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Berne-Knox-Westerlo CSD: Closing Early 1:30p, No PM Pre-K, No Aft-Sch Pgm, No PM BOCES, No PM Actvty, No Y's Time After School No Budget Advisory MeetingBurnt Hills-Ballston Lake CSD: Open, No PM BOCES, No PM Activities, No After School Events, Regular DismissalCOARC Adult Transportation: Open, No Transportation, Open, No Transportation, Staff reportCairo-Durham CSD: Closing Early 10:45a, Elem 11:45a, MS/HS 10:45a, No Aft-Sch Pgm, No PM BOCESCanajoharie CSD: Closing Early 11:30a, No PM Pre-K, No PM BOCES, No PM ActivitiesCatskill CSD: Closing Early, Elem 12:30p, MS/HS 11:30a, No PM Pre-K, No After School Events, No Late BusCatskill Mt. Christian Academy: ClosedChatham CSD: Closing Early 11:30a, Elem/HS 11:45a, MS 11:30a, Chatham Central School closing early No afterschool activitiesChatham Kids Club: Closed, no afterschool todayChurch of the Covenant: Closing Early 2:15p, There will not be any curch meetings tonight. Meetings will be rescheduled., Do to the inclement weather there will be no meetings at the church this evening.Circle of Friends (Ravena): Closing Early 12:30p, Greene County Children OnlyCobleskill-Richmondville CSD: Closing Early 12:15p, No After-School Programs, No PM Activities, Radez & HS: 12:15 pm Golding & Ryder: 12:27 pmDominican Retreat and Conf Ctr: Closed, Interfaith Dinner canceled tonughtFonda-Fultonville CSD: Closing Early 11:30a, No PM ActivitiesFort Plain CSD: Closing Early 11:45a, Elem 11:45a, HS 11:30aGalway CSD: Closing Early 2:15p, No After-School Programs, No PM Activities, No Afternoon Y Care ProgramGrand Gorge Head Start: ClosedGreene County Transit: ClosedGreenville CSD: Closing Early, Elem 11:30a, MS/HS 11:47a, No PM Actvty, No After School EventsHunter-Tannersville CSD: Closing Early, Elem 1:45p, MS/HS 1:30p, No PM BOCES, No PM Activities, No After School EventsIchabod Crane (Kinderhook) CSD: Closing Early 1:45p, MS/HS 12:45pJohnstown City SD: Open, No PM Activities, No After School Events, Regular DismissalLansingburgh CSD: Open, No Aft-Sch Pgm, No PM Activities, No After School Events, Regular DismissalLexington Center Fulton Co ARC: Closing Early Noon, Dismissing 2 hours earlyMiddleburgh CSD: Closing Early, Elem 12:30p, HS 12:15p, No PM Pre-K, No Aft-Sch Pgm, No PM BOCES, No PM Activities, No After School EventsMohonasen CSD: Open, No Aft-Sch Pgm, No PM Activities, No After School Events, Reg Dismissal, No Adult EdMountain Road School: Closing Early Noon, Elem NoonMrs. Puddle Duck's Childcare: Closing Early 2pMyers Education Center: Open, evening CTE Open House canceled & rescheduled for Jan. 24New Lebanon CSD: Closing Early 10:30a, Elem 11:45a, HS 10:30a, No After School EventsOnteora CSD: Closing Early 10:45a, Elem 11:45a, MS/HS 10:45aOppenheim-Ephratah-St Johnsville SD: Closing Early, Elem 11:30a, JH/HS 11:50a, No PM BOCES, No After School Events, FREEZING RAIN ADVISORYRoxbury CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No After-School Programs, No PM Actvty, Reg DismissalSchenevus CSD: Closing Early 11:45aSchoharie CSD: Closing Early 11:30aSchoharie Career and Technical Scho: Closing Early 11:30a, No PM BOCESSchonowe Preschool: Delayed Until 9a, Preschool open on time Infant room opening at 9amSharon Springs CSD: Closing Early 11:30aUlster-Greene ARC (Catskill): Open, No TransportationUlster-Greene ARC (Kingston): Open, No Transportation, Training Center is closed.Windham-Ashland-Jewett CSD: Closing Early 11:30a, No After School EventsWorcester CSD: Closing Early 12:30p, No PM Pre-K, No Aft-Sch Pgm, No PM BOCES, No PM Actvty, No After School Events

Group asking cavers to keep out

Group asking cavers to keep out

A cave preservation organization is asking cavers to stay out of area caves until May 15 while offic

A cave preservation organization is asking cavers to stay out of area caves until May 15 while officials continue their probe into the die-off of thousands of bats this winter.

The Northeastern Cave Conservancy on Sunday voted to close down its caves to visitation both to relieve any stress on hibernating bats and to address the possibility cavers themselves could be spreading the affliction that’s being called “white nose syndrome.”

NCC publicity chairwoman Christa Hay on Wednesday said it’s unclear whether humans are to blame or if the winter weather, which came with warm spells both this and last year, could be responsible.

“Some people believe both. Right now, we just don’t know,” Hay said.

Wildlife officials have said between 8,000 and 11,000 bats were discovered dead in Albany County caves last year.

This winter, officials discovered more dead bats in a cave in Schoharie County and one in Vermont.

The white nose syndrome, characterized by a white fungus growing around the bats’ nose area, led officials to consider the possibility the fungus itself is responsible for the die-off, believed to have occurred when the bats were hibernating.

But state Wildlife Pathologist Ward Stone recently said he’s considering the possibility that unusually warm winter weather, not the fungus, is causing the die-off. Stone pointed to temperature fluctuations that could fool bats, stirring them early from hibernation.

People as recently as two weeks ago reported seeing bats flying around.

Stone theorized that the small mammals, which rely on bugs for sustenance, aren’t finding any this time of year and they exhaust themselves searching and then die.

In an effort to assist wildlife officials, the NCC developed a “cave visit” log.

The NCC is asking any cavers who visited Haile’s Cave or Knox Cave, both in Albany County, or Gage Cave or Schoharie Caverns, both in Schoharie County, since Jan. 1, 2007, to log onto the NCC Web site and list their visits.

The Web site is located at www.necaveconservancy.org.

Focusing on these four caves could help scientists determine the impact of human activity on the hibernating bats.

Caves affected by the NCC closure include Clarksville Cave, Ladder Cave, Knox Cave, Crossbones Cave, Ella Armstrong Cave and Onesquethaw Cave, all in Albany County, and Selleck’s Cave, Cave 575 and Levy’s Cave, all in Schoharie County, according to the NCC.

These caves are in addition to those already advised for closure by the National Speleological Society elsewhere in New York, including McFail’s Cave Preserve, and in Pennsylvania, including Tytoona Cave Preserve.

Hay said the NCC has typically urged cavers to avoid Albany County’s Knox Cave in the winter each year to avoid disturbing hibernating bats.

Hay said aside from ardent cavers, most people don’t plan cave excursions during the winter, so the closure may not be a huge imposition.

“Actually, it’s mostly a quiet time for the general cavers. People who are traveling in, they’ll be waiting for spring,” Hay said.

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