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90-year-old CEO keeps Middleburgh phone company buzzing

When it comes to phone service, you are probably familiar with Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T.

However, there is an independent phone company in the area that is giving the big boys a run for their money – and it’s run by a 90-year-old CEO.

Schenectady Red Cross volunteer heads to Washington for mud slide recovery effort

The aftermath of a mud slide in Washington State last month. -

A Red Cross volunteer from the Capital Region is heading out to Washington State to help with recovery from that devastating mud slide last month.

Thirty nine people are now confirmed dead in the community of Oso.

Searchers believe the final death toll will be 43.

Jeff Fox from Schenectady is a disaster mental health volunteer.

The Red Cross says he'll be manage a team of volunteers to provide mental health support for residents affected by the disaster.

Another Capital Region Red Cross volunteer, Angelika Klapputh of Sharon Springs recently returned from Washington. 

Schoharie board hears casino comments

RICHMONDVILLE - It already has the support of the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors, but on Tuesday night it was the residents of Schoharie County who had their say on the matter of casino gambling.

At a time when casino gambling is trying to win approval from both citizens and municipal governments, there are clear indications that it hasn't won the fight for legitimacy.

"Studies who that communities within fifty miles of a casino double the number of problem gamblers in their community," stated Dr. Rebecca Eckel, a Cobleskill physician. "Our mental health services are already stretched to the limit in our area. How can we accommodate treating a large number of problem gamblers?"

Richmondville woman accused of assault, burglary

RICHMONDVILLE – A Richmondville woman is facing multiple charges after an assault on Thursday.

State Police say 25-year-old Lakiesha Smith entered a home on two separate occasions and assaulted the sleeping victim inside.

An investigation revealed that Smith also assaulted another victim earlier in the day.

Troopers say both victims suffered injuries from the attack.

Police believe the attacks may be related to a lovers quarrel.

Smith faces assault and burglary charges/

She is in the Schoharie County Jail in lieu of bail.

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Scientists, researchers gather at UAlbany to discuss extreme weather

Atmospheric scientists and researchers are gathering at the UAlbany campus on Monday.

They’re discussing how to tackle future weather emergencies in a conference called "Facing The Storm: Preparing For Increased Extreme Weather In Upstate New York."

The college cites a recent report from the American Meteorological Society, which calls New York State the most vulnerable location for the weather to affect the economy.

The forum is partially presented by UAlbany and the NYS Emergency Management Association and NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

The keynote speaker is Paul Tonko. Another speaker is Colleen Fullford from the Schoharie County Emergency Management Office.

The conference is set to go from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Meeting to be held Tuesday on Howe Caverns casino proposal

A public hearing on the plan to build a casino at Howe Caverns will be held on Tuesday.

It will be in the Cobleskill-Richmondville auditorium from 7-9 p.m.

Last November, 51 percent of voters in the county were in favor of putting a casino in the Capital District.