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Jun 27, 2011 12:36 am
Town worth its weight
The Greenville Mountain View Pioneer (no website for link) reports that census figures mean that Greenville's representative in the county legislature now has a heavier weighted vote. The recent increase in population in Greenville means representative Kevin Lewis' vote is now worth 806 points. Catskill's four representatives are down to 631 points each, Durham has 587, Cairo has 1,438, Coxsackie has 1,325, and New Baltimore has 727.

Town board votes to move clerk's office
Andrea Macko in The Greenville Mountain View Pioneer reports that Greenville, the last town in Greene County with the town clerk operating from home, is moving the office to the Town Hall Jan. 1, 2012. Current Town Clerk Ronnie Campbell has had the office at her home on Ida Smith Lane for 28 years, but she is retiring at the end of the year. Macko writes that no candidates have yet announced to fill the clerk's office next year.

GOP picks newcomers Hook, Zito over Van Deusen, Jacklin
A staff report in the Register-Star reports that 195 Claverack Republicans choose to endorse several newcomers at a caucus June 21 at the Town Park. Councilman Clifford “Kippy” Weigelt got the nod for one of two seat, but, the chairman of the town's Planning Board Stephen Hook outpolled longtime Town Board member James Van Deusen, the Columbia County Fire Coordinator, by a two-to-one margin for the second spot. For the two assessor seats, incumbent assessor Jack Race led the caucus, with political newcomer Fred Zito of Philmont outpolling incumbent assessor Ed Jacklin for the other endorsement. “It was a big night in Claverack,” Republican Councilman Mike Johnston, who served as clerk of the caucus, told the Register-Star. “The days of the RINO (Republican-In-Name-Only) are over. In these times of outrageous tax-and-spend policies epitomized by Obama and the Democrat administration, people want real Republicans who are not afraid to stand up and say ‘enough already.’ Claverack may just be a small town, but this is where it all starts.” Read the full story in the Register-Star.

Ghent Playhouse appoints Lee-Visscher artistic director
Paul Leyden, President of the Ghent Playhouse Board of Directors, announced Friday, June 24 that long-time Board member and Playhouse regular Cathy Lee Visscher is the new Artistic Director, replacing Tom Detwiler, who has served in that role since 2002. Lee-Visscher, who lives in Valatie, has been with the Ghent Playhouse, formerly Columbia Civic Players, since its very inception 36 years ago, and appeared in its very first production, "Sorry, Wrong Number" and has served on its Board at various times. “I believe Tom Detwiler has proven to be a strong Artistic Director for the Ghent Playhouse, and I hope to continue to excite our audiences by choosing challenging and diverse shows and presenting those productions with the same high professional quality for which we have come to be known," she said in a press release. "I also hope to explore new ways to spark interest in our theatre, in order to bring in members of the community who may not have yet experienced what we have to offer. I am always so proud and impressed by what we produce here at the Ghent Playhouse, and we seem to get better and better each season.”

Football returns to school board's agenda
Emilia Teasdale in The Columbia Paper reports The Ichabod Crane school board will vote on allowing the booster club to pay for the now-cancelled football program through private fundraising for the 2011-12 year at the next board meeting July 12. At the board's meeting last Tue., June 21 the board also voted to leave an open seat vacant following the resignation of Edward Harsen earlier this month. "Some board members did not want to spend $3,100 for a special election that can be held no later than August 16, according to Board Clark Mindy Potts," Teasdale wrote. The board will leave the seat open until the next annual election in May 2012, operating with eight members instead of nine. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.

Sports scores

Empire State Baseball League
13U Coxsackie Owlz 14 - S. Colonie Raiders 5
Zach Girvin knocked in six runs and picked up the win on the mound as the 13U Coxsackie Owlz (6-1, 8-3) beat the S. Colonie Raiders 14-5 Sat., June 25. Caleb Davies also went 3-4, with an RBI of the Owlz. Girvin, Matt Mitchell, and Davies combined to give up five runs on two hits, 10 walks, and eight strike outs.

Greene County Volunteer Firemens Association's Drill Day results: Lexington, 42; West Athens, 40; Oak Hill/Durham, 37; Earlton, 31, Cairo, 27; Greenville and Athens (18); and Coxsackie, 16.

Audio clips for Monday, June 27
A Very Incomplete Calendar: 20110627
Produced by Terry Doyle for Imprint. Imprint is Doyle's weekly show on WGXC about Hudson Valley music, and this is his weekly calendar of regional events. Click here to play mp3 clip. (4:20)

New York State Senate audio of vote legalizing same-sex marriage.
Audio from New York State Senate. Clip is 2:10, and last 30 seconds is applause and, finally, chants of "USA, USA." Click here to listen to mp3 audio clip of the New York State Senate voting to legalize same-sex marriage in New York.