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Weekend in review

Nov 05, 2012 12:00 am
Stories that made the news, Nov. 2 to Nov. 4, 2012

W.T. Eckert reported in The Daily Mail Greene County has issued a Code Red to residents for a potential, short-term fuel shortage. Chairman Wayne Speenburgh said the purpose of the notification was to share information the county Legislature had after monitoring the growing lines for gas in Ulster County. He said as of Sat., Nov. 3, the Cumberland Farms in Cairo and an unidentified station in Hunter reported running out of gas. In addition, lengthy lines were reported at Slater's gas station on state Route 32 in Cairo, over the weekend. Speenburgh said the increased demand was due to the region’s gas being diverted south out of the Port of Albany. There is no indication the county will suffer a long-term shortage, but Speenburgh advised residents to be more conservative with their gas consumption. Read the full story in The Daily Mail. Kyle Adams updated this story, Mon., Nov. 5, reporting the fuel shortages have now eased, according to Speenburgh. “Though we had a couple of stations run out of gas yesterday, we are up and running,” he told the paper. There may continue to be sporadic shortages due to late deliver as a result of a backup at the Port of Albany. Shortages in certain grades of gas may occur, but there is no danger of a total shutdown of stations at this point. Read the update in the Register Star.

Columbia County Sheriff David W. Harrison Jr. reported two members of the Columbia County Emergency Management Office have been deployed to New York City by request of the New York State Office of Emergency Management. In a press release issued Sat., Nov. 3, Harrison said Director William Black and Deputy Director Paul D'Onofrio left Saturday for a 72-hour deployment to Queens, to assist with distribution of supplies, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Ariel Zangla reports in the Daily Freeman 15 state troopers from Ulster and Greene counties are among the law-enforcement personnel to travel south to help residents. Troopers are in Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island to aid those police departments with a variety of tasks, including crime-suppression patrols to traffic details. Troopers are also dealing with people who have lost homes or are affected by continuing power outages and an inability to buy gas. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.

United Way of Columbia and Greene counties has designated two collection points for Hurricane Sandy relief items. Articles needed are personal care items, towels, soap, diapers, water and non-perishable food. Drop-off points are at Apple Ice House on Route 9, just past the Hannaford Market, in Livingston, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday; and in Claverack at the Second Best Consignment Shop on Route 23, next to Red Apple Realty, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information, call the United Way at (518) 943-3285.

The Hillrock Estate Distillery opened its doors, Sat., Nov. 3, in Ancram, one of the few "field to glass" distillers in the world. Tim Welly, Hillrock's distiller and head of operations, visited the WGXC Afternoon Show, Thurs., Nov. 1, to talk about the region's history of spirts-making and the art of distilling whiskey.
: Welly explains the process of turning grain into single malt scotch (1:42)
Full interview can be found here. (18:00)
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