October 5, 2008, Times Herald Record: Main Street Revitalization Restaurant helps town thrive

The Lazy Beagle Pub & Grill in Livingston Manor opened late this summer. Other business owners in town hope the restaurant will bring them business. Peter Howley, shown here, manages the restaurant.For the Times Herald-Record/MICHAEL D. BLOOM


LIVINGSTON MANOR — As Sims Foster watched this hamlet blossom — the fresh sidewalks, handsome light posts and new businesses — he realized that Livingston Manor was missing what every other vibrant community had: a restaurant.

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September 23, 2008, NYLCV Ecopolitics Report: State Must Conserve Water

A report issued Monday by a fisheries conservation group says New York lags Northeastern states in protecting its water resources.

Click above to read Trout Unlimited's report.New York uses more water per household than any other state except California and Texas, according to "Tapped Out: New York’s Water Woes," by Trout Unlimited. The report calls for New York to adopt water conservation laws, which could include new limits on residential water use, and higher prices for heavier users.

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September 20, 2008. Albany Times Union: Village holds tale of faded glory

Village holds tale of faded glory
Fleischmanns one of many forgotten spots in Catskills, Adirondacks in need of redevelopment
By BRIAN NEARING, Staff writer
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First published: Saturday, September 20, 2008

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September 18, 2008, Newday: Boundaries expanded for NY bear hunting

Boundaries expanded for NY bear hunting

ALBANY, N.Y. – In response to a growing population of bears, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has expanded hunting zones to include 13 new areas in central and western New York this fall.

State DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis says the hunting boundaries were expanded because the black bear population has grown in number and range in recent years, and hunting is an important tool in managing bear population growth.

The current bear population in New York state is estimated at around 7,000, with about 2,000 of those in the southern half of the state and the rest in the Adirondacks, said Gordon Batcheller, a DEC wildlife biologist.

"When I started my career in western New York in 1981, black bears weren’t a significant presence," Batcheller said. "Now my colleagues in that area say dealing with black bears is a regular occurrence."

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