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Weekend in review

Jul 30, 2012 7:56 am
Stories that made the news, July 27 to July 30

Susan Campriello reports in The Daily Mail the rain this weekend took its toll on various community events and fundraisers throughout Greene County. Tannersville's 6th annual Crazy Race and Festival was postponed until August 11. The D.A.R.E. Golf Scramble, a Cairo-Durham school district fundraiser, was rescheduled to Sept. 30, and will be held at the Blackhead Mountain Lodge and Country Club. And the 8th annual Rip Wan Winkle's Wacky Raft Race, scheduled for Sunday, was canceled. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Nathan Mayberg reported in the Register Star Columbia County is the recipient of more than $80,000 in grant funding from the New York Soil and Water Conservation Committee. The money will be used to upgrade a pollution prevention system at Dutch Hollow Farm in Stuyvesant, allowing the farm to purchase and install an improved filter system, as part of new conservation standards recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The new system will reduce and prevent nutrient pollution from entering the Muitzes Kill Creek, a tributary to the Hudson River. Read the full story in the Register Star.

Susan Campriello writes in The Daily Mail Eric Rasmussen has been named a "Hero of Conservation" by "Field & Stream." Rasmussen, 75, is featured in the magazine's August issue. He was lauded for his volunteerism and for maintaining and restoring an Acra forest he then opened for educational purposes. Rasmussen called the honor “breathtaking.” For 50 years he managed the Siuslaw Model Forest as a for-profit tree farm, and in 1970, began inviting school children to the farm for an environmental field day. In 2008, Rasmussen gifted the 142-acre property on Route 23 to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties, to be used as an educational center. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Barbara Reina and Nathan Mayberg reported in the Register Star more than 60 residents appeared at a recent meeting of Valatie Village officials to oppose a proposed county mental health center and alcohol/drug counseling office in a former elementary school located the center of a residential neighborhood. The proposed satellite services would provide substance abuse services and mental health assistance, including voluntary and court-ordered treatment. Columbia County Human Services Director Michael Cole told the standing room only crowd, “these are sick people who are trying to get well.” He said, “we want to be good partners with the community.” Read the full story in the Register Star.