Trying to fly in Nature’s face

ANCRAMDALE–When I watch a great blue heron wing its way across the sky and hear its deep croak of a call as it passes overhead I imagine I have stepped back to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

   Those pterodactyl-like creatures never cease to cast a time-machine spell over me.

   That’s why when I saw one crouched in a very compact posture on the ground it drew my attention.

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Hard times open doors


County , city see way to keep DSS offices in Hudson 

HUDSON–The county and city have reached an agreement to relocate the Department of Social services inside the city limits.

   The new proposal, announced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon, July 21, in the chambers of the county Board of Supervisors at 401 State Street, would scrap the controversial relocation of the department to the old Ockawamick School building in Claverack, and move the department into two buildings in the city already owned by the county: 610 State Street and the building where Tuesday’s announcement was made, the headquarters of the board at 401 State.


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Pedestrian dead after being hit by train

Bystanders watch as Chatham rescuers try to save the life of a local man hit by a freight train Monday evening in the village. Photo by David Lee.CHATHAM—A local man died as a result of injuries he suffered when he was hit by a CSX freight train at the Main Street crossing in the village, Monday, July 20 at 7:53 p.m.
    William E. Weaver, 59, of Chatham was crossing the train tracks from Hudson Avenue to Main Street headed north, when he was hit by the westbound freight train, according to Chatham Police Chief Kevin Boehme, whose department was summoned to the scene along with Chatham firefighters and the Chatham Rescue Squad.

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Murphy plans steps to help dairy farmers

BALLSTON SPA—Congressman Scott Murphy (D-20) has issued the outline of measures he expects to introduce in the House intended to help dairy farmers at a time when milk prices are plummeting. Mr. Murphy said Saturday that he believes immediate action must be taken to provide immediate relief to struggling dairy farmers and stabilize the dairy market for the future.

Mr. Murphy’s district includes all of Columbia County, where dairy farming remains an important part of the local economy.

Noting that New York is the nation’s third largest dairy producing state and that dairy farmers are vital to the Upstate economy and community Rep. Murphy said in a press release from his office, “This proposal works two-fold, by providing immediate relief to our struggling dairy farmers today, and stabilizing the dairy industry for tomorrow. Before more small farmers are forced out of business, we need to bring fast relief and stability to the industry.”

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Copake opts for outside budget review

COPAKE–Before deciding what action to take on its estimated $175,000 budget shortfall, the Town Board has hired a second accountant to make sure the first accountant’s figures are right.

   “We all agree that our first course of action should be an independent audit to verify the numbers or find out if they are not correct. We have to know where we are,” Town Supervisor Reggie Crowley told the audience at the Town Board’s regular monthly meeting July 9.

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