Saturday, February 25, 2006

Windy Times in Scotia

Luckily, we were on vacation last week when high winds left many in the area without power. While most lights remained on in village of Scotia, there were plenty of scary moments.

Damage on Sacandaga Road
One old tree on Sacandaga Road didn’t make it

Friday, February 17, 2006

Scotia History in the News

The Daily Gazette published another great story today featuring the success of the Friends of the Flint House. Local website have been following the news of our historic Flint House have archived a number of recent Gazette articles.

Supporters of Flint House get restoration funds
Porch of 1700s-era farm to be rebuilt; spring search for cemetery set

Friends of Flint House have put together enough money to rebuild the porch, restore the clapboard siding and demolish a falling-apart barn this year, thanks to recent grants.
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Just scroll down to read todays article or click the Gazette link above if you're interested in subscribing to their online version.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Gilboa Dam Flood Zone

There continues to be a lot of talk about the Gilboa Dam and potential for flooding. While there isn't a real danger of a dam break, the resulting "if" has surprised many.

The Daily Gazette published a map from the Schenectady County Office of Emergency Services which shows some of the potential flooding within the village.

Village Flood Zone

The Gazette also quoted county Emergency Management Office Director William Van Hoesen who said, the damage from a dam break could be far worse, because the break would probably happen during a heavy storm, spreading the flooding further.

In Scotia, he believes the river would take over the streets below Beacon Street, including two blocks of Pleasant View Avenue and South Holmes Street and all of Riverside Place and Walton Place.
Lower Riverside Avenue, lower Sanders Avenue and the Glen Sanders Mansion would also flood. The river is predicted to cross Glen Avenue at Collins Park and cover the entire area.

Monday, February 06, 2006 in the News

Well, actually it was more of a personal story about me, but I was pleased the Times Union included the web address for  Other local papers like the Spotlight refuse to include web addresses and even ignore any photo credits.

Times Union 
You can read the full Times Union article by clicking here. I admit it’s completely self promotional but I do hope the story will encourage kids in our region that anything is possible.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Flint House Puppets for Kids

Puppets Kids Craft Program
Saturday • February 25th • 2 PM, 3 PM, 4 PM
Flint House, 421 South Reynolds St.
Kids will make puppets and perform. Juice, milk & cookies will be provided.
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Ten Months until the Election

And from today’s Daily Gazette

The Scotia-Glenville Democrats are seeking potential candidates interested in running for the positions of village trustee, justice and mayor. Interested applicants should contact Cliff Semerad at 377-3813.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Kastberg for Mayor

Yesterday, I reported that Mayor McLaughlin announced he would not seek a third term as mayor. I saved today to report that current Village Trustee, Kris Kastberg has officially thrown his hat into the ring. Kastberg a Democrat won his seat on the Village Board in 2002 only 21 votes behind fellow trustee, Republican Nelson Austin.

Kastberg has been a village resident since 1982 and is a technology teacher at Scotia-Glenville High School.  The Scotia-Glenville Democratic Committee is expected to officially endorsement their candidate in March. Based on his record over the last 4 years, I expect Trustee Kastberg to be their top choice.

Update: 2/6/2006
 I discovered tonight that the headline of this entry was somehow mistaken for an endorsement of a candidate which is not the intention of this Blog. At least not at this time.  :) You’ll find links to the web sites of both parties by clicking on their names above. My official neutral policy was posted as my first Blog entry

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Mayor won't run again

Today at 3:30 PM at the Turf Tavern, Mayor Michael H. McLaughlin announced he will not be run for re-election in 2006.

Mayor Michael H. McLaughlin