c\”r:;’\TCH f?»” E u s u a ri CR2 MAIN ST. GREENWICH, N .Y . 12334 F I F ir e d e s t r o y s G r e e n w i c h c o m p a n y 111 C 1 1 I D I C V J ' F l I n x * M u r d e r / s u i c i d e in S c h i e d a m V - / U I V V a / L s l x | U 1 t v Y C o u n t y f a ir p u r c h a s e d 1954 L o c a l m a n d i d s p y w o r k ' T t J U I T A T T O X T A T D D F C C The Greenwich Journal A JCxHi J U U JvTN JT J\jLLf^i 3 The Salem Press Established in 1842 - Washington County's hometown newspaper * VOL. 158-N O . 13 G R E E N W IC H , NEW Y O R K -T H U R S D A Y , JA N U A R Y 6,2000 ISSU E NO. 8195 6 0 C E N TS On the Inside ... Greenwich organization meeting .... page 2 Easton organizes .... page 3 Mentors needed .... page 4 Baseball championship banner unveiled .... page 6 Head Start may return to Schuylerville .... page 8 Board of Supervisors organizes Cummings appointed chairman WJiite Creek Supervisor Donald Cummings taking the oath of office as chairman of the County Board of Supervisors, as his wife held the Bible, from Justice Thomas Mercure. County officers in the front are Cierk to the Board Debbie R. Prehoda, Board Chairman Donald Cummings, vicc-chairman Bruce Ferguson, and County Attorney Roger Wickes. In the back row are new supervisors Kenneth Wheeler of Hartford, Leonard Reed of Hampton, Merrilyn Pulver of Fort Edward, Dan Shaw of Easton, and Andrew Williamson of Argyle. By Tony Basile The Washington County Board of Supervisors held its 2000 organization meeting Monday afternoon at the municipal building in Fort Edward The first order of business was the appointment of a chairman. A motion was made nominating White Creek Supervisor Donald Cummings for the position. The motion received a unanimous second, and Cummings was appointed without opposition. He was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Thomas Mercure. Upon taking the chairman's seat, Cummings thanked the board for its support and stated that the county has some difficult tasks to accomplish in the coming year. He named finding a solution to the trash plant problem and the erection of the new jail as being principal among them. He said he was looking forward to working with the supervisors and department heads in the coming weeks and months. A motion was'then made nominating Salem Supervisor Bruce Ferguson to serve as vice-chairman of the board. Ferguson, too, was appointed without opposition, and was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Mercure. Evergreen Bank, Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company. HSBC Bank of USA and MBIA Municipal Investors Service Corporation were designated as the official depositories o f county funds. Debra Prehoda was unanimously re-appointed to serve as Clerk of the Board of Supervisors. Putnam Supervisor John LaPointe was appointed Budget Officer, with Hartford Supervisor Kenneth Wheeler Barn destroyed by fire on Sunday Several fire companies including Greenwich, Middle Falls, and Victory Mills, were called out Sunday night, January 2, to assist the Schuyler Hose Co. combat a barn fire at the Clinton Barber farm on Route 32 in Bacon Hill. The bam was completely involved in flames and the firefighters were un able to save the building. They were able to contain the blaze to the one building, sparing other structures on the premises. The barn that burned had housed 25 calves. They all perished in the blaze. New Year began without a hitch Locally, as it did elsewhere nationally and internationally, the Year 2000, began with absolutely no significant disruption Saturday morning. Electricity flowed through utility lines and telephone service continued. Emergency per sonnel on duty through the turn from 1999 to 2000 had very little to do other than entertain themselves as the new year began. A few businesses and individu als have experienced some com puter glitches attributable to the Y2K bug, but life, as we thought it would, goes on as if nothing of any real importance occurred when the calendar page turned. abstaining from voting on that appointment Roger Wickes was unanimously re-appointed County Attorney for a term of two years. Margaret White was unanimously appointed Director of Personnel for a six vear term. Christa Construction was retained to provide construction manager services during the construction of the jail project. A motion to table this resolution made by Hartford Supervisor K.en Wheeler failed to receive a second. Wheeler had previouslj attempted to introduce a resolution that would effectively halt construction on the jail for a year, pending a public referendum on the relocation of the Civil Office of the Sheriffs Department outside the Village of Salem. Introduction of the resolution was unsuccessful. A referendum on the relocation of that office and its five employees will be held during the next general election, as required by state law, and if the electorate of the county so decides, that office could remain in the village and not be moved to the Rexleigh Road jail site. Wheeler also attempted to introduce a resolution directing the county attorney to draft a local \Whistle Blowers\ law that would provide county employees the same job protection that is provided to federal and state employees under their respective statutes. This attempt, too, was unsuccessful. Training event for board members The Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations of Hamilton, Warren, and Washington counties will host \Learning the Ropes: Concepts & Resources for New County Board Members,” oh Thurs day, January 13. The event at the county municipal center, begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 7:30. There will be opportunities for newly elected board members to discuss the challenges of the position with experi enced local county board members. The training is produced by Cornell University's Community & Rural Devel opment Institute and sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension and the office of ihe state comptroller. To reg;ister, contact the extension of fice in Hudson falls by Januaiy 10. Red Cross blood drive in January American Red Cross blood drives open to the public will be held at the following locations during the month of January. Donors must be at least 17 jears old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health. Donors can do nate blood ever) 56 days, and public participation is encouraged. Walk-ins are welcome, appointments are recommended. * Locations are. the Congregational Church in South Hartford, Monda}, January 17 from I to 6 p.m. Contact is James Crandall. The United Presbyterian Church, Cambridge, Friday, January 21, from 1 to 6 p.m. Contact is Jean Young. The United Methodist Church in Valley Falls on Saturday, January 22, from 8 a.m. to I p.m. Contact is Bev erly Moore. Kingsbury Volunteer Hose Co in Hudson Falls, Saturday, January 29, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact is Susan Kearns. The American Red Cross also needs blood drive sponsors, and business, school, and conimunity groups are urged to participate The basics are easy, and organising a drive tvpicallv involve'« recruiting; 50 or moie donor« during a live-hour period in a minimum space of approximately 1.200 square feet. For smaller organization«: with limited space, Associaie Sponsorships are also available to help groups join together in support of nearby drives. To learn more about how to sponsor a blood drive or other volunteer opportu nities at the Red Cross, contact their of fice at 800 North Pear! St., Albany 12204. WEATHER A warm beginning to the year 2000. It began clear and bright, balmy. Rain took over for the rest of the week. Temperatures and' conditions for the past week follow: December 1999 Date Conditions High Low 29 Clear 27 18 30 Cloudy, then clear 42 18 31 Mostly sunny 36 16 January 2000 1 Clear & mild 42 20 2 Showers 40 25 3 Mostly showers 54 36 4 Rain, heavy at times 57 32 Increase in return of OTB monies Capital OTB Board Chairman, Jim Accatatto, has announced that Capital OTB will have returned $204,000 to Washington County at the end of De cember. This is a 7% increase over 1998 and a 54% increase over 1997. The increase, according to Mr. Ac catatto, is due to OTB’s continuing ef forts to lower expenses and operate more efficiently. Washington County is home o f two of Capital OTB’s 54 branches, with branches located in Fort Edward and Whitehall and an automated operation at Thyme Out in Greenwich. Where is it? Bulletin Board.....................................6 Classifieds .......................................... 7 Crossword Puzzle .............. . ............... 4 Editorial Features ............................... 4 Legal Notices ............ ......................... 7 Letter .............. . ...................................4 NEWCO................................... . .......... 6 Sports ......... . ...................................... 5 Vicinities- Argyle ............................................ 5 Cambridge.....................................5 Cossayuna... .................................. 6 Easton .......... ...»...................... . ...... 3 Greenwich.., .............................. 2,3 Hebron ...........................................6 Jackson..........................................6 Middle Falls...................................3 Salem.............................................6 Schuylerville...,..............................8 Shushan.........................................6 The year in review An index of the events of 1999 The Journal-Press this week continues a tradition which goes back one hundred five years: that o f listing the events of local significance which occurred during the year just ended. Publisher Henry C. Morhous began this practice in 1895 with the publication of the chronology for 1894. In 1969, The Greenwich Journal and The Salem Press were combined into one newspaper known as The Greenwich Journal and the Salem Press For the convenience of everyone, because the official name is rather lengthy, it is usually referred to more simply as The Journal-Press. Major news stories Major new s stories of the > ear included that of a trailer destroyed by fire in Easton. The occupants, Catherine Lewis and her family, having lost everything in the tornado in Mechanicville the ) ear before, lost every thing again. Another fire in a trailer on Kilbum Road in Cossayuna claimed the lives of three children and two adults Waites and Jaspers - unable to escape. The toll in terms o f human liv es was one of the greatest in recent count) history. In Schu) lerv ille, the big story concerned the funds w hich former Village Clerk Kim LeBaion admitted to having stolen. The sum, in excess of $50,000, was allegedly taken by her from village accounts between 1995 and 1997. She was found guilt) in trial, fined, ordered to make restitution, and sentenced to 3 / i y ears of prison time. Thels’ational Cemetery located near the Saratoga battle field was completed and dedicated during the year. Burials are now taking place there. The controversy over a convenient route to the cemetery from the Northvva> was finally resolved between the state and Saratoga county. Beginning in late January, there were man) meetings and exchanges of opinions, including letters to the editor, regarding the construction in Greenwich of a Hannaford supermarket on Route 29, within the development of businesses occupying what was once known as McMullen flats. After considerable debate, an effort by a group of citizens opposed to the proposed project was turned back and the town planning board approved the construction. Giound was broken for the new Hannaford on November 23. As the new year begins, construction at the site is ongoing. School improvements to grounds and buildings in Salem and Greenwich began in the spring. Schuylerville deferred its project until spring 2000. Additional capital projects for expansions and other improvements were also approved by area school district voters. A severe storm caused damage in Jitly and the remnants of Hurricane Floyd, in September, caused additional damage throughout the area. Both storms brought power outages and disrupted telephone service. Due to extremely dry conditions, Argyle and Greenwich restricted the use of water during the summer for lawns and gardens. The drought ended when storms came at the end of August, at which time the bans were lifted. A tragic farm accident occurred oni the Hanks farm in Salem It claimed the lives of Paul Hank s and Jack Fleming Seriously hurt was Tom Geraghty, who was pulled by co-worker John Irwin from the manure pit in which the other two men died. Vandals destroyed an outdoor bench at the Greenwich Free Library, and benches were overturned in the Commons in back of the Greenwich town hall In Argyle, three people, including two from Argyle. were arrested for vandalizing Argyle Central School. The Washington County Fair ended in tragedy. An E-coli outbreak traced to the fair sickened over 1000 people Three-year-old Rachel Aldrich of Clifton Park and Fmest Wester of Wilton, a man in his 70's, died from the illness. Allegedly the E-coli came from a well contaminated when heavy rain swept the fair and caused manure matter to invade the well supply. The fair’s Insurance company later maintained that its policy does not cover the situation. The bridge over the Batten Kill at Battenviiie was reopened just before Thanksgiving after more than a year's work of reconstruction. Finally, Y2K came and went. Here, as elsewhere, the concern over computer glitches proved mostly unwarranted Baseball champions of 1999 The G.C.S. baseball tsans won the state Class C title in Rome on June 12. The Chronology of the events of 1999 We again follow our practice of recent years of presenting the chronology of the events of the year past in the form of an index of the stories which appeared in the weekly issues of this newspaper. To determine precise dates of events, check the issue dates cited. JANUARY January began with a weekend storm of snow and ice on the first two weekends. January 7 issue The annual review of 1998 was begun in this issue and was continued in the January 14 issue. College freshmen shared their first impressions of college with Greenwich high school students just prior to Christmas vacation. Agricultural engineering students at Greenwich Central school refurbished an army truck for use as a fire truck by the forest rangers. Students at Belle Vue Country Day school on the River Road in Greenwich helped Grandma Ziehm celebrate her 90th birthday. The Salem Central school board hired project engineers for their building expansion program. Additional computers were installed in the Salem Central school library. The Village of Victory applied for grants for community enhancement. Stewart’s shops shared profits with local communities. January 14 issue The Town of Saratoga received grants from the NYS De partment of Agriculture for the preservation of farm lands. Samantha Arnold, a student at Salem Central school, re ceived a reply to her letter, a class assignment, seeking infor mation about another community. The response came from a man bom in Cambridge. Parking at key intersections in Greenwich, especially dur ing business hours, is a problem for the fire department trucks. Bonnie Dickey of Greenwich was honored by the College of New Rochelle. She was inducted into their Hall ofjrame. Donna English was not reappointed to a position on the Easton Planning Board. Julia Hoover received the appoint ment. Kayla Burt, a first grader at Argyle Central school, won a recycled steel bike as a result of signing a pledge to recycle. Salem FFA members worked at the Bromley Ski area learn ing hands-on experience chain sawing, brushing, cutting and trimming. The Town of Saratoga selected a firm to develop a master plan for Lock 5 during its meeting to organize forthe year, January 21 issue Battenkill Ministries sponsored first breakfast meeting for increased fellowship of area men. Harold Lutgens of Greenwich was honored by the Chase Manhattan Foundation by a monetary contribution in his name to the Mary McClellan Hospital. Iced slicked roads on January 18 caused many area acci dents including the jackknifing of a lumber truck by Hollingsworth and Vose in Center Falls. Grace Mattison of Greenwich was hurt in an accident on County Route 113 on January 12. Washington County Board of Supervisors voted tp delay payment to Foster Wheeler. Passed landfill law. Carl Derby was reelected to the Greenwich Town Planning Bdard. Board worked on proposal to change law regarding double wides. Dan Fronhofer of Argyle Central School was the recipient of the Bausch & Lomb Science award. Several students at Argyle Central school were inducted into the honor societies at the school. The Town of Salem held its meeting, organizing for the year. The agenda included a publi c hearing about the proposed gravel mining issue. The Rev. Virgil Cruz, formerly of the Cambridge area, was to speak at the Salem United Presbyteri an Church on Sunday, the 24th. The OldeTime Easton Associationwas formed, meeting at the Easton Library. The planned skate on the canal in Schuylerville was thwarted by mild, rainy weather. New lights at the library, the unfinished visitors center, parking regulations and the question of a,police force were the main items considered by the Schuylerville town beard. January 28 issue The American Tissue Mills ga- wich Town Board a tour of their Captain Israel Hams-Gerv the Willard Mountain Chap' selections forthe area schix The Battenkill Consen grant to continue its Batter • The question of Hanna ■ Hie Greenwich Board Greenwich students atte dent audit of the school. project were the main h The I coni members of theGreen- tes. Williams Chapter and 1 \R announced their > d Citizens, rk received a $5000 project Greenwich appeared, alt with contracts for chools, an indepen- pdate on the Capital ird.