Solar company backs out of deal at jail

11/19/2019

A solar deal that could have meant millions to Schoharie County has broken down at the finish line.
Blenheim Supervisor Don Airet said Friday that NextEra Energy “has declined to move forward at the Public Safety Facility” despite it being “damn near a done deal.”
NextEra was one of just a couple firms that responded to supervisors’ RFP for a five-megawatt solar project at the new jail. 
NextEra is the same firm that’s looking to build a 50-megawatt commercial solar farm in the Town of Sharon, but the two projects aren’t related.
At the jail, the ...

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Venison project seeks deer for the hungry

11/19/2019

For the 18th year, the Schoharie County Venison Donation Program is asking hunters to donate extra deer that they’ve processed.
The venison is distributed to nine Schoharie County food pantries and can be donated at: Marlows’, Howes Cave, (518) 296-8978, or Bleaus’, Gallupville, (518) 702-5026.
Hunters who donate a full deer will be entered into a drawing gor a gun donated by Whitetails Unlimited.
Contact Eric Haslun at (518) 294-6490 for more information.

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Supervisors OK budget with 2.59 percent tax hike

11/19/2019

Supervisors’ Finance Committee carved about $228,000 out of their tentative $91.3 million budget and then Sheriff Ron Stevens came in with another $310,000 in staffing reductions at the new jail to bring the tax levy increase in at 2.52 percent, just under the tax cap of 2.59 percent.
“If you want a budget under the tax cap, this will do it,” Administrator Steve Wilson told supervisors at a public hearing on the budget Tuesday. “Take it home and digest it…”
By Friday, they had, with only Fulton Supervisor Phil Skowfoe voting against it, not convinced it incl ...

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Early Thanksgiving deadlines for next week's T-J

11/19/2019

Next week’s Times-Journal will have early deadlines because of Thanksgiving.
The T-J will be published Tuesday instead of Wednesday, necessitating the early deadlines.
Ad deadlines are:
4:30pm Thursday: All arts and entertainment, auto and real estate ads.
4:30pm Friday: All other display advertising, and legal and classified ads.
News deadlines are:
10am Friday: letters to the editor, correspondence, social and college news and arts and entertainment items.
9am Monday: Sports, obituaries and meeting notices.
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Middleburgh FD gets pet O2 masks

11/19/2019

Pet safety took a step forward in Middleburgh Monday night.
Kim Bellizzi of Invisible Fence presented three pet oxygen masks to the Middleburgh Fire Department as part of the company’s Project Breathe Program.
The three different-sized kits, she said, “are for dogs, cats and other small animals.”
Ms. Bellizzi demonstrated a mask on firefighter Mike Devlin’s dog, Bentley, who cooperated for the demo.
Firefighters would typically use the masks after rescuing a pet from a fire. Although dogs normally would resist a mask, Ms. Bellizzi said dogs suff ...

Middleburgh FD gets pet O2 masks

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