Despite DEC decision, Constitution vows battle not over

4/27/2016

Natural gas pipeline opponents got a two-fer Friday when Kinder Morgan announced it was putting the breaks on the NED and hours later, DEC denied the water quality permits Constitution Pipeline needed to move that project ahead, effectively killing it. "This is a huge victory," Anne Marie Garti of Stop the Pipeline said Friday. "We have been focusing on the 401 Water Quality Certificate from the very beginning of this fight and have proved that we were right all along. It is a happy day." Also celebrating was Bob Nied of Richmondville, who's led a long fight agains ...

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Berne man killed in "suicide by police"

4/27/2016

A High Point Road man who charged State Troopers while holding two knives was shot and killed by police late Friday night. An Albany County coroner ruled the death a "suicide by police," according to police. At about 11:30pm Friday, Troopers responded to High Point Road in the Town of Berne after an initial report was received. High Point Road is located off Huntersland Road in Albany County, just outside Schoharie County. After they received a report of a man threatening to shoot anyone who approached him, specifically any responding law enforcement, they arrived ...

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T-J Mother's Day essay contest: Mom says you better enter

4/27/2016

The Times-Journal wants to know why your Mom is best. In honor of Mother's Day, the T-J is having its annual "Why My Mom's the Greatest" essay contest. In 200 words or less, explain why your Mom--or the person who fills in for your Mom--is the finest around. The contest is open to everyone, kids through adults. There are no age groups. "Usually our contests are primarily for kids or mostly for adults," said T-J Publisher Jim Poole. "Everyone's Mom is special, so this is open to everyone." The Times-Journal will pick four winners, and those winners and their Moms ...

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Saturday: Maple, Wildlife Festivals and more

4/27/2016

Things are shaping up for the 51st Schoharie County Maple Festival, set for all-day Saturday at the Cobleskill Fairgrounds. Festivities for the free event will begin at 8am with a pancake breakfast by the Cobleskill Fire Department. All day, there will be crafts, food, maple products, confections, and demonstrations, and free entertainment. At noon, a parade will leave the SUNY Cobleskill Commuter Parking Lot next to Agway and head down MacArthur Avenue to the Fairgrounds-a route change because of Main Street construction. And at 2pm, the 2016 Maple Queen will be c ...

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License changes could spell disaster for deer in need of help

4/27/2016

April showers bring May flowers. May brings...fawns. And this year, for wildlife rehabilitators, May's fawns will also mean headaches. That's because DEC has changed the rules for New York State-licensed rehabbers who handle deer. The changes are restrictive enough that many rehabbers may decide to turn fawns away, said Kelly Martin of Middleburgh, a longtime wildlife rehabilitator and president of the New York Wildlife Rehabilitation Council. "That's never a good situation," Ms. Martin said. "If people end up with a fawn-whether it really needed help or not-and ...

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