Active shooter: What to do if it happens here

1/17/2017

The chances of a shooting in a Cobleskill business are infinitesimal, almost down to zero.
But Cobleskill Police want merchants and the public to be prepared, just in case.
Police Chief Rich Bialkowski and Lieutenant Jeff Brown outlined precautions and how to respond in cases of workplace violence, or much worse, a rampage by an active shooter.
Cobleskill Area Merchants, a committee of Cobleskill Partnership Inc., hosted the session, held last Monday at the town court. Nearly 20 attended.
Although in-store violence might be rare in Schoharie County, nearby i ...

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They're back: Middleburgh's pigs

1/17/2017

After years of quiet, Middleburgh's roving pig problem has returned.
Middleburgh town board members heard stories about pigs, some reports as many as 30, traveling to other people's properties from their home at a farm on Durfee Road.
The problem is not new in Middleburgh. In fact, the pigs have been quiet for a few years since the town was awarded an injunction in court that required the owner to erect a fence and to keep the pigs off the town road.
At last week's town board meeting, resident Fred Risse spoke about the newest problem and highway Superintende ...

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Activists plan Cobleskill vigil for women Saturday

1/17/2017

With an eye to the post-inaugural Women's March on Washington this Saturday, two local activists are putting together a Standing Together For All Women vigil from 1-2pm at the corner of Main and Division Streets in Cobleskill.
Elliott Adams of Sharon Springs and Susan Spivack of Cobleskill are the contacts for the family-friendly, non-partisan event, which is a sister action to the Washington, DC march and shares that event's goals.
"It's not political," Mr. Adams said. "Rather it's in support of women everywhere and a way to bring people-our neighbors-together wh ...

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Richmondville accepts bid for new town hall

1/17/2017

Still in the planning stage, Richmondville's new town hall nonetheless took a big step forward last week.
Town councilmen on Thursday accepted bids for the new building, which will be on Podpadic Road.
The town hall will cost about $512,000, but that amount won't cause taxes to rise, according to Supervisor Dick Lape.
"We feel it's fiscally prudent to build the building without raising taxes," he said.
This is actually Richmondville's second round of bidding for construction. Bids opened last October "were over $200,000 higher" than officials expected, ...

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Ambitious plans ahead under county ag plan

1/17/2017

If Schoharie County's agriculture had a crystal ball, this is what it would look like:
Its 532 farms would be profitable, yet efficient, supported by an informed, supportive public and ag-friendly policies, with resources and even alternative markets for both established farmers and newcomers.
It's an ambitious vision, but one the county's Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board has put together after more than a year of work drafting a replacement to its 16-year-old ag plan.
"Prepare to be dazzled," said John Radliff, a dairy farmer, Farm Bureau president, ...

Ambitious plans ahead under county ag plan

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