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Mar 07, 2011 6:14 am
Firefighting at 90
The Daily Mail's Colin DeVries has a story about Kiskatom Fire Company member Jim Katt, who joined the company a year after it started and celebrated hisr 57th year as a fireman along with his 90th birthday recently.

Chatham Co-op kicks off Friday Feasts
Paul Crossman writes in the Register-Star about how nearly 40 people showed up at the Chatham Real Food Co-op for the first of three First Friday Feasts on March 4, a series of benefit dinners to help raise money for the educational initiative “Chatham Chickens," a collective of seven young adults in their late teens and early 20s who are starting an enterprise to raise heritage breed chickens for organic, free-running and pastured egg production.

Ulster lawmakers plan hearings on hydrofracking
The Daily Freeman reports that Ulster County hearings on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas are being planned for May to help county lawmakers gather information about impacts of the controversial process, put together by County Legislature Government Operations and Environmental Services Committee Chairman Brian Shapiro of Woodstock. Shapiro said a date will be set after determining the availability of state Department of Environmental Conservation officials, and expects the sessions will take place at Ulster County Community College.

Get ready for more flooding

Lyssa Harris at Watershed Post reports on flooding in the Catskills, which is at its worst in Delaware County and downstream below the Ashokan Reservoir in Ulster County. In Greene and Columbia counties, ice and snow abated the flooding, although high waters have been reported on a number of back roads where flooding usually occurs.

State health care oversight lacking bids
The Times Union concludes a weeks-long inquiry with a report on the no-bid situation surrounding most state health insurance, with no one knowing exactly how or why the situation ended up this way, "suggesting the contracts are sort of evergreens that are extended without review." The Office of the State Comptroller official said that major parts of state insurer United Healthcare's deals "never got passed on for approval, contrary to what is supposed to happen."

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