Archives for November 2010
by Bea Peterson
A fire on Spicer Road in Hoosick, in a building that houses Hardesty Waste Removal and RM Bacon Construction, was started when sparks from a grinding machine accidentally ignited flammable material nearby. According to Hoosick Fire Chief Bill Rifenburgh, Fire Departments from Hoosick, Hoosick Falls, West Hoosick, North Hoosick and Pittstown responded to the 12:37 pm call on Monday, November 22. [Read more…] about One Week – Two Fires
by David Flint
John Greene, President of the Berlin School Board since last July, has submitted his resignation. Greene said he discussed the resignation in executive session at the end of the regular Board meeting on Tuesday, November 16. The Board accepted the resignation immediately following the executive session. It will be effective as of November 30 or possibly earlier if the Board comes up with a replacement before then.
[Read more…] about BCS Board President John Greene Resigns
by Bea Peterson
Several pay cuts were included in the budget approved by the Grafton Town Board at its regular meeting on Thursday, November 18. Those reductions and other cuts brought the budget to a 3.6% increase or $11.01 per thousand. When the Board first reviewed the 2011 budget, anticipated increases ranged from 8 to 11%.
[Read more…] about Grafton Tax Increase Is 3.6%
by Kieron Kramer
At the Town Board meeting on November 11, the Berlin Town Board voted 3-2 to adopt the 2011 budget with a 1.8% tax levy increase when combined with the budget for the Berlin Fire District. Town Supervisor Rob Jaeger and Board Members Carl Greene and Sheila Hewitt voted to approve the budget; Board Members Richard von Schilgen and James Saunders voted no. The total amount of projected expenditures, including $204,855 for the Fire District, comes to $585,270.
[Read more…] about Berlin Budget Holds The Line At A 1.8% Tax Increase
by David Flint
At a special meeting on November 19, the Stephentown Town Board adopted a budget for 2011 that calls for an overall increase in the tax levy of 5.2%. This figure includes the Fire District budget. The Board at a budget hearing and workshop on November 8 pared down the tentative budget presented at their meeting in October that would have resulted in a levy increase of close to 11%.
[Read more…] about Stephentown Sets Tax Levy Increase At 5.2 %
submitted by Jeanne Casatelli, Communications Specialist, Questar III
On November 9, Berlin High School students presented a video tribute to Veterans Day; local veterans were honored guests.
A team of more than 15 students who call themselves “super troopers” created the video sparked by an idea from Rachael Bly, a junior. Rachael said, “I started thinking about Veterans Day and what it means to people and thought a video would raise awareness of how important it should be to everyone.”
[Read more…] about Berlin Central School Students Honor Veterans
by Alex Brooks
At the Hoosick Falls School Board November meeting District Superintendent Ken Facin discussed the 2009-2010 School Report Card for the District.
The District as a whole is in good standing, but there were two areas of concern, English test results for students with disabilities in elementary and middle school and the graduation rate. In all areas except these two the District exceeded the performance objectives by large margins.
[Read more…] about HFCS Gets Its Report Card
submitted by Helene L. Calman
This year the Stephanie Flint Book Club (also known as the Berlin Book Club) celebrated the twentieth year of its founding by a group of Berlin residents who wished to share their love of reading. Four of those founders, Helene Calman, Cheryl Hawksby, Eleanor Montgomery and Paula Paulson, then Library Director, were present at the celebration. A celebratory tea was held on Sunday, November 7, at the home of Helene Calman. Twelve members attended and enjoyed delicious refreshments along with the readings of three short stories. But best of all everyone enjoyed socializing with one another while they made plans for next year.
[Read more…] about Berlin Book Club Celebrates
The Binding Friends quilt group at the Everett Wagar Senior Center in Grafton donated hand made place mats to the participants of the Rensselaer County Home Delivered Meals Program.
[Read more…] about The Binding Friends