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« M í a » r n t v e m m m m s t » ■GSEBSffÇg, H ,ï. ESS34 «88 ln O ur C entury 1975 A FAILED S T U N T JUMP S a n t a c r a s h e s i n C a m b r i d g e T e a c h e r s c o n d u c t j o b a c t i o n A m e r i c a ' s l a r g e s t e l m t r e e P a g e 4 THE JOURNAL-PRESS Established in 1842 - Washington County's hometown newspaper The Greenwich Journal The Salem Press V O L . 1 5 8 - N O . 3 6 G R E E N W I C H , N E W Y O R K - T H U R S D A Y , J U N E 15,2000 ISSUE NO. 8218 60 CENTS On the Inside ... Town offered \free\ septic system .....page 2 D'Andrea gets school aid for Salem .... page 6 Trustees seek new ACC president.... page 7 Pleasant Valley’s Prom 2000 .... page 8 Saratoga Town affice complex considered .... page 10 Feral cats remain a problem Cost of removal could exceed $9K By Tony Basile Members and supporters o f Quain- tence House met with the Greenwich Board o f Trustees again Monda) eve­ ning, offering their assistance to help solve the village’s leral cat problem. Cost estimates, increased from $40 to $90 per cat. however, caused the board to hesitate on adopting a solution. The board asked Quaintence House to pro­ vide them with an itemized breakdown o f costs that would justify the $90 figure. The village has a feral cat population estimated to be between 5 0 and 100 ani­ mals, and due to the availability o f food, female cats have been having litters o f as many as eight kittens several times per year. Part o f the problem in count­ ing the animals results from the large numbers o f domestic pels that are be­ lieved to be running with the feral cats from time to time. Because Quaintence House is not a sanctioned SPCA organization under the N e w York Agriculture and Markets Law, they must operate as an agent o f the SPCA o f Upstate New York under an agreement with that shelter. The SPCA will not permit an agency arrangement unless Quaintence House agrees to adopt all animals they capture. Quaintence House does not have the facilities to hdtidle more lhan about 30 cats at a time and does not want to take responsibility for any cats released hack into the wild after the> nrc neutered and given necessary inoculations according to law. The Ag & Markets law permits the destruction o f stra> animals after a five day holding period, but the SPCA o f Upstate New York purports to be a \no kill\ shelter arid will not agree to the destruction o f captured animals. The SPCA. however, will not become involved in the capture program directly because that facility does not have room to keep a larg>c number of cats that may never be adopted by members o f the general public. Quaintence House originally in­ tended to return those cats they could not place in private homes to the vil­ lage, based on the theory that a neutered and inoculated cat would not contribute to the cat population explosion and would be safe from disease for at least a year. The board, however, was not fond o f that idea While kittens are generally easy to find homes for. adult cats are not Feral cats, horn and matured in the wild, can be difficult animals to deal with and may never become suitable house pets. These animals can be good barn cats, however, and homes for them could he found in the more rural areas o f the town Mayor Chris McCormick told Quaintence House to work out an agreement with the SPCA and then return to the board with a justification for the increase in costs for the project. It is believed that even the elimination o f 30 cats would be a step in the right direction and perhaps more could be captured if the adoption program was successful. The $90 figure, however, was not agreed upon, since the cost to the village could ultimately become ex­ cessive. Owners o f domesiic cats cap­ tured in the effort would, o f course, be responsible for paying the charge i f the> wished to get their pets back, but with free kittens available everywhere, many owners may -not be willing to pay the re- dcmptian lev According to Quamicuce House rep­ resentatives, other villages in the area have solved this problem buccessfully, and Mayor McCormick vsas urged to contact those villages for information on how it was accomplished. In the meantime, while conflicts between the State A g & Markets law, SPCA bylaws, Quaintence House's space limitations and village finances are worked out. dozens o f kittens will be added to the Greenwich feral cat community Council honors top sellers in annual cookie sales The Adirondack Girl Scout Council honored the top cookie sellers front the council service area on Sunday. May 21. Twenty-eight girls from Brownie, Junior Cadette and Senior Girl Scout troops were recognized by the council for the number o f boxes they sold. Also, recognized were Grace and Hannah Segrave o f Gansevoort, Sara­ toga Springs Brownie Troop-# 119 and Cadette Troop #242 received recognition for having sold the highest combined sales by sisters. They sold 375 boxes. From this immediate area, girls re­ ceiving recognition were: Kassaundra Grant, Fort Edvvard-Argyle Brownie Troop #330 - 264 boxes; Courtney Rafus. Cambridge, Junior Troop # 5 5 6 - 31-6 boxes; Jamie Carr o f Schuylerville, Greenwich Cadette Troop #336 - 263 boxes; Patricia Russo, Salem, Brownie Troop #231 - 464 boxes; and Jasmine Danaher, Victory Mills, Schuylerville Brownie Troop #320 - 327 boxes. New members of Elks Lodge Whipple City Festival starts on Friday Events of celebration conclude on Sunday Greenwich's annual W hipple City Festival will kick o f f with a parade, at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 16, to be fol­ lowed at 6 by the event's official opening ceremonies at Mowry Park. The festival's family carnival and games will take place in the area o f the town building from 6 to 9:30 and music entertainment will be sup­ plied in M owry Park by Bob Warren and Friends during the evening hours. The family carnival and games will continue in the town building area on both Satur­ day (11 to 9:30) and Sunday (11 to 5). T h e parade The parade, the third in the celebration's history, will form on lower Main Street, near Mill Hollow, at 5 p.m., step o f f at 5:30, and proceed up Main Street to the gazebo at Mowry Park and to Academy Street. The entire commu­ nity has been invited to participate in the event with floats and marchers. Grand marshal for the procession this year is Dr. John Fitzgerald, who retired last year as Greenwich high school principal. Parade co-chairman Buddy Corey last week said that Fitzgerald was chosen to head the parade because \He has touched the lives o f most o f the people in Greenwich.\ M u sical entertainm ent Following the festival's opening cer­ em o n ies at Mowry Park at 6 p.m., local musician Bob Warren (and friends) will perform from the gazebo. H e w ill be joined by bassist Tony Markellis and per­ cussionist Sam Zucchini. Featured will be some selections from Bob's latest com ­ pact disk release, Love Walked In, and earlier albums: Partners and Bob War­ ren A His Band Live at Cafe Lena On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p m., entertainment at Movvrv Park will be pro­ vided by Direct Drive with music from Hie 4 0 \ to the \Top 40 \ Meanwhile! at the Commons, five local youth bands will be performing. The Steel Pier Jaz 7 Band will play at M owry Park on Saturday from 6 to 9 :30 p.m. Sunday, the local band. Green, will play at Mowry Park from noon to 4 p.m. A new e v e n t for Saturday The festival has added a new event thi<; year, a 5-kilometer running (or walk­ ing) race. Participants will go out Gray Avenue and a portion o f the North Road before returning to the village. T-shirts will be awarded to race's first 100 regis­ tered participants. Prizes will be awarded to overall and age-group winners. O ther Saturday events Other events on Saturday include a 3- on-3 basketball tournament to be held at G.C.S. from l/:3 0 to 2; the Ellsworth Farms emus at Dorr Park from 9:30 to 4; dedication o f new Greenwich Fire De­ partment apparatus at ¡the I.G.A. parking lot at 11; a nature demonstration at Dorr Park from 10 to 1; the firemen's \wet down\ at the Elks lodge in Easton at 1 p.m.; pony rides in Dorr Park from 1 to 6 , a martial arts demonstration in Mowry Park from 4 to 4:30; a K-9 unit demon­ stration on the Evergreen Bank lawn from 4:30 to 5. Soap box derby 3ias t w o divisions In addition, Saturday afternoon will feature the festival's third annual soap box derby competition for young people on Church Street h ill beginning at 2 p.m. An adult version o f the «vent will take place on the same course on Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m. Theie will be two groups for the youth division: one for children in grades 1 to 4; the other for kids In grades 5 to 8 . Each derby team consists o f 4 members who each drive the team's car o nce down the course. The team with the lowest aver­ age time will win in their group. Prizes v ill also go to second and third places and for creativity, craftsmanship, and appearance o f the cars. Sunday's adult di-vision o f the soap box derby is open to teams from grade nine up to and including adults. A vari­ ety o f prizes are offered in this division too. The Stewart's Carpentry team will be defending the title they earned in last year's inaugural adult event. Sunday e y c n ts Events o f the festival on Sunday in­ clude the following: Toukie the Clown at Mowry Park from 11 to 1; the emus at Dorr Park from 1 1 10 3; Fathers Day es- say^bntest winners at Mowry Park from 11.30 to noon, the pedal tractor pull on Church Street beginning at 11:30; pony rides in Dorr Park from 1 to 3, a nature demonstration at that park from 1 to 4; and drawings for chamber o f commerce prices at Mowry Park at 4 p.m. O ther festival features Two encampments and living history presentations w ill be >held in conjunction with the Whipple City Festival from Fri­ day to Sunday. One, at Memorial Park, is a Revolutionary War regiment o f re- ermctors. The other, at Dorr Park, is that o f the Champlain Rifles, a group o f Civil War re-enactors. Included w ill be a march to the Civil: War monument at Washington Square for a wreath laying. The Rough and R e a d y Firehouse Museum will be open to the public dur- Whipple City Festival Schedule of events Friday - June 16 Third annual Whipple City parade — Main Street - 5:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies — Mowry Park - 6 p.m. Family Carnival and games — Town building area - from 6 to 9 :30 p.m. Bob Warren & Friends — Mowry Park - until 9:30 p.m. Saturday. June 17 Start o f Road Race — Greenwich school - 9 a.m. 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament — GCS - 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ellsworth Farms Emus — Dorr Park - 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dedication o f n ew fire apparatus — IGA - 10 a.m. - noon. Beth Bidwell's nature demo — Dorr Park - 1 0 a.m. to 1 p.m. Family Carnival and games — Town building - 11 a.m. to 9 :30 p.m. Youth M usic Festival — Town Commons - 1 1 a.m. to 3 p.m. and M usic with Direct Drive — Mowry Park - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. \Wet Down'' ceremony - fire apparatus — Greenwich Elks Lodge - 1 p.m. Pony rides — Dorr Park — 1 to 6 p.m. Soap Box Derby - Youth (grades 1 - 8 ) — Church Street - 2 to 4 p.m. NY S Martial Arts Dem o — Mowry Park - 4 to 4:30 p.m. NY S Trooper K-9 dem o — Evergreen Bank - 4:30 to 5 p.m. Steel Pier Jazz Band — Mowry Park - 6 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. June 18 Toukie the Clown — Mowry Park - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ellsworth Farms Emus — Dorr Park - 11 am. - 3 p.m. Family Carnival and games — Town B u i l d i n g - 1 1 a.m. to 5 p.m Father's Day Essay winners — Mowry Park - 11:30 to noon Pedal Tractor Pull — Church Street — 1! :30 to 12:30. Green Band — M owry Park - 12 to 4 p.m. Children's Pony rides — Dorr Park - 1 to 3 p.m. Soap Box Derby - Adults — Church Street - 1 to 3 p.m. Nature Demonstration — Dorr Park - 1 to 4 p.m. Drawing for chamber prizes — Mowry Park - 4 p.m. Special events include encampments o f Revolutionary War at Memorial Park and Civil War at Don- Park; Rough & Ready Firehouse Museum on iower Main Street, book sale at the Greenwich Free Library, Early Childhood Association children's tent, W ashington County Dairy Princess, exhibits, crafl vendors, side­ walk sales and free horse and wagon rides. ing the festival; the Friends o f the Green­ wich Free Library will be conducting a book sale on Friday and Saturday at the library; the Early Childhood Association w ill have a \children's tent\ open; and Washington County's Dairy Princess will be on hand. Look for numerous other exhibits, sidewalk sales, craft vendors, and free horse and wagon rides during the three-day celebration which brims with free events for all ages and inter­ ests. Young band will perform Friday There will be a special treat at Whipple City Days this Friday evening during Bob Warren and Friends per­ formance. A young band will perform during Bob's break at the Gazebo. The members o f this band are Andrea G r e e n , - vocals, David Wright - bass, Joey Wilson - drums, and Kevin Warren - guitar and keyboards. Official visit of On the Library lawn Lemonade and cookies w ill be available at the Greenwich Free Library on Sunday, June 18, from noon until 4 p.m., when C liff Oliver M ealy will be present to visit with people about Greenwich's past and present. Anyone with such stories are urged to stop by and share them with Cliff. Veterans are asked to join him and share their stories. Bring along old photographs to show him. Left to right are D e n n is M cDonald, Stanley M a ttison-Sr., M ichael B o n h o tc, G lenda Tilley and K im b erly W a lker w e re ail accepted for member­ ship in the G reenwich Elks Lodge. A fter t h e ritual o f joining, the new members w e r e treated t o a buffet and social hour in the lounge at the lodge. C o m m i t t e e t o t o u r W a s h i n g t o n t r i p P a r r y S t r e e t s i t e t i l l s s u m m e r A Jail Construction Project Committee Thie Wonders o f Washington trip meeting is scheduled for today, Thun- for 4 _j j teen members (15 years and day, June 15, at 1 p.m. in the large older) will be a five night program in conference room o f County Office Washington, D.C. Building B in Fort hdward. The excursion will include the The committee will meet at Vnlmet Smithsonian Institute,, the Capitol, the Property, Parry Street to tour site, then w h ite House, Arlington National there will be a Site Selection Screening Cemetery and all the major monu- Analysis - LA Group. ments. A stop w ill be made at Gettys- _ , . , burg on the trip home. a i r r i d e Participants w ill stay at the National Ride tickets for the Washington . Center whictl provides a safe, County Fair will be available from 4-11 positive environment for all. members. Advance sale ride tickets are <->n*y a limited number o f teens can good for all rides, all ages, all day and attend and >t will be on a first come, night, all through the week o f the fair. r,rst serve basis- Tha tr'P w ill be by bus The fair has contracted with Am u se- with Saratoga County members, ments o f America to provide the carni- Any ° ne interested should contact val for this year's fair. Dave ShiPPee or Chrys N estle at the The tickets w ill be available until County Extension office in Hudson Friday, August 18. Falls 855 soon 38 Possible' A deposit must be made by June 28. The teen W l i i p r p 5 « i t *? council will pay about 43 percent o f the Y V I I e r e » » 11 • cost. If finances are a problem, let Bulletin Board ......................................... 10 Dave or Chrys know. Card o f T h a n k s ..........................................9 . ........ . ......................................... 9 a P r e - k i n d e r g a r t e n Crossword P u z z le .....................................4...............................................*=> Editorial Features......................................4 h e a r i n g » t S C h O O l Legal N o t ic e s ............................................. 9 » NEW CO....................................................... 4 ^ heat™ g w iH held in the Pri- g p o it s ............................................................. 8 niary Grade conference room at Green- Vicinities- vvieh Central School on Monday, June A r g y le..................................................... 8 19, at 6:30 p m , concerning the New Bacon H ill........................................... 10 \York State Universal Kindergarten Cam b ridge ......................... . .................7 Program. Cossayuna............................................. 8 The Greenwich Central School Pre- F ^ M ' t i ............................................ 5 kindergarten Policy Advisory Board Fort Mt e r ........................................ . _ W[H present their recommendations. G reenwich .............. . ............ ............ 2, 5 S a lem ................... . ................................ 6 The hearing is open to the public. Schuylerville...................................... 10 Parents, school personnel, child care Shushan ................................................. 6 providers, and members o f the comnui- West H ebron .................................. . 6 nity are welcome. Grand High Priest Federal Chapter No. 10 o f the Royal Arch Masons will be visited by the Grand High Priest, State o f New York on Thursday, June 15* at 7:30 p.m., at the Cambridge Masonic Temple. This is the Grand High Priest's official visit. The Grand High Priest o f the State o f Vermont will be present also. The two will present an apron and warrant to a companion o f Federal Chapter who will be the N e w Grand Representative from Vermont to the State o f New York. The convocation will be preceded by a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. All companions and their ladies are invited to attend the presentation and dinner. . Bring a dish o f food to share. The convocation is open to all who wish to attend the presentation: Required course in tractor safety Cornell Cooperative Extension o f Washington County is offering a 4-H Tractor Safety Course for youth ages 14 and 15. It is required by law that any youth working on a job that requires tractor use (other than that o f a home farm or business) must have completed a Tractor Certification Course. A course w ill be offered at the Washington County Fairgrounds on Thursday, June 29; and Friday, June 30, from 9 a,m. to 4 p.m. Both sessions must, be attended for certification. Bring a bag lunch or money for lunch for both days. T o register or for more information, contact David Shippee at the Extension Office in Hudson Falls. 4-H Fair Workshop The 4-H Fair Workshop and picnic will be held at the Washington County Fair Grounds on Thursday, July 6 . At 6 p.m. there w ill be a potluck supper. Workshops w ill begin at 7 p.m. It is for all 4-H families, leaders arid members. The workshops w ill center on the who's, what's, why's and how's o f entering exhibits, the 4-H food booth, photography exhibits and general youth building information. Bring a dish to pass. Place settings, beverages and dessert will be supplied. WSATHSR During the last week, w e were blessed with three days o f sun and clouds and one real sunny day. What d id the others have to offer? Rain and drizzle o f course. Temperatures and conditions for the past week follow: Date Conditions H igh Law June 7 M o stly sunny 62 45 8 M o stly sunny 72 58 9 Showers, cloudy 74 62 10 Sunny 86 55 11 Sun and clouds 89 54 12 Drizzle, cool 62 52 13 Rain 65 55

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