Funds help child abuse victims

Economic stimulus money expands hospital program for kids

HUDSON–The number of child abuse cases in the county, including sexual abuse, is increasing and is likely to exceed 200 by the end of this year. So the news this week that federal funds will pay for two more staff members at the Stephen and Suzanne Menkes Child Advocacy Center at Columbia Memorial Hospital was applauded by professionals in many fields, all of whom share a responsibility for helping children who become the victims of violent crimes.

The Child Advocacy Center will receive $265,416 over the next three years to pay the salaries of a new, full-time child advocate and a part-time pediatric mental health therapist. The first two years of the funding will come from federal economic stimulus money under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, with the third year paid from a federal fund set up years ago to channel the money from criminal penalties, fines and fees into programs that help crime victims.

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Talk looks at swine flu and families with kids

CHATHAM–The Family Resource Centers of Columbia County invites the public to a workshop this Saturday, October 17, at 11 a.m. at the Morris Memorial on Park Row with guest speaker Sarah Teasdale, M.D., pediatric resident at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Teasdale will lead a discussion about H1N1 swine flu, including information on the new vaccine. A question and answer session addressing parents’ concerns regarding the flu and the vaccination will be part of the workshop.

This workshop is free and open to all. Reservations are not required and children are welcome.

Candlelight vigil set to support library and former director

CASTLETON—Concerned community members will conduct a candlelight vigil to show support for the Castleton Public Library and Darlene Miller, the former library director.
This event will take place on the lawn of the Village Hall at 85 South Main Street, Tuesday, October 20 at 6:45 p.m.
This vigil will precede the monthly meeting of library trustees. All citizens concerned about the current state of the Castleton Public Library are encouraged to attend.

County primary results now final

HUDSON–The Columbia County Board of Elections has released the official results of the September 15 primaries. Those results appear below.

After the polls closed on Primary Day, there were questions about the accuracy of the count in Taghkanic because of the complexity and number of races there. The board also had to wait a week to count all the absentee ballots, a procedure required by law. Some races were only determined by those mailed-in ballots. The final results were released September 24.

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Copake faces big task as it begins to whittle away spending requests

COPAKE–Last week’s release of the 2010 tentative budget by Town Supervisor Reggie Crowley ignited arguments between officials and residents on both sides of the aisle about how much more in taxes people will have to shell out, and who’s right and wrong about the amounts.

Flinging figures for political purposes is typical in an election year, but the acrimony is especially harsh this time around in the shadow of a budget shortfall that led the town board to borrow $100,000. The vote on whether to borrow was split down party lines, the three Republicans in favor, the two Democrats opposed.

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