Village firehouse will get needed repairs

CHATHAM–The Village Board will issue a request for bids on repair to the firehouse. The project includes repairs to the roof and doors.

At the board’s regular meeting Thursday, June 11, members also discussed issues that have arisen in connection with the state Department of Transportation sewer and road project in the village, which is still set to conclude in this fall.

“This is a big nut, but it’s a long time coming,” Fire Chief John Howe said of the work on the firehouse. All board members agreed that the roof is in need of repair and that the doors need to be fixed and secured. Trustee David Chapman noted that the firehouse is 40 years old. “It’s time for maintenance like that,” he said.

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Copake celebrates itself this weekend

COPAKE—Community Days events fill up a whole weekend Saturday and Sunday June 20 and 21.
Saturday starts off bright and early with a 5K race and one-mile run for kids. Race registration takes place at the Town Hall on Mountain View Road at 7:30 a.m.
Both races begin at the Town Hall—the one-mile at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K at 9:30 a.m.
Copake Memorial Park opens at noon with events that include a variety of vendors, Kidz on the Go and a Bounce House.
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Rates rise for Central Hudson customers

ALBANY—Rate increases go into effect July 1 for Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation customers.
The state Public Service Commission established a rate plan that increases annual electric and gas service delivery rates by $38 million and $13.6 million, respectively, for Central Hudson.
Customers will also see an additional temporary surcharge on their bills to recover an increase in state-mandated assessments.
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Powell, convicted of murder again, receives term of 25-years-to-life

HUDSON–Warren Powell appeared unaffected by the sentence of 25 years-to-life in state prison imposed on him in Columbia County Court June 16 for the brutal murder of his wife and unborn child.

Mr. Powell, now 38, was convicted April 17 of second degree murder in the October 1, 1994 slaying of his wife, Mary Ann (Tasick) Powell, then 21. She was six-months pregnant at the time of her death.

The couple lived in Halfmoon, Saratoga County, at the time of the murder. Her decomposed body was discovered in the Hudson River May 25, 1996 by campers hiking near Gay’s point in Stockport. A thick rope was wound through her mouth and around her neck and she was stuffed in a hockey bag weighed down with rocks.

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County eyes St. Charles for homeless and DSS satellite

HUDSON—The Columbia County Board of Supervisors wants to lease the St. Charles Hotel as an “enhanced satellite office” for the county Department of Social Services and an emergency housing facility. But the idea has drawn only scorn from the mayor.

The concept of a satellite office was proposed several months ago by board Chairman Art Baer (R-Hillsdale) in response to protests from city residents, officials and others opposed to the plan to move the Department of Social Services (DSS) to the old Ockawamick School building in Claverack, six miles outside the city. A press release issued Monday, June 15, from the department announcing the proposal for the St. Charles also said that using the hotel for emergency housing would save the county hundreds of thousands of dollars compared to the present system, which relies on paying to house people in motels around the county and in Greene County.

Mayor Richard Scalera, who said he learned of the proposal a little over an hour before it was released to the public, called it a mind-boggling example of “planning on the go,” with no input from city officials. County officials say leasing the building would benefit the city.

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