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Apr 04, 2011 5:15 pm
Columbia County Jail inmates to train dogs
In the morning, the Daily Freeman had a story about police dogs in Greene County. Now, Mid Hudson News Network reports that homeless dogs are being given food, shelter and training by inmates at the Columbia County Jail with an eye toward adopting them out once they have completed a six week program. The “New Leash on Life” program is being run in cooperation with the Columbia Greene Humane Society/SPCA and the Peaceable Kingdom Animal Rescue. The program was developed and is overseen by Corrections Capt. John Davi, who said they have three dogs in the program for now, staying with inmates in crates within their jail cells. During the program, the dogs will be taught basic obedience training and other skills by the inmates, who can experience a feeling of giving back something positive to the community, said Sheriff David Harrison, Jr.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters and bowling
The Daily Mail has a story about the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greene County “Bowl for Kids Sake” that took place at Hoe Bowl in Catskill on Saturday, April 2. The event was held the day after a check for $2,000 was presented by the Greene County Democratic Committee to the organization.

Gas prices up 8 cents in a week
The Albany Business Journal reports that gas prices rose 8 cents a gallon in the past week. A gallon of gas is selling for an average price of $3.802 in the Capitol Region on Monday, April 4, up from $3.722 a gallon last week, according to figures released by the American Automobile Association. A month ago, a gallon of gas was $3.641. And a year ago, Albany residents were paying $2.929 a gallon. Other upstate averages are: $3.784 per gallon in Buffalo, $3.87 in Nassau-Suffolk, $3.907 in New York City, $3.765 in Rochester, and $3.765 in Syracuse. Nationally, a gallon of gas sells for $3.662, up from $3.584 a gallon a week ago.

A Reason to Get Up Early
Carole Osterink of Gossips of Rivertown reminds everyone that Tuesday, April 5, at 8:30 a.m., the Columbia County Industrial Development Agency meets to consider the request for a PILOT for Greenport Crossings. The request for a Payment In Lieu of Taxes is for a 100 percent exemption from property taxes for 20 years on the proposed family entertainment center and the 80-room Comfort Suites hotel. The meeting takes place at 4304 Route 9 in Greenport--the Holcim office building.