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The weekend in review

Sep 10, 2012 6:31 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Sept. 7 to 10.

Trevor Alford reported in the Register Star the state Department of Environmental Conservation has declared the Bouchard Junkyard no longer a significant threat to public health or the environment. During an $8 million cleanup in 2008, 78,000 tons of the junkyard's PCB-contaminated soil was removed. The 17-acre site, located on the north side of U.S. Route 20 in New Lebanon, was used as a junkyard in the 1960s and closed in 1971 after it was found to be operating without a license. In 1980, General Electric provided information to the DEC suggesting drums of oil and PCBs had been improperly disposed of on site. While the site will require continued management, most of the contamination is under control and the site will be properly closed, according to the DEC. Read the full story in the Register Star.

W.T. Eckert talked to Charles M. Brooks, the newly appointed executive director of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties, for The Daily Mail. Brooks outlined some personal goals for his first  90 days, including: Developing a working relationship with staff, building relationships with board members, preparing for the development of a written five-year strategic plan for the organization and to gain some understanding of the cooperative's finances. Brooks called CCE a very responsible organization with great staff and great programs. Brooks succeeded Andy Turner as CCE executive director. Turner was a member of the WGXC Radio Council, the community radio station's advisory group. Read the full interview in The Daily Mail.

Melanie Lekocevic reported in The Daily Mail the battle over outdoor music and a potential noise ordinance continues in Athens. A recent Village Board meeting drew a large crowd of residents expressing opinions on both sides of the controversy. The issue was raised early in the summer when neighbors on S. Water Street, local musicians and Dionysos Restaurant sparred over how late, and how loud, music performed in the eatery’s outdoor pavilion could be performed. Mayor Andrea Smallwood said there are no plans to ban outdoor music. “The issue is timing and volume, but not to ban it," she said. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.
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