District ramps up flu preparations

CHATHAM – Melony Spock was sworn in Tuesday evening as a school board member. She fills a vacant seat left when Jeanean Chenney moved out of the district and her appointment brings the board back to a full complement of nine members. Her term will be up in May 2010.

At this week’s meeting the board also got updates on the school’s H1N1 flu virus preparations and the one-bell busing system.

Superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo started the September 15 workshop meeting talking about the district’s policies on swine flu. She said it’s a balance between being prepared and panicked. “At this point [the H1N1 flu] is no stronger than any other strain of flu,” she said. The panic would come if the strain got worse. “It could be that this could be a lot of preparation for nothing,” said Ms. Nuciforo, but the district wants to be ready if they have an outbreak of the flu and have several employees and students out.

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Lawyer details long saga of Cascino cases

COPAKE—Enlisting the services of several attorneys, the Town of Copake has been engaged in litigation against Salvatore Cascino for thumbing his nose at the law for the past 12 years, which has cost the town thousands of dollars in legal fees.
At the September 12 Town Board meeting, Attorney Carl “Giff” Whitbeck gave the Town Board a rundown of the status of the litigation his firm, Rapport Meyers Whitbeck Shaw and Rodenhausen, LLP, has been engaged in on the town’s behalf since July 2006.
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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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