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Roland Moon Don't let go of summer The annual Oakdale Beach Party was held Thursday, August 14 in Hudson. Facilitated by the Oakdale lifeguard staff, youth from Oakdale summer playground and Greenport summer playground enjoyed a day at the beach, which included a variety of activities, including egg and three-legged races, tug-of-war contests and topped off by a pie facing of the lifeguards. Pictured are Greenport summer playground youth competing in a tug-of-war against the Oakdale lifeguards. The summer campers won.

Roland Moon
Don’t let go of summer
The annual Oakdale Beach Party was held Thursday, August 14 in Hudson. Facilitated by the Oakdale lifeguard staff, youth from Oakdale summer playground and Greenport summer playground enjoyed a day at the beach, which included a variety of activities, including egg and three-legged races, tug-of-war contests and topped off by a pie facing of the lifeguards. Pictured are Greenport summer playground youth competing in a tug-of-war against the Oakdale lifeguards. The summer campers won.


 

300 years and now there’s a film

(This is the second of a two-part series on the Germantown parsonage.–Ed.)

GERMANTOWN—This town of 1,954 souls, founded by Palatine immigrants in 1710, is so chock-full of history that it has an active History Department, based in the 18th-century Maple Avenue parsonage for the First Reformed Church.

Margurite Riter headed the department for 21 years; she retired from the post recently, and now town historian Susan Raab is in charge, working with a 10-person History Committee. Read more…

State faults county payroll process

HUDSON—It really pays to work for Columbia County, according to an August payroll audit report from the Office of the New York State Comptroller, which found that because the county does not have a good grip on its payroll practices, thousands of dollars were overpaid to employees.

With three exceptions, Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Patrick Grattan (R-Kinderhook) generally agreed with the audit findings, noting in his written response, the county “should adopt comprehensive written policies and procedures outlining County-wide requirements for employee time and attendance and leave accruals.”

District Attorney Paul Czajka, who requested the audit, said in a phone interview this week, this was the second audit he asked the comptroller’s office to perform, but it does not examine the pre-2012 period about which he sought information.

The comptroller’s report is based on an audit covering the payroll practices in the county offices of the district attorney, the public defender, the county attorney, the controller and the clerk to the Board of Supervisors during a 21-month period from January 1, 2012 to October 3, 2013.

The report found that the county “overpaid $18,724 to employees for time not worked or for leave time taken and not charged to leave accruals. We also identified an additional $24,824 in leave taken and not charged to leave accruals that county officials corrected as a result of our audit.” Read more…

Village OK’s emergency road to school

CHATHAM–The Village Board has approved paid leave and vacation time for the clerk, deputy clerk and police chief.

The board adopted the policy at its regular meeting last Thursday, August 14. All three positions are part time, with the police chief working 20 hours a week and the two clerks working 30 hours a week each. Read more…

Philmont board wants cop but doesn’t find one

PHILMONT–The Philmont Police Department was brought up several times at the August 11 meeting of the Village Board, but no police officers were there to listen.

Mayor Clarence Speed noted several times that no members of the Police Department attended the meeting to present their report. “Someone has to be here at our meeting. That’s going to be mandatory.” Later, Mayor Speed added, “That makes me mad.” Read more…

Can bicycles drive Copake recovery?

COPAKE—This town is on the road to revitalization. But the journey is not without a few bumps or at least one hill that makes it hard to see what’s ahead.

With a dry spell of economic growth in the hamlet, where old businesses have departed and new ones have not jumped in, one of the ways Copake is reinventing itself is as bicycling destination. Read more…