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May 24, 2011 12:39 am
Bill would give farmers break on tolls
Senate bill S742A-2011 is on the Floor Calendar in Albany for Tue. May 24 and would, "Provide that farmers shall receive an exemption from tolls when transporting product to N.Y. city for consumption in the city." The bill is sponsored by Catherine Young (R, C, I-57th), who represents an area south of Buffalo. The bill says, Farmers are stressed with the price of gas to transport their products to the city for consumption to make little profit after the cost of gas and tolls are included. To help offset these expenses, farmers should be exempt from tolls when transporting product to NYC for consumption in the city."

Ichabod adopts budget — minus football
John Mason in the Register-Star reports the Ichabod Crane Board of Education voted Mon., May 23 to approve a contingency budget of $33,795,494, after voters rejected their original proposal of $33,837,503 in May 17 school elections. The $42,009 savings comes from cutting football ($31,000) and other items mandated by contingency budget rules ($11,009). When voters reject a budget, boards can pass a contingency budget that is equal to or lower than the cost of living increase, or Consumer Price Index. The board already trimmed $3.9 million from the 2011-2012 budget by closing two elementary schools and cutting staff and programs. "On April 12, the board passed its budget, but in a 5-3 vote added $31,000 for football," Mason writes. "Football had been funded for the past three years by the Booster Club in a pilot program." Community members asked at the meeting Monday if football could remain funded by the booster club, and the board punted, postponing that decision until a later meeting, Mason reports. Read the full story in the Register-Star.

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="160" caption="Vitaliy Bobkov's proposal to turn the Friar Tuck Resort into a magical place."][/caption]Friar Tuck reappears?
Vitaliy Bobkov of the B&B Lounge in Catskill is floating a proposal on his website and a Facebook page to turn the now-vacant Friar Tuck Resort into a magic theme park. Bobkov's business is a little north of the empty Friar Tuck on Rt. 32 in Greene County, and his proposal hopes to also revive the Catskill Game Farm and Carson City attractions in the same area.

Details: Hudson River School Art Trail and Catskill, N.Y.
Becky Krystal in The Washington Post last Thursday has a thin travel piece about Catskill and the local "art trail." She visits the Thomas Cole House in Catskill and Olana just across the Hudson River, as well as Catskill's The Post Cottage, Bell's Cafe, and Village Pizza II. Read the entire story in The Washington Post.

Saugerties comedian on NPR

Jimmy Fallon, who grew up in Saugerties, was interviewed on National Public Radio by Fresh Air's Terry Gross on Mon., May 23. On May 11 he gave a shout-out to Woodstock radio station WDST on his Twitter feed: "Listening to 100.1 WDST Woodstock Radio. Good morning guys!"

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