Harrison runs for re-election

SPENCERTOWN—Sheriff David W. Harrison Jr. will seek a second term as Columbia County Sheriff this November.

   A Sheriff’s Office veteran of 25 years, he began as a deputy sheriff jailer in 1984 and worked his way up through the ranks until he was elected sheriff in 2005.

   In a recent press release, Sheriff Harrison, a Republican,  said he is proud of his first term accomplishments, adding, they could not have been realized without the hard work and support of the law enforcement, corrections and civil members of the his office.

   No other candidates have announced their intentions to seek the office.

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Board member who quit now urges change


KINDERHOOK—Former board member William Murphy addressed the Ichabod Crane School Board at their regular meeting Tuesday night, saying the district needed go further with their educational goals. He said the schools had to “give the kids the education that they need in this very, very competitive world.”

   Board members discussed creating board goals, evaluating their superintendent and the state school report card during the meeting May 5, but they did not address Dr. Murphy’s comments directly. Instead they spoke about successful educational programs in the district and future goals.

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Stray cat found in Taghkanic

TAGHKANIC–This “stray” cat was found on county Rt. 10 in East Taghkanic in Columbia County. She is friendly and approachable adult female, fairly young, and mostly grey and white in color with very yellow/green eyes.

   Because she is healthy and clean, she is believed to have been someone’s pet. She stays close to the house, and shows no propensity to wander. She would make an excellent candidate for adoption.

   If you can give this sweet girl a home, please call Cat found inn E. Taghkanic(518) 851-3956.

Guns sales grow in hard times

GREENPORT—In the midst of this economic slump people in Columbia County—and across the country—are exercising their constitutional right to bear arms in growing numbers.

   The national trend is reflected locally in a barrage of pistol permit applications that the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is scrambling to keep up with. It’s also seen by a gun shop owner, who has seen her gun sales shoot up recently.

   In the business of selling guns for 30 years, the owner of Shooters in Valatie, who would identify herself only as Patsy—“They call me Packin’ Patsy; everybody knows me”—told The Columbia Paper this week that in the last year her gun sales business has increased “dramatically.” She declined to share specific sales figures, but she did say that the skyrocketing demand for guns is not limited to one age group or sex.

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New radio group hopes you’ll listen to this

WGXC logo

GERMANTOWN—WGXC, the new, non-commercial FM radio station designed to cover much of Columbia and Greene counties is getting ready to begin broadcasts this Saturday, May 9. Kind of.

   The volunteers putting together the community station at 90.7 on the FM dial don’t actually expect to broadcast over the airwaves until at least June 2010, but they do want to begin developing program in the meantime on the Internet, and that’s where listeners can hear four hours of live programming this weekend along with recorded work by local musicians. The website is www.wgxc.org.

   The group that holds the permit from the Federal Communications Commission to build the new station is called free103point9, although its logo calls this endeavor the Greene/Columbia Community Radio Project. The site specified for the transmitter is near Cairo in central Greene County, and its first electronic emanations will originate from the Catskill Community Center.

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