Haldane Will Have Student “Advisor”
After appointing a high school senior in November as a non-voting student member, the Haldane school board voted on Feb. 6 to change its bylaws to refer to the student as an “advisor” rather than a “representative” (Students on Board, Jan. 26). A review of a 2003 state law that dictates requirements for student representatives prompted the Beacon school board to earlier re-appoint its two newly appointed representatives as advisors.
Patrol Caption Resigns
Edward Swarm, appointed six weeks ago by newly elected Putnam County Sheriff Robert Langley Jr. as his captain of patrol, resigned on Feb. 1, citing personal reasons (Langley Names Command Team, Dec. 22). The sheriff has not yet named a successor.
Craig House Sale Final
The sale of the 64-acre Tioronda estate in Beacon, which includes the former Craig House facility, from the estate of philanthropist Robert Wilson to an investment group led by Bernard Kohn, Craig Realty Holding LLC, closed in October (Craig House Sold to Investment Group, Sept. 22). The buyers paid $5.5 million.
Elizabeth Wolff Dermont, daughter of Cold Spring mayoral candidate Alison Anthoine, who filmed Village Board meetings and interviewed Mayor Dave Merandy and board members for a documentary about small-town elections without revealing her connection to the campaign, says she has not yet done anything with the footage (Letter: Filmmaker Says Thanks, March 31).
“Since working on and documenting my mother’s local campaign in March, I’ve been busy producing other projects,” said Dermont, whose father is political reporter Michael Wolff, author of the bestseller about the Trump White House, Fire and Fury. “There are no immediate plans for the footage but seeing how many women are coming forward to run for elected office is further proof that my mother’s efforts were on the right side of history. Quite inspiring!”
In April, Richard Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, who has studied Lyme disease for 20 years, said he expected 2017 and 2018 to be particularly risky years for the disease (Lyme Bomb, April 7). He said on Feb. 7 that scientists had found “a strong increase in some life stages of the blacklegged tick” in 2017 but that they have not yet analyzed the data, which is being collected as part of a long-term study.
“For this coming spring and summer, we expect more modest tick numbers, on the basis of low population sizes of white-footed mice in summer 2017,” Ostfeld said. “Of course, it’s important to realize that the threat of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases is always substantial in large parts of the eastern U.S., so that’s not a license to relax your vigilance!”