December 24, 2013

Gibson makes good on shutdown promise

Updated: Monday, December 23 2013, 06:31 PM EST HUDSON -- Republican congressman Chris Gibson said he wouldn't accept his pay during the government shutdown back in October. 

On Monday, he made good on the promise. Gibson donated his salary from that time to a Catholic charities food pantry in Hudson. His wife, Mary Jo, volunteers there. As part of the donation, he and his wife, along with staff members, helped prepare the Christmas baskets. The Congressman says it felt like a good way to give back to the community. The baskets will be distributed to families in Columbia and Greene Counties.

December 21, 2013

Don't Forget

SCHODACK VALLEY PIZZA NIGHT! Come and join us for our Pizza Night at the Schodack Valley Fire House from 5PM to 9PM. Bring the family for Pizza, Antipasto, Wings and more. Additional seating is available. As always, you can eat-in or take-out. For take-out, call us at 477-4215.


CHS Athletes' Holiday Help

Members of the CHS athletic family spent the last several weeks collecting gifts for Adopt-A-Family and Adopt-A-Senior. Organized by East Greenbush Athletic Director Mike Leonard, students and staff collected gifts for eight local families and many senior citizens that were dropped off to the Rensselaer County Social Services building earlier today.

“I am extremely proud of the effort these students put in to help bring smiles to local families during the upcoming holidays,” said Leonard. “CHS has once again showed its community spirit through good works like this gift drive. Our students realize how comforting it is to deliver hope and joy to their fellow community members during difficult times and their good deeds should be commended.”

December 15, 2013

Castleton man arrested in Troy, accused of luring teenage girls

Created: 12/15/2013 11:26 AM By: News Staff

Jonathan Willett
A Castleton man is accused of luring teenage girls to his car and exposing himself.
Police arrested 34-year-old Jonathan Willett Friday night at about 6:30 pm. According to police, Willett's arrest is in relation to an ongoing investigation of reports that a man was exposing himself and touching himself in front of teenage girls.
Police say they were all over the Lansingburgh section of Troy, armed with a specific description of the suspect's car.
Willett was charged with two counts of Public Lewdness and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was arraigned this morning and sent to the Rensselaer County Jail on $5,000 bail.

December 14, 2013

Winter fun

Capital Ice Rink Skating until Feb. 28
The ice rink at the Empire State Plaza remains open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Skating is always free and skate rental is free each Friday.

December 13, 2013

Student opens fire

CNN Reporter Sums Up Everything Horrible About School Shootings In One Quote

This, it would seem, is where things are in a country beset by these kinds of events over and over: something that should be a horrible aberration is instead common enough for everybody—the media, the government, the police—to slip back into a mode they know all too well.
...the cable networks began their inexorable shift away from the frivolity of a Friday with little going on, and made their well-rehearsed turns towards covering the newest tragedy; 
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Dead Colorado school shooter wanted 'revenge' on faculty member, sheriff says

By Ana Cabrera, Chelsea J. Carter and Tom Watkins, CNN
updated 9:04 PM EST, Fri December 13, 2013
Centennial, Colorado (CNN) -- A student who opened fire Friday inside a suburban Denver high school appears to have been seeking revenge against a faculty member because of a "confrontation or disagreement," the Arapahoe County sheriff said.



If you haven’t heard already the property on Main Street, formerly called Fort Orange, is getting cleaned up. The DEC approved a cleanup plan two weeks ago.

The DEC document outlining the cleanup plan is included in this Castletonian and available for view at the library.
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Vintage postcard


December 10, 2013

Castleton Volunteer a ‘Hometown Hero’

 By Ariana Sheehan December 10, 2013 6:50 AM

Louann Ingraham, of Castleton, has dedicated her life to helping people in need.
She works at the Castleton Anchor, a nonprofit charity that supplies food, household goods and clothing to families in the community who need them most.
As part of the “Hometown Heroes” series, we’ve partnered with County Waste and Latham Ford to celebrate local unsung heroes for their good deeds and honorable work.
We asked Louann a few questions about her work. Here’s what she had to say:

December 9, 2013

A note from the Anchor

We would like to remind people that The Anchor Food Pantry is also a Thrift storeWe have gently used clothes, houseware items, boots/shoes, blankets, sheets and many knick-knacks and assorted goods. 

All proceeds benefit the food pantry. The Anchor is now located behind The Riverside Nursing and Rehab Center on Rt 9J in the Village of Castleton in the Sisters of the Resurrection Convent. We are open Monday evening 6-8pm, Tues. & Thursday from 9am-2pm. and the first Saturday of the month from 11am-2pm. If you have trouble finding us, you can call us at 732-1204.

Community rallies around family who lost farm in fire

SCHODACK, N.Y. -- For the Peter family, it didn't take long for help to come.
"They were there the day of the fire, and it has been non-stop from that point on," said Paul Peter, who lost his farm in a fire.

With the help of neighbors, the dairy farm that has stood as a fixture of the community for more than 100 years, will be back to full strength next summer.

December 6, 2013

Police: Mass. men stole TV's from Wal-Mart, fled towards state border

Centeio and Rosado JrPosted: Dec 06, 2013 4:39 PM EST
Centeio and Rosado Jr
EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. – East Greenbush Police say they arrested two Massachusetts men who stole a large television from a Wal-Mart on Thursday

December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela - Rest In Peace

As South Africa's first black president, the ex-boxer, lawyer and prisoner No. 46664 paved the way to racial reconciliation with well-chosen gestures of forgiveness.
Times Union