Read more about the article Honor students going to Italy next year
Whitehall Senior High English teacher Karen Short presented an EF Tours guided international travel plan to the board of education meeting on June 13. The board approved the trip to Italy for nine English National Honor Society students. (Photo by Caton Deuso)

Honor students going to Italy next year

Nine Whitehall English National Honor Society students will be packing their bags and taking off for Italy next year. English teacher Karen Short presented the trip to the Board of…

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Read more about the article Board praises community beautification efforts
Town board member Stephanie Safka donated plants to be planted at the Skenesborough Museum by community member Denise Rodriguez. (Photo by Caton Deuso)

Board praises community beautification efforts

The Whitehall Town Board has expressed its gratitude to community members who have been stepping up to the plate in helping with beautifying the community in the wake of the…

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Read more about the article Whitehall cop: ‘I like my job’
Officer Logan Marino joined the Whitehall Police Department in 2019. The avid skier describes himself as a people person and said it’s one of the most important qualities to being in law enforcement. (Photo by Paul Smith’s College)

Whitehall cop: ‘I like my job’

From law enforcement to the slopes, officer Logan Marino is the type to keep busy no matter the circumstances. Although he only began working for the Whitehall Police Department in…

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Read more about the article Matteson wins No Place for Hate award
Realynn Matteson won the 2022 No Place for Hate Gold Award for the New York Capital Region. The awards are given at the elementary, middle and high school levels once a year. This is the first year the Whitehall Junior High School has participated in the program. The school was just designated a No Place for Hate zone in May. (Photo courtesy of David Gale)

Matteson wins No Place for Hate award

Whitehall eighth-grader Raelynn Matteson has been awarded the No Place for Hate Gold Star Award for 2022. The award is given annually to a student at the elementary, middle, and…

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Read more about the article Whitehall road work hit by inflation
Police get high-tech finger-printer By Caton Deuso Whitehall Police Department has purchased a Live Scan finger-printer that Sgt. David Buxton said will be a good addition to the department and should speed up the booking process. “We’re doing it the old-fashioned way,” he said about the current finger-printing method. Sgt. Buxton applied for a grant last fall for the equipment and it was purchased at the beginning of the year. The new system will cut out steps for the department and will be a benefit when taking prints. “Before the live scan, we would roll their prints on a print card and they go into a box to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and meanwhile the person that has been fingerprinted has been released most likely,” he said. “And even if it is a big arrest, by the time the prints have reached the sheriff's office, the person is gone. Then, if the system at the sheriff’s office can’t recognize the print, you have to find the person and reprint them.” If an individual needs reprinting, it can often be hard to locate them after they have been released, Buxton said. “We have people from out of the area that have a charge that will never appear on what’s called their criminal history,” he said. “You need that fingerprint number saying the prints are good to associate that with the person that has been arrested,” he said. “Judges can’t close out cases because they don’t have that number. The case remains open until you get the person and good prints. Although Granville has a system, it is only programmed to one station and would not be able to accept fingerprints of other local stations. On average, in 2020 there were 49 people fingerprinted, but the department has already sent a dozen prints within the last month or so. “I believe that right now we have less than 10 sets of fingerprints that need to be redone and that’s over the years with hundreds of cases,” he said. Officers started training on the new system on June 1 and are now using the equipment. Buxton said the odds of officers getting “This system is instant in and will tell you if the prints are good on the spot,” he said. The Whitehall Police Department is on its way to having much of its equipment updated. With the antenna improving radio signals from Fort Edward to the new finger-printer, there are just some odds and ends to finish. “We just have some equipment that has been neglected over the years that we will be taking care of in the next few months,” he said. (Photo by Caton Deuso)

Whitehall road work hit by inflation

Whitehall town highway superintendent Louis Pratt has been busy working on getting summer projects up and running these past few weeks, but he said the inflation seen in the first…

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Read more about the article Police get high-tech finger-printer
Whitehall Police Department now has an easier fingerprinting process. Rather than taking physical prints and sending them to be processed at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the department now will be able to scan fingerprints directly to New York State. (Photo by Caton Deuso)

Police get high-tech finger-printer

Whitehall Police Department has purchased a Live Scan finger-printer that Sgt. David Buxton said will be a good addition to the department and should speed up the booking process. “We’re…

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Festival, fireworks set for Saturday

The Heart of Whitehall Festival and Fireworks will kick off Saturday at noon at Skenesborough Park. The festival’s return will be special in comparison to past celebrations since there are…

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