‘Dirty dirt’ headed west pauses briefly in Chatham

CHATHAM–It arrived late at night but not stealthily, at least not to anyone awake to hear the thumps and bangs and occasional air brake squeals as the decoupled car was shunted onto a siding. It sat unattended the next morning, a gray gondola no different from hundreds–thousands when the economy is stronger and trains run more frequently–of similar cars that roll along the CSX railroad tracks every day. The only distinguishing markers besides the stenciled railroad codes and some white spray paint graffiti were the small, yellow-and-white, diamond-shaped signs, one on each wall of the car, bearing a familiar three-wedge symbol and a single word, “Radioactive.” Read more…

N. Chatham Library cancels movie

N. CHATHAM–The North Chatham Library announces the cancellation of the documentary
Under Our Skin planned for August 26 at 7pm.

The library hopes to show this movie at a future date.
This movie is showing at Time and Space Limited at 434 Columbia Street, Hudson, August 20, 21, 22 and 23 at 5:30 p.m.

AG’s Office talks to seniors about fraud

VALATIE—A representative from Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s Office will speak to seniors about consumer fraud issues as a part of the AG’s statewide Smart Seniors Program.
   The event takes place at the Valatie Senior Center at 212 State Farm Road, Thursday, August 27 at 11 a.m.
   The seminar will inform participants how to best avoid consumer scams that frequently target seniors, such as sweepstakes, mail orders and identity theft.
   Members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend this event.
   For more information visit the Attorney General’s website at http://www.oag.state.ny.us.

Youthful crew makes quick work of Village chores

PHILMONT—A funding boost for the Summer Youth Employment Program paid for services of a youthful work crew whose efforts spruced up the Village.
   The youth employment program is operated by the Workforce Investment Office at Columbia-Greene Community College.
   For the past nine years the program was funded solely through the state Temporary Assistance for Needy Family program, but this summer the program nearly doubled in size with funding from the federal stimulus package.
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Ancram Dems choose Bassin for supervisor

ANCRAM—Town Democrats decisively backed Art Bassin as their candidate for town supervisor in the November election.
   At the Democrats’ August 8 caucus, Mr. Bassin, the chairman of the town’s Comprehensive Plan Committee, beat back a challenge from Rick DuBray by a vote of 74 to 25, with 3 Democrats voting No, meaning they did not support either candidate. Mr. Bassin narrowly lost his bid for a seat on the Town Board in 2007.
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