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The weekend in review

May 07, 2012 12:15 am
Stories and events that made the news May 4 to May 6

Michael Gormley reported for the Associated Press President Barack Obama will visit the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany, Tues., May 8. It was previously announced the president would visit GlobalFoundries, a computer chip manufacturer located in Saratoga County. No explanation for the change in plans was offered. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.

Reporting for the Associated Press, Mary Esch writes Wolf Lake, located in the Adirondack High Peaks region, has been impacted by climate change. Scientists working at the Adirondack Ecological Center in Newcomb, Essex County, in the 23-square-mile Huntington Wildlife Forest, recently conducted a study of the freshwater lake and determined the length of time it is covered with ice each winter has declined by three weeks since 1975. The change may alter the lake's ecology and harm cold-water species such as trout, Esch writes. The lake is considered one of the most pristine freshwater bodies in the northeastern U.S., having escaped pollution and the ravages of invasive plants and animals. The study was published online by the journal, Climatic Change. Read the full story in the Boston Globe.

Michael Ryan writes in the The Daily Mail after four months on the job, Prattsville sole assessor Kim Cammer has recommended the town undertake a full revaluation, given the lack of viable tax records available, nine months after Schoharie Creek swept through the municipal building on Aug, 28, 2011. The damaged records are in the process of being recompiled and reorganized by a restoration company in Pennsylvania. Prattsville last conducted a reassessment 20 years ago, in 1992. The revaluation is expected to begin sometime later this month. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

W. T. Eckert reports in The Daily Mail the Greene County Legislature has come to the aid of the Prattsville Little League. On Wed., May 2, Chairman Wayne Speenburgh prevailed upon fellow lawmakers to reach into their district budgets to help the league recover after Tropical Storm Irene swept away equipment and the Everett Conine Memorial Field in August. The legislators agreed to contribute a total of $7,000, which will be used to replace uniforms and equipment, the field pavilion, concession stand and storage shed. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Audra Jornov reports in the Register Star the Federal Emergency Management Agency recently awarded the Town of Greenport the necessary funds to repair the damage done to Mt. Merino Road by Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011. The town applied for emergency assistance in the amount of nearly $50,000 in Oct. 2011. The town must await approval of the project by the New York State Emergency Management Office before work can commence. Read the full story in the Register Star.

Hudson was the site of two major events over the weekend. The second annual Ramp Fest was held at Basilica Hudson, and according to Nathan Mayberg, writing for the Register Star, the crowd was double last year's, and the food was nearly gone by mid-afternoon. Jeff Gimmel, owner of Swoon Kitchenbar, organized the event for the second year, with Allison Riley. Read Mayberg's full acount of Ramp Fest in the Register Star. Mayberg also reports on the Hudson Children's Book Festival, held Sat., May 5, at Hudson High School. Hundreds of children and their parents attended, bought books, met authors and listened to a variety of speakers, including keynote Walter Dean Myers, the Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Myers urged parents to read to their children starting at a young age. The Register Star is one of the festival's co-sponsors. Read the full story in the Register Star.