Health Department: Get a seasonal flu shot

HUDSON—The Columbia County Health Department reminds residents to get a regular seasonal flu shot.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus that affects the lungs, throat, nose and other parts of the body. It can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death.

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Copake plans to regulate outdoor wood furnaces

COPAKE–Which comes first, the law or the moratorium?

The Town Board considered enacting a moratorium on the installation of outdoor wood furnaces at its September 12 meeting, but decided to wait and first enact a law to regulate them.

Beginning at 8:30 Saturday morning, Town Supervisor Reggie Crowley opened a public hearing on proposed Local Law #2, which called for a three-month moratorium on installing or even applying for a permit to install an outdoor wood furnace, also called an outdoor wood boiler, anywhere in Copake.

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District ramps up flu preparations

CHATHAM – Melony Spock was sworn in Tuesday evening as a school board member. She fills a vacant seat left when Jeanean Chenney moved out of the district and her appointment brings the board back to a full complement of nine members. Her term will be up in May 2010.

At this week’s meeting the board also got updates on the school’s H1N1 flu virus preparations and the one-bell busing system.

Superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo started the September 15 workshop meeting talking about the district’s policies on swine flu. She said it’s a balance between being prepared and panicked. “At this point [the H1N1 flu] is no stronger than any other strain of flu,” she said. The panic would come if the strain got worse. “It could be that this could be a lot of preparation for nothing,” said Ms. Nuciforo, but the district wants to be ready if they have an outbreak of the flu and have several employees and students out.

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Lawyer details long saga of Cascino cases

COPAKE—Enlisting the services of several attorneys, the Town of Copake has been engaged in litigation against Salvatore Cascino for thumbing his nose at the law for the past 12 years, which has cost the town thousands of dollars in legal fees.
At the September 12 Town Board meeting, Attorney Carl “Giff” Whitbeck gave the Town Board a rundown of the status of the litigation his firm, Rapport Meyers Whitbeck Shaw and Rodenhausen, LLP, has been engaged in on the town’s behalf since July 2006.
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Supes: Pine Haven stays put

Committee seeks backing for $27M nursing home offset by state aid

HUDSON–With their thoughts set on the future–25 years or more ahead, in fact–members of the Pine Haven Committee of the county Board of Supervisors agreed this week that residents and taxpayers will be best served if the county builds a new skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Philmont near the Pine Haven nursing home.

The new facility, estimated to cost $27 million, would be built on the 54-acre parcel at the east side of the village, which the county already owns. It would replace Pine Haven, the 120-bed home the county now operates on that land.

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