hill country observerThe independent newspaper of eastern New York, southwestern Vermont and the Berkshires





Car-free youth put towns in search of better transit

Faced with an increasing share of young adults who are forgoing driver’s
licenses, regional planners and municipal officials in the Berkshires
are betting that the region’s transportation future will involve more
mass transit and fewer cars. read more



Hawthorne Valley aims for sister store in Hudson

Nearly a decade of calls for re-establishing a downtown supermarket
in Hudson, N.Y., could soon be answered, as the nonprofit group that
runs the Hawthorne Valley Farm Store, 12 miles to the east, considers
setting up a sister store in the city. read more



Farm to office: Food producers focus on workplaces

Adam Hainer and Melody Horn organized their Champlain Valley farm
under the model of community-supported agriculture, in which customers
pay in advance for shares of each year’s harvest. But after four years, they
seemed to have reached a natural limit on the number of local membershareholders they could attract. Then in 2012, they set up a workplace delivery program, and they now have nearly 300 members at larger employers from Saratoga Springs to Plattsburgh.” read more



From aging voices, works of art

David Greenberger has earned a national reputation by listening attentively to a collection of voices that are often ignored -- those of the elderly. Greenberger’s plans for a career as a fine-arts painter were pleasantly derailed in 1979, when he took a post-art-school job as activities director at a Boston-area nursing home called The Duplex. This month, a pair of exhibits at the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College will explore 30 years of Greenberger’s conversations with seniors. read more



Health-care reform goes local

The rollout of new state-run health insurance exchanges in New York, Vermont
and Massachusetts hasn’t been free of problems, but in the past few months
thousands of people in the region have been able to use the new system to
shop for better health-care coverage -- or to buy it for the first time. read more