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Church in the main square at Upper Canada Village. Archive Photo of the Day, 12/20/10: Carol Goldie, Canton NY.
Church in the main square at Upper Canada Village. Archive Photo of the Day, 12/20/10: Carol Goldie, Canton NY.

Upper Canada Village lights up for the holidays

MORRISBURG, Ont. The winter lights festival at Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg kicks off tonight and will run through January 4.

Among the attractions are more than 40 heritage buildings, massive trees and a toy train lit with over a million lights.  Go to full article
F-15 Eagle being readied for night operations. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/expertinfantry/5416852345/">Expert Infantry</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
F-15 Eagle being readied for night operations. Photo: Expert Infantry, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont Air National Guard continues night flights

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Members of the Vermont Air National Guard are wrapping up their latest night training missions.

Guard members will be flying F-15 fighter planes on Thursday night.  Go to full article
Novelis plant, Scriba, NY. Photo: Oswego County
Novelis plant, Scriba, NY. Photo: Oswego County

Novelis to spend $120 million on Oswego County plant

SCRIBA, N.Y. (AP) The world's largest producer of aluminum for the automobile industry is expanding again in upstate New York.

Novelis Inc. says it will invest $120 million to install a third aluminum automotive sheet finishing line and expand recycling of automotive scrap at its production plant near Oswego.

The company says the expansion will create 90 jobs at its facility in the town of Scriba, and other upgrades to the plant also will be made.  Go to full article
C.J., an explosive detection dog in current service. Photo: NYS Police
C.J., an explosive detection dog in current service. Photo: NYS Police

NYS police add 13 canine units to force

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York State Police Canine Unit is up to 77 teams.

That includes another 13 units who graduated Tuesday from Canine Handler Basic School after 20 weeks of training.

The graduates, who began serving on Nov. 26, include members from the New York State Police, Albany County Sheriff's Office, Oswego Police Department, St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department, Schenectady County Sheriff's Office, and Warren County Sheriff's Office.  Go to full article
A Canadian Forces search and rescue helicopter plucks to safety a crane operator trapped by the fire. Photo: @ChisinKingston via Twitter, used with permission
A Canadian Forces search and rescue helicopter plucks to safety a crane operator trapped by the fire. Photo: @ChisinKingston via Twitter, used with permission

Kingston building fire prompts evacuation, helicopter rescue

KINGSTON, Ont. A number of Kingston residents hope to return home today after being evacuated due to a massive fire.

The blaze broke out yesterday afternoon in an apartment building under construction and trapped a crane operator high above the blaze for more than an hour. A military helicopter crew rescued the man from his perch and police say he suffered only minor injuries.  Go to full article
Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross. Photo: Vermont Agency of Agriculture,<br />Food & Markets
Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross. Photo: Vermont Agency of Agriculture,
Food & Markets

Vermont ag secretary: Weigh in on food safety reform

RANDOLPH, Vt. (AP) Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross says the state's farm-related food businesses should be aware of new federal food safety regulations and speak up while they're being crafted.

Ross made the comment Tuesday during a daylong conference on Vermont's working landscape held at Vermont Technical College.  Go to full article
Snowmobile track on Lake Couchiching, Longford, Ontario. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/84614046@N00/4351889564/">Robert Snache</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Snowmobile track on Lake Couchiching, Longford, Ontario. Photo: Robert Snache, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

OPP: Ice not yet safe for recreational vehicles

The OPP and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs are reminding snowmobilers that no ice can be considered safe to ride on with a snowmobile.

They say this is especially true this winter when ice is forming earlier than usual in many areas and may look safe, but is not yet thick or strong enough.  Go to full article
US District Court in Brokklyn. Photo: <a href="http://www.panoramio.com/photo/72769135">Adam Elmquist</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
US District Court in Brokklyn. Photo: Adam Elmquist, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Catholic groups win NY contraceptive ruling

NEW YORK (AP) A Brooklyn judge has granted a permanent federal injunction that exempts four organizations with ties to the Catholic Church from being required to provide contraceptive care to its employees through a third party.

The Daily News says the ruling released Monday by Judge Brian Cogan in Federal District Court in Brooklyn affects more than 25,000 employees at two high schools, six hospitals, three nursing homes and several nonprofits.  Go to full article

NY Regents recommend school aid increase

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A Board of Regents subcommittee has voted to recommend a $1.3 billion increase in state aid for New York schools next year, along with fairer funding for high-needs districts and bigger investments in universal pre-kindergarten programs and teacher training.

The recommendations announced Monday are expected to be approved by the full board and sent to the state Legislature.  Go to full article

Police: Woman may have died from cold in Saratoga Springs

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Authorities have released the name of a homeless woman who may have died of exposure to the cold last week outside a city-owned building in Saratoga Springs.

Police say Monday that they're awaiting autopsy results to determine the cause of 54-year-old Nancy Pitts' death. Her body was found Thursday morning on a porch at the Saratoga Senior Center.

The building is about a block away from Saratoga's busy main thoroughfare.  Go to full article

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