cssesstks n m vm m r mm sr.* q s m m s & ' i . t . tm * C8S C entury 1976 P r o u d f i t H a l l d e s t r o y e d C i t i z e n s r e s c u e c o n t e n t s F l o o r a t C e n t e r F a l l s A U.F.O. P ag e 4 THE JOURNAL-PRESS The Greenwich Journal The Salem Press Established in 1842 - Washington County's hometown newspaper V O L ., i 5 8 - N O . 37 GREENWICH, NEW YORK - THURSDAY, JUNE 22,2000 ISSUE NO. 8220 6 0 C E N T S Jail resolution tabled again Dairy- Princess addresses board Washington County D a iry Princess Erin Swezey receives a copy o f a congratulatory resolution from board Chairman Donald Cummings. By Tony Basile At the June meeting o f the Wash ington County Board o f Supervisors, the board once again tabled a resolution that would fix the size o f the new jail at a specific number o f beds The resolu tion posed three options ranging from 129 beds, expandable to 159. to 149 beds, expandable to 189. W hile the si/e o f the proposed jail has been challenged in some quarter», the difference between each proposed Mze is only about $500,000, a small sum when compared to the cost o f future expansion, should that ever be come necessary. The board, nev erthe less, once again avoided the issue and voted to table the resolution, thus keep ing the architects' proposals in limbo for at least another month. M ost super visors voting to table the resolution claimed that they would prefer that a site be chosen before the issue o f size be undertaken again. Efforts to find a site for the jail other than the Rexleigh road location cur rently receiving fire from several or ganizations and individuals are ongoing, with 19 other potential sites currently under consideration. Once the choice is narrowed down to two or three o f the best possible locations, the supervisors expect the controversy to begin again. N o matter where the jail is located, it is g o ing to be near something and someone, and recent events indicate that it is not necessarily welcom e in anyone's back yard. The jail would have a minor positive economic impact on the community in which it is located, but issues like po tential pollution o f the aquifers, de struction o f wildlife habitat and increased traffic flow are potential stumbling blocks to its being located anywhere. D a iry Princess addresses supervisors Erin Swezey, the 2000 Washington County Dairy Princess, made a brief presentation to the board at Friday's meeting, discussing the value o f the dairy industry to the county, and the negative economic impact o f the very wet spring on the future cost o f grain. Corn crops have yet to be planted in many parts o f the northeast, and i f the fields do not dry out shortly, the planting o f alternative feed crops will have to be considered. Swezey resides in Hartford and is a member o f 4H and the Tri-county Hol stein Club. She was presented with a copy o f a congratulatory resolution on her appointment as Dairy Princess passed by the board at the May meeting. Appointments and accolades In separate resolutions, the board appointed Claire Murphy director o f the Office for the Aging, appointed Joseph LaFlura to the Warren- Washington IDA, appointed Claire Strohmeyer director o f Alternate Sentencing/Youth Bureau, recognized Sharon Tasker-Dalton for her past service to the bureau, appointed Brian Gilchrist director o f planning lor Washington County, congratulated the Argyle Girls Softball Team for win ning the regional championship and entering the state finals, and congratu lated the Salem Boys Baseball Team for winning the Section II Class D championship. Potential jail sites in Easton-Greenwich area Jail committee lists 20 locations in county By Tony Basile The Washington County Jail Com mittee has released a list o f 20 poten tial sites on which the new jail could be located, including the original Rexr leigh road site. The list is computer generated based upon certain criteria including size o f lot and soil conditions, and not necessarily upon the avail ability o f the parcel. Four o f these sites are located in the Town o f Easton, in the general vi cinity o f the fair grounds and include the site formerly occupied by the Som e Place Else restaurant. A second site is located on Route 29 between Som e Place Else and the fairgrounds, and a third is on Old Schuylerville road north o f the fairgrounds. A fourth Easton location is on Hogsback road, and is bisected by 115,000 volt trans m ission lines. Another site is located in the Town o f Greenwich on Clarks M ills road, and another in Salem, is located on Route 29 between East Greenwich and Route 22. Tw o sites in the Town o f Argyle are also on the list. One o f these is an active gravel pit owned by the Town o f Argyle, and the second one is the site o f the Washington County Home. It remains to be seen, however, if any o f the locations in the southern part o f the county will be given any serious consideration, in view o f the fact that they are somewhat remote from the court house in Fort Edward. Also, the Easton and Clarks M ills lo cations are almost as; close to the Bat- tenkill as the Rexleigh road site, which may give rise to som e o f the same ob jections as th»e opponents o f the Rex leigh road site are currently raising. Gospel Music at Singspiration The Barney family, a touring family gospel music ministry from Canaan* N.H., will present a concert o f Gospel Music at The Open Bible Baptist Church on July 2. Dale and Bobbi and their four children have toured all over the north eastern U.S. and Canada, appeared o n ’ TV and national radio. Recently they released their very first album, Precious Memories, on the N e w Song Records label. They minister in song and testi mony and use a variety o f musical styles including bluegrass/countiy, traditional and contemporary gospel music. The church is located at 5 West Main Street, Cambridge. The concert starts at 6 p.m. Auction of properties returns monies The Counly o f Washington held an auction o f real 5 property on Saturday, June 10. Offered were parcels and ac companying structures that had been forfeited to the county in lieu o f back taxes. One hundred fifty-four parcels wre on the auction block, but that number was reduced by Saturday with seventy- eight pieces having been redeemed by the owners prior to the sale Two other pieces were deleted from the list for le gal reasons, and three were withdrawn as they were involved in bankruptcy procedures. The total lien was $ 2 ,930,693.74 for the properties on the delinquent list. Seventy-one parcels, auctioned on Sat urday brought in a total o f $554,960. Combined with the properties re deemed, the gross amount realized was $261,266.26. The auctioneer will receive a 5% commission on all consummated sales. M onies spent on advertising the sale w ill be approximately $ 10 , 000 . The Washington County Board o f Supervisors approved the sale o f all the properties but one. That one, which had been inadvertently advertised with the others, had previously been desig nated by county Highway Superinten dent Williy Grimmke for county use. When the error was discovered, the money o f the highest bidder for that property was returned. Each successful bidder had to pay 20 % o f his/her bid on the day o f the auction. Letters will be sent to cach: one by certified mail to request the 80% due. Each purchaser has thirty days to remit the funds to the county. Once a parcel has been paid for in full, the county issues a bargain and sale deed to the new owner. In som e cases,, a bidder may decide not to fulfill his brd contract, if that o c curs, the bid is forfeited and the prop- * erty is offered to the next highest bidder, i f there was one. If he/she re jects the offer, the property returns to the county delinquent tax holdings. WEATHER \What is s o rare as a day in June?\ We've had a variety or rareness in weather to date - but today, it w a s that truly perfect, sunny, comfortable temperature day, preceeded by a sunny day. D a te C o n d ition s H igh Low J u n e 14 Cloudy 63 59 15 Cidy, finally sunny 80 57 16 Sunny, cldy, shrs. 85 69 17 Mostly cloudy, Heavy shrs. at n o o n 85 75 18 Drizzle and rain 80 53 19 Sunny 72 54 20 Sunny 76 54 On President's list at Hudson Valley CC Several area students have achieved President's list honors for the spring semester at Hudson Valley Community College. To be named to the list, these stu dents achieved a cumulative grade point average o f 3.5 to 4.0 during the semester: A r g y le - Karen Van Schaik and Ashleigh W ood. G reenw ich — Stephen Marchaland, Scott M cDonald, Brian McLucas, and Jeremiah Shaw. M iddle F a lls - Daniel Baldock. Salem - Joshua Rogers. Schuylerville - David Huber and Garry Palmateer. Valley Falls - Joyce Russell. On dean’s list at Hudson Valley CC Many area students were named to the dean's list at Hudson V a lley Com munity C o llege for the spring semester. To achieve the honor, these students maintained a cumulative grade point average o f 3.0 to 3.5 during the semester: Argyle - Gabriele Rothbart. C a m b ridge - Donna Barron, Craig Heuser, and Katie Woodworth. Greenwich - Jennifer Bruneau and Matthew H ebert Salem - Justin M cCauliffe and John Steele. Schaghticoke - Jesse Bisceglia, Lisa Boyce, Philip Coraldi, Rachel Jones, and Patricia Regan. Schuylerville - Jennifer Bodnar. Anna Ryan, Jessica Ryan, and Johanna Theisen. Valley Falls - Jeremy Chapko, K y le Holbritter, Jason Malm, Dana Pearce, and W endy Thilldhg. See page 7 A salute in Class of 2Q qo W h ite C r e e k b u s in e s s d e s tro y e d Fire, which broke out at P ro-Pak on O w lkill Road in the town of W h ite Creek at about 2 a.m. Wednesday morning largely destroyed the cardboard packaging products plant. A mutual alarm brought eighteen fire companies from this area and adjacent V e rm o n t to the blaze. Pictured above, behind some o f the plant's office equipment rescued from the fire, are members o f the Salem F ire Department who were s till at the scene mid-morning. Heavy equipment had been brought in to k n o ck down a portion of the structure in which the blaze continued to smolder and occasionally flare up. The inset photograph shows some o f the rubble that remained o f the froat portion o f the manufacturing plant. Elks' celebration of Independence Day Soldiers salute soldiers o f old The Greenwich Elks w ill be having an Independence Day Celebration on Friday, June 30. The events start at 5:30^p.m. witli a Softball Tournament featuring local teams. There w ill be en tertainment by \Happy D a y s Again DJ Service\. The evening w ill end with fireworks at dark. Food and ice cold beverages w ill be available all day and evening. Great family fun. Fair ride tickets now available Advance ride tickets are now available for purchase for the 2000 Washington County Fair. For ride tickets please contact one o f the fol lowing: The Washington Counly Fair Office; Cornell Cooperative Extension Office, 4 1 5 Lower Main Street, Hudson Falls, N Y 12839; or area 4 -H members. Summer intern at Extension office Jennifer Valla will be the 4-H intern this summer at the W ashington County Cornell Cooperative Extension office in Hudson Falls. Originally from Saratoga Springs, she belonged to the Saratoga County 4-H for twelve years. She is a student at Cornell Uni versity, where she is majoring in Human Development in the school o f Human Ecology. In the fall, she will start her junior year. On campus, she has worked at the State Cooperative Extension office doing marketing and public relations work. Her work there includes design ing fun displays and brochures. She serves on the Director's Advisory Council and w a s on the External Re view Team for 4-H youth developm ent in February. Jennifer is a Resident Advisor in one o f the dorms and through Human Ecology, is involved in several organizations. Where is it? Bulletin Board..........................................10 Card o f T h a n k s..........................................9 C lassifieds....................................................9 Crossword P u z z l e ..... . ...................... ....... 4 Editorial Features ...................................... 4 Legal N o tices....................... . ................ 8 , 9 Letter .................. . .......................................... 4 NEW C O ....................................................... 2 V icinities- A r g y le..................................................... 8 Cam b ridge .............................. . ............ 8 E a ston .................. . ...............................10 Greenwich......................... ........ . 2 , 5 Jackson . ......................... . .............. . ...... 6 R u p e rt... .......... . ...................... . ....... . 10 S a lem ......................... . .......................... 6 Schuylerville . ..................................... 10 Shushan ........................ . ....................... 6 W est H ebron ........................................ 6 The members o f the Champlain Rifles, a group o f Civil War Reenac tors, encamped at Dorr Park, and the Second Continental Artillery Regiment, encamped at Memorial Park during the W hipple City Festival weekend, marched to the Civil War Monument at Washington Square and Salem Street on Sunday, June 18, at 12:30 p.m. The soldier in command read o f f the names o f servicemen and a soldier reported each one dead. Alternating, the Civil War soldiers, then the Revolutionary soldiers, each fired three salvos in salute. In attendance, was a group o f three wom en, two boys and a girl, dressed in Civil War era clothing. One o f the ladies placed a bouquet o f flowers at the base o f the monument, the flags were furled and the two contingents marched back to .their respective camps. A few rain drops did not hamper this lovely ceremony. Pataki seeks disaster aid for New York farmers Governor George E. Pataki has re quested the Clinton Administration to provide emergency disaster aid to farm fam ilies in 30 N e w York counties who have suffered devastating fruit crop losses from hail storms and other crop losses from continual heavy rains. A major hailstorm Mlay 18, which according to one observer lasted nine minutes, and another hailstorm June 2, have devastated apple crops in the Hud son Valley. Saturating rains statewide have made it impossible for other farm ers to plant traps due to muddy fields. \Our Hudson Valley apple growers have been hard hit by hail and high winds and other farmers across N e w York are struggling with heavy rains making it impossible to plant,\ Gpver- nor Pataki said. \We're hopeful we'll see dry weather soon, allowing planting to m o v e forward. In the meantime, like - always, w e w ill do everything w e can to make assistance available to our farm families, especially our fruit growers in the Hudson Valley.” In m ost instances the loss to the farmers is in excessive rain, though high winds, hail, freezing temperatures and snow and flooding are cited for several counties. Farmers have not been able to plant crops in flooded or rain saturated ground nor have they been able to cut and store their hay. Seedlings and pre plant fertilizers have been washed away. Freezing temperatures and snow in April caused other problems. The wet season on top o f the drought last year, forage inventory is low. With the probability o f a com crop that may be only 50 percent o f normal this year, means that farmers may suffer a major feed shortage for their herds. Delayed hay cutting re duces the nutrients in the hay which results in less milk production. Fruit crops were in the formative stages in counties in the lower Hudson River Valley when hail, high winds, and heavy rains hit the orchards in May. The fruit farmers may lose 75 percent or more o f their harvest. Dam- , aged apple crops will be downgraded and sold for juice processing and other , byproducts at much lower prices. Rensselaer, Saratoga and Washing ton Counties are included in the Gover nor's request for federal aid. Both Rensselaer and Saratoga Coun ties have suffered freezing temperatures and snow on April 9 and excessive rain in May and continuing. Washington County has suffered excessive rain since April 1 on. While complete damage estimates may not be known until, after harvest, the Governor’s request to U.S. Depart m ent o f Agriculture Secretary Daniel Glickman represents the first step in getting federal assistance to these growers. Should USDA grant the Governor's request, growers in primary disaster counties and contiguous coun ties would be eligible for emergency low-interest loans o f up to $500,000.