TH students learn to balance textbooks and checkbooks

CRARYVILLE–The term “literacy” has a broader meaning than its roots in reading and writing. Among its more recent applications, it can be used to describe the mastery of skills like check writing, bill paying and other things financial.

Earlier this month 12 Taconic Hills High School seniors earned certificates that recognized them as financially literate. The certificates were awarded through the W!se (Working in Support of Education) Financial Literacy Certification Program, part of a national educational effort that developed the course taught at the school for the past three years. Taconic Hills, the first school in Columbia County to offer the course, is one of 75 schools across the state teaching this version of financial literacy.  Read more…

Ancram voters put pencils to the metal

ANCRAM–It was the case of the missing write-in votes and Columbia County Board of Election officials came to investigate January 21.

Several voters in Ancram and Ancramdale complained to election officials that when votes cast in the November 2009 election were counted, theirs were not among them. Read more…

County tries to reduce suicide rate

HUDSON–The topic of suicide became news last week with death of Copake dairy farmer Dean Pierson. Behind the news, the number of what experts call “completed suicides” in Columbia County dropped last year after a surprising spike in 2008, but state Health Department data show that the number of deaths in 2009 was still higher in the county than anticipated based on the county’s population and rural setting, and county agencies are continuing their effort to address the problem.

There were eight completed suicides in 2009, less than the 20 reported for all of 2008 but still slightly higher than would be expected. There were 27 completed suicides during the previous five years. Read more…

Once a mayor, he’s now a commissioner

Jason Nastke, former Valatie mayor, holds GOP seat on election board

HUDSON–“I was excited to take this job on,” said the newly appointed Columbia County Election Commissioner Jason Nastke.

That enthusiasm will assist the Republican commissioner as the county Board of Elections, made up of Mr. Nastke and his Democratic counterpart, Virginia Martin, and their staffs, has just finished handling a prolonged set of legal challenges to last November’s local elections and now faces the task of switching from the familiar lever voting machines to a new electronic ballot count system.

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Car, truck crash kills man

CLAVERACK—A 24-year-old Wappingers Falls man was killed this morning in a crash on a snowy road.Car, truck collision kills man

Daniel Edmondson was driving his car northbound on Route 9H at about 8 a.m. when he crossed over the center of the road into the path of a southbound flatbed truck, State Police at Livingston said. The driver of the truck, Norman Morrison Jr., 45, was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital, where police said he is being treated for neck, back and rib injuries. The truck is owned by Columbia Tractor.

Claverack Firefighters and the Greenport Rescue Squad responded. Columbia County Coroner Angelo Nero pronounced Mr. Edmonson dead at the scene.

Route 9H was closed for approximately 3 hours while State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Units assisted BCI investigators and Troopers at the scene .