Straw vote says no to Schoharie solar

4/7/2021

In a 3-2 straw vote--but likely the final decision—the Town of Schoharie ruled against the Bliss Road solar project Wednesday.
Attorney David Brennan will summarize the Town Board’s questions and concerns for a formal vote at the April 14 meeting.
Mr. Brennan led Supervisor Alan Tavenner and councilmen through a review of the issues raised and addressed since the two-megawatt project—downsized along the way--was first proposed two years ago, using SEQRA and the town’s Comprehensive Plan and Solar Law as a framework.
It was no surprise that visibility and whether the project was consistent with community character were their biggest concerns.
“I’m not convinced ...

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Middleburgh Area Business Association looks toward spring and beyond

4/7/2021

Spring—and summer—are in the air and the Middleburgh Area Business Association is looking ahead to cleanups, 4th Fridays, and who knows, maybe even a Corn Festival.
Rusty Wissert, a Middleburgh native, is MABA president.
His wife Joan is secretary with Lindsey Giagni vice president and Monica Short treasurer.
Together they’re working on ways to grow Middleburgh’s businesses, make the community a destination for visitors and show it off—sometimes to people who’ve lived there all their lives.
First up is an April 24th community cleanup of Baker Avenue.
The event will run from 10am-4pm and everyone’s encouraged to turn out with tools and wheelbarrows and ...

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Cobleskill looks at replacing Centre Park spruce

4/7/2021

Cobleskill residents will decide whether a new tree replaces the large, cut-down blue spruce in Veterans’ Memorial Centre Park.
As promised by Mayor Becky Terk in January, village officials included a tree survey in water bills that went out last week.
The blue spruce was removed last year after wind took off its top. Since then, some residents like the park open, while others miss the tree. Hence, the survey.
“We’re doing what we said we would do,” Mayor Terk said Saturday, adding that the village will adhere to survey results even if the response is light.
The survey, which must be returned to the village office by May 11, simply asks whether residents wan ...

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College sees COVID surge; classes now back in-person

4/7/2021

SUNY Cobleskill is back in the classroom after a spike in COVID cases moved the campus to all-remote learning last week.
After the number of positive cases went from 35 Thursday to 53 Friday to 62 Saturday, no new cases were reported Sunday; there was one additional case reported Monday.
“I am cautiously optimistic,” said Schoharie County Public Health Director Amy Gildemeister.
The college’s pool testing gave the campus a heads-up on the spike, she said, and they acted quickly to move students into quarantine and isolation and classes to remote.
“I’m a little bit nervous about them being back to face-to-face,” Dr. Gildemeister said Monday, “but it’s reasonabl ...

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It's here: T-J Trivia Mania

4/7/2021

You can win cash and prizes and have fun at the same time by playing Times-Journal Trivia Mania.
The T-J’s first-ever trivia contest starts this week and is on page 24.
Trivia Mania features 10 questions on various topics––movies, history and more––and the questions range in difficulty.
The Times-Journal is offering $50 to the winner, who’ll also receive gift certificates from local businesses.
If there’s a tie among contestants, one entry will be drawn at random to be the winner.
Although most T-J contests allow five days to submit entries, Trivia Mania gives more time. Answers aren’t due in the T-J office until next Friday, April 16, at 4:30 pm.

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