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Posted on November 11 at 11:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank You.

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Posted on October 6 at 6:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Beautiful job Kathleen. Please continue to "tell it like it is."

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Posted on July 11 at 1:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Great job folks!!! Thank you for your dedication and hard work. You are the best!!!!

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Posted on August 7 at 11:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Perhaps it is testament to your fine jounalism Kathleen!

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Posted on May 19 at 9:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank you to DVAC volunteers and the fire departments for the hard work and commitment over the past year. It has been a very long year and we see a light at the end of the tunnel. If it wasn't for all of you this most important service for our people in town would have been lost. Thanks to the Gazette for noticing and most important thanks again to the volunteers of DVAC.
Rene' Merrihew
Supervisor, Town of Duanesburg


From: Editorial: DVAC making a comeback

Posted on October 19 at 8:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I would first like to commend the hazmat team of Schenectady. They have worked very hard to achieve the level of expertise they are at now. I had an opportunity to see them in action over the summer during a possible chemical spill from a passing train in the town of Duanesburg. Fortunately the spill turned out to be a false alarm but let me assure you they treated it as though it was in their own back yard. They were like a well oiled machine and knew exactly what needed to be done. I was relieved to know we had such a valuable service available to us.

I think Mr. Blanchfield's suggestion to discontinue the team to the towns is a serious disservice to the residents of the county. It would appear as though the county is paying for the entire cost of the team, perhaps overpaying at the $400,000 level, perhaps underpaying at the $200,000 level, but indeed paying. If I understand this correctly, I would have to say the residents of the towns ARE paying for the hazmat team through their current county tax payment. I would ask how you figure city residents are paying twice for the service when it appears as though the county is footing the entire bill for the hazmat team? If Mr. Blanchfield wants to provide the service solely to the city of Schenectady then let the city residents pay the bill. I would, however, not expect the county to continue funding the team and charging the residents of the towns for a service we can no longer receive.

I would like to add that I am definately glad to know the mutual aid agreements in place among all the emergency services in and out of the county were not developed by politicians like Mr. Blanchfield. There would never be the commaraderie nor the cooperation among departments that I have grown to respect if this were the case.

From: Editorial: County should restore hazmat team funds

Posted on June 25 at 4:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Nice editorial and a wonderful idea presented by Chief Farstad. I hope the school can find a way to expand on the concept and include it as a regular curriculum item in the future.

From: Editorial: Yes, expose students to public safety

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