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Jun 03, 2011 12:42 am
DEC proposes regulations allowing crossbows for big game hunting
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced Thu. June 2 proposed changes that would allow the use of crossbows for big game hunting and eliminate a permit requirement for certain physically disabled hunters to use special archery equipment during any big game or small game hunting season. "The proposed changes will provide our sportsmen and sportswomen additional opportunities while hunting afield this coming fall," Commissioner Martens said in a press release. "The popularity of crossbows is growing in New York and the use of modified equipment is in high demand to meet the needs of our hunters who are temporarily or permanently disabled." The proposed regulations implement new legislation authorizing DEC to allow hunters to take big game (deer and bear) with the use of a crossbow during regular big game hunting seasons in areas where a shotgun or muzzleloader is permitted, and during all late muzzleloader seasons. In accordance with the new legislation, crossbows cannot be used during the early bear or archery seasons or in any of the "archery only" wildlife management units. Hunters may use a crossbow only after they have completed required training in the safe use of hunting with a crossbow and responsible crossbow hunting practices. DEC has proposed implementing the training requirement via on-line education tools, and in the upcoming 2011-2012 New York State Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide. Hunters would be required to carry afield a certificate verifying that they have completed this training. A detailed description of the proposal and instructions for providing comments are available at www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/propregulations.html. The proposed rulemaking can also be viewed in the May 25, 2011 publication of the New York State Register at http://www.dos.state.ny.us/info/register.htm. DEC will be accepting public comments on the proposal through July 11, 2011.

Columbia County homeowners can learn about tax credits
The Preservation League of New York State holds a free workshop in Hillsdale to help homeowners take advantage of a tax credit for repairs to older buildings. The Hillsdale Historic Preservation Committee is sponsoring the workshop, at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at the Mount Washington House, 2627 Main Street, Rt. 23 in Hillsdale. The New York State Historic Homeowner Tax Credit Program will cover 20 percent of qualified rehabilitation costs of owner-occupied historic houses, up to a credit value of $50,000. Staff from the Preservation League will review the basic guidelines of the program and answer questions about the application process for homeowners. For more information, call 518-325-5260.

Have hazardous items? Come Saturday
John Mason in the Register-Star reports that Saturday Columbia County residents can turn their hazardous waste products over to the county Department of Public Works from 8 a.m. to noon at the County Highway Garage on Route 23B in Greenport. Proof of residency is required. Materials that will be accepted include:
• From the workbench: Oil-based paints, stains, varnishes, wood preservatives, solvents, adhesives, and lighter fluids.
• From the garage: Fuels, gasoline, kerosene, engine degreasers, brake fluid, carburetor cleaner, car wax, polish, roofing tar, driveway sealer, and swimming pool chemicals.
• From the yard: Poisons, insecticides, fungicides, chemical fertilizers, weed killer, mothballs, flea control products, pest strips, and aerosol cans.
• From the house: Rubber cement, airplane glue, fiberglass resins, photo chemicals, chemistry sets, furniture polish, floor and metal polish, oven cleaner, drain & toilet cleaner, rug and upholstery cleaner, hobby and art supplies, household batteries and spot remover.
The county will not accept latex paints. No radioactive waste, commercial/industrial or agricultural wastes, fire extinguishers, infectious and biological waste, prescription medicines, syringes, asbestos, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, and non-contaminated motor oil or antifreeze. No 55-gallon drums or empty containers will be accepted. Residents with large quantities — full pickup or van loads — of material must contact the Solid Waste Administrative Office prior to participating. Questions regarding the collection should be directed to the Solid Waste Administrative Office at 518-828-2737. Read the entire story in the Register-Star.

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Betsy Palmieri, Dir. Of Hudson Valley Community Coalition.
Interviewed by Mariel Fiori and Antonio Flores-Lobos. Interview from WGXC Morning Show, about how Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wed. June 1 suspended participation in the Federal Secure Communities Program. The program is being suspended because of, "mounting evidence that the program is not meeting its stated goal and has serious consequences for witnesses, victims of crime and law enforcement," according to a press release from the Governor's office. "There are concerns about the implementation of the program as well as its impact on families, immigrant communities, and law enforcement in New York," Cuomo said in the press release. Palmieri talks about the program's impact on the Hudson Valley.

Preview of this weekend's events.
Hosted by Ellen Thurston and Joan Geitz. Each week Thurston previews Columbia County events, and Geitz looks at Greene County events.

Yehuda Hanani: 20110602
Interview by Richard Roth. Yehuda Hanani is a world-class cellist who lives in Spencertown and is performing at Fiesta! June 4 at Tanglewood with Michael Chertock, Arti Dixson, and Bill Schmmel.

Ellen Bernstein of Pastors for Peace.
Interview by Mariel Fiori and Antonio Flores-Lobos on WGXC Morning Show. Interview about changes in Cuba. Bernstein will be speaking Sunday, June 5 at New Paltz Village Hall at 6 p.m.
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