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The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/51035749109@N01/8395548101/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: Adam Fagen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont panel looks at reducing pollution from farms

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont House Agriculture Committee heads to Bridport and St. Albans this week for two public hearings on reducing pollution caused by farm runoff.

The panel is considering a bill that would make several changes in how farms operate, including requiring fences to keep livestock out of streams.  Go to full article
Snowmobile Crossing. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/amsd2dth/3413819666">amsd2dsh</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Snowmobile Crossing. Photo: amsd2dsh, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Commission OKs sled trail on Thousand Islands Parkway

Snowmobilers are gaining access to a stretch of road east of Kingston for the rest of the sledding season.

The St. Lawrence Parks Commission has given the all-clear for sledders to use of one lane of the Thousand Islands Parkway.  Go to full article
Concord grapes, ready for juicing. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/17787343@N00/1253823276/">D. Calvin Andrus</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Concord grapes, ready for juicing. Photo: D. Calvin Andrus, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY grape growers to benefit from federal purchase

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say they've successfully petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to use $11.5 million to buy concord grape juice for use in domestic nutrition programs such as school lunches.

The U.S. grape industry has a surplus of Concord grapes used to make juice due to a large 2013 crop. The senators wrote to the USDA to help purchase some of the surplus to ensure that prices remain stable for the industry ahead of the 2014 harvest.  Go to full article
Boats docked on Lake George <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/judybaxter/178532934/">Judy Baxter</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Boats docked on Lake George Judy Baxter, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY completes plans for Lake George boat launch

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) The state Department of Environmental Conservation has completed plans to relocate and upgrade the Lake George Beach Boat Launch.

The boat launch is part of a two-year project to improve the roads, parking lots and access to DEC's Lake George Beach Area, also known as the Million Dollar Beach.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/30849327@N00/2685012125/">Henry M. Diaz</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Henry M. Diaz, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY Farm Bureau says estate tax a top priority

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York Farm Bureau says its top legislative priorities this year include the governor's proposal to raise the exemption threshold on the state's estate tax from $1 million to $5.25 million.

According to the bureau, some 3,000 farms are above the $1 million mark and may be land rich but cash poor.  Go to full article
Pete Seeger. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dokwan/3785077774/">DoKwan</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Pete Seeger. Photo: DoKwan, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Upstate NY funeral home hosts Pete Seeger memorial

BEACON, N.Y. (AP) Hundreds of friends and fans joined in song Sunday to honor Pete Seeger, doing what the folk singer loved best.

Seeger died Jan. 27 at age 94; no services were planned. But Libby Funeral Home in Beacon held a reception Sunday. By early afternoon, more than 1,000 people had visited the funeral home, where an urn containing Seeger's ashes was displayed along with photos and Seeger's wood-splitting maul.  Go to full article
Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/30799612@N03/6964550182/">Ontario Chamber of Commerce</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne. Photo: Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ontario minimum wage goes to $11, pegged to inflation

The provincial minimum wage will rise to $11 an hour starting on June 1, and future increases will be tied to the rate of inflation.

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the $.75-an-hour hike yesterday -- the first minimum wage increase in the province since 2010.  Go to full article
Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/talkradionews/">Talk Radio News Service</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. Photo: Talk Radio News Service, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

More federal money for Vermont's heating costs

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont will be receiving $2.5 million more in federal money for heating assistance.

U.S. Sens. Leahy and Sanders and Rep. Welch say that "any relief is welcome" for families in the state struggling to heat their homes.  Go to full article
At an ice bar in Madrid, Spain. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/22372256@N08/5181629626/">Jesus Perez Pacheco</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
At an ice bar in Madrid, Spain. Photo: Jesus Perez Pacheco, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cool: 2 upstate NY hotels build outdoor ice bars

BOLTON LANDING, N.Y. (AP) Two upstate New York lakeside hotels are offering guests a unique way to chill out this weekend.

The Sagamore Resort in the Adirondacks has built an outdoor bar made entirely of ice. Even the stools are made of ice.  Go to full article
Cars under lake-effect snow. Archive Poto of the Day, Stephen Diehl, Antwerp, NY
Cars under lake-effect snow. Archive Poto of the Day, Stephen Diehl, Antwerp, NY

Researchers wrap up $4M northern NY snow study

OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) Researchers on a $4 million snow study will analyze data collected in the Tug Hill region of northern New York to improve the way lake-effect storms are predicted.

About 100 researchers from Alabama to Wyoming launched the Tug Hill field work in early December. They packed up their equipment this week.  Go to full article

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