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Aug 22, 2011 5:08 am
Steady sales in Greene, Columbia counties
Chris Churchill in the Albany Times-Union reports that real estate sales in Greene and Columbia counties were similar for the first half of both 2010 and 2011, in both volume and price. Two more homes were sold in both counties then the year before, according to the New York Association of Realtors, 159 in Greene County and 171 in Columbia. "The median sale price in Greene County increased from $155,000 to $159,000, a 3.2 percent increase, while the median price dropped 5.5 percent in Columbia County, from $200,000 in the first half of 2010 to $189,000 for the same period in 2011," Churchill writes. Read the full story in the Albany Times-Union.

Verizon strikers back to work
Striking Verizon workers return to work Tuesday, Aug. 23, even though they have not come to an agreement with the company. "We have reached agreement with Verizon on how bargaining will proceed and how it will be restructured," said Mike Salvia, CWA 1120 President, in a released statement. "Major issues remain to be discussed, but overall, issues now are focused and narrowed." WGXC makes its connection with our transmitter through Verizon, and since Friday have had several problems that have knocked WGXC off the air for periods of time this past weekend.

Catskill district hires Woodstock firm for office facelift
The Daily Freeman reports that the Woodstock company J.O.B. was awarded a $74,000 contract to repaint the exterior of the School Superintendent Kathleen Farrell's offices at the Catskill school district, during a special meeting last Wednesday. "The firm would start as soon as possible and would also make some minor repairs to the entry area of the business office," the story reports. Read the full story in The Daily Freeman.

DEP: Ashland sewer plant completed
The Daily Mail reports that the New York Department of Environmental Protection completed installing a new wastewater treatment plant and sewer and stormwater system for the hamlet of Ashland in Greene County. The 14,642-square-foot wastewater treatment plant has 8 new pumping stations and approximately 2.4 miles of sewer mains to serve 90 residential and commercial properties in Ashland, and can treat up to 26,000 gallons of wastewater a day. DEP funded the $7.7 million project, and will help pay for some of the operating costs. "Residents and businesses are expected to begin hooking up to the new sewer system this summer," the story says. Read the complete story in The Daily Mail.

Greenport boil water advisory lifted
The Register-Star reports the boil water advisory issued Saturday for Greenport was lifted Monday morning, Aug. 22, after a water main break on Healy Blvd. Saturday made drinking water dangerous.

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A Very Incomplete Calendar: 20110822
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