A joint meeting was held recently between the Warrensburg Central School Board of Education and the Warrensburg and Thurman town boards.They met Sept. 26, to air issues and find ways to share services to save taxpayers money.After offering each other many accolades of the good things they have done, the various board members proceeded to discuss issues that need work. Austin Markey conveyed to the boards the business community and homeowners of Warrensburg think they are over-assessed. Markey also commented the town's legal fees have lately increased five-fold in defending challenges to the assessments, and the town officials asked the school to help pay to defend the cases, as 67 percent of the tax income saved would go to the school district. School officials responded they once helped out with the legal expenses, but the practice was abandoned several years ago during budget cutbacks, a time when assessment challenges happened to be rare.Warrensburg Town Supervisor Geraghty of Warrensburg commented, "Residents are fighting for every dollar they can keep in their pockets." Geraghty said the average cost of litigation ranges from $2,000 to $10,000.School board president John MicGlire remarked the school board fought long and hard to keep this year's budget down. With the decrease in state aid schools are receiving, it will be even more difficult to keep the 2011 budget in line with this year's, he said.School board vice president Dean Moore read off a list of school board goals for 2010-2011: that every single student will graduate; for the school and the community to partner to promote high expectations through a rigorous and relevant curriculum integrating 21st century skills; for all members of the school community to promote a safe and supportive environment; for high expectations and standards to be maintained for all students; for staff to incorporate technology in their instruction; and for all students to read on or above grade level. As the meeting was about to adjourn, Warrensburg resident Tom Drane spoke up and sought to propose a way the school and town could combine services. Although rebuffed at first by MicGlire who said the meeting was not open for public comment, Drane persisted and was allowed to speak on one issue, sharing the bus garage. He said the town government needs more space to store vehicles and it was expected constructing a pole-barn building would cost the town $1 million to $1.5 million . School board member James Carrion responded that since the school is now leasing busses, some of them could stay parked outside. Supervisor Geraghty and supervisor Lawson agreed to sit down in the next few weeks and discuss the probability of the boards combining use of the school's bus garage.Medicare, EPIC health plans to be explainedA health insurance sales representative will be making a presentation soon to area seniors to explain government-sponsored health-care reimbursement programs.The Warrensburg Fifty-Plus Club will host its monthly luncheon at noon Oct. 14, and will host Casey Bates of Blue Shield of Northeastern New York. She is expected to speak about Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and Medicare supplemental programs and options, and how they work with the state EPIC prescription program. For lunch, attendees will be bringing their own sandwiches - desserts and beverages will be provided.Bates will talk and answer any questions seniors may have of the Medicare options starting at 1 p.m. All are invited to attend this session at the Senior Center at 3947 Main St. in Warrensburg. Children's Hospital fundraiser next weekendGeorge Henry's tavern in Warrensburg will be hosting a fundraiser Oct. 16, for the Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center.To be held from noon to 3 p.m., the event features food, music and raffles.The raffle features gift certificates from Willow's Bistro, Jack Toney's Meat Store of the North, Krystal Chrysler, Oscar's Meats, Spare Time Bowling, Heck of a Pizza, S.J. Garcia's Restaurant, Bills Restaurant, Lucky Star Restaurant, Pot Belly Deli, Cronin's Golf Club, Heidi's Clip Joint, The Sagamore Resort, and many more. All proceeds are to benefit the Children's Hospital wing of Albany Medical Center. Those who would like to donate a gift certificate or other prize for the raffle, contact Matthew Shelton at 623-2611. Alumni Association elects officersThe Warrensburg Alumni Association met recently and elected officers for the upcoming year. Elected were Carson Parker, president; Bertha LaVigne, vice president; Virginia Morey Pike, secretary; Edward Baker, treasurer; Alice Damp, publicity; Pat Ross, corresponding secretary; and Margery Parker, historian. Meetings will resume next spring in the W.C.S. High School library.Mark your calendar for 2011. The association chose the date for their annual reunion and banquet. It will be held Saturday, Aug. 6, at Roaring Brook Ranch Resort just off Northway Exit 21. Details are being worked out by the planning committee. At this event, the class of 1961 will be celebrating its 50th reunion.Flag retirement ceremony approachingThe American Legion Post 446 will be holding a flag cremation ceremony Oct. 23, at the Post headquarters at 215 River St. A receptacle for torn or worn flags is at the Post for all to retire of their flags.
PRIDE program at WCS to hold fundraiser
A fundraiser pancake breakfast to benefit Warrensburg High School's PRIDE is to be held Sunday, Oct. 17, at the Warrensburg Masonic Temple. With servings from 8 a.m. until noon, the meal features pancakes, sausage, eggs, toast, juice and coffee. The price is $6 for adults and teens, and $3 for children 12 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at the high school's room 111. All proceeds will benefit PRIDE Program, which is an incentive program for students to promote positive behavior. Thanks go to the following businesses for their generous donations to make this event possible: Stewart's Shops, Oscar's Meats, Hannaford grocery stores, Warren Ford/Mercury, McDonald's Restaurant of Warrensburg, Grand Union, Jacobs & Toney Meats, and Price Chopper.County's foreclosure auction set for SaturdayThe Warrensburg Assessor is alerting area citizens the 2010 Warren County Tax Foreclosure Auction will be held Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Warren County Municipal Center located at 1340 Route 9N, Lake George. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with the auction beginning at 10 a.m. There is a limited supply of catalogs available to the public at the assessor's office located in the Warrensburg Town Hall, 3797 Main St. Catalogs are also available at the Warren County Real Property Office located in the Warren County Municipal Cente. Details are available online at www.AuctionsInternational.com.Perkins' of Chester have new grandchildA boy, Aiden John, was born on Sept. 23, to Jason and Laura (Perkins) Arseneau of Pittsfield, Mass. The proud grandparents are John and Silvana Arseneau of Pittsfield, Mass., the late Victoria Perkins of North Creek, and Terry and Cynthia Perkins of Chestertown. Also congratulations go to the baby's aunts, Kate Moehringer and Betsy Arseneau.Galushas to celebrate anniversaryOct. 10 2010, or 10/10/10 is a special date to the Galusha family of Olmstedville. Fifty-six years ago, Gerald and Martha Galusha of Olmstedville were one of the last couples to be wed in the Methodist church, now used as the museum headquarters for the Minerva Historical Society. Congratulations from their daughters, Dawn Galusha-Hoctor of Salisbury, Md. and Cynthia Perkins of Chestertown and also much love from grand-daughter Katherine Moehringer.Comprehensive Plan moves forwardThe Warrensburg Comprehensive Plan committee has been meeting with the planning firm Elan Associates for two years to produce a comprehensive plan for Warrensburg.After many monthly meetings the committee is close to finalizing the plan.One of the major objectives mentioned in the plan's draft is increased sharing of facilities by Warrensburg Central School and the town.Although townspeople would ideally like to see a community center built, budget restraints mean maximizing the use of existing local buildings makes sense.At a recent meeting of the committee, it was suggested school facilities be available for groups and organizations to meet, for funerals or weddings and community events.The school has a policy, however, that their facilities cannot be used for individual or group profit. It was mentioned at the meeting a person or persons is needed to coordinate the use of various facilities in town and maintain a community calendar. Such facilities include various churches, Richards Library, the Masonic Hall, the town senior center, Emerson Town Hall, as well as the school's gymnasium, cafeteria and classrooms. Sharing of recreation facilities between the town and the school now takes place with the regular use of the recreation fields Committee members also noted signage for access to the town hiking trails is needed, including identifying trails up Hackensack Mountain.Other concerns aired include development of an enhanced town-wide recycling program. The next meeting of the town Comprehensive Plan committee is set for Oct. 26, at the elementary school. Garlic Festival Friday at farmers' marketDon't forget to check out the Garlic Festival this Friday at Warrensburgh Riverfront Farmers Market.Many varieties of locally grown garlic are to be available Oct. 8, in the market's weekly session from 3 to 6 p.m. The event includes cooking contests with prizes. For details, contact Teresa Whalen at 466-5497.Hospice's benefit footrace is SaturdayThis Saturday, Oct. 9, brings the High Peaks Hospice agency's first annual "Run For Your Life 5K Fun-Run/Walk" at 10 a.m. in Warrensburg. Registration for the 3.1 mile event is set for 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the town recreation field off Sanford Street. For details or sponsor forms, contact Sunday Conine at 743-1672 or via e-mail at email@example.comKeep in touch with usWe need your news to keep this column full of gems of interest to local folks. Residents of Warrensburg, Chestertown, Stony Creek, this is you column, so send me your news. 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