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Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtgklt/2155522564/">Mike&Kelly</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Mike&Kelly, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Refreshed phone app has NY Times Square countdown

NEW YORK (AP) The breathless drama of New York City's Times Square New Year's Eve countdown is going miniature with a free app for electronic devices.

The app promises news and updates from the Times Square ball and is touted as simpler to navigate than earlier versions.  Go to full article
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Photo: vgm8383, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Power outages from ice storm linger in northern NY

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Several thousand utility customers in northern New York may have to do without holiday lights on the night before Christmas thanks to last weekend's ice storm.

National Grid reports more than 6,200 homes and businesses remain without power on Christmas Eve morning. About 4,000 of the outages are in Jefferson County, with another 1,400 reported in neighboring St. Lawrence County.  Go to full article
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Photo: jpalinsad360, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY State Police target drunk driving at Christmas

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York State Police are joining a national crackdown on drunk driving during the holidays.

The goal of the initiative "Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest" is to maximize DWI enforcement efforts to prevent motorists from being injured or killed by an intoxicated or drug-impaired driver. Data show the holiday season is a particularly deadly time because of the increased number of drunk drivers on the roads.  Go to full article
Barb Heller and Danny Gotham.  Photo: NCPR
Barb Heller and Danny Gotham. Photo: NCPR

A busy weekend of holiday music with Barb Heller, Danny Gotham

What are the winter holidays without music? Long time friends and musical collaborators Barb Heller and Danny Gotham have a busy weekend of concerts starting tonight at the Edwards Opera House, with fiddler Don Woodcock and storyteller Bill Smith. Todd Moe caught up with the duo this morning as Barb and Danny shared some of their favorite holiday music for two guitars.  Go to full article
Bedford Falls, Christmas Eve, 1946. Photo: still from <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bedford_Falls_on_Christmas_Eve_1946.jpg"><em>It's a Wonderful Life</em></a>," Liberty Films
Bedford Falls, Christmas Eve, 1946. Photo: still from It's a Wonderful Life," Liberty Films

Seneca Falls, NY, claims link to "Wonderful Life"

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) Did George Bailey live his wonderful life in upstate New York?

Folks in the quaint town of Seneca Falls think so. Or more precisely, they say Bailey's make-believe hometown of Bedford Falls in "It's a Wonderful Life" was heavily inspired by Seneca Falls.

Seneca Falls has a nice broad main street like Bedford Falls', and there's a steel truss bridge. The film also is loaded with references to nearby upstate cities.  Go to full article
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
The finished product. Photo: Sarah Harris
The finished product. Photo: Sarah Harris

Inside school: making gingerbread houses

Canton first graders are having fun before the holidays making gingerbread houses. There's a trick: they use a milk carton for the base and plaster it with graham crackers, frosting, and candy. It's a classic holiday activity.  Go to full article
The poster for Luciano Pradal's memoir, reflecting Ottawa's busy Byward Market. Photo by Martha Foley
The poster for Luciano Pradal's memoir, reflecting Ottawa's busy Byward Market. Photo by Martha Foley

Roasting chestnuts warm the heart and hand

It's bitter cold this morning. And so was Friday a bitter day to be out on the streets of Ottawa.

But tucked in a doorway just next to a popular downtown Italian grocery was a little island of heat: a cheery guy with a big kettle-like grill, roasting chestnuts. After roasting, he packs a soup can-full of chestnuts into a paper bag and tucks them, hot, into your pocket. He's our Heard Up North.  Go to full article
1949 edition of "The Night Before CHristmas." Photo: . Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadsidepictures/6567490483/">Roadsidepictures</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
1949 edition of "The Night Before CHristmas." Photo: . Photo: Roadsidepictures, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY mock trial for "The Night Before Christmas"

TROY, N.Y. (AP) It's a controversy whose roots trace back nearly two centuries to a holiday poem first published in an upstate New York newspaper: Who really wrote "A Visit from St. Nicholas"?

This week, a mock trial will be held in a courtroom in Troy, where the now-classic also known as "The Night Before Christmas" was first published anonymously in the Sentinel newspaper on Dec. 23, 1823.  Go to full article
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Photo: mlhradio, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Hundreds of adults say they believe in Santa

A quick disclaimer: this story may not be for children. It addresses the existence of a certain man who lives in the North Pole.

The Siena College Research Institute does regular public opinion surveys in a wide range of areas, varying from politics to business to culture. On Wednesday, Siena released the results of a special survey about the holiday season in New York.

One of the survey questions asked adults what they think about Santa Claus, and far more grown-ups than you might think said they believe.  Go to full article

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