Upheaval and uncertainty prevailed in 2008

WARRENSBURG - The major news stories of 2008, both in northern Warren County and nationwide, seemed to share a common theme - upheaval.

Some things citizens have taken for granted faltered or were shattered - whether it was plunging retirement savings or home values, or the integrity of our state Governor. Society was in flux during this pivotal year, in unprecedented turmoil.

Meanwhile, Adirondackers kept their eyes on the future, knowing they've weathered many challenges before, and will likely face many more in the future.

Political disruptions abounded

Locally, new approaches to government were implemented, jobs declined, fuel prices skyrocketed then plunged, and government officials were convicted or shamed into resignation - who can forget the bizarre and sudden fall of Eliot Spitzer?

The Governor who was elected in a landslide vote and with high hopes apparently spent about $80,000 on prostitutes - he was caught in a wiretap that he had endorsed as an Attorney General leading a campaign against crime.

Locally in Thurman, long-time Supervisor John Haskell left his post after he was convicted of defrauding the government. Many decried the felony conviction as an injustice, calling his action as an unfortunate, innocent mistake, while others saw the jury's decision as justified.

Chestertown Attorney Fred Monroe took the helm of the county Board of Supervisors as Chairman, after the retirement of Bill Thomas, completing his seven years leading the county and 18 as North Creek Supervisor. Area attorney Sterling Goodspeed, former Warren County District Attorney, took Thomas' place.

Also sworn in Jan. 1, 2008 was Bolton Supervisor Kathleen Simmes, who replaced Alexander Gabriels as the town's leader.

Thurman Town Clerk Nancy Beadnell retired after 26 years, leaving the office to Cynthia Hyde.

Also, Lawrence "Red" Pitkin was sworn in as the new Thurman Supervisor, promising reconciliation to a town that had become split by the Haskell conviction into verbal crossfire between those born and raised in town and newcomers.

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