Weekend in review
Some of the stories that made the news Fri., Feb. 26 through Mon., Feb. 28:
The Hudson High School boys basketball team remained undefeated Fri., Feb. 26, defeating Glens Falls by a score of 82 to 78, in the Section II, Class B finals held at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Hudson won its first sectional title since 1974, and now heads to the regional tournament. The team is now 24-0 for the season. Four buses full of fans from Hudson traveled to Glens Galls for the game.
Brendon Lyons reported at Capitol Confidentia Taconic Plastics in Petersburgh, Rennssealer Co., first alerted the state Department of Environmental Conservation in 2005 about its discovery of a toxic chemical in the groundwater around its plant on Route 22. At that time the discovery of the toxic chemical PFOA did not result in any public notification or additional investigation by the state. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it has no record that the company or state DEC notified the federal agency about the situation at that time. The plastics company said it installed a carbon-filter system on the wells at its plant along the Little Hoosic River after it said low levels of the chemical were discovered there. State officials said Fri., Feb. 26, they did not test the water in 2014, even though a state employee privately raised the possibility of its presence in the water supply, because it was not on federal regulation lists. State director of operations Jim Malatras said at a press conference Friday officials did not act in Petersburgh because PFOA was not on a federal watch list. PFOA has been linked to kidney and testicular cancer, and to thyroid problems.
Emilia Teasdale reported in the Chatham Courier the Chatham Town Board has left open its public hearing on a proposed 12-month extension of a moratorium that effectively blocks new construction projects along unpaved town roads. The board opened the public hearing before the regular monthly meeting Thu., Feb. 18 and will close it at the March town board meeting. During that time the county Planning Board will review the proposal. Many people at the meeting spoke in favor of the extending the moratorium and one person sent an email opposing it. The board put the moratorium in place last year to give board members time to review changes to town zoning laws. The town’s Zoning Implementation Committee just completed its review of the zoning laws and the changes it recommends are posted on the town’s website, Chatham, New York [dot] US.
Hunter Harrison reported in The Daily Mail on Sat., Feb. 27, 89 elementary, middle and high school teams from Greene, Columbia and Rensselaer counties gathered at the Coxsackie-Athens campus for the annual Odyssey of the Mind tournament. The competition was held by Questar III BOCES. Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that tests students with creative problem-solving opportunities. The problems presented are rooted in science, technology, engineering and math. Winners at the elementary level included Germantown Elementary, Scott M. Ellis Elementary in Greenville and Tamarac Elementary. In the middle school division, Holy Spirit, Troy Middle, Rensselaer Junior High, Howard L. Goff Middle and Ichabod Crane won first place. In the high school category, Hoosic Valley and Catskill took home the top honors.
John Mason reported in the Register Star Columbia County will see several road closures because of major road work involving the replacement of county bridges and culverts this summer. In addition to the two major state bridge projects on Routes 66 and 9H, work at locations in Canaan, Copake, Hillsdale, Livingston and Ghent will begin in late May or June. According to the Department of Transportation, 19.3 percent, or 47 of the county's 243 bridges are structurally deficient, the sixth highest percentage in the state. Comparatively, in Greene County, 11.4 percent, or 26 out of 227 are defective. The figure includes town and city bridges, as well as county spans.