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Weekend in review

Jan 20, 2014 6:26 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Jan. 17 to Jan. 20:

Celebrations of the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were held in both Catskill and Hudson this weekend. On Sat., Jan. 18, more than 50 people participated in a candlelight march for peace and justice from St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Catskill to the front steps of the Greene County Courthouse, followed by a ceremony at the Second Baptist Church. Catskill Central School District Superintendent Kathleen Farrell was the keynote speaker. The Hudson Interfaith Council's annual event drew a capacity crowd at Shiloh Baptist Church, Sun., Jan. 19. The evening featured music from the Shiloh and Hudson High School choirs. The Rev. Jeanette Johnson of Payne A.M.E. Church in Chatham provided that event's keynote address.

The Daily Freeman reported acting Greene County Legislature chairman Kevin Lewis was injured in a motor vehicle accident Thurs., Jan. 16. He was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, according to county Administrator Shaun Groden. Lewis, a resident of Greenville, was transported to Albany Medical Center following the accident. He was a passenger in a septic service truck that overturned at the intersection of Route 23 and Bross Street, after a collision with a passenger vehicle. The investigation into the accident is continuing.

Diane Valden reported in the Columbia Paper the town of Copake is considering a draft local law to allow and regulate slaughterhouses. The Town Board will hold a public hearing on the new law at a special meeting, Thurs., Jan. 23. The potential amendment to the Town Zoning Code came about at the request of the owners and operators of Pigasso Farm. The farm raises a variety of animals for meat, including chickens, pigs, cattle, lambs and turkeys. Pigasso currently ships the animals and poultry to an off-site slaughterhouse for processing. Pigasso wants to process 2,800 chickens and 40 turkeys per year at the farm. Under the proposed law, the processing facility must be located on the same premises as a farm.

John Mason reported in the Register Star Hudson's Ferry Street Bridge recently had its weight limit downgraded from 5 tons to 3 tons by the New York State Department of Transportation. Public Works Commissioner Robert Perry said most passenger vehicles will still qualify under the new limit, but loaded trucks and vehicles pulling trailers will now have to use the Broad Street entrance to access Henry Hudson Waterfront Park. The bridge, built in 1905, is in the process of being sold to Amtrak by CSX. According to the DOT report, the structure has suffered significant deterioration over its lifetime. Mayor William H. Hallenbeck Jr. said the city is willing to seek out funds to fix and/or replace the bridge. He also told the paper the city is currently negotiating with Amtrak to purchase the bridge. Judges are needed for Odyssey of the Mind.

Kenneth C. Crowe II reported in the Times Union Region 4 of the creative problem-solving student competition is in need of more than 60 judges for the tournaments among schools from Greene, Columbia and Rensselaer counties. Judges must be 18 or older, and will be required to attend a training session on Jan. 25 or Feb. 5. The competition will be held Sat., Mar. 8, on the campus of the Rensselaer City School District. For information, contact Arlene Sampson at A Sampson [at] questar.org, or 479-6843.
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