A Day of Remembrance
Submitted by Hoosick Post #40 American Legion
Hoosick Post #40 American Legion Memorial Day ceremonies will take place on Monday, May 29th, in Wood Park. Join us as we honor the men and women that made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, including John F. Galvin, Jerry J. Jones, James Keegan, Richard Motsiff, John Jack Valentine, and Rich Gorman, veterans who have passed away during the past year.
Memorial Day rites will be stepping off at 8:15 am, from the corner of Main St. and Wilder Ave, and stop at multiple locations to honor veterans at their respective memorials.
Shining a Light on Old Traditions
Submitted by the Lebanon Valley Historical Society
On Monday, May 29th, Memorial Day, at 2 pm, the Lebanon Valley Historical Society (LVHS) will be having a program at the New Lebanon Town Hall, with a special guest Captain Richard (Dick) Pusateri, Chaplain Corps. The idea of having this program on Memorial Day is to shine a light on a very old tradition in the United States military that dates back to 1775, is an important part of all branches today, and is largely unknown to people who have not served.
Petersburgh Town Board Highlights
by Denise Wright
The May 15th Petersburgh Town Board meeting was brief but quite informative.
The first item discussed was the bridge/culvert project. According to town board member Heinz Noeding, the project is going as planned, and the hope is to finish it by mid-June. While there has been some need for adjustments to the traffic flow near the project, it was reported that a 3-way stop sign was not approved, but DOT will do some lane widening near the post office to assist with the traffic pattern.
The town supervisor reported that the $151,000 in ARPA funds was reported for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. The fire district, parking lot repaving, and historian records were part of the approximate $55,000 part of the final submission to the state. The roof, the water district water diffuser, and parks will also be using some of the funds. There is approximately $20,000 left of the funds that need to be allocated.
Students Donate Moon Jellyfish
Submitted by BCS Communications
For the last four years Mr. Matthew Christian’s Berlin High School (BHS) Marine Biology program has partnered with Via Aquarium in Rotterdam.
BHS seniors Raymond Ericson, Elsie Corbett, and Samantha Rokjer, who took Mr. Christian’s class this year, once again were able to successfully raise moon jellyfish from polyps to embryos and finally to hatched moon jellies. The students then donated the over 100 moon jellyfish to the Via Aquarium.
Brain Fitness Foundation Unveils Facility
Submitted by Shannon Nixon
On Sunday, May 7th, The Brain Fitness Foundation unveiled its new facilities in Hoosick Falls with a soft launch event. Attendees were joined by the foundation’s leaders and staff for a luncheon followed by a presentation detailing the organization's mission to provide free, neuroscience-based mental health services to communities across New York State.
The presentation was opened by Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Suzanne Falla, who highlighted the rise of mental health issues seen on a global scale since the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Lebanon Town Board Highlights
by Chris Tergliafera
No bids were received for the new highway engine. The next step is for the town clerk to look into the state contracting website to see if there are any engines with state contract pricing, then contact the mechanic where the truck is to see if they can honor the state contract price. The is the second time it was put out to bid with no bids received.
After receiving two years of funding for the electricity used at the EV charging station, grant funding will run out on June 30th. The board has asked the CSC to research costs for charging so a fee schedule can be implemented.
May 19, 2023 Edition
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$45 Million Agreement Reached to Implement New Water Supply
Submitted by the NYSDEC
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced an agreement that commits Saint-Gobain and Honeywell to implement the new water supply for the Hoosick Falls Village Water System, with an estimated cost of $10 million. The agreement also holds the companies accountable for $30 million in past costs incurred by state taxpayers. The companies remain responsible for determining the extent of site-related contamination from historic industrial operations, including on-site disposal of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) at the McCaffrey Street facility.
HVCC Wins Two Awards of Excellence
Submitted by HVCC
Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) recently received two prestigious World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) Awards of Excellence at the organization’s annual World Congress. The WFCP awards program recognizes outstanding contributions from member institutions and associations in advancing professional and technical education and training for the global economy. The college earned a bronze award for Global Citizenship and a silver award for Strategic Leadership.