Jim Wann To Perform at Brunch for Habitat in Chatham on March 2
Jim Wann, the singer and Tony-nominated composer and lyricist for “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” will perform at the Brunch for Habitat on Sunday, March 2, to benefit the programs of Columbia County Habitat for Humanity. The event at the Blue Plate bistro in Chatham will begin at 11 a.m. and includes a bountiful brunch as well as a short set from the versatile Mr. Wann. Tickets are $35. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling Habitat at 518-828-0892.
“Jim is such a wonderful singer and performer,” Janis Smythe, Habitat President, says. “His Johnny Mercer show at Helsinki Hudson last fall was terrific. We’re very excited and grateful that he’s sharing his talents to help Habitat.”
A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jim Wann combines a Southern Roots sensibility with an affinity for original theatre, in New York and beyond. In 2010, Broadway Masterworks historian Peter Filichia wrote, “Nobody can write genuinely exciting theatrical music in a country vein better than Mr. Wann.” Jim’s collaborations include the still-evolving “King Mackeral & the Blues Are Running: Songs and Stories of the Carolina Coast.” He also sings Johnny Mercer songs on CD (“Pardon My Southern Accent, Vol. 1”) and in concert, celebrating the genius of the Savannah, GA-born, 4-time Oscar-winning songwriter. For more information on Jim, visit his website: www.jimwann.com.
Columbia County Habitat is now in its 21st year, serving as builders, bankers and advocates for lower-income working families. An affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, International, Inc., Habitat has built 16 homes – 13 in Hudson and 1 each in Valatie, Copake and Chatham. Habitat provides no-interest loans to income-eligible working families, who must contribute 300 hours of sweat equity on Habitat projects alongside volunteers who construct the homes.
Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams notes that in 2013, “Volunteers contributed more than 9000 hours to build the Columbia Passive Townhouses on Columbia Street in Hudson, and to organize and operate our ReStore, which was expanded by 50%.“ All proceeds from the ReStore support Habitat construction programs.
Projects for 2014 include a build in Hudson and the launch of A Brush with Kindness, a program that uses the same new construction, no-interest loan model to help eligible homeowners make needed exterior repairs, such as weatherization, with the aid of Habitat volunteers.
Columbia County Habitat for Humanity is seeking a full-time manager [30 hours per week] for its ReStore at 829 Route 66, at the intersection of 9H in Hudson.
The ReStore Manager should possess the following qualities, skills and experience:
1. Leadership: the ability to plan, execute and deliver short- and long-term goals in a collaborative environment, working comfortably with staff, volunteers, donors and customers;
2. Organization: manage time and resources effectively; create and sustain a structure and process to advance the ReStore’s objectives;
3. Communication: strong verbal, written and social media skills; working knowledge of QuickBooks and database software;
4. Related experience: ability to work in an entrepreneurial environment; non-profit, retail/merchandising or inventory management experience helpful;
5. Commitment: to Columbia County Habitat’s mission of building affordable housing for lower-income working families.
ALL questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for understanding that we cannot respond to phone or personal inquiries.
Kirk Kneller & Christina Schober Join Columbia County Habitat Board of Directors
Columbia County Habitat President Janis Smythe announced today that Kirk Kneller, owner of The Lofgren Agency insurance group, and Christina Schober of Kinderhook Bank have been elected to Habitat’s Board of Directors for 3-year terms.
“We are so pleased that Kirk and Christina have come on board,” Smythe said. “Kirk was one of the founders of Columbia County Habitat and has been involved in one way or another for most of our history. Christina brings her strong financial background as well as a youthful perspective to the Board.”
Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams added, “Kirk and Christina contribute great business acumen and experience as well as real devotion to Habitat’s mission to build affordable housing for lower-income working families.”
Kneller said, “I’m very glad to re-join Habitat’s Board. Its work is important not only to the families whose lives it transforms, but to the fabric of our community as a whole. It’s an honor to be a member of the Board.”
Schober added, “Habitat is a very special organization, and I’m proud to have been elected to help guide it as it continues to grow and innovate. It’s a privilege to help change people’s lives.”
Kirk Kneller bought the Lofgren Insurance Agency in Chatham in 1988, and has built the business to include offices in Valatie, New Lebanon and Copake as well. He and his wife Susan also own and run Locust Hill Farm in Ghent, a 245-acre operation they built from scratch. They have 50 head of heirloom breed, all organic grass-fed cattle as well as 50 chickens. Locust Hill Farm beef and eggs are sold on site at 174 George Road and at the Berry Farm in Ghent. The parents of three children, Kirk and Susan were founding members of the Northern Columbia County Pop Warner Football Program, in addition to many other civic activities.
Christina Schober, a credit analyst and portfolio manager for Kinderhook Bank, received her B.S. in Financial Information and Analysis from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY, in 2005. She served as an operations analyst in insurance and pension derivatives at JPMorgan Chase in Delaware for two years before moving to General Electric in Albany, where she was a financial analyst in executive compensation. In 2008, she moved to Kinderhook
Bank in Greenport. She manages more than $4.6 million in the commercial loan portfolio and works with more than 300 commercial clients.
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Columbia County Habitat Welcomes Lauren Haberland, New ReStore Manager
Columbia County Habitat President Janis Smythe has announced that Lauren Haberland, lifetime County resident, has joined Habitat as the new full-time manager of the ReStore, located next to Habitat’s offices at 829 Route 66 in Hudson.
“We are so pleased to welcome Lauren to the Habitat family,” Smythe said. “She brings a wealth of organizational experience and creativity to the ReStore.” Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams added, “Lauren has already demonstrated her considerable skill in managing the ReStore and inspiring the many ReStore volunteers. We’re very fortunate to have Lauren join our team.”
Lauren, who lives with her family in Valatie, earned a bachelor’s degree in Creative Studies from Sage College of Albany. She worked for 10 years for a major Columbia County non-profit, rising to events coordinator for the organization, responsible for the budgets, publicity, logistics and all other aspects of more than 20 events a year.
“The ReStore will celebrate its fourth birthday on Saturday, November 23rd. There will be music, goodies, gift certificate raffles, demonstrations and lots of fun. I’m looking forward to meeting Habitat’s friends and neighbors as well as ReStore shoppers,” Lauren said.
The ReStore sells new and gently-used furniture, cabinetry, tools, building materials, lighting, appliances and more. All proceeds from the ReStore support Habitat’s mission to build affordable homes for lower-income working families. Launched in 2009, ReStore revenue has enabled Habitat to build two homes a year, rather than one. This summer the ReStore completed an expansion that’s increased its selling area almost 50% to 6500 sq. ft. ReStore shopping hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm. Donations are accepted on Fridays and Saturdays and by appointment only on weekdays.
Columbia County Habitat’s ReStore Celebrates 4th Birthday Nov. 23rd;
Merchandise 20% Off All November
Columbia County Habitat’s ReStore will celebrate its 4th birthday on Saturday, November 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the community is invited to enjoy the fun. From noon to 3, there will be music, do-it-yourself demonstrations, tasty treats and balloons. Girl Scouts from Troop 1008 from Hawthorne Valley will make and hand out cookies, too. Merchandise gift certificate raffles will be held all day long.
ReStore Manager Lauren Haberland adds that “in honor of Columbia County Habitat’s 20th anniversary this year, all ReStore merchandise is 20% off the entire month of November. Our birthday party will be very festive and we hope to see lots of our friends and neighbors on Nov. 23rd.”
Located at 829 Route 66, just north of the 9H intersection and Village Dodge, the ReStore sells new and gently-used furniture, cabinetry, tools, building materials, lighting, appliances and more. All proceeds from the ReStore support Habitat’s mission to build affordable homes for lower-income working families. This summer the ReStore completed an expansion that’s increased its selling area almost 50% to 7500 sq. ft. ReStore shopping hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 9 to 5. Donations are accepted on Fridays and Saturdays and by appointment only at other times.
Snapshots: The Columbia Passive Townhouses
Photo credit: Ber Murphy
Columbia County Habitat Dedicates Energy-Saving Columbia Passive Townhouses
Columbia County Habitat for Humanity (CCHfH) dedicated the revolutionary Columbia Passive Townhouses on Saturday, April 20, 2013 in Hudson, NY. Designed by ground-breaking green architect Dennis Wedlick of BarlisWedlick Architects, the Columbia Passive Townhouses at 244-246 Columbia Street are the first Habitat homes in New York State designed to achieve the Passive House standard, the world’s most advanced building science benchmark for energy efficiency. Heating energy use in the Townhouses is expected to be 90% less than in conventional construction.
Wedlick, who volunteered the firm’s services for this project, explained the concept behind passive design: “Generally speaking, a Passive House is a high-performance residence that is able to maintain a constant comfortable indoor temperature, year-round, with little need for heating or air conditioning. It is able to do so because of its carefully calibrated construction, which includes advanced wall
framing and state-of-the-art insulation techniques. This Passive House design standard far exceeds the energy efficiency achieved by LEED or Energy Star 3 homes. While the standard is well-established in several European countries, few single-family homes in the U.S. have been able to achieve this level of energy efficiency. The Columbia Passive Townhouses will be one of the first multi-family homes in the nation to do so.”
CCHfH President Janis Smythe said, “The Board is very proud and happy to be the first Habitat affiliate in New York State to invest in a building that is designed to achieve Passive House standards. This year is our 20th anniversary and we couldn’t have a better way to celebrate. Habitat is all about affordable home ownership for families. The Columbia Passive Townhouses are affordable not only in their purchase cost and no-interest financing. These homes also offer their owners long-term financial sustainability as well because of the nominal energy required for heating.” read more…
ReNew, April 20th Community Earth Day Celebration at ReStore, Offers Lots of Family Fun
Columbia County Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore will host ReNew, a Community Earth Day Celebration, on Saturday, April 20th. A great way to observe Earth Day, ReNew will feature lots of activities for children and adults, plus local food and live broadcasts from Oldies 93.5 FM and 98.5 The CAT. The fun starts at 11 a.m. and will continue until 4 p.m. at the ReStore, 829 Route 66, just east of the intersection of Routes 66 and 9H.
For the ReNew festivities, a number of local businesses and creative community members will return this year. Etsy will have earth-friendly crafts; Jody Rael of Solaqua will bring his solar gem car (totally cool); Hudson Acres Co-op will have info and bags for sale; Habitat will have paint-your-own house wind chimes for children. Mitchell Motsinger of sewandsewbymitchell has crafty plans for adults as well as youngsters. Mitchell will have materials to help kids make button bracelets, and she’ll also be prepared to show folks how to slipcover an ottoman. Food will be available from Ponto Brasil, a Jamaican food table and other vendors. Last but definitely not least will be baby goats for looking and petting.
Earth Day will also mark the grand ReOpening of Habitat’s newly-expanded ReStore. Since it opened in November of 2009, the ReStore has salvaged and sold over 230 tons of usable materials that would otherwise have gone to landfills. The ReStore’s expansion will provide 1900 square feet of additional retail space, bringing the store’s total area up to 7000 square feet. ReStore’s retail hours are Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. read more…
Ichabod Crane H.S. Habitat for Humanity Gives Money & Muscle to Columbia County Habitat
Ed Herrington, Inc. Donates $10,000 to Columbia County Habitat
Columbia County Habitat for Humanity President Janis Smythe announced today that Ed Herrington, Inc., the family-owned supplier of lumber, millwork and building supplies, has given the organization $10,000 to support the construction of the Columbia Passive Townhouses at 244-246 Columbia Street in Hudson.
“Columbia County Habitat has enjoyed a long relationship with Herrington’s. The company has generously supported our work in many ways: providing high quality building materials and products as well as professional advice and financial assistance,” said Smythe. “This $10,000 gift comes at a critical point in the Passive Townhouses build. We are deeply grateful to have the confidence of a major business leader like Ed Herrington, Inc.”
Ed Herrington, President and CEO of the well-known business, said, “Working with and supporting Columbia County Habitat is not only the right thing to do for the community; it makes sound business sense. Ed Herrington, Inc. has been serving building professionals and homeowners alike for over 100 years, and we owe our success to the loyal support of our customers throughout the tri-state area. It’s a privilege to have the resources to give back to the community through this donation to Columbia County Habitat. We’re also very pleased to support the innovative Columbia Passive Townhouses project, which we hope will serve as a model for energy-saving, sustainable construction and remodeling in the future.”
SNAPSHOTS from HOME BASS
Photo credit & many thanks to David Lee, Hudson-Catskill Newspapers
Souvenirs from the smash concert
HOME BASS: 4 Strings, 4 Hearts for Habitat
Hand-screened Posters, Tees, and Bandanas for sale NOW at the ReStore!
We have a few remaining pieces of concert merchandise, designed and hand-screened by Hudson artisan Rebecca Meek.
- 100% cotton, charcoal gray t-shirts in M, L & XL – $25
- 100% cotton, 22″ by 22″ bandanas in either charcoal gray or cream – $10
- posters approximately 13.5″ x 19″, silk-screened on different shades of heavy gray paper in complementary ink colors – $25
Columbia Habitat Awarded $45,000 in Grants for Passive Townhouses
Meet GreenFiber, Columbia Habitat’s New Partner in the Columbia Passive Townhouses
Columbia County Habitat for Humanity’s (CCHfH) newest corporate partner is GreenFiber read more…
Erin McHugh, One Good Deed Author, To Speak at Columbia County Habitat Brunch At Local 111
in Philmont on November 3
Erin McHugh, author of the just-published One Good Deed: 365 Days of Trying To Be Just a Little Bit Better, will be the featured speaker at Columbia County Habitat for Humanity’s celebrity fundraising brunch read more…
Columbia County Habitat To Host September 9th Brunch at Helsinki Hudson Featuring
Green Architect Dennis Wedlick
Nationally acclaimed green architect Dennis Wedlick will star in Columbia County Habitat for Humanity’s (CCHfH) first celebrity fundraising brunch of the season at Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, September 9 at 11:30 a.m. read more…
2012-13 Build of Energy-Saving Columbia Passive Townhouses Underway
Columbia County Habitat for Humanity (CCHfH) has started work on two attached townhouses that will bring energy efficiency to unprecedented levels in affordable housing. Designed by ground-breaking green architect Dennis Wedlick Architect LLC (DWA) read more…
Designer ShowHouse Big Hit
In late March, Habitat hosted our first Designer ShowHouse, organized by volunteer Timi Bates around the theme of “BIG IDEAS/small spaces.” read more…