CHAZY — The Town of Chazy is seeking an emergency management coordinator on a volunteer basis.This person will be chairing a committee to develop an emergency plan for the Town of Chazy and its surrounding hamlets and supervise implementation of the plan should an actual emergency occur.Interested candidates should contact Chazy Town Supervisor Staub Spiegel at 846-7544, ext. 1.
ALBANY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting applications for Volunteer Fire Assistance grants.These grants provide funding to rural fire departments to enhance their wildfire-fighting capabilities.The grant program is funded by the U.S. Forest Service and administered by DEC.The deadline for applications is May 15. Only expenses directly related to fire suppression are eligible for funding. These include the purchase of portable pumps, portable backpack pumps, hand tools, hoses, lightweight fireproof clothing (Nomex), hard hats, turnout gear, portable radios, generators and dry hydrants.Fire departments in towns with populations of 10,000 or more may be eligible for funding if they meet the requirements listed on the application. They must provide half the cost of the project being funded.All funded projects should be completed by Sept. 30, 2007.Priority will be given to applications from fire departments in towns with a high Insurance Services Office rating, that serve inadequately protected rural communities and that have not received funding in the past five years under the program.For applications, call 402-8839 write to NYSDEC, Division of Forest Protection and Fire Management, 625 Broadway 8th Floor, Albany, NY, 12233-2560 or visit the Web site at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/protection/rangers/index.html.
ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex County plans to pay tribute to a military veteran who was honored for his heroism during the Vietnam War.Raymond "Buzzy" Wright, a Congressional Medal of Honor winner from Moriah, will have a tree planted in his name in front of the Essex County Courthouse this spring.Wright, who died in 1999, also has a park in Moriah dedicated to him.He received the Medal of Honor for taking out seven enemy bunkers that were strafing his unit with machine-gun fire.— By Staff Writer Lohr McKinstry