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The weekend in review

Jul 02, 2012 12:17 am
Stories that made the news, June 28 through July 1, 2012

Nathan Mayberg reported in the Register Star a consultant hired by Columbia County has endorsed a plan for homeless services for the county's singles population. Albany-based CARES, Inc. recently indicated a preference for the joint proposal put forward by the Galvan Foundation and the Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties. The county's homeless plan implementation committee wants to hear from Hudson officials before it moves forward. Under the Galvan/MHA plan, the 37-unit emergency housing shelter would be located in the 600 block of State Street. The county is currently discussing a plan to aid homeless families with St. Catherine's Center for Children of Albany. Read the full story in the Register Star.

The Watershed Post launched its Faces of the Flood Project with an interview of Bill Lonecke of Maplecrest, Greene County. Lonecke, a retired history teacher, and family lost their home to the Batavia Kill during Tropical Storm Irene last August. During the 25 years leading up to the storm Lonecke watched as his backyard eroded and the state Department of Environmental Conservation did nothing to stop it. He is angry at the lack of effort to update outdated flood control systems. "It seems to me that whenever I bring these things up to people who should be able to have some authority to makes changes, I get the feeling I’m like a little kid and I get patted on the head," Lonecke told the Post. The series tells the untold stories of the 2011 Catskills floods, and will continue through August. Read the full interview at the Watershed Post.

Rob LeDonne reported in The Daily Mail all eyes in the mountain bike world were on Windham Mountain, Sat., June 30, and Sun., July 1, as the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup took place at the resort for the third year in a row. Race officials said more than 16,000 attended the event last year; this year organizers were hoping to break the 20,000 mark. Participants from 35 countries were expected to compete. Greene County Economic Development estimated the weekend could bring in as much as $6 million to the area. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Trevor Alford reported in the Register Star a Ghent man's request to build a recreational pond was recently approved by the Ghent Planning Board after the matter made its way through the courts for six years. The approval came after Vince Molinari and his Carpenter Road neighbors negotiated a plan to allow the mining operation on the property through the end of 2015. A total of six acres -- or 30,000 truckloads of soil -- are expected to be excavated to create the pond. Read the full story in the Register Star.
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