c - - ~ ! r 7 i : n 7?.2S LlS^ARY ST . GRESSSICÍ1, K .K - 12334 ÇR2 F '\ ö u r C e n t u r y 1 9 5 9 Part Two SCRAMBO PROMOTES PAPER S chool buys l a n d AND NAMES NEW PRINCIPAL W ater at last ! P age 4 THE JOURNAL-PRESS Established in 1842 - Washington County's hometown newspaper The Greenwich Journal T h e S a l e m P r e s s VOL. 158 - N O . 20 GREENWICH, NEW Y O R K -TH URSD A Y , FEBRUARY 24,20(00 ISSUE NQ. 8202 60 CENTS On the Inside «, Pops 2000 to celebrate 20th century ..... page 2 Argyle honor roll .... page $ Salem \State of School\ address..... page 5 Town of Saratoga leash law ..... page 8 Students enter science symposium competition Angela Santoro and Michelle Schwab, seniors at Salem Central School, submitted science research papers to the judges of the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium on February 7. The JSHS is a unique professional scientific conference specifically for high school students and teachers. It is designed to promote experimentation and original research in the sciences, engineering and mathematics at the high school level and to publicly recognize students for outstanding achievement. It is sponsored by the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany. Students from all over New York State are encouraged to participate. Papers and abstracts are reviewed by a panel of at least three scientific researchers who select approximately 50 students to make oral presentations or to display posters on April 6 and 7 at SUNY Albany. The winner of the speaker competition receives a $4,000 scholarship and becomes Upstate New York’s speaker at the National Sym posium in San Diego. Angela's research was conducted during the fall of 1999 under the guid ance of Dr. Donna Ellis, a professor at the University of Connecticut. Her re search was cmiiEled \The Effects of Various Wavelengths of Light on the Germination otf Purple Loosestrife.\ Preliminary' results indicated that the red vvavd «ragnhs promoted the most extensive germination. Red, blue, green and gray regions of light were tesied. Michelle performed her research un der the supervision of Assistant Profes sor of Microbiology, Holly Ahem, from Adirondack. Caunniunity College. Her research lopac uvas 'Evaluating Ihe Dose-Respuiise Relationsh’p between E toll and i \v«o .-Antibdcteria! Hearting Agents.\ Her purpose was to determine how well tnvo antibacterial kitchen cleaners work tunder diluted conditions. Both Angela and Michelle are stu dents in tlie Science Research Pro- gram-a series -of college level courses provided by 'SUNY Albany through their University i.n the High School project. Angela v.vill spend next year in Bolivia under Lite Student Exchange Program and then attend Hartwick College where: she hits received a full four year scholarship. Michelle has been accepted at Adirondack Com munity College, SUNY and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, but has not de cided which colkge to attend in the fall. Argyle junior to receive 2000 Xerox award Carolyn Starkweather, a junior at Argyle Central School, will receive the Xerox Award in the HumantiesASocial Sciences, presented by Xerox Corpora tion. Xerox Award winners are selected on the basis of scholarship in the humanities or social sciences, leader ship, and community service. Carolyn will receive her Xerox Award during a presentation in June 2000. She also wjll be eligible to apply for a special Xerox Scholarship at the University of Rochester located in Rochester. The Xerox Award in the humanities/Social Sciences recognizes Violinist O’Connor world premiere \The American Seasons,\ composed by Mark O'Connor, will commemorate Troy Savings Bank Music Hall’s 20th anniversary. A concerto for violin and cham ber orchestra will be performed by O'Connor, a virtuoso violinist, on Sat urday, March 4, at 8 p.m. Heart attack causes accident A single vehicle accident in the (own of Greenwich on Route 29 occurred on Wednesday. February 16. Apparently, Vernon S. Alden, 69, of Colfax Road in Jackson, driving a 1992 Dodge pick-up truck, went off the left aide of the load, struck a rock ledge, ending up in a private driveway Alden was a priest at St. Mark's I.pi-scopal Church in Hoosick Falls. A passerby witnessed the accident and went to the aid of the man. Upon checking on Aldcn’s condition, the passerby shut off the engine and wciit to a nearby residence to summon assistance. Fire and rescue units from Greenwich and the sheriffs department responded. Rescue personnel adminis tered CPR. Alden was taken to Cam bridge to the McClellan Medical System where he died. The cause of death will be determined by an autopsy. Deputy Dominick Spiezio was as sisted by Investigator Bruce Hamilton, Sgt. Chris Worthington and Under sheriff Matthew Mabb of the Wash ington County Sheriffs Department. The rescue responders were the Greenwich Fire Department, First Re sponders and the Easton-Greenwich Rescue Squad Victory Specialty doors closed Par Packaging, Inc. and the Victory Specialty Packaging, Inc. are officially closed. All business operations were terminated on February 2. The two companies were each a part of the Thomas Group, Inc. On that date, the companies con sented to the requested surrender of all their operating and other assets to their senior secured lender, LaSalle National Biyik. The assets of the companies are cur rently being liquidated by the bank and its consultant, Kugtnan & Associates Included in this is the completion of work in progress, final customer ship ments and collection of accounts receivable. Snowmobile accident hospitalizes one A personal • injury snowmobile accident, which occurred on Wednes day night in the Town of Jackson was investigated by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. According to the sheriff? personnel investigating the accident, about 9:30 p.m., James Clark, 26, of Cambridge, was operating a snowmobile in a private field in Jackson. Apparently he lost control o f the vehicle causing Clark and his passenger, Carol Cicero, 26, of Hudson Falls, to fall off. Cicero suffered back and internal injuries and was airlifted by helicopter to the Albany Medical Center to be treated. Ihe accident was investigated by Deputy Dominick Spiezio, Sgt. Chris Worthington and investigator Bruce Hamilton. Rescue units responding were the Shushan Fire Department, Shushan First Responders, Cambridge Fire Department and Cambridge E.M.S. the academic achievements of out standing stuidents and seeks to em phasize the ianportance of a broad educational background in preparing students for future careers. The awards program recognizes students in high schooOs in all 50 states. Carolyn is. the daughter of -Mr. and Mrs, David Starkweather. During her high school years, Carolyn has participated in many extra-curricular .activities: Uraraa Club, tennis, Quiz Bowl Fcam.,. Math Team, Area All- County Music, Special Olympics volunteer* atn<| Argyle Improvement Society Chain Up Walk. Popjs Concert at Cointtfcunity college The Adirondack Community college Music Department will present a Pops Concern on Thursday, March 9 at 8 p.in. ¡at the ACC Theater at the Bay Road campus. This concert will feature the ACC Symphonic Band and Chorale. The pro gram is free: and open to the public. From snow, mediumtemperatures, to heavy snowfall to 42 degrees — that was the story of the weather during the past week. Four to six inches of snow fell during the day on Friday, and even more accu mulated overnight and through midday on Saturday. The total snowfall for the two- burst storm in this area was about 16\. By the time the last flurries had settled on Saturday afternoon, in Greenwich we had a ground cover from the season's ac cumulation of 23''. By Tuesday, thé snow depth had sunk to 15\. Warm temperatures on Wednes day and throughout the remainder of the week will reduce the snow pack consid erably. By week's end, the Batten Kill should open. Some flooding may be ex pected in low lying areas. Temperatures and conditions forthe past week follow: February Date Conditions High Low 16 1\ snow, cloudy 33 18 17 Sunny & chilly 34 10 18 Snow, 3 to 4\ 18 8 19 12” snow 32 12 20 Sun and clouds, snow flurries 34 12 21 Mostly sunny 34 14 22 Mostly sunny * 42 16 S u p e r v i s o r s h e a r p r o t e s t s Mining and jail site draw opposition By Tony Basile The regular meeting of the Wash ington County Board of Supervisors Friday morning was attended by many resident,«, of tfte towns of Hartford and Salem, who turned out to protest con struction projects in their respective towns. A: issue were a proposed min ing operation seeking to locate in Hart ford, and the construction of the new county jail on Rexleigh road in Salem. The meeting opened with an impas sioned presentation by Marie Fountains of Hartford, the owner of a 532-acre fann that has been home to six genera tions of her family. Mrs. Fountaine rep resented a group of Hartford landowners tvho strongly oppose the Jointa-Giiliislia Smith Mining Project, a ¡.tut«: iiimmg operation pres ently scclung Di.L permit* to operate in that town The principal concerns of the 55 landowners adjoining the site as well as several nearby farmers, is the potential destruction of the aquifer from blasting, increased heavy truck traffic on Route 149, air and noise pollution from the blasting and crushing operations, and the loss of wildlife habitat. While the mine will bring eleven new jobs to Hartford, it will also bring between 150 and 200 heavy truck trips per day on Route 149, with a potential of increasing that number to 52 trips per hour once the mire is in full operation. The estimated life span of the mine is between 10D and 200 years. While Route 149 is a winding country high way, it is also a direct route between Route 9 in the Lake George area and Route 22 in Granville. Residents fear that this traffic will impact their physi cal safety as well as the peaceful rural nature o f the area. Opposition to jail site Following the scheduled presenta tions, several Salem residents in atten dance spoke out against the location of the new county jail on a county-owned parcel of land on Rexleigh road. A pe tition opposing construction on that site was presented to the board. The peti tion contained about 160 signatures Archaeological dig at Lake George Adirondack Community College (ACC) will offer students the opportu nity to uncover a bit more history again this summer. ACC wtll host an Archaeology Field School from July 17 through August 25 at Fort William Henry, Lake George. The dig will be supervised by Dr. David Starbuck, who has extensive ex perience in excavating military sites of the 18th century. Two-week sessions of three credits each are being offered, and students may take a maximum of six credits. Classes will meet at Fort William Henry front July 17 through July 28, July 31 through August 11, and August, 14 through August 25. There is a tuition for New York state residents per credit hour. The tui tion for out-of-state residents per credit hour is muchhigher. This will be the fourth archaeologi cal field school at the fort, and excava tion trenches have already been dug, . exposing burned log walls and prehis- C H f l t S S OllCring toric campsites within the parade V i » l i i n W > r t r a i f l i n o ground of the reconstructed fort, as well V w i u u u c c i n a u i s i i g as dumps outside the walls of the fort. Volunteers are desperately needed This year's field school will con- to work with seriously and terminally tinue excavation work inside ,the West ill individuals and their families in Barracks of the rebuilt fort, and stu- Warren, Washington, and Saratoga dents will have the opportunity to ex- Counties. pose building foundations and to work A free, -informative Volunteer in the field laboratory. Training Program, presented by area health professionals, is being held1 in Glens Falls at the Caritas office, on Saturday, March 25, Sunday, March s ¿5 5 5 ^ } 26, Tuesday evening, March 28 at > the Glens Falls Cancer Center, and Thursday evening, March 30 at Caritas at 28 Sherman Avenue, Glens Falls. WJjere is it*^ Caritas' free, non-medical services * include respite for caregivers, emo- Bulletin Board ....................................8 tional support, companionship, diver- Cards of Thanks.................................2 sion for children of an ill parent, and Classifieds.......................................... <> bereavement support. Crossword Puzzle ...... , ...................... 4 Editorial Features ........................ . 4, 6 One 3Ct plaVS . Legal Notices .................................... T r ^ n e w c o .:............................................4 at Skidmore V'ci^Ve'—...........................................* Skidmore Theater will present two 1 Arevle 5 one-act plays: Before Breakfast by Cambridge .......... .......................... 5 Eugene O'Neill, and Rodents & Radios Easton .................................... 2 by Richard Caliban. Greenwich ................................ 2 Performances are Thursday to Sun- Jackson ”Z \ \ 7 \ \ I! Z 'Z 3 day> MarchL 2 * 5’ in the Studio Theater- Sa]em . ................................ .. 5 Show times are Thursday and Friday at Schuylenille\!Z!.\!!!!!!.\!Z!\!I!Z 8 8 P’m” Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Shushan . ...... Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z L . 5 Sunday at 2 p.m. Seating is limited; Victoiy ... 8 reservations are strongly recommended. gathered from throughout southern Washington county. Residents near the proposed site fear the loss of the rural nature of the area, and the impact on tourism at the Rexleigh covered bridge. They also ex pressed aesthetic concerns over the night sky being lighted by security lights at the site. The present jail in the Village of Salem does not meet state standards of prisons, and has been operating under waivers issued by the Department of Corrections for a number of years. A few y ears ago, the county was informed Shat these waivers would no longer be issued if positive steps were not under- laien to renovate or rebuild the facility. At that ftme, a well-advertised public meeting was held at: the Salem high school, and it was attended by approxi mately 350 Salem residents and several town supervisors. The consensus of opinion expressed at that meeting was that the county should build a new jail on a different site, but that the jail should remain in the town of Salem for economic reasons. There was little or no opposition to the jail's remaining in the town voiced at that meeting. As a result of the information gath ered there, the county opted to keep the jail in the Town of Salem, and arrange ments where made to purchase the Rex leigh road site from the Town of Salem. In the intervening months, construction plans were made and consolidated. Only recently, has there been any significant opposition to the site voiced by Salem residents* and those now op posing the project fear that their opposi tion may be too tittle, too late. Most ’ believe that the construction of the jail on Rexleigh road is a done deal at this point, and several efforts by newly elected Hartford Supervisor Ken Wheeler to put the matter on the ballot in the next election have been rejected by the board of supervisors. State law does require, however, that the removal of the civil office section of the sheriffs department be approved by the electorate within the county, and the board approved a resolution to place a Entrance exams for Practical nursing The F. Donald Myers Education Center has announced dates for en trance exams for the Practical Nursing (PN) program. Passage of the exam is required for all prospective PN students. Exams will be held at the Myers Center on Henning Road in Saratoga Springs, at 9 a.m., on March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 28 and May 19. The exam will also be held at 6 p.m. on April 13 and May 11. The exam takes approximately four hours and is a basic aptitude test that evaluates skills in math, science, spelling, reading comprehension, judg ment and personal adjustment. An exam fee and preregistration are re quired for adults; there is no fee for high school students. Passing of the exam is one of the qualifications for entrance into the Sep tember 2000 17-month PN program and the one-year full-time PN program for adults. proposition authorizing the removal: of the civil office to the Rexleigh road site on the November 7 ballot. Barn plant considerations Efforts are currently being made by the county to explore the feasibility of refinancing the bum plant to- ease the interest burden on the taxpayers. Because of the bum plant, however, the county's bond rating is poor, and efforts to refinance may have to be backed with a pledge o f sales tax revenues, A public hearing on this refinancing plan, is scheduled for March 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the supervisors chambers in Fort Edward Because these arrangements: are un derway, the board voted to continue making payments to the burn plant, rather that to stop payments and placing tine money in escrow. It was feared by the board majority that stopping pay ments at this time would have an in creased adverse effect on tfee comity's credit worthiness. Several supervisors, however, expressed their concerns over the lack of progress in t i e county's negotiations with Foster Wheeler, and it may only be a matter o f time before a majority o f the board votes to suspend the bum plant payments. Additionally, a lawsuit has been commenced by the Warren Washington Industrial Development Ag«itcy against Foster Wheeler, and the board voted to place Washington county on the suit as a party plaintiff, since technically, the county, not the IDA is making the pay ments on the plant. The board also approved a resolution requesting the introduction o f a bill in the state legislature authorizing the county to implement a solid waste gen erator fee, tax and/or charge billable, to gether with the authority to estafclish a hauler licensing and/or regulating pro gram An additional resolution authoriz ing and making a home rale request is required to be passed by the; board be fore the legislature will adopt that re quested legislation. The requirements and ramification of the second resolu tion were not discussed at Friday's meeting. Continues efforts to pass Fritzie’s Law Assemblyman Bobby D'Andrea (R- C-Saratoga) is continuing his efforts for the passage of the Fritzie's Law. The law, named for John Fitzgerald of the Town of Wilton who died after a pharmacist dispensed the wrong pre scription and failed to notify Fitzgerald of the error. According to D'Andrea, no specific procedure is taught in pharmaceutical schools to follow when incorrect medi cines are dispensed and no statutory procedure required. Fritzie's Law would correct this and perhaps prevent another incident such as Fitzgerald's. The state Board of Regents did approve a new set of rules designed to prevent medication errors aad re» duce illegible prescription requests by increasing interaction between* the pharmacist and patient and doctors sending in prescription by facsimile or electronically. D'Andrea hopes the legislature will pass Fritzie's Law. Basic course in gardening Cornell Cooperative Extension in Hudson Falls is offering a training pro gram to individuals who would like to find employment in the horticulture, landscape or vegetable production in dustry. The training program will begin in March, continuing through April. It will meet on four consecutive Thursday evenings and two Saturdays. Pre- registration is required by Marcli 14. For information, contact Sandy Buxton at the Extension office in Hud son Falls. Herbalism workshops The Adirondack Community Col lege (ACC) Office of Continuing Edu cation will offer a pair of workshops in March designed for the aspiring herbalist. An Introduction to Herbs workshop will be held Monday, March 6, and Monday, March 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. A, second workshop on planting a medicinal herb garden ■will be held on Monday, March 20, from 7 to 9 p,m. ■ There is a tuition charge for each workshop. To register for these workshops, contact the ACC Office o f Continuing Education in Queensbury.