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Aug 02, 2011 12:33 am
Gibson votes for budget bill
Congressman Chris Gibson (R, Kinderhook) voted Monday, Aug. 1 for the Budget Control Act of 2011, that raises the nation’s debt limit with a $2.1 trillion cut in spending. The vote was 269-161, and Gibson, who represents Greene and Columbia counties in NY's 20th Congressional District, released this statement. "This evening, after careful review, I voted yes on the final compromise agreement to avert our current debt crisis while cutting spending. The legislation cuts $2.1 trillion in spending, while protecting Medicare and Social Security. To be clear, my preferred approach was the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act. However, I believe the final agreement embodies those principles, and makes significant changes that will put us on a path of restoring fiscal responsibility. This is accomplished through cuts, enforceable caps on future spending, and a requirement to vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution."

Relatively unknown GOP presidential candidate coming to Hudson and Catskill
Doron Tyler Antrim reports in The Daily Mail that Republican presidential candidate John Davis stops by Catskill and Hudson this Thursday. Davis, is a self-employed home builder from Colorado who has never held elected office, on a nationwide bus tour attempting to visit all 3,143 counties in the United States. "So far, he’s been to more than 900 counties in 29 states, logging more than 39,000 miles," Antrim writes. This Thursday, Aug. 4, Davis will be at Village Pizza II on Main Street in Catskill, and then at American Glory in Hudson at 3 p.m. Antrim looks up his finanacial records and finds he has received $14,884 in individual contributions, and has $7,800 cash-on-hand. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300" caption="From DEC website."][/caption]Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation holds its 15th Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey to estimate the number of wild turkey poults (young of the year) per hen statewide. "Weather, predation, and habitat conditions during the breeding and brood-rearing seasons can all significantly impact nest success, hen survival, and poult survival," the DEC says, and survey predicts fall harvest potential. During the month of August, survey participants record the sex and age composition of all flocks of wild turkeys observed during normal travel. Those interested in participating can download a Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey form along with instructions and the data sheet directly at http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/48732.html. Survey cards can also be obtained by contacting a regional DEC office, calling (518) 402-8886, or by e-mailing fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us (type "Turkey Survey" in the subject line).

Even as Financial Fears Mount, Real Love Outweighs Gold
Zarchary Woolfe in The New York Times reviews Sunday's performance of “Die Liebe der Danae,” Richard Strauss' 1940 opera that is part of the Bard SummerScape festival, with conductor Leon Botstein and his American Symphony Orchestra. "With gorgeous music and a plot seemingly tailor-made for our troubled times, it is one of those operas that make you resent the stubborn smallness of the standard repertory," he writes, mentioning that the show will be performed again on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday (Aug. 3-7) at the Bard SummerScape festival at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. Read the full review in The New York Times.