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Weekend in review

Mar 03, 2014 6:48 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Feb. 28 to Mar. 3:

Jessica Mosier reported in The Daily Mail voters in the Greenville Central School District will vote Tues., Mar. 4, on a capital project referendum to provide for extensive repairs and expanded technology in district buildings. The ballot will carry two propositions. The first would authorize the completion of a variety of projects, including a sewer connection to the town of Greenville, all at a cost of $10.3 million. The second proposition would authorize the Board of Education to establish a new capital reserve fund. If approved, the work on the projects is slated to begin in the summer of 2015. Polls are open 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday in the Scott M. Ellis Elementary School cafeteria.

Paul Grondahl reported in the Times Union a fire Fri., Feb. 28, destroyed a newly built barn in Taghkanic and killed nearly three dozen animals, including small horses, pigs, sheep, chicken and rabbits. It was the second barn that burned in a year on the Sopak Road property owned by Joseph Macri. Macri's son said his father was "very distraught and absolutely devastated," by the event. No people were hurt in the blaze. Flames from the structure were spotted shortly after 11 p.m. and the building was full engulfed by the time firefighters arrived. An investigation is ongoing, but the fire is not considered suspicious, according to Macri's son. The barn that burned Friday, was built eight months ago on the spot of a wooden barn that burned down one year ago. The Daily Freeman is reporting on another barn fire, this one on the property of the Kaaterskill Resort in Kiskatom. Assistant Chief Pete Kusminski said the fire started around 7 a.m. Friday in a 16-by-30-foot barn that housed a pig and several chickens at the resort located on High Falls Road Extension. The chief said it appears that fire was electrical in origin. The barn was a total loss. The pig suffered a minor injury, but was treated by a local veterinarian.

Public News Service is reporting a million-dollar push is currently underway for public financing of elections in New York. Melinda Tuhus has the story: PLAY (1:40).

Jeanette Wolfberg reported in the Columbia Paper the Columbia County Sheriff proposed stationing deputies in the Hudson City School District during a meeting of the district's Board of Education last week. Sheriff David Bartlett proposed a deputy come regularly to Hudson schools and have an office set aside in a school building in order to be there on an "as needed" basis. Under Bartlett's proposal, the deputy would be present in the school approximately 20 hours a week and would also serve the Germantown Central School District. The officer's duties would vary, from patrolling sports events to eating lunch with students. The sheriff characterized the range of responsibilities as equal parts public relations and security.