On Feb. 23, Altamont was notified that a Feb. 17 sample from its Brandle Road wellsite contained 0.59 milligrams of manganese per liter; the maximum contaminant level allowed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency is 0.3 milligrams per liter. The village then resampled on March 8 and found levels were below the maximum level, at 0.28 milligrams per liter.

What is Thanksgiving about? It’s about pilgrims coming to a new land, a harsh wilderness where many died, and celebrating their survival at harvest time with the natives who made their survival possible. We are now in that wilderness. We need to help each other survive. 

Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center

Despite political barbs from both sides, Andrew Cuomo, New York’s Democratic governor who chairs the National Governors Association, has raised largely unanswered concerns about the Republican Trump administration’s distribution plan for COVID-19 vaccines.

It doesn’t matter if you are a Republican or a Democrat. It doesn’t matter if you are conservative or liberal. It doesn’t matter if you hate Donald Trump or love him. What matters is you could spread a disease that could kill someone if you don’t take the simple precaution of wearing a mask. 

Starting on Dec. 11, following a declaration by the New York State Commissioner of Health that the flu is now prevalent in certain communities, several regional hospitals have adopted guidelines for visitors.

Promenade representatives

No new residents can be admitted to Promenade until the adjourned hearing is resumed or until the state’s Department of Health reaches an agreement with Promenade, according to DOH spokesman Gary Holmes.

When Legionella bacteria is present, the people who are particularly at risk for becoming sick from it are the elderly and those with compromised immune systems or a history of respiratory problems. 

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County has received a $4 million federal grant to be doled out over a five year period. 

Similar to the awakening, which took place globally over decades, to the threat of climate change caused by humans, we need an awakening to the threat caused by now-accepted chemicals.

Laurel Tormey Cole

Laurel Tormey Cole likes to teach yoga to beginners and people over 50, developing strength and flexibility and improving balance.


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