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Weekend in review

Aug 20, 2012 12:13 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Aug. 17 to 19:

Billy Shannon reported in the Register Star the town of Greenport intends to apply for grant money to extend its proposed sidewalk project to the Hudson Junior-Senior High School on Harry Howard Ave. The project currently calls for walkways stretching from the north end of Joslen Boulevard to the corner of Livingston Parkway. The Joslen sidewalk proposal has been in the works since 2000, and has stalled time and time again in front of the state Department of Transportation. The Joslen project is not slated to begin until 2017, but town Supervisor John Porreca is hoping with the prospect of federal dollars to extend the proposal it will get moved up in priority. Read the full story in the Register Star.

W.T. Eckert reported in The Daily Mail the Columbia-Greene Community College 2012-13 budget has now been approved on both sides of the river. The $16.84 million spending plan was ratified by the Columbia County Board of Supervisors Aug. 8; the Greene County Legislature voted in favor of the proposal last week. Under the budget, annual full-time tuition will increase four percent, from $3,648 to $3,792, per semester. The majority of students enrolled at CGCC are from Columbia County, but according to college president James Campion, the number of enrolled students from Greene County increased six percent this year, compared to only two percent for Columbia. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

The Daily Freeman reported private-sector employment in the Hudson Valley increased by 2.2 percent during the 12-month period ending July 2012, while the government sector shed jobsf. The Putnam-Rockland-Westchester metro area experienced the greatest job growth, ranking third of the 14 New York state metro areas rated by the state Department of Labor. Ulster County ranked sixth. Greene County experienced a 1 percent growth rate, but Columbia County jobs fell by 0.6 percent. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="135"] Audrey May Herron[/caption]

Ariel Zangla reported in the Daily Freeman on the upcoming 10th anniversary of the disappearance of Audrey May Herron. Herron, 31, left work Aug. 29, 2002, at the end of her shift as a licensed practical nurse at the former Greene County Long-Term Health Care Center in the Jefferson Heights section of Catskill, and was never seen again. The Freehold resident's family and friends attribute her disappearance to foul play -- there is no way the mother of three would have abandoned her children, they say. The New York State Police report the case remains open and active. A “Riding for Audrey” motorcycle event will be held Sat., Aug. 25 at Brennan's School House Inn in Earlton. Proceeds will be split among Herron’s children and shared with The Center for Hope. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.
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