Rapid Care quickly shuts but plans to reopen

COPAKE—The Copake Rapid Care Center is now closed—temporarily.

Last week The Columbia Paper reported that Columbia Memorial Health’s (CMH) Copake Rapid Care Center at 283 Mountain View Road would cut its days and hours of operation as of October 1.

CMH Chief Medical Officer Dr. Clifford Belden said in a statement received September 28, two primary factors—the continued resurgence of Covid-19 cases, and a critical shortage of clinical staff—had contributed to the cut back. Read more…

Park your barge right over here?

GERMANTOWN—The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has extended the time that it is soliciting comments from the public on the proposed construction of a new commercial mooring on the Hudson River off the Germantown shoreline. Public comments must be sent by October 13; this date has been updated from the original deadline of October 8.

According to the USACE, “the permit applicant’s stated purpose for this work is to provide a new commercial mooring point/buoy to provide staging of both empty and full aggregate barges during the course of normal transportation from quarries in Catskill and Hudson.”

The Germantown Town Board held a workshop meeting September 29, which was in-person at Palatine Park and also recorded on Zoom. At that meeting board members urged residents to write letters with their comments and concerns about the project. The board also discussed sending a letter asking for a public hearing on the project with the USACE. Read more…

It’s all right to let it go

Ancram’s Fall Community Cleanup Day was conducted Saturday, September 25. Residents filled their trucks and trunks with anything fit to throw away, and town workers helped them unload. The cost was a non-perishable food item to be given to the local food pantry. Pictured (l to r) are Tom Miller, David Handlowich, Jim O’Sullivan (whose truck is being unloaded), Melvin Mathers (on the truck) and Craig Murphy (carrying a disabled lamp). Photo by David Lee

There’s more to school day masks than on and off

HUDSON—Hudson City School District (HCSD) officials discussed the successes and challenges of putting mask and seating requirements into practice at the Board of Education meeting September 21.

District Superintendent Maria L. Suttmeier announced that this year, more people in the schools had tested positive for Covid than last year, and that some students are in quarantine, but “we don’t need to keep quarantining students who don’t need to be quarantined.” To reduce the chance of that happening, students are assigned specific seats at cafeterias and on buses.

In a related matter, the school district will have a Covid coordinator, who will work half-time with Hudson schools and half-time with the Ichabod Crane School District. Read more…

State Police search for wanted Philmont man

Deven B. Hotaling

PHILMONT—State Police are searching for Deven B. Hotaling, 22, of Philmont, who is wanted for multiple felony charges, according to an October 4 press release.

In May 2020, the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Livingston arrested Mr. Hotaling for third degree robbery, a class D felony, and fourth degree grand larceny for forcibly stealing more than $1,700 from a ride share driver.

In August 2020, he was arrested for second degree arson, a class B felony, for setting fire to an occupied residence.

After he failed to appear for future court dates, two warrants for his arrest were issued by Philmont Village Court.

Mr. Hotaling is known to frequent the village of Catskill and greater Albany area.

Anyone with information regarding the possible location of Mr. Hotaling is asked to contact the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Livingston by calling 845-677-7300. Reference case #9770210.