Councilman faults cost of killing his cat

ANCRAM–Councilman John MacArthur wanted more specific information about several bills before he signed off on them for payment during the August 20 Town Board meeting. In one case, a bill to euthanize an injured feral cat didn’t seem to sit well with him. But as it turned out, he was the one who called the animal control officer to deal with the animal in the first place.

After questioning his brother, Highway Superintendent James MacArthur, about bills for a machine part and a First Aid kit, Councilman MacArthur asked for the name of the person the town deals with for insurance coverage.

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State confirms West Nile virus found in 4 county birds

HUDSON—The state Department of Health has found four crows from the Craryville, Valatie and Greenport areas that tested positive for West Nile virus.

The Columbia County Department of Health announced the finding in a press release issued Thursday afternoon, September 3, which also said that as of July 31, 2009 only one case of human West Nile virus has been reported in this year, and that case was in the Bronx in New York City.

The state health department website says that while West Nile Virus can cause severe illness and death in some cases, “the chances of a person becoming ill with [West Nile Virus] are small.”

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Four county crows have West Nile

HUDSON—Four crows found in Craryville, Valatie and Greenport have tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Columbia County Department of Health, which received the test results from the state Department of Health, September 3.
As of July 31, only 1 case of human West Nile Virus has been reported in the state—in the Bronx.
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New Lebanon justice suit postponed

NEW LEBANON—A state court hearing on the suit brought by Town Justice Darcy Poppey and the countermotions filed by senior Town Justice Shaun McHugh, Court Clerk Marianne Renfro and Town Attorney Jason Shaw was postponed last Thursday, August 20.
The new date is next Thursday, September 3, according to Town Attorney Jason Shaw.
Although not named in the suit, Justice McHugh and Clerk Renfro are petitioning to be allowed to “intervene” in the case.
Ms. Poppey’s request that the court immediately increase the salary of Deputy Court Clerk Diane Brown pending determination of the case was denied by presiding state Supreme Court Judge Patrick J. McGrath. He heard the case at the Columbia County Courthouse in Hudson.
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District makes plans for fewer bus routes

CHATHAM–With the first day of school only two weeks away, board members discussed bus routes and construction on district buildings at their Tuesday August 25 meeting.

The board is also accepting applications through today, Thursday August 27, from district residents who wish to be considered for appointment to a vacant seat on the nine-member school board.

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