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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Firefighter charged with falsely reporting fires

LIVINGSTON—An Elizaville firefighter was charged with making three calls to Columbia County 911 to report smoke or fire where there was none.
Livingston State Police working with Livingston Fire Chief Jack Lasher and 911 Dispatcher Kevin Johnson investigated the fabricated reports—all within the Livingston Fire District, of which Elizaville is a part.
Their investigation resulted in the August 13 arrest of Christopher Brown, 21, of Manorton on three counts of second degree falsely reporting an incident, each a class E felony.
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Tax now, cut later

Copake hopes to learn soon how deep a hole it’s in

COPAKE–After a delay apparently caused by a disagreement about an unpaid bill, the town’s old accountant has finally turned over the town’s financial records to the town’s new accountant.

The transfer of the records occurred last Friday, August 7, and residents and officials alike hoped to find out at the August 13 Town Board meeting, exactly how big a budget deficit the town faces this year.

The deficit question has dragged on since June 23, when the town’s previous accountant, Brian Fitzgerald, first announced publicly that the town will face a substantial deficit before the end of the year and will likely have to borrow money to pay its bills.

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Ancram Community Days add sizzle to the summer

ANCRAM—The town celebrates itself for three days in August—14, 15 and 16.
Festivities begin at the town swimming pool at Blass Memorial Field Friday with an Ancram Youth Commission-sponsored pool party, barbecue and Dive-In movie. The cost is $5 per person and includes burgers, hot dogs and the featured movie—Transformers—on the big screen by the pool.
On Saturday on the grounds of the Town Hall, craft and business vendors will display their wares from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jewelry, pottery, crafts, commemorative t-shirts and caps, milkshakes, cookbooks and more will be on sale.
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