School boards try a unified approach to state

VALATIE–Members from four school boards in Columbia and Rensselaer counties met here Monday, December 7, to draft a letter to legislators suggesting ways Albany can help them reduce some of their costs. The group, part of the Columbia County School Boards Association, hopes to meet with legislators about these issues as budget season begins in earnest next month.

On Tuesday, the day after the school board representatives met, the Chatham Board of Education became the first board in the county to endorse the letter. The document is being sent to all school districts for approval before the association meets with lawmakers, probably in January.

Read more…

UPDATED: Livingston man dead in house fire

LIVINGSTON—Donald Lynk, 84, of 35 Twin Drive, died in a fire at his home the night of Saturday, December 12.
It was determined during an autopsy at St. Peter’s Hospital December 13 that Mr. Lynk died as a result of inhaling hot gas and smoke, Livingston State Police Senior Investigator Gary Mazzacano told The Columbia Paper, late Sunday afternoon.
After spending most of the dismal day at the fire scene with Livingston fire officials, the Columbia County Cause and Origin Team and investigators from the State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, Sr. Inv. Mazzacano said the cause of the fire remains undetermined, but has been ruled accidental. Officials cannot rule out a light fixture in the den on the ground floor as the possible point of origin, said the senior investigator.

Read more…

Ancramdale man killed in snowmobile crash

ANCRAMDALE— Michael E. Miller, Jr., 25, of Ancramdale was killed in a snowmobile accident off Route 82 near his home December 12.
Sheriff’s deputies were called to the accident scene by Columbia County 911 at 1:15 a.m.
An investigation reveals that Mr. Miller was operating a 2006 Arctic Cat snowmobile east through a field about 500 feet east of Route 82 near the Pat’s Lane intersection.
The vehicle crested a hill, continued a short distance on level ground, then struck a downed tree at the edge of the field.
Read more…

Incoming Ancram super asks public to get involved

ANCRAM–Once we’ve won, what do we do?

That’s the question town Supervisor-elect Art Bassin, his running mates and campaign advisors asked themselves when they realized they might actually have a chance of winning the election.

The upshot of their strategy sessions was the scheduling of Transition Planning Meetings set for three Mondays, December 14, 21 and 28, all at 7 p.m., leading up to the January 4 Town Board organization meeting.

Read more…

Vaccines on sale, aisle 2

HUDSON–People who still want a seasonal flu vaccination and have not been able to get one from the usual sources may want to visit a local Price Chopper supermarket.

While a supermarket may not be the first place that leaps to mind when considering where to get a seasonal flu shot, it is apparently the only place around here that has the vaccine.

Read more…