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…

Murphy sees ‘clear mission’

Congressman spends two days meeting with military, Afghan officials

WASHINGTON, D.C– Congressman Scott Murphy (D-20th) returned last week from a two-day visit to Afghanistan, stressing repeatedly in remarks to the press that the United States and NATO forces now have a “clear plan” for defeating al Qaeda and bringing some measure of peace and stability to that country.

Mr. Murphy spoke with reporters from his district by phone last Friday, February 19, the day after he returned to Washington from Afghanistan. He had made stops in Kabul, the Afghan capital, and in Kandahar, the country’s second largest city and once the headquarters of the Taliban. He said he had met with U.S. military personnel, including troops from his district, and with General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, as well as other U.S. and Afghan officials. Read more…

Taconic Hills student excels at state Winter Games

CLAVERACK–Amara Steenburn, an 8th grader at Taconic Hills, competed last weekend in the 2010 Empire State Winter Games in Lake Placid and won three gold medals in the 100 Amara Steenburnmeter, 200 meter and 400 meter snowshoe racing events.

Amara competed in the scholastic (12 to 18 years old) division–but the official results ( noted that she would have been competitive in the open division (18 to 29 years old.)

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