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This is defacing library property, and anyone found doing this will be held responsible for thecost o the^ms, tod. ****************** **************************** Albany County's Independent Newspaper For 121 Years Number 17 • Thursday, November 17, 2005 %•••' m< Outdated Village creating a master plan to replace old zoning By Nicole Fay Barr ALTAMONT — The village's zoning laws are outdated, said Trustee Dean Whalen, so he and a small committee are creating a master plan to help guide the fu- ture of Altamont. Within 10 months, the village hopes to have created a plan, he said. To do so, it is looking for a planning consultant, creating a survey for residents and business owners, and preparing to hold public workshops. \We have to make sure we're open to what the village wants and part of that is to ask ques- tions,\ Whalen said. 'What do the people want? What do develop- ers want?\ (Continued on Page 23) Champion Rhodes-Devey wins state x-c title By Tim Matteson GUILDEELAND — Guilderland has its first cross- country state title after a re- markable turnaround by Brian Rhodes-Devey. He finished a disappointing fifth at the Section II Class AA race on Nov. 4, Rhodes-Devey put forth a final push Saturday to win the state meet in Queensbury. Rhodes-Devey ran down his rival, Steve Murdock of Saratoga, and broke the tape just three-tenths of a second before Murdock to take home the crown — the first ever for a Guilderland cross-country runner. \It was unbelieveable,\ Guilderland Coach Bob Oates said. \Brian said he saw Steve turn the corner and look back. He wanted to proctect his lead and that opened the door for Brian. That finish was as exciting as it gets.\ Rhodes-Devey won the 3.5- mile race in 15:25.7 to Murdock's 15:26. \He hit the mile at 4:40 and I hit it at about 4:42,\ Rhodes- Devey said. \I was right behind him. Steve and I separated from the field but we had a pretty close gap.\ Rhodes-Devey was behind Murdock until he saw his chance with about 200 meters to go in the race. (Continued on page 33) Proud dog: Sabina, the wirehaired dachshund, leans on the neck of a dead buck after following its scent to the body. John and Jolanta Jeanneney, of Berne, have trained their dogs to track deer that have been wounded and lost by hunters. The couple are the leading breeders of tracking dachshunds in the country. Daschshunds to the rescue When deer hunting goes to the dogs By Matt Cook BERNE — Not every deer hunter hits his mark. In the fall of 1970, John Jeanneney was hunting in the woods of Dutchess County when he spotted a large doe. What he didn't spot, however, was a small branch between him and the doe, which deflected the slug from his shotgun into the deer's shoulder. It was mortally wounded, but not dead. The doe ran off, and, though he searched for it most of the day, Mr. Jeanneny couldn't find the body. A few weeks later, a couple of hunters told him they found the carcass, spoiled. \That really disturbed me,\ Mr. Jeanneny said. The experience is not unusual among hunters, especially in the dense forests of New York. As Mr. Jeanneny later wrote in his book, \This set me thinking.\ Thirty-five years later, Mr. Jeanneny, now of Berne, and his wife, Jolanta, are America's leading breeders of wirehaired dachshunds used for tracking wounded deer. Mr. Jeanneny is the author of Tracking Dogs for Finding Wounded Deer, the first such book written in English, and co-founder of Deer Search, an organization that promotes dog tracking in America. Dogs are everywhere at the Jeanneneys' home—more of a dachshund complex—in the basement, in dog runs in the yard, and wandering around the house. Altogether, they have nine adult dachshunds, a beagle, and a litter of dachshund puppies. All are purebreds, trained to detect and track scents long after blood has dried, leading their master on a long leash. \The dog and the tracker to- gether can do something that nei- ther can do by themselves,\ Mr. Jeanneny said. \It's kind of a symbiosis.\ Sporting the short legs, elon- gated body, and floppy ears characteristic of their breed— originally bred in France to hunt badgers—the Jeanneneys' dachshunds look and act like normal pets. They chew on toys, stretch out lazily on the floor, and paw curiously at a stranger. In the woods, however, it's a differ- ent story. Some of these dogs have been ranked first in the United States in field trials. Mr. Jeanneny speaks with admiration for his dogs' abilities. \Dog intelligence is very dif- ferent from ours,\ he said. \They surpass us in different ways. But they can't count; three is kind of the limit.\ The birth of tracking Mr. Jeanneney is a retired pro- (Continued on Page 22) Locked? Board mulls plan to make school safer By Melissa Hale-Spencer GUILDERLAND — The nine- member school board remains deeply divided over whether the elementary schools in this subur- ban district should be locked. Although the board took no action Tuesday night, it spent two hours listening to a report from the five elementary-school principals on security and dis- cussing what action it will take at its next meeting, Nov. 29. At one point in the discussion, board Vice President Linda Bakst tried to pin down the principals on their views about locking doors. \I will do my best to institute whatever the board charges me with,\ said Peter Brabant, Alta- mont's principal. When Bakst pressed him further for his own •views, he said, \I prefer to put it back in your lap.\ Martha Beck, the Pine Bush principal, concurred that it was \difficult for any of us to speak as individuals.\ Yet, at the close of the discus- sion, Superintendent Gregory Aidala said he would come up with an \action item\ for the board to vote on at its next meeting based on \input from the elementary-school principals.\ He told the board, \I can't tell you what it is.\ Aidala had said, earlier in the meeting, \When we started the school year, the board allocated $60,000 to improve security at the elementary schools.\ A district subcommittee had studied school security and rec- ommended monitors be posted at elementary schools to buzz in (Continued on Page 12) Back to school New requirements for teaching assistants By Melissa Hale-Spencer GUILDERLAND — Teaching assistants in Guilderland schools will get raises of under 4 percent over the next three years as they cope with increased state and federal requirements. Within five years, they must complete \an ample semester\ of college work, said Susan Tan- gorre, explaining the state re- quires 18 credits. (Continued on Page 24) ir • h 1 II l'i * :'i Inside this week's edition starting on page.. Opinion News l~wl Community Calendar S^ Classifieds I Page 31 [ Sports & s 33 1! .••<.:• =SS332S=: m ^^Kii^a^L.:s;x^.

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