Paterson calls for disaster declaration

WHILE WEATHER is adding mightily to the plight of area dairy farmers, all agriculture has been so hard hit by rain and storm damage that Monday, July 27, Governor David Paterson requested the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) designate Columbia and 16 other counties as agricultural disaster areas.

If the USDA approves the request, the designation “will enable our farmers to receive the financial assistance they need,” the governor said in a release.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Agricultural Extension Education Mick Bessire said that in addition to the tomato blight reported in The Columbia Paper July 16, other crops in the county have been affected in different ways by the rain and, in some places, hail and by the resulting mold and fungal infections. Some spring crops weren’t planted on time because the fields were too wet, other fields washed out and had to be replanted late. Some were never planted.

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CMH recognized for heart and stroke care

HUDSON—Columbia Memorial Hospital has been recognized for achievement in using evidence-based guidelines to provide the best possible care to patients through The American Heart Association/American Stroke
Association’s Get With The Guidelines program.
   The hospital was 1 of 569 hospitals featured in an a recent advertisement in the America’s Best Hospitals issue of US News & World Report to acknowledge their receipt of Get With The Guidelines Gold or Silver Performance Achievement Award.
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$700K approved in Appropriations Act

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Scott Murphy (D-20th) announced this week that $700,000 in funding for the Hudson Headwaters Health Network and the Northern Dutchess Hospital is included in the Labor, Health and Education Appropriations Act.
   The bill will invest in improvements to education, housing and health care.
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Church seeks donations for annual event

Church seeks donations for annual event Aug. 8

MUITZESKILL—Donations of glassware, furniture, electronics, small appliances, tools, books, jewelry, toys and other items are being sought for the Annual Mini-Market and Chicken Barbecue at the Reformed Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill  Saturday, August 8.


The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A chicken barbecue, using Earl Simpson’s Secret Sauce,  begins at 4 p.m. and continues until the chicken is gone.  The cost is $10, $5 for children under 12.


To arrange to drop off items to donate call (518)  732-7976 or 732-2471. For information, call  732-2471 or 732-7500.


Health officials offer advice to prevent West Nile Virus

HUDSON—No cases of West Nile virus have occurred in Columbia County, but because the wet summer weather is mosquito friendly, the Columbia County Department of Health wants people to have the information they need to protect themselves against the virus.

   “Any standing water around the yard can provide a home for mosquitoes to breed. Mosquitoes can then enter houses through broken screens or unscreened windows or doors,” Ed Coons, public health sanitarian, said in a press release.

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