January 31, 2015

A pipeline through Schodack?

There is a public information session coming up, hosted by the company Kinder Morgan, on Monday, February 9, from 6 - 8 pm at Green Meadow Elementary.  

The original plan for expansion was along the existing pipeline route, and that crosses through Schodack from west to east.  Now the company wants to lay the new pipe along a power line right-of-way, and with this alternative plan they are planning to build a new compression station in Rensselaer County, quite possibly in Schodack.  

The same company has a compression station along Route 66 in Chatham already.

The company's filed plans show that the compression station could be in the area between Routes 9 and 20 (south of the split) near Shufelt Rd.

Watch this video for more information.

MONDAY — FEBRUARY 9, 2015 — Castleton-On-Hudson, NY
NEW LOCATION (formerly Nassau, NY)
February 9: Schodack, NY
Green Meadow Elementary School Cafeteria
234 Schuurman Road, Castleton-On-Hudson, NY 12033

What could possibly go wrong? 


January 28, 2015

Elderly Schodack man assaulted and robbed

Wednesday, January 28 2015, 06:22 PM EST UPDATED SCHODACK -- Schodack Police are still at the scene of a home invasion in Schodack. It happened Wednesday afternoon at 2639 Reno Road near Miller Road. According to Schodack Police, the victim was an elderly man who was attacked by another man. The attacker took off with a wallet before police arrived. It is unknown if the victim knew his attacker. No description is available for the suspect. The victim was "hurt pretty bad" according to police and was hospitalized for his injuries.

Update: Police are searching for the suspect involved in a robbery that left one person seriously injured.
The robbery happened at 2639 Reno Road, late Wednesday afternoon.
Police say an older man was robbed and assaulted while working on the property. He was taken to the hospital.
Police do not believe the suspect is still in the area. He’s was last seen wearing a bright orange ski mask.
Anyone with information can call Schodack Police at (518) 477-7973.

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January 27, 2015

Schodack Island to Host Winterfest

 Frozen Dog Days of Winter:
Schodack Island to Host Winterfest

Who: Schodack Island State Park, 
What: Winterfest 2015
When: January 31, 2015 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Schodack Island State Park, located on Route 9J, between Castleton-on-the-Hudson and Schodack Landing

Details: Schodack Island State Park, in conjunction with the 

Friends of Schodack Island, will host Winterfest 2015 on Saturday, January 31 from 11:00am to 4:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. 

January 25, 2015

ICC seasoned teacher speaks against the Common Core

Teacher emotionally asks to opt out of Common Core testing

Updated: 01/21/2015 9:49 AM  Created: 01/20/2015 11:44 PM WNYT.com By: Anna Meiler

VALATIE - A new Siena Poll shows 49 percent of New Yorker voters want the Common Core stopped.
On Tuesday, the fight against the curriculum became emotional at the Ichabon Crane Middle School.

January 22, 2015

Annual Superbowl Drive-through Sub Sale

Castleton Volunteer Ambulance
Sub Sandwich Sale

 For many football fans in the area, the Superbowl just wouldn't be the same with a stop by The Castleton Volunteer Ambulance Superbowl Sub Sale.

The Ambulance company will again be having their sub sandwich sale - Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The 12 inch subs are $7.00 each, and are available with ham, turkey, roast beef, or Italian mixed. 
Call or text  Jan Dikant at 944-3165. to pre-order. Drive through the ambulance garage, to pick up your order before you head to the game!

Spread the word!

Money and influence shape public policy for the benefit of private agendas

The speaker of the New York State Assembly, Sheldon Silver, was arrested on federal corruption charges on Thursday and accused of using the power of his office for more than a decade to secure millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks and then covering up his schemes, according to court documents.

January 20, 2015

Albany Medical Center receives $130,000 donation

Updated: 01/20/2015 8:34 PM  Created: 01/20/2015 6:53 PM WNYT.com  By: WNYT Staff

ALBANY - The Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center received a big show of support on Tuesday.

The family of Tyler DeMarco presented a check for $130,000 to hospital staff.

January 18, 2015

The race between battery electric vehicle development and hydrogen fuel cell vehicle development is in high gear.

Toyota chose the bully pulpit of the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to announce that they are making thousands of patents relating to hydrogen fuel cells available on a royalty-free basis.

Apple's praise elevates an app

Ex-Capital Region resident's invention is trendy, instructive

The Capital Region may yearn for success to put it on a par with Silicon Valley. But in 2014, one of the best mobile device app developers in the world was one of us.

Jesse Pickard, who grew up in East Greenbush and attended the Robert C. Parker School and Columbia High School, founded a San Francisco company called Elevate Labs that Apple says made the best free iPhone app in 2014.

January 17, 2015

Just a reminder from the Anchor

Did you know that The Anchor Food Pantry is also a Thrift store. We have gently used clothes, houseware items, boots/shoes, blankets,sheets and many knick-knacks and assorted goods. 

All proceeds benefit the food pantry.

January 16, 2015

Odyssey of the Mind needs judges

On March 7, the Rensselaer City School District will host the 2015 Region 4 Odyssey of the Mind Tournament.  This year is set to be a record year for participation, with 108 teams from 36 school districts in Rensselaer, Columbia, and Greene counties registered to take part.  Students from grades K-12 are put into divisions based on grade level, and are given a problem to solve on their own, without assistance from parents or teachers.

January 15, 2015

MHHS Drama Club to Perform "Cut Loose"

The Maple Hill High School Drama Club is spending much of their holiday break rehearsing for their musical performance on Friday, Jan. 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the High School auditorium. 

Distance Learning Turns Study Hall into a Lesson From a Museum

A group of 6th and 7th graders spent their study hall and time afters school on Dec. 3 learning about biofuels from an educator at the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

As the educator led the lesson, teacher Ed Finney helped students in the classroom. He explained students have participated in a number of similar Distance Learning opportunities, talking to individuals from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a Smithsonian museum and other organizations.

East Greenbush Man arrested for Sexual Abuse

On January 14, 2015 the New York State Police arrested GEOFFREY C. HAINES of 8 Celeste Dr., East Greenbush for Sexual Abuse 1st degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The investigation began after a 4 year old child disclosed to her parent that she was touched inappropriately by HAINES.



Snowmobile crash kills father of 3, coach

East Greenbush resident thrown from snowmobile
Updated 8:30 pm, Thursday, January 15, 2015

A local softball coach, civil servant and father of three, Robert "Bob" Burns, 45, of East Greenbush, died in a Lewis County snowmobile crash on Wednesday.

"He was just a great guy," said Matt Hayes, a friend who co-managed the fastpitch softball organization East Coast Impact with Burns. "Every single day was about the girls and the family."
Once a year Burns, who lived for his family and teams, took a day for himself to snowmobile, Hayes said. "The one day he gives himself, a quarter of a day, is when the accident happened."

January 11, 2015

New Lebanon Junior-Senior High School Advance to Nationals

Updated: Saturday, January 10 2015, 11:32 PM EST 
A look to the Future competition

SCHENECTADY – 26 teams of sixth, seventh and eighth graders are giving us a look into the future. 

Teams competed at Proctors in Schenectady, creating future cities from recycled materials. 

This year’s theme was “Develop a futuristic solution to growing crops within the city.” This year’s winner is the New Lebanon Junior-Senior high School; they advance to the National competition in February in Washington D.C.



January 10, 2015

Sheriff hopes laws that hindered Kenneth White investigation will be amended

Updated: 01/08/2015 3:12 PM
Created: 01/07/2015 11:23 PM WNYT.com
By: Anna Meile

ALBANY - The new legislative session at the Capitol comes with new hopes for a lot of people.

The Albany County Sheriff investigating the murder of Kenneth White in Knox hopes the legislature uses this new session to make changes to laws that complicated their investigation.

Sheriff Craig Apple says during those crucial hours when they were trying to find the five year old, they were faced with a huge roadblock from Child Protective Services and now he's calling on the legislature to make sure that never happens again.

Tech Valley teacher wins Fulbright Award

Leah Penniman 
Updated: 04/24/2014 4:20 PM Created: 04/24/2014 10:44 AM WNYT.com 
By: Jessica Riley
A Tech Valley High School teacher has won a Fulbright Distinguished Award in teaching.
Leah Penniman is a science teacher who will spend six months in Mexico writing curriculum and helping craft projects for use in schools there.
She’ll travel to Mexico City in January 2015. Once she returns in June 2015, Penniman will lead accompanying professional development for aspiring facilitators of the curriculum.
The Tech Valley teacher is one of 43 teachers across the country to receive a Fulbright award to travel abroad.

Penniman was profiled in NewsChannel 13's Today's Women feature in November.

For birth control, what's old is new again

(CNN)"I can't afford to get pregnant," says 25-year-old Aisha Mukooza.

So every morning, for the past two and a half years, Aisha's been strict about taking her temperature as soon as her alarm goes off at 6 a.m.

"I have my thermometer under my pillow. I take it, and then take the reading and put it in Kindara," Mukooza says.

January 7, 2015

Public Forum

Public Forum  on Proposed Fracked Gas Pipeline
   Through Rensselaer County, NY
Saturday, January 10, 2015
2 p.m. St. Mary’s Church, Route 20 Nassau, NY
Becky Meier a co-founder of “Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline” will narrate a Power Point Presentation about a proposed high-pressure fracked gas pipeline/compressor station in Rensselaer County to be routed along the powerlines.The environmental impact, health concerns, and the rights of communities will be discussed. The proposed pipeline and compressor station would affect the towns of Schodack, Nassau, and Stephentown, NY, and continue into Hancock, Massachusetts. Both parking and event itself are free of charge.
For more information:

 Sandy Nathan: snathanwrites@gmail.com  Sponsored by: Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline


Special Bus Procedures for Thursday, Jan. 8 Due to Extreme Cold

Superintendent Bob Horan would like to let our community know that due to the extreme cold temperatures expected for the morning of Thursday, Jan. 8,

January 6, 2015

Oldest US Time Capsule Opened Today Jan 6, 2015

The oldest time capsule discovered in the country that dates back to 1795 was opened today in Boston as history buffs waited to get a glimpse of items from the nation's infancy.
Pamela Hatchfield, head of objects conservation at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, first removed the lid then inspected a newspaper, after loosening the screws beforehand for about four or five hours, she said.

Beef prices hit all-time high

By Michelle Linn
Owasso, Okla. —

People in Green Country and across the nation are enjoying low gas prices.

But, what you're saving on gas, you might be spending on groceries.

Beef prices are skyrocketing.

January 5, 2015

Top Republican open to gas tax increase

The incoming Republican leader of the Senate Transportation Committee said Sunday an increase is up for consideration, as "we have to look at all the options."

"I don't think we take anything off the table at this point," John Thune said on "Fox News Sunday."

Prices at the pump are at the lowest point in years -- the nationwide average has tumbled more than a dollar in the last year, reaching $2.20 on Monday.

The feds currently collect 18.4 cents in tax per gallon of gasoline.

January 3, 2015

Local business?

The Schodack SCENE is a locally-operated digital publication, focused on happenings in the Town of Schodack and theVillage of Castleton.  Launched in November 2011, the Schodack SCENE has had more than 195,000 page views, with an average of 5,500 views per month. 

Visitors from all over the Capital Region view local news and events happening in our area. Visitors to the Schodack SCENE could very well be your next customers.

Fees are significantly below industry averages.  

Advertise here!

http://thescene-thescene.b logspot.com/p/advertise.html

Bloomberg News Boston Bombing Suspect Loses Bid to Delay Trial Over Venue Fight

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston, on Dec. 18, 2014. Source: Jane Flavell Collins via AP Photo

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lost an eleventh hour bid to delay his Jan. 5 trial, as a split federal appeals court rejected his argument that the federal terrorism case should be moved out of Boston.

Tsarnaev has argued the trial should be moved because jurors in Massachusetts will be biased against him, given the severity of the April 2013 attack, which killed three and injured scores of others.

Tsarnaev, 21, faces possible execution if convicted.


January 2, 2015

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'Beverly Hillbillies' star Donna Douglas dies at 82

Donna Douglas, the voluptuous Louisiana-born actress who played critter-loving Elly May Clampett on the 1960's CBS series 'The Beverly Hillbillies" died on New Years day. 

Donna Douglas, who played hillbilly bombshell Elly May Clampett on the baby-boomer-beloved 1960s sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, has died. She was 82.

January 1, 2015

Mario Cuomo, former New York governor, dead at 82

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Mario Cuomo, the three-term New York governor and father of the state's current governor, died Thursday at the age of 82, according to multiple media reports.

Cuomo is among the most iconic New York governors of the 20th century, known for his liberal views, soaring speeches and deeply held beliefs that made him among the most prominent Democrats of his time. His death came the same day as his son, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was inaugurated for a second term.

-USA Today

Bruce Wagner takes oath of office

Schodack Town Justice Bruce Wagner was sworn in by Schodack Town Justice Paul Peter during New Year's Day swearing-in ceremonies for Republican elected officials at the Rensselaer County Court House.

'Gilmore Girls' actor Edward Herrmann dies

Edward Herrmann, whose face and voice are familiar from so many roles in TV and film, died Wednesday in New York.

But he was also known for his Emmy-nominated portrayals of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in made-for-TV movies in the 1970s, as well as for numerous roles in films such as The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and The Aviator (2004).

More recently, he voiced Roosevelt again for Ken Burns' PBS series, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, in 2014.