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Apr 02, 2011 10:04 am
Officials question re-val vendors
Melanie Lekocevic of the Register-Star reports that the Athens Town Council has been interviewing firms to undertake a townwide tax revaluation. "Re-vals," she writes, "are conducted to ensure all properties in a municipality are assessed fairly so that all property owners pay their fair share in taxes." Town board memebrs found out that the entire process takes roughly 15 to 18 months. Bids for the project ranged from $93,000 to well over $200,000.

Baseball player sprains ankle on high school field
Andrew Amelinckx writes in the Register-Star about a Hudson High School baseball player spraining an ankle in a pothole on the school district's playing field. What makes this news? Earlier in the week, angry parents came out demanding that the team keep playing at Greenport Park because the high school facilities weren't up to par, a charge the school board said was untrue. Amelinckx adds that the matter will now be discussed, again, at the next Board of Ed meeting on Monday, April 4.

Neglected for decades, Hanover Hill burns to a crisp
Stephen Kaye writes in the Millbrook Independent about one of the last great farms along the Route 22 corridor in northern Dutchess County burning to the ground on the afternoon of March 26, setting off a cloud of smoke seen for miles beyond the Harlem River Valley. "An eyesore seen by hundreds of motorists driving on Route 22, the 120-foot main barn with hip roof had been abandoned and falling down for years," Kaye writes. "Hanover Hill Farm was, until 1968, a showplace, producing some of the finest dairy cattle in the country. In 1972 it was sold to Tony and Theresa Indriolo who owned an automobile business in Yonkers. They had never before run a dairy farm. The property ran down through neglect..." Fire companies from Millerton, Pine Plains, Connecticut and elsewhere, over a half dozen in total, fought the blaze for three hours.