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Hoosick Falls Mayor Rob Allen has announced that Robert Ashe has resigned as Chief of the Village Police force. The resignation took effect on Friday, May 13. In making the announcement on Monday morning, Mayor Allen said “We wish him the best of luck with his future endeavors.
Our Village Police Officers stepped up and served with distinction and honor over the past several months. We are deeply appreciative of their efforts and dedication. Officer-in-Charge Paul Aleksonis will continue to lead the Village of Hoosick Falls Police Department while they provide their essential service to the Village of Hoosick Falls.
The Village will have no further comment at this time.”
Chief Ashe was currently suspended with pay as allegations of impropriety concerning absentee ballots for last Novembers general election are being investigated by state and federal authorities.
The Eastwick Press will have more on this development as it becomes available.
The Town of Grafton invites you to the 2022 Grafton Town BBQ, sponsored by the Town of Grafton and hosted by Greywacke Meadows (aka the wedding barn!). This is a FREE family event with great food, entertainment and a beautiful venue. We will also have a covered dish and dessert contest so please bring an item to share. It will be held on Sunday, June 5, from 2 to 5 pm. Hot dogs & hamburgs provided. 40 Dunham Rd, Grafton.
For Grafton residents only
Notes: Boy it’s supposed to be a beautiful week. The golf league is underway. We started 3 weeks ago and finally I am able to get an article out. You can make time for whatever you want so here goes. It was a great sight to see all the Little Leaguers walking through town during the traditional opening day parade. Thanks to all the unpaid volunteers that make it happen. People don’t realize how much time goes into making sure the kids have a fun experience. Keep in mind that no one has to do this, so instead of complaining about what is not done, thank those that did something to help out. Please and thank you go a long way. I know the board could always use a few good hands, so if you have any good ideas please leave your name and number at the shack and the president will contact you. With that being said, I want to thank Joe Gerwin for all the work he puts in to make this golf league run. Thanks buddy. Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, Elaine, and my wife Darcy. No one really knows how much unselfish time you put into your family. You are great examples for people to follow.
Current Leaders: Flight A One team has played all three weeks together and they haven’t lost, Jeff Stevens and Keith Shannon. After getting into the playoffs as a wild card and riding that momentum to the title match, they have come out this season on fire. They lead flight A with 37.5 points. Three other teams haven’t lost this year either, Dave Clark/Gerry Taber, Joe Gerwin/Jack Daigneault and Bret Seiler/Howie Akin. Both Joe and Dave played with a sub for 2 weeks and Howie needed an extra week to recover from surgery. Currently in 2nd place, Dave and Gerry have 35.5 points. Joe and Jack have 33 points and are tied for 3rd place with Mike Marpe and Dan O’Rourke. Flight B No teams in flight B are undefeated. The top two teams have won 2 out of 3 weeks. Skip Russell and Bob Hunt sit on top with 34.5 points. Billy Potter and Kyle Woodward are in 2nd place with 33.5 points.
Week One Results: Jeff Stevens came out of the gates on fire, shooting a 36. He had 6 pars and a birdie. Jeff parred all 3 par threes. Jeff also had the low net score of the night with his 32. Marsh Ogert had a nice start with a net score of 33 and 3 pars. Peter Martin III was the only other golfer to break 40, shooting 39 net 34. He had 4 pars and a birdie. Danny O’Rourke had 6 pars. Joe Gerwin had 5 pars. Keith Shannon helped his team (Jeff Stevens is his partner) net under par with his net score of 34. They were the only team to net under par as they shot a team net score of 66, 4 under their handicap. Billy Potter (birdie), Skip Russell (3 pars, birdie), Mike Marpe (4 pars) and Ron Caron all netted scores of 34.
Skins Update (week 1): Each week, the 18-sided die will be rolled to determine which hole was the skin hole for the previous week. Players are divided into 2 flights based on handicap. If you are the lone low score on the hole, you win the skins pot. Teammates can not cancel each other out. You need to have a birdie or better to win the skin. Skins possibilities this week in Group A were: Peter Martin III – hole 5, Jeff Stevens – hole 7, Kevin Weeden – hole 8 Skins possibilities this week in Group B were: Gerry Harrington – hole 5, Darryl Lee – hole 2, Billy Potter – hole 7. Hole 4 was rolled so there was no winner.
Closest to the Pin Winners (week 1): Hole 1 -> Dave Vogt 25 ft 7 in, Hole 3 -> Skip Russell 28ft 1 in, Hole 9 -> no one
Week Two Results: Howie Akin came off shoulder surgery swinging a hot club. He had a net score of 30 with 4 pars. Welcome back Howie. He helped his team shoot a net score of 68. His teammate, Brett Seiler, had 4 pars and a birdie. Only two teammates netted under par, Leon Rosko and Ed Powers both netted 34. They combined for 9 pars. Marsh Ogert had another solid week shooting a net 33. He had 3 pars and a birdie. Peter Martin III had 4 pars and a birdie.
Skins Update (Week 2): Skins possibilities this week in Group A were: Peter Martin III – hole 6, Jeff Stevens – hole 7 (again), Kevin Weeden – hole 9, Brett Seiler – hole 5 Skins possibilities this week in Group B were: Gerry Harrington – hole 5, Darryl Lee – hole 2, Marsh Ogert – hole 7. Hole 6 was rolled by Leon Rosko. Peter Martin III won the 2-week pot in Group A. Congrats Peter. Thanks Amy for letting him practice and giving him a few tips.
Closest to the Pin Winners (week 2): Hole 1 -> Billy Potter 4 ft 4 in, Hole 3 -> Joe Gerwin 8ft 6in, Hole 9 -> Kevin Weeden 7ft 5in (birdie)
Week Three Results: This was the best night so far for the Duffer League golfers. Eddie Powers led the way shooting 37, net 31. Eddie had 4 pars and a birdie. His teammate Leon Rosko shot a 39, net 33. Leon had 5 pars. They had a team net score of 64. Ruppert Smith had the low net of the night with a 30. He shot a gross score of 39 with 5 pars. Dean Becker took care of business with a net score of 31, winning 7.5 points out of 9 points. Maybe it was 8 out of 9. I’ll have to double check my scorecard:( Nick Pello had a nice net score of 33 picking up a par on the tough hole #1. Eric Speanburg, Skip Russell (3 pars, birdie), Jeff Hull (3 pars) and Dave Vogt (3 pars) all had a net score of 34. Bret Seiler was solid with 5 pars and a birdie. Kevin Weeden, after shooting a 48 the week before, shot 37 net 33 with 7 pars.
Skins Update (Week 3): Skins possibilities this week in Group A were: Jack Daigneault – hole 7, Ed Powers – hole 5 Skins possibilities this week in Group B were: Dave Clark – hole 8 The dice are rolled prior to the start of the next week to determine the previous week’s winner.
Closest to the Pin Winners (week 3): no signs put out (It’s no one and everyone’s responsibility. Usually Henry does it, but he was absent. Thanks Henry for taking care of this.)
The county bridge carrying County Route 36 (Park Avenue) over the Little Hoosic River in the Town of Berlin will be closed effective today, May 12, the Rensselaer County Highway Department announced.
The closure follows an inspection by the New York State Department of Transportation, which determined structural and safety issues necessitate closure.
The Rensselaer County Highway Department has monitored the condition of the CR36 bridge in recent years. County Highway has lowered the weight limit on the bridge in an effort to keep the bridge safely in operation.
Detours will be posted, and the detours for traffic are expected to be short. The county is now reviewing plans to deal with the bridge closure, said county officials.
by Doug La Rocque
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that Oak-Mitsui Technologies LLC (Oak), the owner of the property, will be executing the environmental cleanup work at the 80 First Street Site in the Village of Hoosick Falls. Their press release says the environmental cleanup action will be performed as an Interim Remedial Measure (IRM) under NY’s State Superfund Program and the provisions of an Order on Consent established between Oak and DEC. An IRM is a cleanup activity that may be implemented when the source of contamination or exposure pathway can be effectively addressed in the short term. The objective of this IRM is to prevent contact with residual levels of contamination in the soil.
Highlights and Key Components of the IRM:
• Installation of a 2 foot thick cover system that consists of a 6 inch gravel underdrain placed directly over existing asphalt or concrete foundations and 18 inches of soil cover over the gravel underdrain.
The Brunswick (Brittonkill) Central School District is pleased to announce that Kelly Onorato has been named the new principal of Tamarac Elementary School. Mrs. Onorato, a resident of Brunswick, is currently the assistant principal at Tamarac Elementary. She replaces Mr. Richard Pogue, who is retiring after 16 years in the District. Mrs. Onorato is bringing to the position 17 years experience in education. Kelly provided services to students in grades K-12 as a speech-language pathologist during her first 10 years in education. Kelly has also served as a member of the District Technology Committee and coached the Tamarac Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Team in the Fall of 2008.
by Doug La Rocque
David Leon’s representatives, MJ Engineering, were back before the Brunswick Planning Board on Thursday evening, May 12, with a new rendering of what the proposed addition of an Aroma Joe’s Coffee Drive Thru would look like. The problem the Planners have is that it is not just drive thru but has a walk up window as well. Several members of the Board voiced their concern about pedestrians crossing an increased traffic flow, particularly since the rendering did not show any crosswalks or other protective features leading to that walk up window.
Submitted by City Council President Carmella R. Mantello
Troy City Council President Carmella Mantello announced the Troy City Council has approved neighborhood improvement projects totaling over $20,000.
The projects are through the City Council Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP), and initiatives range from gateway beautification projects to neighborhood Veterans Memorials. Funding was made available through the City Council’s annual budget and the Capital Resource Commission.
The Tops Friendly Market in Hoosick Falls will join all Tops stores in a collective moment of silence on Saturday, May 21 at 2:30 pm, seven days after the tragic shooting in Buffalo. “The impact of this tragedy stretches across our community and nation. We stand together as we remember them and pray that their […]
By a unanimous 7-0 vote, The Troy City Council on Thursday evening, May 19, approved an amendment to what Council President Carmella Mantello referred to as “an archaic law” that said “no person shall play ball in any of the streets of the City.” In her press release, Council President Mantello said after a recent […]
by Doug La Rocque Former Hoosick Falls Village Police Chief Robert (Bob) Ashe was arrested by NYS Police on Monday, May 16, and accused of Official Misconduct. He pled guilty that evening in Village Court to the charge, a misdemeanor. Village Court Judge Thomas Restino gave the former chief an unconditional discharge and ordered him […]
On Tuesday, May 17, nine Tamarac High School student athletes signed their letters of intent, committing to play for the respective college or university they’ll be attending. The students were accompanied by their families, the Tamarac Booster Club and Tamarac High School athletic and administrative staff. Those students are:
The Brunswick (Brittonkill) Central School District is pleased to announce that Kelly Onorato has been named the new principal of Tamarac Elementary School. Mrs. Onorato, a resident of Brunswick, is currently the assistant principal at Tamarac Elementary. She replaces Mr. Richard Pogue, who is retiring after 16 years in the District. Mrs. Onorato is bringing to the […]
Submitted by HFCSD Communications On Tuesday, May 17, from 9 am to 8:30 pm, the Hoosick Falls Central School District will hold its budget vote in the high school gymnasium. The proposed budget of $25,348,933 will have a tax levy increase of 1.96%. Also on the ballot will be three seats on the Board of […]