear encourages uncertainty and a profound caution about buying, though this makes sense...

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