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New Baltimore

COVID-19 death opts toll out of

could reach cannabis 240,000 sales,

Trash can pose

COVID-19 risk

See page 9


See page 5




By Andrea Macko

Greenville Pioneer

Act would abolish local voice

in solar review process

A local artist will have one of her artistic pieces placed on the moon as part of The Lunar Codex.

New superintendent to lead Greenville



will remain closed statewide

through mid-April and the state’s

first temporary hospital was

By Melanie Lekocevic

trict forward,” Greenville Board of

service, our school has completed benefited in perintendent, New York City Sutherland on was the

Capital Region Independent Media Education President Tracy Young

tremendously from her Friday roles as as New district’s York remains assistant the superintendent

said. “Mr. Bennett was chosen from

treasurer, assistant superintendent nation’s epicenter for business. for the novel

GREENVILLE — The Greenville

Central School District will of 26 individuals who expressed

according to an Aug. 10 letter Schools from search will for now Sutherland’s remain replacement

among a highly competitive pool

for business and superintendent,” coronavirus, or COVID-19. The district launched a national

have new leadership beginning interest in the superintendent’s position.ing

Sutherland’s retirement 15. Feb. Schools 1. consulting across New firm York Castallo & Silky,

the board of education closed announc-

statewide in September, through hiring April the education

March 7.

The board of education on Jan. “We conducted the search

“While her accomplishments were ordered are LLC, closed to aid March the district 18 in finding

3 appointed Michael Bennett, currently

assistant superintendent in are very thankful for the time and

to look at the campus to every see how two a weeks. cluded input The from state’s teachers, staff,

through a collaborative process and

too numerous to list, one through has only April her 1 to replacement. be reassessed The search in-

the Schodack Central School District,

as the Greenville district’s new holder committees in helping to inity.”

districts to receive along with state the aid board with-of education,

commitment from all the stake-

vision can be transformed waiver into real-

was extended families and for community school members,


form our selection of Mr. Bennett,”

Sutherland was appointed out holding superintendent

in 2016 after 180 serving days. ing what the community would like

including physical classes a questionnaire for identify-

“Mike Bennett possesses outstanding

experience as a teacher Bennett will replace current

as an interim following the During retire-

this to see time, in a schools new superintendent. are

Young continued.

and administrator and we believe District Superintendent Tammy

Michael Bennett

ment of former superintendent still required to


provide continuity

of Prior instruction, meals for stu-

hiring was announced

that he has all the skills necessary Sutherland, who is retiring after served in several roles.

Cheryl Dudley in fall 2015.

to continue moving our school dis-

36 years with the district, having “During her many years of to her appointment as interim dents and su-

information See on SCHOOLS, available

childcare resources

page 15

“We understand the challenges

the school closure creates for

families. Hopefully, this extended

Local artist makes history on the

closure will help


keep our students

and community healthier,”

said Greenville Central School

District Superintendent Tammy

PHOTO CONTRIBUTED Sutherland. “When the District

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

receives additional guidance

concerning the Governor’s Executive

Order, we will be able

Greenville Recycling Center reduces hours to share more details and answer

additional questions, including

y Melanie Lekocevic nications for Carmen Barbato, you have been cleared by your mize the amount of ‘touch’ our those surrounding spring break,

ourtesy Columbia-Greene Media Inc., a waste disposal company doctor,” she said.

drivers have on garbage.” grading, and other regulatory

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

for disposal, you should difficulties faced by our students

requirements. We recognize the

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 ask for patience

f mandates to practice soial

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


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

nd other ways of preventing trash.

that households please make bage, no loose tissues or paper “Our teachers, staff, students

and families have done an

ransmission of the coronavius,

but here’s a possible dan-

towels included with recyclables,

and trash cans should not amazing job working together to

er you may not have thought

be overflowing. Drivers will keep our students engaged while

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

only collect trash that is stored schools are closed. CONTRIBUTED Our caring PHOTO

hrough your trash.

that households please make sure they are bagging all in the tote, Carmen Barbato Artist community Tammy Liu-Haller. inspires me with

Trash disposal was deemed

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

their dedication to our students

n “essential” service by Gov.

All recyclables should also and families,” Sutherland added.

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 creates for

“We understand 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, this extended

ut waste-disposal experts say

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

here are risks if garbage is not

gloves when handling their closure will help keep our students

and community healthier as

andled and packaged propery

— and that is a concern for


trash cans, and sanitize them


we look forward to getting past


“People are not bagging this pandemic and getting back

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

their garbage — there are loose to our normal routines,” said

ecycling center is By open, Joanne but E. McFadden may be, are asked to take extra

precautions Media to protect



artist will



it makes


it to



women things to like the lunar tissues surface. and paper Gallery Cairo-Durham in the exhibition Superintendent “Shelter,” of

ith limited hours. Capital Town Region resdents

needing to dispose of sanitation workers and

Independent make




this year




her artwork


towels In May in of with last year, recyclables,” Liu-Haller a Schools collection Michael of works Wetherbee. by artists from




deposited on


the moon




saw Mary the news Barbato on Facebook said. “That that is her the “I PoetsArtists am incredibly group. proud The Lunar of

rash or recyclables can WESTERLO stop community — When at large, future Barbato

part of The






a collection

of the bato works Jr. “As of we 6,700 know, contem-

the virus would parents who have done such an

Bar-work, not “Snapshot sanitary, and Series it doesn’t #4: Solace,” belong

be with included recyclables. in the project. People ronto-based author, physicist and

Codex’s our teachers, founder staff, and students curator, and To-

y the center from generations 8 a.m. to of said. humans make their

oon on Wednesday way and to Satrday

only. might discover virus an artistic or suspect time cap-

you do, uled we to go for to days, the moon depending this year on and the said.

keep educating our community’s

the Earth’s “If you moon, have they


creative remains artists on household that is sched-


amazing job working together to

are “Of overstuffing course, I was their ecstatic,” totes — she entrepreneur Samuel Peralta, curated

that exhibition.

please refrain from doing that,

Mary Barbato, sule vice that presient

of marketing and Westerlo commu-

artist garbage Tammy out Liu-Haller. until a week as after the first son, to together launch the we artwork need to mini-

of ited at Chicago’s See TRASH, 33 Contemporary page 10 Wetherbee added. See “The MOON, innova-


includes ask the that work you of don’t South put next. your The carrier project material. will make For history that rea-

“Solace” was originally exhib-

children while school is closed,”


tive ways teachers and staff have

used to teach, the commitment

our students have demonstrated


See SCHOOLS, page 10

Greenville rejects

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

cannabis sales,

We hope you and your family

are staying


if anything outside the


healthy and well.

normal will get done, but laws,” he said. “If you take News about COVID-19 is changing

every day. We do our best to

proposed budget amendment

that would cut local still on By the Melanie table,” Lekocevic he said. charge of zoning, ensure that what you read here

renewable energy siting is away a town’s right to have

voices out of the solar permitting

process is moving ment was announced on of the town’s “It’s reason kind to of ex-

ironic how current they set information cannabis products available. and a 4% local

out, and you municipalities have that took no permit dispensaries, there would

Since Capital the Region budget Independent amend-Media

taken away action a good were portion automatically in opted our in. print be edition a 9% state is the excise most tax on sales of

forward despite pushback Feb. 21, local GREENVILLE officials have — Elected ist.” officials

that unanimously changing voted so-

to opt Hanse out said you don’t local do offi-

anything by

it up — if you sit on your


hands and

understand tax. Greene that County some would receive

from Greene and Columbia warned news,


particularly 25% of the the local number tax revenue and

county officials.

lar siting of permitting laws to cannabis abolish retail cials sales have tomorrow been lobbying night, you are



to opted debate in and the you can’t change municipality where the dispensa-

people affected, the remaining has undoubtably

changed since we sent this

75% would go to the

Negotiations are continuing

on the proposed would in violate the town home one day rule before proposed the state amendment sep-

the existing and on-site review consumption process lawmakers lounges

paper to the printing presses. We

that,” Town Supervisor Paul Macko ry is located, according to the state

changes to siting solar and and diminish deadline. local authority

over land After use. a public hearing

encourage you, if possible, to

arate from said budget at the negotiations,

Dec. 30, a move Marijuana supported was by legalized

Dec. 30 public hearing. legislation.

wind energy, known as the

visit our Facebook page at www.

Accelerated Renewable “We the would town be board powerless voted not to


in New Town Councilman Joel Rauf

state permit Sen. York Daphne state Jordan, by former Gov.

Energy Growth and Community

Benefit Act, said es,” said Coxsackie Town

news, closings

against the state if it pass-


Andrew said the law would strictly limit

we are sharing breaking

marijuana sales and lounges R-43. by a Cuomo in April. Communities can how much tax revenue the town

and cancelations.

4-0 vote, with Town Councilman Changes only to the opt solar out siting


process sales do and not cannabis belong lounges; they are allowed in the community.

of permitting retail could see should a dispensary be

Jordan Levine, deputy communications

director for the “We ing. are at the mercy

Supervisor John Rick Bensen Hanse. absent from the Thank you,

in the state not budget, able to ban Jordan recreational marijuana


The distribution of the sales


energy and environment in of the state whether they

The Greenville Pioneer

Towns and villages across New

tax revenue is very cruel,” Rauf

The Greenville Town Board voted 4-0 to opt out of permitting cannabis dispensaries

and on-site consumption lounges.

until Dec. 31 to opt See SOLAR, For communities page 10 that opt in to See GREENVILLE, page

the office of Gov. Andrew take it




of the




Officials are

concerned that the

proposed changes

could accelerate the

development of solar

farms across Greene

and Columbia

counties, including

Hecate Energy’s

proposed 700-acre

facility in Copake and

the Flint Mine solar

project in Coxsackie.

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18 - Durham Town Board meeting, 7:30

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18 - Greene County Legislature Economic

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19 - Webinar: “Parents as Partners,”

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19 - Cairo Town Board workshop, 7

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By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

Local multimedia company Capital Region Independent

Media is launching its new website this week.

The company, which publishes the Greenville Pioneer

and the Ravena News-Herald, along with community

newspapers, websites and social media across

various communities in upstate New York and Vermont,

launched its newest website, TheUpStater.com,

on Jan. 13.

“As a newspaper, we know that people need news

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Police Blotter

Editor’s Note: A charge is not a convictionie,

was arrested Dec. 22 at 6:15 p.m. Catskill, was arrested Dec. 24 at seventh-degree criminal possession

fourth-degree criminal mischief,

of a controlled substance The and Greenville both class Pioneer A • misdemeanors, Friday, May 8, 2020 and


All persons listed are innocent in New Baltimore and charged with 2:46 a.m. in Catskill and charged

until proven guilty in a court of law. operating a motor vehicle with a with aggravated unlicensed operation

- alcohol, a class E felony, drug paraphernalia, both class A

second-degree criminal use of

Charges can be amended or dismissed.

third-degree criminal possession of

blood-alcohol content over 0.08%

a weapon, a class D felony. She was

STATE POLICE and driving while intoxicated, both and Police driving while Blotter

intoxicated, an misdemeanors, and fourth-degree

■ An unidentified male, 17, of unclassified misdemeanors. He was unclassified misdemeanor. He was criminal possession of a controlled



Climax, was arrested Dec. 21 at issued an appearance ticket. issued Editor’s an Note: appearance A charge ticket. is not a substance, of Leeds, a was class arrested C felony. April The

She was 16 Greenville an ■ appearance Pioneer Jessie Angel, • Friday, ticket. 31, May of 8, Cairo, 2020

conviction. All persons listed are

9:52 p.m. in Durham and charged ■ An unidentified male, 18, of ■ Eric Jantz, 20, of Poughkeepsie,

released in Cairo on and her own charged recognizance. with violating

environmental conserva-

of Freehold, was arrested April

was • arrested Michael Dec. Manchur, 30 at 3:10 Jr., p.m. 54,

innocent until proven guilty in

with third-degree criminal tampering,

a class B misdemeanor. He was 9:05 p.m. in Coxsackie and charged p.m. amended in Catskill or dismissed. and charged with ville,

Coxackie, was arrested Dec. 23 at Police a court was of arrested law. Charges Dec.


can 24 at be 3:21 ■ Jason Stickle, 35, of Green-

in Durham and charged with second-degree

third-degree criminal criminal trespass mischief, and

tion laws, an unclassified misdemeanor.

22 in Freehold and charged with

was arrested

She was



28 at 8:56


issued Due an appearance to the COVID-19 ticket. pandemic with there first-degree are no criminal upcoming sexual petty Editor’s larceny, Note: a A class charge A misdemean-

not a

• James Rancourt, 37, of p.m. of


Leeds, in Greenville was


arrested and charged April with 16 second-degree an

a class


E felony; criminal ticket.

resisting contempt, arrest

■ events Nick Joralemon, public meetings. 19, of New Please act, stay a class safe B and felony, stay and home. forcible or. conviction. He was All issued persons an listed appearance are seventh-degree criminal possession


Acra was








and in Cairo

• Danielle

and charged

S. McKenna,

with violating

38, both and

class second-degree

Michael Manchur,

A misdemeanors. obstruction

Jr., 54,


Baltimore, was arrested Dec. 22 at touching and endangering the welfare

of a child, both class A misde-

■ Sean McNulty, 49, of Free-

misdemeanor; second-degree crim-

was released on her own recogni-


a controlled substance, a class A

a charged court of law. with Charges second-degree can be of Cairo,


was arrested


April 22 of

of governmental

Freehold, was


arrested April

8:07 p.m. in New Baltimore and

amended burglary, or a dismissed. felony, fifth degree in Cairo














A misdemeanors;

and charged with


charged with third-degree criminal meanors. Bail was set at $10,000. hold, was arrested Dec. 25 at 2:37 inal possession of a weapon, a class zance.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there are no upcoming

criminal possession of stolen



was issued


felony; of a and controlled

an third-degree

disorderly conduct,


a violation.


tampering, a class B misdemeanor. ■ Kristen Chiucarello, 34, of a.m. property,



Cairo a misdemeanor,


and charged


with and



appearance ticket.

second-degree substance, aggravated

a class



class ■ was Henry E felony;

issued Proper, resisting

an 28, appearance of Athens, arrest

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

He was issued an appearance ticket. Kingston, was arrested Dec. 23 at manufacturing fourth




drug-related criminal



of a and weapon,

30 and


• Danielle

A unlicensed misdemeanor.

S. McKenna,

operation She of was

38, and

a was ticket.

second-degree obstruction

charged arrested Jan. 1 at 12:44 a.m. in

■ Jessie Angel, 31, of Cairo, 9:45 p.m. in Catskill and charged

with second-degree

seventh-degree a misdemeanor.

He possession is scheduled



motor issued


vehicle, an




an unclassified ticket.

April 22 of governmental


• Katie


• Rhett

and charged




with operating

36, of


was arrested Dec. 22 at 11:20 a.m. with operating a motor vehicle with

a felony, fifth

of a controlled to appear



in in Cairo and

His S.


arrestee Stein, 28,


status of West



was Albany,



A misdemeanors;

arrested April



criminal a motor vehicle with blood-alcohol


in Cairo and chard with second-degree

criminal contempt, a class A and driving while intoxicated, both He was issued an appearance ticket. ■ Jacqueline Banks, 50, of

a blood-alcohol content over 0.08%

Cairo Town


both class


of stolen

A misdemeanors. unknown. Coxsackie, was




April disorderly

in New Baltimore



a violation.



• Matthew

a misdemeanor,

D. Rinaldo,


25, 22 in



a controlled

and charged


with with content was


issued over larceny, 0.08% an appearance and a class driving A


of Freehold,







April a


class A



ability impaired

She was ticket.

misdemeanor. She was released on unclassified misdemeanors. She ■ Alicia McNulty, 31, of Freehold,

was arrested Dec. 25 at 2:37 4 p.m. in Catskill and charged misdemeanors. criminal

Catskill, was arrested Dec. 30 at while misdemeanor intoxicated, and both third-degree

19 in



a weapon,






with issued

by alcohol

an appearance

and driving



her own recognizance.

was issued an appearance ticket.

• Rhett


B. Butler,

He was a class


issued B misdemeanor.



He is scheduled

a motor vehicle

to appear




• Katie S.




28, of West Albany, was



was issued


an appearance


■ James Oates, 28, of Coxsack-

■ Lamont Jackson, 49, of a.m. Cairo

a blood-alcohol in Town Cairo Court. and content charged greater with with Coxsackie,

misdemeanors. second-degree was


arrested menacing was issued

April and appearance in New Baltimore

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WESTERLO – Ralph Lloyd Filkins,

82, passed away on Saturday,

Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 2021

at the Daughters of Sarah Nursing

Home. He had enjoyed a visit from

his family the day before.

Ralph was born at home in Rensselaerville

on March 22, 1939, a

son of the late Lloyd and Grace

Kuhn Filkins. He was a graduate of

Greenville Central School, and Hudson

Valley Community College with

an Associates degree in Criminal


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Highway Department, moved up to Fire Company, Inc., where he holds

Albany County Highway, and then to 60-year life membership, and serves

the Thruway Authority, all Greenville while attending

college part-time. Following CON, he served as a Hunter Safety

· Windham as a Past · Latham President. Through ENgraduation,

he joined the www.GNHlumber.com

Capitol Police,

then on to the New 0% York financing State to Program, credit qualified he served as a

Instructor, and through the NYS Park


Park Police, where he was one of the

first original park police officers for

that program. He was

later, he moved to

Westerlo, built a

home, and joined the

Westerlo Volunteer

bile Safety Instructor. In 2011, he

was a founding member of the NYS

Ralph L. Filkins

Ralph L. Filkins

Park Police PBA and

was a member and

Past President of the

Westerlo-Basic Valley

Fish & Game Club. He

greatly enjoyed hunting

and fishing.

Ralph is survived

by his wife of 49

years, Rosemary

Duncan Filkins; three

children, Donald

(Debra) Filkins, Terri

(Brian) Buchardt, and

Robert Tanner; six

grandchildren, Samantha,

Nicole, and Jessie Filkins,

Renee Buchardt, Brendin (Amanda)

Tanner, and Emileigh Tanner; one

great-grandchild, Harper Tanner; his

siblings, Judson (late Sandy) Filkins,

Barbara (Robert) Joslin, and Richard

(Betty) Filkins; many nieces, nephews

and cousins. In addition to his

Barbara A. Fuegmann

parents, Ralph was predeceased by

a sister, Marian Duffy; and a nephew,

David Filkins.

In keeping with Ralph’s wishes, he

has been cremated. Memorial calling

hours were Monday, Jan. 3, 2022,

from 5-7 p.m. at A.J. Cunningham Funeral

Home, 4898 State Route 81,

Greenville. Officers and members

of Westerlo Volunteer Fire Company

conducted a service at 7 p.m.,

followed by a Service of Celebration

of Ralph’s life at 7:15 p.m., led by

Pastor Christine Allen.

Burial of Ralph’s ashes, with

Firematic Honors, were conducted

on Tuesday, Jan. 4, at 10 a.m. in

Rensselaerville Cemetery. In lieu of

flowers, memorial donations to the

Building Fund of Westerlo Volunteer

Fire Company, Inc., P.O. Box 87,

Westerlo, NY 12193, will be appreciated.

Condolence page is available

at ajcunninghamfh.com.

EAST DURHAM – Barbara A.

predeceased by her husband,

Fuegmann, 78, passed away

Maxwell Fuegmann; her brother,

Arnold Melvin “Butch”; and

on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021, at

Columbia Memorial Hospital

her sister, Carol Hull.

after a short illness.

Barbara is survived by her

She was born in Catskill

daughter, Wanda Stannard;

on May 9, 1943 to the late

her grandchildren, Jeanette

Donald and Emma Spencer

Hull. Raised in Durham, she

Packard, Amy (John) Halvorsen

of Albany, James (Desire)

was a graduate of Greenville

Central School. Barbara was

Ravenscroft of South Carolina,

and Aidon Stannard; her

then married, and had her only

child, Wanda. In 1985, Barbara

great-grandchildren, Makayla

married Maxwell Fuegmann,

and Ethan Ravenscroft of

Barbara A. Fuegmann

and they spent 36 years

Athens, and Andres Ruiz-Velez

together, until his passing on

of South Carolina; her sister,

April 24, 2021.

Beverly Hoffman of Goodyear, Arizona; her

She worked for various places, including

sisters-in-law, Lynda Fuegmann of Howe Caves

American Thermostat, McQuillen Wood Products,

Elm Rest, and Gavin’s Golden Hill Resort.

and Linda Fuegmann of Minot, North Dakota;

Barbara was a member of the East Durham

and many nieces and nephews.

Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and Barbara has been privately cremated. In lieu

was a Girl Scout Leader. She was an avid crocheter

and she would donate all the blankets Durham Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 92,

of flowers, donations can be made to the East

she made to the veterans. She also loved her East Durham, NY 12423. Condolences can be

dog, Whiskey. In addition to her parents, she is posted at ajcunninghamfh.com.



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Fitness Concepts

The forgotten vitamin

By Mary Schoepe

For Capital Region Independent Media

When you think about vitamin

supplements, which ones automatically

come to mind? Most people

will say vitamin C, D or E.

But of the 13 vitamins essential

for optimal health, we rarely hear

about the importance of vitamin K

and its vital role in the prevention of

cardiovascular disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s,

diabetes and osteoporosis.

While it’s not known to be one

of the most common deficiencies

(like vitamin D), it can be very serious,

causing issues like bone loss,

excessive bleeding in the GI tract,

blood in urine and more.

“And older adults — particularly

older men — are the age group

that consumes the least amount

of vitamin K,” said Sarah Booth,

Ph.D., from the Jean Mayer USDA

Human Nutrition Research Center

on Aging at Tufts University.

Discovered in 1929 by Danish

scientist Henrik Dam, vitamin K is

actually a group of compounds, the

most important ones being vitamin

K1 and K2.

Produced by plants, vitamin K1

plays a key role in helping the blood

clot and is also essential for building

strong bones and osteoporosis

prevention. Vitamin K supplements

are not absorbed well by the body.

So your best bet is to include lots of

vitamin K-rich foods such as broccoli,

Brussels sprouts and dark leafy

greens in your diet.

Vitamin K is also a natural cancer

fighter and is effective in reducing

the risk of prostrate, colon,

stomach, nasal and oral cancer. One

study found that high doses of vitamin

K helped patients with liver

cancer stabilize and improve their

liver function.

A study in Integrative Medicine

points out that vitamin K helps prevent

hardening of arteries because

it keeps calcium out of the arteries,

not allowing it to form into hard,

dangerous plaque deposits. Studies

have also shown that people who

increase their intake of vitamin K

have a lower risk of cardiovascular

disease and stroke mortality.

Can vitamin K stop Alzheimer’s

disease or dementia? Not necessarily,

but studies have shown that

eating leafy greens keeps individuals’

minds a decade younger. In a

cognitive study of over 950 older

adults, researchers found that individuals

who ate one or two servings

of mustard greens, spinach, kale or

collards daily had the same mental

ability as individuals 11 years their


There is mounting evidence

that vitamin K2 can improve bone

health and reduce the risk of bone

fractures, especially in postmenopausal

women who are at risk for

osteoporosis. According to recent

research, men and women with the

highest intake of vitamin K2 are

65% less likely to suffer from a debilitating

hip fracture compared to

those with the lowest intake of vitamin


Vitamin K2 is produced by the

good bacteria in your gut and can

also be found in high-fat dairy and

fermented foods such as sauerkraut.

Just like salt goes with pepper

and wine goes with chocolate, vitamin

K should always be paired

vitamin D whenever possible.

However, if you use blood-thinning

medication, please consult your

health care practitioner.

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Ruso: Infrastructure funding, expertise sorely needed

By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

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


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 have been

in a worse place or a worse time.”

The town declared a state of

emergency, brought in tankers to


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.

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 problems.

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


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

issues related to water and sewer infrastructure.

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


“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-year-old 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 said.

“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


Environmental advocacy group

Riverkeeper estimates the 46th

Senate District, which includes Coeymans,

Ravena and all of Greene

County, would need nearly $80 million

for water infrastructure repairs.

New Baltimore opts out

of cannabis sales, lounges

By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

NEW BALTIMORE — Town officials voted to

opt out of permitting cannabis dispensaries and onsite

consumption lounges within the town’s boundaries.

The board voted unanimously 4-0 to opt out,

with Town Councilwoman Kelly Downs absent

from the Dec. 27 meeting.

Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation

March 31 legalizing recreational adult-use marijuana,

giving municipalities the option to either opt in

to permit cannabis dispensaries and on-site lounges,

or opt out. Those that choose to opt out may opt in

later on, but those that opt in by Dec. 31, cannot opt

back out.

A public hearing was held at town hall, with a

handful of residents attending.

“We are here to hear from the public what their

perspectives are regarding the two separate components

— the on-site consumption and/or the sale

of marijuana within the boundaries of the town of

New Baltimore,” Town Supervisor Jeff Ruso said.

“We want to hear from the town. I have heard from

many individuals as I walk this place and meet up

with people here and there. I clearly have received

a mixed bag — I have many people who are very

much not in favor and some people who are very

much in favor. The majority are people who don’t

really care.”

The first resident to speak was Ellie Alfeld.

“I am against the [on-site] consumption part of

the law and mainly I want it noted that if in fact it

does get approved here by you for the sale, I want

it in a commercial zone, nowhere near a residential

or agricultural area, just for the safety of people’s

properties,” Alfeld noted before the board members

cast their votes.

Ruso confirmed that if dispensaries were to be

approved, they would not be permitted in residential


“It would definitely go into a commercial zone

and siting would be up to the planning board,” Ruso


Town Councilman Chuck Irving said he was

against permitting either dispensaries or lounges at

this time.

“I am not for the consumption part, and the sale

— I understand that we could, after a time, revisit

it,” Irving said. “I am not in favor of either one at

this time.”

Town Councilwoman Shelly VanEtten agreed.

“I am not in favor of either one at this moment,”

VanEtten said. “I think we need to wait and see. We

can always opt in later. I think we should opt out.”

Some advocates in the county who have supported

opting in cite the possibility of economic

development from tax revenue resulting from cannabis

sales. Town Councilman Bill Boehlke was

skeptical the town would see any significant revenue.

“I see very little benefit — even if we cut out


The New Baltimore Town Council voted 4-0 to opt out

of permitting cannabis dispensaries and lounges.

the on-site use and just went for the sale, there is

virtually no benefit to the town,” Boehlke said. “I

talked to about 12 or 15 people and once the misunderstandings

were cleared up and actually what the

intent of this was and what we plan on doing, they

were in full agreement — they think the wait-andsee

course is the best course to take.”

“I think we are doing the right thing here because

we can always, for whatever reason, revisit

this, but once we put our rubber stamp to this, that’s

it,” Boehlke added.

Ruso said opting out would still give residents

who want to use cannabis products options as

neighboring communities, including Coeymans,

Ravena and Coxsackie, have opted in for the sale

of marijuana.

“I’m not one who likes to hamper people’s personal

lives, but I use the correlation of the liquor

stores. If you want to buy a bottle of wine, you

can go to Coxsackie, you can go to Ravena, and it

doesn’t hamper you whatsoever from consuming

your wine, or whatever you like to drink,” Ruso

said. “By not having this in the town of New Baltimore,

we are not restricting people from doing

things they want to do.”

Ruso was also skeptical of the economic benefits

the town could see from opting in.

The financial gain that people think is going

to happen, I am not convinced of that either,” Ruso

said. “I don’t think this will inhibit the residents of

the town who prefer to have marijuana in any way,

shape or form.”

Greene County Legislature Chairman Patrick

Linger, R-New Baltimore, said the state has not

finalized regulations on the cannabis industry so

there are issues that remain up in the air.

The task force that was set up by the state to

develop these regulations has not done that yet. We

have no idea what you would be walking into,” Linger

told the town board. “I am not for or against

it — marijuana is legal now, to a certain extent,

and there is no changing that, but to not know what

these regulations will say, I think it is premature to

opt into something not knowing what you will be

opting into, so I think you are on the right track.”

Officials take oaths of

office at year’s start

By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media


and appointed officials took a

collective oath of office on New

Year’s Day to begin 2022.

The town supervisor, two

town council members and highway

superintendent returned to

office for a new term, and a new

town clerk began her first term.

The elected and appointed officials

lined up at town hall at the

Pioneer Building to take their

oath of office, with Town Justice

Kevin Lewis presiding.

Returning to the town’s top

spot was Town Supervisor Paul

Macko, who ran in an uncontested

race in November. Town Councilmen

Richard Bear and Travis

Richards were also returned to the

board and sworn in, along with

Highway Superintendent Michael

Dudley and new Town Clerk Jessica


Macko began his seventh term

and 13th year in office Jan. 1.

In the coming two-year term,

the longtime town supervisor is

looking to complete a project that

began construction in 2021 and

expand on it, and looked at identifying

funding sources for another

ongoing project.

“We are definitely going to

complete the sewer extension

and the water extension, and the

upgrades,” Macko said. “We

also have a meeting on the 13th

of February with [state Sen.] Michelle

Hinchey to see if we can

get some help with Prevost Hall

to get that closer to completion for

a community center.”

The town and Community

Partners of Greenville have been

working to renovate Prevost Hall

on Route 32. Prevost Hall was

built in 1800 as the Second Presbyterian

Church and remodeled

in 1845, according to a sign posted

on the building. The original

structure burned down in 1859

and was rebuilt a year later. The

current renovation effort is aimed

at transforming the building into

a community center to be used by

various local groups for events.

The town is looking for any

type of funding or assistance that

is available from the state, Macko


There is also more work on

the town’s sidewalks on the horizon,

Macko said.

“We will continue at pursuing

more sidewalk grants to do more

on the sidewalks,” the town supervisor

said. “We had to scale

back the project we are finishing

now because the bids came in

much higher than we anticipated

so there are other areas we would

like to do.”

In 2022, the town expects to

return the sign on the sidewalk by

the firehouse and then complete

a final inspection to conclude the

current sidewalk project, Macko


Returning Town Councilman

Richard Bear took his oath of office

for another term. He has been

in office for 18 years and began

his fifth full term on New Year’s


He is hoping to expand economic

development in the town

in his coming term, Bear said.

“I would like to see some businesses

come to Greenville,” Bear

said. “I don’t know where we will

get them from — it’s a hard thing

to accomplish. We have done very

well on our sewer and water, and

we have done well with the sidewalks,

and next I am hoping to

see businesses come to Greenville

to try to keep taxes down. Taxes

are always going up — we need

to find ways to bring them down.”

New Town Clerk Jessica Lewis

began her first term in office

Jan. 1.

“I am looking forward to

working into the job. I definitely

want to publicly make everyone

feel welcome here and I want to

do everything in-house as conveniently

as possible,” Lewis said.

“I would really like to try and see

as many people as I can, to their

comfort level. I understand that

the world is kind of crazy right

now, but as of right now I am

focused on getting taxes in and

learning about that system.”

“I have a pretty good network

of support as far as other clerks

go, and I plan to utilize that,”

Lewis concluded.

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DEC announces start of annual tree and shrub seedling sale

ALBANY — The New York

State Department of Environmental

Conservation (DEC)

recently announced the start

of the Colonel William F. Fox

Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery

annual spring seedling sale,

which is open to the public and

runs until May 13.

Each year, the nursery offers

low-cost, New York-grown tree

and shrub species for sale to encourage

conservation plantings

and foster the next generation

of forests.

The DEC tree nursery in

Saratoga grows stock on-site

from local seed sources, creating

seedlings well-suited to

New York’s climate,” said DEC

Commissioner Basil Seggos.

By Pat Larsen

For Capital Region Independent Media

“Widely used for reforestation

and conservation efforts across

the state, these seedlings fulfill

a vital niche in the conservation

of our natural resources.”

There are many environmental,

economic, and social reasons

to plant trees. Trees absorb

carbon dioxide from the atmosphere,

making them a powerful

tool in the fight against climate

change. Trees also lower heating

and cooling costs, provide

food and shelter for native

wildlife, improve water quality

by filtering runoff, prevent erosion,

and increase overall public

health and well-being.

There are more than 50 conifer

and hardwood species available

in bundles of 25 or more,

Winter 2022: Spinning straw into gold

Stories are magical and can even be

medicinal. They can reflect our inner

turmoil and often heal the troubled mind,

offering up the reader the potential for

a new way to consider an outcome that

might be appealing and more hopeful.

When was the last time, as an adult,

you read a fairy tale?

This past holiday season, I decided to

dig out old fairy tales that I hadn’t read

for many years. I began with the obvious

seasonal stories of Christmas. I read out

loud and noticed how thoroughly I became

engrossed by the simplicity of the

messages — familiar messages, but now

understood from an adult perspective.

Every day I looked forward to finding a

new gem to read among my many “children’s”


I stumbled upon an old tale in my

stack of books that I thought might be a

bit out of date to appeal to even my preteen

grandkids, but I was soon to find

out was completely relevant to today!

As the story of Rumpelstiltskin goes,

the miller’s daughter is commanded to

spin the greedy king’s straw into gold before

the night’s end or lose

her life. In her desperation

to discover a solution to

this request, the appearance

of a cunning little stranger

leads the maiden to believe

he can accomplish the task.

And so he does, to the delight

of both the maiden

and the king.

If your curiosity is

piqued about the details

of the story itself, by all

means, consider reading

this 1812 edition as collected

by the Brothers Grim in “Children’s

Tales.” I did and found it completely fascinating,

as you will, I’m sure.

The symbolism of the story is what

I’d love to share with you now. The intricacy

of the details, the embedded meanings

and how they are so very relatable

to today’s society, making this a classic

in its relevance to our modern times.

Rumpelstiltskin challenged the maiden

to discover his name before he would

claim his final demand, her baby son,

and so with some reflection and some

help she did and all went on to live happily

ever after.

plus several mixed species

packets for those looking for a

variety. Seedlings are a minimum

of 5” tall and one to three

years old depending on species.

For more information, including

how to order, visit the

Spring Seedling Sale on DEC’s

website. Some species sell out

early, so it is recommended to

place orders by phone for the

most up-to-date availability information.

In addition, DEC is now

accepting applications for the

nursery’s School Seedling Program.

From now until March

31, schools and youth education

organizations across New York

state may apply to receive up to

50 free tree or shrub seedlings

Body, Mind and Spirit... Connections


The task that was required

of the miller’s

daughter was virtually impossible

to achieve, or so

it seemed to her.

But the possibility and

desire of accomplishing

this task was deeply embedded

in the maiden’s

subconscious mind and

therefore became a reality

with the focus she intended

upon it.

When in this life we

truly get stuck, we need

to remember that when “letting go” and

turning our problems over to a deeper

wisdom, we allow our subconscious

mind to take over.

When we harness the incredible

power of the subconscious power in

our lives, we can accomplish whatever

we set out to do. It doesn’t matter what

the obstacles are that seem to get in our

way. Holding that vision of a completed

dream and then giving thanks as though

it has already been received will indeed

create the turning of straw into gold in

your lives.

Imagine applying these ideas to the

Pat Larsen

to plant with their students.

The goal of the program is to

help instill a sense of environmental

stewardship at a young

age and set a foundation that

will allow students to make informed

decisions about the use

of natural resources. The program

is an excellent tool for

educators to use in meeting the

Next Generation Science Standards

as it provides a handson

opportunity for students to

learn about natural systems and

the valuable role that trees play,

while building their awareness

of conservation issues.

All schools (public, private,

nursery, elementary, secondary,

vocational, college or university),

homeschool groups, and

any youth education-based organization

may apply, provided

trees are planted within New

York state.

Seedlings are two to three

years old, about four to 12 inches

tall, and bare-root. There are

three packets available — 50

white spruce, 50 white pine, or

30 mixed shrub species good

for wildlife habitat — and each

school or organization may only

receive one packet per year.

Visit DEC’s website for more

information or to apply online.

For assistance or questions,

contact the Colonel William F.

Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree

Nursery at nysnursery@dec.

ny.gov or call 518-581-1439.

constant barrage of worrisome headlines

in our world now. How often have the

simplicities of life been impacted and

your own faith and beliefs been redirected

by fears and anxieties of late?

My offerings of this way to find the

magic and the medicine in stories of old

is to help each of us to find the way to

back to the peace of mind, body and

spirit that we have sought these past few

years. I hope and believe that in some

way, you will be open to the possibilities

that this column, today’s column, may

have brought your way.

The next time you visit a library or sit

with the children to read them a story, do

so with yourself in mind as well. You’ll

find a gold mine within the pages from

which you can “extract everything you

need to live life abundantly.”

Wishing you many bright and hopeful

days and months to come.

Pat Larsen offers multi-disciplinary

tools, readings and private sessions to

live your best life. She is certified in

hypno-therapy for behavioral modifications.

Music and movement education

a specialty. The Shamrock House, East

Durham. Contact Pat at 518-275-8686

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he Greenville The Greenville PioneerPioneer Friday, December • Friday, January 20, 2019 14, 2022 13 7

Hinchey: Bills expanding health care access signed into law

Home heating assistance


ALBANY – State Senator Michelle

Hinchey, D-46, recently the ability to carry and transfuse viders in New York state, primar-

A529A) requires all shelters A6392) creates three new ave-


ing air ambulance


paramedics breaking point. Rural EMS pro-

This legislation CMH (S6572/ unveils This legislation (S5973/

The announced Greenville that Pioneer four of • Friday, her bills January 17, 2020 13

3D biopsy technology

blood, and expanding opportunities

to save a life through new tinue to face distinct challenges temporary housing assistance organ donors when completing

ily sustained by volunteers, con-

in New York state that provide nues for individuals to register as

to address health equity challenges

in rural and upstate New York “In addition avenues to for these organ grants, and eligible

by customers nation,” will Hinchey also receive continued. a Heating “We exacerbated, Equipment Repair including or a Re-

growing dividuals

tissue do-

An that additional the COVID-19 benefit, pandemic the has to ensure that menstruating in-

state-issued electronic transactions

have been signed into law HUDSON


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to products,

including to Hannacroix unveil sanitary state-of-the-art napkins, 3D breast

community leaders




in Hudson

the following


Gov. Kathy Hochul. credit on need their a utility more bills comprehensive that providplacement

and financial (HERR) crisis program, in the current is am-recentlbulance biopsy Rural



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health care

in lowering

system and



to assist


income qualified

homeowners in repairing or cost. diagnosis, In 2016, treatment New York and City outcomes be-

Assistance, for breast the cancer Higher patients Education

structure, officials tampons at Columbia and panty Memorial liners, at Health no Office say will of significantly Temporary improve Disability

Ambulance Services Task Force continue to do everything I can to

their energy costs,” said Campagiorni.

replacing their primary heating came Cemetery and the Columbia first in the counties. U.S. to make seeks

a limited capacity to raise wages the

to study the challenges facing make sure we close the gaps in for career EMTs and paramedics, Greene Services Corporation,


and the Office

of Tax and Finance. Studies

rural emergency medical service care across New York state.” and difficulty covering operating The stereotactic 3D biopsy system, known as Affirm, will provide

more precise targeting of tissue abnormalities identified through

The bill credit is based on the equipment when the systems are

free menstrual hygiene products

(EMS) agencies and develop The legislation authored by costs.

type of heating source and income inoper¬able or unsafe. Applications

Crews for HERR to Carry are accepted and Transfuse accurate the most detection rural district of breast in the cancer. Sen-

The be placed technology on waiting was acquired lists and

available to people homeless have shown that urban residents

solutions to keep them operating.

A second bill requires that all • Establishing the New York

Hinchey is as follows:

• Authorizing Air Ambulance CMH’s shelters. mowing 3D Hinchey, mammography who represents capabilities, donations

yielding earlier and more


are significantly more likely to

shelters in New York state provide

menstrual products to clients holds receiving Task Force: a HEAP benefit for funding is ex¬hausted. This legislation (S4085A/ the

He added State that Rural qualified Ambulance house-Services

through Blood Sept. 30, Products: 2020, or until the

through ate


Majority, the generosity has worked

— of The community to


bring members Rural Cemetery, who contributed which is to located

receive transplants than those living

in small towns or rural areas.


on Route


411 in Dormansville/Westerlo,

Health Foundation.

is seeking donations for

this model to shelters in rural and

free of charge and a third bill non-utility authorizes

air ambulances to oil, carry propane, A1561C) wood/wood creates the pellets, 12-member benefits, an customers outdated state may law contact that had Whether you have a loved one buried there or would just like to

heating This legislation fuels such as (S3503C/ To apply A2561B) for HEAP effectively and HERR overturns the 2020 mowing expense for the cemetery.

upstate “This life-saving New York. 3D biopsy technology, Hinchey’s paired bill with will our 3D provide mam-milmography

Stigma, service, financial provides barriers, our patients lions with of the New most Yorkers advanced from diag-


and transfuse blood products kero¬sene, to Rural coal Ambulance or corn are also Services eligible


for Force, a monthly which credit will on be their responsi-

342-3009, viders or visit from www.mybene-

transporting human also thank all who have helped in the past.

Task their local restricted DSS office, air ambulance call (800) pro-

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

nostic miseducation, care available and in sexism locations around that are graphically comfortable, diverse convenient segments and of

ensure upstate residents have

close menstruation to home,” said have CMH forced President millions and the CEO population Jay P. Cahalan. with the opportunitcess

to this form of trauma care. electric or ble non-heating for examining gas bill. the challenges fits.ny.gov. blood In¬dividuals products and who administering are Organizers need your help to keep the cemetery maintained. Contributions

can be sent to: Hannacroix Rural

of In Americans addition to into offering period 3D poverty, mammography and 3D biopsy services,

The final bill creates new enrollment

opportunities for discounts New to customers who heat Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Treasurer,

“We’re happy to provide bill 60 and older and do not receive


to enroll as







that have accelerated dozens of transfusions to trauma victims at

CMH has significantly augmented its radiology and pathology expertise

of through access its to affiliation menstrual with products Albany Medical Last year, Center. nearly The Albany 600 New

a phrase used

115 State

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a lack






this gap.

EMS closures in recent years and the scene of an emergency — an


Yorkers to make life-saving with organ these threatened fuels, as the well,” future said viability Program of oversight (SNAP) Hinchey benefits maintains may put

and tissue donations.

Med due and to CMH economic radiology constraints. and pathology Industry

which surveys means estimate that mammograms, that 1 in 4 available and all imaging organs and for diagnos-


Yorkers services died are due now to fully a integrated,

lack of

Campagiorni. many others. Task force stakeholders

should will assess email their business Aging to unnecessary learn of the risk eligibil¬ity as those living

contact rural their residents local Office at for extreme the and

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seen a dramatic decline in health

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region’s and leading about 1,500 experts. people have been

HEAP Notice and funding of Decision models Letter of to rural requirements ambulance

in more by calling rural areas 800-342- generally

care services caused by decades

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the bill credit.

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products were not available their transplant — an option that

and I’m incredibly proud that the services available to rural residents.

medevac companies to donate





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governor has signed four of my

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to rural hospitals, breast cancer, significantly improving the likelihood of successful

bills that work to close healthcare fall and upcoming

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www.Central- to them. Inadequate menstrual is often only available to patients

are scarce, as treatment.”

gaps and demonstrate progress

products at Columbia Memorial Health Foundation Vice Chair Anne Scho-

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

towards better health equity 2020, for or Medical until funding Services is exhausted.

Emergency of rural HEAP volunteer grants responders will asp; re-antain for a more blood on bank all of permit, Central particularly among low-income

Council, 59% ny.gov/programs/heap/program. severe physical health impacts, According to Donate Life New

their bases without having to ob-maker

our region.”


York State, there are 8,528 New

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

words to our supporters who continue to rally around CMH to

“With this legislation, we be are available ported between that their Jan. ability 2 and for timely Hudson’s industry assistance experts and have billing attested is

individuals who are often forced Yorkers currently waiting for a

finally prioritizing rural EMS Mar. ser-16vices, providing dignity to designed those ty to was meet moderately an eligible or house-

severely son.com, imnies

and to secure. click on “My Ac-

are therefore at increased risk of organ donor can save the lives

EMS 2020. responses These benefits in their are communi-

programs, unrealistic visit www.CentralHud-

for medevac compa-

to use unhygienic materials and lifesaving transplant, and just one

ensure its essential mission can continue and expand.”

in need of period products hold’s while immediate paired by energy staff shortages, needs. a leading

issue that has pushed many Available for Free at Shelter Facount.”

• Making Menstrual Products

infection and infertility.

of eight people while healing 75

in our shelter system, fixing an

• Expanding Organ Donation more through an eye and tissue


egregious and arcane law by giv-

rural ambulance services to the cilities:

Enrollment Opportunities: donation.

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 heatg

and utility bills.

The grants are available

rough 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 addional

assistance to families who

ay be struggling and depend on

EAP benefits, and encourage all

ligible households to apply,” said

nthony Campagiorni, Vice Present

of Customer Services and

egulatory Affairs.

Campagiorni explained that

ualified families using electricy

or natural gas as their primary

eating source may receive a reglar

HEAP benefit $350 or more,

epending on family income and

ze guidelines, applied toward

eir Central Hudson account.


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New York State Department of Environmental

Conservation (DEC) Commissioner

Basil Seggos encourages outdoor

enthusiasts to consider ice fishing this

winter season.

“Winter in New York provides outdoor

adventurers with some of the very

best opportunities to get outdoors, like

ice fishing, when conditions are right,”

Seggos said. “With proper preparedness

and safe ice, anyone can enjoy the state’s

abundant ice fishing opportunities. Many

fish species are still quite active during

the hard water season, including perch,

sunfish, lake trout and northern pike,

leaving something for every type of angler

to get out on the ice.”

Safety is essential during ice fishing

season and anglers should make sure the

ice is thick enough before venturing out.

Four inches of solid clear ice is usually

safe for anglers accessing ice on foot. Ice

thickness can vary on waterbodies and

even within the same waterbody.

Anglers should be particularly cautious

of areas of moving water and

around boat docks and houses where

bubblers may be installed to reduce ice

formation. Ice can easily be tested with

an auger or spud bar at various spots.

DEC also encourages anglers to fish

with a family member or a friend for

safety. In addition, local bait and tackle

shops are great resources for learning

where ice is safe and what other anglers

are catching.

Anglers interested in trying ice fishing

for the first time should mark the Feb.

19-20, weekend on their calendars. DEC

has designated this weekend as a Free

Safely enjoy ice fishing this winter


The state DEC offers tips on how to stay safe when ice fishing, and a free fishing weekend coming

up in February.

Fishing Weekend, which means the requirement

for a fishing license is waived.

Free fishing weekends are great opportunities

to try fishing for the first time

and for experienced anglers to introduce

friends to the sport.

Beginning ice anglers are encouraged

to download the Ice Fishing Chapter

(PDF) of DEC’s I FISH NY Beginners

Guide to Freshwater Fishing for information

on how to get started ice fishing.

Additional information, including a

list of waters open to ice fishing, can be

found on DEC’s ice fishing webpage. A

new video for beginners interested in ice

fishing are now available on DEC’s You-

Tube channel.

The use of fish for bait is popular

when ice fishing. Baitfish may be used

in most, but not all, waters open to ice

fishing. Anglers are encouraged to follow

these steps when using baitfish while ice


• Review and follow the DEC baitfish

regulations (PDF) on page 79 of DEC’s

Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide;

• Make sure the use of baitfish is permitted

in the waterbody by checking the

special regulations by county section

(PDF) of the guide;

• Use only certified disease-free baitfish

purchased from a local tackle store

(buyers should retain the receipt provided

while in possession of the baitfish);

• Use only personally collected baitfish

from the same waterbody they were

caught; and

• Dump unused baitfish and water in

an appropriate location on dry land.

DEC reminds anglers to have a valid

fishing license before heading out on

the ice. Fishing licenses are valid for 365

days from the date of purchase.

Can ‘adaptogens’ help relieve pandemic stress?

By John Grimaldi

For Capital Region Independent Media


world has been in a state of

extreme stress for nearly two

years now since the breakout

of the COVID pandemic. Sadly,

there appears to be no end in


You may not be able to do

anything about the cause but,

perhaps, there is a way to deal

with the effects by adapting to

the stressors, not in a psychological

way — rather by ingesting

aptly named herbal medicines

called adaptogens.

Of course, before you begin

self-medicating, whether the

drug is a natural medication or

a chemical-based medicine, it’s

important that you consult your

health care provider.

Lest you think somebody

came up with the “adaptogens”

moniker to mask a 21st-century

version of snake oil, think


Or, at least, consider how

the experts at the National Institutes

of Health came to the conclusion

that they might just be

what the doctor orders in dealing

with stress: “Adaptogens

were initially defined as substances

that enhance the ‘state

of non-specific resistance’ in

stress, a physiological condition

that is linked with various

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disorders of the neuroendocrine-immune

system. Studies

on animals and isolated neuronal

cells have revealed that

adaptogens exhibit neuroprotective,

anti-fatigue, antidepressive,

anxiolytic, nootropic and

CNS stimulating activity. In addition,

a number of clinical trials

demonstrate that adaptogens

exert an anti-fatigue effect that

increases mental work capacity

against a background of stress

and fatigue, particularly in tolerance

to mental exhaustion and

enhanced attention.”

In other words, adaptogens

are not some new concoction.

In fact, their origins date back

thousands of years as “a traditional

herbal medicinal product

consisting of a fixed combination

of [plant] extracts.”

And, according to the

Healthline website, they can increase

your resistance to stress,

help you deal with exhausting

situations and, as a bonus, may

also help you deal with weight


Leslie Korn, Ph.D., a Harvard

Medical School-trained

traumatologist, was consulted

on the use of adaptogens

for the Healthline report and

she says they can enhance an


of Mind

individual’s “ability to come

into balance” – a condition the

Mayo Clinic describes this way:

“Balance problems can make

you feel dizzy, as if the room

is spinning, unsteady, or lightheaded.

You might feel as if the

room is spinning or you’re going

to fall down.”

The Healthline report provides

an example of how

adaptogens work:

“When we face a stressor,

whether physical or mental, our

bodies go through what’s called

general adaptation syndrome

(GAS). GAS is a three-stage

response: alarm, resistance and

exhaustion. Adaptogens help

us stay in the resistance phase

longer, via a stimulating effect

that holds off the exhaustion.

Instead of crashing in the midst

of a stressful moment, task, or

event, we attain equilibrium

and can soldier on.”

The report goes on to suggests

that you can take adaptogens

as “herbal supplements in

capsule form, added to smoothies

as powders, or concocted

into teas or soups.” But it warns

that you should consult with

your doctor before taking any


Here are a few the host of

adaptogens that are available

and what conditions they may


• American ginseng (Panax

quinquefolius): Boosts working

memory, reaction time, calmness,

and immune system.

• Ashwagandha (Withania

somnifera): Reduces stress and


• Eluethero root (Eleutherococcus

senticosus): Improves

focus and staves off mental fatigue.

• Tulsi/Holy basil (Ocimum

sanctum): Reduces physical

and mental stress, stress-related

anxiety and depression.

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Alzheimer’s Notes

By Marisa Korytko

For Capital Region Independent Media

Because of the U.S. Food

and Drug Administration’s

accelerated approval of aducanumab

and ongoing news

surrounding COVID-19, many

important Alzheimer’s and dementia

science stories were under-reported.

However, 2021 saw many

exciting research developments

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ALBANY — The state is looking

for public comment on the draft scoping

plan proposed by the Climate Action


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Council co-chairs, Department of Environmental

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meet its climate directives as part of

the Climate Leadership and Community

Protection Act (Climate Act).

After a unanimous 19-0 vote by the

Climate Action Council on Dec. 20, the

draft scoping plan became available for

public review and public comment beginning

Jan. 1.

“For nearly two years, the Climate

Action Council, with input from experts

and stakeholders from every field

and economic sector and support from

state agencies, was dedicated to developing

the draft scoping plan to advance

New York’s ambitious climate law and

address climate change, the existential

threat of our time,” Climate Action

Council Co-Chair and DEC Commissioner

Basil Seggos said. “Now we are

calling on New Yorkers to review the

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CoV-2 consortium presented

its first data on the short- and

long-term consequences of the

Action Council Co-Chair and NYSER-

DA President and CEO Doreen M. Harris


The draft scoping plan embodies the

needed action to address the very real

crisis that climate change represents,

forging cooperation between wide-ranging

perspectives from across the state

State Energy Research and Development

Authority (NYSERDA)

to meet the weighty challenge ahead of


President us,” Harris said. “Together we will fight

and CEO Doreen M. Harris, recently climate change and chart a clean energy

announced the release of the draft scoping

plan, which describes recommended generations to come. We look forward

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Designation by the

FDA in 2021. We also heard

topline results from a phase 2

trial of a drug that targets tau

tangles, a toxic protein in the

Alzheimer’s brain. Plus, strategies

targeting neuroinflammation,

protecting brain cells, and

reducing vascular contributions

to dementia – all funded by the

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into clinical trials.

• Diversity was a major focus

in all things Alzheimer’s.

Researchers are working to better

understand how Alzheimer’s

risk and progression differ in

different populations.

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state’s commitment to carbon neutrality

economy-wide by 2050, according to the


The recommendations from the advisory

panels, along with feedback from

the Climate Justice Working Group,

helped to advance an integration analysis

process, which provided a cost-benefit

assessment of the strategies under

consideration accounting for emissions

reductions and health benefits.

The draft scoping plan has now

been submitted to the governor and the

Legislature as required pursuant to the

Climate Act. Public input received in

response to the issuance of the draft

scoping plan will be used by the Climate

Action Council to help develop the Final

Scoping Plan, which will be posted

online and delivered to the governor and

the Legislature by Jan.1, 2023, as required

under the Climate Act.

DEC will release legally binding regulations

to ensure the realization of the

Climate Act’s required emissions reductions

by Jan.1, 2024, as set forth in the

Climate Act, informed by the scoping

plan’s recommended strategies.

New York state’s climate agenda is

the most aggressive climate and clean

energy initiative in the nation, calling


trial to prevent memory loss.

• Research uncovered another

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brain. An August 2021 study

muscles during exercise can

bolster the health of neurons

and improve thinking and memory.

While the results are very

preliminary, this offers more

evidence that exercise is good

for the long-term health of the


This is a very exciting time

in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

research. And at any

given moment the Alzheimer’s

Association is leading the fight.

We are confident that better

treatments, earlier detection

and prevention strategies will

be available in the foreseeable


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New York chapter. She

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for an orderly and just transition to clean

energy that creates jobs and continues

fostering a green economy as New York

state recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic,

according to the state.

Enshrined into law through the Climate

Leadership and Community Protection

Act, New York is on a path

to achieve its mandated goal of a zero-emission

electricity sector by 2040,

including 70% renewable energy generation

by 2030, and to reach economy-wide

carbon neutrality.

The legislation builds on New York’s

investments to ramp-up clean energy

including over $33 billion in 102 largescale

renewable and transmission projects

across the state, $6.8 billion to reduce

buildings emissions, $1.8 billion to

scale up solar, more than $1 billion for

clean transportation initiatives, and over

$1.6 billion in NY Green Bank commitments.

Combined, these investments are

supporting nearly 158,000 jobs in New

York’s clean energy sector in 2020, a

2,100% growth in the distributed solar

sector since 2011, and a commitment

to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore

wind by 2035.

According to the state, under the Climate

Act, New York will build on this

progress and reduce greenhouse gas

emissions by 85% from 1990 levels by

2050, while ensuring that at least 35%

with a goal of 40% of the benefits of

clean energy investments are directed

to disadvantaged communities, and advance

progress towards the state’s 2025

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energy consumption by 185 trillion

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will pick up the story next week.

Reach Bob Beyfuss at rlb14@cornell.edu

Positively Speaking

By Toby Moore

For Capital Region Independent Media

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When I started attending

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I heard whispers from

my teachers to my parents about

how they thought I had a learning


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came to pass.

What if instead of telling me

that I was a late bloomer, my

parents said, “You’re dumber

than a box of rocks.” If they did,

every time I got a bad grade, I’d

say, “Of course! I’m dumber

than a box of rocks; I’ll never

get good grades. I’m an idiot!”

Some of you may have gone

through life feeling like a loser

because that’s what you were

told at home. I think we’re all

born to win in our own way. It’s

never too late to change what

you’re telling yourself.

I learned in college that it

doesn’t matter what other people

say or think about you. What

matters is what you think and

say about yourself.

When I became an actor, I

was surrounded by people who

were more talented than me. I

had never acted before and it

took me a few years to get the

hang of it. I remember hearing

how some people in my classes

thought I was a terrible actor. It

was a massive blow to my ego,

but rather than telling myself,

“I’m a terrible actor, I’ll never

get better,” I told myself, “I will

become a talented actor; they

don’t determine how good of an

actor I will become — I do.”

No matter how insecure I

felt, I kept telling myself, “I will

become a talented actor!” For

all the roles that I’ve booked on

TV, film and the stage, I’ve never

received a bad review.

I used to hear a former

co-worker tell herself, “I’m

so stupid!” whenever she did

something wrong. Interestingly,

I never heard her say, “I’m

so intelligent!” when she did

something right.

If you call attention to your

mistakes by telling yourself that

you’re stupid, more stupid mistakes

will follow.

I had a close friend who

sarcastically told himself dozens

of times a day, “I hate my

life!” Coincidentally, he was

depressed and suicidal. His life

seemed great — he had a great

family and personality; why did

he hate his life? Is there a connection

between how he felt and

what he told himself?

When you create a negative

narrative about yourself, you’re

putting yourself into prison. It’s

a trap, and you’ll become ensnared

by your words.

I know people use their

words to describe how they feel,

but what if we used our words

to change how we feel? What if

you used your words to change

the direction of your life?

Next time you feel insecure,

tell yourself, “I’m talented, I’m

secure, I’m valuable. I have

everything I need to succeed!”

Next time you feel like a failure,

tell yourself, “Tomorrow will be

better. My future is bright, I am

a champion, I will accomplish

my dreams!”

As you move forward, don’t

use your words to imprison

yourself. Use them to set yourself

free! Use them to set into

motion the type of life you always


Toby Moore is a columnist,

the star of Emmy-nominated “A

Separate Peace,” and the CEO

of Cubestream Inc.
































By Dick Brooks

For Capital Region Independent Media

Christmas barely disappeared

over the horizon when along

came another New Year steaming

into the station.

I’ve just gotten used to writing

2021 on my checks and now

I’ve got to switch to 2022. I have

learned how to deal with this minor

problem — I now go to my

checkbook and write 2022 on the

date line for half a dozen checks

or so. This doesn’t mean I won’t

make mistakes, but it helps.

I did recently date a check

1972 — I have no idea why I

flashed back. Must have been a

good year, I don’t remember.

I can usually deal with the

date change. The thing that annoys

me the most about this time

of the year is the topic of resolutions

for the coming year. You

by Dick Brooks

Another New Year is here

have to make them, it’s a law or


I do get smarter as I age

though. I’ve kept last year’s list

and since they hardly got used at

all, I feel no guilt about reviving

them for the upcoming season of

good intentions. In fact, if memory

serves me, I’ve used the same

list for several years — or maybe

that should be several decades.

I’m sure a quick check will reveal

that most of them still are pertinent.

Number one on the list now

and forever shall be to lose some

weight. That particular one seems

to be the most overused and underkept

resolution in the history

of mankind.

On a good year I can stick

faithfully to this resolution for

about a week before my willpower

is weakened by the discovery

of a stray, stale Christmas cookie

or two lurking behind one of the

canisters on the counter. This usually

puts the resolution back on

the shelf for another year, carbohydrate

addiction being what it is.

Saving money is the next on

this rather rumpled, dusty list of

mine. I was quite successful at

this in the old year. I set aside a

jar in which I deposited my pocket

change whenever the weight on

the coins stretched my suspenders

to the danger point. I rolled up the

contents of the jar and deposited

the $28.73 in my savings account

just last month. I’m pleased with

the system and will continue with


The third item on the list was

to do something about domestic

violence and abuse. To this end,

I’ve decided to make the terms,

“Yes, Dear” and “Whatever you

want, Dear” a permanent part

of my vocabulary. They have

worked well in the past and I see

no reason for not expanding their

usage in the coming year. They

make The Queen smile and a happy

Queen usually means peace in

the kingdom.

The last item on my little list

is to get more exercise. Since this

usually involves getting sweaty

and movements that no longer

come naturally to my older physique,

I listed it last.

I will admit that more exercise

would be good for me, but

it might not be an easy thing to

accomplish. I have found that if

I exercise for half an hour, the recovery

period is usually about a

week and a half until I can exercise

for a half hour again.

Another thing to take into account

is the fact that the neighbors

are sometimes bothered by the

noises involved with my exercise

period. The cracking, squeaking

joint noises and the involuntary

grunts and groans carry farther

than you’d think. I will work on

this in the New Year while I’m

doing research on a book I intend

to write on recliner exercises.

All in all, I’m excited about

the new year. Who knows what

it’ll bring? I hope for only good

things for all of us or at least the

strength to deal with whatever

bad things may show up.

Make a list of your resolutions

and tuck it safely away. It’ll save

you time making one next year

and give you a chuckle when you

dig it out next December.

Happy New Year!

Thought for the week —

Those who live by the sword, get

shot by those who don’t.

Until next week, may you and

yours be happy and well.

To reach Dick Brooks, email


Transcribed from her diary by

Kathy Saurer Osborne

Sunday, Jan. 14: Light snow.

Adrienne Gert. & I went to Church.

Got dinner. Chuck & Joyce skated

some & visited. She went home

with him tonite for a while.

Monday, Jan. 15: Fair. Rain

wind etc. Gene did the washing.

Chuck staid & took Joyce to Greenville.

They went to see Delite last

nite a while. Crocheted. Gertrude

made a cake. Hope I can hang out

the clothes tomorrow. Joyce has

to work nites, Mon Wed & Thurs.

They are getting out the new cards

for the year.

Tuesday, Jan. 16: Fair & windy.

Put out clothes & they dried.

Brought them in & put most of

Grandma Mackey’s Diary

them away. Ironed a few things this

A.M. Crocheted etc. Children at


Wednesday, Jan. 17: Fair. Gertrude

went to Aunt Gert’s & Gene

& I to see Delite. Had a nice time.

Joyce sent my license plates out by

Chuck. He (Chuck) had an accident

Monday A.M. on Mallory’s Corners

& smashed up his Chev. “Woe

is he!” The girls are going to the

movies with the Giffords.

Thursday, Jan. 18: Fair & thawing.

Ironed & cleaned bedrooms.

Crocheted etc. Adrienne is baby

sitting at Bates’ & Adele doing

homework at Eleanor’s. (Howard

Waldrons) Got the big radio back

from Tony’s. It works fine.

Friday, Jan. 19: Fair. Cleaned

livingrooms & dusted. Crocheted.

1951 life in Medusa

Joyce came with Don. Chuck came

after Joe got home with the Lincoln

12.30 a.m. Joyce has a sore throat.

Saturday, Jan. 20: Fair. Took

Joyce to Dr. Botts for a penicillin

shot for quinsy. She feels a little better

tonite. Chuck hitch hiked over.

Addie & I went to the Card Part at

Allen & Helen’s.

Sunday, Jan. 21: Fair. Didn’t

go to Church. Lite Philip & JoAnn

here in the evening. Took Joyce for

another shot. Saw Chuck. He didn’t

come in the evening.

Monday, Jan. 22: Fair. Hung

out washing piece meal. Got it dry.

Washed & ironed for Joyce & a few

other things. Joyce doesn’t feel very

good yet. Chuck walked over & we

took them back.

Tuesday, Jan. 23: Cloudy.

Ironed & mended. Children baked

cake & cookies. Joyce doesn’t feel

very well yet. It looks like snow.

Chuck called. He’s working on

his car tomorrow. Don & Gertrude

went to DK & Rachel’s. He’s doing

some work up there. Adele & Adrienne

are at Giffords to the Youth


Wednesday, Jan. 24: Fair &

warm. Did every day work. Crocheted

etc. Joyce scrubbed &

waxed the kitchen floor this P.M.

Janet is here playing cards tonite.

She (Joyce) isn’t going back to

work till Monday a.m. Weather

permitting Joyce & I are going to

Delite’s tomorrow.

Thursday, Jan. 25: Fair. Joyce &

I went to Delite’s. Stayed for supper.

Went to the garage for Chuck

& he was home so we went there.

Saw TV, had cocoa & buns. Home

10.30. Everything OK.

Friday, Jan. 26: Fair. Cleaned

bedrooms & livingrooms. Dusted

etc. Gertrude went to Gert. Smith’s.

Barney brought her home 4:30. The

girls are at Janet’s tonite playing

cards. Grace Gifford brought the

check for the livingroom suite.

Saturday, Jan. 27: Light snow.

Made a mince pie & a pumpkin.

Janet & Allen here this p.m. Don

home all day. Adele has a cold &

Don too. Crocheted. Chuck is having

trouble getting his car together.

My new shoes & pajamas came.

They are all right.

The Greenville Pioneer • Friday, January 14, 2022 11

ALBANY — The state’s ban

on polystyrene foam containers and

“packing peanuts” went into effect

Jan. 1, according to Department of

Environmental Conservation Commissioner

Basil Seggos.

While an estimated 65% of

New Yorkers are living in communities

that have already banned

polystyrene, New York’s statewide

ban on polystyrene foam containers

and loose fill packaging is among

the first in the nation.

The DEC and its partners continue

outreach efforts to advise

affected groups about the ban, particularly

sellers and distributors of

disposable food-service containers,

such as retail food stores, restaurants,

hospitals and schools.

“Nearly two-thirds of New

Yorkers already live in communities

that are ‘foam free,’” Seggos

said. “New York City and Long

Island are seeing the benefits of

their foam bans with reduced litter

on their landscapes and waterways.

Now the rest of the state is poised

to reap the benefits of a cleaner

environment. DEC continues to focus

on outreach to educate affected

entities, but we know the foam ban

will work and we look forward to

less waste in our landfills in 2022.”

Expanded polystyrene (EPS)

foam is a major contributor to environmental

litter, causing negative

impacts to wildlife, waterways, and

natural resources, according to the

DEC. EPS foam is lightweight,

breaks apart easily, and does not

readily biodegrade, rendering it

persistent in the environment and

Statewide ban on polystyrene foam

containers now in effect


A statewide ban on polystyrene containers and “packing peanuts” went into

effect in New York beginning Jan. 1.

susceptible to becoming microplastic


In addition, EPS foam containers

and loose-fill packaging are not

accepted by most recycling programs

in New York state because

the foam is difficult to recycle,

easily contaminates the recycling

stream, is often soiled, and has low


Starting Jan. 1, New York’s ban

prohibited any person engaged in

the business of selling or distributing

prepared food or beverages for

on- or off-premises consumption

from selling, offering for sale, or

distributing disposable food-service

containers that contain expanded

polystyrene foam in the


In addition, no manufacturer or

store will be allowed to sell, offer

for sale or distribute polystyrene

loose-fill packaging in the state.

Disposable food-service containers

made of expanded polystyrene

foam banned under the law include

bowls, cartons, hinged “clamshell”

containers, cups, lids, plates, trays

or any other product designed or

used to temporarily store or transport

prepared foods or beverages,

including containers generally recognized

as designed for single use.

Initially, DEC will focus its efforts

to achieve compliance with

outreach and education to ensure

a smooth transition for affected

stakeholders, with enforcement to

follow as needed.

While the ban began Jan. 1,

DEC is expected to release final

regulations to implement the law

in the coming months to assist

stakeholders with complying with

the law. Draft regulations were released

earlier this year.

Examples of covered food service

providers required to comply

with the ban include:

• Food service establishments,

caterers, temporary food service

establishments, mobile food service

establishments and pushcarts

as defined in the New York State

Sanitary Code;

• Retail food stores, as defined

in Article 28 of the Agriculture and

Markets Law, which include any

establishment where food and food

products are offered to the consumer

and intended for off-premises


• Delis, grocery stores, restaurants,

cafeterias, and coffee shops;

• Hospitals, adult care facilities,

and nursing homes; and

• Elementary and secondary

schools, colleges, and universities.

Under the law, any facility, regardless

of income, operated by a

not-for-profit corporation or by a

federal, state or local government

agency that provides food and

meals to food insecure individuals

at no or nominal charge may request

a financial hardship waiver

of the requirements of the law. Examples

include community meal

programs, food pantries and places

of worship.

DEC’s outreach and education

efforts about the ban are underway,

helping those affected by the

new law get up to speed with the

requirements. DEC continues to

conduct outreach and education

through the website, educational

webinars, newsletters, listservs,

magazines, social media, phone

calls and e-mail communications

with stakeholders and the public.

In addition, DEC is working in

close partnership with other state

agencies such as the Departments

of Health and Agriculture and Markets

to distribute outreach materials

to retailers and covered food service

providers directly affected by

this law.

DEC is also working with other

partners, such as the Pollution Prevention

Institute, New York State

Center for Sustainable Materials

Management, and New York State

Association for Reduction, Reuse

and Recycling to ensure affected

providers receive information regarding

the ban.

The EPS foam ban builds on

New York’s environmental leadership

in preventing litter, reducing

waste and supporting recycling

through measures such as the ban

on plastic carryout bags, the bottle

bill, and food scrap recycling and

food waste prevention efforts.

For more information, please

visit https://www.dec.ny.gov/













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The shovelers were needed as well as the plow during major snowstorms.

Snowstorms back in the day

By Mary Lou Nahas

For Capital Region Independent Media

It seems that every weather

forecast talks about snow, so let’s

take a few minutes to think about

winter weather and snow in the past

in Oak Hill and Vicinity.

Ralph Hull, in his book “A Lifetime

of Experiences and Memories,”

said, “My dad and his brother,

Will, would walk over drifted snow

from Durham up to Mt. Pisgah carrying

a saw, two axes and a scoop

shovel. The shovel was used to

clear the snow away from around

the trees so the stumps would not

be so high in the spring. We used

to have a lot more snow than we do

these days.

“One time my dad helped cut

ice on the Hudson River for two or

three weeks. The ice was plowed

with a horse and a large saw with

two-inch teeth and a handle for

a man to hold on to. The ice was

marked three to six inches deep,

depending on how thick the ice was

cut. It was then marked off in 24 to

30 inch squares. The ice was stored

in the big ice houses along the river.

My father also cut ice for local ice

houses. Dad and my brothers would

put the ice on the bank for three

cents a cake. We cut ice on the local

ponds, on the Catskill Creek or

wherever we could get it. My father

often cut ice for John Smith’s Locust

Grove Creamery. His icehouse

would hold about 1600 cakes of ice.

Up here in the mountains, sawdust

was used for insulation and was

readily available. So, we used the

sawdust on the sides and on the top

of ice. John Smith would use three

or four cakes of ice a day to put in

his butter room to keep the butter

cool. The rest was sold to local

people to use in their ice boxes. This

would pay the cost of putting in the


“I remember sleigh riding

downhill from the top of Prink Hill,

sometimes sleigh riding far as the

Oak Hill Bridge. Sometimes we

would start in Durham village and

ride down across the old arch bridge

and part way up Pa John’s hill.”

Winter was hard work but also

a fun time.

Memories from Gilboa on Jan.

20, 1936, record that there was

“lots of snow about two feet deep

on level. No one could get off hill

until night after they went through

with the snowplow. [Listening to

the radio they] Heard that snow was

bad all over U.S.A. also heard that

King Geo of England died about 7

o’clock p.m. Tuesday Jan. 21 was

a very good day, but lot of snow,

drifted so badly they cannot work

tomorrow. Thursday Jan 23. John

did not go to work; the weather was

terrible, Real, now wind Reputable,

blowing so hard

you could hardly see to the neighbor’s

house. M. got his bus stuck

fast in snow. Friday Jan 24. Still a

bad day.


No milk going today. M’s

bus still fast in snowbank. Jan 25.

Weather has moderated This storm

is said to be the worse since 1888.

Monday Jan 27. A very cold day.

John went with snowplow on the

road. Plowed snow 10 and 12 feet


Ralph Hull remembered a day it

snowed in March 1936: There were

three feet of snow on the level and

the wind blew for three days. All

the snowplows SUPPORTS broke down REAL except

an old Lin Caterpillar tractor with

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Fish Road was well known for its deep snow.

a plow which was very slow. There

were drifts so high on Pisgah Mountain

and on Rose Hill out of Cornwallville

that you could walk over

top of the telephone lines. The crust

on the snow was a couple of feet

thick and had to be cut out by hand

with a scoop shovel before the Lin

tractor could even get through. The

storm gave many men work that

winter. There was so much snow

and such a hard crust that a milk

tanker got stuck on Rt. 145 this side

of Cooksburg. The driver walked to

a farmhouse on Teator Road owned

by Howard Rivenburg. He stayed

three days before he could get a

snowplow to his truck.

Walter Ingalls remembered the

1939 storm in Oak Hill. A Linn tractor

was used to clear snow on the

back roads. It had big wheels on the

front with a bulldozer tread plow

on the right and left sides, made for

snow removal on the back roads so

the tread did not dig up the main

roads. The town used a V plow and

counties used “speed plows” (one

wing for one side of road at a time).

On rare occasions the town’s V

plow would help clear roads when

it was difficult for counties to keep

up with snow removal. Normally

they would not plow out of district

due to insurance and cost to run and

maintain equipment.

Kenneth Brand is another who

remembers the Linn tractor the

town of Durham had. They used

that in the ‘30s until maybe through

the war years. Ross McCabe,

grandfather of Iris Cochran and Pat

Elsbree, wrote a wonderful letter

to relatives about a storm on Fish

Road in 1943: “It started raining

and freezing and kept it up for three

days. Monday the phone went out

about eleven a.m., and it kept getting

more slippery outside. That

night the water froze, and it rained

and froze all day Tuesday, and the

trees began to bend over and break

under the weight of the ice. Tuesday

night about eleven p.m. there

was a landslide or something off

the roof and simultaneously, I saw

a flash and then a large flare over by

Mackey’s. [their neighbors down

the road] So, I say, ‘Oh, there goes

the lights.’ I reached up over the

bed and switched on the light and

sure enough no light. [In the morning

they found that] the wires were

down and all over the road. About

ten o’clock the neighbor came over

and said there were five electric

light poles down between here and

there [the Mackey house]. Finally

came Wednesday. No phone, no

light, no radio, no ice box or water,

no nothing; then someone someway

hit the thermostat on the stove and



shut off the oil and the stove went

out. Then the clock stopped; so, I

said good, now all we need is for

this house to catch on fire. Saturday

was the same, but Sunday about

three o’clock they got the juice,

and about five o’clock, they got the

phone working and so life began to

function normally and that is the

story of the storm.”

Ralph Hull wrote: “During the

winter of 1944 we had a big snowstorm.

The wind blew for three

days afterwards. All the roads were

closed in the Town of Rensselaerville.

All the snowplows were broken

down except for an old rotary

plow which could only go about

one-half mile a day in the heavy

drifts. We had to take our milk out

to Potter Hollow for ten days.”

Thelma Bell remembered in

her book “Reflections” how they

were visited by several snowstorms

during our first few winters in

Durham. “One Sunday the Cochane

family invited us to spend the afternoon

and evening with them. About

11 p.m., Marshall and I decided to

start for home. When we looked

out, our car was almost completely

covered with snow. The roads were

not even visible. On Thursday, four

days later, we returned home from

our ‘Sunday’ visit.”

Vernon Haskins even wrote

a poem in February 1948 to The

Snow Removal Boys:

The boss’s hair used to be grey

But now it is almost pure white

As he worries about the boys

Who are fighting the snow tonight.

With Stubby at the throttle

And Ernie on the hydraulic lifts,

They are dashing about the


Fighting the mountainous drifts.

Up on Cunningham mountain

Where King Winter wants his


The A. C. growls and grumbles

And keeps fighting all the day.

The two Freds and Wally

Are a most gallant crew,

If Ingalls gets the fuel there.

They will crack those banks in


On the West Durham mountain

Hear that motor roar?

Some snowbound farmer

Knows the Linn is coming once


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

plow were cleared doing the on main New street Year’s of Oak Hill.



Day. Since this edition of “The

Greenville Pioneer” 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:

Thursday, Weather very

pleasant. I worked around the

The back of the dustjacket of Brooks Atkinson’s bo

house until noon. In the afternoon

sewed on my dress. Did

his many achievements.

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?]

snow Aunt was nearly Mary to invited the porch us ceiling to of the Tripp Store during one


The storm

in go 1927. 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

Tripps lived next to the Oak Hill

Methodist Church and were always

very involved there.] Orville

preached. I wrote a letter

to Libbie Russell this evening.

Did not go to church. [It sounds

like there were opportunities to

spend the whole day and evening

at church.]

Chauncey B Day from Alcove

recorded on January

1,1887: Thurs. Went to Alcove—got

3 gal. kerosene.

The diary of another anonymous

person recorded: Jan 1,

1888 Rained all day. Hugh here

in evening.

A. M. Cowles recorded in

his diary: January 1, 1898: The

snow that fell yesterday has

been piled in heaps last night

and the wind is still blowing.

I could not get home last night

for the snow was drifted. Mr.

Whitehead and myself played 5



With Petie at the helm

And Bill and Norm on either


All the folks know you’re com-

Hudson on this camp.

Jan 1, 1928: CONTRIBUTED Spend the PHOTO day a

The tractor was needed as well as the plow home. to clear Bates out after are away a major the storm. week

games of dominoes this morning.

In the evening played with That’s Mr. our and part, Mrs. to Lasher say the least; called



Mr. As Mackey. the phone begins Mr. Cook to ring. this

and Can’t afternoon. you hear We Charlie spend shouting?

spare time writing letters. Nel-


brother drove them to the house

to With break Everett out the and roads. Howard held son “Shovel goes to wide church. and through it to

in reserve

the east!” Deland Fla: Jan 1, 1930 A

As Jan. the 1, regulars 1918: get A some diary sleep, from

very lovely day. Need no fire.

the It’s Wade a cinch family to recorded: keep the roads Mary

Wash this am; take a nap this afternoon.

Another And to whom go with we owe the a lot

is with us. We stay in all day.


Although it be fair, or snowing; Lashers

And to see that is the Hyatt, Glorified our mechanic’ Ameri-

Big Unless Fire in the Catskill drifts get 2:20 too deep. a.m.

Mrs. Mary D. Mattice from can As Girl. he keeps those motors going.”

7:30-6 1934: · Sat Deland, 8-5 · Sun Fla. 9-2 We go out

Catskill Then that wrote: call on Wednesday, us shovelers, Mon-Fri Jan

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.

For these folks, the New Year

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

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.



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The dress Helen Tripp wrote about in her diary wou

They prided themselves on their fashionable attire

good and notions. Some ladies in town had a dress

Mr. and Mrs. Bates, Nelson and

I ate our New Year’s dinner together

outside our tents placing

our tables together. (Menu:

fricasseed chicken, sweet and

white potatoes, cucumber pickles,

chili sauce, creamed onions,

green peas, sweet corn, celery,

cranberries sauce. Coffee Lemon

pies.) The men washed the

dishes for us. Mrs. Bates and

I called on Mrs. Harder from

and the Hacks. Have our dinner

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, January 14, 2022 13

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

to regular business hours Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm / Sat 10am - 3pm

/ Closed on Sundays

Currently, with the volume of bottles and cans we are only

taking drop offs - bring in your empties, place them in a designated

area, we take your name and then give you the earliest time

frame to come back or any time thereafter to collect your money.

Since opening in July 2018, we have helped raise approximately

$52,500, which is almost 924,000 bottles/cans for 50 different

organizations which anyone can donate to.

We look forward to servicing the community in the future.

If you have any questions regarding operation, donations or

fundraisers please reach out....

Shane DeCrescenzo

Just Makes Cents

Bottle & Can Redemption Center



14 The Greenville Pioneer • Friday, January 14, 2022

Program by Chosen People


WESTERLO — Robert Walter, a representative

of Chosen People Ministries, will be speaking

at Westerlo Baptist Church on Sunday, Jan. 16,

during the 9:30 a.m. worship service.

The program being presented is “To the Jews


Chosen People Ministries is an over 100-yearold

mission that was founded in 1894 by Leopold

Cohn, a Hungarian rabbi who came to believe that

Jesus was the Messiah of Israel.

From humble beginnings in Brooklyn, New

York, Chosen People Ministries has grown into

a worldwide ministry with outreach centers in

Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, France,

Germany, Israel, Mexico, Ukraine and the United


Throughout its history, Chosen People Ministries

has been unwavering in its commitment to

bring the Gospel message of salvation in Jesus “to

the Jew first and to the Gentile” throughout the

world. In stressing the Jewish roots of Christian

faith, Chosen People Ministries hopes to make the

message of the Messiah more accessible to Jewish

people and also to help Christian believers achieve

a greater appreciation of the Jewish basis of their

own faith traditions.

The meeting Jan. 16 is open to the public and

Westerlo Baptist Church would like to invite the

Christian and Jewish community to attend.

For more information, please call 518-797-


A love offering will be received.



We are looking for a responsible Auto Technician to perform all assigned vehicle repairs and

maintenance work in accordance with dealership and factory standards.

General Auto Technician Qualifications

• Carrying out repairs and replacing damaged parts.

• Testing motor vehicles and equipment.

• Diagnosing the cause of any malfunctions.

• Carrying out inspections of completed repairs to ensure that the vehicle is safe to be driven.

• Returning a customer’s vehicle to them in clean condition.

• Road testing vehicles, inspecting, and testing mechanical units.

• Following a checklist to ensure that all key work has been done.

• Checking engine lights, air bag systems, transmission fluids and filters.

• Following safety policies and procedures

• Assisting in assembling cars and trucks.

• Maintaining an organized neat and safe bay.

• Must have a valid NYS License and clean record.

Key Skills and Competencies

• Capable of working on foreign and domestic vehicles.

• Experience operating all types of vehicles and transportation equipment.

• Able to use Snap-On diagnostic equipment.

• Performing work efficiently and effectively.

• Superb mechanical aptitude, manual dexterity, and attention to detail.

Job Overview

C.A. Albright & Sons, LLC has been in operation for over 110 years. We have an immediate

opening for a dynamic person to help us keep growing. 2020 was a big year for the company

with the launch of a Propane division which has propelled the company into a new market and

immediate new customer growth. If you are excited to be part of a winning team, C.A. Albright &

Sons, LLC is a perfect place to get ahead and call home. Room for advancement!

To Apply

After careful consideration of this position as described and required qualifications, if you feel

that this job could be an excellent fit for you and are looking for a company to call home, please

direct your resume and references to Randy@CA-Albright.com.



We are looking for a General Laborer to take up manual labor tasks along with a variety of other

tasks that are directed their way. One of the most important skills that the candidate should have

is the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced multi-industry environment.

General Labor Qualifications

• Cleaning: Ensure all waste containers are emptied, sweeping, mopping, dusting, bathrooms

• Loading and uploading materials and equipment, when needed

• Assist with Propane sets

• Assist HVAC

• Assist Automotive

• Must be able to lift and carry 20Ibs plus at times

• Performs various physical duties as assigned

• Moving tools, equipment, or other material as directed by management

• Ability to safely operate various vehicles and equipment, when needed

• Must have a valid driver’s license

Job Overview

C.A. Albright & Sons, LLC has been in operation for over 110 years. We have an immediate

opening for a dynamic person who will help us keep growing. 2020 was a big year for the

company with the launch of the Propane division which has propelled the company into a new

market and immediate new customer growth. If you are excited to be part of a winning team,

C.A. Albright & Sons, LLC is a perfect place to get ahead and call home. Room for advancement!

To Apply

After careful consideration of this position as described and required qualifications, if you feel

that this job could be an excellent fit for you and are looking for a company to call home, please

direct your resume and references to Randy@CA-Albright.com.

13640 RT 9W • P.O. BOX 11 • HANNACROIX, NY 12087

PHONE: 518-756-3127 • FAX: 518-756-2900 • WWW.CA-ALBRIGHT.COM


If you are heading out for a winter hike, the DEC offers guidance on how to

stay safe.

Hike smart

and be prepared

Before you hit the trail, the

Department of Environmental

Conservation advises you to

check out DEC’s Hike Smart

NY webpage to learn about

safety, best practices, preparedness

and the Hiker Responsibility

Code. Discover trails less

traveled and visit sites when

trails may not be as busy.

Before heading out for a

hike, be sure to check the National

Weather Service for current

conditions and forecasts for

the locations where you plan to

recreate. Check both daytime

and nighttime temperatures.

Expect conditions to be cooler

and more exposed on mountain


Manage your time wisely

while hiking. Keep in mind that

it gets dark early. Be mindful of

sunrise and sunset times, and

plan accordingly. Start long

hikes early to maximize sunlight

hours, and always bring

a headlamp in case you are out

longer than expected.

Essentials for winter hikes:

• Waterproof hiking boots

with wool socks;

• Traction devices, as there

may be snow and ice on mountain


• Warm layers, including a

hat and gloves, to prevent hypothermia;

• Wind protectant layers for

open overlooks and summits;

• Gloves and a hat;

• Headlamp with extra batteries,

even if you plan to be out

in the daylight;

• Plenty of food and water;

• A thermos of hot cocoa,

coffee, tea, or soup to warm up

or in case of emergencies; and,

• First aid kit.

Emergency essentials you

should always have in your


• Space blanket;

• Matches and fire starters;

• Pocket knife;

• Paracord or rope;

• Iodine tablets or a water filtration

system; and,

• Extra batteries.



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MOON, from page 1

“Artists were asked to submit work

that featured an object, place or memory

that signified comfort and tranquility

during quarantine,” Liu-Haller said.

For her family, that meant in their

own backyard, as they spent three

months working outside when the lockdown


“It became our daily routine and gave

us purpose during that time,” she said.

“My daughter and I would often sit on

the ground coming through the stones

around the garden, talking and sharing

the ones we liked best. This drawing is

of the actual spot we would sit in. So,

when I see this image, I think of the

comfort we found within our family

during that time.”

An image of Liu-Haller’s 8x8 charcoal

and graphite drawing will be laser-etched

on a nickel microfiche, enclosed

on a lunar lander, and placed

on the moon in perpetuity. The nickel

microfiche is designed to withstand

the moon’s humidity and temperature


Peralta has the opportunity to purchase

space for The Lunar Codex on

the commercial payloads that are being

launched to the moon as part of the Commercial

Lunar Payload Service (CLPS)

in preparation for NASA’s Artemis Program,

which plans to land humans back

on the moon in 2024 for the first time in

over half a century. From 2021 to 2023,

NASA is sending scientific instruments

to the moon in preparation for the mission.

Along with NASA equipment, the

missions will carry commercial payloads,

including The Lunar Codex.

Peralta has divided The Lunar Codex

into three time capsules that will

be launched in 2022 and 2023. The

first to go, “The Peregrine Collection,”

is planned for a spring 2022 landing at


Liu-Haller’s piece, “Snapshot Series #4: Solace,” which will be placed in The Lunar Codex and

delivered to the moon.

Lacus Mortis. “The Nova Collection,”

which includes Liu-Haller’s work, is

scheduled to be delivered to Oceanus

Procellarum by SpaceX’s Falcon 9

rocket and Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C

Lander in June 2022. Oceanus Procellarum,

which translates from the Latin to

“Ocean of Storms,” is a vast plain on the

western edge of the moon’s near side,

formed by volcanic activity billions of

years ago. “The Polaris Collection” is

currently slated for a summer 2023 delivery

to the Lunar South Pole.

While The Lunar Codex focuses

heavily on visual art, it also includes

poetry, stories, books, music and screenplays,

among other art forms.

Peralta began the project, which he is

funding himself, during the COVID-19

pandemic as a way to spread hope during

this challenging time. “The Codex instills

the Moon with some of the heart of

humanity, our art, so that when we look

to the sky, the Moon is a tangible symbol

of hope, of what is possible when you

believe,” he wrote on his website, www.


He also intends for The Lunar Codex

to be “a message-in-a-bottle to the future,”

showing those who find it how the

world turned to art during tumultuous

times on Earth.

“I would like others to see the plethora

of talent that existed among our artists,”

Liu-Haller said. “And to know that

just because technology surged to new

heights and became of greater importance,

our artistic talent wasn’t lost. We

were still creating.”

After Chicago, “Snapshot Series #4”

went on to be exhibited in Liu-Haller’s

first solo exhibition at Denver’s Abend

Gallery, and the piece, along with others,

can be viewed at the gallery’s website,


With shifting time schedules, the

June 2022 date for the Nova Collection’s

approximate three-day, 240,000-mile

journey to the moon is tentative. As for

her part in history?

There are so many variables involved

with the launch — I don’t think it

will fully sink in until the capsules have

safely landed on the Moon,” Liu-Haller


SCHOOLS, from page 1

on the district website Jan. 2, one

day prior to his official appointment

by the board of education Jan. 3.

“Mike impressed us as the type

of individual who puts students first

and has the ability to develop strong

relationships with the students,

school staff and the community,”

Board of Education Vice President

Jay Goodman said. “We anticipate

him becoming an active member of

the Greenville community.”

Bennett has been assistant superintendent

for school administration

in the Schodack Central School

District for the past eight years.

During his tenure with the district,

he also served as middle school

principal from 2008 to 2012. He

was also a special education teacher

in the East Greenbush district from

1998 to 2006.

“I appreciate the confidence that

the Greenville Board of Education

has shown in me,” Bennett said. “I

look forward to becoming a part of

the Greenville school district and

working with the team to continue

the district’s growth.”

The Schodack district bid Bennett

farewell on the district’s website

and said he will remain in his

position as assistant superintendent

in Schodack until he transitions into

the Greenville post March 7.

The entire district congratulates

Mr. Bennett on his well-deserved

next step in his professional

journey,” according to the Schodack

district. “He will be missed by all

who have had the pleasure to know

and work with him in Schodack.

Greenville has chosen a talented

and dedicated leader in Mr. Bennett.

He has done many great things for

the students and staff of Schodack

during his tenure here. We know he

will do the same for Greenville.”

Bennett has a bachelor of arts

degree in U.S. History from SUNY

Albany and a master of science degree

in special education from The

College of Saint Rose. He presently

lives in Castleton, NY.

GREENVILLE, from page 1

said. “As a local town, we will see

3% of the sales tax revenue. So if

a successful business has a million

dollars’ worth of revenue in 12

months’ time, our town will only

see $30,000 in sales tax revenue and

that is if a successful business can

get off the ground and have sales of

a million dollars.”

Macko said he has heard from

residents who don’t want the town

to turn down a possible revenue

source, but he, too, was skeptical

about how much revenue could actually

be generated.

Greene County Legislator Greg

Davis, R-Greenville, urged the

town board to opt out.

“In 2019, [former Gov.] Cuomo

tried to dump this on the counties

and it didn’t go over well,” Davis

said. “A bunch of the large counties

publicly said they were going to opt

out. This went through in 2020 and

the way it was designed is it was

put onto the towns since it did not

go over well with the counties. As

a resident of Greenville, I am absolutely

against the lounges and I

heavily question whether we are

really going to make a lot of money

with the dispensaries. This is going

to be more headache for the town

than we need and my recommendation

would be to say no because you

can always opt back in, but if you

opt in now, you are stuck — you

can’t get out of it.”

Legalized marijuana has led to

issues in other states, Davis added.

“All states that have legalized

marijuana have seen an increase

in deaths due to impaired drivers,”

Davis said.

Rauf recommended the town

reject both retail sales and lounges.

“My opinion as a member of

the board is that we should opt out

tonight and give the local community

members an opportunity to

referendum the issue, if that is their

choice,” Rauf said. “That is truly the

only way as a board that we should

vote tonight — we should opt out

and give the community the opportunity

to referendum the issue.”

Local residents would have 45

days after the board’s vote to collect

an adequate number of signatures

and put the issue to a referendum by

voters, town attorney Tal Rappleyea


Town Councilman Travis Richards

agreed the board should opt


“I think it is in our best interest

tonight to opt out with the option of

opting in later on,” Richards said.

“To me, this is a much larger discussion

than the five people that sit

at this table and the four people that

are sitting in the audience. I would

rather see some sort of referendum

to allow the mass of the town to

speak because this will be the face

of the town, in reality, and let them

decide what they want to see in the

town, not just the five people sitting


Town Councilman Richard

Bear agreed.

“As a board member, I am

very concerned about it so I would

opt out along with the other board

members,” Bear said. “I feel we

are not set up in our zoning for this.

It’s kind of a scary situation, plus I

don’t like the idea that we are doing

it just as a board — I think it affects

the whole community and I think

we need to go to a referendum vote

in the community. That is a much

better way to go about it.”

Greenville joins several neighboring

towns that have opted out

of permitting both dispensaries and

lounges, including Cairo, Durham

and New Baltimore.


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16 The Greenville Pioneer • Friday, January 14, 2022

State seeks

public input on



ALBANY — New York State Department of Environmental

Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced

proposed changes to the state’s regulations for the clean-up of

contaminated sites that will advance efforts to revitalize communities

and protect public health and the environment statewide.

The proposals are available for public comment until April

21, and would create new cleanup standards for the oversight of

the emerging contaminants perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and

perfluorooctanoic sulfonate (PFOS), strengthen the implementation

of the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program, and enhance

State Superfund and other cleanup programs.

“New York is a national leader in our commitment to address

the threat of emerging contaminants and our sustained efforts to

clean up legacy contaminants in communities statewide,” Seggos

said. “The proposed changes to New York’s regulations are

instrumental in advancing DEC’s efforts with the latest science

and data about public health and the environment while supporting

the revitalization of former industrial sites to create economic

opportunities and stronger communities.”

The proposed changes to the 6 NYCRR Part 375 regulations

that pertain to the state’s Environmental Remediation Programs

would increase consistency across programs administered by

DEC’s Division of Environmental Remediation and provide

DEC with the tools to effectively implement these changes, including:

• Enhanced requirements for the Inactive Hazardous Waste

Disposal Site Remedial Program (also known as State Superfund


• Updates to the State’s Soil Cleanup Objectives (SCOs) to

reflect the latest scientific input of experts at DEC and the New

York State Department of Health. Revisions include the creation

of SCOs for PFOA, PFOS, aniline, and nitrobenzene to reflect

the designation of these chemicals as hazardous substances and

codify existing guidance in regulation to provide the State with

a greater ability to conduct enforcement against polluters; and

• Proposed changes, clarifications, and modifications to the

regulations based on DEC’s experience during the first decade of

implementing the Brownfield Cleanup Program.

DEC encourages the public to participate in and submit comments

during two virtual hearings on the revised rulemaking.

The hearings will be held at 2 p.m. on April 5, 2022, and 5:30

p.m. on April 7, 2022.

To participate in the hearings, visit DEC’s website. Persons

who wish to receive the instructions by mail or telephone should

call DEC at 518-402-9764 and leave a message for Jenn Dawson.

Participants should provide their first and last name, address,

and telephone number and reference the Part 375 public

comment hearing.

The public is invited to submit written comments on the

revised proposed regulations through April 21, 2022, at 8 p.m.

Written comments can be submitted by email to derweb@dec.

ny.gov, noting “Comments on Proposed Part 375” in the subject

line of the email, or by mail to the NYS DEC - Division of

Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-

7012, attention: Jenn Dawson.

All documents and related information pertaining to the revised

proposed rulemaking are available on DEC’s website.

Members of the public without internet access are advised to

contact the state at the address above or call 518-402-9764.

ALBANY – In their first joint venture

since announcing plans for a historic merger,

SEFCU and CAP COM have united to

fight hunger and brighten the holidays for

people in need across New York state.

SEFCU President and CEO Michael

Castellana, CAP COM President and CEO

Chris McKenna, and employees from

both organizations distributed more than

$350,000 to nearly 50 food pantries and

rescue missions in the Capital Region, and

the Binghamton, Buffalo and Syracuse areas.

SEFCU has been making these donations

to pantries and shelters since 2010 as

part of its year-round commitment to fighting

hunger through financial support for

local nonprofit organizations and the funding

of solutions that offer greater access

to fresh, healthy food for people in need.

With CAP COM joining the effort, this

year even more nonprofits are benefitting,

the companies said in a joint statement.

“We are both products of the credit

union movement which is, ‘people helping

people,’ and that’s exactly what we are

doing. We know that’s our purpose. We’ve

been doing it individually. When we do

it as a combined entity, there will be no

stopping us,” said SEFCU President and

CEO Michael Castellana, who added that

the need to support neighbors has never

been greater. “When you see a food pantry

where there is literally nothing on the shelf,

you can’t help but be moved by it. To be

able to lead an organization where that is a

supported purpose, where that gets people

out of bed in the morning – that’s why I do

what I do.”

Along with helping food pantries stock

shelves, these donations will help local

nonprofits provide the services necessary

to feed families and individuals.

“Food insecurity is such a crisis and

sometimes we forget about the choices

that people have to make. People have to

choose between eating and paying bills,

and that’s a choice that nobody should have

to make. Nobody should have to go hungry

at night. No student should have to go to

school in the morning without being fed,”

said CAP COM President and CEO Chris

McKenna who also noted that helping

those in need has an equally positive impact

on those giving their support. “When I

got involved in the CAP COM Cares Foundation

or partnering with SEFCU and their

foundation, it was a game changer. It’s a

game changer for the people that you help,

but just as importantly, it’s a game changer

for people that are engaged.”

For the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern

New York, support from the credit

unions will have a tangible impact on its

ability to feed thousands of people.

“I just want to thank SEFCU and CAP

COM for that gift of $10,000. For every

dollar donated, we can provide four

meals. So that’s 40,000 meals. The number

of food insecure folks in our region is

140,000, so this will have a serious difference

on their lives,” said Regional Food

Bank CEO Molly Nicol. “The Regional

Food Bank can’t do this alone. We can’t do

this without our partners, like SEFCU and


Along with the funds this initiative

provides, City Mission of Schenectady

Executive Director Michael Saccocio said

Talking with a health care provider can help smokers quit the habit, new data shows.

Data show health care providers

help patients quit smoking

ALBANY — New New

York State Department of

Health data show an increase

in health care providers working

with patients to quit smoking.

More than three-quarters of

smokers who saw their provider

in 2019 reported that their

doctor advised them to quit

smoking — a 12.5% increase

from 2014. More than half reported

that their doctor offered

assistance to quit — a 23.3%

increase from 2014.

Smokers who receive assistance

from their physicians

double their odds of successfully


Dr. Ronald Pope, Columbia

Memorial Health Vice President

of Medical Services,

Care Centers, said, “Helping

patients to stop smoking is an

important goal for our care

team. CMH providers can offer

several options to help

smokers kick the habit and improve

their health and quality

of life.”

Despite the increased communication

around the health

effects of smoking, there is

still more work to be done. The

Twin Counties’ adult smoking

rate was a third higher than


the statewide average in 2018.

Smoking rates are particularly

high among New Yorkers

of low socio-economic status,

lower education and those

with behavioral health issues.

Columbia County Mental

Health Center integrated questions

about clients’ smoking

status into their intake process

in 2019.

“Forty percent of all cigarettes

in the United States

are consumed by individuals

who live with mental illness

or substance abuse disorders,”

Tobacco Cessation Specialist

Rose Aulino said. “Because of

that, nicotine dependence has

been a real focus of treatment

for us. The results have been


Smokers that are interested

in quitting are encouraged to

talk to their health care provider

about nicotine replacement

therapy and/or counseling

options that are available.

You can also call the New

York state Smokers’ Quitline

at 1-866-697-8487 to receive

free nicotine patches and be

connected with a quit coach.

Tobacco-Free Action of Columbia

& Greene Counties is a

nonprofit organization funded

by the state Department of

Health that advocates for policy

change to reduce exposure

to secondhand smoke, make

tobacco products less visible

and accessible, and make tobacco

use more expensive, less

convenient, and less socially


Columbia Memorial Health

is an advanced multi-specialty

healthcare system serving

more than 100,000 residents

in Columbia, Greene and

Dutchess counties at more

than 40 primary care and specialty

care centers. In addition,

CMH’s inpatient hospital, located

in Hudson, has served

our region since 1893 and is

one of the most innovative and

technically advanced facilities

in the Hudson Valley. Columbia

Memorial Health, Albany

Med, Saratoga Hospital and

Glens Falls Hospital are part

of the Albany Med Health

System, the largest locally

governed health system in the

region. Learn more at www.


To learn more about the

Columbia County Mental

Health Center and the services

offered, please visit www.columbiacountymhc.com.

SEFCU and CAP COM make $350,000 in food pantry donations


SEFCU and CAP COM joined forces in 2021 to make $350,000 in donations to food pantries and

rescue missions in the Capital Region and other areas of the state.

support from SEFCU and CAP COM also

gives people hope.

“It’s critical to have food for people

who are hungry, shelter for people who

are homeless, clothing for people who are

cold. That’s good, but there’s a greater human

need. That’s the need to believe people

care. Real people cared about me, real

people stopped what they were doing and

came to where I am to help me,” Saccocio

said. “When people grasp that, they accept

a sense of responsibility for it so as it’s

been done for me, I need to do it for other

people. That, in many ways, is the greater


Below is a complete list of all missions

and food pantries being supported through

the donations from SEFCU and CAP



• Capital City Rescue Mission

• Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region

The Food Pantries for the Capital District

• Sr. Maureen Joyce Center

• St. John’s – St. Anne’s Food Pantry

• Cathedral Food Pantry

• St. Catherine’s Marillac Family Shelter

• South End Children’s Café

• VA Food Pantry

• Saratoga EOC

• Christ Episcopal Church Food Pantry

• Catholic Charities – Schoharie, Columbia-Greene,

Herkimer, Hilltowns, Fulton-Montgomery,

CoNSERNS-U, Roarke


• Greater Galway Community Services


• St. Paul’s Center

• City Mission of Schenectady

• Bethesda House

• Schenectady Inner City Ministry

• YWCA Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen


• Captain

• Veterans and Community Housing


• Regional Food Bank of Northeastern

New York

• Hope 7 Food Pantry

• Commission on Economic Opportunity

• Unity House

• UAlbany Purple Pantry


• Rescue Mission Soup Kitchen

• Catholic Charities Men’s Shelter

• Meals on Wheels of Syracuse

• Food Bank of Central New York

• Clear Path for Veterans

• Syracuse Northeast Community Center

• Feed Our Vets

• Samaritan Center


• Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse


• Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry

• Whitney Place Rescue Mission


• Buffalo City Mission

• Response to Love

• St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy

• Compass House

• Feed More Western New York

The Greenville Pioneer • Friday, January 14, 2022 St-Cath_Kinship Care_6-21_Layout 1 6/30/2021 2:37 PM Page 1


Living on Purpose

By Dr. Billy Holland

For Capital Region Independent Media

I watch my little grandson, who

is almost 3 years old, and it’s amazing

how fast he is learning about


He’s happy when he has his

way, but when he’s told no or stop,

he bows his head and sticks out his

lower lip. How many of us are like

this? Ha! All of us!

I often think about the many

situations and experiences this little

fellow will face in his journey and

how he will eventually learn there is

more to life than watching cartoons

and playing with toys. There will be

times when he will need an anchor

for his soul, like all of us, and I pray

his hope will be in Christ.

The Bible declares Jesus is the

way the truth and the life but He

never promised this would be a perfect


First Corinthians 13:11 says,

“When I was a child, I spoke as

a child, I understood as a child, I

thought as a child; but when I became

an adult, I put away childish


The context reveals that in this

temporary life it’s difficult to understand

the spiritual realm but one day

we will see God face to face and

know as we are known.

God’s plan is for all of us is to

not only grow up physically but to

mature emotionally and spiritually

in Him. I’ve been through some

hard times, but have also enjoyed

many blessings and I’ve learned

that we can either be bitter or better.

What I mean is that within our

Forever an optimist

in an imperfect world

ups and downs we always have the

choice to be negative and give up,

or we can be positive and filled with

faith even when our sky is dark and


Optimism is contagious and is a

personal decision to embrace hope

and to reject all that teaches otherwise.

No one ever damaged their

eyesight looking on the bright side.

When we discover that God can

be the center of all we are and everything

we do, we can live in the

joy and peace that passes all understanding.

Choosing to see our glass half

full instead of half empty helps us

to stand boldly with an unwavering

expectation that our loving God is

working behind the scenes in every

situation for our good. Positive

thinking is choosing to live above

negativity and despair. This confidence

includes knowing the Lord

loves us and is always watching

over us.

Like most of you, I desire to be

informed about what is going on in

the world. I listen to many sources

of news and then I’m faced with

trying to sort out what is true from

opinions and speculation. When

it comes to theology and spiritual

prophecy, there is much disagreement

there as well. Some say the

future is going to get better and evil

will be exposed, while others believe

the world will continue growing

worse until Christ returns.

Whatever your convictions and

views, I just want to encourage you

today and remind you that no matter

what happens from here forward,

God is never surprised or worried.

The Almighty’s desires will be fulfilled

exactly as He planned and

nothing can change them.

Yes, there is an enemy that can

attack us with anxiety and fear, but

Deuteronomy 20:3-4 gives us this

promise: “Let not your hearts faint,

fear not, and do not tremble, neither

be ye terrified for the Lord your

God is He that goes with you, to

fight for you against your enemies,

to save you.”

Exodus 14:14 also declares that

He will fight for us and protect us.

When we know that it’s impossible

for God to fail, we are filled with

trust and security.

Followers of Christ are not optimistic

because they trust in man’s

abilities to solve the world’s problems,

or hope that somehow everything

is going to turn out alright. We

are optimistic simply because we

believe that God is who He says He


When we observe circumstances

without including God, we base

our thoughts on fear, which is pessimistic.

However, true faith is seeing

circumstances through the eyes of


My contribution is to help edify

the body of Christ and I invite you

to visit my website where you will

find Christian articles, songs, and

videos to encourage, inspire and

motivate your mind and spirit. I am

blessed by all of you who read this

column and stirred by your commitment

to God, your willingness

to serve, and your excitement to

follow Him.

Read more about the Christian

life at billyhollandministries.com.

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, January 14, 2022

Be A Better Gardener

Ecotypes: Native plants and their adaptability

By Thomas Christopher

For Capital Region Independent Media

Did you know the native red

maple tree you bought from

your local nursery may have

originated with a clone collected

in Florida? Or that the native

meadow seed you planted likely

was collected in the Midwest?

So, what does that matter?

Over millennia, truly local

plants have evolved to flourish

in the local conditions and to

harmonize with the local wildlife,

Sefra Alexandra explains.

These locally evolved plants

are what scientists describe as


Sefra — an agroecological

educator with a master’s degree

from Cornell University and

international experience as a

plant collector, she calls herself

“the Seed Huntress” — points

out that using local ecotypes is

more likely to produce plants

that bloom precisely when their

local pollination partners need


In the case of monarch butterflies,

for example, the local

milkweed ecotypes flower

when the butterflies are migrating

through that area; planting

non-local ecotypes may cause

the butterflies to linger too

long, or it may produce a premature

bloom that peaks before

they arrive.

Unfortunately, nurseries do

not typically advertise the provenance

of native plants, and too

carefully supervised to avoid

stressing the remnant wild pop-

hopes that the impact of the

often locally sourced native cle of preserving and promoting ulations. These seeds are then Ecotype Project will be felt far and lasting impact on issues

The Greenville Pioneer • Friday, December 20, 2019 13

plants are not available at all. locally sourced native plants planted out in “founder plots” outside Ecoregion 59. Pollinators,

and gardeners and farmers, GCA. Tom’s companion broad-

that are most important to the

If Sefra has her way, though, a along the lower Connecticut on organic farms across the region.

could benefit from similar efcast

to this column, Growing

program she is coordinating for River corridor (Ecoregion 59

the Connecticut chapter of the on the U.S. Environmental Pro-

The seeds borne in the forts in any area of the country. Greener, streams on WESUFM.

of a change.

Qualified households may now

apply for Home Energy Assistance

Pro¬gram (HEAP) grants, a federally

funded program that provides

both reg¬ular and emergency financial

assistance to help pay heating

and utility bills.

The grants are available

through local Department of Social

Services (DSS) offices and

Offices for the Aging. Customers

of Central Hudson Gas & Electric

Corp. who receive a HEAP benefit

toward their ac¬count will also

be issued a monthly credit on their

bill for a max¬imum of 12 months

based on service type and amount

of HEAP benefit.

“We’re pleased to offer additional

assistance to families who

may be struggling and depend on

HEAP benefits, and encourage all

eligible households to apply,” said

Anthony Campagiorni, Vice President

of Customer Services and

Regulatory Affairs.

Campagiorni explained that

qualified families using electricity

or natural gas as their primary

heating source may receive a regular

HEAP benefit $350 or more,

depending on family income and

size guidelines, applied toward

their Central Hudson account.


Agroecological educator Sefra Alexandra says local plant ecotypes are more

likely to produce plants that bloom just when their local pollination partners,

such a butterflies, need them.

Begun in 2019, the Ecotype

Project pursues a complete cy-

wildflowers, a process that is

“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.

Home heating assistance

grants now available

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portant to gather seeds of the

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.”

widest range of genetic types,

including early and late blooming

specimens. These harvests

are cleaned and processed with

equipment maintained by the

Northeast Organic Farming Association,

and the results made

available to growers through a

farmer-led collective known as


Some of the seeds go to

farmers to plant their own pollinator

habitats, others to gardeners

and members of pollinator

pathways, and still others to local

nurseries growing plants for

ecological restoration projects.

Sefra is a believer that good

work needs to be celebrated,

and she has publicized the Ecotype

Project with annual “BOA-

Tanical expeditions.” For these

she takes a party of citizen scientists

paddling down the Connecticut

River with a cargo of

ecotype plants to plant along

the shores, either reinforcing

wild populations or creating

new founder plots.

Although she has travelled

far and wide in pursuit of locally

adapted plants herself and

is a member of the Explorers’

Club, she wants to make the

point that you don’t have to fly

to the Himalayas to mount an

expedition — there are plenty

of opportunities for exploration

and botanical (and BOATanical)

adventures in your own


In a similar vein, Sefra also

CMH unveils


To this end, the Connecticut

chapter of the Northeast Organic

Farming Association has

published on its website (ctnofa.org)

a “Getting Started Tool

Kit” with protocols for seed

saving and growing, as well

tips for planting and thumbnail

guides to the different wildflower

species it has included

in its founder plots.

For more information about

the Ecotype Project and Sefra

Alexandra’s adventures as the

Seed Huntress, go to the Berkshire

Botanical Garden’s Growing

Greener podcast, at thomaschristophergardens.com/


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

Northeast Organic Farming Association,

The Ecotype Project,”

tection Agency map). The cycle

begins with the collection

founder plots are harvested

when ripe — this typically involves

“What we’re really trying to

do with the Ecotype Project,”

org, Pacifica Radio and NPR

and is available at his website,

could mark the beginning of seeds of 17 species of local

The Greenville Pioneer • Friday, January 17, 2020 several visits as it is im-

Sefra said, “is create a replica-



ble 3D model for biopsy ecoregions every-



HUDSON — Medical and community leaders joined in Hudson

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

officials at Columbia Memorial Health say will significantly improve

the diagnosis, treatment and outcomes for breast cancer patients

Greene and Columbia counties.

Cemetery seeks 2020

mowing donations

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

more precise targeting of tissue abnormalities identified through

CMH’s 3D mammography capabilities, 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

Why is my Medicare Part B premium so high?

By Russell Gloor

For Capital Region Independent Media

Dear Rusty: Social Security is deducting

$297 per month for my Medicare Part

B coverage.

I have what’s called a “Windfall Elimination

Provision” because I receive a pension

from my former state employer. Prior

to my 65th birthday in July of this year,

Social Security was paying me $764 per

month, but when I turned 65 they reduced

my amount to $467 per month.

I read that the Part B premiums for 2021

are $148.50, so I wonder why I’m paying

double that amount? Could it be that I never

enrolled in Medicare Part B and they just automatically

started deducting that amount?

Some sort of penalty? If so, it seems kind

of high.

Can you explain why I’m paying so

much for Medicare Part B?

Signed: Curious About Medicare

Dear Curious: Your Part B premium

of $297/month has nothing to do with the

Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).

WEP affects (reduces) your Social Security

retirement benefit amount but doesn’t affect

your Medicare premium.

Your Medicare Part B premium is $297/

month because of a different Medicare rule

known as “IRMAA,” which is the “Income

Related Medicare Adjustment Amount.”

Here’s how IRMAA works:

Medicare determines your Part B premium

amount each year using your combined

income (from all sources) from two

years prior, so your 2021 Part B premium is

based upon your 2019 income. The income

amount used to set your Part B premium is

called your Modified Adjusted Gross Income

(MAGI), which is your normal Adjusted

Gross Income on your tax return plus

any other non-taxable income you may have

had (including half of your SS benefits,

non-taxable interest, etc.). If your MAGI is

over a certain threshold, your Part B premium

is more than the standard $148.50.

The IRMAA thresholds at which you

pay a higher Part B premium depend upon

your tax filing status. A married couple filing

jointly with MAGI under $176,001 pays

the standard premium ($148.50 for 2021),

and a single tax filer whose MAGI is under

$88,001 also pays the standard Part B premium,

but income exceeding those thresholds

means a higher Part B premium. How

much higher depends upon how much your

MAGI exceeds the base amounts above.

The Part B IRMAA premium increases

on a scale relative to how much your MAGI

exceeds the base threshold and, from what

you’ve shared, it appears that your 2019

MAGI resulted in a 2021 Part B premium

of $297/month.

Since you were already collecting Social

Security when you turned 65, you were

automatically enrolled in Medicare Part A

(which is free) and Medicare Part B (for

which you pay a premium), which is why

your Medicare premium increased at that


If you also have “creditable” health care

from either your or your wife’s employer

(“creditable” is a group plan with at least 20

participants), you can disenroll from Medicare

Part B by filing form CMS-1763 and

having an interview with Social Security.

That way you could save that $297 monthly

Part B premium for as long as you have

other “creditable” employer coverage, and

then re-enroll in Part B during the Special

Enrollment Period, which starts when your

employer coverage ends (or shortly before

to avoid a gap in health care coverage).

If you have retired from working and

your combined income in 2020 was much

lower than in 2019, Social Security will

automatically adjust your 2022 Medicare

Part B premium as appropriate for your

combined income reported to the IRS on

your 2020 tax return. If you retired in 2020,

you might also wish to submit form SSA-

44 (www.ssa.gov/forms/ssa-44-ext.pdf) to

claim a “life changing event,” which may

result in a smaller Part B premium for 2021

as well.

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


or email us at ssadvisor@


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