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The Register-Star has a piece about a new “Councilman on the Corner” series of town hall-style meetings kicking off in Kinderhook at 7:00 p,m. on Wednesday, April 6. The sessions have been called by Kinderhook Town Councilman Peter Bujanow to take place in the McNary Center at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, on Sylvester Street in the Village of Kinderhook. The councilman will speak and answer constituents’ questions on a variety of topics, including shared services, fiscal management, recreational services, local infrastructure, and public safety.
Group to outline biking trail project
Doron Tyler Antrim of the Daily Mail reports on a recently formed organization that is planning an expansion of mountain biking trails in the Cairo hamlet of Round Top. The Round Top Mountain Biking Association will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6 at Blackhead Mountain Lodge on Crows Nest Road. Frank Maguire, mid-Atlantic regional director for the International Mountain Biking Association, will be the meeting’s guest speaker. The project calls for building new biking trails in the hamlet for recreational use and competitions,and eventually wants to connect all the trails, linking them with the area’s resorts as a boost to the local economy. Riedlbauer’s Resort and Winter Clove Inn, both in Round Top, have hosted competitive mountain bike races in the past. And last summer, for the first time in the U.S. since 2005, the Mountain Bike World Cup was held not far from Round Top at Windham Mountain.
Retired priest arrested for fleeing police
Andrew Amelinckx has an update on the case of Father Francis G. McCloskey, who was arrested and jailed on April 4 following a “low speed chase” that lasted for about 10 minutes. He notes that the suspicions that led to the chase involved an overdue rent-a-car. When apprehended McCloskey, the former Copake Falls parish priest, now living in the Greene County community of Purling, “seemed dumbfounded” and was somewhat incoherent, according to police. It turns out he has previous traffic counts in Hudson and Onandaga County. The priest was charged with third-degree fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, a class A misdemeanor, and reckless driving and remanded to jail in lieu of $1,000 cash or $2,000 bail bond pending further court action. McCloskey remained incarcerated as of press time. Kenneth Goldfarb, spokesman for the Albany Diocese, called the situation with the retired priest “gravely unfortunate.” McCloskey has been associated with Oh, Saratoga!.
Greene man gets 18 years in prison for cocaine sale
The Daily Freeman has a police blotter item on a Greene County man sentenced to 18 years in state prison for felony sale and possession of crack cocaine. Clide Wilson, 53, was found guilty of one count of criminal sale of crack cocaine and two counts of criminal possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell in January, following a trial before Greene County Judge George Pulver.
EPA: Housatonic not natural
Trevor Jones of the Berkshire Eagle has a fascinating story about new views of the Berskshire's main river in Western Massachusetts. "The dimensions and pattern of the Housatonic River are unsustainable after centuries of man-made changes, according to river experts -- one of a number of factors that may play a role in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s future remediation efforts of the area," he writes. The statement came at the first of three nights of workshops designed to relay the agency’s perspective on the history of the river, the impact of PCBs and the cleanup options for the river. Richard DiNitto, one of the EPA’s speakers, went over the history of the river, and how humans have impacted it in recent centuries. What appears to be a naturally occurring river, he said, is one that has actually been channeled and dammed, while industrialization and deforestation have also played a role in the condition of the river. These changes, along with other factors, are impacting the flow and surrounding ecology of the river, according to Keith Bowers, president and founder of Biohabitats, a company that specializes in environmental restoration, conservation planning and regenerative design.
Untapped potential: NY's maple industry
The Albany Times Journal reports that Cornell University researchers say New York’s maple industry could be increased by $80 million yields from its current level; of $12 million in annual revenue. New York producers tap less than 1 percent of all available maple trees, says Michael Farrell, director of Cornell’s Uihlein Forest,a 200-acre, 5,000-tap maple research and extension center in Lake Placid. He was speaking in backing of Sen. Charles Schumer’s Maple Tap Act, which is part of the 2012 Farm Bill. The bill would provide the U.S. Department of Agriculture access to $20 million a year in grants to support maple research, education, marketing and business development. The idea is to make New York a greater competitor to Quebec, which controls 80 percent of the global maple syrup market. There, 40 million trees are tapped each year, compared with 1.8 million trees in New York. “It makes sense to invest in an industry that is sustainable, has high returns and that has a growing demand currently being supplied by another country,” Farrell said.