Governor Paterson recently signed into law a new initiative enabling you to receive alerts when a moderate or high level sex offender moves into an area of interest to you. It is called NY-ALERT. It will also notify you of weather alerts, highway emergencies, Amber alerts, etc. It can be fine tuned to alert you just for Hartford if you want to narrow it down to your local region.
I signed up for the alert and it took me about 15 minutes of fiddling around until I got all the alerts I wanted. I chose the whole town of Hartford plus a distance circle of some miles around my house which took in small parts of neighboring towns.
The alerts can be sent to you via email, cell text, pager, fax, etc. You create the custom notification system you want used.
In order to create and account (no charge) and sign up for this, go to www.ny.gov/governor/and choose the various options available. The NY-ALERT website is provided by the NY State Emerg. Mngmnt Office (SEMO).
Normally, during Americade week some bikers just roar through town on their way to somewhere else. Americade is getting so large that the organization needs to offer activities away from Lake George that the bikers can participate in.
So, they are planning a Scavenger Hunt, much like a Poker Run and asked me if Hartford would like to participate. This Scavenger Hunt will get the bikers to actually stop in town and take a minute to look around.
Three businesses (Lulu’s Diner, Dave Hick’s Sporting Goods, and Pole Valley Players Club) will have a special stamp to punch the bikers cards with. The bikers need to go to at least 8 out of the 10 towns participating to get their cards stamped. On the last day the bikers return their stamped cards to Americade in order to qualify for some grand prize. Americade will provide Red Banners for the businesses to help the bikers find them, along with a unique stamp.
The rules for the participating businesses are that they need to be biker friendly (decent size parking lot), serve no alcohol, and be open 9am to 5pm during Americade week.
The town most likely will not see much business from this scavenger hunt but it might help in the future for a biker to know where a local diner is, or where they can buy some gloves and bullets, or where they can rent some clubs and a cart.
Americade this year will run from Monday June 5th to Friday June 11th.
Did you know that there is a local food pantry located in the Baptist Church on Main Street? Local volunteers served over 1600 people in 2009. From 2002 to 2008 the number of families who used the pantry increased by a factor of 10 and the number from 2008 to 2009 increased by 30%.
The Hartford Central School National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is teaming up with the local volunteers at the food pantry to do a yearly food drive. Each month the NJHS will collect various items at the school and then deliver the goods to the food pantry to help those in need.
Boxes will be placed through the school so please send any items you think could help those less fortunate. The NJHS will designate 2 items per month, but will not turn anything away. For the month of March the NJHS will be collecting tuna fish and paper towels.
The Hartford Volunteer Fire Co. like most rural Volunteer Fire Companies faces a declining membership, plus the existing members are not getting any younger. However, in the last couple months, Hartford has recruited 4 new members, 3 of which are experienced interior firefighters and 1 of those is even an EMT. HVFC President Kevin McCarthy attributes HVFC forward thinking strategy and recently upgraded apparatus as a major contributor in this recent development. When you are volunteering to risk your life, the firefighters appreciate not having to rely on some antique equipment. A link to the HVFC can be found on this web site, upper left side under pages. Click on “Links” Dana
On Feb 18th, I sent a letter to Congressional Rep. Scott Murphy requesting aid in the tune of $60,000 for the enlistment center. The masonry foundation under the center is failing and an engineering study estimated that would be what it would take to repair it. If the foundation goes the building itself will soon follow. The last time the foundation was worked on was in the 30’s and that was just a patch up job. The Hartford Museum and attached Enlistment Center belong to the Municipality, but all the contents belong to the Hartford Historical Group. The Historical Group, led by Peter Swano also acts as the Stewards of the buildings. On March 11th, at the request of Scott Murphy’s office, Peter and I traveled to the Rep’s. Saratoga office to see what can be done to raise the needed funds. Mr. Mark Luciano of the Congressman’s office listened to Peter and I and felt confident that they could help find the funding needed to jack the building up and replace the foundation. While Scott Murphy’s office has no money to allocate for us, they know the contacts and or grant sources to source the funding. We will keep our fingers crossed. The Post Star had a front page story on 3/10/10 about the Enlistment Center and the condition of the foundation. The paper also had another smaller story in the local section on 3/11/10 about the mound of dirt in the Baptist Church cemetery that acts as the Civil War Memorial. This Civil War Enlistment Center is the only remaining Civil War Enlistment Center in the entire state. Once the foundation crumbles away and the building fails it will be too late to preserve our cultural heritage.
The Editor of the Eagle newspaper sent me this reply in my response to my Letter to the Editor. If there is an official Northern Washington County Newspaper and another official Southern Washington County Newspaper as Mr Wilkins suggests, then what are the “central” citizens supposed to read? The Post Star and Chronicle? Dana.
Thank you for your letter. Each year the county rotates the designation of legal newspaper between the 4 regional weekly county papers (The Eagle, Greenwich Journal, Granville Sentinel and Whitehall Times) and actually The Eagle was the legal newspaper in 2009 so I do need to fix the box on paper four (we updated our header that appears on all of faxes and other documents but overlooked the publishers box). This years “southern” legal paper is the Greenwich Journal and the “northern” is the Whitehall Times.
The Eagle’s main focus is the southern part of the county (similar to the Sentinel’s focus on Granville area news and the Journal’s focus on Greenwich, Salem and Argyle). As for the arrests we only put in the ones sent to us by the Sheriff’s Department and State Police and police reports about individuals who reside outside the southern part of county are placed in the general news section while those for residents of Greenwich, Salem, Jackson and Cambridge are placed in town section where they reside. I would love to put the paper in some of the northern outlets but I imagine their wouldn’t be much demand for it unless we covered more news from those areas which would be difficult at this time with just 1 full time staff person and 4 freelance reporters. We do have many readers in the northern part of the county but currently all of those sales are by subscritption.
Thank you for your feedback. Also, any time your town or any organization in Hartford has a news item they would like to have in The Eagle, it can be faxed or emailed and we will run it.
I sent the below letter to the Editor of the Eagle Newspaper.
After I recently became Hartford’s Supervisor, I began getting your newspaper in the mail. I am sorry to say that I had never heard of your paper before then. I was even more surprised to read on the inside cover that your newspaper is the Official Newspaper for Washington County. If it is the official paper of the county how could I have never heard of it before? It is a really nice weekly paper, but do you place it in any outlets north of the Mason Dixon Line? It is chock full of stories from Cambridge, Jackson, Shushan, etc. but the only time one of the northern towns are mentioned is when one of our citizens is arrested. Just so that we do not feel like you are picking on us can you try to distribute your paper up into the frontier (north of Greenwich)?
The Agenda for regularly scheduled Town Board Meetings will now be posted on the Town’s Website. I will try to have the agenda posted by the Friday immediately before the Tuesday meeting. The regular Town Board meetings are always the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7pm in the Town Hall. In order to navigate to the agenda, go back to the home page, find PAGES in the upper left hand corner and click on DEPARTMENT. Then click on TOWN BOARD, then click on TOWN BOARD AGENDA. Hopefully you will see an item of interest on the agenda that will prompt you to attend the meeting. Dana
Mr. Nick Marschhauser, a local recruiter for the U.S. Census Bureau has asked me to put the word out that the Bureau is hiring. Many diff job titles are available with diff pay rates. For example, if you are over 18, have a car you can go out into the field and help residents fillout the survey for $13 per hour. They need enumerators, crew leaders, etc. If interested contact Nick and he can give you a test in the Town Hall. Nick assures me that the test is very easy. Nick’s phone numbers are; Home 642-0506 Cell 744-1894 email firstname.lastname@example.org Tell him Dana sent you and your test score will start out with 50% just for putting your name on the test.
On August 8th, over 2000 touring Canadian bicycle riders will be passing thru Hartford. Velo Quebec with assistance from “Lakes to Locks Passage” has come up with a bicycle tour starting in Queensbury going all the way to St. Jean Riche, Canada. The route has the bikers starting in Queensbury, going thru Hartford and then up Washington county towards Ticonderoga and Plattsburg and finally ending in St. Jean Riche. Hartford’s section of the tour will be on State Rt 149 and County Rt 17. The path comes over the Rt 149 Kingsbury Barge Canal bridge, follows Rt 149, then takes a left onto County Route 17 going towards Deweys Bridge Road in Ft. Ann. The riders may stop and rest for a minute while enjoying Hartford’s scenery. Please welcome the riders and show them some good old Hartford country hospitality. Dana