Tag Archives: Matt Hicks

County ends workers’ hazard pay

The Washington County Board of Supervisors

By PJ Ferguson After a long, heated debate, Washington County’ has ended its hazard pay policy providing time-and-a- half compensation for all hourly employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The hazard pay resolution was adopted by the county board of supervisors on March 18 and soon after that it was believed that the Federal Emergency Management […]

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County’s beaches will open while supervisors debate

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By PJ Ferguson The Washington County beaches at Huletts Landing and Lake Lauderdale will open Memorial Day weekend at 50 percent staffing. After the government operation committee voted 4-3 on Tuesday to close the beaches for the summer by fencing them off and not allowing reservations of the pavilion in Huletts, the board of supervisors […]

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No FEMA funds for hazard pay, county learns

The Washington County Board of Supervisors

  By PJ Ferguson The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will not be reimbursing Washington County’s hazard pay for its employees, as previously reported. County Treasurer Al Nolette delivered the news to audible gasps from some in attendance at the public works committee meeting via Zoom on Wednesday. “FEMA is not going to cover the […]

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DPW reopening eyed, FEMA to fund hazard pay for county workers

The Washington County Board of Supervisors

By PJ Ferguson Hazard pay for Washington County employees working through the COVID-19 pandemic will be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, according to County Administrator Chris Debolt. The county approved paying their essential employees time and a half on March 18 in the departments of public health, public safety, and the […]

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Town offices close April 1

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By Matthew Saari The Town of Granville offices will be closed to the public “until further notice” as of April 1. Town supervisor Matt Hicks notified the Sentinel Monday of the change in operations, finalizing the policy Tuesday morning. “It will be closed to the public starting tomorrow,” Hicks said Tuesday. The closure notice cited […]

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Open meetings law suspended by state

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By Matthew Saari A directive from the state has suspended the open meetings law, meaning residents are now unable to attend public meetings held by villages, towns and schools. On Friday, March 13, Gov. Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.1 which suspends Article 7 of the Public Officers Law – more commonly known as Open Meetings […]

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Town grilled by residents over bank purchase

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By Matthew Saari The interrogation of local officials which began at a Granville Village Board last Monday continued on Thursday at a town board meeting. Like the village before it, the town’s regular business was a dull affair and officials concluded that in 20 minutes. Then public comment began. For the next hour, the town […]

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Supervisors argue over budget officer

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By Matthew Saari Washington County’s supervisors are at odds over who should be in charge of the county’s $120 million budget. Last week Easton supervisor Dan Shaw was re-elected to the position of county budget officer, despite receiving only seven votes from his fellow supervisors compared to nine for his challenger, Hebron supervisor Brian Campbell. […]

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Village, town receive grants

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By Matthew Saari The village and town of Granville have received state grant funding which will go towards infrastructure upgrades. Announced in December, the state’s Regional Economic Development Awards doled out $84.1 million to dozens of communities throughout the state for 85 projects large and small. The North Country was a regional awardee, earning $67.9 […]

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Village, town to bid jointly on TD Bank

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By Matthew Saari There may be a joint village-town municipal center on the horizon for Granville. Town and village officials confirmed last week that the municipalities will jointly partake in the upcoming auction of 6-10 Main St., which housed TD Bank until a couple of years ago. “We have registered as a bidder,” said town […]

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Amanda Peet plays housewife turned murderer

DIRTY JOHN -- "No Fault" Episode 201 -- Pictured: (l-r) -- (Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/USA Network)

By Barb Oates One of the most important things about a divorce is learning to pick your battles. For Betty […]

Ask Matt: Why is ‘celebrity’ so overused in show titles?

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By Matt Roush Question: It’s tiring to see the use of “star” and “celebrity” in show titles. I clicked on […]

Obituary: Amy R. Phipps

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Amy R. Phipps 73, passed away at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield Illinois on Tuesday April 28, 2020. Amy was […]

Obituary: James Eli McKeighan

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Rupert-James Eli McKeighan, 89, of Rupert, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. […]

Rick’s Picks: Country at Heart

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By Rick Gables Country at Heart, starring Jessy Schram, Niall Matter and Lucas Bryant, is a new, original movie premiering […]

ReMIND, ReWIND – Lost in TV space

UNDATED, FILE PHOTO:  (FILE PHOTO)  Actors Bill Mumy (L) and Jonathan Harris (R) are seen in a television still in 1966. The 87 year-old Harris, who portrayed Dr. Zachary Smith in the television sci-fi show "Lost In Space", died November 3, 2002 of a blood clot in his heart. He was reportedly receiving therapy for a chronic back problem in a Los Angeles hospital when he died.  (Photo by Getty Images)

A flashback to our favorite sci-fi series of the ’60s By Robert Edelstein, ReMIND Magazine In 1966, the U.S. was […]

Town denies graduation in park

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By PJ Ferguson   The town of Whitehall will not permit use of Skenesborough Park for any graduation ceremonies for […]

Hartford to keep programs, staff with $13.4M budget

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By Matthew Saari The Hartford Central School District is proposing a $13.4 million budget for the 2020-2021 school year, which […]

Obituary: Thomas A. Chaplin

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Whitehall- Thomas A. Chaplin, 82, formerly of Saunders St, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2020, at the Slate Valley Center […]

Parade salutes injured fireman

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By PJ Ferguson   Whitehall is a community that always rises to the occasion when it comes to coming together […]

Obituary: Katherine “Kitty” Matte

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Katherine “Kitty” Matte, 93, of Whitehall, New York, passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by her loving family, on […]

Obituary: Lorraine Rose Prevost

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Granville, NY – Lorraine Rose Prevost passed away at her home early Wednesday, May 20, 2020.  She was surrounded by […]

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