Agawamuck arts project sees great future for Philmont

PHILMONT–Agawamuck, the stream that runs through this village, means “stream of many fish.” It’s also the name chosen by participants in a new project that is bringing together people in the village.

Sunday night, March 14, over 60 people attended a fundraiser for the Agawamuck Project for Fine and Practical Arts (APFPA), an evening of improvisation by Walking the Dog Theater  and dessert by the Vanderbilt Hotel chef. Read more…

Columbiaville man wins $25,000 lottery prize

COLUMBIAVILLE– Scott Novack won $25,000 on the Lottery’s Fat Wallet instant game, according to a release. Mr. Novack’s winning ticket was purchased at the Hudson Getty at 124 Fairview Avenue in Hudson.

Lottery prizes up to $600 may be cashed at any of the Lottery’s 16,000 licensed retailers statewide. Lottery prizes valued at $601 to $999,999 may be claimed at any of the Lottery’s seven stand-alone Customer Service Centers located in Buffalo; Rochester; Syracuse; Schenectady; Fishkill; Manhattan; and Garden City, and within any of the Lottery’s eight gaming facilities including Saratoga Gaming & Raceway; Monticello Gaming & Raceway; Tioga Downs Casino; Batavia Downs Casino; Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway; Fairgrounds Gaming & Raceway; Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack; and Vernon Downs Casino & Hotel.

Prizes of $1,000,000 or more must be claimed at one of the Lottery’s seven stand-alone offices listed above.


Dems respond to Election Day pay disparities

HUDSON–It was a relatively small amount of money–payments amounting to roughly $700 discovered by Board of Elections officials in December. But it created a fuss among city Democrats and prompted changes in the way the elections board pay its poll workers.

“It is so important that the Board of Elections be above political squabble and retribution. But the pattern of behavior indicates a personal and political agenda which taints the fairness of elections. It also wastes the taxpayers’ money,” said Victor Mendolia, chairman of the Hudson Democrats. Read more…

Chatham school board hears plan for job cuts

CHATHAM–The administration has proposed a $26,654,445 budget for the 2010-11 school year. The plan, if adopted by the Board of Education and then by voters, would result in the loss of 12 positions, but overall spending would go down more than 1.5% compared to the current school year.

At the Tuesday, March 23, board meeting district Superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo discussed with the board how her proposal would affect the tax levy, saying that it would increase the levy 2.75% in the 2010-11 school year. Read more…

Didn’t get your census form? Expect a visit

NEW LEBANON–Postal customers whose mail is delivered to a post office box are asking their postmasters where their census forms are.

Melissa Eigenbrodt, the postmaster in New Lebanon, where some residents lack residential mail delivery, told The Columbia Paper that census forms are delivered to the post office bearing the physical address of the person the Census Bureau is trying to reach. In other situations, the post office can use its “local knowledge” and put the mail in the addressee’s box, she said. But census rules forbid that. “The carrier takes them out in a big box and brings back what she can’t deliver.”

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