Richmondville monastery looks to grow

4/14/2021

St. John the Wonder Monastery is looking to add a cloister, cemetery, workshop, and vegetable gardens to its facility off Route 10 in the Town of Richmondville.
Though they’d like to break ground on the work this summer, the timeline for the 5-10 year project depends on donors and financing, monks said Monday.
The project comes in part to update the existing facility—once off-campus student housing--and also as a way to make room for an additional nine monks.
Neighbors voiced concerns over traffic and drainage at a public hearing on the project Monday.
And though the County Planning Commission has advised requiring the mostly-private Heron Road to be brought u ...

Richmondville monastery looks to grow

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Dogs run wild in Middleburgh

4/14/2021

Unlicensed and unvaccinated dogs are running loose in the Town of Middleburgh.
Feral cats too, Dog Control Officer Joe Durma told Supervisor Wes Laraway and councilmen Thursday, but don’t expect him to do anything about them.
Some people, he said, are having trouble getting into the vets’ for rabies vaccinations.
But plenty others just don’t care—and he ran through a long list of loose dogs he’s picked up and, when he can, returned to their owners.
“We have a lot of folks in town, they’re dogs aren’t vaccinated,” he said. “We had a dog bite on Main Street…she had some serious injuries.
“We had two dogs loose on Grove Street, one dragging a chain. A Hus ...

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Old Stone Fort goes wireless

4/14/2021

An essential improvement at the Old Stone Fort in Schoharie is one you can’t see.
Wireless internet is now through the entire museum complex, a boon for those visiting the grounds or conducting research.
And although the Fort remains closed during the pandemic, virtual programming allows the public to enjoy talks and presentations.
The wifi is one of several projects at the Fort, which has been closed since the pandemic began.
The new technology is a major step forward for the Fort, which is owned by Schoharie County and maintained by the Schoharie County Historical Society.
With its own technology, the Historical Society needn’t go through the county ...

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Gov sets guidelines for graduations

4/14/2021

New York State will allow indoor and outdoor high school graduations this spring, effective May 1, with attendance caps and, for larger ceremonies, COVID vaccine or testing requirements.
Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled the state’s graduation ceremony requirements Monday; SUNY Cobleskill has already said it plans several days of virtual ceremonies while local high schools are still in the planning stages.
“We deserve a break and students deserve their day for graduation, and families deserve some good news,” Governor Cuomo said.
Under the regulations released Monday, for outdoor events:
• A ceremony with 200 or fewer attendees will be limited to 50 percent of ve ...

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Solar rep tells IDA PILOT $ could threaten projects

4/14/2021

Schoharie County’s plans to set a $20,000 per-megawatt minimum for solar PILOTs could jeopardize the benefits and jobs those projects could bring.
That’s what industry, union, and business reps told IDA officials at a public hearing held to consider changes to the tax deal.
“The policy you’re considering puts the benefits that could be brought [by solar] to local communities at risk,” said Kris Scornavacca, project developer for NextEra Energy Resources, which got the state’s go-ahead in January for a 50-megawattt project in the Town of Sharon.
The project will mean 175 construction jobs, Mr. Scornavacca said, in addition to other revenue.
“We believe it bring ...

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