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Weekend in review

Aug 27, 2012 12:10 am
Items that made the news Aug. 24 to 26:

Susan Campriello reported in The Daily Mail the Mountain Top Historical Society's welcome center in Haines Falls has a new, cement, climate-controlled archive. The society held its annual open house Sat., Aug. 25, and visitors were able to inspect the newly completed space. Among the society's treasures: a scarf belonging to Peter Pan actress Maude Adams, and diaries, photographs and recordings dating from the mid- and early 19th century. The room is named for the society's founding member, Justine L. Hommel, who called the addition "a dream come true." The center is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and weekends. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Kenneth C. Crowe II first reported in the Times Union Thurs., Aug. 23, a former Rensselaer County legislator and state Assembly candidate Keith Hammond was under investigation by Troy police for alleged sexual misconduct with a 20-year-old developmentally disabled woman. By Friday, Crowe reported, the police cleared Hammond, 51 of Averill Park, after determining that nothing illegal had occurred. Detectives determined the woman, a client of the ARC of Rensselaer County, was legally competent. Hammond faces Cheryl Roberts of Spencertown in the Sept. 13 Democratic primary for the 107th Assembly District. Read the full story in the Times Union.

Nathan Mayberg reports in the Register Star the Columbia County Independence Party is out in the cold after the state Independence Party Executive Committee recently revoked the power of the county committee and its chairman, John Miller, to endorse local candidates. The move followed the county party’s May endorsement of Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione in the Republican primary race against state Sen. Roy McDonald of Saratoga, for the 43rd Senate District. The state’s executive committee is supporting McDonald in the Sept. 13 primary. The decision will limit the ability of the county committee to endorse local candidates in future races. “They brought the hammer down on me,” Miller said. Read the full story in the Register Star.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="210"] Sea of Tranquility, 1969
(Courtesy NASA)[/caption]

Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, died Sat., Aug. 25, at the age of 82. His family reported death was caused by “complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.” Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio. He was a graduate of Purdue University and served as a Navy fighter pilot during the Korean conflict. Following the lunar landing in July 1969, Armstrong rarely gave interviews and avoided the spotlight. Buzz Aldren, who accompanied Armstrong on the historic mission, said Saturday, "I know I am joined by millions of others in mourning Neil's passing - a true American hero and the best pilot I ever knew." Read Armstrong's obituary in The New York Times. PLAY CLIP OF THE LUNAR LANDING (2:30)
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