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December 11, 2016
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Highland’s home rule battle continues

Highland Supervisor Andrew Boyar on Tuesday presented a Certificate of Achievement on behalf of the town to Awinita Teran Stasilli II for her efforts in becoming a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient. Awinita spent two weeks restoring a statue of the Blessed Virgin in Forestburgh’s St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery, stripping old paint, refilling and sculpting chipped and damaged areas, repainting its shed and planting flowers.
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The board also heard Carol Roig of the Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development detail plans for the August 10 Eldred kickoff of a year-long North American Cultural Laboratory (NACL) program, the “The Weather Project.” The kickoff, opposite town hall, will feature a variety of weather-related exhibits, music and other entertainment. For more details, visit To read a story about the Weather Project, go to page 29.

Tuesday’s meeting began with a moment of silence for the 19 firefighters recently killed in fighting an Arizona brush fire; and for Amanda Morabito, 17, of Yulan who died in a July 6 automobile accident in Lumberland, in which her 16 year-old sister Ashley was also seriously injured.

The girls’ father, James Morabito, is a town employee, and both Boyar and highway superintendent Tom Ebers said they hoped neighbors would reach out to the family as they dealt with Amanda’s death and Ashley’s recuperation and rehabilitation.