Canaan flu clinic canceled

CANAAN—The Columbia County Health Department reminds residents that the seasonal flu clinic scheduled for Wednesday, November 18 at the Canaan Town Hall has been cancelled because seasonal flu vaccine is not available.
There are no additional community clinics scheduled at this time.
The department will notify the public when more vaccine availability information is received.

Lawyer: Vinyl vote’s invalid

Ancram board ignores taxpayers’ call for referendum 

ANCRAM–Against the advice of the town attorney and despite the signatures of almost 150 residents on a petition in opposition, the Town Board is apparently considering going ahead with its plan to put vinyl siding on Town Hall.

At the board’s November 5 workshop meeting, Town Supervisor Thomas Dias said he was drafting a letter of non-collusion as requested by the sole bidder on siding project, an indication he was moving forward with the vinyl-siding project, according to Jack Lindsey, a former Ancram Town Board member and a supporter of the anti-vinyl-siding movement who was at the meeting.

The petition, signed at last count by 145 people, was submitted to the town clerk October 19. It seeks to force a public referendum on whether to install vinyl siding on Town Hall.

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Ghent man helps nurture hospice care in Africa

Phil Di Sorbo will return soon to help bring care when pain is greatest

GHENT–In a few days Phil Di Sorbo will leave for sub-Saharan Africa, again. He travels there four times a year. And while it isn’t a vacation, it is a labor of love.

One of his stops will be the troubled country of Zimbabwe, where the chaos that led to a worthless currency and stores with no food on their shelves has abated somewhat since the dictator Robert Mugabe reluctantly agreed earlier this year to relinquish some small part of his power to the democratically elected opposition. But the oppression continues, by most reliable press accounts, and while there is food for sale now, few can afford to buy it. The long struggle in Zimbabwe has taken a particularly harsh toll on people in the most rural parts of what was a fertile and productive country. In Zimbabwe, as in many other parts of sub-Saharan Africa, among those hit hardest in any type of crisis are people with life-threatening illnesses: HIV/AIDS, cancer and tuberculosis, to name only a few.

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New effort seeks to streamline long-term care help

HUDSON–With many people seeking to “age in place” or care for a disabled person in the most homelike environment possible, there has perhaps never been a greater need for factual information about available long-term care services and support. In response to this large and growing need, the Columbia County Healthcare Consortium this week launched NY Connects, Columbia County.

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School gunman in custody

PINE PLAINS—Christopher Craft, 42, a former student at the Stissing Mountain Middle/High School, is in the Dutchess County Jail after allegedly taking a principal hostage inside the school the morning of November 10.
The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office reports at about 7:45 a.m., Mr. Craft, walked into the Stissing Mountain Middle/High School with a concealed shotgun.
Once inside, he revealed the firearm and barricaded himself inside the middle school office, taking Middle School Principal Robert Hess hostage.

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