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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Chatham wants to put school labs in hot water, literally

CHATHAM–The school district is proposing a $5-million project that school officials say will have a no tax impact on voters. The project, which deals with repairs needed for educational programming, energy efficiency and compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, will be funded with federal economic stimulus money, funds from a capital reserve and money not used from the district’s last capital project.

“You have to invest in the infrastructure,” said schools Superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo in an interview this week.

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Ancram asks: Whose siding are you on?

ANCRAM–Paint or plastic?

The Town Board voted at its October 15 meeting to award a contract to the sole bidder for installing vinyl siding on the Town Hall. It will cost almost $24,000.

Much confusion surrounded the bid opening the night of the meeting. The action was not on the agenda, and some residents believe the board never publicly discussed the need to do anything about the Town Hall exterior nor did board members vote in public to solicit bids for vinyl siding.

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Event fosters timely conversation about notion of aging in place

CHATHAM – Aging in Place, according to various websites, means the ability to continue to live in the place one calls home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level; to continue to live in a familiar environment and be able to participate in family and other community activities.

Just how aging in place would work in Columbia County was explored at an all day conference Sunday, October 18, sponsored by the Chatham Synagogue and titled Aging in Place: A Multi-Generational Approach.

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The $9 million question

County finds social services agency claimed revenues feds won’t pay 

HUDSON–Art Baer (R-Hillsdale) said it was last year at about this time when he looked at the figures for the county Department of Social Services and saw something odd. “I noticed there was negative revenue from the federal government,” he said.

A subsequent audit of the department determined that the “negative revenue” amounted to about $9 million, meaning the county is short that much money that it had said it was getting from Washington.

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