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Jul 20, 2011 2:26 am
Mill demolition raises ire in Stottville
Mike McCagg in ccSCOOP reports that contractors are tearing apart the former L&B Furniture and Ferris mill in Stottville and its eight-story water tower on Town Garage Road near County Route 20, and one unnamed resident filed a complaint with the state Department of Environmental Conservation to halt the further demolition of the mill. The anonymous resident told McCagg he wanted to turn the mill into something else, and Sergei Dubois, a spokesman for the anonymous developer, says in the ccScoop article that plans for an “international research center in the abandoned factory” that would have employed “a dozen people” and “brought people from across the globe” were in the works, with a war memorial. Town Supervisor Leo Pulcher told ccSCOOP that he knew about the war memorial but not the research center. Pulcher did not know who is demolishing the mill, and said that no permits for the work had been issued. But he won't interfere. “What happens if we go in there and stop them? Does the state now say to the town you are responsible for the site and we are stuck paying one, two, five million dollars to clean it up?,” Pulcher told the web site. Read the full story in ccScoop.

Efforts to slow the spread of Lyme Disease
Congressman Chris Gibson (R, NY-20) Tuesday, July 19 announced he is co-sponsoring legislation to create a new $250,000-annual committee to work on Lyme and other tick borne diseases. H.R. 2557, the Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Prevention, Education, and Research Act of 2011, establishes a Tick-Borne Diseases Advisory Committee, "composed of scientists, representatives from government agencies, health care providers and patient representatives. The Committee is charged with ensuring that a broad spectrum of scientific and stake-holder viewpoints are represented in public health policy decisions and that information disseminated to the public and physicians is balanced. Locally today, Wed. July 20 The Adult Learning Institute of the Columbia-Greene Community College will have Rick Burstell from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Greene and Columbia Counties in Room 136 of the Main Building discussing the many steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. That workshop is today from 1 to 2:30 p.m.


Caroline Krumpacker discuss Millay Colony Open House July 23.
Interview by Richard Roth and Ann Forbes Cooper about the local writer's retreat.

Sylvia Hasenkopf and Russ Oeschle discuss Cairo clockmaker Joel Curtis.
Interview by Ann Forbes Cooper and Richard Roth. Hasenkopf is a member of the Cairo Historical Society, which is giving a presentation by Oeschle Thursday at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21 at Gallagher's, 513 Main St. in Cairo.

Al Jazeera English PSA for WGXC.
Recorded by Al Jazeera English staff. "Al-Jazeera English" will now be airing on the WGXC Afternoon Show at 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, followed by "Free Speech Radio News" at 6:30 p.m.