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CMYKThe Daily Daily Mail Mail The Copyright 2019, Columbia-Greene Media Volume 227, No. 161Windham Journal SEE PAGE A6The nation’s fourth-oldest newspaper ã…
CMYKThe Daily Daily Mail Mail The Copyright 2019, Columbia-Greene Media Volume 227, No. 161Windham Journal SEE PAGE A6The nation’s fourth-oldest newspaper • Serving Greene County since 1792All Rights ReservedPrice $1.50THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019n WEATHER FORECAST FOR HUDSON/CA TODAY TONIGHTClouds and sun, a t-stormHIGH 82FRISome clouds, Some sun, a shower or a shower two lateLOW 6382 67Complete weather, A2n SPORTSFire victim’s family: ‘Jerry loved life’By Sarah Trafton Columbia-Greene MediaHUNTER — State fire investigators ruled Tuesday that the townhouse fire that claimed the life of a local husband and father was accidental. Jerry Meigs, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene of a fire that broke out Aug. 6 at about 6:44 a.m. in histownhouse on Scribner Hollow Road. Investigators determined that the fire originated in the kitchen area near the stove, according to the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control. The cause of Meigs’ death remains one of the fire’s unanswered questions, state police Public Information OfficerSteven Nevel said Tuesday. “The cause is still under investigation,” he said. “It does not appear to be criminal or foul play.” Meigs was seen at the third floor balcony asking for help from bystanders, Nevel said. He then went back into the See FIRE A2CONTRIBUTED PHOTOJerry Meigs, right, enjoys a playful moment with his family.Roundabout excavated to fix ‘imperfections’Four-game suspension Giants’ Golden Tate loses appeal PAGE B1n REGIONnAfter the fall, no injuries A tree falls on a moving car, but driver is unhurt PAGE A3n THE SCENEn What it means to be a man “Art of Self-Defense” a witty take on masculinity PAGE A7n INDEX Region Region Opinion Opinion State/Nation State/Nation Obituaries Obituaries Sports Sports Comics/Advice Classified Classiied Comics/Advice By Melanie Lekocevic Columbia-Greene MediaGREENPORT — Last October, the new roundabout near the entrance of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge was opened, and now, less than one year later, the blacktop is being dug up and replaced. The good news is that it won’t cost taxpayers a dime. Greenport Town Supervisor Kathy Eldridge said she had concerns that the road needed to be redone so soon after the initial project was completed. “I was concerned that there were problems and that this work needed to be done,” Eldridge said. The roundabout, at the intersection of Routes 9G and 23, came with a price tag of $4.5 million and took two months to complete in 2018. In addition to the roundabout itself, the project also included creating travel lanes, a 25-space parking area at the east side of the intersection, and sidewalks leading from the northern entrance to the Olana State Historic Site, over the bridge, and to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. It was part of a larger $14.6 million Skywalk project connecting the two historic sites. Now, the blacktop on the roundabout has been removed, leaving a milled surface for the time being. Work is expected to be completed in the overnight hours over the next few See ROAD A2 MELANIE LEKOCEVIC/COLUMBIA-GREENE MEDIAThe left lane exiting the roundabout near the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, where the pavement is milled and awaiting new blacktop.A3 A3 A4 A4 A5 A5 A5 A5 B1 B1 B4-B5 B4-5 B6-B7 B7-8Golf course hotel gets green light By Sarah TraftonOn the web www.HudsonValley360.com Twitter Follow: @CatskillDailyMail Facebook www.facebook.com/ CatskillDailyMail/Columbia-Greene MediaCATSKILL — Town planners unanimously approved a $10 million fourstory hotel and resort for Brooks Lane in Jefferson Heights on Tuesday night. Green Suites Resort will feature 48 suites for golfers and other visitors to the region. In the winter months, the resort will run a shuttle to Windham Mountain for winter sports enthusiasts. The town planning board approved a special-use permit for Catskill Golf Course owner David Vipler with 14 conditions to address concerns regarding traffic and parking that residents aired at a July 11 public hearing.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO“There will be no-parking signs on both sides of Brooks Lane,” Town Planning Board Chairman Joseph Izzosaid Wednesday. A blind-hill sign will be added at the crest of the road and parking barriers will be considered atcertain spots. There will be an event space in the hotel for weddings and conferences, Vipler said in July. “It’s going to be an amenity hotel,” Vipler said. “And the amenity is not just golf. It’s going to be a pool, it’s going to be wiffle ball and possibly a tennis court.” The planning board’s resolution requires the resort to have safe, convenient and adequate access for both vehicles and pedestrians. Parking needs are also addressed. “There is adequate off-street parking and loading areas which are See GOLF A2New show every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. www.hudsonvalley360.com/videos/livewithmatt Live with Matt is for entertainment purposes only! Send your questions and comments to the Inbox on the Web, Facebook Page, or YouTube Channel.@MattLuvera@MattLuvera@mluvera4www.facebook.com/LiveWithMattCMYKCOLUMBIA-GREENE MEDIA • THE DAILY MAILA2 Thursday, August 15, 2019RoadWeatherFrom A1FORECAST FOR HUDSON/CATSKILLTODAY TONIGHTClouds and sun, a t-stormFRISome clouds, Some sun, a shower a shower or late twoHIGH 82SATSUNMONA p.m. t-storm in spotsPartly sunny with a t-stormHot with clouds and sun83 6788 7091 6582 67LOW 63Ottawa 78/56Montreal 78/60Massena 78/55Bancroft 73/48Ogdensburg 78/59Peterborough 76/49Plattsburgh 76/58Malone Potsdam 75/54 77/56Kingston 75/60Watertown 79/59Rochester 79/62Utica 78/60Batavia Buffalo 77/60 81/62Albany 82/64Syracuse 81/63Catskill 82/63Binghamton 77/62Hornell 76/61Burlington 79/62Lake Placid 73/52PrecipitationHigh0.36”Low82Today 6:02 a.m. 7:57 p.m. 8:23 p.m. 5:53 a.m.Sunrise Sunset Moonrise MoonsetYesterday as of 3 p.m. 24 hrs. through 3 p.m. yest.Fri. 6:04 a.m. 7:55 p.m. 8:52 p.m. 6:52 a.m.Moon Phases66 YEAR TO DATEFullLastNewFirstAug 15Aug 23Aug 30Sep 5NORMAL26.9 24.39 Forecasts and graphics provided by AccuWeather, Inc. ©2019CONDITIONS TODAY AccuWeather.com UV Index™ & AccuWeather.com RealFeel Temperature®1263704 7675 82787689894 892217783818 a.m. 9 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m. Noon 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m. 4 p.m. 5 p.m. 6 p.m. The higher the AccuWeather.com UV Index number, the greater the need for eye and skin protection. 0-2 Low; 3-5 Moderate; 6-7 High; 8-10 Very High; 11+ Extreme. The patented AccuWeather.com RealFeel Temperature is an exclusive index of effective temperature based on eight weather factors.NATIONAL WEATHER TODAY Winnipeg 79/56Seattle 80/60Montreal 78/60 Billings 85/60Toronto 76/60Minneapolis 79/62 Chicago 79/64San Francisco 85/60Detroit 81/64Denver 94/59New York 80/68Washington 85/72Kansas City 82/68Los Angeles 87/63Atlanta 94/72El Paso 96/75 Chihuahua 91/69Houston 95/78 Miami 92/78Monterrey 102/75ALASKA HAWAIIAnchorage 72/59-10s-0s0sshowers t-stormsHonolulu 90/76Fairbanks 61/5410s rainShown are noon positions of weather systems and precipitation. Temperature bands are highs for the day.Hilo 86/71Juneau 68/5220s flurries30s40ssnow50s ice60s70scold front80s90s 100s 110swarm front stationary frontNATIONAL CITIES City Albuquerque Anchorage Atlanta Atlantic City Baltimore Billings Birmingham Boise Boston Charleston, SC Charleston, WV Charlotte Cheyenne Chicago Cincinnati Cleveland Columbus, OH Dallas Denver Des Moines Detroit Hartford Honolulu Houston Indianapolis Kansas City Knoxville Las VegasToday Fri. Hi/Lo W Hi/Lo W 93/67 pc 94/67 s 72/59 c 72/57 pc 94/72 pc 96/72 s 78/73 c 81/73 t 84/70 t 86/71 pc 85/60 pc 84/58 pc 94/68 s 95/69 s 91/59 s 86/58 s 75/65 pc 74/67 pc 88/74 t 87/73 c 88/64 pc 88/65 pc 91/72 pc 92/72 s 85/54 t 80/51 t 79/64 pc 77/66 t 83/61 pc 84/68 pc 81/64 t 80/65 pc 84/64 pc 83/67 pc 97/76 s 100/78 s 94/59 pc 91/59 t 79/67 pc 81/68 pc 81/64 t 80/66 t 83/63 pc 81/66 pc 90/76 pc 90/78 sh 95/78 pc 97/79 pc 82/62 pc 81/66 pc 82/68 t 86/71 t 89/65 s 90/67 s 110/83 s 109/81 sproblems with the blacktopping that needed to be reseamed, and it needed to be blacktopped again.” Construction began Monday, and Eldridge said it was supposed to be completed within a week. No construction is expected during the daytime. “They were going to do themajor work during the nighttime, but I am thinking they will probably need to do work during the day, too,” Eldridge said. Eldridge said she hoped the roundabout would be widened, but that there were no plans to do so. When work is being done overnight, Eldridge said trafficwould be rerouted. “They said they would do it as quickly as possible with as few problems for commuters as possible,” she noted. “I hope New York state DOT and the state make this as smooth a transition for the commuters as possible.”CONTRIBUTED PHOTO“Jerry’s smile was contagious and his humor enjoyed by all,” according to the laundromat’s Facebook page. “He had a huge heart and willingness to help anyone in need. His family needs us right now. His wife and children not only lost their best friend and father, but they lost everything they own.” In addition to monetary donations, the laundromat is accepting children’s books, toys and clothing sized 5T for boys, 8/10 for girls and L/XL for women. The Meigs family is working to establish a music festival named “Turtle Jam” in Jerry’s memory, Jerald Meigs said. “His nickname was turtle,” he said. Proceeds from the event, which would be held each August, would go to help save sea turtles and protect estuary habitat, Jerald Meigs said. Meigs has left a lasting impact on the community, Kristin said. “He was the best and he will be missed,” she said. State police, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, Greene County Fire Investigation team and Catskill, Hunter, Tannersville, Haines Falls, Hensonville, Palenville and Centerville Cedar Grove Fire Departments responded to the scene. Hudson Fire Department sent a truck to Catskill to remain on stand-by while Catskill responded to the mountaintop.FireSUN AND MOONStatistics through 3 p.m. yesterdayTemperatureMELANIE LEKOCEVIC/COLUMBIA-GREENE MEDIAThe roundabout completed in October 2018 is in need of new blacktop.Hudson 83/62Shown is today’s weather. Temperatures are today’s highs and tonight’s lows.ALMANACdays. Spokesman Joseph Morrissey from the state Department of Transportation said the project was completed to the specifics laid out in the original construction plans. “The project that included the roundabout was constructed last year on time and under budget,” Morrissey said. “Asphalt pavement was placed in accordance with contract specifications. The schedule was clearly outlined in pre-bid documents and was not accelerated. Portions of the project need to be repaved this week to correct some imperfections.” The repairs, he added, would not cost the taxpayers anything. “This is being done at the contractor’s expense,” Morrissey said. Eldridge said she was notified by the state that the work would be needed. “I was made aware construction would be done,” Eldridge said. “There were someCity Little Rock Los Angeles Miami Milwaukee Minneapolis Nashville New Orleans New York City Norfolk Oklahoma City Omaha Orlando Philadelphia Phoenix Pittsburgh Portland Portland Providence Raleigh Richmond Sacramento St. Louis Salt Lake City San Francisco Savannah Seattle Tampa Washington, DCToday Fri. Hi/Lo W Hi/Lo W 92/69 s 94/71 s 87/63 pc 84/63 pc 92/78 t 93/76 pc 75/64 c 74/66 t 79/62 pc 79/63 t 89/65 s 93/70 s 90/80 t 93/80 pc 80/68 pc 78/69 sh 85/75 t 87/74 pc 95/73 s 95/75 t 79/67 t 82/69 pc 89/76 t 88/73 t 83/70 t 86/72 t 113/83 s 111/84 s 81/63 t 82/64 pc 76/60 pc 71/60 pc 81/59 pc 76/61 pc 80/63 pc 78/65 pc 87/72 t 89/72 pc 85/71 t 89/72 s 106/67 s 102/61 s 83/68 pc 86/72 t 95/68 s 89/68 s 85/60 pc 81/60 pc 89/73 t 87/74 t 80/60 pc 74/61 pc 88/78 t 87/77 t 85/72 t 89/75 pcWeather(W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r-rain, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow, i-ice.From A1condo and was not seen again. “Meigs re-entered the condo and failed to exit,” Nevel said. Meigs’ body was found at the front door on the north side of the condo, Nevel added. Meigs’ father Jerald recalls his son as being a free spirit. “He was one of those kids that if he had five bucks and you needed six, he would try to get you the six,” Jerald Meigs said. “You couldn’t help but like him. You met him and didn’t forget him.” Meigs’ sister Michelle Meigs agreed. “Everyone knew his name wherever he went,” she said. Meigs had the gift of gab, his wife Kristin said. “It was a blessing and a curse,” she said. “He could turn a stranger into a good friend within minutes with ease. But I knew when he was out running errands it wasn’t going to take five minutes.” People from all walks of life attended Meigs’ Celebration of Life at his sister Charlotte’s house, she said. “There was so much love there,” Charlotte Meigs said. “Only he could bring all those different people together.” The group spent the night playing music and telling stories about Jerry, Michelle said. Meigs had a plethora of interests, Jerald Meigs said. “He loved music. He loved to sing, he loved to write. He was in a couple bands and had a large following on theGolf From A1properly located on the lot so as to provide safe and convenient circulation,” according to the condition set forth in the resolution. Other concerns regarding water pressure along Brooks Lane will be addressed as part of the construction of the project. Vipler applied for an $8.2 million grant from Empire State Development but will pay the $179,500 out of pocket to put in 1,920 feet of new water lines if he does not receiveFlames fully engulf a condo on Scribner Hollow Road in Hunter.mountaintop.” Charlotte agreed. “Everything he wanted to do, he would do it,” she said. “There was nothing holding him back. And everything he would do, he would do it passionately.” Kristin agreed. “He loved life and never did anything moderately,” she said. “He wouldn’t eat moderately. He would gorge himself because he loved everything.” Meigs had a foot in both worlds, Jerald Meigs said. “He was a Woodstock-type musician but also a professional state employee, getting benefits for his kids.” Meigs worked in the power plant at Coxsackie Correctional Facility, Jerald Meigs said. Kristin, and his children, Rowyn, 7, and Elijah, 3 werethe grant. The new water line will benefit 52 homes, Vipler said. The new water line is a condition of the project’s specialuse permit. A fire hydrant also needs to be relocated from the south entrance to the north entrance as requested by the fire department. The project will also require a soil erosion and sediment plan and a utility plan, which will be submitted to the Code Enforcement Officer. A state Department of Health food service permit is also required, according to the resolution. “We plan on breaking ground in the spring and anticipate 15 to 20 months ofvisiting Kristin’s mother and spending time at the Jersey Shore when the fire broke out, Jerald Meigs said. “He was really in love with his life and his kids,” Charlotte Meigs said. Humor was another one of Meigs’ strengths, Kristin said. “He could whip up stupid dad jokes in an instant,” she said. “He danced very weirdly but it was very cute.” Red Cross was not immediately notified, Red Cross Public Affairs Team Member Mary Alice Molgard said Tuesday. Molgard was unsure if the Red Cross’ assistance would be requested now that the family was back in the area, she said. Tannersville Laundromat is collecting items for Meigs’ family.construction,” Vipler said Wednesday. The project will be completed using panelized or pre-built construction, so the process should go quickly, Vipler said. “We are very excited,” Vipler said. “It’s been almost two years planning the project. We’re very pleased and look forward to getting this done as soon as possible.”HUDSON RIVER TIDES High tide: 3:20 a.m. 4.5 feet Low tide: 10:03 a.m. 0.1 feet High tide: 3:49 p.m. 3.9 feet Low tide: 10:11 p.m. 0.5 feetCOLUMBIA-GREENE MEDIA The Register-Star/The Daily Mail are publishedTuesday through Saturday mornings by Columbia-Greene Media (USPS 253620), One Hudson City Centre, Suite 202, Hudson, NY 12534, a subsidiary of Johnson Newspaper Corp. Periodicals postage paid at Hudson, N.Y., and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Register-Star, One Hudson City Centre, Suite 202, Hudson, NY 12534. 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Ops; Finance and Rep. and Dem. Caucus 6 p.m. Greene County Office Building, 411 Main St., Catskill n Greenville Town Board 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 11159 Route 32, Pioneer Building, GreenvilleTuesday, Aug. 20 n Athens Village Planning Board 6:30p.m. at Village Hall, 2 First St., Athens n Durham Town Board 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 7309 Route 81, East Durham n Hunter Town Board 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 5748 Route 23A, TannersvilleWednesday, Aug. 21 n Catskill Central School District BOE 6:30 p.m. in the High School Library, 341 West Main St., Catskill n Catskill Library Board 6:45 p.m. at either the Catskill Library, 1 Franklin St., Catskill or Palenville Library, 3303 Route 23A, Palenville n Catskill Town Board Committee 6:30 p.m. Palenville Fire House, Route 32A, Palenville n Greene County Legislature CGCC budget public hearing 6:25 p.m.; Regular Legislature Meeting No. 8 6:30 p.m. Greene County Office Building, 411 Main St., CatskillFalling tree crushes car, driver unhurt By Amanda Purcellpolice arrived. The tree fell squarely on the roof of the car, damaging the doors and pinning them shut, Hudson Fire Chief Anthony DeMarco Jr. said. It took about 15 minutes to free the woman, he added. Firefighters waited for Greenport Rescue Squad to arrive at the scene before they lifted the tree off the vehicle. Firefighters lowered the driver’s seat and were able to free Rivera by taking her out through the back door of the vehicle. Using steel struts and straps, firefighters lifted the tree off the car. Hudson Department of Public Works crews removed the tree. The falling tree sliced a power line in half, fire officials said. National Grid was called to repair the line after it tripped a breaker. Damage to the car’s roof combined with the damage underneath the car from the weight of the tree likely totaled the vehicle, Miller said. The tree showed signs of decay, and that is likely the reason it fell, DeMarco said. Officials did not know who owned the tree as of late Tuesday afternoon.Columbia-Greene MediaHUDSON — An Ulster County woman was in the wrong place at the wrong time Monday and she is lucky to be alive. A large tree fel
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