Flags Fly at Half-Staff for 3 New York Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

Three U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from three small towns in New York were killed in the Paktia province of Afghanistan when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle on Saturday while doing a routine route-clearing patrol. All three were members of the Watertown-based 479th Engineering Battalion of the 411th Engineering Brigade, had been temporarily assigned to the 444th Engineer Company in Oswego and were deployed to the 178th Engineer Battalion, 412th Theater Engineer Command, in Afghanistan in February. All three were combat engineers.

SPECIALIST RYAN P. JAYNE, 22 of Campbell, Steuben County, a member of the Canandaigua Army Reserve, graduated from Corning-Painted Post East High School in 2008 and joined the Army in 2010. He was home on leave just last month and spent his time fixing up his 1987 Monte Carlo. He is survived by his father Paul Jayne, mother Sherry Skeens, his stepfather, four younger brothers and two sisters. “Sherry and I shouldn’t have to bury our oldest son, but there is no more honorable, dignified way to go than serving your country” his father said.

SPECIALIST BRETT E. GORNIEWIC, 27, of Alden, Erie County, was also a member of the Canandaigua Army Reserve and was a 2003 graduate of Alden High School. He graduated from Buffalo State College with a degree in Industrial Technology in 2011. He enlisted in the Army Reserve in 2006 and had served a tour in Iraq before electing to go to Afghanistan. Spc. Gorniewic, a Bronze Star recipient, had just been home on leave in August. He leaves behind his parents, sister and long-time girlfriend Nicole Rumley. She said “he was a wonderful, wonderful man who always put on a happy face.”

STAFF SERGEANT DAIN VENNE, 29, of Port Henry, Essex County, was a member of the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division and was on his fourth deployment. Sgt. Venne was a 2001 graduate of Moriah Central School. He left St. Lawrence University to enlist in the military shortly after the 9/11 attacks. Sgt. Venne was a volunteer firefighter and had just been honored with the Firefighters Commendation Medal for helping stranded campers and residents when Hurricane Irene hit last year. Port Henry Fire Chief James Hughes stated “He was an outstanding firefighter, a perfect gentleman. You couldn’t ask for a better person, better son; he was an overall good and decent human being.” Sgt. Venne leaves behind his parents Brian, a longtime Moriah Town Justice, and Laura, a teacher at Moriah Central.


Three NY Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

Putnam County State of Emergency

Putnam County State of Emergency

Putnam County Executive Maryellen Odell gives an update on the state of emergency in the county and urges residents to be patient and use caution. Video by Marcela Rojas

News and video source by www.lohud.com

Putnam County Sheriff’s Department: Accepting CADET PROGRAM Applications

 The Putnam County
Sheriff’s Department

Is now accepting applications for the 23rd session


The Putnam County Sheriff’s
Department Cadet Program

The Cadet program allows young adults to see firsthand
 what the law enforcement is about. After completing a
training academy they are allowed to ride along with
Deputies on patrol and assist with many community
events in our county.

Students in grades 9 through 12 and at least 14 years
old that attend a school in Putnam County are eligible
to submit an application for the program.

Students can obtain an application from their School
Resource Officer or by contacting
(845) 225-4300, Ext. 42267

Applications must be submitted to the
Sheriff’s Department by November 2, 2012

Live Healthy Putnam online Health Survey


The Putnam County Department of Health is pleased to announce the launch of the second Live Healthy Putnam online Health Survey.  This survey will now more broadly focus on the health trends of Putnam County and the information gathered will be used to direct public health priorities for the County.  The Health Department is looking for residents who are 18 years or older to complete this survey.  These residents can access the Live Healthy Putnam website by visiting www.putnamcountyny.gov.  Residents who complete the survey will be eligible to receive a free high quality pedometer.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

There are a few amazing events coming up that focus on Domestic Violence Awareness.

See the information below as well as the attached pdf for more information.

Get involved!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Join Us at the St George Winery
Route 6 Mohegan Lake
For Our Kick-off Event
“Shine A Light On Domestic Violence”
6:00 pm
Contact the WRC 845-628-9284 or info@pnwwrc.org to register

In addition, we ask that you:
Wear PURPLE on Wednesday, October 17, 2012.
Be creative and organize your own awareness raising campaign!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month Documentation

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Free STD Testing Now Offered in Putnam County

Date: September 14, 2012
Contact: Barbara Ilardi, Public Information Officer, (845) 808-1390

Free STD Testing Now Offered in Putnam County

Brewster, NY— Nearly 19 million new sexually transmitted disease (STD) infections occur each year, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These include diseases such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. Many of these cases go undetected and untreated because less than half of those, who should be screened, actually get tested. Men and women of all ages, backgrounds and economic levels get STDs, but almost half of new cases are among young people, ages 15 to 24. Now Putnam residents have a new place to get tested— and without a fee. Beginning September 20, the Putnam County Department of Health will be offering a free STD testing program.

Testing will be available Tuesdays and Thursdays at two Putnam County Department of Health locations—121 Main Street in the Village of Brewster and at the main office at One Geneva Road, near the intersection of Route 312 and Interstate 84. Free anonymous and confidential HIV testing is also available at the same time for residents’ convenience. Appointments are preferred and those interested should call 845-808-1390, x43114. Tuberculosis (TB) testing is also available for at-risk individuals.

STDs are one of the most critical health challenges facing the nation today. Many types initially cause no symptoms, especially in females. When symptoms do develop, they may be confused with those of other diseases not transmitted through sexual contact. Without treatment, STDs can lead to major
health problems such as sterility, permanent brain damage, cancers, and even death. Having an STD can also increase a person’s susceptibility to HIV infection. These facts and statistics highlight the importance of testing for and treating STDs.

The Health Department’s mission is to improve and protect the health of Putnam County residents through prevention of illness and injury. For more information, please visit our website at www.putnamcountyny.com; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

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Recall of Ricotta Salata Frescolina Brand for Possible Health Risk

Recall of Ricotta Salata Frescolina Brand for Possible Health Risk

Frescolina ricotta salata cheese has been tied to an outbreak of listeria that has hospitalized 14 people and killed 3 across the country.
Deaths were reported in Minnesota, Nebraska and New York.

Forever Cheese Inc. is recalling all Ricotta Salata Frescolina brand, Forever Cheese lot # T9425 and/or production code 441202,  from one specific production date due to possible Listeria Monocytogenes contamination, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.  Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Ricotta salata is a salty white cheese made from pasteurized sheep’s milk. It is often served crumbed or grated as an ingredient in salads, pastas and other dishes. It is not the same as ricotta cheese, a very soft cheese sold in plastic tubs and used for dishes such as lasagna.

If you believe that you have purchased any of this cheese please contact your distributor or retailer for a full refund and do not consume it.


For more details, click here [  http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm318844.htm?source=govdelivery ]

Justin Scavone recieves highest rank in Eagle Scouts Troop #1 of Carmel

Justin Scavone, from The Boy Scouts of America Troop #1 of Carmel, has satisfactorily performed the necessary prerequisites to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, which will be acknowledged by his fellow scouts, friends and relatives at a recognition ceremony to be held on Saturday, October 6th, 2012 in Pawling.  The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest award a Scout can receive.

Justin improved the fitness trails at Lakeside Park in Pawling by installing three fitness stations with the help of volunteers and donations from the community.  Jason also raised over $3,000 for finishing touches to complete this project.

Let’s congratulate Justin on a job well done!



MTA Payroll Tax Decision Ruling MTA Payroll Tax Unconstitutional

MTA Payroll Tax Decision Ruling MTA Payroll Tax Unconstitutional

“The MTA payroll tax was created in May of 2009 as a mechanism for the MTA to dig itself out of a projected $1.8 billion budgetary shortfall, which created an unjust and inequitable burden on the taxpayers of Putnam County. In light of this unfair treatment, Putnam County took up the cause on behalf of its taxpayers, and joined in this important piece of litigation. I am elated that the Court has now ruled in favor of Putnam County and its Metropolitan neighbors. It sends a very real message to the MTA that the taxpayers of Putnam and the surrounding counties will not allow them to cure their financial on the backs of our citizens and small business owners. Hopefully, our small business owners who are so vital to the health of Putnam’s economy will quickly realize a benefit from the repeal of this tax.”

Don’t fall vicitim to unregistered paving companies




Putnam County Director of Consumer Affairs, Jean Noel, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith issue this consumer alert:

Information received by law enforcement agencies throughout northern Westchester and Putnam Counties indicate that paving companies, that are not registered with the Putnam County Office of Consumer Affairs, may be operating in this area.  In the past, such illegitimate companies are known to have used faulty pavement materials, performed shoddy work, overcharged customers for completed work and/or failed to complete the specified work agreed upon between the consumer and the paving company.  In some cases, employees of these companies have been suspected of committing residential burglaries in the communities that they are working in.

Director Noel, County Executive Odell and Sheriff Smith are working together in keeping Putnam County the safest county in New York State.  They advise everyone to use caution when hiring home improvement contractors.  If approached by a paving contractor to solicit work, homeowners should contact the Office of Consumer Affairs at (845) 808-1617 ext 46128 to check if the company is properly registered to do work in this county before hiring them.  A list of bonafide registered contractors may also be obtained from the Office of Consumer Affairs.  A contractor conducting business in this county without being properly registered is committing a crime punishable by a prison term of up to one year in the Putnam County Correctional Facility and/or a $1,000 fine as determined by a court.

Anyone victimized by this type of scam is urged to call the Putnam County Office of Consumer Affairs, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation at (845) 225-8060 or your local police agency.