Driver ticketed for bus crash in Claverack

CLAVERACK—Thirteen people were taken to area hospitals following what was reported as a bus rollover at 184 Schroeder Road, September 3 at 6:48 a.m.

Columbia County 911 dispatched the Greenport Rescue Squad and Mellenville firefighters to the scene.

State Police Public Information Officer Aaron Hicks told The Columbia Paper by email that Richard Wedderburn, 47, of Claverack was driving a 1998 Ford Econoline 350 cargo van owned by Yonder Fruit Farms in Valatie, when for unknown reasons the van went off the roadway and struck a tree.

The van contained 12 passengers plus the driver.

Twelve people including the operator were taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital and Northern Dutchess Hospital for minor injuries/evaluation. One passenger was transferred to AMC for serious injuries.

State Police investigated on scene and ticketed the driver for traffic violations. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office assisted.

A LifeNet helicopter was placed on standby, but was not needed. The County EMS Coordinator assisted on scene.

Firefighters were back in service at 7:47 a.m.

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Get your child’s car seat checked free

GREENPORT—The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is having a car seat event in connection with National Car Seat Check Day at the Walmart parking lot, 460 Fairview Avenue, Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Parents and caregivers can receive one-on-one installation guidance and safety education from nationally certified child passenger safety technicians at no charge.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office won the second place award for the Best Appearing Non Firematic Color Guard at the Columbia County Fair’s 71st Volunteer Firefighters Parade held September 3 in and around the fairgrounds. Photo by RE Lindmark

Parade trophy winners announced

CHATHAM—Firefighters, police officers, veterans and many other groups marched with enough pizzazz to earn trophies in the Columbia County Fair 71st Volunteer Firefighters Parade held September 3 through and around the fairgrounds.

The list of 2022 trophy winners follows:

*FIREFIGHTERS—Best Appearing Fire Unit Class A (22 and over) 1st Place Niverville, 2nd Place Greenport; Class B (16-21) 1st Place Spencertown, 2nd Place Stuyvesant Falls; Class C (5-15) 1st Place Ancram, 2nd Place Stottville.

*AUXILIARY—Best Appearing Auxiliary Class A 1st Place Spencertown, 2nd Place Mellenville.

*COLOR GUARD—Best Appearing Color Guard 1st Place Niverville, 2nd Place Greenport.

*APPARATUS—Best Appearing Apparatus 1st West Ghent, 2nd Stottville.

*VISITING FIREFIGHTERS—Best Appearing Visiting Fire Unit Class A (16 and over) 1st Place Milan, 2nd Place Ravena; Class B (5-15) 1st Place Nassau, 2nd Place Millerton.

*VISITING COLOR GUARD—Best Appearing Visiting Color Guard 1st Place Milan, 2nd Place Nassau.

*VISITING APPARATUS—Best Appearing Apparatus 1st Place Millerton, 2nd Place Milan.

*BEST APPEARING NON-FIREMATIC COLOR GUARD—1st Place Ghent VFW, 2nd Place Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

*JUNIOR FIREFIGHTER—1st Place Greenport, 2nd Place Germantown.

*MUSICAL BAND—1st Place Yankee Doodle, 2nd Place Ghent Band.

*DRUM LINE—1st Place Hoysradt Hose, 2nd Place Mellenville.

*CHARLES “RIP” VOGEL MEMORIAL AWARD—Overall Best Appearing Columbia County Unit with Auxiliary Greenport.

*PHILIP D. MICKLE MEMORIAL AWARD—Overall Best Appearing Columbia County Unit without Auxiliary Niverville.

*HOWARD A. PLOSS MEMORIAL AWARD—Overall Best Appearing Visiting Unit Milan.

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