The Post-Star is looking for the best nurses in the region.
For the inaugural Nursing Awards event, The Post-Star needs nominations of nurses who were extraordinary in 2018.
Nursing is a demanding profession, and each nurse can have an enormous impact. Patients depend on nurses to know when they need emergency help, encourage them as they recover, wipe away tears and provide comfort when no one else is there.
“Nurses are a very important segment of the community,” said Post-Star Publisher Rob Forcey. “They take care of us. We should recognize them.”
Nominations for last year’s stellar nurses begin Feb. 17 and end on March 3.
Anyone can nominate a nurse who has made a difference in their life or the life of a loved one during 2018.
An independent panel of judges will choose nine nurses from the nominees.
Additionally, there will be one reader’s choice award. Voting will take place March 18 to March 31. There will be a voting page on poststar.com.
On May 12, in celebration of National Nurses’ Week, The Post-Star will publish a full-color special section called “Nurses: The Heart of Health Care.” It will feature the stories of the 10 winning nurses. They will also be featured on poststar.com/contests.
An awards breakfast will be held May 8 to recognize them.
Organizations interesting in sponsoring the event can contact Advertising Director Patti Crotty at email@example.com or 518-742-3287; or MaryBeth Fitscher, Health & Wellness multimedia sales consultant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-742-3317.
The Glens Falls region should expect up to 18 inches of snow from a storm that is expected to arrive in the region around mid-morning Tuesday.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning that runs from 10 a.m. Tuesday to 4 p.m. Wednesday.
The warning calls for 12 to 18 inches of accumulation for southern Warren County, but areas to the north and west may see more. A mix of sleet, freezing rain and snow is possible as well.
Some schools are making arrangements for early dismissals on Tuesday. Hadley-Luzerne Central School will dismiss students starting at 11 a.m. in the elementary and at 11:15 a.m. in the junior-senior high school. Schuylerville Central School will dismiss students at noon.
For a full list of school announcements visit poststar.com/schoolclosings.
A bit of a warmup is expected later in the week before another storm arrives for Friday and Saturday, thought it was unclear what form the precipitation will take at that point.
For the latest on the weather visit poststar.com/weather.
LAKE GEORGE — Due to the impending storm, two Lake George school district meetings have been rescheduled.
The district’s Curriculum Committee meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday and the regular Board of Education meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school library have been rescheduled for Feb. 26.
GLENS FALLS — A Queensbury man faces two felonies after he was pulled over while driving drunk in a stolen car early Saturday, police said.
Joshua D. Copeland, 30, was stopped for speeding on Sherman Avenue shortly after 4 a.m. when police determined he was not only intoxicated, but the Kia sedan he was driving had been reported stolen, police said.
He was charged with felony criminal possession of stolen property for the vehicle, and felony driving while intoxicated because he has at least one prior DWI conviction, police said.
Copeland also had the prescription drug Xanax without a prescription, leading to a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor possession of stolen property for taking possession of items in the vehicle, records show.
He was arraigned and sent to Warren County Jail for lack of bail.
Glens Falls Police Officer Marc Barrett made the arrest.
QUEENSBURY — A Glens Falls man was charged with a felony and issued numerous traffic tickets after a crash early Saturday on Pine Street, according to police.
Kyle W. Elder, 26, veered off Pine Street and hit a fence and utility pole around 3:45 a.m. Saturday, then left the scene before police arrived, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.
Elder turned himself in later Saturday, and was found to have been driving with a suspended or revoked license, police said. That led to a felony charge of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and tickets for leaving the scene of a property damage accident and unsafe lane charge, according to police.
He was arraigned and sent to Warren County Jail for lack of bail.
Sheriff’s patrol officers Brittany Kolomiets and R.C. Saunders handled the case.
FORT EDWARD — A Hudson Falls woman was charged with grand larceny in recent days for alleged public assistance fraud, authorities said.
Monica L. Hawsey, 43, of John Street, was arrested when Washington County officials determined she failed to report all of her household income last spring when receiving public assistance, resulting in her receiving $3,632 in public assistance to which she wasn’t entitled, authorities said.
She was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, and released pending prosecution in Fort Edward Town Court.
Sheriff’s Investigator Greg Danio made the arrest, assisted by the Washington County Department of Social Services.
FORT EDWARD — A Hudson Falls man has been sentenced to state prison for his guilty plea earlier this year to a felony for illegal sales of prescription drugs.
Michael D. Bentley, 27, of Main Street, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance in connection with his arrest last October during a drug investigation by several local police agencies. He was one of three people arrested during the sweep that targeted those who sold drugs in the Hudson Falls area.
Washington County Judge Kelly McKeighan sentenced him to 1 1/2 years in prison and 1 year on parole as part of a plea deal.
Charges are still pending against the two other defendants.
The cases were investigated by the sheriff’s offices from Washington and Warren counties, Hudson Falls Police, Glens Falls Police and Washington County Probation Department.
FORT ANN — Emergency responders and State Police spent several hours at Great Meadow Correctional Facility on Monday morning after a white powder was discovered in the mail.
Great Meadow Fire Department and Fort Ann Rescue Squad responded to the maximum-security prison around 8:30 a.m. for a discovery of a suspicious powder in the “correspondence” room.
No illnesses were reported, and State Police said later Monday that the substance was not believed to be hazardous. The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision is investigating.
DANNEMORA — Police are investigating the cause of a house fire in the Adirondacks that left one man dead and another man hospitalized with burns.
State Police said the fire broke out around 2 a.m. Sunday at a home in Lyon Mountain, near the northern edge of the Adirondack Park.
First-responders found 22-year-old Codi Smithers dead in an upstairs bedroom and his father, 49-year-old Christopher Smithers, with burns to his torso, face and hands.
The elder Smithers has been hospitalized for treatment.
Lyon Mountain is a community located within the town of Dannemora.
A police blotter item on Page A3 Sunday incorrectly stated the day an armed robbery occurred at a Mobil station in Lake George. It occurred on Friday night.
Monday’s winning numbers
Numbers Early: 3-2-7, Late: 6-5-9
Win-4 Early: 7-1-4-7, Late: 9-2-2-7
Pick 10: 2-9-12-13-18-20-27-29-34-35-40-45-50-52-57-58-61-68-74-76
Cash 4 Life: 1-2-39-50-60, Cash Ball: 4
Sunday’s late numbers
Take Five: 11-13-23-24-33
Look for Monday night’s Pick 10, Cash 4 Life and Take Five in Wednesday’s edition or online at poststar.com.