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April 15, 2014

Cheers

To the return of night flights at the Sidney Municipal Airport. 

The small, village-owned facility was forced to curtail some airport activity after dark after the Federal Aviation Administration determined that more surveys were needed of the surrounding terrain. 

A detailed terrain survey was finally approved by the FAA last week, giving the airport the green light to begin landing planes at night once more. 

“This is really a boon to our operation and is going to be a big factor in helping us to bring in more business here,” airport Manager Gary Klindt told The Daily Star.

The airport serves about 8,000 flights per year, including passengers flying in for events as far away as the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The airport’s paved runway and proximity to Interstate 88 make it a welcome stop for small crafts, Klindt explained, adding that this summer’s induction at the Hall should bring plenty of traffic through Sidney. 

In a time when many small airports are struggling to stay viable, we are pleased to see this positive step for one of our local airports. We thank Congressman Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, and other local representative who have advocated on the airport’s behalf. 

To the preliminary success of Belgium Comes to Cooperstown, Brewery Ommegang’s annual summer beer festival. 

It’s not good news for anyone who had been thinking about attending, but it is good news for the region, that nearly 3,000 tickets sold out in five minutes for this year’s event. 

This is par for the course for Ommegang, which has been selling out the two-day festival of food and beer at about this rate since 2008. 

With the cheapest tickets still around $100, this festival isn’t in everyone’s budget. But the brewery offers many other events that are free or more reasonably priced. We don’t begrudge it putting on the ritz from time to time with events such as this one. 

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