January 31, 2016

Erin Brockovich is taking on a local cause.

Brockovich sides with residents who say they should have known sooner about the contamination.
Photo: Dan Bazile / WNYT


January 30, 2016

Water Break Closes Library

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Library will be CLOSED on Saturday, January 30, due to a water shutoff affecting the building. Normal hours will be in effect for the remainder of Friday, January 29, and Friday programs will proceed as scheduled. The building will have adequate water service through the evening on Friday. 

January 29, 2016

Water Main Break

Water Main Break
The Village of Castleton will be temporarily turning off the water on Saturday January 30th at 9:00 am to repair a water main break. This may take several hours to complete. Please check @CastletonMayor on Twitter for updates.
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January 28, 2016

Connecticut super food company looking at Castleton site

Business negotiates to move its headquarters to Rensselaer County
By Larry Rulison Published 6:04 pm, Tuesday, January 26, 2016 lrulison@timesunion.com • 518-454-5504 • @larryrulison

Dan Ratner of Healthy Brands Collective
The company wants to buy the former IBT Hamilton Printing property on Route 9J in the town of Schodack. It would renovate an existing 100,000-square-foot building and build another 40,000-square-foot building.
The property is on the market for $1.3 million.

January 26, 2016

Public Forum

The public is invited to a forum, hosted by the Friends of Schodack Island State Park, on the new campground at Schodack Island State Park. The forum will be held at 7:00 PM on Monday February 1, 2016 at the Schodack Landing Fire House on Fire House Lane in Schodack Landing. The campground is scheduled to open in April and will have 66 campsites. The presentation on the new campground will be preceded by the regular board meeting of the Friends of Schodack Island State Park at 6:00 PM.
Abe Vigoda, of ‘Godfather’ and ‘Barney Miller,’ Dies at 94
Abraham Charles Vigoda was born in New York City on Feb. 24, 1921, to Samuel Vigoda, a tailor, and the former Lena Moses, immigrants from Russia. Abe, one of three brothers, began acting as a teenager and turned professional in 1947, performing almost entirely onstage for the next 20 or more years.
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January 25, 2016

Olympians Compete

After years of competing in the Special Olympics, the Stride Adaptive Sports swim team swam against peers who don’t have special needs.

January 23, 2016

New Opportunities at Schodack Island
SCHODACK LANDING - The public is invited to a forum, hosted by the Friends of Schodack Island State Park, on the new campground at Schodack Island State Park. The forum will be held at 7:00 PM on Monday February 1, 2016 at the Schodack Landing Fire House on Fire House Lane in Schodack Landing.

January 20, 2016

Stop the pipeline

To Register:
Go to FERC’s website — www.ferc.gov

Who says crime doesn't pay?

Sheldon Silver's pension is official: $6,600 a month

ALBANY -- He was convicted and tossed from office, but former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is still getting his pension: $6,602 a month.

Silver's pension comes to $79,224 a year, according to the final calculation from the state Comptroller's Office.

Silver, D-Manhattan, the speaker from 1994 through January 2015, put in for his retirement on Dec. 1 -- just days after he was convicted on corruption charges in federal court.

January 18, 2016

Life in the Fast Lane

Glenn Frey of The Eagles Has Died, Band Saysby JON SCHUPPE

Glenn Frey, a founding member of The Eagles whose solo career included songs connected to "Miami Vice" and "Beverly Hills Cop," died Monday, the band announced.

Glenn was the one who started it all. He was the spark plug, the man with the plan.

He was 67

CVAS Superbowl Sub Sale

Castleton Volunteer Ambulance
Sub Sandwich Sale

For many football fans in the area, the Superbowl just wouldn't be the same with a stop by The Castleton Volunteer Ambulance Superbowl Sub Sale.

The Ambulance company will again be having their sub sandwich sale on

Super Bowl Sunday, February 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Twelve-inch subs are available for purchase and include turkey, ham or Italian mix. Cost is $7.00 per sub and will be available for pick-up at the Ambulance Hall on Sunday, Feb. 7. All subs must be pre-ordered so they can be prepared for delivery or drive thru pick-up on February 7.

To place an order, please call 732-2563 or email cvas1956@gmail.com. The profits from the sub sale allow CVAS to provide training and equipment for its members.

January 17, 2016

~ The Schodack SCENE ~: Ziggy played guitar

~ The Schodack SCENE ~: Ziggy played guitar: David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arrange... Advertise: http://thescene-thescene.blogspot.com/p/advertise.html

January 16, 2016

January 14, 2016


To Register:
Go to FERC’s website — www.ferc.gov
  • In the drop down menu of the tab Documents & Filing,
  • Click on e-Register.
  • Follow the directions and fill out the form.
  • This will give you a FERC I.D. and password (you will need to do this even if you have an e-Filing account).
  • FERC Online will then send you an email confirming your registration.
  • Go to your email program’s Inbox and open the message from FERC Online. Click on the link to validate your account.
  • Once you are a registered FERC Online User, log in to FERC Online by entering your registered email address/FERC I.D. and your password. 
Once you are registered... to intervene...
1. Go to FERC's website: www.ferc.gov
2. Move your mouse over Documents and Filings and select eFiling
3, Click the orange button that says, "Login FERC online account Click here to proceed"
4. Choose Log In from the left hand column
         a. Enter the email and password you registered with
5. Choose e-Filing from the left hand column
6. At the Filing Type screen
        a. choose General in the first column under How is your filing to be directed? 
          b. then choose Intervention in the second column under What kind of filing are you making?
          c. then choose (doc-less) Motion to Intervene in the third column underFile Type if you want to cut and paste your intervention comments in or you want to compose on line, or
          d. Choose Motion to Intervene if you want to upload a document that you have already created with your intervention comments
          d. click Next
7. In the “Enter Docket Number:” box
          a. Enter CP16-21 and click Search
          b. When a listing for “Application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (Northeast Energy Direct Project)” appears, click on the blue plus sign in the right column under Select
          c. Click the Next button
8. At the Document-less Intervention Description screen
          a. Type in your reasons (you can use the samples above or your own) into the box. Include your name and address. State your opposition to the project.
          b. Click the Next button
9. Click As an Individual, then click Next
10. In the “Contact Email:” box
          a. Enter your email address
          b. Click Add as a Signer
          c. Click the Next button
11. At the Submission Description screen, click Next
12. At the Summary screen, click Submit
13. At the confirmation screen you are done! FERC will send you emails first confirming and then accepting your filing.

Once you receive the acceptance email you should forward it to Kinder Morgan at:

Jacquelyne_Rocan@kindermorgan.com, curt_moffatt@kindermorgan.com,


More than a potions master

    Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was an English actor and director, known for playing a variety of roles on stage and screen, often as a complex antagonist. Wikipedia

    Born: February 21, 1946, Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

    Died: January 14, 2016, London, United Kingdom

January 11, 2016

Ziggy played guitar

David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter, and actor.

David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," 

Beginning life as a dissident folk-rock spaceman, he would become an androgynous,orange-haired, glam-rock alien (Ziggy Stardust)

His flair for theatricality won him a legion of fans. 

The unique brilliance of a poet, pop star legend, icon. 


Can you hear me Major Tom?

Bowie marked his 69th birthday on Friday with the release of a new album, "Blackstar", with critics giving the thumbs up to the latest work in a long and innovative career.

British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: "I grew up listening to and watching the pop genius David Bowie. He was a master of re-invention, who kept getting it right. A huge loss." Read more...

January 10, 2016

Dates added for pistol permit processing

January 10, 2016 by DIANE VALDEN

GREENPORT—Due to an increase in Columbia County pistol permit sales and information received from NRA safety instructors reporting a large influx of students taking the course in recent months, the Sheriff’s Office will process pistol permits on three Saturdays in January.



January 5, 2016

So long Metroland

It has, indeed, been good to know you.

Albany's alternative weekly Metroland nostalgic, bittersweet final issue

Paul Grondahl Published 7:19 pm, Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The guerrilla final edition

Metroland staffers put out a guerrilla final issue online on New Year's Eve, "The Last Stand," and went out on their own terms: a clenched fist of protest, a lump in the throat over fun times gone by and a middle finger raised at The Establishment.

Nobody got paid.

January 3, 2016

Good Bye Trapper

Actor Wayne Rogers died on Thursday from complications from pneumonia, his rep exclusively tells ET. He was 82 years old.

Rogers, who hailed from Alabama, is best known for playing the role of Captain “Trapper” John McIntyre in the classic television series M*A*S*H from 1972-1975.

January 2, 2016


Natalie Cole, legendary songstress, dead at 65

USA TodayKristin McGrath
Born Feb. 6, 1950, in Los Angeles, Cole had music in her genes. Her father was legendary crooner Nat King Cole, and her mother, Maria Cole, sang with the Duke Ellington Orchestra.