Two beagles seek their owner

Ancram Animal Control Officer Gary Deitch has two beagles, found on 5 Roses
Road off Poole Hill in Ancram, one male, wearing a bell, and one small

If these are yours, or you know who may have lost them, please let Gary know at (518) 329-0105.

Partisan rift marks Copake appointments session

COPAKE–The year is new, but old divisions along party lines reasserted themselves when the Town Board met to conduct its 2010 organizational meeting the morning of January 2.

At the annual meeting, where the Town Board sets appointments, designations and policies for the year ahead, the first sign of friction erupted when Republican Supervisor Reggie Crowley asked for a motion to appoint a town attorney. Read more…

Ancram cuts deal on rescue squad costs

Ancram town Justice Robert Wilcox (l) reads the oath of office to new town Supervisor Art Bassin January 1. David Lee photo.ANCRAM–The town has an extra $45,000 to spend on something other than ambulance service coverage in the coming year.

The $132,000 amount allocated in the 2010 town budget to pay costs associated with Community Rescue Squad coverage of the town has been reduced to about $87,000 for the year, Supervisor Art Bassin told those assembled for the annual town organization meeting January 4.

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Chatham man charged in Stockport rape

STOCKPORT—Livingston State Police investigators charged Victor Orozco, 24, of Chatham with first degree rape and first degree burglary, January 8.
Mr. Orozco is accused of breaking into a Stockport residence January 7, holding the homeowner at gunpoint and raping her. The crimes were not random, according to State Police Senior Investigator Gary Mazzacano, who told The Columbia Paper that Mr. Orozco knew the victim. Read more…

Extension chief gets a two-fer

Columbia, Greene offices tap Andrew Turner as single director

CLAVERACK–Consolidation is the buzzword these days in organizations ranging from school districts to municipal governments. And while the goal of creating efficiencies can be easier to envision than achieve, one local service agency has taken a step in this direction starting at the top.

The boards of directors for Cornell Cooperative Extension offices in Columbia and Greene counties have appointed Greene County Director Andrew Turner executive director for both organizations. Read more…