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COVID-19 Spartans death take toll 5th

could reach place 240,000 in wrestling

See page 9





By Andrea Macko

Greenville Pioneer



will remain closed statewide

through mid-April Town and the state’s clerk

first temporary hospital was

completed in New York City on

Friday as New York alleges

of 2021

remains the

nation’s epicenter for the novel

coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Debra Danner, Catskill Regional Manager

Schools will now



CBPP Greenville Office 11573 State Route 32 Unit 8B Greenville NY 12083

CBPrime.com • 518-966-4900 closed statewide through April

15. Schools across politics’

New York

were ordered closed March 18

through April 1 By to Melanie be reassessed Lekocevic

every two weeks. Capital Region The state’s Independent Media

waiver was extended for school


districts to receive state aid without

holding physical classes for

Town Clerk Jackie Park alleged

“dirty politics” in her

Trash can pose

180 days.

final monthly meeting with

During this time, schools are

the town council Dec. 20, a

still required to provide continuity

of instruction,




for students

and information



on available

childcare resources

have denied.

Park is leaving office

COVID-19 risk

“We understand





the school closure

after fellow Republican




Lewis was

families. Hopefully,



in November


closure will

to the


help keep





and community



and Lewis faced

said Greenville



at the June


caucus for

District Superintendent

the town’s



PHOTO CONTRIBUTED Sutherland. “When Party the nomination District for town

rash is a possible danger when it comes to spreading COVID-19.

receives additional clerk. Park guidance was nominated

Governor’s by former Ex-

tax collector

concerning the

ecutive Order, Mary we will Yeomans be able and Lewis


Greenville Recycling Center reduces hours to share more details was nominated and answer by former

Widely available vaccines against the COVID-19 virus were one of the developments in

the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in 2021.

FILE additional PHOTO questions, Greene including County Sheriff

y Melanie Lekocevic nications for Carmen Barbato, you have been cleared Greenville by your saw mize a major the sidewalk amount infrastructure of ‘touch’ our project in those surrounding Greg spring Seeley. break,

ourtesy Columbia-Greene Media Inc., a waste disposal company doctor,” she said. 2021, with 80% drivers of the have tab picked on garbage.” up by the state. grading, and other Lewis regulatory came out on top

serving Greene, Columbia and But everyone is asked to When putting your trash together

for disposal, you should difficulties faced Park’s by our 54. students Lewis went on to

requirements. We with recognize 65 votes compared the to

GREENE COUNTY― Berkshire counties, said there take steps to prevent possible

veryone is aware by now are things everyone should be transmission, infected or not. double bag it and make sure it and families and win ask the for town patience clerk’s race in

f mandates to practice soial

distancing, hand hygiene the coronavirus through the the community safe, we ask There should be no loose gar-

times.” tion.

doing to prevent the spread of “To keep our drivers and fits securely in your trash can. during these the unprecedented

November general elec-

nd other ways of preventing trash.

that households please make bage, no loose tissues or paper “Our teachers, Lewis staff, is the stu-daughterdents

and families in-law have of done Town an Justice

ransmission of the coronavius,

but here’s a possible dan-

towels included with recyclables,

and trash cans should not amazing job working Kevin Lewis together — to who is also

er you may not have thought

be overflowing. Drivers will keep our students a former engaged town while supervisor

f — spreading the virus “To keep our drivers and the community safe, we ask

only collect trash that is stored schools are closed. and former Our chairman caring of the

hrough your trash.

that households please make sure they are bagging all in the tote, Carmen Barbato community inspires Greene County me with Legislature

Trash disposal was deemed

garbage so it makes it to its destination, and refrain from said.

their dedication — to and our Rosemary students Lewis, a

n “essential” service by Gov.

All recyclables should also and families,” Sutherland member of added. the Greenville

ndrew Cuomo when he put overflowing your totes. As we know, the virus remains on

be rinsed clean, and all liquids

should be emptied before es the school closure Park, creates a registered for nurse,

“We understand Republican the challeng-


trict regulations in place in household garbage for days, depending on the carrier

he battle against COVID-19. material. For that reason, together we need to minimize being placed in the garbage. families. Hopefully, has been this town extendedPHOTO

past 10 years.

clerk for the

ut waste-disposal experts say

the amount of ‘touch’ our drivers FILE PHOTO have on garbage.” Customers are asked to wear FILE

here are The risks Greenville if garbage school is not district in 2021 launched a national search for a new The ongoing controversy gloves over the proposed when handling Bosque housing their development closure will help The keep controversy our students


and community at the Dec. healthier 20 meeting as af-


andled and packaged propery

— and is that retiring is a after concern 36 years for with the district in numerous roles.

ous emotionally charged


superintendent of schools to replace Superintendent Tammy Sutherland, who


was among


the biggest local








in 2021


and led to


meetings of the town council. we look forward ter to Town getting Councilman past Joel



“People are


not bagging this pandemic Rauf and getting thanked back Park for her

In Greenville, the town People who are infected, or sure they are bagging all

their garbage — there are loose to our normal service routines,” with the said town and

ecycling center is open, but may be, are asked to take extra

precautions to protect both destination, and refrain from

garbage so it makes it to its

things like tissues and paper

Cairo-Durham asked Superintendent fellow council of members

Wetherbee. to thank her as well,

ith limited hours. Town resdents

needing to dispose of sanitation workers and the overflowing your totes,” said

towels in with recyclables,”

Schools Michael

Mary Barbato said. “That is

“I am incredibly a sentiment proud each of of them

rash or By recyclables Melanie Lekocevic can stop community at large,



or challenged

company owner



in new ways,


not largely sanitary, absent and this it doesn’t year. belong

But with that recyclables. didn’t mean People the pandemic was

our teachers, staff, echoed. students and

y the center Capital from Region 8 Independent a.m. to Media said.

and stories that changed

Jr. “As we








parents who have Park done challenged such an them.

oon on Wednesday and Satrday

only. EDITOR’S NOTE: As virus 2021 or comes suspect to a you do, we for days, depending on the

keep educating town our community’s

council members are

“If you have the corona-

are the top


five stories

on household

of 2021.


amazing job working Both Park together and each to of the

are over. overstuffing Far from it. their The totes year — started on a

please refrain from doing that,

Mary close, Barbato, it’s vice time to presient

of marketing

take a ask look that back you at don’t the put your 1: COVID carrier material. PANDEMIC For that reason,

together pandemic we need was to mini-


launching See TRASH, in December page 10 2020 to Wetherbee select added. “I“The thank innova-

you for that,

hopeful note, with vaccines to fight


the vi-

while Republicans.

school is closed,”







that faced

out until


a week The after COVID-19

lenting in 2021, though many of the features

of the outbreak that marred 2020 — The availability of vaccines became used to teach, of the you commitment unless you can have

groups, such as health care workers. tive ways teachers but and I don’t staff understand have any




looking for


the top stories of the


economic shutdowns, canceled




more widespread in early 2021, and our students by have demonstrated

year, we considered issues that had the ceremonies and sports seasons, a move to

See CLERK, page 14

most impact, that moved our communities fully remote classrooms and so on — were

See 2021, page 15

See SCHOOLS, page 10

in solar review process

Cairo officials vote down cannabis dispensaries

To our readers,

By Nora Mishanec Cuomo.

and should it pass, the state

Courtesy of Columbia-Greene Media “It is impossible to say will have complete authority

to override town zoning

By Officials Melanie Lekocevic are

We hope you and your family

are staying healthy and well.

if anything outside the

men Stephen Kralovich and Jason Watts

Capital Region Independent Media GREENE COUNTY―A normal will get done, but

voted to opt in.

laws,” he said. “If you take News about COVID-19 is changing


proposed budget amendment

that would cut local still on the table,” he said.


renewable energy siting is




We do our


best to

against opting

CAIRO —Cairo officials voted 3-2 on

away a town’s right to have

in said





you read

to take


a wait-and-see

Dec. 15 to opt out of permitting marijuana

charge of zoning, you have

voices out of the solar permitting

process is moving ment was announced on

current opted information fare.

Since the budget amend-

in our attitude print to edition see how is the other most towns that have

dispensaries and lounges in the town.

taken away a good portion

The vote came following a standing-room-only

public hearing where the


of the town’s reason to ex-


forward despite pushback Feb. 21, local officials have

Please Coyne understand said he had that mixed some feelings about

from Greene and Columbia warned that changing solar

siting laws to abolish

of people “I affected, think New has York undoubt-

state is trying to

news, the particularly issue.

vast majority of speakers supported dispensaries.

Columbia None spoke in favor of loungcials

have been lobbying

Hanse said local offi-

the number

county officials.

and Negotiations are continuing

on the proposed would violate home rule proposed amendment sep-

the existing review process

ably push changed this a since little we too sent much,” this Coyne said.

es where on-site use of cannabis would be

lawmakers to debate the

paper “My to the concern printing is that presses. there are We too many unknowns

you, yet and if possible, that is just to my opinion. I


changes to siting solar and and diminish local authority

over land use.

visit think our Facebook we can say page it will at www. be fine, but there


Under New York state law, municipalities

have until Dec. 31 to opt out of pertions,

a move supported by

arate from budget negotia-

wind energy, known as the

Accelerated Renewable “We would be powerless


is nothing here in town to address this kind

mitting cannabis businesses. If no action

state Sen. Daphne Jordan,

Energy Growth and Community

Benefit Act, said es,” said Coxsackie Town

news, closings Kralovich, and who cancelations. voted to opt in, said

against the state if it pass-

where of business.” we are sharing breaking

is taken, the municipality is automatically


opted in.

Changes to the solar siting

process do not belong

Thank you,

Communities do not have the



Levine, deputy communications

Cairo director officials for voted the 3-2 to “We opt out are of permitting at the mercy cannabis dispensaries and lounges in the town. hearing so many people in the audience

Supervisor Rick Hanse.

FILE PHOTO he changed his mind about the issue after

to ban the use of recreational marijuana,

in the state budget, Jordan

energy and environment of the state whether they

The Greenville Pioneer

which was legalized by former Gov. Andrew

Cuomo in April.

Voting against permitting dispensaries Coyne and Town Council members Mary- who supported it.

the office of





were Town

take it


out of the



Jo Cords and See Tim SOLAR, Powers. Town page 10 Council-

See CAIRO, page 14

concerned that the

proposed changes

could accelerate the

development of solar

farms across Greene

counties, including

Hecate Energy’s

proposed 700-acre

facility in Copake and

the Flint Mine solar

project in Coxsackie.

See page 8

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2 Editor’s Note: A charge is not a of Leeds, was arrested April The 16 Greenville an appearance Pioneer • Friday, ticket. May 8, 2020

conviction. All persons listed are

Police Blotter

in Cairo and charged with violating

environmental conserva-

of Freehold, was arrested April

• Michael Manchur, Jr., 54,

innocent until proven guilty in

Editor’s Note: A charge is not a New York, was arrested Dec. charged Police a court of law. with Charges Blotter

second-degree can be restee tion laws, status an was unclassified unknown. misdemeanor.

■ Iszon She Richardson, was issued 21, of an driving third-degree while criminal intoxicated, mischief, both

cohol 22 in Freehold content over and charged 0.08% with and

conviction. All persons listed are

amended or dismissed.

9 at 9:46 p.m. in Catskill and criminal contempt and endangering

• James the welfare Rancourt, of a 37, child, of of

innocent Due until to the proven COVID-19 guilty in pandemic charged there with are operation no upcoming Editor’s Note: A charge is not a

of a motor

stay vehicle safe with and a stay blood-alcohol


Coxsackie, appearance

Leeds, was


arrested April 16

was arrested Dec. unclassified


a appearance

E felony; misdemeanors.


resisting arrest He

a court events of law. or Charges public meetings. can be Please

conviction. All persons listed are


amended or dismissed.


Acra class was

until A arrested

proven misdemeanors. April




and in Cairo

He 17 • at Danielle

and charged

1:22 p.m. S. McKenna,

with violating

in Cairo and 38, was and

issued second-degree

Michael Manchur,

an appearance obstruction

Jr., 54,


of governmental

content over 0.08% and driving was a charged court released of law. with on Charges his second-degree own can be recognizance.

amended burglary, or a dismissed. felony, fifth degree tion

charged of Cairo,


with was first-degree arrested


April possession

in Cairo

22 of Freehold, was


arrested April

STATE POLICE while intoxicated, both unclassified

there misdemeanors. are upcoming She was criminal ■ An unidentified possession of 17-year-

stolen demeanor.


of and


dangerous charged




prison seventh-degree




■ class


Robert A misdemeanors;

and charged with

Kovacs, 33, and of





the COVID-19

54, of West

pandemic contraband,


a criminal

was issued

class D possession

was of held. a controlled

an third-degree

felony. West disorderly Shokan, conduct,


was arrested a violation.



Coxsackie, was arrested Dec. 7 issued an appearance ticket. old property,

• James

male, a of misdemeanor,

Rancourt, 37,

Earlton, was and

of appearance





substance, a

18 He


at was

E felony;

3:04 issued


a.m. in an Hunter appearance


events or public meetings. Please stay safe and stay home.

at 9:19 a.m. in New Baltimore

Acra and

■ Megan Zazzaro, 32, of


Dec. degree


14 criminal


at 1:21 p.m. possession

of a weapon,

30 and

in a class

• Danielle

■ Nathan A misdemeanor.

S. McKenna,

Pfeiffer, She 33, was

38, and

of charged ticket.

second-degree obstruction

and charged with third-degree

assault and fourth-degree

charged with first-degree aggravated

• Rhett unlicensed B.

Catskill, was arrested Dec. 10 Coxsackie

with second-degree

and charged

a misdemeanor.

He is scheduled


with Germantown, issued

Cairo, was



was arrested ticket.

April 22 of governmental



Butler, operation 36, of


at 1:14 a.m. in Catskill and third-degree

a felony, fifth


to appear



a class B misdemeanor. He charged

in in Cairo

17 at








in Catskill



of West



and of Albany,


a motor was

A misdemeanors;

vehicle arrested and April


driving 22

criminal mischief, both class A


Cairo Town



of stolen

charged with seventh-degree








a motor

April disorderly

while in New intoxicated Baltimore


with and

a violation.

a charged previous

misdemeanors, and two counts


• Matthew

a misdemeanor,

D. Rinaldo,


25, 22 in



a controlled

and charged


with He

criminal possession of a controlled

substance, a class A miset.

content over 0.08% and driving years,

was issued an appearance tick-

vehicle with a blood-alcohol







an appearance

in the







of third-degree criminal possession

of a weapon, a class D

19 in

of Freehold,







April a


class A



ability impaired

She was ticket.


both class


E felonies.




a weapon,





■ Sarah DiFiore, 23, of Lake while intoxicated, both unclas-

was released on his own recog-

with issued

by alcohol

an appearance

and driving


while criminal

• Rhett


B. Butler,

a class


B misdemeanor.


demeanor. She was issued an

felony. He was released on his


He is scheduled

a motor vehicle

to appear




• Katie S.




28, of West Albany, was



was issued


an appearance


appearance ticket.

Katrine, Cairo was arrested Dec. 15 sified misdemeanors. He was nizance.

own recognizance.

a blood-alcohol

Town Court.

content greater Coxsackie,





was issued

April in New Baltimore


and charged

■ Dashan Lyons, 30, of

■ Timothy Hall, 41, of Slingerlands,

was arrested Dec. charged of

at than

• 3:32 0.08%

Matthew p.m. and in D.

driving Catskill Rinaldo,

while and 25, issued 22

an appearance

in Athens an appearance and


charged ticket. with with ■ David Gabrielsen, 24, of





a class



Catskill, was arrested Dec. 8


Freehold, with was

both third-degree arrested


April assault


driving ■ • Frank Melissa

while Sciancalepore, A.




42, 32, of Cairo, misdemeanor

of Sloansville,

was arrested and


third-degree Dec.


19 at

at 8:35 p.m. in Catskill and

12 at 1:44 a.m. in Catskill and misdemeanors.

in with Catskill intent and

He to charged cause was issued physical


with of by

Cairo, Round alcohol

was arrested Top, and driving was April arrested while

17 in 2:56 criminal




trespass, in




a and class


charged B misdemeanor.

charged with first-degree aggravated

unlicensed operation assault, a class D felony; sec-

unlawful a blood-alcohol

charged with second-degree an appearance injury a and motor

ticket. second-degree

vehicle with Dec. intoxicated,

Cairo 18 and 1:49 charged

both a.m. unclassified

with in Catskill aggravated

charged unlicensed with She


and charged

operating He


was a motor issued


vehicle an


a class a blood-alcohol ticket.


• Robert imprisonment, E. Lambert,

content greater

31, both of and misdemeanors.

operation operating was issued

of a with A misdemeanor, content and

of a motor vehicle, a class E felony,

and first-degree operation ernmental administration and released intoxicated,

ond-degree obstruction of gov-

class than

Cairo, A 0.08%

was misdemeanors. arrested

and driving

April She while

21 was in



appearance vehicle,

ticket. with an unclassified a blood-alcohol


over third-degree

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GREENVILLE – Arthur “Arfur” C.

Bender passed away peacefully at

home on Monday, December 20,

2021. He was born on May 30, 1949,

in Catskill to the late Harold and Elaine

Labuda Bender. He was raised in Hannacroix

and graduated from Greenville

Central School in 1968.

Arthur joined the Navy and was Honorably

Discharged in 1972. Art then

worked at Hannay Hose Reels in Westerlo

as a painter, and then retired from

General Electric Plastics/ Sabic, where

he worked as a technician. He was

a member of the Del Majors Bowling

League, having bowled for 48 years,

served as the president of the league,

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Sadie Rose, playing

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51 years. In his younger

years, he was a Boy

teaching his grandsons

grandson, Jakob, and

Scout, he played high

all about deer hunting.

school soccer and

He so enjoyed sitting

volleyball, and worked

and relaxing in his

on the Rundell farm

backyard by the firepit

baling hay.

during summer evenings

and was proud

Art enjoyed hunting,

vacationing in Maine

of his salmon and

every fall, sunbathing

white ‘53 Ford Crown

and walking on the

Victoria with a Thunderbird


beach, woodworking,

and especially

Arthur C. Bender

Arthur is survived by

spending time with

his wife of 51 years,

his grandchildren. He loved walking June “Pidge” Bender; his son Donald

in nature, sleigh riding and building (Leona) Bender; his daughter, Debra

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brothers, Harold (Kathi) and Robert


Calling hours were held on Thursday,

December 23, from 11 a.m. to 1pm

at the A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home,

4898 State Route 81, Greenville, followed

by a funeral service at 1pm. He

will then be buried with Military Honors

at the Greenville Cemetery. In lieu of

flowers, donations can be made to

the American Cancer Society, 1 Penny

Lane, Latham, NY 12110.

The family would like to thank the

staff of the Community Hospice for the

care and respect shown to Art and his

family. Condolences can be posted on


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Summer has long gone and

Jack Frost is knocking at our

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as we put on jackets, sweaters


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Changing seasons and

changing trends spark closet

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since, according to the UN Alliance

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the clothing and textile industry

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greenhouse gas emissions, according

to the New York State

Department of Environmental


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waste is one of the fastest growing

waste streams with the average

person throwing away 81

pounds of clothing each year.

While we recycle around 15%

of post-consumer textiles, 85%

ends up as waste in landfills and

incinerators. Many of these materials

can be reused or recycled

providing social, environmental,

and economic benefits.

To help reduce textile waste

and the impact it has on the

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to care instructions helps clothing

last longer, improves color

retention, and decreases the

chances of an item shrinking.

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items from stretching or tangling

by using a garment bag.

Some garment bags also double

as microfiber catchers.

• Make sure zippers, buttons,

and other clasps are closed

to reduce friction and catching

on other clothing.


• Have a stain? Check how

to best treat the material and

type of stain. Some stains require

cold water while others

require hot. Pretreating stains

before washing can also help

with stain removal.

• Loose hem but no time to

fix it? Double sided tape can

help secure it in a hurry.

• Become part of the #RepairRevolution.

Visit a Repair

Café near you for help mending

certain items.


• Textiles recycling is best

utilized for items that no longer

have a useful life.

• Items can be dropped off

for textiles recycling in any

condition (torn, worn, stained,

missing buttons, broken zippers,

shoe without a mate, etc.)

as long as they are clean, dry

and odorless.

• Find a textiles recycling

location near you. Locations on

this list either accept textiles for

recycling, donation or both, so

it’s best to check what types of

items are accepted in advance.

• Due to the pandemic, it’s

important to call a location prior

to your arrival. Textiles recycling

or donation locations in

your area may not be currently

accepting items and/or may

have new protocols in place. If

you can’t find an outlet for your

items right now, hold on to the

items if possible until options




• Choose timeless over

trendy when possible. You’ll be

less likely to want to buy something

new when styles change.

• Shop secondhand at local

thrift and consignment shops.

There are also several online retailers

that focus on secondhand


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Town officials reject proposed subdivision law

By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

CAIRO — The town council unanimously

rejected a proposed amendment to

town law that would have required landowners

to survey an entire parcel of land

when they are selling or giving away a portion

of it.

The proposed amendment to the town’s

subdivision law was first presented to the

Cairo Town Council by Planning Board

Chairman Joseph Hasenkopf, Town Supervisor

John Coyne said.

The town council held a public hearing

Dec. 15 to gauge community reaction to

the proposed amendment, which would require

a survey of the entire property being

subdivided, with the exception of boundary

line adjustments.

Opposition to the proposed law was

nearly universal.

The only one of the Cairo Planning

Board that wanted this amendment was

our chairman,” planning board member Ed

Forrester said. “If we took a vote on the

planning board, it would have been 4-1

against this amendment.”

Resident Augie Freeman asked why

such an amendment was needed.

“What tangible benefit would the town

get from forcing a full survey if there is

200 acres and they want to cut off five?

What is the benefit? Or are we creating a

rule just to create a rule?” Freeman asked.

“If I have a 300-acre farm and I want to

give five acres to my grandson, depending

on the situation, I am staring at 10 grand

more for a survey to give away a piece of

land? We have more than enough rules to

control things like frontage, if the sewer is

too close — what is the point?”

Planning board alternate Christopher

Keff said the proposed amendment came

about following a subdivision of a property

that had not been surveyed in many years.

“Joe, the chair of the planning board —

the particular property he was referencing

had not been surveyed since the 1800s,”

Keff said.

Attorney Monica Kenny-Keff, who

handles real estate transactions, said the

amendment could be useful for properties

with older deeds that have not been surveyed

in many years.

There actually is a benefit to it,” Kenny-Keff

said. “If you are giving away a

piece of property that is one thing, but if

you are selling or subdividing a parcel — I

was at the planning board meeting where

the surveyor said he wasn’t even sure what

the back of the property line was because

it had been so long since it had been surveyed.”

Lack of clarity in property lines can

cause title complications, Kenny-Keff


Planning board member Allen Veverka

opposed the amendment, claiming it

creates hardships for property owners and

creates additional and unnecessary restrictions.

“I don’t think we need to be more restrictive,”

Veverka said. “We want the

town to grow and prosper, and we won’t

do that by restricting. We do that by opening

things up and making sure everything

is correct, which we have done as a board

and in our rules.”

Former planning board chairman Ray

Pacifico also expressed opposition to the


“I strongly oppose this proposal,” he

said. “In addition to the majority of the

current planning board opposing this 4-1,

the Cairo zoning officer, in an email to the

board, also opposed this, so it doesn’t make

any sense why we are even proposing this

law. This law, if put into effect, will hinder

development and stifle the growth of

the tax base that spreads out the tax burden

among the taxpayers. The Cairo taxpayers

are already burdened with the highest town

tax rate of any town in Greene County at

$9.12 per $1,000 of assessed value. This

proposal will only make it worse.”

Al MacDonald, co-owner of land surveying

firm Santo Associates, called the

proposal “egregious.”

“In the town’s comprehensive plan, it

says that there is not enough housing in

this community and this amendment is

going to stifle that. So in reality, you are

going against your own comprehensive

plan,” MacDonald said. “I am very much

opposed to this. And I have not, in 38

years of surveying, opposed any law in the


Town board members unanimously

voted against the proposed amendment

with no further discussion.

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providing comprehensive pain

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numerous other advanced pain

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Her husband, Dr. Gregory

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Columbia Memorial Health

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has issued a consumer alert warning

New Yorkers about deceptive

companies selling unregulated

and potentially faulty over-thecounter

(OTC) hearing aids.

New York law requires that

hearing aids only be sold by licensed

audiologists or hearing-aid

dispensers after such a provider

has performed an exam and fitting.

Last month, the U.S. Food and

Drug Administration (FDA) proposed

a rule permitting the sale of

a new category of OTC hearing

aids that could be sold directly

to consumers without an exam.

While unregulated OTC hearing

aids may work as intended, there

is a risk that the devices could be

defective or completely inadequate

for the treatment of hearing


Advertisements for these new

OTC hearing aids have already

targeted New York consumers

even though there are currently

no OTC hearing aids that have received

FDA approval.

“Hearing loss impacts individuals

of all ages and backgrounds

and I urge all New Yorkers to do

their research before shopping for

these devices,” James said. “Companies

that sell over-the-counter

hearing devices are not held to

the same standards as the licensed

professionals who provide these

critical devices, and they are not

required to inform consumers

of the risks associated with their

products. While consumers may

be tempted to purchase these unregulated

and unlawful products

because of their low prices, the

ultimate price you pay may be further

hearing loss.”

Medical device companies are

required to register and list their

devices with the FDA, though this

registration only indicates that the

company has provided information

to the FDA; it does not indicate

FDA approval, clearance or

authorization of the device. Unfortunately,

this has not stopped some

disreputable sellers of OTC hearing

devices from falsely claiming

that their products are “FDA-registered”

or “FDA-cleared,” James


If you are considering buying

a hearing aid, the Office of the Attorney

General recommends the

following tips:

• Beware of misleading claims.

Over-the-counter hearing aids are

only meant to treat mild to moderate

hearing loss and may not be

able to treat severe hearing loss.

Avoid purchasing OTC hearing

aids that claim to treat severe hearing

loss or hearing loss in children.

• Do your research. Be skeptical

of testimonials on a seller’s

website. Instead, check with the

Better Business Bureau to see

if they have a good rating and

whether consumers have submitted

complaints against the company

before you purchase a product.

• Consider having your hearing

evaluated by a medical professional.

While online hearing

tests may be convenient, they may

fail to detect serious hearing loss,

or the underlying causes of your

hearing loss.

• Know your rights: Under

New York law (General Business

Law § 798(11)), if you are unhappy

with your hearing aids you are

allowed to return them within 45

days of receipt, including batteries,

cords, and accessories and all

fees related to the hearing aid, for

a full refund less 10 percent. The

seller must provide you with a

written statement with this information.

If a seller offers a longer

return period, they must honor it.

“HLAA is pleased to see the

proposed rules on over-the-counter

hearing aids released by the

FDA. This is one step closer to

seeing OTC hearing devices on

the market for adults with mild

to moderate hearing loss,” said

Barbara Kelley, executive director,

Hearing Loss Association of

America (HLAA). “We are also

pleased to see the Office of the Attorney

General is educating consumers

about OTC hearing aids.

Until the FDA issues their final

rules, we recommend consumers

seek the help of licensed hearing

health professionals to address

their hearing loss.”

Consumers should be on the

alert for misleading claims, consumer

advocates say.

“As the FDA finalizes its

rules for the sale of OTC hearing

aids, consumers should continue

to watch out for misleading

marketing practices from companies

jumping the gun to enter

New York’s market,” said Chuck

Bell, programs director, Consumer

Reports. “We agree that the

terms ‘FDA-registered’ or ‘FDAcleared’

for OTC hearing aids are

inappropriate, and imply a higher

level of safety review than these

products actually receive. Consumers

who think they may need a

hearing aid should seek a medical

evaluation to determine whether

the hearing loss they have is serious

in nature and/or potentially


New Yorkers who believe they

have been misled or scammed by

sellers of over-the-counter hearing

aids are encouraged to contact the

Office of the Attorney General by

submitting a complaint form online

or by calling 800-428-9071.


Peaches is pictured with CGHS/SPCA Animal Care Technician

Alexa Caunitz. Get a refresher on her story in today’s Soft


Gifts for furry


By Charlene Marchand

For Capital Region Independent Media

Happy New Year to all of our readers and animal lovers.

If you still feel in the holiday spirit and would like to share

it with our residents at 111 Humane Society Road, here are

some suggestions for our four-legged friends:

• Dog and cat treats of all kinds

• Biscuits

• Kongs, Jolly Balls, Buster Cubes, Nylabones, Benebones,

etc. (Dog toys are in extremely low supply!)

• Cat toys of all varieties

• Clorox, detergent

• Paper products, i.e. paper towels, toilet paper, Kleenex

• Blankets and good towels

• Pet-safe snow-melt products to keep those paw-pads safe

on walks. Safe Paw and Safe Pet snow melt are two of many

available products.

With so many pet owners in need, we always appreciate

donations to our food bank! Last year our families in need

took home 38,000 pounds of food for their companion animals.

With lingering effects of still “pandemic-in-progress,” our

demands are greater than ever. Our food bank is open to any

from the public in need of pet food or for those wishing to

donate food from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. We refuse to let

any animal go hungry!

Thank you to all who shower our shelter “kids” with the

generosity of your hearts.

Remember Peaches? Featured in this week’s picture,

Peaches is a 2.5-year-old Cattledog from Cairo who was the

victim of attempted decapitation, multiple stabbings, and being

left bleeding for hours.

Peaches is currently residing in the shelter and searching

for a foster-to-adopt home. She can’t be placed with other animals

or kids — she prefers all the attention, as she deserves!

She’s a sweetheart of a pup, loving to be patted and go wherever

her human is.

She’s a very active dog... if you know the breed, you know

that she’ll need plenty of physical and mental stimulation to

keep her busy. She’s incredibly intelligent and loves to play


If you’ve got room in your heart, and home, please give

us a call!

Feel free to call us with any questions at 518-828-6044 or

visit our website at www.cghs.org. Spay/neuter clinics for cats

are $86 male or female, including a rabies vaccination and

a 5-in-1 feline distemper combination vaccination. Nail clipping

services are available every Saturday from 10-11 a.m.

at the shelter for a donation of $10 for cats and $15 for dogs

(currently prepaid only).

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Humane Society/SPCA Board of Directors. She

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Hinchey: $1.16M in state funds will replace Cairo bridge

By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

CAIRO — The town of Cairo

is slated to receive $1.165 million

to replace the Polly’s Rock Road


The bridge runs over the Kiskatom


Funding for the project will

come through New York state’s

BRIDGE NY program, state Sen.

Michelle Hinchey, D-46, announced

last week.

The program is awarding over

$13 million to repair local bridges

By Pat Larsen

For Capital Region Independent Media

As a child, how often were you admonished

to get your head out of the clouds and

stop daydreaming?

I know I was a master daydreamer as a

kid. Who knew this was the very core of creativity

and the fertile ground of exploration

of possibilities? As a matter of fact, those of

us who partook in the world of fantasy and

visualization have gone on to careers that focused


the arts, music, dance, painting, poetry,

acting and writing.

To enter into a daydream, you have to

willingly suspend conscious thought and step

into an imagined scene that results in opportunities

to explore something you’d desire to

see happen at some point in the future.

Perhaps this is why I relate so easily to

those who request a hypnosis session with

and culverts in the Capital Region,

Hudson Valley and Mohawk Valley.

One other project will be funded

through the program in Greene

County — the culvert on Game

Farm Road that carries tributary

to Kiskatom Brook in the town of

Catskill will also be replaced for


The projects supported by the

funding program aim to make

communities more resilient to the

effects of climate change, Hinchey


“As the impacts of climate

Body Mind and Spirit

Daydreams and a healthy lifestyle

me. The subconscious mind

stores all the “files” that we’ve

created through our experiences,

our daydreaming, our focus

and our wish list.

Tapping into those files requires

the viewer to relax into

the possibilities that their questions

about issues can and will

find answers in the subconscious

state. It’s actually quite

incredible guiding a participant

to the place that helps them to

find answers.

The very pulse of the subconscious

mind is belief. If you truly believe

what is uncovered, you will eventually realize

a result — for instance, weight reduction,

smoking cessation, overcoming fears, landing

the job. The list goes on and on.

Curiosity and belief may indeed lead you

in the direction of this coming year to seek

change bring more severe weather

to New York state, funding to modernize

our aging bridges and water

infrastructure is crucial to protect

our homes and businesses, revive

local economies, and ensure that

every person traveling in our area

can easily and safely go about their

day,” Hinchey said.

The state senator thanked Gov.

Kathy Hochul for helping to secure

the funding, which will be awarded

to communities throughout the senator’s

five-county Senate District.

“This funding through the

BRIDGE NY program could not


out the guidance that a trained

hypnotherapist can offer. Allow

yourself to consider what

the freedom from carrying

emotional weights might feel


Daydream about it...

there’s no one saying you

can’t now.

This New Year is most

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as the past two years

with “more of the same” —

you add what that statement

might mean for you — or a

brand new way of thinking, experiencing and

navigating our lives. I see it as a choice we all

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I do know that in community we heal, in

isolation we fall into disease.

What will you do? How will you choose

to live your best life?

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come at a more important time for

upstate and Capital Region communities,

which deserve this level

of state support as we await further

aid from federal infrastructure dollars,”

Hinchey said. “I will continue

to fight for more equitable investment

in our transportation and

water channels.”

Other counties in the 46th Senate

District slated for funds through

the program include Albany, Montgomery,

Schenectady and Ulster


The funding is part of a total

$216.2 million in state assistance

that will go to 109 projects statewide

to reduce the risk of flooding,

make structures more climate resilient,

and increase regional economic


Albany County will receive

$835,000 to replace a culvert in

Guilderland under the program.

Schenectady County will receive

$1,948,000 to replace two culverts,

Montgomery County will get $2.8

million for a bridge replacement

and Ulster County will be awarded

$6.1 million to replace two bridges.

Have a blessed New Year. If nothing else,

2022 is already shaping up to be interesting.

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Adrian inducted into NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

CMH unveils

Home heating assistance

grants now available

By Melanie Lekocevic

day delivering food, but we made

Capital Region Independent Media

it home.”

The Greenville Pioneer • Friday, January 17, 2020 Adrian is currently commander 13

CAIRO — A lifetime of service

3D biopsy technology

of the American Legion Mohican

to his country and community and

Qualified households may now “In addition to these grants, eligible

customers will also receive a Heating Equipment Repair or Re-

An additional benefit, the

Post 983 and urges fellow veterans

a record of commitment second to

HUDSON — Medical and community

to join


the organization.

joined in Hudson

pply for Home


Energy Assistance

recently to Hannacroix unveil state-of-the-art 3D breast


biopsy Rural



and help the


ro¬gram (HEAP)

That was



a federlly

funded gion program Commander that provides Michael Adrian vide further assistance in lowering available to assist income quali-

The more




on their utility bills that proplacement

(HERR) program, is


say will out,” significantly he said. improve

officials at Columbia Memorial Health

the diagnosis, treatment and outcomes members for breast we get, cancer the more patients

oth reg¬ular was selected and emergency for induction fiancial

assistance New York to help State pay Senate heat-

Veterans giorni.

replacing their primary heating

A lot of posts

into their the energy costs,” said Campafied

homeowners in repairing or

we can

Greene Cemetery and Columbia counties. seeks

keep this post going.


The stereotactic 3D biopsy system, are known dying — as the Affirm, older will members provide

more precise targeting of tissue abnormalities dying out and identified the younger through

g and utility Hall bills. of Fame, state Sen. Michelle The bill credit is based on the equipment when the systems are


The Hinchey, grants D-46, are said. available type of heating source and income inoper¬able or unsafe. Applications

for HERR are accepted

ones aren’t

yielding stepping earlier up. I’ve and got more

CMH’s mowing 3D mammography capabilities, donations

rough local Hinchey Department presented of Soial

Services a plaque (DSS) Dec. offices 14 at a and ceremony He at added that qualified house-

through Sept. 30, 2020, or until the

Adrian level. with

a lot of

accurate detection of breast cancer. The young technology guys coming was into acquired our post.

through HANNACROIX the generosity — of The community Hannacroix

We members Rural Cemetery,

step up who — if contributed which is

someone asks to located


ffices for American the Aging. Legion Customers Mohican holds Post receiving a HEAP benefit for funding is ex¬hausted.

the Columbia

on Route


411 in Dormansville/Westerlo,

Health Foundation.

is seeking donations for

to do something, we do it.”

f Central 983. Hudson Gas & Electric non-utility heating fuels such as To apply for HEAP and HERR the 2020 mowing expense for the cemetery.

“This life-saving 3D biopsy technology, It paired is that with sense our of 3D service, mam-botmography

service, provides our patients to with country the most and advanced community, diag-that

toward their ac¬count will also kero¬sene, coal or corn are also el-

their local DSS office, call (800) give a donation, it would be greatly appreciated, organizers said. They

orp. who receive One veteran a HEAP is selected bene-

for oil, the propane, wood/wood pellets, benefits, customers may contact Whether you have a loved one buried there or would just like to

honor from each Senate district

annually. The Hall of Fame was established

in 2005 to recognize out-

close erans Hall of Fame.

nostic earned Adrian inclusion in the Vet-

e issued a monthly credit on their igible for a monthly credit on their 342-3009, or visit www.mybenefits.ny.gov.

In¬dividuals who are Organizers to home,” said need CMH your help President to keep and the CEO cemetery Jay P. maintained. Cahalan. Contri-

also thank

care available

all who have

in locations



in the



comfortable, convenient and

ill for a max¬imum of 12 months electric or non-heating gas bill.

standing veterans who have distinguished

themselves both in military

CMH repay Mr. Adrian for his service to

“While we will never be able to

ased on service type and amount “We’re happy to provide bill 60 and older and do not receive butions In addition can be to sent offering to: Hannacroix 3D mammography Rural Cemetery, and 3D biopsy C/O Linda services, Smith,

f HEAP benefit.

discounts to customers who heat Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Treasurer, has significantly 115 State Route augmented 143, Westerlo, its radiology New and York pathology 12193. expertise

through its affiliation with Albany our Medical country Center. or for The all that Albany he does

and civilian life.

“We’re pleased to offer addional

assistance to families who Campagiorni.

contact their local Office for the

with these fuels, as well,” said Program (SNAP) benefits may

“Cairo American Legion Commander

Michael Adrian has prograted,

which means that mammograms, ans, and inducting all imaging this and cherished diagnos-


Med and CMH radiology and pathology to services uplift our are Greene now fully County inte-


ay be struggling and depend on Customers should email their Aging to learn of the eligibil¬ity

tected our country with distinction,

tic studies, are interpreted by the region’s munity leading member experts. into the Senate

EAP benefits,

and still




after a





in the to Armed apply,” Forces, said his Central ser-

Hudson at CareUnit@cen-

9871 or by visiting www.aging.

Notice of Decision Letter to requirements by calling 800-342-

“Each year in the U.S. more than 268,000 Veterans’ women Hall of are Fame diagnosed is one small

ligible households

with breast cancer,” said Tariq Gill, M.D., way chief we of can Radiology ensure that at his CHM. service

nthony Campagiorni, vice continues Vice in Greene Pres-Countent of Customer a dedicated Services advocate and on behalf the bill of credit. American Legion Mohican Post 983 For Commander more Michael information Adrian, pictured on with his family, was inducted into the New said.

hud.com as to be enrolled and receive ny.gov.


“This technology, now available right here

is forever

in our community,


is a



step forward in our ability to detect and diagnose early stage

egulatory our Affairs. local veteran community and Regular York HEAP State Senate grants Veterans for the Hall HEAP of Fame by eligibility state Sen. Michelle requirements Hinchey, left.

Adrian was honorably discharged

from the service in 2005

breast cancer, significantly improving the likelihood of successful

Campagiorni their families,” explained Hinchey that said. fall “It and upcoming 4-H, Boys winter State are and available

between — which now the and post Mar. charters 16, — Hudson.com/HEAP and That was the or http://otda. same year Adri-

“When I got back, I was getting and has served as commander of

Boy Scouts and benefits, my life in visit 1983 www.Central- to join the service.” guard the tunnels,” Adrian said.


ualified families is my great using privilege electricy

or natural a veteran gas as as their deserving primary as Mr. 2020, Adri-

or helps until organize funding Cairo’s is exhaust-

annual ny.gov/programs/heap/program.


got married, immediately after ready to leave the service but they

to nominate

Columbia Memorial Health Foundation Vice Chair Anne Schomaker

said: “This technology is truly

the American Legion Post for over

eating source an into may the receive New York a reglar

HEAP Veterans benefit Hall $350 of or Fame.” more, be available Day ceremony. between Jan. 2 and

“I got shipped over to Germany


State Senate ed. Emergency morial Day HEAP parade grants and the will Veterans graduating high school.




gift of


life made

in the


asp; and for more on all of Central

military, he

through sent me the to tremendous Iraq. We generosity were in the of our donors.




are grateful



heavy words part to of our it, supporters called Balad. who We continue

Hudson’s assistance and billing

epending on Induction family income into the and Hall of Mar. Fame 16, 2020. He These also works benefits on are recruiting programs, and visit then www.CentralHudson.com,

Fort and Hood,” click he on said. “My Acdation

and expand.” Awards, State Defense

my wife and I moved to

Awards, to rally seven around Army CMH Commen-


ensure were its part essential of the mission triangle, can right continue ze guidelines, is the highest applied honor toward that can be designed bestowed

military veterans by the Legion to show them what the or-

In 1986 he left the service and

fellow to meet veterans eligible to household’s

immediate energy needs. count.”

Awards, civil and federal awards,

the American

the middle of everything. I probably

cooked over 200,000 meals the Presidential Award and Over-

eir Central Hudson account.

state Senate, Hinchey said. ganization has to offer.

joined the National Guard, where

Adrian is the first Greene County

Adrian said he couldn’t do any he served as a cook until 2003, attaining

there. 18 I was out on the road every seas Awards.

veteran selected for the honor.

“I’m just humbled, I really am,”

Adrian said. “I didn’t expect it, and

when they told me this and I looked

online to see what it was about, it’s

an honor.”

Adrian’s list of contributions

to the county and to Cairo is long

and distinguished. He works on

the Hometown Heroes program,

putting up banners honoring local

veterans. He works on behalf of the

American Legion Post with numerous

local youth groups including

of the work he does with the community

without the help of his fellow


“A good commander can’t do

this without his post,” Adrian said.

These guys work hard and we are

bringing the post up where it needs

to be. We are bringing more members


He feels honored by Hinchey’s

selection for the Hall of Fame.

“It’s a nice honor and I didn’t

expect it,” Adrian said. “I don’t do

it for the glory — I chose to give up

the rank of Battalion Mess


“I had 20 years in and they put a

stop-loss on me,” he said.

A stop-loss is an extension of an

active military member’s service.

“That came with a promotion to

Sergeant First-Class. I went to Iraq

for two years, from 2003-2005,”

Adrian said.

The 9/11 terrorist attacks hit

Adrian and his family hard, he said.

“My daughter was young and

I had to go to New York City and

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Fans watch as wrestlers compete in the Lewis Johnson Memorials Duals in the gym at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High

School. Greenville took fifth place in the tournament.

By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

Spartans take 5th place in wrestling tournament

RAVENA — The Greenville

Spartans took fifth place in the

Lewis Johnson Memorial Duals on

Dec. 18.

The annual tournament was

hosted by Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk

High School in the school’s


Also competing in the competition

were Queensbury, Bethlehem,

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Unatego-Unadilla

Valley, Onteora and

Taconic Hills.

The Spartans took fifth place on

By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

the day, with a 2-2 record. Queensbury

was undefeated 4-0.

In Round 1, Greenville was

defeated by Unatego-Unadilla

Valley by a score of 47-24, Bethlehem

dominated Onteora 52-7, and

Queensbury topped Taconic Hills


Round 2 saw Greenville fall

to Bethlehem 42-27, RCS lost to

Queensbury 44-27 and Unatego-Unadilla

Valley came out on top

over Onteora 48-30.

The third round saw the Spartans

come up with their first victory

of the day over Onteora by a score

of 42-27, while RCS won big over

Taconic Hills 60-18 and Bethlehem

beat Unatego-Unadilla Valley 45-


Greenville sat out the fourth

round of the tournament while the

RCS Indians saw another victory,

edging Bethlehem 36-30, Onteora

scored 54 to Taconic Hills’ 18, and

Queensbury defeated Unatego-Unadilla

Valley 42-36.

The fifth and final round of the

tournament gave Greenville its second

win of the day, beating Taconic

Hills 48-24. Unatego-Unadilla

Valley defeated RCS 42-36 and


Seven high schools competed in the Lewis Johnson Memorial Duals on Dec.


Queensbury dominated Bethlehem


For the Spartans, Kieran Cullen

won both of his matches against

opponents from Bethlehem and

Onteora, while Joseph Davis had

two wins on the day against athletes

from Bethlehem and Onteora,

both by pin in 1:46 and 1:29, respectively.

Bernard Davis won two of three

matches, against Bethlehem in a

major decision and by pin against

Onteora. Sam VanAuken defeated

three of his four opponents, all by

pin, from Bethlehem, Onteora and

Taconic Hills.

Cole Flannery competed against

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while Sawyer Peak won one of two

matches, by pin against Onteora.

Jack VanGordon defeated one Onteora

opponent by pin in 0:59.

Also competing for the Spartans

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Local officials testify at a legislative panel on water and sewer infrastructure.

Pictured are New Baltimore Town Supervisor Jeff Ruso, second from

right, and Athens Village Mayor Amy Serrago, far right.

ALBANY — Funding and

expertise for water and sewer

infrastructure are sorely needed

in New Baltimore and other area

communities, New Baltimore

Town Supervisor Jeff Ruso

told lawmakers at a legislative

forum hosted by state Sen. Michelle

Hinchey, D-46.

The forum focused on examining

the challenges facing New

York communities with regard

to drinking water, wastewater

and stormwater infrastructure.

A bipartisan panel of state

legislators spoke with representatives

from local government,

labor, environmental and conservation

groups, and professional

associations to identify

long-term solutions for the infrastructure

issues facing communities.

Ruso spoke of a major water

main break that affected a small

group of New Baltimore water

users, but cost hundreds of thousands

of dollars to repair.

“On the evening of June 1,

2020, right in the middle of the

[COVID-19] pandemic, I got

a call late at night because we

had a water main break for our

District 2,” Ruso said. “District

2 serves 32 homes. District 2

gets its water from the village of

Coxsackie, who bills the town,

and we in turn bill the users.

The water main break was under

the New York State Thruway,

southbound lane. In the middle

of the pandemic, in the middle

of the night, the break could not

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State Sen. Michelle Hinchey, D-46, leads a state Senate panel examining

issues related to water and sewer infrastructure.

have been in a worse place or a

worse time.”

The town declared a state

of emergency, brought in tankers

to provide water to the residents,

and the break — which

also damaged the Thruway

roadway — took months to fix.

“We replaced the pipe — it

was 100-plus-years-old. It cost

$330,000 for 32 users. That’s a

lot of money, and of course my

constituents are none too happy,”

Ruso said.

The only section of the pipe

that was replaced was under

the Thruway, so the remaining

century-old pipe — still underground

on both sides of the

thoroughfare — remains.

“I can’t imagine how much

longer that will last,” Ruso said,

adding it would take another

$500,000 or so to replace the

rest of the 100-year-old pipe.

The infrastructure problems

plaguing New Baltimore and

communities like it include

paying for repairing or replacing

old or damaged systems, as

well as the expertise to resolve

the issues.

“We need funding and we

need expertise,” Ruso said.

Athens Village Mayor Amy

Serrago also addressed the legislative

panel and detailed similar


The majority of our water

and sewer mains date back

to the 1930s and are in need

of replacement,” Serrago said.

“We still have lead pipes in our

system and a few clay pipes.

Most of our pipes are made of

cast iron and they are decaying.

In addition, because of years

of build-up inside them, most

6-inch pipes now have a capacity

of only 3 inches to carry

water. We routinely face water

main breaks, approximately six

in the last year, and last night,

after I sent in my testimony, I

was informed that we are aware

that we have a leak right now.

We don’t know when, but it’s

coming — it will bust through

and we will patch it up like we

always do, but we are on watch.”

Athens also has a unique

problem — in some areas of the

village, water and sewer pipes

are “inches apart from one another,”

Serrago said.

“Modern standards for separation

of these conveyances is

a minimum of 10 feet,” she told

the panel, adding that the risk

of contamination is high, but it

costs roughly $250 a foot to replace

water and sewer mains.

Hinchey said the testimony

of officials like Ruso and Serrago

will be used to draft a Senate

report detailing the biggest issues,

as well as potential solutions.

“Access to clean water is a

fundamental right, but in communities

across New York state,

that access is under constant

threat by aging and, in many

cases, decaying 100-plus-yearold

infrastructure due to decades

of underinvestment,” Hinchey

said. “The state of New York’s

water infrastructure has led to

severe illness, furthered the climate

crisis, increased the cost

of living, and hurled many local

governments into debt.”

Clean water should be accessible

to all New Yorkers, she


“Our communities cannot

endure another decade of underinvestment

in our water systems,

and it’s incumbent upon us

to deliver real, meaningful progress

to address these detrimental

and often avoidable problems,”

the state senator said.

Environmental advocacy

group Riverkeeper estimates

that the 46th Senate District,

which includes all of Greene

County, would need nearly $80

million for water infrastructure




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Hinchey: Bill prevents unfair utility billing practices

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KINGSTON – State Sen. Michelle

Hinchey, D-46, announced new legislation to

protect New Yorkers from excessive monthto-month

fluctuations in their utility bills due

to the use of estimated billing practices by

utility providers.

Many residents in Hinchey’s district have

seen their bills increase hundreds of dollars

because of estimated utility readings, which

is when a gas or electricity supplier predicts

the amount of power a customer would have

used that month based on their past usage.

The process frequently leads to customers

being overcharged, Hinchey said.

Hinchey’s bill aims to curb this billing

method, which has placed significant hardship

on lower-income residents in her district.

The legislation, authored by Hinchey,

would require the Public Service Commission

(PSC) to develop a best practices estimation

formula that can be used as a utility industry

standard in New York state, while limiting the

number of times an estimated billing formula

can be used to three billing cycles per year

(down from six).

Hinchey’s bill sets the deadline to Nov.

1, 2022, for the PSC to create the new billing

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Yorkers from these unacceptable billing practices.”

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Firewood, Plant Part diseases 1: The good side

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former job as a Cooperative Extension places agent and “food” during from times other that sources than tall by sunlight 4-feet by wide emphasis by 8-feet is long

prevention. will warm In addition the stove pre-anventive of hickory chemical or fungicides in a hurry, there you are might cultur-burn different some than bacteria or fungi in the sense

Viruses, house like like. the I also COVID-19 do not particularly virus, are very like

in Greene County was the process of figuring early ancestors breaking could down not. and Every absorbing (128 organic cubic matter. feet)

With fossil fuel prices much

the smell of willow, dogwood,

out what was causing problems with garden time we fire Sometimes up the woodstove in the process or of feeding oak may on weigh plant as al much practices as 4,000 than can very also be well-seasoned utilized, much pine, to that spruce they are not living organisms, per se.

higher this winter than the previous

seven years, some people are

ple don’t notice the smell of wood

black locust and aspen. Most peo-

plants, lawns, trees or shrubs. It is sort light of like a log material, in the fireplace, they kill or we damage are pounds, their host. yielding This more the satisfaction than twice of gardeners or hemlock who (or don’t two want by fours, They if can only survive and reproduce inside

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considering installing a woodstove

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wood can and weigh using the more host’s 40s, cells you to grow can get and by multi-

just fine They burn-

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money, learned, there which was are an pretty oil embargo relevant in prepare these your

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are caused the downside by fungi. to Fungi heating are with organisms dry that wood usually provides fatal about once contracted. 8,000 tics and long-term antibiotics, wood burners such as streptomycin, cellent firewood, to try to but kill only will when pick up downsides. the story next week.

diseases wood, not stem its volume. at soil level. A pound It is highly of has contagious its own and burning disease. characteris-

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wood. generally require water to become infectious. BTUs, regardless It is virtually of what impossible species

it is. A full cord, which is right wood for a specific purpose. Oak firewood also has a fra-

enjoy to cure the a “art” flat of bacteria. using just the well-seasoned.

Reach Bob Reach Beyfuss Bob at rlb14@cornell.edu

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Positively Speaking

Change yourself to change your situation

By Toby Moore

For Capital Region Independent Media

We’ve all experienced times

when things were going well, we

were moving towards a goal, and

suddenly things began to sour. A

new manager may be putting negative

pressure on you, or maybe a

family member is constantly angry

with you — no matter what you say

or do, it’s wrong.

Situations like this are most

challenging. It’s hard to move forward.

We lose the spring in our

step, we let our heads droop down,

we wonder why everything has to

be so bad. We go home at night and

we dread the next day. We wonder

how it will be possible to make it


You say your prayers and beg

for a change; you confide in your

loved ones. They try to help, but

nothing they say seems to make a


The positive thoughts become

few and far between. You try to be

positive, but with a bad attitude,

you think to yourself, “I just have

to keep putting one foot in front of

the other.”

The fact is, things don’t always

go the way we plan. We plan for

great things, and then not-so-great

things can happen. We have great

expectations, but sometimes those

expectations are crushed.

When life becomes like this, it’s

easy to get negative. It’s easy to get

stuck. It’s easy to think things will

always be like this.

I used to believe that when

life gives you lemons, you should

squirt your enemies in the eye, but

is that the best way?

Years ago, I had a job where

everything was running smoothly;

it was all under control. Suddenly a

new manager was hired and life became

very different. Initially, I was

OK with the pressure, but it became

too much. I couldn’t stand to be at

work, and I was distraught. It was a

good job and I didn’t want to leave,

but I didn’t feel like I could deal

with it any longer. I prayed, and I

read, seeking a solution. I tried to

change my manager, but nothing

seemed to work. I lost my cool.

After some time, I realized I

wasn’t going to change the situation,

nor was I going to change my

manager, but instead, I was the one

who needed changing.

Sometimes to overcome a problem,

it isn’t about changing the other

person; it’s about changing yourself.

Often our reaction to what’s

happening is the problem. We have

a choice.

I’ve had family members get

angry at me, and my reaction only

made things worse. I’d try to show

them the error of their ways, I’d

complain to other family members,

I’d think of ways to change them,

but it never worked. The only time

things became peaceful again was

when I changed myself, when I

changed my reaction.

The other person may change,

but it usually won’t happen according

to our time frame. When you

can’t change the situation, it might

be because it’s time to change your

attitude and feel about it.

They say everything in life is

only for a season. Is that true?

Oddly enough, when I finally

adjusted my attitude and gave up

trying to change my manager and

the situation, when I accepted that

I was the one that needed changing

and I took steps to let go and

become flexible, my manager was


After reading that, I know some

of you are going to change real fast!

Don’t get your hopes up! Ha-ha!

When he was gone, I missed

him. I realized how much he had

changed me and what valuable life

lessons I learned in the process.

Everything in life is only for

a season; whatever you’re going

through won’t last forever. Soon,

you’ll be in a new season with new

challenges. Make the most of each

season. Allow the season to change

you; it will prepare you for the next


Gandhi said, “…as a man

changes his own nature, so does

the attitude of the world change towards

him….” Is that true?

Try it and see.

Toby Moore is a columnist, the

star of Emmy-nominated “A Separate

Peace,” and CEO of Cube-

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By Dick Brooks

For Capital Region Independent Media

It’s that time of the year again,

resolution time.

A whole brand new year ahead

of us and we get stuck with homework!

I suppose I could cheat and just

copy over last year’s since I didn’t

use them much, but I refuse to be

a shirker. Last year’s were pretty

much the same as the year before,

which were pretty much as the

year before that and so on for as

long as I can remember.

You know the ones — they

are the same ones that most adults

make: losing weight, saving money,

exercising more, less television

and more books — same old junk.

by Dick Brooks

It’s resolution time again

You list them with good intentions

and start out in good faith, only to

see most of them fade by the end

of January. They usually die a quiet,

hardly noticed death, only to be

revived with the dawning of a new


I don’t like breaking promises,

even if they’re promises to myself,

so I’ve been thinking of coming up

with some more creative self-improvement

ideas. The old ones

sure would be nice and I’ll include

them again, but given their past

track record, I don’t have a lot of

hope for their success.

Now, to come up with ones

that I can try to keep all year long.

Let’s see, I could improve my

dental health by trying not to grit

my teeth when I hear the phrase,

“Fake Media”; when the batteries

go in the remote control I won’t

replace them, that should lead to

several more miles walked each

week; I will try to eliminate one

“I wish…” from each day; I will

look through my file of daily problems

until I can find at least one

that I can smile or maybe even

laugh about; I will bring a smile to

someone who doesn’t have one at

the time — people who are family

count; a moment each day will be

spent being “childish” and enjoying

all that is good about that state;

I will remember that my spouse

is also my best friend and do one

“best friend” thing for her daily; I

will avoid disappointment and not

enter any more beauty pageants; I

will enjoy the aging process and

realize that no matter what I do, it

isn’t reversible and is much better

than the alternative.

That should do it. Now I think

I’ll type my resolutions up and

post them where I’ll see them daily

and be reminded. I’ll put a copy

in the refrigerator, I look in there

frequently. The steering wheel

would be another good place, I

spend a lot of time running around

each day. I’ll tape another copy on

the floor near the spot on the bed

where I sit for my daily wrestling

match with my socks. I thought

about taping one on the mirror

in the bathroom, but I realized

that the older I get, the less time

I spend looking in the mirror; I no

longer want to see what it wants to

show me.

I might tape a copy to each

doorway so when I go into a room

and can’t remember why I went in

there, I can at least better myself

while I’m trying to recall my lost


Well, I guess I’m ready for the

New Year, so bring it on. I’m sure

that like all the others, it’s gonna

be a doozy and has to be better

than the one it’s replacing.

Thought for the week — Always

remember you’re unique,

just like everyone else.

Until next week, may you and

yours be happy and well.

Contact Dick Brooks at whittle12124@yahoo.com.

Transcribed from her diary by

Kathy Saurer Osborne

Sunday, Dec. 31: Cloudy. Fair

later. Adrienne Adele JoAnn &

Gene & I went to Church. 33 out.

Pearl H played. P.M. we were asked

to Delite’s for supper. Had a good

time. Not a bad year. Hope the next

will be as good. HA,LH

Monday, Jan. 1: Just zero A.M.

A fine day. Put out the wash & it

dried nicely. Brought it in & aired

it & put most of it away. Gene in &

out visiting. P.M. mended for Delite

& crocheted. This A.M. wrote 3

postal cards for Edith Baitsholts.

Mrs Gifford’s funeral is Wed. At

1 P.M. at the church. The children

skated on the dam this P.M. Mr &

Mrs Bates & Albert, Porter, Gene,

Adele Adrienne & Allyn.

Tuesday, Jan. 2: Cloudy &

warmer. Joyce & Chuck came

Grandma Mackey’s Diary

about 12. He was back & took her

to Gedney’s this A.M. Ironed etc.

Delos had a letter from Carl. He is

about 30 miles from Seol (?).

Wednesday, Jan. 3: Cloudy rain.

Did hand washing & ironed etc.

Helped Gene with her dishes. Gene

& I went to Mrs Louie Gifford’s funeral

this P.M. Adrienne at the suit

of Raymond Knowls & Howard

Whilbeck taking notes in shorthand


Thursday, Jan. 4: A fine warm

day. Thawing. Took the Christmas

tree down & put away most of the

things. Cleaned the bedrooms &

hall & the rug in the parlor. Crocheted.

Adrienne didn’t feel well

& staid home, but is better tonite.

Babysitting at Bates’. Gene had

a letter from Joyce she is working

Sat. A.M. Chuck called too & told

me. He is bringing her out.

Friday, Jan. 5: Cloudy. Cleaned

1950-51 life in Medusa

rug & did everyday work. Adele

home today, not feeling well. Joyce

has to work Sat A.M. Sorry! Adrienne

has gone with Janet to the Basket

Ball game, & Don has gone to a

meeting at the Shop.

Saturday, Jan. 6: Fair. Thawing.

Did necessary work. Chuck brought

Joyce in the P.M. She doesn’t feel

very well. Stomach! Addie & I went

to the Card Party at Cora Brittons. I

got 1st. Chuck back in the evening.

Girls at Janet’s playing Canasta.

Sunday, Jan. 7: Snow. Went to

Church. Adele & I played. Chuck

here in P.M. & again in the evening.

No moving if the wind blows.

Monday, Jan. 8: Fair. Some

wind. Gene did the washing. Too

cold to hang it out. Crocheted &

cut up the pumpkin & cooked

about half of it. Children in school.

Chuck staid last nite & took Joyce

to meet Gedney. Chuck has gone to

do more work at Van Epi. Gertrude

is calling Mable to come there. The

temperature is 12 above tonite.

Have to furnish lunch at the Ladies

Aux. tomorrow.

Tuesday, Jan. 9: Fair & cold. 8

below A.M. Put out the wash. Very

cold. Dr. Bott called, can’t do much

for my ears. $4. Addie was in a few

minutes & Ada for the Ladies Aux

treasure’s report. Girls at the Youth

Fellowship at Howard Bell’s. Gave

the Ladies Aux $1 for dues.

Wednesday, Jan. 10: Fair. Cold.

Just zero. Gertrude went to Aunt

Mable’s & Delite came & I went

there for the day. I canned the pumpkin

& brought one back tonite. Don

brought Gertrude home after we

came. Will have to do our ironing

tomorrow also clean the bedrooms.

Thursday, Jan. 11: Cloudy. Finished

ironing & cleaned bedrooms.

Have half of the Fireman’s Aux.

luncheon cloth finished. Called

Delite she feels fairly good. She

was afraid she was getting the “La-


Friday, Jan. 12: Fair. Finished

cleaning bedrooms & livingrooms.

Joyce came with Don. He had the

switch for the oven. I put it in.

Chuck came & staid the evening.

Adele went to the B.B. game. Adrienne

& I to the Community Party

& Don & Gertrude to Bronson’s to

view the Ezzard Charles fight via


Saturday, Jan. 13: Fair. Made a

raisin pie & a pumpkin pie & Adrienne

toll house cookies. Don &

family went to Hudson to the Chiropractor.

Joyce washed & I waxed

the kitchen floor. She & Chuck

have gone out. The girls & friends

have gone skating.

The Greenville Pioneer • Friday, December 31, 2021 11

Chase leads to arrest, 75 tickets for Slingerlands man

By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

CATSKILL — A Slingerlands man

was arrested and issued 75 tickets after a

chase through Greene County, according

to state police.

Timothy B. Hall Jr., 41, of Slingerlands,

was arrested Dec. 12 by state police

from the Coxsackie barracks after

he led officers on a chase that lasted 20

By Mary Schoepe

For Capital Region Independent Media

For over 40 years, microwave ovens

have been one of the most popular kitchen

appliances because they’re fast, convenient

and affordable. But cooking with

a microwave may not be the healthiest


Today’s post explores the pros and

cons of using this popular cooking appliance.

Before moving on, I would like to

clarify what a microwave is. A microwave

is a form of non-ionizing radiation

that changes the electromagnetic nature

of atoms. In other words, your food is

being zapped by high frequency waves

of heat.

Interestingly enough, some experts

like Dr. Hans Hertel argue that this radiation

can increase cholesterol levels,

decrease red and white blood cell counts,

miles and at speeds reaching 90 mph, police


Troopers stopped Hall in a 2019

Mitsubishi Outlander at approximately

1:44 a.m. on West Main Street near the

intersection of Route 9W in the town of

Catskill to issue a traffic violation, according

to state police.

“As troopers approached the vehicle,

the operator, later identified as Timothy

B. Hall Jr., 41, from Slingerlands, put the

and decrease hemoglobin.

A 1991 study conducted by Dr. Hertel

explored how microwaves change

the molecular structure of food and the

effects it has on your body. His study

concluded that when consumed, microwaved

milk and vegetables decrease

HDL (good) cholesterol and reduce red

and white blood cells.

Here’s another concerning issue —

carcinogenic toxins.

The packaging of common microwavable

food products such as pizza,

chips and corn contain carcinogenic

toxins including terpthalate and dioxins.

According to nutritionist Rick Hay, “The

carcinogenic toxins leak out of the containers

and end up in your food and then

into your digestive and immune system,

which can affect fertility, hormone balance,

blood pressure, mood, libido and

cardiovascular health.”

However, the Slow Food Movement

vehicle in reverse and attempted to strike

a police vehicle as he fled the scene,” according

to a statement from state police.

“Troopers pursued the vehicle for approximately

20 miles with speeds reaching

90 miles per hour.”

Hall pulled over into a driveway on

Route 67 and fled the scene on foot, police

said. He was arrested following a

brief foot pursuit and taken into custody.

Hall was charged with second-degree

Fitness Concepts

Microwave ovens: A hot issue

founded in 1986 by Carlo Petrini has left

a growing number of microwaves dormant.

This global initiative is focused

on encouraging people to stop eating fast

food and instead to take time to prepare

and eat whole, locally sourced foods.

For many, this movement has sparked

an interest in where and how our food is

grown or raised. And that awareness is

one of the reasons farmers markets are

so popular. By giving consumers access

to locally grown farm-fresh produce and

enabling farmers to develop a personal

relationship with their customers, farmers

markets create an important link between

farms and cities.

In addition to the growth of the Slow

Food Movement, the organic foods

movement is also growing at a rapid

pace, making it a $52.5 billion a year industry.

Foods with the USDA Organic seal

guarantees that fruits and vegetables are

assault, a felony; third-degree fleeing

a police officer in a motor vehicle; obstruction

of governmental administration;

reckless driving and driving while

intoxicated, all misdemeanors, according

to police.

He was also issued 75 tickets for traffic

violations in Cairo and Catskill.

Hall was arraigned in the Town

of Athens Court and remanded to the

Greene County Jail.

completely GMO free. These strict standards

also apply to livestock and prohibit

antibiotics or growth hormones in livestock.

Living in upstate New York we are

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Scribner Hollow Farms, East

Durham Farms, Heather Ridge Farms,

Hudson Farmers Market, Story’s Farm,

Sugar Maples Farm, the Fromer Farm

and many more.

Many of these farms offer locally produced

fruits and vegetables (and in some

cases pesticide-free produce), along with

pasture-raised meats and eggs. I know

that once you introduce real whole foods

to your family, you’ll kick your microwave

to the curb!

If you’re interested in how you can be

a part of the Slow Food Movement, visit

their website at www.slowfoodusa.org.












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Church, then and now

By Mary Lou Nahas

For Capital Region Independent Media

I imagine a number of you have

driven through Preston Hollow on

Route 145 and wondered about the

Methodist church building next to

the cemetery. I am not referring to

the Baptist church that is still in fine

repair and active on the other side of

the cemetery.

The Methodist church has not

been used as a church for some

time. Windows have been broken

and the interior vandalized, but it

was once a lovely church.

For a number of years, it has

been for sale through the Albany

County Land Bank, a non-profit

organization established in 2014

to facilitate the process of acquiring,

improving and redistributing

tax-foreclosed, vacant or abandoned


The Land Bank works in partnership

with local and state government,

non-profits, residents and

community groups. I called the

number listed on their sign on the

door and was told that the property

was in the process of being sold and

they hoped the closing would be

soon. I have no idea who the new

owner is and what they will do with

the building, but I wanted to tell the

story of the church.

According to the “History of

Albany County Township of Rensselaerville,”

the Methodist Society

of Preston Hollow was organized

about 1840 by a group of devout

Methodist men and women who

met for worship in what they called

The Meeting House.”

In August 1845, the trustees of

the M.E. Church (as it was then

called) purchased the Church of

Nathaniel Rider of the Town of

Rensselaerville Albany County.

The account, which is also published

in the book “People Made It

Happen Here,” does not say if the

church was on the present site or

was moved there from somewhere

else in the town.

“A meeting of the male members

of the Methodist church and

society in Preston Hollow [was]

held pursuant to public notice on

the last Saturday of February 1847

at 6 o’clock p.m. at the store of M

Smith [this was Melancton Smith]

for the purpose of electing Trustees

in said society. The Rev. Charles



was present


as moderator &

Melancton Smith as clerk. It was

resolved by a majority of votes that

Melancton Smith, John W. Couchman


and Phineas Holmes serve as

Trustees for the ensuing year.”

And it was resolved that this

meeting be adjourned until the last

Saturday in February 1848. In those

days only male members were


Melancton continued to serve as

trustee for many years. Other trustees

and officers included John W.

Couchman, Phineas Holmes, Wm.

C Smith, John W.P. Rivenburg,

William SUPPORTS Haines, William REAL Elsbree,

Lewis Craw, Harvey Brown, Danie

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Deyo, Robert Arnold, William

Morison, William Haines, James

Conyes, Peter Hess, Valentine

Cook, A. E. Hinman, Smith Hess,

Elisha Cook, C. T. Haines, Levi Conyes,

Alger Clerk, Levi Alger, Edgar

Matice, Andrey Tiffney, Elisha

Cook — all prominent men in the


In February 1867, Melancton

Smith was directed as clerk to transfer

the records of the M.E. Church

in Preston Hollow from files on

paper to a book — the book was 8

x 6 1/2 and has handwritten on the

fly leaf: “Register of the Methodist

Episcopal Church in Preston Hollow

Albany Co. NY.” [The information

was copied in May 1974 by

Clarissa E. Ketcham of Greenville,

who wrote that the present owner of

the book is Clifton Hess of Preston

Hollow. I do not know who might

have the book today].

Mrs. Potter A. Scott wrote a

historical sketch of the church for

its 100th anniversary on Aug. 8,

1945. The sketch is also found in

“People Made It Happen Here” and

probably elsewhere. Mrs. Scott tells

us that in 1884 the church was remodeled.

The gallery was removed

and an arch was erected in back

of the pulpit. A new desk and altar

rail, both hand carved, were made

by John Burhans, one of the carpenters,

and presented by Thomas

Scott. These were still in use in


In 1896 or 1897, the church

was again repaired by the pastor,

the Rev. George Tompson, and

helpers. A belfry with a 606-pound

bronze bell was added. The interior

was redecorated, the present [1945]

windows, seats, chairs for pulpit

and chairs for session room were

placed. Dedication services were

held, with an unusually large congregation


In 1915 or 1916, the Rev.

Metzger was “on the Charge.” Mrs.

Scotts tells us: “A new Organ was

installed which was quite an event.

Electric lights have been added

to the beauty and convenience of

the Church. Heatrolia has been installed

to the comfort of the Congregation.”

David Avitable in his recent story

on the church in the Mountain

Eagle explains that a Heatrolia is a

coal-burning, warm-air stove.

In 1941, a “kitchen was added

with the necessary equipment. Sideboard,

sink, shelves, tables making

it convenient for those who worked

on committees for suppers etc. July

1945 after a board meeting, as we

were having lunch, the floor gave

in due to water under the floor, Mrs.

Scott remarks. Concrete is being

put in. In 1945 we are again redecorating

our church both interior and


The 8th day of August 1945

we are observing our 100th Anniversary.

Our Pastor Rev. Starr has

charge of the Program. Anniversary

Sermon is by Rev. Conrad Metzger,

a former pastor. Rev. Bro Seamon

only visiting pastor. Offering of


$105.03 was given,” she concludes.

As part of the Methodist Church,

Preston Hollow had relationships

with other congregations. Ministers

frequently stayed only two years at

one church and then were moved

to another church. Some ministers

served more than one church.

The Preston Hollow Church

and the Oak Hill United Methodist

Church are an example as the registry

book illustrates:

“We have enjoyed the different

Pastors and Dist. Spt. as they

have come among us. Some of the

Pastors are Earl, Gaylord, Gorse,

Ackerley, Leadbeater, Burkins,

Gritman, Keagan, Spencer, Ferris,

Bullen, Crawford [who also

served at Oak Hill 1905-1907],

Metzger [who served at Oak Hill

1914-1916], Zinck [who served in

Oak Hill 1919-1921], Price, Lockett

[who served at Oak Hill 1926-

1928], Weber, McGrain, Garrett

[who was at Oak Hill in 1928 when

their church was remodeled], Seaman,

Magee [served at Oak Hill

1938-1944. It appears that Arthur

Magee might have been serving

both churches when he died.]”

Mrs. Scott wrote: “We were very

much grieved at the passing of Rev.

Magee March 26, a man of sterling

qualities. He had been with us nearly

seven years. [Arthur Magee was

at the Oak Hill Church from 1938

to 1944] Rev. Harder of Greenville

very kindly finished Bro. Magee’s

years which we appreciated very

much. District Superintendent Rev.

Bro. Carrol has supplied our church

this year with a STARR of great

magnitude and we are delighted

with his choice.” [She is referring

to the Rev. Starr, who was also the

pastor at Oak Hill and many others

churches over the years.]

There is also an account of a special

meeting Oct. 3, 1888, to talk of

purchasing the dwelling now occupied

as a parsonage in Oak Hill and

of annexing it to the church property,

Oak Hill to pay 2/3 and Preston

Hollow 1/3. The meeting was not

fully represented and a motion was

made to adjourn for one week. I do

not believe the two churches entered

into that agreement, but they

had made an Inventory of Parsonage

Furniture in March 12, 1887.

Bought by H.W. Ackerley, pastor:

“March 30, 1887: Report of

Parsonage Furniture read and copied

into the minutes submitted by

C. Original reported pasted inside

of back cover. Carpets for parlors

sitting room 46.50; Oil cloths 7.84;

matting for two bedrooms 2.70;

stair carpet rods and border 3.75;

shades and fixtures 5.20; 1 kettle

.90; 1 lounge 9.00; 2 stands 6.00;

graining and painting 5.00; chair

rocker 2.25: $89.14. Amount paid

for the above: Oak Hill paid $60;

Preston Hollow paid $12; Medusa

paid $8.; boy orator receipts $8:

Total $88.00.” [So there were three

churches involved.] Further listed

were “One hanging lamp; one stand

lamp; three hooks. 4.30.”

Also included was an Inventory

Many people, both men and

women, kept diaries in the past.

I have a small collection of local

diaries and would love to have

more because they illustrate the

daily lives people were leading

and what and who was important

to them. Most people started

diary keeping on January 1 of

a given year. While they may

not have continued recording

until the end of the year, the diaries

usually tell what their authors

post card were showing doing on the New Preston Year’s Hollow Church after the bell was installed.



On Day. the Since right side this is edition the shed of where “The the horses were kept during services. On

the Greenville left is the Pioneer” cemetery. is coming

out on January 1, I thought I

would share with you how some

people spent that day in the past.

I don’t even know the names of

all those who kept the diaries.

Often, they didn’t put their

names in the books. Perhaps you

can guess who the authors might

have been. If you do find a clue,

please let me know.

Helen Tripp was one of the

daughters of Alfred and Maria

Utter Tripp. She was born January

26,1853, and she lived until

January 27, 1917. She lived

in the brick house on the main

street of Oak Hill with her family.

On January 1, 1874, she


started a diary:

An early photo when the church was in good repair. Photo courtesy of “Peo-

Thursday, Weather very

ple Made It Happen Here”.

pleasant. I worked around the

house until noon. In the afternoon

sewed on my dress. Did

not go anywhere nor was there

any one in here till evening. Mrs.

Eliza Flower called. Received a

letter from Libbie Russell.

Friday, January 2: Weather

very pleasant, thawed all day.

I sewed on my dress nearly all

day. Aunt Mary Utter and Jimmie

came down this evening to

go to the donation. [I can imagine

what the donation was, but

can anyone share more information?]

Aunt Mary invited us to

go with her. The coal fire went

out last night. I had to make it

up this morning. Aunt Mary had

a very nice time; they cleared


Saturday, January.3: Weather

very pleasant; thawed all day

again today. I had to make the

coal fire again today. Father,

Mother, Hattie and Carrie [her

two youngest sisters] went over

to Uncle Briggs today. [Uncle

Briggs was a Tripp and lived in

Medusa or Westerlo]. I finished

my dress, all but the buttons and


Sunday, January 4: Weather

very nice and pleasant. Went to

Durham to church this morning.

Did not get back in time

for Sunday School. Did not go

to church this afternoon. [The



was a time to go south. A series

of diaries written by the Wade

family give an idea of what the

New York folks did in Florida:

Gainesville Fla Jan 1, 1925.

Many people k

The back of the dustjacket of Brooks Atkinson’s bo

his many achievements.

Mary Wade of Oak Hill was one of the many area p

winter. Some visited; others retired there. Most pe

Florida, and there are numerous accounts of their

and possibly car repairs along the way.



Vegetation has grown over the once beautiful stained-glass windows.

Tripps lived next to the Oak Hill

of Methodist “Old Furniture: Church [which and I were assume always

in very the parsonage] involved 20 there.] chairs, Or-

2 Elliston and others. Deed recorded

conveyed to the church DUMPSTER

by John O.


rockers ville preached. cane bottoms; I wrote 4 bed a steads; letter in Albany County Clerk’s Office,

2 to stands; Libbie 1 desk Russell old; this 1 secretary; evening. 1 1934, to Rudolph Bittner for the

extension Did not go table; to church. 1 square [It table; sounds 1 sum of $900.

cook like there stove; were 2 base opportunities burners; 2 carpets

spend upstairs the ingrain; whole 1 day rag and carpet eve-

on ledger The dress stated: Helen “A Mark Tripp special wrote Overbaugh about business

her diary - Gree wou

to The last recorded 15-Yard meeting Dumpsters in the Ava

kitchen; ning at 1 church.] spider; 1 old cook stove; meeting They prided of themselves church on was their 518-947-9981

held fashionable attire

1 old Chauncey base burner.” B Day from Alcove

While recorded these lists are on not January always before Mr. and the Mrs. meeting Bates, the matter Nelson of and the Had d

Nov. good 12, and 1950. notions. Rev. Some Garrett ladies brought in town had a dress

clear, 1,1887: I find Thurs. it fascinating Went to to know Alcove—got

was in the 3 gal. houses kerosene. and what the finances gether outside and meetings. our tents Rev. plac-



future I ate of our the New church Year’s in regards dinner to its to-

us. Th


items The cost. diary of another anonymous

Some person further recorded: information Jan that 1, that fricasseed should be chicken, met by the sweet Church and holid

rett ing pointed our tables out a together. list of obligations (Menu: Touri

I 1888 found Rained of interest all day. included Hugh mention

in evening. of a committee to investigate

here Board. white Proctor potatoes, Scott cucumber made a motion pickles,

was chili seconded sauce, creamed by Olin onions, Haskin eveni



incorporation A. M. Cowles of the church. recorded Jan. in that green the peas, Church sweet keep going corn, as celery, long Ja

16, his 1915: diary: Jennie January Cook, 1, 1898: organist, The as cranberries we can meet sauce. our financial Coffee Lem-


pies.) Clifton The men Hess, washed Recording the Ja


Stephen snow that Brazee, fell Charles yesterday Alger and has

W. been H. piled Thorne, in committee heaps last to night estimate

and the building wind a is church still hall blowing. over

dishes for us. Mrs. Bates and anniv



I called on Mrs. Harder from tween

I could shed. Miss not get Florence home Kline last 1920

On Feb. 1, 1953, the first wedding

ever in the church was that



Hudson on this camp.


for the for snow 1 year. was Mrs. drifted. Florence Mr.


Jan 1, 1928: Spend the day a Palm

Whitehead organist and one myself year. 1924 played Mrs. of Robert Dingman and Rosemary



home. Bates are away the week and I

games of assistant dominoes organist. this morning.

In the Whitbeck evening elected played trustee tendants were Mr. and Mrs. David

1928 Provan 1:30 p.m. Sunday. At-

Adalbert end. Mr. and Mrs. Lasher called ist C


for this afternoon. We spend our turke

Mr. three Mackey. years. Feb. Mr. 1929, Cook motion and


made spare time writing letters. Nelson

goes to church.


for t

brother to have drove electric them to lights the in house the On April 25, 1957, aw church

church to break — out committee the roads. for lights are window was broken by a truck.

three trustees with Lucina Dingman In Deland 1963, the Fla: church Jan was 1, 1930 sold to A ness

and Mr. Jan. G. 1, H. 1918: Wood. A diary from William very lovely McMahan day. who Need held no services

Wash this am; take a nap this af-

and c

fire. entert

the There Wade was family a special recorded: meeting Mary

Oct. is with 23, us. 1940, We Greenville when stay the in all trustees day. Auto ternoon.

for a And while.

& go Truck with the Lashers

The to see church the has Glorified been sold sev-

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Farm Catskill and wrote: described Wednesday, in a deed Mon-Fri Jan as owner 7:30-6 1934: will · Sat give Deland, 8-5 it · a Sun new Fla. 9-2 life. We go out

1,1919: We stayed home. Made for dinner and go to the movies

head cheese and hockeye [a pig in afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Kipp


from Orange City call in the

For years many Oak Hill and evening. Tooldie seems some

Vicinity families have gone to better today. 80 in the shade.

Florida in the winter; the Tripps, Jan 1, 1935: A lovely day.

the Fords, and the Wades all had We call on Mr. and Mrs. Vincent

houses in the Bradenton area. #SupportRealNews

and the Hacks. Have our din-

For these folks, the New Year

ner at home. Spend our evening

with Mr. and Mrs. Luke

Jan 2. Three callers. Nice

day. Our anniversary. Hacks for

the evening.

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The Greenville Pioneer • Friday, December 31, 2021 13

NEW YORK – New York Attorney

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on testing kits or other goods vital

and necessary for health, safety and

welfare, they are encouraged to report

it my office immediately. And

fraudsters are on notice that if they

attempt to price gouge during this

new surge, we will not hesitate to

take action.”

The Office of Attorney General

(OAG) has received complaints of

COVID-19 testing products being

sold at double or triple their retail

price. A standard BinaxNOW

brand test kit at a New York store

AG: Report price gouging of COVID test kits,

other in-demand items

costs appropriately between $14

and $25 for a package of two tests,

however there have been alleged

reports of the same products being

unlawfully sold for more than $40

and up to $70 per package.

New York law prohibits merchants

from taking unfair advantage

of consumers by selling goods

or services that are vital to their

health, safety or welfare for an “unconscionably

excessive” price. An

excessive price would be represented

by a gross disparity between the

price of the product immediately

prior to and after such an occurrence.

Last year, a law was passed that

substantially strengthened James’

ability to bring charges against

individuals and entities violating

New York state’s price gouging

statute, as they sought to excessively

increase prices on essential

goods and services during pandemics

or other emergencies.

The OAG continues to monitor

entities across the state for deceptive

practices and price gouging

schemes. Any New Yorker who is

aware of or believes that they have

been the victim of price gouging is

encouraged to file a complaint online

or call 800-771-7755.

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The state attorney general is asking consumers to report stores that are price gouging on at-home COVID tests and

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He thought, “If only my dad could be

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I wanted to thank everyone within the Ravena / Coeymans /

Selkirk communities for their continued support over the last

year. It has been difficult at times but we have managed to get

through it and provide a helpful community service. We are back

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Since opening in July 2018, we have helped raise approximately

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CLERK, from page 1

the integrity to stand up and say

this was all bad treatment,” Park


She asked Town Supervisor

Paul Macko to publicly acknowledge

who he voted for at

the caucus, and claimed Town

Councilman Travis Richards

“hasn’t looked me in the eye

since May.”

“Unless you are going to say

that you supported me, I don’t

really want to have thanks because

it is not shown,” Park


She also alleged that Town

Councilman Richard Bear has

been “slandering” her around


Bear denied the accusation.

“I am sorry, but I don’t know

where I slandered you,” Bear


Park claimed the caucus was

not advertised sufficiently and

that many Republicans were unaware

that it was taking place in


There were a thousand Republicans

that did not have a

vote at that caucus because they

didn’t know about it,” Park said.

“And anyone on the committee,

and anyone that knew about it,

should have been able to stand

up and say, ‘Jackie has done a

great job and she keeps us in

line as best she can.’ It is very


Around 100 Republicans

took part in the June caucus,

held at the North Barn in Vanderbilt

Town Park.

Rosemary Lewis, a member

of the Greenville Republican

Committee and mother-in-law

of Town Clerk-elect Jessica

Lewis, said Park’s claims are “a

personal opinion.”

“You go to caucus, you bring

people and people get nominated,

and then the townspeople

vote for who they want to run in

the election,” Rosemary Lewis

said in a telephone interview.

Macko said at the meeting

he cast his vote for Park at the


“May lightning strike me

dead, I voted for you at that

caucus and [Town Councilman]

John [Bensen] sat right next to

me, right alongside me, and saw

who I voted for,” Macko said.

Bensen agreed.

Park, a registered nurse, said

she will next return to the health

care field.

“This dirty politics has

messed with my retirement,

my health insurance, and what

I do,” Park said. “Thank God I

have a license to fall back on.

This is not a joke and it’s disgusting

what happened.”

Jessica Lewis could not be

reached for comment at press

time. She will take office effective

Jan. 1.

CAIRO, from page 1

“As a board member, it makes

you think, if so many people

came out for this,” Kralovich

said. “I will be honest — I was

kind of leaning in the other direction,

but listening to everyone and

the passion, it makes you think.”

Watts voted to opt in and said

a wait-and-see attitude could cost

the town money.

“I am afraid if we opt out,

businesses are going to skip right

over us and we will miss the opportunity

because we are not

ready for them,” Watts said.

Watts said he surveyed shoppers

at the Hannaford supermarket

about the issue and the great

majority were in favor. The responses,

he said, were sometimes

surprising to him.

“I asked from elderly people

right down to 18, everybody that

would vote, and it was 95% of

the people said they were for it

or they didn’t have an opinion,”

Watts added. “Only about 5%

of the people said no, absolutely


Most of the people in the audience

were in favor of permitting


“It’s my opinion that it is not

a bad thing to have a dispensary,”

Claudia Zucker said. “I don’t

think it’s a great idea to have

lounges, but I think a dispensary

is a great thing for the town. I

understand it is very expensive to

get the license and I am for it. As

a business owner on Main Street,

I am for it.”

Several supporters of dispensaries

said they would bring both

tax dollars and additional economic

activity to the area.

“In Saugerties, four stores are

opening,” Robert Malkin said.

“Hudson stores are opening,

Catskill stores are opening. Are

we sending our people here and

tourists to those towns? Why?

If you look at Great Barrington

(where dispensaries are permitted),

all the restaurants, they are

getting so much business.”

Augie Freeman believes the

town will miss out if they opt out

now and then opt in later on.

“If you wait — and if you

have a business owner who wants

to buy land and open something

here — if you kick this can down

the road three months, six months,

he will be somewhere else,” Freeman

said. “This is going to be fast

and furious when it happens. It

will be a done deal. People that

have the funds to do these things

are going to do it quickly. They

want to be open and operational.”

“Are pot heads scary?” he

added. “They are not. It’s not that

big of a deal.”

Attorney Monica Kenny-Keff

was one of a couple of residents

and business owners who spoke

in favor of opting out and not permitting

dispensaries in the town.

“I am supporting opting out

because you can opt back in.

The more information you had

to make the decision, the better it

is,” Kenny-Keff said.

In Colorado, where dispensaries

have been permitted since

2012, the economic impact was

harmful in the beginning, she


“Insurance rates in Colorado

are through the roof. They have

lost money — Colorado lost millions

when they first did it. It is

going to take them years just to

break even,” Kenny-Keff said.

“Where my building is on Main

Street, I have had to call the police

several times for the drug

addicts hanging out down the

street…. Catskill may be opting

in, Coxsackie has opted in. Jewett

has opted out. Durham, I believe,

is opting out. So we are not the

only ones saying wait, let’s see

how this goes.”

Nancy McGahan supported

permitting dispensaries.

“I totally agree with opting in

on the law,” she said. “Already

we have high marijuana use in

this area and oftentimes it is laced

with other things. Waiting will

just put us behind the eight-ball.

We have surrounding communities

that are already opting in and

on top of that, Cairo needs revenue.

Why would we leave money

on the table? I don’t understand

why the board would even consider

opting out at this point.”

Business owner Sheila Gallagher

urged board members to

check out cannabis dispensaries

in other states, such as Massachusetts,

to see how they operate.

“You really should visit —

these are professional businesses.

These people have to put a lot of

money into these businesses. I am

absolutely for opting in,” Gallagher

said. “Cairo needs businesses.

These are businesses just like

any other. We cannot opt out of

this. We need to go forward. If we

opt out and then try to go back later,

we will miss the bus.”



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2021, from page 1


The Cairo Town Council voted 3-2 to opt out of permitting cannabis dispensaries and lounges in the town despite

vocal opposition during a December public hearing.

spring all adults were eligible,

though vaccines for children

ages 5-11 would not be approved

until late in the year.

After a winter surge early

in the year, virus infections

slowed dramatically for a time

in New York state, and at one

point over the summer the number

of infections in Greene

County ground to a halt, and for

a brief two days was at zero active


But the decrease in cases

was short lived, picking up

again until the delta variant

became the prominent variant

worldwide and led to a sharp increase

in cases and, once again,


Testing picked up in Greene

County as the county provided

a mobile testing van that traveled

the county providing free

testing for the virus. Booster

shots also became available to

all late in the year and are now

viewed by the U.S. Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention

and other health experts as one

of the most important tools in

fighting the latest variant of the

virus, omicron.

As of Dec. 23, the Greene

County Public Health Department

reported one of the highest

numbers of active cases of

the virus this year at 463, with

60 of those cases at the correctional

facilities in Coxsackie,

and 28 residents hospitalized

with COVID-19. Ninety-two

county residents have died from

the virus since the beginning of

the outbreak.

Face masks came and went

for the most part in 2021. While

mask mandates from the state

let up over the summer and fall,

with the rise of the omicron

variant late in the year, Gov.

Kathy Hochul reinstituted the

requirement, but some counties

in the state have declined to

enforce the mandate, including

Greene County.

While things were far from

normal in 2021, the economic

shutdowns of the previous year

became a thing of the past, with

stores and businesses reopened.

Schools were in person again,

though some transitioned back

and forth between in person and

remote due to outbreaks and

staffing shortages.



The biggest story of 2021

in Durham was the proposed

Bosque housing development

slated for Strong and Cornwallville


The proposal, which includes

12 high-end homes and a

farm with a barn that will serve

as a community and event center,

was proposed in December

2020 and since then has drawn

sharp criticism in the community.

Opponents to the project

cite concerns about changing

the character of the community,

along with traffic, water and

other issues, particularly with

the development’s siting within

the Cornwallville Historic District.

The project received a negative

declaration by the town

council for environmental impacts

following a six-hour review

over two town meetings in

August and early October. The

declaration led to a lawsuit by

local residents that awaits adjudication

in the courts.

The town also held two public

hearings in November and

December, which drew a full

house to the former Durham

Elementary School, where opponents

continued to voice their


The hearings were not intended

for responses from either

the town council or the developer,

Town Supervisor Shawn

Marriott said at the beginning

of each session. Responses to

local concerns are expected to

be addressed as the review process

continues in 2022.



The town of Greenville

moved forward in several aspects

of its infrastructure in


The town completed sidewalk

construction in the middle

of the year, with work beginning

in April. The $714,160

project installed sidewalks in

front of George V. Vanderbilt

Town Park up to Greenville

Country Estates, and by Kelly’s

Pharmacy, The Tasting Lab and

the Tiny Diner on Route 32.

Callanan Industries was the

project’s contractor. A majority

of the cost of the project was reimbursed

by the state.

Work commenced also in

front of Greenwood Apartments,

the Boy Scouts building

and Prevost Hall on Route 32.

Elevated areas of existing sidewalks

that were not previously

handicapped accessible were

also replaced.

The Greenville project was

combined into a single bid

with a similar project slated

for Cairo at the suggestion of

the state, leading to savings for

both towns. The Cairo project

was completed last year, but the

weather turned cold in late 2020

before the Greenville project

could be done, so it was pushed

to spring 2021.

Bid out twice in search of

a lower price tag, the second

bidding process came in at $1.2

million from Callanan Industries,

for both towns combined.

The Greenville portion of the

bid came to $714,160, with 80%

of the cost of the project reimbursed

by the state Department

of Transportation, according to

Town Supervisor Paul Macko at

the time.

The project was completed

in late June.



In December, the town of

Cairo became one of the first

communities in Greene County

to opt out of permitting cannabis

dispensaries and on-site

consumption lounges, despite

significant community pushback

supporting the businesses

at a public hearing in December.

Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo,

who resigned in August

amid scandal, in April signed

legislation legalizing adult use

of marijuana in New York state,

leaving it up to individual municipalities

to decide whether to

opt in or opt out.

Dispensaries and lounges

will be legally permitted to

open in the state in April 2022,

but local communities can

choose to prohibit them following

a public hearing.

Communities throughout

Greene County in late 2021 held

public hearings to discuss the

issue, with some opting in and

others opting out. Those that

opt out before Dec. 31 will be

able to opt in later on, but those

that opt in this year will not be

able to alter that decision, under

the state law.

The Cairo Town Council

in December voted to opt out,

leaving many residents attending

the Dec. 15 public hearing

angry. Most attendees at the

hearing voiced support of permitting

the dispensaries, though

many did oppose on-site consumption

lounges — communities

have the option to opt in

for one and not the other, or for


Supporters of the dispensaries

said they could be an economic

boon for Cairo, and the

economic development would

be welcomed, advocates said.

Two individuals spoke out

against both dispensaries and

lounges, claiming the town

should wait and see what happens

in other communities that

opt in.

Town officials agreed with

them by a vote of 3-2, with

Town Councilmen Jason Watts

and Stephen Kralovich voting

in favor of opting in.

At press time other local

communities, including Greenville

and New Baltimore, had

not yet made a decision.



District Superintendent

Tammy Sutherland announced

in August 2021 that she was retiring

Feb. 1 after 36 years with

the district.

Over nearly four decades,

Sutherland served in many

roles, including treasurer, assistant

superintendent for business

and district superintendent.

“While her accomplishments

are too numerous to

list, one has only to look at the

campus to see how a vision can

be transformed into reality,”

according to an Aug. 10 letter

from the board of education to

local families.

The district hired the educational

firm Castallo & Silky,

which has worked with more

than 120 school districts on superintendent

searches, in September.

The firm’s fee under the

contract was approved in September

at $16,000 plus expenses

not to exceed $3,000.

The district began the search

with approving a timeline and

included questionnaires completed

by board of education

members outlining the qualifications

and qualities they would

like in the new superintendent.

The board also put out a

survey in the fall asking local

residents and families to gauge

what they would like to see in a

new superintendent.

The district continues the

search and interview process

for a new superintendent.

Holiday Match update:

More than $1.7

million going to local

charities so far

The Stewart’s Holiday Match

Program is showing the true spirit

of the holidays with giving; customer

donations have reached over

$871,000 through Dec. 22. That’s

more than $1.7 million with the

Stewart’s match so far.

These donations stay local and

support local nonprofits. Funding

reaches libraries, arts programming

and many school programs

just to name a few.

Each week, a different Holiday

Match recipient is highlighted, this

week, we are featuring Things of

My Very Own. This non-profit organization

provides crisis intervention

services to children impacted

by extensive abuse or neglect. The

organization also helps children at

risk of a child protective services

intervention due to lack of necessities.

Things of My Very Own

has helped children in 11 counties

across New York’s Capital Region

and surrounding areas.

The Stewart’s Holiday Match

Program has no administrative fees

and donates 100% of donations received

to charities in their market

areas. Stewart’s Shops matches

each donation penny for penny and

dollar for dollar and has been doing

so for the past 35 years, raising

over $32 million for local charities.

While many other fundraising

efforts spend 30% or more on

overhead expenses, Stewart’s has

no administrative fees and covers

all the expenses. This means 100%

goes to local nonprofits.

Holiday Match funds are

collected from Thanksgiving to

Christmas Day in each of the 354

shops. Local children’s organizations

are encouraged to apply for

funding here. The deadline for submission

is January 31, 2022. All

groups applying must be locally

based, benefit children under 18,

and be a qualified, charitable 501c3

organization. A listing of all the

local organizations that received

funds last season is available online.



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Gathering your team to plan for

a truly memorable game day

at home starts with almost

everyone’s favorite part of

the festivities: the food. From meaty

meals and zesty appetizers to sweet,

long-lasting snacks, fuel your crowd

with recipes that keep them coming

back from kickoff to overtime.

One superstar of the menu at many

homegating parties is salsa, whether

it’s used as a finishing touch in recipes

or as a standalone snack to enjoy with

chips, veggies or other pairings. In fact,

according to the Game Day Eats Report

from Fresh Cravings, 22% of guests

would insist on running out to pick up

salsa if it wasn’t available for the feast;

18% would even be devastated and

consider leaving.

Chef Anthony Serrano recommends

these all-American recipes he makes

for his family on game day. Pulled

Beef and Slaw Sliders are perfect for

piling high with delicious toppings

before hitting the couch just in time

for kickoff. Snacking throughout the

action is a preferred approach for many

fans, making Cast-Iron Smoked Queso

Dip and Hummus Deviled Eggs go-to

options for armchair quarterbacks.

These crowd-pleasers make game

day worth celebrating, especially

if you use a salsa with high-quality

ingredients like vine-ripened tomatoes,

crisp vegetables, zesty peppers

and spices found in Fresh Cravings

Salsas. Their flavor-packed, vibrant

recipe offers a homemade-tasting

alternative to the softer, duller blends

of jarred salsa.

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Pulled Beef and

Slaw Sliders

Recipe courtesy of chef

Anthony Serrano

Pulled Beef:

2 pieces (about 3 pounds

each) beef chuck roast

2 tablespoons taco seasoning

or barbecue rub

1 cup beef bone broth

16 ounces Fresh Cravings

Chunky Mild Salsa

Salsa and Queso Slaw:

16 ounces Fresh Cravings

Chunky Mild Salsa

16 ounces broccoli slaw blend

1/4 cup green onions, sliced

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup crumbled queso fresco

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1/2 cup mayo

2 tablespoons apple cider


2 tablespoons cilantro


slider buns

Fresh Cravings Salsa

barbecue sauce



sliced cheese

roasted peppers


To make pulled beef: Season both

sides of beef with taco seasoning.

Wrap with plastic wrap and place in

fridge 2-12 hours before cooking.

Place meat, beef bone broth

and salsa in pressure cooker; seal

according to pressure cooker

directions. Cook on high 60

minutes. Once pressure cooker

is safe to open according to

instructions, open and let meat rest

in liquid 15 minutes.

Remove meat from liquid and

place in large bowl. Carefully

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over meat while shredding to keep

it juicy.

To make salsa and queso slaw:

In large bowl, mix salsa, slaw

blend, green onions, salt, queso

fresco, Dijon mustard, mayo,

apple cider vinegar and cilantro,

if desired. Cover with plastic

wrap and refrig erate until needed.

To assemble sliders, place pulled

beef and salsa and queso slaw on

buns. Top with salsa, barbecue

sauce, pickles, jalapenos, sliced

cheese, roasted peppers and onions.

Hummus Deviled Eggs

Recipe courtesy of chef Anthony Serrano

6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled

1/4 cup Fresh Cravings

Classic Hummus

1/4 cup smoked cheddar cheese

2 tablespoons bacon, cooked

and crumbled

1 teaspoon yellow mustard

1 teaspoon salt

smoked Spanish paprika,

for garnish

parsley, for garnish

Cut hard-boiled eggs in half lengthwise.

Remove yolks and place in bowl. Using

fork, mash yolks into fine crumble.

Add hummus, cheese, bacon, mustard

and salt; mix well.

Evenly disperse teaspoons of yolk mixture

into egg whites. Sprinkle with any

remaining bacon, paprika and parsley.

Cast-Iron Smoked Queso Dip

Recipe courtesy of chef Anthony Serrano

2 cups cheddar cheese

1 cup Monterey Jack cheese

1 teaspoon almond flour

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup Fresh Cravings Restaurant Style Salsa

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 cup cooked chorizo

1 teaspoon liquid smoke

cilantro, for garnish

diced bell pepper, for garnish

In cast-iron pan, mix cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese

and almond flour. Pour in heavy cream and salsa; bring to

gentle simmer. Whisk while simmering 5-7 minutes, or until

queso dip begins to thicken. Add paprika, salt, chorizo and

liquid smoke; adjust seasoning as necessary.

Garnish with cilantro and bell pepper.

The Greenville Pioneer • Friday, December 31, 2021 17

Living on Purpose

Being prepared when it’s time to stand

By Dr. Billy Holland

For Capital Region Independent Media

In our modern world, we can

agree there is no shortage of information.

We are constantly surrounded

by voices wanting to help

us understand every subject under

the sun.

However, in our quest for gathering

accurate information, we also

realize that most of what we listen

to, especially political news, is

sprinkled with half-truths, speculations

and biased observations.

The bottom line is that we actually

know very little about facts and

depend heavily on outside sources

to relay to us what they have heard.

Imagine what we would know

if there were no television, radio,

newspaper, telephone, internet, or

any type of media communication.

Knowing about state, national or

world events would be comparable

to those who lived 200 years ago.

Yes, we have certain convictions

about social and spiritual issues,

but for the most part, our views are

shaped not by what we positively

know to be a fact, but rather by

trusting what someone has told us.

When it comes to our spiritual

perspectives, Christians have God’s

Word and His Spirit that speaks

directly to us, along with pastors

and teachers who give us their interpretations,

but again we must be

discerning with the knowledge we


I have a friend who is in his

80s and is known for saying that

he listens to everything, but when

it comes to politics and religion,

he keeps his opinions to himself.

He believes that political and spiritual

views are deeply personal and

a sure way to cause arguments, divisions,

and make enemies. This is

true, but I also believe especially

from an evangelical perspective

we should not be intimidated when

God provides an opportunity to

share our faith.

When it comes to divine appointments,

we are reminded of St.

Francis who said that we should

“preach everywhere and only use

words if necessary,” which emphasizes

the need to demonstrate Christ

instead of just talking about Him.

Christians are not secret agents,

but are called to be ready and

equipped to explain what we believe

and why, even when it’s not


We are emotional beings but we

cannot afford to be controlled by

our emotions, and one of the most

difficult challenges is to develop

our spiritual discernment to the

point where we know the difference

between God’s voice and everyone

else’s, including our own.

Have you noticed when you

sense the Holy Spirit beckoning for

you to say or do something, immediately

there are resisting persuasions

trying to talk you out of it?

No doubt, there are powerful

forces at work attacking our

thoughts and trying to distort and

control our attitudes, emotions, and

especially our obedience to Christ.

Fear wants to manipulate, but we

have the choice to allow it to dominate

us or we can resist it.

Our trust in Jesus as our Lord

includes inviting Him to rule and

reign within our mind and conscience.

He wants to literally possess

us, but without surrendering

our will to Him, we are not able to

walk in covenant with Him. This is

why we study God’s Word every

day and are constantly asking the

Lord for wisdom and determination

to execute self-discipline. Our spiritual

destiny can be accomplished,

but He is not going to do it for us.

I sense we are moving into a

time where the Christian can no

longer use immaturity as an excuse

to live in sin. I’m not just talking

about blatant wickedness, but rather

the subtle apathy of neglecting to

walk with God. The sins of omission

are refusing to do what God is

saying and there are many who are

hiding in the shadows as they refuse

to learn and ask God for the courage

to represent His truth.

How can anyone say they love

Him if they do not invest their time

into knowing Him? How can we

live in the light of His love if we are

choosing to serve the darkness? We

cannot dwell in the life of His truth

if we are absorbing sin, which are

the wages of death.

Our flesh will argue we are too

busy to concentrate on our relationship

with the Lord, but we always

make time for what we love. For

those who are satisfied with living

in lukewarmness, they will suffer

great loss, but for the ones who are

dedicated to abiding in the secret

place of the most high, they will

stand when it comes time to stand.

Read more about the Christian

life at billyhollandministries.com.

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Because you care!

Sometimes, things don’t always work out at home for a child.

New York’s Office of Children and Family Services estimates that 130,000

children around the state live with a grandparent, an aunt or uncle, or other

family member. Some even live with close family friends. When a family member

or close family friend assumes the responsibility of caring for a child, that’s called

Kinship Care.

Perhaps you are a kinship care provider, or know someone who is. If you are,

you do it for all the right reasons. Because you care. But there’s good news.

St. Catherine’s Center for Children has launched a new program to support

kinship caregivers in Albany, Schenectady, Greene and Ulster Counties. The

program connects caregivers like you to a variety of community and public

support services, providing you with the tools you need to succeed. Want to learn

more? Call us at the number below, or email kinshipcare@st-cath.org

St. Catherine’s Center for Children

40 North Main Avenue, Albany, NY 12203

www.st-cath.org • 518-453-6700

18 The Greenville Pioneer • Friday, December 31, 2021

Be A Better Gardener

Greener maintenance: The silent landscaper

By Thomas Christopher

For Capital Region Independent Media

Qualified households may now

pply for Home Energy Assistance

ro¬gram (HEAP) grants, a federlly

funded program that provides

oth reg¬ular and emergency fiancial

assistance to help pay heatng

and utility bills.

The grants are available

hrough local Department of Soial

Services (DSS) offices and

ffices for the Aging. Customers

f Central Hudson Gas & Electric

orp. who receive a HEAP benet

toward their ac¬count will also

e issued a monthly credit on their

ill for a max¬imum of 12 months

ased on service type and amount

f HEAP benefit.

“We’re pleased to offer addiional

assistance to families who

ay be struggling and depend on

EAP benefits, and encourage all

ligible households to apply,” said

nthony Campagiorni, Vice Presdent

of Customer Services and

egulatory Affairs.

Campagiorni explained that

ualified families using electricty

or natural gas as their primary

eating source may receive a reglar

HEAP benefit $350 or more,

epending on family income and

ize guidelines, applied toward

heir Central Hudson account.


When environmental landscaper Matthew Benzie plants turf, he prefers to

use mixtures of fine fescues, pictured, which require far less mowing than

the traditional Kentucky bluegrass.

“In addition to these grants, eligible

customers will also receive a

credit on their utility bills that provide

further assistance in lowering

their energy costs,” said Campagiorni.

The bill credit is based on the

type of heating source and income


He added that qualified households

receiving a HEAP benefit for

non-utility heating fuels such as

oil, propane, wood/wood pellets,

kero¬sene, coal or corn are also eligible

for a monthly credit on their

electric or non-heating gas bill.

“We’re happy to provide bill

discounts to customers who heat

with these fuels, as well,” said


Customers should email their

HEAP Notice of Decision Letter to

Central Hudson at CareUnit@cenhud.com

to be enrolled and receive

the bill credit.

Regular HEAP grants for the

fall and upcoming winter are available

between now and Mar. 16,

2020, or until funding is exhausted.

Emergency HEAP grants will

be available between Jan. 2 and

Mar. 16, 2020. These benefits are

designed to meet an eligible household’s

immediate energy needs.

There’s a story that has been

getting a lot of attention from the

media. In October, the state of California

passed a law that, barring

any unforeseen political or legal

roadblocks, will phase out the use

of gasoline-powered landscape

equipment statewide by 2024.

And yet – that puts the famously

progressive state six years, I calculate,

behind Matthew Benzie.

Matthew is the proprietor of

“Indigenous Ingenuities,” a landscape

design, build and maintenance

firm in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Matt grew up, he says, loving

the outdoors. When he graduated

with his landscape architecture degree

from the University of Massachusetts,

he decided that his professional

endeavors should further

his personal ideals. He returned to

Doylestown, a picturesque town

in scenic Bucks County where

he had passed his teenage years.

Doylestown wasn’t as self-consciously

progressive as some of the

communities where Matthew had

lived since, such as Northampton,

Massachusetts, or Ashville, North

Carolina, but he felt he could make

an impact there. So, it was there

that Matthew founded Indigenous

Ingenuities in 2013.

Matt’s goal was to earn a living,

of course, but also to reinforce the

connection between residents and

their environment while also creating

wildlife habitat and helping to

heal the local environment.

This involved some scrutiny of

the profession he was entering. In

fact, the so-called “green industry”

isn’t always so green.

We have traditionally relied on

non-native plants that don’t serve

pollinators or other local wildlife,

and we have arranged these for visual

display, too often without consulting

how such a practice affects

relationships within the landscape

or between the landscape and the

surrounding ecosystem.

In addition, of course, this purely

aesthetic approach to design

commonly results in high-maintenance

landscapes, arrangements

that won’t survive without lots of

labor and environmentally unsustainable

inputs of resources.

Matthew and his team at Indigenous

Ingenuities have responded

by planning landscapes that rely

on a backbone of native plants, and

plants that are as much as possible

sourced from local growers. Matthew

minimizes lawn areas in his

designs. He includes areas of turf

with a purpose, such as play space

for children, but doesn’t use lawn

as the default landscape treatment.

Moreover, where he does plant turf

he prefers to use mixtures of fine

fescues that require far less mowing

than the traditional Kentucky


Good design is a foundation,

but without appropriate maintenance,

any landscape soon falls

apart. Accordingly, Matthew included

a maintenance crew in the

staff of his company. He equipped

this crew in keeping with his greener

mission. Gasoline-powered

Home heating assistance

An additional benefit, the

Heating Equipment Repair or Replacement

(HERR) program, is

available to assist income qualified

homeowners in repairing or

replacing their primary heating

equipment when the systems are

inoper¬able or unsafe. Applications

for HERR are accepted

through Sept. 30, 2020, or until the

funding is ex¬hausted.

To apply for HEAP and HERR

benefits, customers may contact

their local DSS office, call (800)

342-3009, or visit www.mybenefits.ny.gov.

In¬dividuals who are

60 and older and do not receive

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance

Program (SNAP) benefits may

contact their local Office for the

Aging to learn of the eligibil¬ity

requirements by calling 800-342-

9871 or by visiting www.aging.


For more information on

HEAP eligibility requirements

and benefits, visit www.Central-

Hudson.com/HEAP or http://otda.


asp; and for more on all of Central

Hudson’s assistance and billing

programs, visit www.CentralHudson.com,

and click on “My Account.”

landscape maintenance equipment

is disproportionately polluting. Operating

a 2-stroke backpack blower,

according to a 2011 study, emits

23 times as much CO2 as driving

a full-sized pickup truck for a similar

length of time, and more than

300 times as much smog-producing,

non-methane hydrocarbons


Gasoline-powered lawn mowers

are bad, too. According to the

U.S. Environmental Protection

Agency, a new gasoline-powered

lawn mower produces volatile organic

compounds and nitrogen

oxides emissions air pollution in in

in one hour of operation as 11 new

cars each being driven for one hour.

Matthew wasn’t going to subject

his employees to the hazards

of operating such equipment, either.

The noise from a leaf blower,

which can be louder than a plane

taking off, is likely to cause permanent

damage to the operator’s hearing,

and the unburned fuel that is

spewed out in the blower’s exhaust

exposes him or her to compounds

identified as probable carcinogens.

In light of all this, Matthew

opted for battery-powered mowers

and blowers. Less powerful than

their gasoline-powered equivalent,

they were nevertheless adequate

for the modest lawns he designed.

To transport the new equipment,

he bought a child carrier and had it

converted into a customized aluminum

cart that his employees could

pull from job to job around the

neighborhood with a bicycle.

Matthew’s employees have appreciated

his consideration for their

health. His customers call his crew

the “Ninja lawn service” because

their work is so relatively silent.

Of course, the whole neighborhood

benefits from that.

To hear additional tips about

environmentally friendly, low-input

landscape maintenance, listen

to the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s

Growing Greener podcast at



Be-a-Better-Gardener is a community

service of Berkshire Botanical

Garden, located in Stockbridge,

MA. Its mission, to provide knowledge

of gardening and the environment

through a diverse range

of classes and programs, informs

and inspires thousands of students

and visitors each year. Thomas

Christopher is a volunteer at Berkshire

Botanical Garden and is the

author or co-author of more than

a dozen books, including Nature

into Art and The Gardens of Wave

Hill (Timber Press, 2019). He is the

2021 Garden Club of America’s

National Medalist for Literature,

a distinction reserved to recognize

those who have left a profound and

lasting impact on issues that are

most important to the GCA. Tom’s

companion broadcast to this column,

Growing Greener, streams on

WESUFM.org, Pacifica Radio and

NPR and is available at his website,


Shortnose sturgeon tagged in 1995 recaptured in November

DEC’s Hudson and Delaware researchers to recapture fish, the sturgeon population using acoustic

telemetry and side-scan sonar. to mathematically estimate popu-

according to DEC. The side-scan

count other fish. The data is used funding for more frequent counts,

Marine Fisheries researchers conducting

a population estimate of in this case was a surprise. Recap-

Acoustic telemetry uses stationary lation numbers in overwintering ar-

transmitters are long-lived and

length of time between captures

shortnose sturgeon in the Hudson

River caught one on Nov. 19, information on its growth rate and from tagged marine species like er. The receivers store the unique

turing the same sturgeon provides receivers to detect signals emitted eas and in the overall Hudson Riv-

should continue providing signals

into the 2030s.

that had been tagged 26 years ago confirms that the fish are using the sturgeon. The side-scan sonar uses tag number, and the date and time

during the last shortnose count, according

to the Department of Envi-

The shortnose was the first river floor and objects in the wa-

(like E-Z Pass for sturgeon). staff are working with colleagues

same overwintering area. sound to create an image of the that a fish swims past a receiver

Hudson and Delaware fisheries

ronmental Conservation.

species listed as endangered when ter column and is one method for In order to provide validation from the U.S. Geological Survey

The fish is likely more than 40 the 1973 Endangered Species Act counting fish.

for the technologies, to make sure Eastern Ecological Science Center

in Kearneysville, West Virgin-

he Greenville years old. Pioneer • Friday, December 20, was 2019 enacted. An initial population Fifty adult shortnose sturgeon the objects imaged are indeed


The 33.5-inch shortnose sturgeon

was first tagged in 1995 in the the Hudson River, with the second mitters in April and May, which used panels of netting that snag

estimate took place in the 1970s in were caught and fitted with trans-

shortnose sturgeon, fisheries staff ia, the University of Delaware,

and Delaware State University to

same overwintering area near Staatsburg,

New York. Records from In the spring of 2021, academic, of acoustic receivers as the fish also used when this sturgeon was

count occurring in the 1990s. are detected on a riverwide array fish, called gill-nets. Gill-nets were

conduct this population estimate.

1995 show that the fish was already federal and state research scientists move throughout the estuary. The landed and tagged in the 1990s.

Funding for the project comes from



inches and possibly 15 years


embarked on a


large-scale project researchers can follow them using The fisheries team expects to the Hudson River Foundation and




based on its



that will provide an updated estimate

for the Hudson’s shortnose with side-scan sonar to locate and 2023 and hopes to secure additional

telemetry, which is used in tandem complete the current survey in July DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program.

• Friday, January 17, 2020 13

While it’s not uncommon for

CMH unveils

3D biopsy technology

Hannacroix Rural

HUDSON — Medical and community leaders joined in Hudson

recently to unveil state-of-the-art 3D breast biopsy technology that

officials at Columbia Memorial Health say will significantly improve

the diagnosis, treatment and outcomes for breast cancer patients

Greene Cemetery and Columbia counties. seeks 2020

The stereotactic 3D biopsy system, known as Affirm, will provide

more precise targeting of tissue abnormalities identified through

CMH’s mowing 3D mammography capabilities, donations

yielding earlier and more

accurate detection of breast cancer. The technology was acquired

through HANNACROIX the generosity — of The community Hannacroix members Rural Cemetery, who contributed which is to located

the Columbia

on Route


411 in Dormansville/Westerlo,

Health Foundation.

is seeking donations for

the 2020 mowing expense for the cemetery.

“This life-saving 3D biopsy technology, paired with our 3D mammography

service, provides our patients with the most advanced diag-

Whether you have a loved one buried there or would just like to

give a donation, it would be greatly appreciated, organizers said. They


also thank

care available

all who have

in locations



in the



comfortable, convenient and

close Organizers to home,” said need CMH your help President to keep and the CEO cemetery Jay P. maintained. Cahalan. Contributions

In addition can be to sent offering to: Hannacroix 3D mammography Rural Cemetery, and 3D biopsy C/O Linda services, Smith,

CMH Treasurer, has significantly 115 State Route augmented 143, Westerlo, its radiology New and York pathology 12193. expertise

through its affiliation with Albany Medical Center. The Albany

Med and CMH radiology and pathology services are now fully integrated,

which means that mammograms, and all imaging and diagnostic

studies, are interpreted by the region’s leading experts.

“Each year in the U.S. more than 268,000 women are diagnosed

with breast cancer,” said Tariq Gill, M.D., chief of Radiology at CHM.

“This technology, now available right here in our community, is a tremendous

step forward in our ability to detect and diagnose early stage

breast cancer, significantly improving the likelihood of successful


Columbia Memorial Health Foundation Vice Chair Anne Schomaker

said: “This technology is truly a gift of life made possible

through the tremendous generosity of our donors. We are grateful beyond

words to our supporters who continue to rally around CMH to

ensure its essential mission can continue and expand.”



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Social Security Matters

Should I take my widower benefit now?

By Russell Gloor

For Capital Region Independent Media

Dear Rusty: I lost my wife seven years

ago. I was told that I could possibly collect

30% to 35% of her benefit as a widower

benefit when I turned 60. I will be 61

soon. Would it make sense to pursue this

if it is true?

I am still working full time. Would this

affect my ability to collect Social Security

on my own account once I retire?

Signed: Working Survivor

Dear Working: Survivor benefits for a

widower can be paid as early as age 60

if you have not remarried prior to that.

But collecting a survivor benefit before

you have reached your full retirement age

(your “FRA,” which is age 67) creates

some other considerations you should be

aware of:

• Your survivor benefit will be based

upon the SS benefit your wife was entitled

to at her death. Taken at your FRA, you’d

get 100% of the SS amount your wife was

entitled to at her death, but if taken any

earlier than your FRA the survivor benefit

will be reduced.

• Taken before your FRA, your survivor

benefit will be actuarially reduced

according to the number of months prior

to your FRA it is claimed. The reduction

amount is 4.75% less per full year earlier

than your FRA, and that is a permanent

reduction. If you take your survivor benefit

at age 61, you’ll get 71.5% of the SS

benefit your wife had earned up to her


• Since you’re not yet receiving your

own SS retirement benefit, you can take

your survivor benefit first and allow your

personal SS retirement benefit to grow.

Assuming your personal SS retirement

benefit will be more than your survivor

benefit, you can switch from your survivor

benefit to your SS retirement benefit

at any time after you are age-eligible to

do so (age 62). You can also, if you wish,

choose to continue your survivor benefit

up until your personal SS retirement benefit

reaches maximum at age 70. At age 70

your own benefit will be 24% more than

your FRA benefit amount.

• If you claim the survivor benefit

before your FRA and you are still working,

you’ll be subject to Social Security’s

“earnings test,” which limits how

much you can earn before SS takes away

some of your benefit. The earnings limit

for 2021 is $18,960 (the 2022 limit is

$19,560) and if your earnings from work

exceed that amount, SS will take back

benefits equal to $1 for every $2 you are

over the limit.

So, although you can claim a survivor

benefit from your deceased wife now (and

allow your own SS benefit to grow), practically

speaking you may not be able to

get a survivor benefit if you are working

full-time and earning considerably more

than the annual earnings limit. In other

words, the penalty for exceeding the earnings

limit may entirely offset the survivor

benefit you are entitled to.

If you’re over the earnings limit by

only a small amount, you’ll only lose benefits

for the number of months needed to

repay what you owe.

And for clarity, in the year you attain

FRA the earnings limit goes up by about

2.5 times and the penalty is less ($1 for

every $3 you are over the limit), and once

you reach your full retirement age there

is no longer a limit to how much you can


To avoid the earnings test, you could

also choose to wait until your FRA to

maximize your survivor benefit and then

wait until age 70 to claim your maximum

SS retirement benefit.

Regardless of when you claim your

survivor benefit, your own SS retirement

benefit won’t be affected. Your SS retirement

benefit, which will replace your

smaller survivor benefit, will be based

solely on your lifetime earnings history

and the age at which you claim it.

This article is intended for information

purposes only and does not represent legal

or financial guidance. It presents the

opinions and interpretations of the AMAC

Foundation’s staff, trained and accredited

by the National Social Security Association

(NSSA). NSSA and the AMAC

Foundation and its staff are not affiliated

with or endorsed by the Social Security

Administration or any other governmental

entity. To submit a question, visit our

website (amacfoundation.org/programs/

social-security-advisory) or email us at


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