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Effective immediately, all children ages 12-15 are eligible to receive the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, meaning all state residents ages 12 and up can now be protected against COVID-19. The Rensselaer County Health Department will be hosting a Pfizer Vaccine Clinic for 12 to 15 year olds at the McDonough Sports Complex at Hudson Valley Community College on Friday, May 14 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Children must be accompanied by a parent and bring proof of age. This is a walk-in clinic. No appointment is necessary.

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CHS Golf TournamentColumbia High School raised approximately $5,000 for the PTSO at its annual golf tournament on May 23 at Burden Lake Country Club in Averill Park. More than 40 golfers hit the links for an afternoon of fun in support of education.

The money raised will be used by the PTSO to fund enrichment programs, purchase review books, pay for student admission to summer camps and other school needs.

“Our PTSO does so much for our school community, so it’s important that we can help provide them with funding through events such as this,” said Columbia Principal John Sawchuk.

Four staff members who are retiring at the end of the school year were honored at the event, including Mary Ellen Caporta, Jill Leinung, Kathy Rutherford and Monica Blanchfield.

Thirty generous sponsors helped make the event possible.


  • Youth Wrestling
  • Fuccillo Ford
  • Curtis Printing
  • Friends of Music
  • Kinderhook Bank
  • School Systems Credit Union
  • Yearbook/Life Touch
  • Amsure Insurance
  • C.S. Architects
  • Needham Risk Management
  • Joshua A. Sabo, Esq.
  • Jostens
  • Sano Rubin
  • All Sports
  • EGFD
  • EF Travel
  • Rt. 4 Pizza
  • Columbia Tae Kwon Do
  • Repeat Business
  • State Farm (Peter Sleasman)
  • Berkshire Bank
  • East Greenbush Rotary Club
  • Wojeski
  • True Value
  • Steven Morton, D.M.D
  • Dignum Insurance
  • Entech
  • BBL
  • Toshiba
  • Kolakowski Law