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Town picnic and Little League kick off with sunshine

CAIRO — The third annual Cairo Town Picnic, a lively event filled with bagpipes, a bike parade and Little League baseball, brought the area together to kick off spring and portend what summer will bring.

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Sunday 05/03/2015
Library seeks modest budget increase
Posted: May 03, 2015

CATSKILL — In an effort to strengthen its abilities as a community asset, the Catskill Public Library is proposing an increase of $21,765 for its 2016 budget, allocating to both its Franklin Street location and the Palenville Branch Library.

Mittens lend a hand in halting domestic abuse
Posted: May 03, 2015

CATSKILL — Using unique methods, former 46th District State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk raised a collective $4,000 through the making and selling of mittens in local stores. Of that amount, $1,000 was allotted to Community Action of Greene County’s Domestic Violence Program on Wednesday.

Children's book festival draws award winning authors
Posted: May 03, 2015

HUDSON — The line to see “Emeraldalicious” author Victoria Kann spanned across the gym at the Hudson Children Book Festival, the biggest children’s festival in New York state.

Saturday 05/02/2015
YMCA classes to debut at Durham
Posted: May 02, 2015

After months of discussion and speculation, exercise classes through the Greene County YMCA will be offered at the Durham Elementary School.

Brush fire contained
Posted: May 02, 2015

Leeds firefighter Dan Cooke; called to the scene of a controlled burn that went awry and touched off a brush fire on Church Street in Leeds; uses a one-inch booster line to spray water on the flames Friday. Firefighters contained the blaze before it could spread to any nearby homes. The cause is under investigation.

Village offers $4.4M budget
Posted: May 02, 2015

CATSKILL — The Village of Catskill will hold a workshop to review the fiscal year 2015-16 budget May 13 at 6 p.m. in the Catskill High School Auditorium. The workshop will give the public a chance to review in detail each line item on the budget prior to its adoption at the end of May.

Disabled, but still the star
Posted: May 02, 2015

COXSACKIE — People in the Coxsackie-Athens community likely know high school senior Annie Zanchelli for her sparkling performances onstage at C-A, and the belly laughs they induce.

‘Spirit of the Mountains’ to greet visitors
Posted: May 02, 2015

HUNTER — The grounds of the Hunter Town Hall are in the process of being graced with a seven-foot-tall, 10-ton bluestone sculpture — “Spirit of the Mountains” — to greet visitors and residents alike as they travel along Route 23A.

Town mails dog census cards
Posted: May 02, 2015

DURHAM — Town Supervisor William Carr Jr. said the dog enumeration cards have officially been sent out to all town residents.

Friday 05/01/2015
Prosecutor charges 6 Baltimore officers in Gray’s death
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 6:36 pm

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore’s top prosecutor announced criminal charges Friday against all six officers suspended after a man suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody. The announcement came after nearly two weeks of growing anger over Freddie Gray’s death, and only hours after she received the results of a police investigation.

After the chaos, finding redemption
Posted: May 01, 2015

FREEHOLD — On April 30, 1975, Saigon, capital city of South Vietnam, fell to North Vietnamese forces. Forty years ago Thursday, a foreign conflict spanning roughly 20 years and five American presidencies climaxed with its most frightening crisis point.

Catskill school district adopts $40.1M budget with 1.9% tax hike
Posted: May 01, 2015

CATSKILL — The Catskill Central School District will put a $40,102,047 budget before district voters on May 19 to fund the coming school year, a cost which is down almost a million dollars from the current year’s budget.

Cairo man charged with sexually abusing child
Posted: May 01, 2015

CAIRO — New York State Police at Catskill report the April 28, 2015, arrest of Christopher W. Wheeler, 43 , of Cairo, on charges of second degree sexual abuse, a class A misdemeanor and endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor.

Thursday 04/30/2015
Post-Irene patience wears thin
Posted: April 30, 2015

PRATTSVILLE — It’s been practically four years since the infamous flood caused by Tropical Storm Irene and patience is wearing thin for patching up parts of Prattsville.

Village mourns loss of trustee
Posted: April 30, 2015

COXSACKIE — The Village of Coxsackie is mourning the loss of Trustee Dan Hellen, who passed away unexpectedly on April 22. He was 43.

Columbia Memorial to sponsor RVW with signs
Updated: April 30, 2015 - 1:45 am

The New York State Bridge Authority announced Wednesday a new sponsorship of its Rip Van Winkle Bridge Walkway by Columbia Memorial Health, which will begin in the coming days.

Ski resort, housing saluted for tobacco-free initiatives
Posted: April 30, 2015

HUDSON — Tobacco-Free Action of Columbia and Greene Counties on Wednesday saluted local groups who have taken steps to discourage smoking and encourage a healthy lifestyle.

New Visions class wins unit award
Updated: April 30, 2015 - 2:01 am

The New Visions Law and Government class, a program of Capital Region BOCES, traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete at the national level of the We the People competition for the first time in its 28-year history.

Time to gobble up turkeys
Posted: April 30, 2015

The much anticipated spring turkey hunting season opens a half-hour before sunrise Friday morning and if it’s anything like previous years, hundreds of hunters will have filled their first tag by the time most people are getting out of bed. If they don’t, then there is a good chance they’ll bag a bird before noon.

Wednesday 04/29/2015
Parents irate over opt-out treatment
Posted: April 29, 2015

HUNTER — In the Hunter-Tannersville Central School District, 36 percent of parents of students in third through eighth grades refused, or “opted out,” of the mandated state English Language Arts test last week, but their push for change didn’t end there.

4 Catskill men charged with burglary
Posted: April 29, 2015

CATSKILL — Four men, all from Catskill, were arrested over two days by state police, who charged all four with felony burglary in connection with a spree of apartment building break-ins.

Panel developing creekside plan
Posted: April 29, 2015

CATSKILL — A company based in Saratoga Springs called Elan Planning, Design and Landscape Architecture, has been working closely with a committee consisting of the Village of Catskill and Greene County Industrial Development Agency.

Cultivate Catskill sending bouquets
Posted: April 29, 2015

CATSKILL — Cultivate Catskill, an organization created to improve and beautify the village, has worked for two years with the Village of Catskill to recreate the Mott Street and Howard Street slides on Main Street.

Road repair closes Route 23C this week
Posted: April 29, 2015

TANNERSVILLE — Greene County Emergency Services said Tuesday that Route 23C in Tannersville, between Main Street and Cranberry Street, will be closed during business hours Wednesday through Friday afternoon.

Parking advisory for May 3 in Catskill
Posted: April 29, 2015

CATSKILL — The Village of Catskill Department of Public Works will be out cleaning and repainting the parking spaces and crosswalk areas on Main Street, Sunday, May 3 starting at 7 a.m, said Catskill police.

Tuesday 04/28/2015
Road repair closes Route 23C this week
Updated: April 28, 2015 - 3:27 pm

TANNERSVILLE — Greene County Emergency Services reported that Route 23C in Tannersville, between Main Street and Cranberry Street, will be closed during business hours Wednesday through Friday afternoon.

Auction house fire probe on hold
Posted: April 28, 2015

COXSACKIE — Greene County investigators were unable to determine the cause of Saturday’s auction house inferno over the weekend because the remains of the building are too dangerous to enter, authorities said Monday.

Local firefighters lobby for more protection
Posted: April 28, 2015

ATHENS — In the 1970s, many furniture fires were started by people falling asleep while smoking or dropping lit cigarettes on the upholstery.

Slow and steady for broadband
Updated: April 28, 2015 - 9:47 am

LEXINGTON — Computer users in Lexington, like the squeaky wheel getting the grease, are purposefully and happily squawking, hoping to gain government funding that will lead them into the technological 21st Century.

Honoring those who protect and serve
Posted: April 28, 2015

Blue Friday, which is observed on the last Friday in April, is a day that has been set aside by the New York State Legislature each year since 2005 to honor all law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty and also those who are still protecting and serving. Taking part in the local Blue Friday observance are, pictured from left: Selena Dutcher (Blue Friday of New York); Catskill police officer Stephen Deitz; Brian Pettit (New York State Courts, Blue Friday of New York); Sgt. Don Krapf of Columbia County Sheriff’s Office; Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Gurley; Cairo police officer Corey Clark.

Trooper honored for community youth work
Posted: April 28, 2015

CATSKILL — The Douglas A. MacArthur Award for Distinguished Service to Youth was presented to State Trooper Chris Quinn, a Catskill native, on Saturday. The award was presented by members of the Catskill Masonic Lodge 468 at the Inn at Leeds.

Theater finishes latest construction phase
Posted: April 28, 2015

CATSKILL — It may seem trivial to some, but if you have to sit through a two-hour performance, it’s important.

Anglers need to count calories and chemicals
Posted: April 28, 2015

Typically, the Hudson River between the Esopus and Stockport creeks would be teaming with striped bass at this time of year. But this year has been far from typical, as cold water temperatures have been keeping the bulk of these fish south of the Newburgh/Beacon Bridge. And, while this is only speculation, I have a feeling when they do get this far up river in greater numbers, it’s going to be a short season.

Monday 04/27/2015
Bridge Street Theatre finishes next phase
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 10:56 am

CATSKILL — At the Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill, it is now a “privilege to pee.”

FASNY conference informs Hudson Valley
Posted: April 27, 2015

ATHENS — In the 1970s, many furniture fires were started by people falling asleep while smoking or dropping lit cigarettes on the upholstery.

Sunday 04/26/2015
Trooper honored as asset to community youth
Posted: April 26, 2015

LEEDS — The Douglas A. MacArthur Award for Distinguished Service to Youth was given to State Police Trooper Chris Quinn, a Catskill native, on Saturday. The award was presented by members of the Catskill Masonic Lodge 468 at The Inn at Leeds.

Revised, for the second time, wedding venue law is adopted
Posted: April 26, 2015

COXSACKIE — It’s taken months of meetings, several revisions and two public hearings, but the Town of Coxsackie finally has a new law on the books governing how wedding and other commercial event venues are to be regulated.

Firefighters: Pass laws that could save lives
Posted: April 26, 2015

NEW YORK — Firefighters in upstate New York are calling on legislators to help pass laws that may save lives.

Saturday 04/25/2015
Antique shop fully engulfed by fire
Updated: April 25, 2015 - 4:25 pm

COXSACKIE — A 100-year-old building on Route 9W in Coxsackie was fully engulfed in flames Saturday morning, requiring five fire departments to respond while two others remained on standby.

CSEA assails county over negotiations
Posted: April 25, 2015

CATSKILL — Greene County’s decision to impose a one-year contract came as a shock to Greene County CSEA Local 820, Unit 7000.

School board races at starting line
Posted: April 25, 2015

GREENE COUNTY — The third Tuesday of May is rapidly approaching, which means that expiring seats on boards of education across New York State will have members elected for new or additional terms.

15 wayward buffaloes that crossed NY Thruway are killed
Posted: April 25, 2015

COEYMANS — Fifteen buffaloes that escaped from a farm were intentionally shot and killed Friday after they dashed past a group of police, crossed a major highway and ended up near some schools, authorities said.

Tattered and torn, Old Glory is replaced
Posted: April 25, 2015

CATSKILL — As a symbol of freedom, the American flag needs to be treated with the utmost respect. This respect carries over to the flag’s inevitable destruction. New York Amvets Greene County Memorial Post 2004 Commander Paul Kubler and First Vice Commander James Constantine took down the American flag, which was in poor condition, outside of Price Chopper in Catskill on Friday.

MHA applies for moratorium exemption
Posted: April 25, 2015

GREENPORT — The association behind the proposed 66-unit low-income housing project Greenport Gardens requested exemption from a town moratorium preventing approval of site plan applications for construction on Joslen Boulevard.

Tether law proposed to help man’s best friend
Posted: April 25, 2015

WINDHAM — Pooches and police would be the primary benefactors of a new tethering law being recommended by area pet protector Bruce Feml.

Friday 04/24/2015
3rd Demagall murder trial ends in mistrial
Posted: April 24, 2015

HUDSON — The third time was not the charm for the prosecution or the defense in the murder case of William Demagall.

T-shirts show support for survivors of abuse
Posted: April 24, 2015

GREENPORT — More than 350 t-shirts were on display at Columbia-Greene Community College on Thursday night to show their support for survivors of crime and abuse in both Columbia and Greene counties.

Historian analyzes America’s most famous speech
Posted: April 24, 2015

GREENPORT — The phrase “Four score and seven years ago” attained legendary heights as the opening of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

Driver takes out pole, bringing wires down
Posted: April 24, 2015

COXSACKIE — First responders responded to the scene of a one-vehicle accident in Coxsackie Thursday afternoon.