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Hudson church bells are music to some, noise to others

Jul 22, 2021 1:33 pm

Aliya Schneider reports for Columbia-Greene Media that the church bells in Hudson have been returned, then turned back off, and then back on, after two complaints that said the noise was too loud. The clock is located at the First Presbyterian Church, at 369 Warren St., and bells have rung in the city since it was built in 1837. “I don’t even notice the bells because I grew up here, so to me it’s just like second nature,” Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson said. Normally, the clock chimes every hour, day and night. It is run by the city, not the church. But more people complained about the lack of bells than those who wanted them quieted. Now the church and the city are discussing having them only ring during the day, but they have to figure out how to do that. But it is a very old system, according to Department of Public Works Superintendent Robert Perry. “It’s weights and levers,” he said. NOTE: WGXC rents a studio in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church, and Johnson is a volunteer programmer with WGXC. Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.