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On a blustery spring day, a small crowd gathers at the parking area of the Washington County Grasslands, a DEC Wildlife Management Area located on 286 acres in the heart of the upper Hudson’s farm country.

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Federal regulators have approved General Electric's plan to dismantle a Hudson River PCB cleanup plant used during six years of dredging, which concluded this fall.

  This Saturday, the Washington County Historical Society will present the program: “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again: 150 Years since the End of the Civil War and the Return of Our Own 123rd Regiment” in Salem, NY.

Joining us: Pat Niles, retired high school history teacher from Salem who is a Washington Co. Historical Society board member and is scheduled to be the next WCHS president. Also joining us is Mike Russert who is a retired teacher from Hoosick Falls Central. He is an expert on local history with a particular interest in the 123rd Regiment from Washington Co. He will be a speaker at the 9/26 event.

Debi Craig is a board member and former president of the WCHS, she is the Event Coordinator for “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again” and chairperson of the Programming Committee.

Music From Salem

Jul 15, 2015

  Music from Salem brings together musicians of international reputation to prepare and perform chamber music in the peace and beauty of rural Washington County, New York, and environs. Chamber music is classical music written for a small group of performers, and includes a range of styles, from the 18th century to today.

The connection between artist and audience is at the heart of Music from Salem. Concerts are intimate, with most held at Cambridge’s Hubbard Hall, whose fine acoustics enhance the listener’s experience. Open rehearsals are held at Brown Farm in Salem, where MfS originated in 1986.

Founder, violist, and Artistic Director Lila Brown; cellist Scott Kluksdahl, and Vice President of Music From Salem David deVries all join us to tell us more.

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Sheriffs from three upstate counties are pushing for an online emergency response program to be used in schools across New York.

State lawmakers are expecting passage of a bill that would help establish a regional visitor center for the upper Hudson and Hoosic river valleys.

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Village elections are set for tomorrow in New York. WAMC takes a look at the mayoral race in the Washington County village of Cambridge, one of few competitive races in our region.

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An entrepreneur in Washington County is hoping to secure a license from New York state to grow marijuana for medical use. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the plan has already received praise from local officials.

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The acting district attorney in Saratoga County has announced a special prosecutor will handle the case against a former Saratoga County sheriff’s deputy who allegedly slapped a civilian earlier this month. 

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Voters in a small Washington County community have decided to dissolve their village government.

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Commemorations are scheduled for this weekend in Washington County and Saratoga Springs, New York in honor of a free man captured and sold into slavery in the 19th Century.

The story of Solomon Northup, as told in his 1853 narrative Twelve Years A Slave, has experienced a fresh round of attention thanks to last year’s Oscar-winning film of the same name. The story tells how Northup was lured away from his home in Saratoga Springs, and eventually sold into slavery.

A recent traffic stop that led to two arrests for heroin possession in Washington County, New York, near the Vermont border is bringing attention to an ongoing issue of the transport of illegal drugs over state lines.

A traffic stop by state troopers early Tuesday on Route 149, west of the Village of Fort Ann, led to two arrests on charges of heroin possession with intent to sell.

Residents  of Greenwich, New York are keeping their village. By a vote of 281 to 203, residents voted down a measure that would have dissolved the village. The Village of Greenwich is located in New York's Washington County. 

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New York U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced this week more than $2.7 million in funding to help a village in Washington County make upgrades to its faulty sewer system. 

The Democrats announced a $2 million grant and $740,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program for the Village of Whitehall. The Washington County village near the Vermont border will use the funding to make repairs and comply with environmental regulations.

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Peter Gregg, a resident of the village of Greenwich in Washington County loves where he lives. He likened it to living in a Norman Rockwell painting.

“But the problem is that the taxes are too high,” said Gregg. “There’s a Town of Greenwich tax and a Village of Greenwich tax.”

Gregg said the taxes are “penalizing” to village residents.

Gregg, who edits the local newspaper The Greenwich Journal, recently submitted a petition to the village board to dissolve the village government.

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New York State officials gathered at a farm in Washington County today to kick off Maple Weekend.

“Our goal out here is just to celebrate one of nature’s best events and that’s the beginning of the season for maple out here in New York State," said New York State Agricultural Commissioner Richard Ball.

Ball was joined by State Senator Betty Little, Assemblyman Steve McLoughlin, and others at Dry Brook Sugar House in the Washington County town of Salem to mark the start of maple weekend.

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Washington County law enforcement officials are pushing for more community awareness of drug abuse and addiction through more oversight of pharmacies.

Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan says there are a lot of misconceptions about drug abuse and the reality of highly-addictive methamphetamines.

New York State Assemblyman Tony Jordan, a Republican of the 113th District, was recently elected to become the next District Attorney of Washington County. Jordan, a lawyer by trade, served as Assistant District Attorney prior to his election to the Assembly in 2008. WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with Jordan, who reflected on his experience in the legislature and his reasons for leaving.

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National, state, and local officials gathered in the Saratoga County town of Northumberland today to mark the completed restoration of an historic bridge that connects a system of recreational trails.

The crowd gathered on the newly refurbished Dix Bridge spanning the Hudson River between Greenwich and Northumberland, connecting Washington and Saratoga Counties. The original structure was constructed in 1895, and since 2009 local organizations and municipalities have worked to transform the aging span into an accessible walkway open to pedestrians, cyclists and snowmobilers.

    This Saturday and Sunday, a dozen  of Washington County, New York’s best artists will open their studio doors and invite us inside to see their latest works and talk about the creative process. Not a gallery, not an exhibition, but a visit into the artists world and workshop, the Open Studios Tour will gives a chance to connect with the art through the artist.

The Tour takes you through lower Washington County with some of the most striking vistas in New York State. You will enjoy the ride from studio to studio almost as much as you love the art.

Open Studios Tour Director, Sue Sanderson and artist Leslie Parke join us to tell us more.