Columbia County Habitat for Humanity, founded in 1993, is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. To date, our volunteers have built safe, affordable housing for 16 families. We make home ownership possible for lower-income working families through no-interest mortgages. To encourage re-use and recycling as well as generate revenue for building projects, Habitat operates the ReStore, adjacent to our office on Route 66, just north of 9H in Hudson, NY.

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Berkshire Bankers Give a Day to Habitat’s ReStore

The Berkshire Bank ReStore volunteer crew, pictured below with ReStore Manager Marcia Witte, far left, were, L-R: the Chatham branch’s Lu Holden and her daughter, Sarah; Jen Balacic from the Hudson office; and the New Lebanon branch’s Sandy Charest and her daughter Kelly.

The Berkshire Bank ReStore volunteer crew, pictured below with ReStore Manager Marcia Witte, far left, were, L-R: the Chatham branch’s Lu Holden and her daughter, Sarah; Jen Balacic from the Hudson office; and the New Lebanon branch’s Sandy Charest and her daughter Kelly.

Three Berkshire Bank employees from different branches in Columbia County gave a day to Habitat’s ReStore in Hudson on June 11. Berkshire Bank encourages its employees to support community organizations through volunteer work, and gives staff time off to do so.

ReStore Manager Marcia Witte expressed her appreciation for the time and energy the Berkshire Bankers contributed, adding that “two of the volunteers brought their daughters, so we had a grand crew of five very hardworking women. It was a super-productive day and lots of fun, too.”

The very generous Berkshire Bank staff who volunteered were Lu Holden, from the bank’s Chatham branch, and her daughter Sarah; Jen Balacic from the Hudson office; and Sandy Charest and her daughter Kelly. Sandy works at the bank’s New Lebanon branch.

The Columbia County Habitat ReStore sells discounted new and gently-used furniture, large appliances, kitchen and bathroom cabinets, doors, windows and other household goods that have been donated by area residents and businesses. Last year, volunteers gave more than 4500 hours to the ReStore, which depends on the generosity of individuals, community organizations and companies like Berkshire Bank to operate the business. More than 10,000 savvy shoppers visit the ReStore annually. Customers find great values, as well as satisfaction in knowing that they’re supporting affordable housing and keeping re-usable material out of landfills. All of the ReStore’s proceeds support Habitat’s construction programs.

The ReStore is open for shopping on Thursdays from 2 to 6 and on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 to 5. Check the ReStore’s Facebook page at facebook.com/ReStoreHudson for the newest and latest merchandise. Donations can be made during store hours and by appointment during the week.  For more information about the ReStore, including volunteer opportunities, visit Habitat’s website at columbiacountyhabitat.org or call 518.828.0892, Tuesdays through Fridays, 9:30 to 5.

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Habitat’s New Passive Townhouses Receive Gift Of Window Shades From Landmark Window Fashions 

Columbia County Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams announced today that Landmark Window Fashions of Holbrook, Massachusetts, has given Levolor mini blinds for all 20 windows of the two new Columbia Passive Townhouses at 210-212 Columbia Street in Hudson.

The two new Habitat Passive Townhouses at 210-212 Columbia Street in Hudson each have 10 windows of varying sizes. Thanks to a generous donation of Levolor mini blinds from Landmark Window Fashions of Holbrook, Massachusetts, all 20 windows are now handsomely covered.

The two new Habitat Passive Townhouses at 210-212 Columbia Street in Hudson each have 10 windows of varying sizes. Thanks to a generous donation of Levolor mini blinds from Landmark Window Fashions of Holbrook, Massachusetts, all 20 windows are now handsomely covered.

“We are so grateful to Landmark and to Timi Bates, a great friend of Habitat’s and an accomplished interior designer, who arranged the donation,” Adams said. “In passive houses, the size and placement of windows is critical to the high energy performance of the homes. The living room windows, facing south on Columbia Street, are very large. This generous gift has given our partner families privacy as well as comfort while saving Habitat a great deal of money.”

Landmark’s New York State sales representative Carol Gould added, “We hope the new owners are enjoying their new window treatments. We’re proud to be a part of Habitat’s newest project.” Landmark Window Fashions, Inc. has been manufacturing custom blinds and shades in Holbrook since 1992. In addition to its custom work, Landmark is also a distributor for Kirsch, Levolor, Norman Shutters and roller shades for residential and commercial projects.

Timi Bates, who operates the residential and commercial design firm Interiors by Timi II in Hillsdale, has been a supporter of Columbia County Habitat for many years. “I like Habitat and what it does. It’s really important for people, particularly children, to have a safe home,” she said. In 2012, Bates organized the Designer Show House & Open House at Habitat’s Energy Star 3 townhouses at 240-242 Columbia Street, where she recruited area designers and stylists to decorate different rooms.

Sara McWilliams, Habitat President, said of the Designer Show House, “Thanks to the hard work of Timi and all the designers, the results were spectacular. And we were pleased that so many members of our community had an opportunity see the inside of a Habitat home.”

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1993 to build affordable housing for lower-income working families living in overcrowded, substandard rental apartments. The recently-completed Passive Townhouses at 210-212 Columbia Street are Habitat’s 17th and 18th homes and its third and fourth Passive Houses. In addition to its Hudson houses, Habitat has also built homes for working families in Chatham, Copake and Valatie.

To help support its construction programs, Habitat operates the ReStore, where consumers can find new or gently-used furniture, kitchen cabinets, windows, doors, appliances, tools, building materials and other items donated by local residents and businesses, all sold at discounted prices. The ReStore is open for shopping and donation drop-offs on Thursdays from 2 to 6 pm and on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm. Donations at other times may be made by appointment, as can merchandise pick-ups, by calling ReStore Manager Marcia Witte at 518-828-0892. The ReStore is located at 829 Route 66, alongside Habitat’s offices and adjacent to Village Dodge at the corner of Route 66 and Route 9H.

Habitat welcomes individual volunteers as well as groups from area businesses and community organizations.  To volunteer at the next construction site or at the ReStore, call 518-828-0892 or email volunteer@columbiacountyhabitat.org. For more information about Columbia County Habitat, visit columbiacountyhabitat.org.

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Habitat & First Presbyterian Partner to Expand Church’s Beds for Community Gardeners in Hudson 

Columbia County Habitat volunteers joined with members of the First Presbyterian Church on Mothers’ Day weekend to build five new raised garden beds on the church’s west side, where there are now 14 plots being used by community organizations and individuals. The church and garden are located at 369 Warren Street at Fourth Street in Hudson.

Habitat, First Presbyterian Build New Community Garden Beds: A joint Columbia County Habitat and First Presbyterian Church of Hudson work crew spent a recent Saturday adding 4 new beds to the church's gardening plots on Warren Street at Fourth Street. Many of the 14 volunteers are pictured here.

Habitat, First Presbyterian Build New Community Garden Beds: A joint Columbia County Habitat and First Presbyterian Church of Hudson work crew spent a recent Saturday adding 4 new beds to the church’s gardening plots on Warren Street at Fourth Street. Many of the 14 volunteers are pictured here.

Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams, one of the crew of 14, noted, “This was really a natural partnership for Habitat and First Presbyterian. The church was already sharing its garden space with local groups, and Habitat is dedicated to building community through volunteer efforts. We all had a great time and grew the garden by 50% in less than a day.”

First Presbyterian Pastor Kathryn Beilke said, “We are so happy to bring this gift of making things grow to as many people in Hudson as possible. Spending time with my hands in the dirt is one of the ways I feel closest to God, so to me, it’s very worthwhile to give that experience to as many people as we can.”

Women Power in the Garden: Energetic volunteers Stephanie Louis, left, and Sophie Cashen, right, get down and dirty building new garden plots under the watchful eye of First Presbyterian Pastor Kathryn Beilke, center.

Women Power in the Garden: Energetic volunteers Stephanie Louis, left, and Sophie Cashen, right, get down and dirty building new garden plots under the watchful eye of First Presbyterian Pastor Kathryn Beilke, center.

Among the tillers of the garden’s soil are Hudson Girl Scout Troop 1709, led by Anna Allen, and Camp Hill Hudson, which serves developmentally challenged adults. A range of crops, mostly vegetable, are now in the ground.

Rev. Beilke added, “One group that I’m always sure to include is the Salvation Army kitchen on Third Street in Hudson.  They serve so many meals each week and really believe in having fresh produce. This year I’ll plant a few beds with chard, collards, tomatoes and kale, and the Salvation Army will send a volunteer over to weed occasionally and harvest. This is an especially fun partnership, because you know the vegetables are being put to their best, highest use: feeding hungry people.”Jean.Brenda.good
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In addition to Ms. Adams and Rev. Beilke, the work crew included Habitat volunteers Sara McWilliams, Board President; John Livingston, Charlene Paden, Peter Cervi and Ron Tanner. First Presbyterian members on the job were Jean Meus, Stephanie Louis, Bob Ihlenburg, Jim Cashen, Jr. and his children Olivia, Sophie and Danny. Lumber for the new beds was donated by a friend of Habitat, while the soil was purchased by the church with funds donated by a member for use in the garden.Habitat, First Pres Grow Garden
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Columbia County Habitat, founded in 1993, just completed its 17th and 18th homes, two Passive Townhouses at 210-212 Columbia Street in Hudson. Habitat’s community of volunteers builds affordable housing for lower-income working families, who purchase homes with no-interest mortgages and contribute 300 hours of sweat equity to Habitat. To support construction programs and encourage the recycling and re-purposing of furniture, appliances, building materials and other goods, Habitat operates the ReStore at 829 Route 66 in Hudson. Some 10,000 shoppers a year visit the ReStore, which offers donated new and gently-used goods at discounted prices. To volunteer on a Habitat build or at the ReStore, visit columbiacountyhabitat.org or call 518.828.0892.
The First Presbyterian Church of Hudson, as its website says, “extends a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, or no habla Ingles…We mean it when we say, ‘ALL are welcome here.’” Sunday services start at 10:45 a.m. For more information, visit the church’s website firstpreshudson.org.

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Habitat Gala Honors Super Volunteers John Livingston & Twin County Recovery Services, Inc. 

Columbia County Habitat’s annual Awards Gala, held April 25th at the Winding Brook County Club in Valatie, honored the outstanding volunteer efforts of John Livingston and Twin County Recovery Services, Inc., also known as the Red Door in Hudson. The event raised more than $40,000 to support Habitat’s work building affordable housing for lower-income working families.

Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, center, acknowledges her introduction to the other guests at Habitat's 2015 Gala. [Photo by Don Moore]

Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, center, acknowledges her introduction to the other guests at Habitat’s 2015 Gala. [Photo by Don Moore]

Mr. Livingston, a resident of Red Hook, received the Diana Coughlin Award. Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams noted that “the Diana Coughlin Award is given only when an individual’s service to Habitat is so extraordinary that it merits special recognition.” Known as John L. around Habitat builds and the ReStore, he received his award from Diana Coughlin, the inspiration and first recipient of the honor.  Like Diana, John L. has done everything there is to do at Habitat, from ReStore pickups to construction site supervisor and everything in between. He served as the site manager for the just completed Passive Townhouses at 210-212 Columbia Street in Hudson, averaging about 5 and a half days a week on site from the first of September last year through the last week in April.

 Pictured at Columbia County Habitat’s recent Awards Gala are, l-r, John Livingston, recipient of the Diana Coughlin Award; Diana Coughlin; Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, who presented Citations to Mr. Livingston and to Twin County Recovery Services, the Volunteers of the Year; Habitat President Sara McWilliams and Executive Director Brenda Adams. [Photo by Don Moore]

Pictured at Columbia County Habitat’s recent Awards Gala are, l-r, John Livingston, recipient of the Diana Coughlin Award; Diana Coughlin; Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, who presented Citations to Mr. Livingston and to Twin County Recovery Services, the Volunteers of the Year; Habitat President Sara McWilliams and Executive Director Brenda Adams. [Photo by Don Moore]

John’s first experience with Habitat for Humanity International came in early 2006, when he traveled to Mississippi to help build houses after Hurricane Katrina. He joined Columbia County Habitat’s 2008 build, putting fences up for a Mill Street house, and has worked on every local Habitat project since that time, 10 houses so far. In between construction times, he’s helped build displays for the ReStore, picked up donations to the ReStore and generally made himself indispensible.

Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, far right, presents a Citation to Twin County Recovery Services Executive Director Dean Hale, second from right, as Habitat Board member and ReStore Liaison and ReStore Manager Marcia Witte look on. Twin County's Hudson program for men, also known as the Red Door, was named Habitat's 2015 Volunteers of the Year on behalf of clients who contributed over 1000 hours of service at the ReStore in the past year. [Photo by Don Moore]

Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, far right, presents a Citation to Twin County Recovery Services Executive Director Dean Hale, second from right, as Habitat Board member and ReStore Liaison Peter Cervi and ReStore Manager Marcia Witte look on. Twin County’s Hudson program for men, also known as the Red Door, was named Habitat’s 2015 Volunteers of the Year on behalf of clients who contributed over 1000 hours of service at the ReStore in the past year. [Photo by Don Moore]

Dean Hale, Executive Director of Twin County Recovery Services, Inc., accepted the Volunteers of the Year award for the work done at the ReStore by clients at the Red Door. Twin County is a private, non-profit organization that offers residential treatment and support to men and women in recovery from chemical dependency in Columbia and Greene Counties. The men’s program, known as the Red Door, is located in Hudson and serves 13 clients at a time. The ReStore-Red Door partnership began 3 years ago, with 2 volunteers coming in once a week for 4 hours. The relationship has flourished, and for the past year, the Red Door has provided 6 or 7 volunteers who contribute between 20 and 24 hours every week to the ReStore –– more than 1000 hours a year.

Jane Weaver, who moved into Habitat's second home in 2001 with her husband Allen and 7 children, shared how Habitat homeownership has affected 3 generations of her family. [Photo by Don Moore]

Jane Weaver, who moved into Habitat’s second home in 2001 with her husband Allen and 7 children, shared how Habitat homeownership has affected 3 generations of her family. [Photo by Don Moore]

Janis Smythe, current Habitat Board member and past President from 2011-2014; Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams and President Sara McWilliams after Janis received her surprise award as an all-around fabulous Habitat leader. [Photo by Don Moore]

Janis Smythe, current Habitat Board member and past President from 2011-2014; Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams and President Sara McWilliams after Janis received her surprise award as an all-around fabulous Habitat leader. [Photo by Don Moore]

Founded in 1993, Columbia County Habitat brings together a community of volunteers to build safe and sustainable houses, which are sold to lower-income working families with no-interest mortgages. The new Passive Townhouses are Habitat’s 17th and 18th homes. To date, Habitat and its supporters have helped transformed the lives of 82 County residents, including 50 children, while returning $2 million of developed property to tax rolls.

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Habitat ReStore Salutes Its Fab Five of the Road

Columbia County Habitat ReStore’s Fab Five Driving Corps, pictured l-r:  Bill Schneider, Paul Mossman, Kathy Schober, Jon Mossman and Nick Ertle.

Columbia County Habitat ReStore’s Fab Five Driving Corps, pictured l-r: Bill Schneider, Paul Mossman, Kathy Schober, Jon Mossman and Nick Ertle.


Every day is Earth Day at Columbia County Habitat’s ReStore, where savvy shoppers can find new and gently-used furniture, large appliances, kitchen and bathroom cabinets, building materials, lighting and much more.  All ReStore merchandise has been donated by area residents and businesses, giving renewed life to goods that would otherwise go into landfills. The ReStore’s proceeds support Habitat’s construction program, building affordable housing for local working families.

As part of ReStore’s Earth Day celebration, ReStore Manager Marcia Witte puts the spotlight on the five volunteers who pick up donations from near and far: Nick Ertle, Jon and Paul Mossman, Bill Schneider and Kathy Schober. “The ReStore depends on the generosity of our community of donors,” Witte notes.  “Furniture, large appliances and bath and kitchen cabinets are our top three sellers, and most people don’t have the means to get big, heavy items to us. This is where our amazing driving team comes in.  Their consistent commitment of time, combined with their flexibility, strength and good humor, week in and week out, has enabled the ReStore to expand its inventory and increase sales dramatically.”

Nick Ertle, an Elizaville resident, is a General Electric Energy Application Consulting Leader who works from home. GE encourages its employees to volunteer in their communities, and Nick’s flexible work schedule allows him to volunteer for the ReStore on a regular weekly basis.  Jon Mossman, a 2014 graduate of Siena College, volunteered for six productive months as a ReStore driver and helper before recently accepting a transportation job with the Columbia County Department of Social Services. Jon lives in Claverack and hopes to have a career in law enforcement.

Paul Mossman, Jon’s father and also a Claverack resident, retired last year as Commissioner of the Columbia County Department of Social Services.  Paul’s career in public service spanned 30 years, including an early stint as a teacher.  Bill Schneider of Stuyvesant retired in 2014 as Principal of the Ichabod Crane High School, a position he held for 28 years.  Paul and Bill are the Dynamic Duo of Habitat drivers and have become serious spotters of great donations for the ReStore.

Kathy Schober, a retired nurse from North Hillsdale, is the lone woman in the ReStore drivers’ corps. Eager to keep her mind and body active in retirement, Kathy became involved in the ReStore through her daughter, Christina, who serves on the Board of Habitat.

The ReStore attracts more than 10,000 visitors every year. ReStore volunteers contribute 4500 hours of their time and talents to run the business. To learn more about the ReStore and/or to donate or volunteer, visit Habitat’s website at www.columbiacountyhabitat.org or call Marcia Witte, Tuesday through Saturday, at 518.828.0892.

 

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Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation Awards $30,000 Grant to Columbia County Habitat

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Brenda Adams announced today that the Hudson River Bank & Trust (HRBT) Foundation has awarded Habitat a 3-year grant totaling $30,000. Habitat will receive $10,000 a year from the Foundation for the next three years.

“The HRBT Foundation has been one of Habitat’s staunchest supporters,” Adams said, “and we’re honored to receive this renewed commitment to building economically sustainable, affordable housing for working families in Columbia County.”

HRBT Foundation Director Carl Florio said, “Columbia County Habitat’s innovative Columbia Passive Townhouses are adding a new dimension of affordability through their significant energy-saving design and operation.  We’re pleased to make a multi-year grant to advance Habitat’s efforts to develop a cost-effective, volunteer-friendly template for Passive House construction.”

Pictured in the kitchen of one of Columbia County Habitat’s two new Passive Townhouses on Columbia Street in Hudson are, l-r, Habitat President Sara McWilliams, Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams and HRBT Foundation Board members Marilyn Herrington and Holly Rappleyea.  Photo credit:  Joanne Stiles

Pictured in the kitchen of one of Columbia County Habitat’s two new Passive Townhouses on Columbia Street in Hudson are, l-r, Habitat President Sara McWilliams, Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams and HRBT Foundation Board members Marilyn Herrington and Holly Rappleyea. Photo credit: Joanne Stiles

The Hudson River Bank & Trust Company Foundation is a private foundation that concentrates its grant making on education, youth development, arts and culture, historic preservation, health care, human services and community development.

Sara McWilliams, President of Columbia County Habitat, noted, “In a time of reduced funding resources and increased needs among non-profit organizations, HRBT’s long-term investment in Habitat is especially gratifying.”

Habitat is currently completing the construction of two new Passive Townhouses at 210-212 Columbia Street in Hudson, the second pair of Habitat homes designed by BarlisWedlick Architects, LLC, incorporating Passive House design and construction standards. The use of high performance technology and materials produces dramatic energy savings over the life of the home, slashing heating use and costs by 90% and overall energy consumption by 70%. The new homes are the second of three case studies Columbia County Habitat has undertaken to develop a cost-effective, volunteer-friendly building template for high energy performance affordable housing.

The new Passive Townhouses are the 17th and 18th homes built by Habitat volunteers and partner families. Since its founding in 1993, Columbia County Habitat has returned $2 million of developed property to county and local tax rolls while purchasing $1.5 million in local goods and services. Habitat operates the ReStore, which sells donated new and gently-used furniture, appliances, building materials and more, to encourage recycling and reuse as well as generate funds to support construction. This year, the ReStore is expected to contribute $50,000 to Habitat building programs.

Organizations, businesses, schools, community groups and individuals who would like to volunteer with Columbia County Habitat on the construction site or at the ReStore can visit www.columbiacountyhabitat.org or contact Sara and Barry McWilliams, Volunteer Coordinators, at volunteer@columbiacountyhabitat.org.

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Go Green at Habitat ReStore’s Community Earth Day Celebration On Saturday, April 18th

  Columbia County Habitat’s ReStore invites friends, neighbors and the general public to Go Green at its annual Community Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 18th from 10 to 4 at the ReStore , 829 Route 66, just north of 9H in Hudson.

                  Activities and displays will highlight re-using and re-imagining materials and items large and small from the ReStore. Bill Williams & the Oldies 93.5 sound truck will be on the scene from 10 to noon, and food will be available all day. In honor of Earth Day and ReStore’s savvy customers, all merchandise in the store will be reduced 10% off already-discounted prices the entire shopping day, from 9 to 5. read more….

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Questar III Student Interns Learn On the Job at Columbia County Habitat’s New Home Build

Pictured at 210 Columbia Street in Hudson are, left to right, Questar III Construction Technology interns Cody White, Autumn Rose and Brenden Lee.

Pictured at 210 Columbia Street in Hudson are, left to right, Questar III Construction Technology interns Cody White, Autumn Rose and Brenden Lee.

Columbia County Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams today hailed the efforts of Questar III students  Autumn Rose, Brenden Lee and Cody White, who have just completed their 20-hour field internships by working at Habitat’s newest project at 210-212 Columbia Street in Hudson.

“Autumn, Brenden and Cody have made significant contributions to our new Passive Townhouses,” Adams said. “Their Habitat site supervisors report that the quality of their work and their professional approach has been extraordinary.” Habitat President and frequent build volunteer Sara McWilliams added, “I worked side-by-side with these terrific young people.  I was impressed by the knowledge they brought to the project and by their eagerness to learn on the job.  They are outstanding representatives of the Questar III construction program.”

Autumn lives in Claverack and attends Hudson High School.  Cody is a Valatie resident and Ichabod Crane student, while Brenden comes from Greenville in Greene County and is a Greenville Central School District student. They are completing the second year of the 2-year Construction Technology program, supervised by Questar III’s Bill Ebel.  A successful field internship is a graduation requirement of the program.  All three students will graduate from their respective high schools in June.

The Passive Townhouses the Questar students worked on are the 17th and 18th homes built by Columbia County Habitat for lower-income working families since 1993. These houses are also the second case study in Habitat’s series of three Passive House projects.  Passive House construction methods and technology slash heating energy usage and expense by 90% and cut overall household energy requirements by 70%. The goal of these case studies is to develop a volunteer-friendly, cost-effective template for high energy performance housing that can be used by Habitat affiliates nationwide.

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Ed Herrington, Inc. Donates $10,000 to Columbia County Habitat

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Brenda Adams announced today that Ed Herrington, Inc., the family-owned supplier of lumber, millwork and building supplies, has contributed $10,000 to support Habitat’s current construction project, two new Passive Townhouses at 208-212 Columbia Street in Hudson.

“Habitat has enjoyed a long relationship with Herrington’s. The company’s generosity has benefited our work in many ways, providing high quality building materials and products as well as professional advice and financial assistance,” Adams said. “This $10,000 gift arrives at a critical point in the Passive Townhouses build.  We’re most grateful to have the confidence of a major business leader like Ed Herrington, Inc.”

Pictured at Habitat's newest project, two Passive Townhouses at 208-212 Columbia Street in Hudson, are:  Allison Herrington Neuman, Richard Herrington, Habitat President Sara McWilliams, Ed Herrington & Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams.

Pictured at Habitat’s newest project, two Passive Townhouses at 208-212 Columbia Street in Hudson, are: Allison Herrington Neuman, Richard Herrington, Habitat President Sara McWilliams, Ed Herrington & Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams.

Ed Herrington, President and CEO of the well-known business, said, “Columbia County Habitat for Humanity has a vision for what the community needs and has consistently employed the assistance of local architects and builders, using innovative building concepts  and modern materials to provide well built, affordable and sustainable housing.  It is an honor to support this program and to witness the benefits of the collaborative process.  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 be a partner in the second phase of the innovative Columbia Passive Townhouses project. We believe these homes will serve as models for energy-saving, sustainable construction and remodeling in the future.”

Sara McWilliams, Habitat Board President, said, “Our ability to help revitalize the community relies heavily on building mutually productive relationships with local businesses. Herrington’s continues to demonstrate that when business supports the community, everyone benefits. We’re very proud to be associated with the Herrington’s brand.”

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The Columbia Passive Townhouses at 208-212 Columbia Street are the second pair of Habitat homes designed by BarlisWedlick Architects, LLC, according to Passive House design and construction standards. The incorporation of high performance technology and materials produces dramatic energy savings over the life of the home. Generally, overall energy usage is cut 70% and heating energy reduced 90% compared to conventional construction, a performance level borne out in the first two Habitat Passive Townhouses built in 2012-2013 at 244-246 Columbia Street.

The new Passive Townhouses are the 17th and 18th homes built by Habitat volunteers and partner families. Since its founding in 1993, Columbia County Habitat has returned $2 million of developed property to county and local tax rolls while purchasing $1.5 million in local goods and services. Habitat operates the ReStore, which sells donated new and gently-used furniture, appliances, building materials and more, to encourage recycling and reuse as well as generate funds to support construction. This year, the ReStore is expected to contribute $50,000 to Habitat building programs.

Organizations, businesses, schools, community groups and individuals who would like to volunteer with Columbia County Habitat on the construction site or at the ReStore can visit www.columbiacountyhabitat.org or contact Sara and Barry McWilliams, Volunteer Coordinators, at volunteer@columbiacountyhabitat.org.

Ed Herrington, Inc. was established in Hillsdale , NY in 1906. The company offers quality lumber, millwork, building supplies, paint, stone and associated services.  Today the family-owned and operated company has five locations: in Hillsdale, Hudson, Chatham and Millerton, NY and Lakeville, CT. For more information, visit www.herringtons.com or call 800.453.1311. Herrington’s can also be found at Herrington’s Lumber on Facebook.

 

 

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Home Bass 2:  A Little Help for Our Friends Cabaret Concert at Helsinki Hudson
Set for Saturday, January 3rd to Benefit Columbia County Habitat

Featuring Tommy Stinson (The Replacements), Rhett Miller (The Old 97’s),
Elvis Perkins, Jesse Malin & More!!

Home Bass 2:  A Little Help for Our Friends, a cabaret concert on January 3rd to benefit Columbia County Habitat for Humanity, will rock in the New Year with an amazing roster of local talent curated by Tommy Stinson, bassist of The Replacements and Guns n’ Roses. Home Bass 2 will fill the stage at Helsinki Hudson with an extraordinary array of gifted musicians and unique collaborations. The evening follows up the huge success of 2013’s Home Bass: 4 Strings, 4 Hearts for Habitat — which featured Tommy as well as fellow Hudsonian bassists Meshell Ndegeocello and Melissa auf der Maur, who is a member of Habitat’s Board of Directors.
It’s a personal connection that inspired Tommy to get involved. His dear friend Besham Burgess, a lifelong Hudson resident, is a single father of two and volunteer firefighter who works at COARC, a non-profit organization serving people with disabilities. Besham is one of two Habitat partner families now working with other volunteers on the new Passive Townhouses being built on Columbia Street in Hudson. “I’m totally grateful to Columbia County Habitat for helping my friend,” said Stinson. “He’s so deserving. What a great excuse to get some great friends together to create something unique for a cause that we all can get behind!”
Tommy has tapped Happiness, which is three-fifths of divine Providence export Deer Tick, to back him up for a set that will draw from his solo work, former bands Bash & Pop and Perfect, and other whims. Also performing will be Rhett Miller, the charismatic singer and songwriter lauded for both his solo work and his seminal alt-county band, The Old 97’s. Hudson-area resident Elvis Perkins’ deeply personal songs has fans clamoring for his long-awaited third album, to be released in 2015 and previewed at Home Bass 2: A Little Help for Our Friends. New York City-based performers joining the fun include Jesse Malin and Tommy’s daughter and up-and-coming pop singer Ruby Stinson. Hudson’s own MC Girlgantua will emcee the evening.  More artists could be added in the coming weeks and surprise guests shouldn’t be ruled out.
The concert will be webcast worldwide via StageIt.com. For a minimum fee of $5, fans anywhere can join in the fun with interactive camera views and prizes. Seventy percent of the webcast proceeds will go to Columbia Habitat Humanity to support the construction of affordable housing for working families.
Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams said, “We are so pleased to have the support of great artists like Tommy and Melissa. It’s going to be a wonderful night!”
Tickets for the 8:00 pm concert are $50 each for Reserved Club seating at tables; $30 for seats at the bar and $20 for general admission standing room. Dinner is available in the Club or the Restaurant, beginning at 5 pm.

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Share, Shop & Celebrate November’s Month of Plenty @ Habitat’s Restore

November is the time to share, shop and celebrate a Month of Plenty at Columbia County Habitat’s ReStore.  Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams announced today a triple-header of events and opportunities at the ReStore, located in Hudson on Route 66 just north of the Route 9H intersection.

“We’re asking our customers to share their own abundance by bringing non-perishable food items to be donated to food pantries in Hudson and Chatham in time for the holidays. While they’re here, shoppers can check out the extraordinary values in our largest private donation ever: multiples of many items, including 20 terracotta wall sconces, and unique pieces like a Wolf commercial range with custom hood and a sauna,” Adams said.

 Included in the ReStore’s largest private donation are a Wolf commercial stove with custom backsplash & hood & terracotta wall lighting, part of the gift from a 5000 sf, 4-bath home. The complete bathrooms will also be for sale at the ReStore, starting in mid-November.

Included in the ReStore’s largest private donation are a Wolf commercial stove with custom backsplash & hood & terracotta wall lighting, part of the gift from a 5000 sf, 4-bath home. The complete bathrooms will also be for sale at the ReStore, starting in mid-November.

ReStore Manager Marcia Witte added, “The third part of our Celebration of Plenty will be ReStore’s 5th Birthday party on Saturday, November 22, from 9 to 5.  We’ll have craft and repurposing demonstrations, food, fun, a raffle and volunteer recognition going on all day. It’s our way of saying thanks to our donors, customers and volunteers for their commitment to the ReStore’s success and to Columbia County Habitat’s mission of building affordable housing for working families.”

Food collected from the ReStore’s food drive will go to the Christ Church Hudson food pantry at 431 Union Street and the Chatham Area Silent Pantry in the Tracy Building at 77 Main Street in Chatham.  Donations of staples such as coffee, tea, peanut butter, jelly, canned fruit/tomatoes/vegetables, boxes of mac and cheese/rice/pasta, pasta sauce, salad dressing, baby food, cereal, tuna, canned meat, canned spaghetti and ravioli, pancake mix and syrup will be welcome.

Food donors will receive raffle tickets for the Five Prizes of Plenty raffle drawings to be held at the ReStore birthday party each hour from 1 to 5 pm. The prizes will be drawn from the ReStore’s vast inventory.  Donors do not have to be present to win raffle prizes.

The super-abundant donation of interior solid wood doors, dozens of lighting fixtures, baseboard heaters, fireplace grates, Kohler tubs, showers and toilets, a bidet, corian and butcher block countertops, vanity mirrors and lights, among much, much more, will be available at the ReStore in mid-November.

The ReStore sells new or gently-used items at discounted prices. As savvy shoppers know, the ReStore receives new donations of furniture, appliances, building materials, lighting, tools and other items several times a week, so repeat visits are a must. ReStore’s shopping hours are Thursdays, 4 to 8 pm and Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 5 pm.

All proceeds from the ReStore support Columbia County Habitat’s construction program. Habitat volunteers are currently building two Passive Townhouses at 208-212 Columbia Street in Hudson, Habitat’s 17th and 18th new homes for lower-income working families. Each partner family contributes 300 hours of sweat equity working on its new home and/or at the ReStore.

 

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