Plane crash lands in Clermont, pilot is OK

CLERMONT—A pilot from Virginia, who purchased a plane in New Hampshire and was flying it home, was forced to make an emergency crash landing in a field off County Route 8, November 4 around 3 p.m.
Livingston State Police Investigator David Comesanas, who was on the crash scene, told The Columbia Paper that pilot Jay Morrissett, 50, of Virginia, had been in the air for 1½ to 2 hours in his newly acquired 1946 single prop airplane when the craft began to experience mechanical problems.
The investigator said the engine was stalling and sputtering and the pilot believed there was a problem with the fuel.
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Updated: Grattan defeats McGivney in K’hook super race

Incumbents fall in some towns but GOP still controls county

HUDSON–The face of politics in Columbia County underwent some notable changes this week if not the overall balance of power. As the evening wore on Election Night, a number of incumbent supervisors were either swept aside or face cliffhanger decisions as absentee ballots are counted next week.

Unofficial results from Tuesday’s election show that Kinderhook, the largest municipality in the county, has elected a new town supervisor, former Valatie Mayor Pat Grattan, a Republican. He soundly defeated incumbent Democrat Doug McGivney 1,873 to 1,014. Paper ballots remain to be counted, although they are not likely to change the result.

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County reaches out to seniors with heating help

HUDSON–An outreach worker from The Columbia County Office for the Aging is now available at locations around the county to answer questions and assist those who wish to apply for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).

To qualify for HEAP through the Office for the Aging, an applicant must be 60 years or older and not receiving food stamps, or be disabled and receiving Social Security Disability.

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New Lebanon voters face many choices

NEW LEBANON–Judging by the number of signs proliferating on local roadways, high on the list of races to be voted on Tuesday is the contest between incumbent Town Clerk Colleen Teal and challenger Cheri Lane-Smith.

Their profiles and those of the candidates in the other races this year follow in alphabetical order.

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Chatham school board favors brighter idea

CHATHAM–The school board debated this week whether new athletic field lights should be part of the district’s proposed capital project. Board members plan to make the final decision about the scope of the project in late November, with the plan placed before voters January 12.

At the Tuesday, October 27, meeting, the board also formally appointed John Thorsen co-principal of Chatham High School. Mr. Thorsen has been acting as co-principal with Ron Davis since the beginning of the year. The appointment is probationary and there is no change in his current salary.

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