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September 8, 2012

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The proposed six-turbine wind farm in the town of Richfield  was recently snagged by a recent court order nullifying the town planning board’s decision to issue a special permit without having to undergo a full environmental impact review. Since state Supreme Court Judge Donald Cerio issued his ruling, Ridgeline Energy of Albany, the Planning Board and abutting landowners who had given their consent to the project have appealed the decision, said Carol Frigault of Richfield Springs. One of the citizens who brought the lawsuit to stop the project.

Frigault said the Planning Board is expected to discuss the fallout from the court ruling at its Monday night meeting. Cerio has directed planning board members to undergo special training in how to carry out their obligations under the state Public Meetings Law.



nthony Pacherille Jr., the Cooperstown youth imprisoned for wounding a classmate two years ago in a racially charged case, has become acquainted with notorious inmate Mark David Chapman, the killer of John Lennon in Manhattan in 1980, while the two are imprisoned at Wende Correctional Facility, according to his father, Anthony Pacherille Sr. The elder Pacherille said the two had been in adjoining cells at Wende.

“They talked about literature and they talked about religion,” the father said. In an odd twist, he said that his son had been reading “The Catcher in the Rye,” the novel by J.D. Salinger, on the day he wounded classmate Wesley Lippitt in the entrance way of the Cooperstown village police station in 2010. That was the same novel authorities said Chapman was reading when he was taken into custody following Lennon’s slaying.

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