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Rhinebeck gets support from U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer for FEMA funding on Asher Dam

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By By William J. Kemble news@freemanonline.com

RHINEBECK >> Village officials are getting support from U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, in trying to get a promised $117,000 in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for work done to secure Asher Dam.

Mayor Heath Tortarella on Tuesday noted that paperwork for the $184,799 project incorrectly identify planned work as being completed when the prior village administration submitted information from contractors.

Source:: Daily Freeman

March 3, 2015 |

Complete Streets committee seeking members

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By Nick Henderson

bike path SQ

Within the last two months, both the Town and Village of Saugerties passed Complete Streets resolutions that commit the municipalities to stronger efforts for accommodating pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit users, and people of all ages and abilities when building transportation infrastructure. The resolutions also establish a formal joint Town and Village Saugerties Transportation Advisory Council (STAC), which will identify and support the development of potential future transportation projects and efforts. The STAC has been in existence since the Saugerties Area Mobility Analysis was completed in 2007 through planning efforts of the Ulster County Transportation Council. The new STAC will involve more members, have an increased focus on walking and bicycling access, and have a more formal advisory role in the municipalities.

Six members will be appointed by the Town of Saugerties and five members will be appointed by the Village of Saugerties to the Council. Applications to become a member of the Council can be found on the left bottom side of the Creating Healthy Places Ulster website: www.creatinghealthyplacesulster.org/healthy-activity.html.

Applications are due by March 5 to Kristen Wilson by email atkew67@cornell.edu, by fax at (845) 340-3993, or by mail at Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County, 232 Plaza Rd., Kingston, NY, 12401. Questions may be directed to Kristen at (845) 340-3990 ext. 347. Applications will be shared with the town and village officials who will make the appointment decisions.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County is providing administrative and technical assistance to develop the Council with funding from the New York State Department of Health’s Creating Healthy Places grant.

Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel said the town was assured by Cornell Cooperative Extension that the Saugerties improvements will come at no cost to local taxpayers.

Source:: News

March 3, 2015 |

New Paltz municipalities may seek grant for microgrid study

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By By William J. Kemble news@freemanonline.com

NEW PALTZ >> Town and village officials may seek $100,000 in funding for a feasibility study to determine if an independent local electric generating grid can be established.

The funding was discussed during a Town Board and Village Board meeting last week, when Supervisor Susan Zimet said future grants could include $1 million to design the system and another $5 million for construction.

Source:: Daily Freeman

March 3, 2015 |

Kingston soup kitchen reopens

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By Paul Kirby

KINGSTON >> The Caring Hands Soup Kitchen in Midtown, forced to close for a week because of a frozen water pipe, reopened Tuesday.

The soup kitchen is located at the Clinton Avenue Methodist Church.

A frozen lateral pipe to a city water main prevented water from flowing into the church for a week.

Source:: Daily Freeman

March 3, 2015 |

Water main breaks off harness under Bridge Street Bridge in Phoenicia

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By By Jay Braman Jr. news@freemanonline.com

PHOENICIA >> A large water main in Phoenicia broke off of its harness under a bridge in Phoenicia and fell into the Esopus Creek.

According to Shandaken Supervisor Rob Stanley, the damage occurred a few days after the six-inch wide steel pipe froze on Feb. 14 under the Bridge Street Bridge. The expanding ice inside split the pipe, causing it to eventually fall.

Source:: Daily Freeman

March 3, 2015 |

3 Attica guards plead guilty as assault trial about to begin

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WARSAW, N.Y. (AP) — Three Attica prison guards charged with beating a jewelry thief until bones in his face and legs broke pleaded guilty Monday in an agreement that will spare them jail time.

Keith Swack, Sean Warner and Matthew Rademacher admitted to misdemeanor charges of official misconduct as jury selection was about to begin for their trial in Wyoming County Court.

Source:: Daily Freeman

March 3, 2015 |

Curmudgeon Corner: The sky is falling

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By Rod Selway

Ah, the country life

Ah, the country life

We live in hysterical times. Sure, in the old days we had the Red Scare, Reefer Madness and Tulip Mania, but these were the exceptions. For the most part, life was simple.

My grandson is a typical example of the younger generation. Every Sunday dinner it’s a new crisis. Bird flu, Ebola, the Euro, mass shootings, missing dictators. Last week it was “our crumbling infrastructure.”

“The American Society of Civil Engineers gave our nation’s infrastructure a D+!” he said. “China’s whupping our butt. The Dutch bicycle on solar panels. Japanese trains go 200 mph!” To hear him tell it, it’s sheer luck that’s preventing America’s bridges from tumbling into the water with minivans and school buses on them, and every time water comes out the tap or the toilet goes flush we’re on borrowed time.

In the spirit of his concerns, I’ve prepared a list of similarly impartial ratings:

  1. The American Society of Fly By Night Gypsy Pavers gives American driveways a D+.
  2. The American Society of Oil Change and Lubrication Professionals gives Americans a D for adherence to the three months or 3,000 miles rule.
  3. The American Society of Shampoo and Conditioner Companies gives the nation a C- (you can’t just rinse, you need to repeat, thereby washing your clean hair and using twice as much).
  4. The American Society of Chimney Sweeps & Chimney-Related Technicians gives America’s chimneys a D- (supposed to be swept every other year, you know!).
  5. The Saugerties Society of Curmudgeon Corner Collectable Box Sets gives Saugerties households a D- for dangerously low levels of participation. (Should be one on every hearth.)

If any reader finds this list persuasive, I got a rusty bridge to sell ya!

I OPEN the paper and get a warning: There’s a new stop sign at intersection of Canoe Hill Rd., Peoples Rd. and Mike Kraut Rd.! New stop signs in ritzy Bishop’s Gate! Of course there are. That’s all we get is new stop signs. Stop. Stop. Stop. Come to a complete stop. Notice they never remove a stop sign. Heavens no! Because if they did and there was an accident, sure enough some litigious crybaby would raise hell and sue the town. (And the very thought of lawsuits give town councilmen night terrors.) I don’t like this trend one bit. I figure in addition to my taxes quadrupling since I bought the old homestead, this preponderance of stop signs has probably cost me another few grand in clutch assemblies and brake pads.

How did we ever get along in the old days? Police force half the size. Drunks on the roads every weekend night. Everybody eating gluten. Smoking cigarettes indoors. Little kids turned loose in the neighborhood to make their fun. Amazing we lived so long!

Something ain’t right

Have you noticed the jobs listings these days? It’s all health care, government, schools, taking care of disabled kids, waiting on people. How’s that going to work? In the future are we just going to be taking care of each other? Does that make economic sense? I don’t think that’s going to work. Some of my buddies get all nostalgic about the time “when this country made stuff.” Well, I admit that seems to make sense. You can sell your stuff to someone else. Then at least you got some money coming in, and it’s coming from something tangible instead of invisible figures on a piece of plastic switching bank accounts for services amongst ourselves. But then I remind ‘em what working in the factory was like… standing in the same place, doing the same thing x number of times an hour, eight hours a day, 40 hours a week, 50 weeks a year, etc. They don’t have anything to say to that!

FROM THE I’m Mad About Something Which I’ll Pose As A Question Which Probably Has An Answer Which I’m Not Going To Research But Even If It Does There’s No Answer That Won’t Get Me Mad For Another Reason Desk: This paper reported the unemployment level fell to 5.4 percent, suggesting things are going well. Well I have one question for that: Why are there so many cars at WalMart on a weekday? 11 a.m.? 2 p.m.? Full parking lot. Don’t these people have jobs?

The big game

I don’t spend as much time at the local watering holes as I used to, but if a bar looks promising, I’ll give it a try.

On a recent afternoon, after renewing the registration on several of my vehicles, I happened upon an old-fashioned whiskey bar. I walked in and immediately felt comfortable. No blaring television, lottery or jukebox. Nobody doing shots. The clientele seemed to be a mix of local professionals, blue collar and white. A jaunty dog roamed the floor.

I bellied up to the bar and ordered a rye. It tasted good. An honest whiskey. I decided I liked this bar and would stay awhile.

A few stools over there sat a young man. He was only a few years older than my grandson, but looked completely different. My grandson wears tight pants, has pierced eyebrows, and combs his hair over his eyes and dyes the tips blonde such that he appears at a quick glance to be a ruptured skunk. The young man a few stools over wore a flannel shirt, well fitting jeans, workman’s boots, had a normal man’s haircut, and a large beard. I thought he must be a mechanic or skilled tradesman of some kind.

It was a few days before the Super Bowl. I asked, “Who do you like for the big game?”

“What do you mean?” he replied in a voice about an octave higher than I was expecting. “The World Cup isn’t for another three years.”

I promptly left.

Rod Selway’s column appears irregularly.

Source:: News

March 3, 2015 |
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