G T ?!TK n C H FREE LI3SA3Y m i n S T . GREEHttCH* N . Y . 12834 C22 F lnOuR C entury 1951 ~ Part One ~ E l u s i v e p a n t h e r s t a l k s t h e a r e a H i l l ' s b l o c k b u r n s M u r d e r / s u i c i d e in S c h u y l e r v i l l e D r u n k e n m u r d e r / a s s a u l t in E a s t o n P a g e 4 T h e J o u r n a l - P r e s s Established in 1842 - Washington County’s hometown newspaper The Greenwich Journal The Salem Press VOL. 158-N O . 8 GREENWICH, NEW YO R K -TH U R S D A Y , DECEMBER 2,1999 ISS U E N O . 8190 60 CENTS On the Inside ... Cub Scouts \Adopt” a road .... page 2 Honor Society hosted dinner .... page 3 Festival of Trees .... page 6 Firemen save Easton home .... page 8 Saratoga Planning & Zoning board reports .... page 10 Indians w in w ith authority Cambridge brings home State Championship trophy By Tony Basile Cambridge went to the finals in Syracuse rated the top Class D football team in the state. They proved that the rating was no fluke. When the final whistle blew, the score was Cambridge 28 - Clymer 0, and the sirens sounded back home in Cambridge, beginning the Victory celebration. The Indians' stingy defense held Clymer scoreless, while their offense had their way behind the running of John Holcomb (2 TDs) and Ben Watrous (1 TD) and a Kyle Lauver to Don Hamilton touchdown pass. Ben Watrous was named the game's MVP for his outstanding performance on both offense and defense. The Indians enjoyed excellent coaching on the part of Head Coach Doug Luke and Assistant Coach Al Rapp, whose titles were flip-flopped by the powers- that-be just before the 1998 season for reasons never fully made clear to the public. They admittedly work as a team, however, and their combined talents are formidable indeed. The Indians' perfect 1 2 - 0 season and their first state football championship is proof enough. With Lake George making the final game last year, albeit losing it to Maple Grove, and this year's victory by Cambridge, the Northern Adirondack Football League is finally getting the recognition that its great teams deserve. Hopefully, the trend will continue. School m u sical production opens tonight, Decem b er 2 The Greenwich high school music department's production o f Little Shop o f Horrors goes on the boards at G.C.S. to night, December 2, at 5 p.m. Two other shows are scheduled: Friday, December 3, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, December 4, at 7 p.m. Tickets have been available from di rectors Kimberly Plouff and David Rosen and the members of the production's cast and crew. Pending availability, they will also be on sale at the door the evenings of the show. Little Shop o f Horrors, with book and lyrics b> Howard Aihman and music b> Alan Menken, was one of the longest run ning Off-Broadway shows of all time. Based on the film by Roger Corman, the musical is a spoof of 1950’s sci-fi mov ies. With tongue firmly implanted in cheek, the show is both tuneful and hi larious. The story concerns a down-and-out skid row floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a craving for fresh blood. That plant soon becomes \Audrey II,\ an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, rhythm and blues-singing carnivore that offers the floral assistant fame and for tune in exchange for his feeding of its expanding appetite. Eventually the plant Three injured in Greenwich accident A car-truck accident at the intersection of Route 4 and Bald Mountain road injured three people, according to the Washington County Sheriffs Department. A pickup truck allegedly failed to stop at the intersection and struck a northbound car on Route 4. The operator of the car, Benjamin Cronin of Greenwich, was taken to Mary McClellan Hospital. The occupants of the truck, both unidentified at press time, were also hospitalized. The accident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday. Bruce Hamilton of the Washington County Sheriffs Department investigated. WEATHER First light sprinkle o f snow on the ground for the 1999-2000 season on Tuesday, November 30. Temperatures and conditions for the past week follow: reveals that it is actual!) an alien crea ture bent on global domination The cast of the G.C.S. music depart ment production includes Dan Bulger as Sjmour, Amanda Plog as Audrey, Jeff Conkey as Mushnik, Ken Murtiby as Orin, Sal Piparo as the plant, Lowell Williams as the plant's voice, Julia Stevens as Chiffon, Ashley Rogers as Crystal, and Lindsay McPhail as Ronnette. Danica Colvin, Nadine Cusack, and Collen Pryor play the Skid Row Girls. Frank VanDriel is Berstein, and Paul Moffitt plays Skip Snip. Other parts are as follows: Chelsie Henderson as Mrs. Luce and as a cus tomer; Neil Arnold as a wino and as Patrick Martin; Bryan Stewart as a wino and the voice of God (interviewer); and Glenda Bean as a customer. Seeking cast for live Nativity An ecumenical \Live Nativity\ pro gram will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 19, at the gazebo in Mowry Park in Greenwich. Twenty to twenty-five children and adults are needed for the performance. Anyone -wishing to participate is wel come and should report at the gazebo on December 4, 11, and 18, at noon each date for auditions and rehearsals. The cast will include Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, angels, inn keeper, sol diers, shepherds, wise men, soloists and a narrator. Contact the Rev. Barbara Thomas at the United Church or at her home on Corliss Avenue if you have any ques tions about the program. November Date Conditions High Low 23 Mostly cloudy 64 48 24 Partly sunny 67 47 25 Some rain, cloudy 64 42 26 Rain 52 40 27 Mostly Sunny 59 45 28 Partly Cloudy 50 33 29 Cold sets in, snow showers 38 30 30 Snow early, partly sunny 32 24 Memorial service The Greenwich Elks lodge wil! hold its annual memorial service at the lodge on Sunday, December 5, at 3 p.m. The lodge officers will conduct the service honoring the lives of departed Elk members. The special guest speaker will be the Rev. Steve McLean. The public is invited to the service. A dinner will follow. Anyone who re quires transportation to the event should contact the Elks lodge. Holiday parade The annual Holiday parade, spon sored by the Greater Greenwich Cham ber of Commerce, will be held this Sunday, December 5. This is the fourth year the parade has been held and features Mr, and Mrs. Santa Claus and other special guests. The parade ‘will begin at 3 p.m., forming on lower Main Street, proceed ing up Main to the I.G.A. parking lot. There will be floats and many march ers, with prizes to be awarded during the ceremonies at I.G.A. Horse-drawn wagon rides around the village will be available and the downtown stores will be open for holi day shopping. The annual community caroling at the gazebo in Mowry Park, comer of Main and Church streets, will follow the afternoon events, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Following the caroling, the public is welcome to enjoy cookies and hot beverages served at St. Paul's Parish House. The chamber is offering \Home town Gift Certificates\ for sale at its many member shops. This event officially begins the holiday shopping season and the shops are already decorated for Christmas, with a wide variety of gifts on display. Christmas concerts by Choral Society The Community Choral Society will be presenting a series of three Christ mas Concerts in December. Audiences will be treated to the Christmas story in choral music, beginning with the prophecy of Jesus' birth: ''There Shall A Star Come Out Of Jacob,” by Felix Mendelssohn. The story will progress through the royal Birth, the Christmas Rose, the Christmas Luliaby, the Angels and Shepherds, the Animals, the Epiphany, and the Gift of Love. The combination of pieces is eclectic in style, including a setting bv J. Edmund Hughes of (he Medieval Chant \Hodie Christus Natus Est.\ pieces by J. S Bach and Hcinrich Suso, carols from around the world, a spiritual. American folk carols, familiar hymns, and two beautiful settings of Christina Rosetti poems. Some of the featured soloists wili be John Berg, Joel Nichols, Roger Moseley, Kathy Gould, Audrey Hinton, Hilary Foster, Jill Hahn, Sylvia Graham and Nathan, Jennifer, and Fred Lucrezio. Accompanying them will be Faith Wiesner, organist/choir director at Church of the Messiah, Glens Falls. The chorus is directed by Douglas Bischoff, choral music teacher at Cambridge Central School, and organist/choir director at the East Arlington Federated Church. The Choral Society concerts are a wonder ful way to begin the Christmas season. What better way to enter the Christmas season than with beautiful, inspirational music. The concerts will be held in the fol lowing venues: First United Church, Hoosick Falls: Friday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m.; Cambridge United Presbyte rian Church: Sunday, December 5, at 4 p.m.; and Salem Presbyterian Church: Saturday, December 11, at 7:30 p.m. A free will offering will be appreci ated. There is no admission charge. A J o u r n e y to N ica r a g u a Mission group returns from work at El Mango A group of ten people from ©reenwich and Cambridge recently completed an eight-day mission trip to Nicaragua to help in the rebuild ing of that country after the devasta tion of Hurricane Mitch in late 1998. The group left Greenwich at 10:30p.nn. on Friday,November 12, by van t<> JFK airport for an early morning flight to Miami and on to Nicaragua. They arrived in Managua, tlie capital city, Saturday afternoon and stayed overnight in a hostel there. They then had orienta tion meetings and caught up on sleep, but their fcaggage had not yet arrived. In fact, they had to wait for it until Wednesday, when it finally caught up with them. In the meantime, they \raided\ the hostel's storeroom for extra shirts, pants, and work gloves. Early Sunday morning, Novem ber 14, the group left on their 130-mile trip to the small moun tain village where they would spend the week: El Mango, which contained 25 families. It is located high in the moun tains tha-t separate Nicaragua from Honduras on the north. The region around the village was most affected by the hurri cane and subsequent floods. Wh-ent the group arrived, nineteen families were still with out adequate housing, but they had received a grant for build ing supplies. Each of those families was required to help with the construction of their new homes with help from teams from the United States. The Cambridge-Greenwich team was the sixth: on site. The trip to the village, undertaken on the back of a truck, took 5Vi hours, the final part on dirt roads which became mere narrow amd showed more signs of damage as the truck climbed into the mountains. Several rivers had to be forded and 1he vehicle had to navigate around boulders and other debris ly ing along its path. By the time the volunteers from our area arrived at El Mango, they were covered with dust and v*ry happy to climb down from the back of the truck. The housing at the village was \basic\: a one-room, ce ment-black building with a tin roof. Other amenities included an outhouse in the middle of a cow pasture and a cold, out door shower. Because the group's luggage had not yet caught Gp with them, they were without their sleeping bags during the first few, cold nights there. They were relieved and con siderably comforted when their clothing and sleeping gear arrived in time for use on Wednesday night,November 17. Working with cement and concrete blocks on the housing a t El Mango. members of the group consumed with gusto during the hot days. Working with the villagers, the group reports, was re warding. They had been told that there might be a period of awkwardness until they found ways to be useful, but all seemed to find themselves involved in the work quickly. Much of that labor involved the laying of concrete blocks on the gable ends of buildings. Other jobs were the mixing of cement, building reinforcing rods, screening sand, and lug ging water. A lack of some basic equipment continually handi caps the efficiency of the project, but the group reports that they witnessed progress even during the short time they were there. Community spirit, the group fells us, is strong in El Mango. The houses are being built in an assembly-line fash ion. Consequently, all will be finished at the same time. Since the village council has determined that everyone will move into their new housing at the same time, there is a \wonderful spirit of cooperation among the people.\ The children o f the village help with whatever jobs they can. While the housing being built may seem inadequate by the standards of many in this country, the new houses will significantly improve the living conditions at El Mango. One man there said, \When the hurricane destroyed everything that lhad, I was so angry and bitter, but God has really blessed me because never in my wildest dreams did I think that my family would have a new house built by people from North America who cared to come to our poor country \ Char Killam, who provided this report to The Journal-Press con cludes as follows: \For those o f us who journeyed to Nicaragua, we re ceived far more than we gave. It was truly a wonderful way to spend part of the Thanksgiving season.\ The participants Those participating in the work trip to Nicaragua were By Lapham, Frank Vurrarr, Caitlin Fullerton, Emily Pruiksma, and Charlotte Killam of Greenwich; John and Jane Bates of Cambridge; Monty Meerwarth of White Creek; Joe Higgins o f Troy; and Bob Dunlavey of Saratoga Springs. A mission group member and a village boy with wheelbarrows at the site. Anyone who would like more The food the group was fed was, according to their re- information about the mission trip by this group should con- port, \plain and excellent.\ Beajis and rice were the staples tact By Lapham or Charlotte Killam. Members of the group of each meal, but fresh fruit and salsa were served several wil! gladly provide presentations about their Nicaragua trip times ass well. Provided too was bottled water, which the to any interested area organizations. ‘Breakfast with Santa. 7:30 a.m. to noon December 4 at Greenwich Elks Club Re-joining the towns G r e e n w ich and Jackson once again connected in B a ttenville H a n n a f o r d o f f i c i a l l y b r e a k s g r o u n d New market expected to be open in ten months Where is it? Bulletin Board...................................10 Card o f T h anks .................................. 9 Classifieds,......................................... 9 Crossword P uzzle.......... . ................... 4 Editorial Features ............................... 4 Legal Notices......................................9 Letter....................................................4 NEWCO,.............................................4 Sports ................................................. 7 Vicinities- Argyle ............. . ............................. 8 Cambridge ............... * .................... 7 Easton ..........................................- 8 Fort M iller ................ . ................. 10 Greenwich ............. . ................... 2, 3 Hebron .................... < ..................... 6 Salem .............................................6 Schuylerville......................... ...... 10 Shushan ............................. —- .....6 Victory.........................................10 West Hebron ................................. 6 By Tony Basile After what, to many, seemed like an eternity, the rehabilitation of the Route 61 bridge in Battenville has been completed, and the bridge was re-opened at 2 p.m. on the afternoon before Thanksgiving. A small gathering of dignitaries and well wishers looked on as Greenwich Town Supervisor Don Wilbur and Jackson Town Supervisor Alan Brown cut the ribbon in the center of the bridge. The structure underwent substantial renovations and is expected to last another 50 years or so, but as one onlooker complained, \It still isn't wide enough for large farm equipment to pass over it.\ That's true, but the people wanted it that way. The county opted for renovation rather than replacement of the structure following a public hearing at which hundreds of residents showed up and asked that the old bridge be saved. Pictured .here at the ground breaking ceremony are Paul Mollnow, Greenwich Town Planning Board, Councilman Steve Patrick, Councilman Doug Germain, Supervisor Don Wilbur, Councilman Bob Barber, Hannaford Regional Vice-president of Operations Beth Newlands Campbell, Hannaford District Mankger Greg Gorskiy and General Supervisor of Wright-Morrissey contractors S i Manzer. By Tony Basile The ground breaking ceremony for the new Hannaford market in Greenwich was held on Tuesday, November 23, marking the beginning of a construction project that is expected to take just under ten months to complete. Much o fthe topsoil has already been graded off the site, and will be saved for use in the exten sive landscaping planned by the company. The project met with considerable resistence for several months, but is ex pected to be an economic boon to the area. Competitors with good selection and outstanding jiersonal service, like the Greenwich IGA, should not be affected by the arrival o f the supermarket giant.