Longhand project goes by chapter and verse

Bible project presentation Sunday

PHILMONT–The first reaction most people have when they see Phillip Patterson’s handwritten Bible pages in person for the first time is “Wow.”

It’s easy to see why. The precise, yet flowing, black script against the oversized, stark white pages immediately catches the eye. One can’t help but stare, feeling like a witness to an ancient manuscript. Read more…

Grey fox attacked dogs

MALDEN BRIDGE—The Columbia County Department of Health said in a press release April 30 that a grey fox attacked two dogs.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) searched for the fox Wednesday, April 28 around Shaker Museum Road where it was last seen.
The fox was not captured. Both dogs were current with their rabies vaccinations and were administered booster shots by their veterinarian according to protocol.
The health department reminds residents to use caution if they see an animal behaving abnormally—such as being unusually aggressive or friendly. Stay clear and call an animal control professional, says the release.
If someone is bitten by an animal that is acting strangely, try to locate the animal and capture it for testing. If the animal cannot be captured the person should seek medical attention immediately.
Though not bitten, a person exposed to a high-rabies-risk animal, such as a raccoon, bat, skunk or fox should seek medical attention.
Any exposure should be reported to the county health department at (518) 828-3358.
Residents should also keep their pets properly vaccinated.

Heavy metal eyes Ghent landing

GHENT–Word of a “European Style” heavy metal concert in the planning stages for July 15 to 18 at  Meadowgreens has gotten a lot of play  in some Columbia County circles this week.

Meadowgreens, a restaurant, bar and banquet hall with a golf course on Route 9H, is owned by Carmen Nero. The building burned down January 21, but a website with the name of the resort posted news of the event April 22. In February Mr. Nero announced plans to build a new hilltop hotel. Read more…

Was it cruel?

As dairy farmers struggled, some of their cows died

HILLSDALE–It is another tragedy to add to the ever-growing list of those that have befallen area dairy farmers in the past few months–charges of animal cruelty brought against a family known to friends and neighbors as hardworking, dedicated farmers.

Jim Clapp, 76, his wife Ida, 74, and their son Charles, 49, were each charged last week with 33 misdemeanor counts of failure to provide proper sustenance to some of their dairy animals by Columbia-Greene Humane Society investigators and Sheriff’s deputies. Read more…

Will no charges mean no ambulance?

NEW LEBANON–Lebanon Valley Protective Association firefighter and former emergency medical technician Bud Godfroy is concerned. “Somehow it needs to get out to the residents of New Lebanon and Canaan residents east of County Route 5 that there is a major restructuring of the ambulance coverage coming about,” he says.

The LVPA Ambulance Service charges for the calls that it makes in New Lebanon and half of Canaan. But the ambulance service is part of the fire company, and state law does not allow volunteer fire companies to charge for their services. So the ambulance squad cannot continue charging if it remains part of the fire company. Read more…