Deluge causes states of emergency in 4 towns; residents advised to boil water

GREENPORT—The Columbia County towns of Kinderhook, New Lebanon, Stuyvesant and Chatham have all declared States of Emergency.
   Travel within those townships is restricted.
   Standing water is present on several main and secondary roads.  Motorists should not travel through the water and are advised that if they encounter standing water, they should turn around safely and seek alternate routes of travel.
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Valatie students bring theater to life

VALATIE–This weekend a group of high school students from the village will present a musical cabaret at the Valatie Community Theatre on Main St. The show is the creation of Mike Sykes and Karolyn Eberhardt, and the participants share a variety of experience in local and school theatre.

   The group of 22 teenagers is directed by Mike Sykes, a senior at Ichabod Crane High School. This is Mike’s second year directing the cabaret at the theater. Mike has been involved in musical theatre since the age of seven, when he began directing plays in the basement of his home. He says theater’s board appreciates the work the students do to bring the Valatie Theatre to life.

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Paterson calls for disaster declaration

WHILE WEATHER is adding mightily to the plight of area dairy farmers, all agriculture has been so hard hit by rain and storm damage that Monday, July 27, Governor David Paterson requested the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) designate Columbia and 16 other counties as agricultural disaster areas.

If the USDA approves the request, the designation “will enable our farmers to receive the financial assistance they need,” the governor said in a release.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Agricultural Extension Education Mick Bessire said that in addition to the tomato blight reported in The Columbia Paper July 16, other crops in the county have been affected in different ways by the rain and, in some places, hail and by the resulting mold and fungal infections. Some spring crops weren’t planted on time because the fields were too wet, other fields washed out and had to be replanted late. Some were never planted.

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CMH recognized for heart and stroke care

HUDSON—Columbia Memorial Hospital has been recognized for achievement in using evidence-based guidelines to provide the best possible care to patients through The American Heart Association/American Stroke
Association’s Get With The Guidelines program.
   The hospital was 1 of 569 hospitals featured in an a recent advertisement in the America’s Best Hospitals issue of US News & World Report to acknowledge their receipt of Get With The Guidelines Gold or Silver Performance Achievement Award.
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$700K approved in Appropriations Act

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Scott Murphy (D-20th) announced this week that $700,000 in funding for the Hudson Headwaters Health Network and the Northern Dutchess Hospital is included in the Labor, Health and Education Appropriations Act.
   The bill will invest in improvements to education, housing and health care.
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