Crash in Ghent sends two to hospitals

GHENT—Two people were injured in a head-on crash Friday morning on Route 203 near the intersection with Browning Hill Road.   

Chatham Rescue took one person to Albany Medical Center and the other to Columbia Memorial Hospital.  Both were later released.

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Judge will judge judge’s case

COPAKE–It may be December, but that peaceful Christmas spirit has not yet arrived at Town Hall.

Echoes of the recent contentious election season erupted at the December 12 Town Board meeting during a public hearing on proposed Local Law #3 of 2009, which would abolish the position of full-time court clerk and create the position of part-time court clerk. The new law would negate Local Law #1, approved by the board February 12, which created the full-time court clerk position. But the proposed law may have legal problems of its own, and the Town Board will is now seeking the help of a state judge to bring peace to the Land of Rural Charm.

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Fire in Copake destroys barn, kills cows

COPAKE—A fire that broke out at about 3 p.m. Thursday destroyed a barn and killed 35 to 40 milk cows at the Miller farm on Empire Road.Some cows were still in the barn as firefighters strove to put out the flames.

Televised reports said that neighbors and firefighters were able to lead many of the herd to safety, but some of the cows were afraid to leave the burning building.

At least six fire companies responded to the fire in the sub-freezing temperatures.

More details will follow.

Photos by David Lee.One of the Miller farm dairy cows wanders as her home burns behind her.

Half a world away he builds homes with a president

CHATHAM–Rarely do David and Julia Rubel have the chance to experience what they write about in the books their company, Agincourt Press, produces for publishers, since Agincourt specializes in historical topics.

So when the couple had the chance to follow up their latest book, a history of Habitat for Humanity, by participating in an international build led by former President Jimmy Carter, they packed their bags and headed to Thailand. Their work on the book inspired the decision to volunteer with Habitat, which they had never done.

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Kids hear of wartime spent behind barbed wire

CRARYVILLE–German American Eberhard Fuhr spoke to 110 eighth graders at Taconic Hills School Monday, December 7, Pearl Harbor Day, about his internment during World War II.

Many Americans know that Japanese civilians and Japanese American citizens living in this country were rounded up and forced to live in government camps after Japanese aircraft attacked the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor, HI. But less well known is fate of German immigrants, who were also incarcerated during this time. They have not received any of the compensation money recently given by the U.S. government to Japanese Americans.

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