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Swearing in

Fort Ann Supervisor Richard Moore, front left, is sworn in to his newly elected position as Washington County Board of Supervisors vice chairman on Wednesday in Fort Edward. 

The Washington County Board of Supervisors re-elected Argyle Supervisor Robert Henke as chairman during Wednesday’s organizational meeting in Fort Edward.

Henke enters his fourth year as chairman; he was first elected to the position in 2016.

In a weighted vote for vice chairman, supervisors elected Fort Ann Supervisor Richard Moore over Granville Supervisor Matt Hicks.

According to officials, Henke and Moore will each be paid $4,000 for serving in these roles on the county board for the 2019 term.

Famous hot dog has local start

The popular Gray’s Papaya hot dog, famously found at New York City locations, gets its start in Washington County, according to Grub Street, New York magazine’s food and beverage blog.

In a Dec. 26 article, “Where an Entire Day’s Worth of Food Came From,” Whitehall’s Champlain Beef, a meat processing plant, and Salem’s Chamber Valley Farms are mentioned.

According to Grub Street, Chamber Valley Farms sends retired dairy cows to Champlain Beef for processing before supplying Marathon Foods, Gray’s Papaya manufacturer, with the hot dog’s beef.

Spring opening

Whitehall’s old Roma Restaurant on Broadway in the village was bought by a group of local investors last year after the famed pizza and pasta spot sat vacant for two years.

Now, after extensive renovations, the new restaurant, The RailYard Tap Room and Family Restaurant, is planning on a spring opening. According to the new owners, Roma regulars have been stopping by the renovation site to check out its progress and ask about the new menu.

Renovation photos and a call for locals to share their favorite Roma menu items can be found on Facebook.

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Kathleen Phalen-Tomaselli covers Washington County government and other county news and events.

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