Valatie woman wins $10,000 in the state lottery

SCHENECTADY—Krystle Laraway of Valatie won $10,000 in the New York Lottery, according to a release. Ms. Laraway won on the Lottery’s Cashword Doubler instant game. Her winning ticket was purchased at the Hannaford at 2967 Route 9 in Valatie.

The release said that 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.


Fire ratings rumors leave chief feeling burned

CLAVERACK–The organization that determines fire risk ratings has lowered the rating a notch for part of the town effective May 1 of this year in a move that could increase fire insurance costs for some residents. But West Ghent Fire Chief Jim Cesternino told the Town Board this month that his fire company has taken steps to reverse that risk-rating change.

The issue came up at the monthly Claverack Town Board Meeting February 3 with a report that ISO, the Insurance Services Office, Inc., a private firm that establishes fire risk ratings used by insurance companies, has lowered the rating from 5 to 6 for the part of the town covered by the West Ghent Fire Company. The ratings are on a scale of 1-10, where 1 is the best rating. West Ghent, in the neighboring Town of Ghent, received a rating of 5. The lower rating for properties in Claverack could lead to higher costs for fire insurance. Read more…

Canaan woman stays on the run, literally

CAANAN–On September 25, 925 athletes from across the country will compete in the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Canaan resident Joanna Ezinga will be among them.

One of only 312 women to compete in this prestigious event, Ms. Ezinga, 59, qualified for the race by finishing third in her age category at the Danskin Woman’s Triathlon, a sprint triathlon, and first in her age bracket at Lake George, an Olympic-distance triathlon – both USAT sanctioned qualifying events. A “sprint” consists of a half-mile swim, 12-mile bike ride and a 5-kilometer run. An Olympic-distance triathlon is double that. Read more…

EPA will brief public on toxic waste dump

NASSAU–The federal Environmental Protection Agency will host a public meeting on the Dewey Loeffel Landfill site Thursday March 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 26 Church Street.

The reason for the meeting, according to an EPA spokeswoman, is to provide a project update on the Superfund toxic waste site.

Thousands of tons of toxic industrial wastes were dumped at the site, and despite some interim containment efforts, some of the chemicals have found their way into the surrounding environment, contaminating Nassau Lake.  

You have to ask

Town voted money for Roe Jan Library but that’s all in the past now, says board

ANCRAM–To paraphrase a verse: Ask, and you shall receive, but if you don’t ask quickly enough you just might be out of luck.

In a January 15 letter to Town Supervisor Art Bassin, Roeliff Jansen Community Library Treasurer Carol Gilbert Sacks inquired about the town’s missing annual donations to the library for the years 2008 and 2009. Read more…