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Jul 14, 2011 1:47 am
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Mac-Haydn Theatre tech cast building burnt down Wed. July 13, 2011. Photo by Phillip Grant."][/caption]Fire destroys Mac-Haydn Theatre cast house
A building the Mac-Haydn Theatre used to house crews for its shows at 162 Hudson Avenue, in the village of Chatham burnt completely early Wednesday morning. Jesse DeGroodt of the theater spoke to Tom Roe on the WGXC Afternoon Show and explained no one was hurt. Click the cursor here to play the file on your computer or on the radio. Karrie Allen in the Register-Star reports that, "East Chatham, Valatie and Niverville fire companies were requested to the scene, while Austerlitz stoodby in the Chatham station for Chatham and Ghent. Kinderhook stoodby in Valatie." No one knows why the fire started yet. DeGroodt says financial donations can be made to P.O. Box 204, Chatham, NY 12037 or call the box office at (518) 392-9292 for credit card donations. Email machaydnfire@gmail.com for more information. Read the full story in the Register-Star or play the WGXC interview by clicking here.

Groups partner to protect farmland, Olana views
The Open Space Institute (OSI), Scenic Hudson, The Olana Partnership and the Omega Institute have a conservation easement on the 95-acre Pleroma Farm adjacent to the Olana State Historic Site, the groups announced Wed. July 13. The Pleroma Farm, in Greenport, is "a diversified biodynamic farm and therapeutic retreat center" located at the base of the hill on which renowned Hudson River School painter Frederic Church built his home. Currently, poultry and Dutch belted cattle are raised on the land.

Local reps back farm bill
United States Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and local Congressman Chris Gibson (R, NY-20) and others in the New York Congressional Delegation are sending a letter to the U.S. Labor Department asking them to expedite the H2A visa application process for New York farm workers. The represenatives cite labor shortages on farms. “Through my Agriculture Advisory Council, my day spent working on a farm in Valatie, and individual meetings with New York farmers, I am keenly aware that trouble accessing qualified, reliable labor is a principal problem in our shrinking rural communities," Gibson said in a press release. "Thus, it is imperative that the H2A program work in a swift and secure manner, to avoid delays, and provide growers with the workers they need to harvest their crops. Our family farmers are central to the fabric of our Upstate communities, and I remain committed to working on their behalf here in Washington.”
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