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Town Hall, Greece, NY, where the town meetings are held. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Greece,_New_York_town_hall.jpg">Daniel Penfield</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Town Hall, Greece, NY, where the town meetings are held. Photo: Daniel Penfield, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Atheist to open NY meeting, top court OKed prayers

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) -- An atheist is set to deliver the invocation in a western New York community whose town board won a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding its right to open meetings with a prayer.

Dan Courtney says he asked the town of Greece for an opportunity to deliver the "non-theist" message right after the 5-4 decision in May.  Go to full article
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Sen. George Maziarz announced that he will not be running in the upcoming election. <"http://www.nysenate.gov/files/profile-pictures/headshot3.jpg">.

NY state Sen. Maziarz says he won't run again

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A longtime New York state senator says he won't run again amid reports that his office is under investigation by a federal prosecutor.

Sen. George Maziarz (MAZ'-ee-arz) of Niagara County made his announcement late Sunday night, saying he wasn't feeling up to another campaign. The 61-year-old was first elected to the Senate in 1995.  Go to full article
Photo: Innovation Trail
Photo: Innovation Trail

Court dismisses challenges to NY fracking review

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A state judge has dismissed two lawsuits challenging the state's delay in finishing its health and environmental analysis of the potential impact of shale gas development in New York.

The suits were filed on behalf of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, claiming 70,000 members, and the trustee of the bankrupt Norse Energy.  Go to full article

Weather service: Tornado caused damage Sunday

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) -- Meteorologists with the National Weather Service have confirmed that a tornado touched down in the Finger Lakes during violent storms over the weekend.

The weather service in Binghamton confirmed Monday that the tornado touched down around 4:40 p.m. Sunday in the Schuyler County town of Reading, just outside the village of Watkins Glen.  Go to full article
Vermont Congressman Peter Welch. Photo: <a href="http://www.welch.house.gov/about-peter/">Peter Welch Biography</a>, Public Domain, some rights reserved
Vermont Congressman Peter Welch. Photo: Peter Welch Biography, Public Domain, some rights reserved

Welch to discuss negotiations over highway fund

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) Congressman Peter Welch will be discussing the negotiations in Congress over reauthorization of the Highway Trust Fund, which is how states pay for most major road construction projects.

Welch will also release a list of critical Vermont transportation projects that could be delayed if Congress doesn't act.  Go to full article
Big Barn Dance at Sentinel Farms, Vermont. Photo:<a href="http://www.unboundgrace.org/blog/category/sentinel-farm/">Seintinel Farms, Unbound Grace</a>, Public Domain, some rights reserved
Big Barn Dance at Sentinel Farms, Vermont. Photo:Seintinel Farms, Unbound Grace, Public Domain, some rights reserved

Vermont camp is more than horses; it's a new path

STARKSBORO, Vt. (AP) A former Vermont lawmaker is running a summer program designed to help children learn important life lessons by working on the farm.

The dozen or so kids who go to Sentinel Farms frequently start the day by doing farm chores before getting to ride the horses.  Go to full article
The Essex Chain of Lakes. Photo: Carl Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy
The Essex Chain of Lakes. Photo: Carl Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy

New York canoe camping area comes with new rules

NEWCOMB, N.Y. (AP) Canoe campers seeking solace in New York's newest lake-studded Adirondack playground will encounter a few rules that run counter to the region's tradition of unfettered access.

In the Essex Chain Lakes, permits are required to pitch a tent under lakeside pines. And forget toasting marshmallows over a crackling fire. Campfires are forbidden.  Go to full article
Saratoga Race Course. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/durhamd/1075371003">Dustin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Saratoga Race Course. Dustin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Opening weekend planned at Saratoga race track

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) A music festival and 23rd annual fancy hat contest are planned as part of the opening weekend activities at Saratoga Race Course.

Competition in the hat contest takes place next Sunday after the second, third and fourth races, with contestants parading in front of judges on the track apron.  Go to full article

5 rescued after boat capsizes near Cape Vincent

CAPE VINCENT, N.Y. (AP) The Coast Guard has rescued five people from the St. Lawrence Seaway near Cape Vincent after their boat hit a large wake and capsized.

Officials say a Coast Guard crew stationed at Alexandria Bay saw the 19-foot boat hit the wake around 9:30 Saturday night, throwing the boaters into the water. None were wearing life jackets.  Go to full article

Search to resume for 84-year-old missing hiker

FORESTPORT, N.Y. (AP) Authorities say they'll resume their search for an 84-year-old man who failed to return from a hiking and camping trip in central New York.

State police say Donald Combs of Sauquoit, near Utica, left a note for his family on Thursday saying he was going camping in the town of Forestport, located on the Adirondack Park's southwestern border in northern Oneida County.  Go to full article

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