Supes: Pine Haven stays put

Committee seeks backing for $27M nursing home offset by state aid

HUDSON–With their thoughts set on the future–25 years or more ahead, in fact–members of the Pine Haven Committee of the county Board of Supervisors agreed this week that residents and taxpayers will be best served if the county builds a new skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Philmont near the Pine Haven nursing home.

The new facility, estimated to cost $27 million, would be built on the 54-acre parcel at the east side of the village, which the county already owns. It would replace Pine Haven, the 120-bed home the county now operates on that land.

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Walmart opens new store

Retailer moves up Route 9 to larger home

GREENPORT–The new Walmart opened for business early Wednesday morning, September 16, at the Widewaters Commons plaza on the east side of Route 9 near the Stockport line. The company says the new store, which will include a Walmart supermarket, will result in “approximately 100 new positions.”

Walmart is moving out of the building it previously occupied less than a mile south on the west side of the highway. The company opened that store in 1994 and said in a press release that “several of the store’s associates have worked at the Hudson Walmart since its original opening.” The new store covers nearly 125,000 square feet, making it 29,000 square feet larger than the old store. It will be open 24 hours a day seven days a week.

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Chatham Film Club makes gift to Regional Food Bank

CHATHAM–Thanks to two sell-out screenings of the new film Taking Woodstock at the Crandell Theatre July 30, the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York is receiving a donation of $11,250. The Chatham Film Club sponsored the special showing of the film to raise funds for its campaign to purchase the historic theater. The Regional Food Bank was chosen to benefit as well.

“We’re pleased to be able to partner with another important community organization that helps so many of our neighbors in these difficult times,” Sandi Knakal, president of the film club, said in a press release from the club. In all, 10 food pantries in Columbia County will benefit from the donation.

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Chatham school board appoints new member

CHATHAM – The Board of Education appointed Melony Spock a member of the board this week, filling a vacancy. Ms. Spock will serve on the board until the budget vote and election May 17, 2010.

She and one other candidate, Ted Minor, submitted applications and were interviewed by the board at the public meeting Tuesday September 8.

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Ancram wants kids to play…but where?

ANCRAM—The town’s Youth Commission has a long history of organizing programs and events for local youngsters that are fun, entertaining and educational.
Now the commission wants to pursue the purchase of new, state-of-the-art playground equipment for the kids, but first the Town Board has to decide on the best place to put it.
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