John Babcock safe after Paradise, CA fiire

11/21/2018

John Babcock is safe.
If Paradise, California, where the deadliest wildfire in history has left more than 70 people dead and thousands missing, sounds familiar to Times-Journal readers, it’s because it’s the place Mr. Babcock, who grew up in Richmondville, calls home.
Or did.
The Camp Fire leveled Paradise, CA, the Butte County town of 26,218, in an instant, and Mr. Babcock, who escaped with not much more than the shirt on his back, is happy to be alive.
Mr. Babcock is a popular T-J letter writer, frequently sharing stories about his beloved home ...

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Joshua Project, friends deliver Thanksgiving

11/21/2018

The Joshua Project and its allies delivered turkeys and all the trimmings to more than 200 families this past weekend.
A faith-based group whose volunteers help the less fortunate, the Joshua Project linked with Cobleskill Police, Masons and others for the Thanksgiving project.
“This is going really well,” said Pat Costello, the Joshua Project’s regional coordinator, as volunteers loaded turkeys and groceries into cars at the Middleburgh United Methodist Church.
“We bought 254 turkeys, and we’re going to deliver every one,” Mr. Costello added.
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Joshua Project, friends deliver Thanksgiving

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Attorney General to investigate cop car-pedestrian fatal

11/21/2018

The state Attorney General’s Office will investigate the death of Gerard Roldan III, who died after being struck by a Cobleskill Police car earlier this month.
The Attorney General can take the case under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2015 executive order that the AG can investigate any police-involved death of an unarmed civilian.
Two Cobleskill Police cars were pursuing a speeding vehicle the night of November 9 when the lead police car struck Mr. Roldan as he was crossing East Main Street near the Save-a-Lot grocery.
Initially, Schoharie County District ...

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Supervisors over-rule advice on Summit Shock drug rehab

11/21/2018

Thursday, Schoharie County’s Community Services Board voted 6-3 that it couldn’t support plans to turn the former Summit Shock Camp into a 125-bed drug rehabilitation and treatment facility.
But Friday, supervisors disregarded the CSB’s concerns that the project was too large and would be too difficult to staff, voting unanimously to send their own letter of support for J-CAP’s plans to the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, which has final approval.
“I felt they [CSB] went quite a bit beyond the scope of evaluating what they were suppo ...

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Schoharie County gets $7 million for bridge repairs

11/21/2018

Schoharie County received more than $7 million to repair two bridges and two culverts.
The money is coming through the BRIDGE NY program.
The projects are:
•$2.9 million for the bridge over Cobleskill Creek on Caverns Road in Cobleskill.
•$2.7 million for the bridge over Bear Gulch Brook on High Street in the Village of Richmondville.
•$1 million for a culvert at Cotton Hill Creek on Huntersland Road in Middleburgh.
•$934,000 for a culvert at Lawton Hollow Creek, also on Huntersland Road.
County and local officials wer ...

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