New Lebanon loses its only market

Sour economy, tight credit, competition force owner to close 

NEW LEBANON–Signs posted on the front door announced news that few residents wanted to hear: The New Lebanon Supermarket is closing for good by the end of this week.

Customers described themselves as “shocked,” “devastated.” Georgette Tefo was so disheartened that she couldn’t shop, despite the 20% discount on the remaining stock; she said she needed to “time to process” the news.

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Swine flu vaccine available at C-GCC Dec. 5

GREENPORT—Any Columbia County resident who is six-months of age or older can get a swine flu shot at Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, this Saturday, December 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Columbia County Department of Health has scheduled the H1N1 flu vaccine clinic. No appointments are necessary.

According to a county health department press release, H1N1 vaccination clinics for children in all Columbia County schools have been completed. During their monitoring of school district attendance rates, health department staff members have seen an increase in absenteeism lasting three to four days in each school, but no schools had to make scheduling or program changes as a result.

About 5,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine have been given so far, the release said.

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Village asks whether new store is a good deal

CHATHAM–The Village Board held a special meeting Wednesday, November 18, to discuss the offer by the Schuyler Companies to pay for a connection to the village water and sewer lines for a proposed new Price Chopper building on Route 66.

The company has offered the village $50,000 in one-time hook-up fees as well a guarantee to pay standard rates for the water and sewer service. It has also offered to enter into a PILOT agreement, an acronym for Payment in Lieu of Taxes, which would have the firm pay the village $20,000 a year for 20 years.

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Big Apple program urges local officials to talk

HUDSON–Earlier this month local educators and social service leaders attended a conference in New York City entitled Changing the Odds: Learning from the Harlem Children’s Zone Model. The event was attended by 1,400 professionals from 100 communities across the country, and focused on an approach embraced nationally by the Obama administration–one that may already be having an impact here.

Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) is an innovative program founded by Geoffrey Canada, a community activist who started the program in one city block in Harlem and has expanded it to 100 blocks. The program supports children in multiple ways so that they can succeed in school, attend college and break the poverty cycle.

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