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Blast of November 27, 2015

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Nov 27 - The Sharon Bargain Barn is saved!  Robin Hood Radio’s parent not-for-profit is taking over the management so it will not close.  It will continue on seamlessly.


Pine Plains is scheduled to finally close in the on the foreclosed library building and take over from the Bank of Millbrook. Dec 3 is the target date. The library will slowly move back in.

Nov. 25- Sharon Hospital’s ownership structure changes.  Appollo Global Management is the purchaser.  Sharon Hospital is in a group that will likely expand under the new umbrella.  Key executives have already left. 
Nov. 21 – The meeting at which the Silo Ridge SEQRA documents were approved by the Amenia Town Board was “contentious” with the vote 3-2.  Tonia Shoumatoff offers a description of issues that continue to simmer.  
Nov 27 – Kevin McEneaney uncovers military adventurism in “sovereign” airspace.  He finds that trespassing is frequent and dangerous. The Turks planned a showdown.  Syria is a testing ground of weapons of 14 countries. See his column under editorials.  

Carola Lott interviews Kira Wizner, the new owner of Merritt Books, who plans to reinvigorate Millbrook’s cherished book store.  Shipments of toys are in.  So is a line of books with a British imprint.


We review the Haydn Project, the noon time concerts at the Bard Music Conservatory curated by Peter Serkin.  Dawn Upshaw gave it a professional touch, but the students weren’t far behind.
We carry the obituary of John Basset Place, whose family once figured prominently in our community.  His brother Curtis was Town Supervisor while Bassett was running corporations like Chase, Anaconda, Crocker and sat on prestigious boards . 
Bill Schlesinger reminds us that Paris is hosting the talks on global warming that might set us on a more sustainable path, or, it might not. Diane Engelekecaptures a bobcat in her camera saying they are out hunting.
Our calendar is full of events in our region:  a farm and flea market at the Bascilica in Hudson starts today and goes all weekend; the champagne trail in Kent; a special market  5 to 8 this evening with a French touch at the Stissing House benefits the food pantry.  Go to the calendar for details.