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They’re waiting ‘on high.’ As the congregation assembles prior to the beginning of mass at St. James Catholic Church in Chatham on December 14, Anna Whittaker, 7, of Philmont, Rose Holliday, 8, of Kinderhook and Sasha Langley, 8, of Ghent wait in the balcony to play the angels in the traditional Christmas pageant. Photo by Scott Langley

 


G’town finds some cleanups easier than others

GERMANTOWN—The Town Board spent much of its workshop meeting this week discussing continuing violations of the town junk law. Board members plan to take up the problem again at the Monday, December 22 board meeting, when Town Attorney Tal Rappleyea will be present.

On paper, Germantown’s law is clear. Types of “junk” are defined. “The deposit, accumulation, or storage” of junk is “prohibited within sight of persons traveling the public highways or within sight of neighboring property.” Read more…

To keep staff, Chatham offers part-timers benefits

CHATHAM–The Village Board voted last week to give part-time employee health benefits after months of discussion and debate. Only three village employees, who are not in the union bargaining unit, would be eligible for the benefits. Part-time work is considered 20 hours a week or more.

The employees who would now be able to receive health benefits are the clerk, the deputy clerk and the police chief. Read more…

K’hook sewer pronounced ‘essentially done’

KINDERHOOK–Bills for properties in Kinderhook connected to the Valatie sewer system will go out in January. The construction project to hook up 35 properties to the sewer plant is mostly complete, according to Project Manager Jim Dunham, and the Village Board approved setting up a Sewer Fund at the regular meeting Wednesday, December 10.

Mr. Dunham told the board at the meeting that they were “essentially done with the sewer.” The sewer rate from Valatie is $6.76 per 1,000 gallons, which was lower than the $8 proposed when the village residents voted to support the project in 2012. Read more…

Replacement to silence old span’s songs

COPAKE—The “singing bridge” will lose its voice when the span is replaced in 2016.

At its December 11 meeting, the Town Board passed a resolution temporarily suspending the five-ton vehicular weigh limit on Center Hill Road, a county road, to establish a truck route detour in anticipation of the replacement of the Dinehart Bridge. Read more…

CMH opens calm space for special kids

At the gathering to launch the new pediatric room at the Columbia Memorial Hospital Emergency Department in Hudson, Frank Saladino, RN, introduces some youngsters to iPad apps intended to help kids with autism spectrum disorders communicate with caregivers in case of a medical emergency. Across the bed is Dr. Arun Nandi, director of the department. The new room opened this week. Photo by Parry Teasdale.

At the gathering to launch the new pediatric room at the Columbia Memorial Hospital Emergency Department in Hudson, Frank Saladino, RN, introduces some youngsters to iPad apps intended to help kids with autism spectrum disorders communicate with caregivers in case of a medical emergency. Across the bed is Dr. Arun Nandi, director of the department. The new room opened this week. Photo by Parry Teasdale.

HUDSON–The walls of the small room at the edge of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Emergency Department are painted a calming blue. So is the face of the blood pressure gauge above the single child-size bed. There are drawers full of squishy toys and brightly colored, weighted  blankets.

Unlike the nearby emergency cubicles defined by curtains and bathed in florescent light, this room is designed to be as unthreatening as possible to children with autism spectrum disorders or other conditions that cause verbal impairments. It opened this week with the press and guests–some of  them kids on the spectrum–invited to see the place. Those present were also introduced to an important feature of the service not readily apparent except on an iPad running digital applications–apps–designed to help caregivers and this special group of patients find pathways to communicate. Read more…