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Weekend in review

Sep 03, 2013 7:07 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Aug. 30 to Sept. 3, 2013:

Kyle Adams is reporting in The Daily Mail approximately 30 members of the Cairo and Durham communities met recently with Assembly member Pete Lopez at the Cairo Public Library. The subject of the meeting was the Cairo-Durham Central School District's elementary grade-level realignment plan. The controversial plan will take effect with the first day of school, Thurs., Sept. 5. Lopez told the group his intention was to hear residents' concerns and "see where I can be of assistance." Among the issues raised at the meeting: The school board is unresponsive to the community, the plan will involve complicated and long bus routes, there are few or no educational benefits, and it does not save as much money as closing the Durham building and moving all the elementary students to the Cairo building. Through two hours of discussion, it was noted the only solution to the problem will come from the board of education. Lopez said repeatedly, while providing support and answers, he has no authority over the school. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Parry Teasdale reported in the Columbia Paper Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka (CHAI-kah) is recovering from heart surgery. Czajka went under the knife August 16, at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany to replace a heart valve and repair an aortic aneurism. In his absence, the DA's office is being managed by long-time Assistant District Attorney David Costanzo. The DA lost vision in one eye. The loss is permanent and Czajka will now wear a patch over that eye; his other eye was not affected. He expects to return to the office "in a relatively short time." Read the full story in the Columbia Paper.

John Mason reports in the Register Star the winners of the Fourth Annual Victoria A. Simons (SIGH-mons) Locavore Award were announced Mon., Sept. 2, on the closing day of the Columbia County Fair. Winners Staron’s Farm and Market, run by Stanley and Donna Staron, the Hawthorne Valley Association in Harlemville and Josie Proul, chef and new owner of Local 111 in Philmont each received an engraved award and a cash prize of $1,000. The awards recognize notable achievement in bringing together local farmers and consumers in support of locally grown products. The awards are named in honor of the late Vicki Simons, longtime editor of The Independent newspaper, member of the Columbia County Agricultural Society Board of Directors and executive director of Columbia County Bounty. Read the full story in the Register Star.
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