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G R z m m fSEE l i b r a r i oas H A IN S T . ßRSfNfICH, W.Y. 12334 J* ln O u r C e n t u r y R o b b e r s a n d a n e s c a p e e C a b l e t e l e v i s i o n c o m i n g N e w s o f t h r e e p a p e r m i l l s 1981 S e i s m i c s - h o c k w a v e s PAGE l 4 T H E J O U R N A L - P R E S S Established in 1842 - Washington County's hometown newspaper The Greenwich Journal The Salem Press V O L . 1 5 8 - NO. 42 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 L Y 27,2000 IS S U E N O . 8225 60 C E N T S On the Inside ... GCS class reunions .... pages 2 , 3 Village track meet draws top runners .... page 3 Acid rain damage .... page 6 Turning Point parade August 6 .... page 10 McClellan Health Systen plans to restructure The Greenwich Mary McClellan Family Health Center is undergoing some renovation work and is receiving some new landscaping. After two years of study and plan­ ning, McClellan Health System has an­ nounced plans for a major restructuring of its services. Measure!- are to include reduction in the number of hospital beds to obtain Critical Access Hospital Designation, expansion of the Cambridge Family Health Center, privatization of fhe Hoosick Falls Family Health Center, and transfer of the Washington County Hospice program to a new operator. These changes will entail redesign and upgrade of McClellan's main campus in Cambridge including the possible relocation of the skilled nurs­ ing home within the facility. Mary McClellan Hospital has been operating since 1919. In the I970's, a skilled nuising home was added to the complex. Daring the last decade. McClellan developed four family health centers located in Cambridge, Green­ wich, Salem and Hoosick Falls. Due to changing patterns of health care delivery and continuing deficits, McClellan undertook a corporate af­ filiation with Hudson Headwaters Health Network last August. With its new management team, the board has been engaged in strategic planning on an intense basis. Arthur E. Center, Jr., Chair of the McClellan Board of Directors, said, \The first priority of the board has been to protect and assure the continuation of those health services which are impor­ tant to our communities. The second priority has been to identify a service package that will assure viability for McClellan itself.\ Mr. Center went on to say that a formal needs assessment commissioned by the board has confirmed the board's impressions of community priorities. \Our consultants,\ said Mr. Center, \have reported that maintaining the Emergency Department, expanding our Family Health Centers in Washington County, securing the future o f the nurs­ ing home, and growing our specialty and ancillary services should be our focus.\ Dr. John Rugge, McClellan's CEO, stated that McClellan's plans have been carefully reviewed with the state Health Department and with the offices of Senator Ronald B. Stafford and Senator Joseph L. Bruno. \Our state officials,\ said Dr. Rugge, \have provided invaluable guidance and have been encouraging in helping us to identify transition financing lo reshape McClellan for she future.\ Implementation o f the new plan is to begin immediately. Douglas Cushing, McClellan's Chief Operating Officer, indicated that physi­ cal relocation of the acute care hospital service took place on Friday, July 2 1. Mr. Cushing stated that the need for remodeling will entail a temporary shrinkage of the hospital service to just one bed. \Keeping one hospital bed in serv ice during our construction phase,\ he said, \will allow the hospital to keep its license and re-expand by January to six acute beds contiguous to the hospi­ tal's emergency department\ By September, the Family Health Center will be relocated upstairs in the hospital facility. According to Mr. Cushing there will be no interruption in service at either the Emergency Department or at the Family Health Center. Dr. Rygge indicated that discussions with several parties are now underway for transfer of the Hoosick Falls Family Health Center and McClellan’s Hospice to other entities. \We have good reason to believe that there will be a smooth and successful transition of these services to organizations better posi­ tioned to operate these programs than, McClellan at this time.\ During the next year, McClellan ex­ pects to reduce its work force by ap­ proximately 100 positions but, according to Mr. Cushing, many of these jobs will not be lost but instead will be transferred to other organizations. Mr. Center indicated that, \The plan­ ning process has been careful and in­ tense and, I must say, in some respects, painful. In the same breath, I would add that the board is unanimous in support­ ing the new plan. More than that, we are energized by this opportunity to put our most essential services on sound footing and begin to develop new pro­ grams especially in the ambulatory arena.\ Two testify on preserving small railroad companies Two witnesses, Ron Crowd, presi­ dent of Battenkill Railroad Company and Malcolm Sanders, a trustee of Northern Rail, testified at a hearing of the U.S. House Ground Transportation Subcommittee on Tuesday, July 25. These two were to testify that the preservation of small railroads is essen­ tial to regional economic health. Small railroads help secure lower prices for rail transportation of commercial goods and agricultural products. The Emergency Small Railroad Preservation Act provides funding to upgrade rail infrastructure, keeping small railroads viable. Crowd and Sanders were selected from representatives of more than 500 shortline and regional railroad companies to testify regarding the act. Congressman Jolm E. Sweeney serves on the Transportation and Infrastruc­ ture, Small Business and Banking Com­ mittees, and is Vice Chairman of the Aviation Subcommittee. He welcomed the men at the hearing. Office worker exam An exam will be given on Novem­ ber 18, for clerk, typist, medical typist, stenographer or data entry machine operator by the Washington County Department of Personnel, to establish an eligibility list. The results of this list will be used to fill vacancies as they occur in all agencies under the jurisdiction of the department, including school districts, BOCES, towns, villages and county departments. For details and/or ail application, contact the Department of Personnel at the Municipal Building in Fort Edward. Applications will be accepted up to October 27. The exam will be at 8:30 aim. at a place to be announced. Fatal accident in Hebron A motor vehicle accident in the town of Hebron resulted in the death of Lawrence R. Norton, Jr., 34, of Salem, on Sunday afternoon, July 23, about 4:16 in the afternoon. According to the Washington County Sheriffs department deputies who investigated the accident, it is thought that Norton, who was north­ bound on Route 30, lost control of his vehicle, veered into the southbound lane. He was struck in the driver's side by a car in the southbound lane driven by Thomas A. McLaren, 57, of Salem. McLaren and his wife, Theresa, were transported to the Glens Falls Hospital by the Salem and Granville Rescue Squads for treatment of their injuries Thev were released Liter from the hospital Norton was pronounced dead .it the scene b\ Dr Brian Kirkpatrick of Granville Responding to the scene of the accident were Sgt. Frank Diamond, Inv. David Pollock and Deputies Daryl Williams and Todd Lemery. As of Monday, the accident was still under investigation. In addition to the two rescue squads, the Hebron Fire Department was at the scene. Eligibility exams for county jobs The Washington County Depart­ ment of Personnel will hold two exams on October 14 to establish eligibility lists for positions which may occur during the lifetime of the list. One exam is for a community service, worker There are no vacancies in the Department of Social Services at the present time. The other exam is for Assistant Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds There is one vacancy in the Whitehall Central Schijol at Resent. The eligible list will be used to fill any future vacancies in any c f the school districts in the county Information and applications are availab'f at the County Department of Personnel in Fort Fdward Applications must be filed by September * f^r each exam. Exams to be given for eligible lists «wo exams will be given on Octo­ ber 14 by the Washington County Department of Personnel. Applications for each exam will be accepted up to September 22. The results of the. eligible lists thus established will be used to fill vacan­ cies as they occur in all agencies under the jurisdiction of the department in­ cluding school districts, BOCES, towns, villages and county. One exam is for custodian and the other is for account clerk or account clerk/typist. The latter exam may be considered for trainee appointments to positions as Motor Vehicle License Clerk, Index Clerk and Recruiting Clerk. The exams will be held at 8:30 a.m. at a location to be announced. For information and to obtain an application contact the Department of Personnel at the County Municipal Building in Fort Edward. A fine day for cows Pro-dredging view presented Supervisors remain unconvinced In this area, Tuesday was warm, pleasant, and delightful. These next to Center Falls Road in Easton probably agreed. Literacy Volunteers plan fundraiser Literacy Volunteers of America - Washington County is holding its first \I.VA Presents An Evening With Authors and Artists” at 7:30 p.m. in Hubbard Hall, Cambridge The planning committee has been meeting and working hard to plan an enjoyable evening program Among the participants will be Jon Katz and Jeanne Winston Adler. Katz is the author of Running to the Mountain, a novel with a local setting Adler is the author of Early Days in the Adiron­ dack, The Photographs of Seneca Ray Stoddard. Committee members come from various parts of Washington County - Gt^nyille, Greenwich, Salem, and Shittfian. This fundraiser will help LVA-W C provide help for adults desiring to im­ prove their reading and language skills Tickets will be available soon. Further information about I.VA - WC is available from the offices located in the Cambridge Public Li­ brary and Whitehall Free Library. Leave a message on the answering machines if no one i< available. Annual picnic at Lauderdale The Washington County Board of Supervisors held their annual picnic at the county park at Lake Lauderdale on Wednesday, July 19 The Cambridge Fire Department ca­ tered the meal. There was a good turnout of super­ visors, their families, town officials and other guests. Bobby D'Andrea also attended. Scout volunteers were honored Several people were honored at the volunteer recognition luncheon held in April by the Adirondack Council of the Girl Scouts. Awards were made to the following volunteers in our area. Rulyn Graves of Greenwich received an appreciation pin and Beth Levine of Schuylerville was presented an honor pin. Washington County Fair By Tony Basile While members of the Washington County Board of Supervisors, Friday, listened intently to a fifteen minute presentation on the advantages of dredging for PCB removal, the almost hour long barrage of questions that fol­ lowed indicated that the supervisors re­ mained unconv inced that the dredging of the north Hudson was a v ¡able solu­ tion to the problem Although narrated by a consultant who is a Jackson resident with a Schuy lerv ilk office address, each of the many multi-colored handouts that ac­ companied the oral presentation was emblazoned with the logo of Scenic Hudson, Inc., a Poughkeepsie based env ironmental activ ist organization The considerable discussion qf new shore-to-shore dredging techniques that Jo not stir up the sediment, did not an­ swer the single most important question as to where the contaminated soil will be dumped. The nearest contaminated materials landfill is located in Buffalo, and it is obvious that neither the state nor federal government intends to bear the expense of shipping tons of river bottom that great distance. Several supervisors stated that dredging is not the real issue. Most do not care if the river is dredged clean, just so long as the contaminated mate­ rial removed from the river is not dumped in Washington county. Much of the printed material pre­ sented contained a lot of scientific jar­ gon that, when read carefully, indicates that the government's standards for safe levels of PCBs in fish are a lot higher than Scenic Hudson, Inc. would like them to be. This is because, according; to Scenic Hudson, Inc., people are eat­ ing the fish that New York State law prohibits them from taking out of the north Hudson. The claim is that many fisherman are not aware of the prohibi­ tion. in spite of the fact that the New York State fishing guide clearly points out the dangers of eating fish from the river, and dozens of other bodies of wa­ ter in the state, and that the removal of fish from the Hudson between the Troy dam and Fort Fdward will result in a fine and loss of license. The supervisors and their constitu­ ents remain highly concerned about the potential detrimental effects on both the sale of the county's agricultural prod­ ucts and the building of the county’s tourism industry should PCB dumps be located here, as well as the possible loss of General Electric as a major em­ ployer, should the environmentalists iiave their way. This was emphasized in a brief presentation later on during the supervisors’ Privilege of the Floor segment o f the meeting. Jail sites still under consideration In addition to the Rexleigh road site in Salem, a site on Dix avenue, the Val- met property adjoining the municipal complex and a site on Windy Hill road in Easton are still under consideration by the jail committee. Environmental impact studies will be done on all sites before the selection process is completed. The Valmet site, due to its small syg* will- require a multi-story building, cvpecteJ to cost more to both build and stalf than single story designs. It seems to be the least likely choice at present. However, it was suggested that the ad­ ministrative section of the jail, which is a ¿.¡¿able portion of the total design, be built on multi-levels, with the actual cells remaining on the ground floor. This should solve the problem of in­ creased staffing. In the meantime, the Sheriffs De­ partment was authorized to purchase a 15-passenger transportation van to move inmates who are boarded out. The van will be purchased on state con­ tract for S20.995.50. A resolution was also approved awarding the bid for modular housing at the present Salem site to Downing Corporation, and the board approved the addition of six correction officers positions within the Sheriffs Depart­ ment to help man these modular units. It is hoped that these housing units will be up and operating by mid-November. ■\’Greenwich Fire Department commended The Greenwich Fire Department recently won the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs Public Education Award. The board cohn- mendcd the department for this achievement. Their 1999 \Get Out Alive\ program, which is an all- volunteer presentation made at all schools in the area, at absolutely no cost to the taxpayers, won the depart­ ment that honor. A copy of the resolu­ tion was presented to Greenwich Fjre Chief Kevin Shepherd by Supervisor Don Wilbur.. Plans for ' ie opening of the Wash­ ington County Fair 2000, August 21-27, are well underway. There will be over 170 commercial exhibits along with the livestock displays and farm machinery exhibits. Also, plenty of -family entertainment in the tent, the farm museum, antique tractors, the FFA petting zoo, the tractor pulls, cattle and horse shows and many other contests, judging and much more. This year will see a new carnival on the midway. Amusements of America is the new carnival company who will provide the rides and games on the midway. As always, the gates open at 5 p.m. on Monday. They open at 9 a.m. Tues­ day through Sunday and the Fair takes place rain or shine. Entrance tickets are available. The fee includes all entertainments, parking is free and children under 14 free. There is a special rate for Senior Citizens on Wednesday and for season tickets. 4-H members will have ride tickets for sale at half the regular prices if purchased before the fair opens. Peace lanterns to be set afloat at county park t Where is it? Bulletin Board .................. . .............. 10 NEW C O ......................................... . 4 • Classifieds .......................................... 9 Crossword Puzzle .............................. 4 Editorial Features ............................... 4 Legal Notices ............. . .................. 8,9 Letter .... . ................ . ........................... 4 Sports..................... . .......................... 7 Vicinities- Argyle...........................................8 Battenvillé.....................................2 Cambridge....................................7 Easton .... . ...................................10 Greenwich ................................ 2, 3 Jackson .......... * ............................. 6 Salem............................................6 Schuylerville...............................10 Shushan ................... . ................... 6 West Hebron.................................6 Washington County Park at Lake Lauderdale will again be the site for \Lanterns of Remembrance - Lanterns of Hope,\ on Thursday, August 3. This event, first organized by the Battenkill Peacemakers in 1987 and open to the public, is a time of reflection on the consequences of war and commitment to ways of working for peace. Partici­ pants remember victims of war by the floating of lighted candle lanterns - an ancient Japanese custom honoring the dead. The evening begins at 6 p.m. in the picnic shelter, where materials will be supplied for make-your-owh lanterns. A potluck supper will be shared. Diners are asked to bring their own place settings. The program will include group sing­ ing and readings by various members of local communities. At dusk the Met- tawee Players and flutist Bliss Mcln- tosh will lead the processional to the lake for the launching of the lanterns. In case of rain, an observance will be held in the picnic shelter. Thte park grounds are closed to entry after 8 p.m. W EATHER Mostly pleasant all week, with sun­ shine, light fluffy clouds and one day of showers. Temperatures are cooler than normal for the time of year. To date not much humidity. Rain total .5 of an inch. Temperatures and conditions for the past week follow: July Date Conditions High Low 19 Overcast 78 66 20 Cool and sunny 73 55 1 1 .4” rain showers 72 52 22 .1\ rain, sunny 75 58 23 Sunny 75 55 2-4 Sunny, cldy p.m. 78 57 15 Sunny 82 60

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