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Jul 18, 2011 1:41 am
Known unknowns: New location, buyer for library
Jamie Larson in the Register-Star reports the Hudson Area Library has a buyer for its current historic library building at 400 State St. and is close to finalizing a sale and a lease agreement at a new location in the city, according to library officials. In April the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to move out of the historic old stone building which the board recently purchased. The building, built in 1818, has been a homeless shelter, insane asylum, girls academy, a private residence, an orphanage, and a library. Larson writes that the board is considering four locations. Read the full story in the Register-Star.

Saugerties drops plans to buy Opus 40
Ariel Zangla in The Daily Freeman reports that the town of Saugerties has withdrawn a $400,000 grant that would have been used to help buy the Opus 40 property and turn it into a public park. Opus 40 is a giant bluestone sculpture that took Harvey Fite his lifetime to make. Town Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel released a letter Wednesday, July 13 saying the town had withdrawn acceptance of the $400,000 state Environmental Protection Fund grant and is no longer seek ownership of Opus 40. The town wanted to turn the landmark into a museum to attract more tourists, who also visit nearby Dia:Beacon and the Storm King sculpture center. Zangla reports a new proposal would give, "Fite's studio and the Quarryman's Museum, both on the grounds of Opus 40, a historic designation." Lissa Harris in The Watershed Post has links to more information on the story, and mentions that tonight, Monday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. the town's Historic Preservation Commission holds a informational “conversation” in the Saugerties Town Hall’s Building Department Conference Room at its regular meeting. There is a full public hearing on the matter Aug. 15. Read the full story in The Watershed Post.

Neighbors, conservancy agree: some dog owners misbehave
Chris Simonds in The Columbia Paper reports three residents complained to the Greenport Town Board at its monthly meeting Wednesday, July 6, about dogs making noise early in the morning and running loose at the Columbia Land Conservancy's Greenport Conservation Area off Daisy Hill Road. There are signs in the area telling folks dogs must be on leashes, but no one enforces that rule. “It is not the case that we invite people to bring their dogs and let them off the leash,” said CLC Executive Director Peter Paden. “We have rules that a dog must be on a leash and cleaned up after.” Town Attorney Carmi Rapport suggested closing a loophole in the existing town leash law all dogs must be on a leash, and the board agreed a public hearing on the matter should be held soon. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.

Catskill justice resigns
Ariel Zangla reports in The Daily Freeman that Catskill village Justice Charles Adsit left the bench after 15 years Thu. July 14. "Adsit, 68, resigned from his position due to a hearing impairment that it is making it difficult to do the job, he said," and he will be replaced by attorney Maria Larosa, until an election next year. Before becoming judge in 1996, Adsit was a village police officer for 30 years, retiring a sergeant, and also serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1960 to 1965. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

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A Very Incomplete Calendar: 20110718
Produced by Terry Doyle, from his "Imprint" show Sundays at 11 p.m. on WGXC. This is a look at music events this week in the Hudson Valley. 4:49

World Listening Day/Week on WGXC 60-Second PSA
Tune in to field recordings, acoustic ecology, sounds of nature, and more after 1 a.m. and all night July 17-23 on 90.7-FM. WGXC will feature composers such as Pauline Oliveros and groups such as the New York Society for Acoustic Ecology with sounds of the air, sea, mountains, airwaves, ice, animals, and others.