State searches Cascino site

Bearing warrant, DEC begins digging on waste hauler’s land

COPAKE–A heap of digging was going on at Salvatore Cascino’s property beginning early Wednesday morning, and this time it wasn’t Mr. Cascino who was doing it.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is looking for something on Mr. Cascino’s property, immediately west of the old rail bed and farm road off Lackawanna Road, but state officials won’t say what. DEC spokesman Rick Georgeson would say only that the DEC is conducting a joint investigation with the state Attorney General’s Office and is executing a search warrant on the Cascino property.

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To our subscribers:

Late last week, as we made final arrangements to begin mailing papers to you, the U. S. Postal Service made a previously unannounced decision to close periodical mailing services at the Hudson Post Office. As a result, we have had to transfer all the records to the Valatie Post Office, which has caused an additional delay. We now expect to mail the papers starting October 8, assuming there are no further obstacles beyond our control.

The blank white box on the front page is where we will print your name and address. Like you, we are eager to see that space used.

Thanks again for your patience.

Parry Teasdale


Teenager dead in Southers Road crash

STOCKPORT—A student at Ichabod Crane High School was killed in a car crash in which driver inexperience and speed were factors, according to Columbia County Sheriff David Harrison Jr., whose office is investigating.
Two other ICC high school students were hurt in the accident.
Nicholas P. VanBenschoten, 16, of Columbiaville died in the crash on Southers Road about a half-mile north of Station Road, September 28 at 11:12 p.m. Read more…

District works out kinks in new bus system

CHATHAM–The Board of Education heard this week that the district is likely to be able to remove a source of controversy over a new busing system. And Schools Superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo discussed a proposed capital project at the Tuesday, September 22, meeting.

Ms. Nuciforo said the district is very close to meeting the requests from 40 families for special busing arrangements. The new one-bell system that began this fall means elementary, middle and high school students ride the buses at the same time instead of in staggered morning and afternoon bus runs. The new system has meant more students ride each bus, and district officials originally were not sure they would be able to allow students to switch buses to accommodate child care needs.

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Ancram board members squabble over assessment list notes

ANCRAM–With a wild political season in full swing and an overflow crowd in attendance, uproar ensued at the September 17 Town Board meeting over revelations in a letter from one candidate that two of his opponents had devised a not-so-secret secret property assessment analysis.

Town Councilman Bob Mayhew and Councilwoman Donna Hoyt, who were allegedly responsible for the secret analysis, denied its existence, as did Town Supervisor Thomas Dias.

The accusatory letter was written to the supervisor by Christopher Thomas, a Republican candidate for councilman and a member of the town’s Board of Assessment Review.

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