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Weekend in review

Aug 31, 2015 12:06 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Fri., Aug. 28 through Sun., Aug. 30.

The Associated Press reported Facebook celebrated a symbolic milestone when one billion people logged on to the social network Mon., Aug. 24, the first time that has happened in a single day. One billion is one-seventh of the Earth's population. Facebook boasts a total of nearly 1.5 billion users who log in at least once a month. Most of the people who logged in on Monday were located outside the United States and Canada.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office announced Thu., Aug. 27, a total of $50 million will be awarded by the state to 17 counties for the upgrade of their emergency communications systems. Greene, Columbia and Dutchess counties were among the grantees. Greene and Columbia will each receive the maximum award of $3.5 million; Dutchess was granted $2 million. The awards are part of the fourth round of the Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant program. Funds are earmarked for infrastructure, equipment and technology upgrades.

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="131"] Audrey May Herron[/caption]

Ariel Zangla reported in the Daily Freeman this weekend marked the 13th anniversary of the disappearance of Audrey May Herron. Herron, a licensed practical nurse from Freehold, was last seen leaving the former Greene County Long-Term Health Care Center in Jefferson Heights at the end of her shift on Aug. 29, 2002. She never made it home, and her black 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee has never been found. Herron's daughter, Sonsia Court, wrote in a message this week there has been no new information in the case. Court said, “I’m praying some day someone comes forward with information that actually leads us somewhere.” Anyone with information about Herron’s disappearance is asked to call state police at (518) 622-8600.

Emilia Teasdale reported in the Columbia Paper the Chatham Town Board has followed the lead of Kinderhook officials and approved a resolution asking the state to reduce the speed limit on Route 203. At the town board meeting this month resident Jane Fulton made the case for reducing the 55 mph limit on the section of the state road near the intersection with county Route 21B. She said resolutions from the towns of Kinderhook, Chatham and Ghent were needed before the state would consider the change. The section of the highway under discussion passes through all three towns.

In election news, The Daily Mail and Register-Star reported the Ghent Republican Committee announced its endorsements in advance of its planned caucus this week. The committee will support incumbent Pete Nelson Sr. and political newcomer Mark Huston for town board, and incumbents Mark Portin and Michael Bruno for town justice. The caucus will be held 7 p.m., Tue., Sept. 1, at the Ghent VFW. The Germantown GOP held its caucus Tue., Aug. 25. The group endorsed three candidates in the upcoming town elections. Political newcomers Brittany DuFresne and Ronald E. Moore II received caucus backing for town board. Both candidates are former elected members of the Germantown Central School District Board of Education. Incumbent Robert Beaury was also endorsed for town justice. And the Athens Democrats last week chose candidates for town board and town justice. Phyllis Dinkelacker and Martin Miller received caucus support for town board. Incumbent James Robinson Jr. was the caucus choice for town justice. Dinkelacker is a former town board member; Miller is seeking his second, four-year term on the board. Robinson is running unopposed. The caucus failed to successfully put forward any candidates for county legislature, town supervisor, town clerk, highway superintendent or the two-year town council seat. Several names were offered up for nomination, but those individuals declined. The general election will take place Nov. 3.
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