City Democrats meet the public Thursday

HUDSON–The Hudson City Democratic Committee will hold a Meet the Candidates night this Thursday, September 10, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Savoia 214 Warren Street.

The primary election is set for the following Tuesday, September 15. There are three candidates seeking two Democratic Party ballot slots for Common Council seats in District 1 of the city’s First Ward, Geeta Cheddie, Carole Osterink and Sarah H. Sterling.

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Comprehensive planners hear from townspeople

COPAKE—The Town’s Comprehensive Plan Committee has scheduled a series of meetings to focus on the needs, interests and perspective of various groups of stakeholders in the town.  The committee has already conducted focus group meetings with local realtors and members of the town government.
On Tuesday, September 8, the committee will meet with representatives of associations organized for the preservation of historical and natural resources.
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Can this work?

NYC woman wants to preserve local produce for urban market

NEW LEBANON–A Stephentown woman wants to start a canning company in town and put up the produce of local growers.

Kristen Greer Woolery, a weekend resident, appeared before the town Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday, September 1, with her attorney, Brian Baker, to discuss plans for the Shaker Mountain Canning Company, a food processing plant she hopes to create on property she has under contract on Route 20, the former Jackie van Deusen property.

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Councilman faults cost of killing his cat

ANCRAM–Councilman John MacArthur wanted more specific information about several bills before he signed off on them for payment during the August 20 Town Board meeting. In one case, a bill to euthanize an injured feral cat didn’t seem to sit well with him. But as it turned out, he was the one who called the animal control officer to deal with the animal in the first place.

After questioning his brother, Highway Superintendent James MacArthur, about bills for a machine part and a First Aid kit, Councilman MacArthur asked for the name of the person the town deals with for insurance coverage.

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State confirms West Nile virus found in 4 county birds

HUDSON—The state Department of Health has found four crows from the Craryville, Valatie and Greenport areas that tested positive for West Nile virus.

The Columbia County Department of Health announced the finding in a press release issued Thursday afternoon, September 3, which also said that as of July 31, 2009 only one case of human West Nile virus has been reported in this year, and that case was in the Bronx in New York City.

The state health department website says that while West Nile Virus can cause severe illness and death in some cases, “the chances of a person becoming ill with [West Nile Virus] are small.”

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