Child on bike hit on Columbia Street

HUDSON—An eight-year-old girl was seriously hurt when she was hit by a motor vehicle while riding her bicycle, Saturday, October 10 at 10:12 a.m.
Hudson Police Lieutenant Lynne M. Finn reports that a vehicle was traveling east on the 300 block of Columbia Street when the youngster, riding her bicycle, came from between two buildings, lost control and drove into the path of the vehicle.
The Greenport Rescue Squad took the child to a landing zone where she was picked up by a Med Flight helicopter and flown to the Albany Medical Center.
She was listed in critical condition Saturday afternoon. Neither the girl nor the motorist were identified by police.
No charges are pending against the operator of the vehicle, according to a press release.
The investigation is continuing.

Can schools cut costs?

ICC, Schodack seek state funds to study ‘functional consolidation’

VALATIE–The Ichabod Crane school board formally agreed this week to participate with the Schodack Central School District in southern Rensselaer County on a joint application for a “functional consolidation study” through the state Department of State. Both districts say they are talking about ways to share services, not ways to merge.

On the subject of the memorandum of agreement with Schodack that the ICC board voted Tuesday,  October 6, to approve, Board President John Phillips said the school officials had “a very productive meeting” with their Schodack counterparts last Saturday, discussing how the two adjoining districts could share services. ICC currently shares certain services with the Chatham, New Lebanon and Germantown districts.

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State bans burning garbage in all towns

Local police as well as DEC officials will enforce new prohibition

ALBANY–Burning residential waste anywhere in Columbia County will become illegal beginning next week.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has extended the existing prohibition on open burning of residential waste by prohibiting the practice in all communities statewide, regardless of population. The regulation, which takes effect next Wednesday, October 14, makes exceptions for burning tree limbs and branches at limited times and for certain other types of outdoor burning.

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Friends, community help student fight cancer

NASSAU–May 3 of this year, New Lebanon Jr./Sr. High School junior Kristine Greco was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Two days later, the plum-sized tumor was reKristine Grecomoved, but found to be medulla blastoma, a  brain cancer. On the web page she created to keep her friends apprised of her treatment, Kristine spelled out her reaction: “Let the fight begin.”

Kristine is still fighting: She travels three or four days a week to Albany Medical Center, says her mother, Linda Burkart. “She gets fluids and blood transfusions and tests and sees the oncologist.” Once a month she is admitted to the hospital for chemotherapy. Her parents–her father, Augie, lives in New Lebanon–spell each other keeping Kristine company while she’s an in-patient.

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Deputies investigate two attempted abductions in Philmont

PHILMONT—Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a possible attempted child abduction on Eagle Street in the Village Wednesday at 7:13 a.m.
The father of an 11-year-old girl reported that while his daughter walked along the street, a white pickup truck slowly followed her and at one point the driver asked the child if she missed the school bus and offered to give her a ride to school. Read more…