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Kinder Morgan Suspends Work On Northeast Direct Gas Pipeline

by Thaddeus Flint

“The NED is dead.”

That was the word last week from Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline (SNYFGP) co-founders Robert Connors and Becky Meier after Kinder Morgan announced that the Northeast Direct Pipeline had been “suspended.” (more…)


The Careless Toss Of A Cigarette May Be The Cause Of A Large Fire In The Woods Along The Grafton-Pittstown Line

The Careless Toss Of A Cigarette May Be The Cause Of A Large Fire In The Woods Along The Grafton-Pittstown Line

More Than 100 Firefighters Respond 

To A Blaze In The Grafton Woods

By Doug La Rocque

It took more than 100 firefighters from 14 different Rensselaer County departments nearly six hours to extinguish a woods and brush fire burning on state land off Edelmann Lane, mostly in the Town of Grafton near the Pittstown line.  Grafton Chief Jim Goyer said there were no injuries in the Wednesday blaze, which was difficult to fight because of the terrain and lack of water.  Overall, Goyer estimates the amount of land consumed by the fire to be about 14 acres. (more…)


Grand Opening Event Welcomes New Businesses

Grand Opening Event Welcomes New Businesses

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Open Houses Draw a Crowd

by Deb Alter

The northern end of Church Street in Hoosick Falls was all abuzz with activity on Monday evening, April 18. Lots of community members and local officials, as well as Hoosick Local Development Corporation (HLDC) committee members were downtown to welcome Xentrix Hair Saloon, Little Sprouts, and Shaw’s Mobile Repair Services. Visitors to the shops were invited to look around, talk to the proprietors, and sample snacks and beverages. And, it was a social event.  (more…)


A 19.56 Million Dollar Budget Proposal To Go Before The Berlin School District Voters In May

By Doug La Rocque

After several meetings to discuss and make changes to the 2016-17 School Budget proposal set forth by Superintendent Dr. Stephen Young, the full board last Tuesday night gave its unanimous approval to the spending plan that calls for a 0.59% increase in taxes.  (more…)


Three Candidates Running For Three Seats In Berlin School Board Election

by Alex Brooks

There will be three candidates on the ballot in the Berlin Central School Board election, running for three open seats. Incumbents Rachel Finney and Jeffrey Paine will be running for re-election. Current School Board member Liz Miller declined to run for re-election, and Sherry Bowman-Kluck will be on the ballot running for that seat.


Hoosick Property Values: Too Soon To Tell

by Deb Alter

Opinions differ on the effect of the water crisis on property values in Hoosick and Hoosick Falls. Local real estate agents, banks, and the Town Assessor have differing perspectives on the question of whether property values are depressed because of the water crisis. (more…)


Walloomsac Accident Wrecks Three Vehicles

Walloomsac Accident Wrecks Three Vehicles

by Steve Bradley

A three car accident in Walloomsac that could have been much worse ended with no serious injuries. The accident happened at noon Sunday in front of Sonny’s Motors on Route 67. (more…)


ASA Seeks Pre-Applications For Farmland Protection Grants

The Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA) is accepting pre-applications from farmers in Washington and Rensselaer counties that wish to apply to the state farmland protection program.  Pre-applications are due by Friday, May 13 to ASA’s office. (more…)


​Earth Day Cleanup

​Earth Day Cleanup

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Another Possible Deal For The Former Grafton Elementary School Falls Through

By Doug La Rocque

In the several years since the Berlin School District closed the former Grafton Elementary School, citing declining enrollment and increased operating costs, a parade of potential buyers have come forward with proposals for the property, and none has been able to follow through.  (more…)


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