Four seek two seats on Copake Town Board

COPAKE–Money is a major 2009 campaign issue in the Land of Rural Charm.

The political battle started early this year with revelations about the town’s anticipated budget shortfall and the subsequent Town Board vote to borrow $100,000, which split along party lines–Republicans in favor, Democrats opposed.

The town’s fiscal nightmare has resulted in finger-pointing and number-spinning during the past few weeks of politically charged wrangling over the 2010 tentative budget.

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Crowd gathers to protest library director’s ouster

About 60 people gathered at the Castleton Public Library Tuesday for a candlelight vigil in support of ousted library Director Darlene Miller. Elvia Garcia (l), 10, says the library has changed. Photo by Catherine Sager.

CASTLETON–At their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, October 20, the Castleton Public Library Board of Trustees were not alone. Outside the library more than 60 people carried signs and chanted calls for the resignation of the entire board.

The demonstration was sparked by the firing of long-time library Director Darlene Miller, and the residents and library users are not finished fighting her abrupt dismissal.

The library is chartered to serve the village and much of the Town of Schodack in southern Rensselaer County.

The seven members of the board voted five-to-two to terminate Mrs. Miller last month while she was on medical leave. Ms. Miller received the termination letter on Castleton Public Library letterhead, which bears the tag line: “First Runner Up for Best Small Library in America.” The letter, dated September 18, was signed by board President Carolyn J. Stetson and was faxed from Goolds Orchard on September 17. Sue Goold Miller is a library trustee.

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County health dept. has swine flu vaccine

HUDSON—The Columbia County Health Department has received a few hundred doses of the H1N1 flu vaccine and is now scheduling appointments to administer the vaccine to people who are in the top priority groups, according to an October 23 health department press release.

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County suspends seasonal flu shot clinics

HUDSON–The Columbia County Department of Health has suspended seasonal flu vaccine immunization clinics until further notice due to a lack of vaccine availability, according to a press release issued by the department the morning of Thursday, October 22.
Shipments of seasonal flu vaccine are expected in two to three weeks, the release says.
Seasonal flu vaccine clinics started early this year. In previous years, clinics started in early November. Seasonal influenza usually doesn’t impact Columbia County until December, health officials say.
There is still time to receive the seasonal flu vaccine. People should watch for announcements or check with their physicians in a few weeks.
Information can also be found on the county health department website at or the state health department website at

Sign recalls Mohican legacy

Scholar and author says those who greeted Hudson deserve notice too

GHENT–“History is never quite complete,” says Donald Shriver. But that knowledge has not deterred him from adding a little bit to the public’s awareness of Columbia County and the Hudson Valley. This weekend the fruits of a two-year odyssey through the state bureaucracy will culminate with the unveiling of a new historical marker along the Taconic State Parkway acknowledging that Mohican Indians greeted the first European here.

Though a public effort has been mounted this year to celebrate the quadricentennial of Henry Hudson’s  voyage in the Halfmoon up the tidal river that now bears his name, little attention has been paid to the local inhabitants at the time, who paddled out in canoes to welcome him.

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