PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. -- Here's a look at last week's top stories from around Putnam County.
- Elected officials and concerned citizens called for the halt of construction on the proposed Spectra Algonquin pipeline pending an independent study of the pipeline's potential impacts.
- History students at Lakeland High School in Shrub Oak received a visit to the school by World War II veteran Dave Mann last week.
- Sister Barbara Heil, a woman who had been part of Kennedy Catholic High School's faculty since its start nearly half a century ago, was mourned on Wednesday following her untimely death in a car collision.
- Seventeen-year-old Allie McCarthy, a senior at Brewster High School who competes on a Danbury gymnastics team, was selected by the Section 1 Gymnastics Committee to receive the Section 1 Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete Award.
- Pound Ridge resident Forrest T. Rainford, 24, is facing felony drug charges after New York State Police stopped the car he was driving on Route 22 in Southeast for a loud exhaust on Thursday, March 3, police said.
- New York State Police from East Fishkill have charged a 23-year-old man from Danbury, Conn., with driving while intoxicated.
- Overtime spending by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority rose 11 percent in 2015, making it possible for hundreds of employees to double their pay, according to payroll records added Wednesday to SeeThroughNY, the Empire Center’s government transparency website.
- The often-contentious presidential primary race came close to home this week as Republican front-runner Donald Trump had to backpedal again on a controversial endorsement, this time from a so-called Sandy Hook "truther," according to the CT Post.
- Billionaire business magnate and former New York City Mayor and Westchester estate owner Michael Bloomberg said late Monday he has decided not to launch a third-party presidential campaign in 2016.
- A Mahopac woman, wanted by several police departments on drug and other charges, has been arrested, says Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith.
- The all-male Mr. Brewster pageant featuring 14 seniors raised $27,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and drew more than 500 spectators to Brewster High School.
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