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Aug 25, 2011 12:20 am
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="350" caption="National Weather Service predicted path for Hurricane Irene."][/caption]Hurricane Irene approaches New York
The latest National Weather Service computer model for Hurricane Irene's path has the storm headed just east of our area this Sunday evening. The prediction has the storm still at hurricane strength when it gets parallel and probably east of our area Sunday evening.

Two stories about the Greene County IDA
Local news reporters have their own cozier sources and specialities, and that was evident Wed., Aug. 24, when The Daily Mail and The Daily Freeman wrote very different stories about the Greene County Industrial Development Agency. Ariel Zangla in The Daily Freeman reported the IDA will pay former Executive Director Alexander "Sandy" Mathes, who resigned June 28, 2011, $2,525.48 minus withholding every week through Feb. 28, 2012. The Freeman even prints the "separation agreement" between the IDA and Mathes. Last year, there was media outcry over Mathes' bonuses of $175,000 in 2009 on top of his annual salary of $130,285. Jeff Alexander in The Daily Mail writes about how new interim director Rene Van Schaack explained how the Coxsackie-based IDA is attempting to get a lease agreement with someone to run the Freehold Inn. The story is somewhat confusing, but says a potential leasee dropped out last week, and that the IDA is looking for others now. Four hours after the story was published, Van Schaack was commenting on the story online at 6:30 a.m. Read The Daily Freeman or The Daily Mail stories by clicking on the links.

Police warn public to check bank, credit statements
Audra Jornov in the Register-Star reports that Columbia County police officials are fielding many calls about unusual charges to bank and credit accounts. “If you see something suspicious in your debit or credit card statements, contact authorities immediately,” said Capt. David Bartlett of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Read the full story in the Register-Star.

Seward visits Catskill seniors
New York State Senator James Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) will be in Catskill at noon, Thur., Aug. 25 at the Washington Irving Senior Center in Catskill for a live theater production and to talk with local seniors about any issues they wish to discuss. The Washington Irving Senior Center is located at 15 Academy Street in Catskill.
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