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Aug 19, 2011 2:48 am
DOT looks at Cairo-Durham school entrance
State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and other local officials have convinced the NYS Department of Transportation to review safety on Route 145 at the entrance of Cairo-Durham Middle and High School where 17-year-old Erika Cook died Aug. 1. That morning 18-year-old Samantha Pagan turned her car into the school's entrance and was struck by an oncoming SUV. Seward, in a press release, said he and other officials want the DOT to conduct a safety review to determine whether a speed limit reduction on Route 145, a traffic signal, or other measures should be taken to avoid another accident. “With the start of the new school year just around the corner it is essential that the entrance to Cairo-Durham Middle & High School is safe, offering the best protection possible for students, faculty, staff and other school visitors,” Seward said in a press release. “I am hopeful that appropriate safety upgrades will now be made to prevent any future tragedies,” said outgoing Cairo-Durham Central School Superintendent Sally Sharkey.

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="567" caption="Copake clock, from Copake Connection."][/caption]Hugh “Rus” Davis wins Copake award
The first "Copake Spirit of Community Award" by the Copake Economic Advisory Board was announced Wednesday night and Hugh "Rus" Davis won, besting the other nominees: Alice Belt, Bob Sacks, Comprehensive Planning Committee, Copake United Methodist Women, Gary Reinard, Ingrid Cain, Jane Peck, Jon Urban, and Roberta Roll. Davis was instrumental in restoring the Memorial Clock in the past year, and for years has worked with the sport teams at Taconic Hills School, served on the Comprehensive Planning Committee, and has been active in the preservation of the history of Copake.

Catskill food pantry moves
The Matthew 25 Food Pantry reopens this Sunday, Aug. 21 at 298 Main St. in Catskill. One Facebook report says several local representatives from Albany and New York will be attending the "Grand Opening" but WGXC does not have any confirmation. The food pantry accepts monetary donations, food, and clothing.

Alternatives to NYSEG powerline plan proposed
Mike McCagg in ccSCOOP reports that an "unnamed citizen’s group" opposed to New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG)'s plan to put up new electric lines in northern Columbia County through Kinderhook, Ghent, Chatham and Stockport has proposed an alternative that the company is considering. "NYSEG spokesman Clayton Ellis said his company’s engineers are exploring the viability of the alternatives proposed by the citizen group’s electric engineer Rich Gross and lighting engineer Mike Guski, both of whom were hired by the citizen group," McCagg writes. The group that will not reveal its identity trots out a lawyer, Dave Everett, to say, “Our engineers favor a low voltage alternative that just requires some equipment upgrades at existing NYSEG facilities and doesn’t require any new lines to be cut across Ghent or Kinderhook. It still allows NYSEG to accomplish everything they want to do,” said Everett. Read the full story in ccScoop.
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