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Judge snuffs out smoking ban for parks

A New York State judge is ordering state park officials to stop enforcing a recent ban on outdoor smoking.

Justice George Ceresia says the no-smoking rule is not supported by any policy set by the Legislature.

He notes that while lawmakers enacted restrictions on indoor smoking, the Assembly and Senate have attempted but failed to target smoking in outdoor parks.

Parks officials said they enacted the rules to protect visitors from secondhand smoke. They plan to appeal.

National Grid offers energy saving tips

National Grid offers energy saving tips

With high energy demands during the day due to heat, National Grid is asking customers to help reduce electricity during the day in other ways.

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Here are some tips from National Grid:


Put off energy using activity –Turn off lights when they are not needed, and
avoid cooking, bathing or washing clothes during this period.


Unplug electronics – Even though your television and other appliances are
turned off, electronics with little standby lights still draw electricity. Unplug any
unnecessary appliances.


Adjust the thermostat, use fans – To reduce the energy use of your air
conditioning systems set the thermostat as high as health and comfort will permit.
Using fans in occupied rooms, instead of air conditioning, also reduces energy
usage.

Fultonville Cemetery approves green burial options

The Fultonville Board of Trustees has voted to adopt regulations for a new natural burial ground at Fultonville Cemetery.

This makes the cemetery the first nonsectarian cemetery in the area to offer green burial options.

Lots will be available for sale within a month.

For more information on natural burial, see www.naturalburial.org.

Northville's Farmer’s Market begins May 24

NORTHVILLE – Northville’s first Farmer’s Market will be held on May 24.

The Farmers' Market will be held every Friday May 24-October 11, 2013 2pm-5pm Rain or shine.

The market is free and open to the public and will be held at the Waterfront Park on Main Street, Northville.

For more information, call (518) 863-4211

County wide clean-up effort to be held May 4

County wide clean-up effort to be held May 4

 

The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Fulton County Board of Realtors are sponsoring a county wide clean-up effort on Saturday, May 4.

Clean up locations will be held throughout Fulton County in Gloversville, Johnstown, Mayfield, Caroga Lake, Broadalbin, Northville, & Oppenheim from 9 a.m. to Noon

If you are interested in participating, contact Sharon Jenkins-725-0641 or Fulton County Board of Realtors-725-5523

Fall foliage season on track in NY's mountains

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The experts say unusual warmth earlier this year, a cold snap and then stretches without rain in some parts of the state won't have much effect on this fall's foliage color in New York.
    
Sunlight and the length of days determine when trees start showing off their yellows, oranges and reds, with cold snaps affecting the chemistry that brings out the deep reds and purples.
    
As always, some trees are already turning because of local stresses like drought or pests.
    
But the Catskills and Adirondacks are on track for the usual late-September, early-October show.
    
While tourism officials say leaf-peepers generally weren't deterred last season by tropical storms Irene and Lee, innkeepers in areas that were heavily damaged are looking for a rebound from the publicity that kept some people away.

Civil War Tours held at State Capitol

ALBANY - Once again the New York State Office of General Services will be holding the popular Capitol Cival War Tour.

The tour, titled "1862 Red, White, and Battered," will be led by a guide in Civil War costume, and highlight the imagery from that war in the buildings carvings and murals.

The tour will alos emphasize the symbolism of regimental flags and will include a close look at some of the historic flags in the New York State Battle Flag Collection.

The historic flags were conserved by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation in partnership with the New York State Military Museum.

The tours begin on Thrusday, September 6, and will be offered on the first Thursday of every month at 5:30p.m.

To reserve a tour, PLEASE VISIT.