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Donald (Don) Francis Lasher

January 1, 2017 Lifelong resident of Fort Johnson, Donald (Don) Francis Lasher died of natural causes on Jan. 1, 2017, with family at his side. He is survived by his third wife, Helen Gallant of Tucson, Ariz., where they spent the winters. He was born June 18, 1929, the second child of Lawrence Homer Lasher and Frances Holstrom Lasher. He is predeceased by his brother Lawrence (Evelyn) and is survived by his younger brother James (Karen). Don was predeceased by his wife of 44 years, Betty Lasher (born Elizabeth Joyce Colson). They had six daughters, Susan Naple (Bill), Mary Lee Kokocki (Anthony), Laurie Radke, Grace Bramer (Scott), Bonnie Kimmel (John) and Beth Lasher. He also had eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and seven step-children. His second wife, Yvonne Harnish also predeceased him. Don served in the US Army with pride. He had a lifelong interest in machinery and anything with an engine. He owned and worked on cars, trucks, tractors, bulldozers, excavators and more. He was very creative, and enjoyed repurposing and creating new things. He always enjoyed himself; he had a great sense of humor. In his retirement he traveled: he went down the Mississippi in his RV, and went to New Zealand, Europe, Hawaii, and many other places. Don was deeply loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, please make...

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Clemens R. Skowronek

January 4, 2017 Mr. Clemens R. Skowronek, 87, was called home by the Lord to be with his family on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. He was born July 13, 1929, to Anthony and Winifred Bojanka Skowronek. He was a graduate of the former Wilbur H. Lynch High School, Class of 1947 and was a lifelong resident. Mr. Skowronek served with the Army Airborne Infantry from 1951-53. Clemens first worked for the Mohawk Carpet Company. For several years, he worked for H & H Dairy. Lastly, he worked for the New York State Thruway Authority retiring in 2000. He enjoyed spending time with his family at their summer camp on Sacandaga Lake and also enjoyed carpentry and woodworking. He was a member of St. Stanislaus Church and a member of the Teamsters Union. On July 3, 1955 he was united in marriage to Shirley Stark, a union that lasted 61 years. Mr. Skowronek was predeceased by his son Michael Anthony; his brothers Edward, William and John; and his sister, Winifred Galuska. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughter, Elizabeth; and son, Clement. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. The funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at the Jendrzejczak Funeral Home, 200 Church St., Amsterdam, NY. with the Rev. O. Robert De Martinis officiating. Interment will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Relatives and...

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Nancy T. Washburn

January 2, 2017 Nancy T. Washburn, age 69, of Starkville, passed away on Jan. 2, 2017, at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare Center after a brief illness. She was born on Jan. 30, 1947 in Manhattan, N.Y., the daughter of the late Everett and Bertha (Kuntzsch) Hogan. She was educated in NYC and Canajoharie schools. Nancy was last employed at Richardson Brands in Canajoharie until her retirement in 2015. She was of the Catholic faith. She is survived by her three daughters, Debora Edick and husband, Steven, of Starkville, Tracy Crosier and wife, Mikki Tur, of Tobyhanna, Pa., and Lisa Ruhnow and husband, Tad, of New Hartford. She is also survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Theodore and Carol Stretmoyer of Glendale, N.Y.; and a sister-in-law, Rose Hogan of Jordanville. Nancy also leaves behind her grandchildren, Meghan Hallstein and husband, Nathaniel, of Canajoharie, Kirby Edick and companion, Lucas Mead, of Richfield Springs, Salvatore Uricola of Herkimer, and Piper Lyon of New Hartford; and great-granddaughters, Tatum, Taryn, Mieke, Madeline and Dylan, along with nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and brother, Daniel Hogan. In keeping with Nancy’s wishes, there will be no formal services at this time. Cremation has taken place and her remains will be laid to rest at a later date. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Harry and Kevin Enea, Funeral Directors of the Enea Family...

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Police Reports

Amsterdam Police Department • Police responded to upper Church Street for a reported car crash Dec. 14, and found a vehicle had struck a National Grid pole. There were no injuries reported and National Grid was called to repair the pole. • Police responded Dec. 15, to Clizbe Avenue near the intersection of Locust Avenue for a report of down wires, which were determined to be live electrical wires. National Grid was contacted and the road was closed at the scene until repairs were completed. • A contractor working at a Kline Street residence reported a burglary Dec. 16, which involved a generator and chainsaw reportedly being stolen from a storage structure on the property. An investigation was ongoing into the incident. • An East Main Street resident reported Dec. 19 a tire on their vehicle had apparently been damaged overnight. • A resident reported an apparent act of criminal mischief to their vehicle Dec. 20, which involved their vehicle’s tail lights and passenger side mirror being smashed while parked on Milton Avenue. • Police responded to an East Main Street business Dec. 20 for a burglar alarm and discovered the front door of the business was broken. A bowling ball had apparently been thrown at the door. Police said entry did not appear to have been made into the business. • A Wall Street resident reported Dec. 21...

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Official: Train derailment investigation could take days

An injured passenger is taken from Atlantic Terminal in the Brooklyn borough of New York after a Long Island Rail Road train hit a bumping block, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) NEW YORK (AP) — It could take days before it is known why a Long Island Rail Road train crashed at the end of a platform as it pulled into a major transportation hub, injuring 100 people, federal transportation investigators said. The packed, rush-hour train crashed as it entered Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn on Wednesday morning, hurling passengers onto the floor and slamming them into each...

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New York state Legislature begins 2017 session

ALBANY (AP) — New York state lawmakers began their work for 2017 Wednesday with a vote to prohibit the use of cellphones as recording devices in the Senate chambers. The ban is intended to protect the chamber’s decorum, according to lawmakers who included it in the Senate’s internal rules. Democrats, however, called it an infringement of free speech that could make it harder for journalists and the public to share information about state government. “It’s an insult to New Yorkers,” said Sen. Brad Hoylman, D-Manhattan. “We are curtailing an opportunity to bring transparency to this chamber.” Photojournalists have long had permission to take pictures from the Senate gallery, a practice that Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco said would continue. He dismissed concerns over the ban, noting that live Senate proceedings are already broadcast on the Senate’s website and that traditional photojournalists will still be allowed to shoot photos from the public gallery. “It’s pretty logical,” DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, said of the rule change, which passed on a voice vote. “We are as transparent as (we) could possibly be.” Highlights of the six-month session will likely include state voting laws, Uber’s proposal to expand upstate and a proposal from Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make state university tuition free for middle-class residents. Other proposals expected to draw debate this year include bills to end the practice of prosecuting and imprisoning 16-...

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Ivanka Trump is not going to save us

By James Kirchick Los Angeles Times Ivanka Trump wants you to know she cares. She cares about the environment. She cares about children. She cares about women. Ivanka is smooth, composed and in control. Sure, Daddy might be a little rough around the edges. But how bad could Donald Trump really be if he produced such a visibly self-possessed and accomplished young woman? That seems to be the message emerging from Trump Tower as Ivanka assumes an unprecedented role in her father’s administration. Within days of Trump’s stunning upset election victory, there was his second (and, by most accounts, favorite) child at a meeting between him and the Japanese prime minister. Next, she was listening in on a phone call with Argentina’s president. Later, it was reported that Ivanka might assume White House office space normally reserved for the first lady (the long-suffering Melania Trump having decided to spend most of her time in New York). Showing off her environmentalist bona fides, Ivanka arranged an improbable meeting between Trump and former Vice President Al Gore. Throughout the campaign, she spearheaded her father’s initiatives on childcare policy and stoutly defended his record as a “great advocate for the women in the workforce.” It’s easy to be seduced by Ivanka — she really is smooth, not to mention beautiful — but keep your guard up: This is a trap. Ivanka is...

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Obama’s failed policy on Israel

Try as he might this late in the game, President Barack Obama’s Israel policy should go down in history as a failure. Although some of the worst accusations against him claim that the president’s failure is intentional, because he hates Israel itself, the weight of the evidence suggests a less sensational problem. In keeping with a broader pattern, the White House has expected Israel to accept its judgments on the largest matters, such as Iran, and then has become frustrated when Israel reacts poorly to its judgments on smaller ones, such as the status of settlements. That is why the administration has gotten so little political mileage out of its fresh military aid package with Israel, offering nearly $40 billion over the next 10 years. Obama pledged it would make “a significant contribution to Israel’s security in what remains a dangerous neighborhood,” helping protect it “from all manner of threats.” On that basis, the White House has guided its team to push hard for what the president has long believed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is too irresolute and weak to achieve: the ground-level preconditions for the so-called “two-state solution,” which would place a recognized territorial Palestinian regime side by side, “in peace,” with Israel. Obama seems to have reasoned that Israel is strong enough and safe enough to wipe out any excuse for slow-walking peace. Here, the White House...

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National News in Brief

Coast Guard: Fire burns on oil platform in Gulf of Mexico NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard and crew members of surrounding vessels were responding to a pre-dawn fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, authorities said this morning. The blaze was reported around 2:30 a.m. on the platform about 80 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana, the Coast Guard said in a statement. There were no reports of injuries. “There are no current reports of any pollution at the moment,” Coast Guard Petty Officer Third Class Travis Magee said.. Four people aboard the platform evacuated into the water and were rescued by the crew of the 130-foot Mary Wyatt Milano, a supply vessel, the Coast Guard said. Crew members aboard that boat and three other vessels were battling the blaze. The fire was “suppressed but not extinguished,” Magee said. An HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane from Mobile, Alabama, had also just arrived at the scene, Magee said. “They’re overhead and they’re getting a better view of the situation,” Magee said. “They’re assessing the current situation — that’s their role.” Clean Gulf, an oil spill response organization, was on its way to the platform early today, the Coast Guard added in its statement. Clean Gulf is a non-profit oil industry cooperative that responds to spills. Police: Charges ‘soon’ in Chicago beating...

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Top US intelligence officials to testify on Russian hacking

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior U.S. intelligence officials face questions at a Senate hearing that will be dominated by the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia meddled in the presidential election to help Donald Trump win. The Armed Services Committee’s cyber threats hearing today comes a day before the president-elect is to be briefed by the CIA and FBI directors — along with the director of national intelligence — on the investigation into Russia’s alleged hacking efforts. Trump has been deeply critical of their findings, even appearing to back controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s contention that Russia did not provide him with hacked Democratic emails. The committee’s session is the first in a series aimed at investigating purported Russian cyber-attacks against U.S. interests and developing defenses sturdy enough to blunt future intrusions. “We will obviously be talking about the hacking, but the main thing is the whole issue of cybersecurity,” the committee’s Republican chairman, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, said ahead of the hearing. “Right now we have no policy, no strategy to counter cyberattacks.” Slated to appear before the Armed Services Committee are James Clapper, the national intelligence director; Marcel Lettre, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence; and Adm. Michael Rogers, National Security Agency chief and the top officer at the U.S. Cyber Command. Accusations Russia interfered in the 2016 election by hacking Democratic email accounts have roiled Washington for...

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