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62-year-old William Spengler is the alleged gunman in Webster, NY. Photo:  Monroe County Sheriffs Office via WXXI
62-year-old William Spengler is the alleged gunman in Webster, NY. Photo: Monroe County Sheriffs Office via WXXI

Gunman attacks, kills firefighters near Rochester

A Christmas eve shooting in a small town near Rochester has left two emergency responders dead and others wounded.

Authorities say the alleged gunman, William Spengler, laid an ambush for firefighters by setting a blaze and then lying in wait with a rifle or shotgun.

The shooting occurred in Webster, New York, near the shore of Lake Ontario.  Go to full article
Tremblay with 8-year-old Dana Abozmal. Photo: Karen Kelly

Ottawa social worker is also Santa

With the requisite white beard and round belly, Raymond Tremblay looks like Santa Claus, even when he isn't wearing his red suit.

Tremblay is the official Santa for Canada Post, and the Rideau Centre in Ottawa. He's also Santa at his day job at the Shepherds of Good Hope, a homeless shelter in Ottawa.

Tremblay employs the same skills as a social worker as he does in the red velvet suit.  Go to full article
A snowy 2012 day at Whifeface Mountain (Photo:  ORDA)

Snow arrives just in time for North Country ski areas

A flurry of snow arrived just in time for many North Country ski areas to open for holiday week. Downhill ski areas are open today from Titus Mountain near Malone to Gore Mountain near Johnsburg.  Go to full article
New York State Capitol. Photo: <a ref="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonparis/">Jason Paris</a> CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en"> some rights reserved</a>

Gun control, fracking among top 2013 issues at State Capitol

Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers will face a number of issues in 2013 ranging from raising the state's minimum wage, to campaign finance reform, to gun control.
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John Scarlett at work in his shop in Rossie. Photo courtesy John Scarlett

Traditional Work: Shaping flowers from steel at a forge in Rossie

This week, we're revisiting one of our favorite series of stories from the past year: conversations with artisans in the North Country who do traditional work. These are...  Go to full article