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Mar 13, 2011 7:59 am
Police continue search for missing Catskill woman
The Daily Mail reports that Catskill Police are continuing to search for a missing person, Paula E. Werenczak, 22, who left her residence at 65 West Bridge St. in the village on Wednesday, March 9 around 5 p.m. She was reportedly on foot wearing a light colored T-shirt, dark pants and no shoes or socks. She was last seen walking east. She has not been seen since.

Helsinki Hudson takes home the prize
The Register-Star reported on Saturday that the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce gave its most coveted business award, the Crystal Apple, to the newly moved Club Helsinki on Columbia Street in Catskill. The award was given out Friday night at the Columbia Golf and Country Club in Claverack.

Proposal for Union and First Streets
Carole Osterink has comprehensive coverage of the long-standing but little notice (until lately) plan for new construction of three buildings in a 19th century style on the corner of Union and First streets at a meeting of the Hudson Preservation Commission on Friday, March 11. The revised plans seems to gain much favor, despite some concerns regarding materials and the ensuring public review process, which the developers lawyers said was largely unnecessary, given previous approvals gained for the project. The project is scheduled to go before the Zoning Board of Appeals for an area variance on Wednesday, March 16. The ZBA granted an area variance to the project four years ago, but, like the certificate of appropriateness, it has expired. The ZBA meeting is at 7 p.m. in City Hall. A public hearing on the project will be held before the Historic Preservation Commission on Friday, March 25, at 10 a.m.--the HPC's regular meeting time.

Demolition Opposition Update
Osterink's Gossips also has an update on the petition drive to force the Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties to reconsider plans to raze an unofficially historic 19th century brick building for new housing for its clientele, wherein she runs a letter from the MHA sent to two other local blogs, Rural Intelligence and Scott Baldinger's reglar blog, defending its actions in terms of larger picture ideals. The odd thing... they didn't send their missive to Gossips, which has been key in the drive to save the classic structure.

Minor flooding reported around Capitol Region
The Times Union sums up the thankfully less-than-predicted weather of the past week's end and how it played out in Columbia and Greene counties, which the Daily Mail, Daily Freeman and Watershed Post also covered. The worst rains came in the Catskills, where approximately five inches fell THursday and Friday, leading to a number of closed roads. Worst damage may have been in Kiskatom and Leeds, in Greene County. At least a lot of the snow's now melted...

There have been a number of stories updating everyone on the village elections coming this Tuesday, March 15, which we will copver more extensively in our Monday Newsroom and radio broadcasts, with analysis.

There have also been some school board and staff skerfuffles around the listening area as local school boards start working towards bu\dget proposals, which we'll also be covering with Newsroom stories and longer brodcasts over the coming week.
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