Archives for November 2015

1 in 3 upstate New Yorkers don’t get a flu shot

Have you had your flu shot yet? Excellus BlueCross BlueShield says only one in three upstate residents are getting vaccinated. There were about 16,000 confirmed cases of the flu among adults last year. Nationwide, nearly 24,000 people died from complications of the flu. This is the time of year when cases peak, but flu season can run until May, Excellus says. Both shots and a nasal spray are available to everyone, including at many pharmacies where you may not need an appointment. And doctors say its not too late to get vaccinated, but you should do it sooner rather than later.

Local voices join climate change summit in Paris

Several members of the Wild Center in Tupper Lake are in Paris today to talk about Climate Change. The 21st Conference of Parties, or COP21, began today, where world leaders are expected to discuss ways to cut down on global warming. Among the presenters are Jen Kretser, the director of programming at the Wild Center, 19-year-old Gina Fiorile, a science intern, and Shannon Bartholomew, a biology teacher at Saranac Lake High School. The three are organizers of the Wild Center’s Youth Climate Summit, which teaches area students about climate change. They’ll be discussing the ways kids and the next generation are already helping to slow down the effects of a warming planet.

Holiday helpers kicks off 2015 season

Holiday Helpers needs your help. The group is a partnership between Catholic Charities, the Franklin County social services department, public transportation migrant education, JCEO, Common Connections, and the Youth Advocacy Program, plus us here at WICY. Holiday Helpers collects toys and other winter necessities, like coats and gloves, to hand out to needy kids in the area. Between 1,500 and 1,800 kids get help every Christmas season. And organizers say they need your help to make it another successful year. Donations are being accepted now.

8th graders holding “Entrepreneur Fair” at Malone Middle School

Kids at Malone Middle School are turning into entrepreneurs this week. The 8th graders are holding an “entrepreneur fair” showcasing items and services they’ve made themselves. The fair is open to the public and you’ll be able to buy anything the kids have for sale. All the proceeds go to the 8th grade class. The fair runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the school.

Busy Holiday For Area Police

A busy holiday weekend for area police. Ed Histed now with more…

((New York State Police in Brandon, arrested 28 year old Bailey Burger of Altona, on Friday, charging Burger with one count of fourth-degree grand larceny. He was locked up in lieu of $20,000 cash bail. On Saturday, Malone Village Police arrested 17 year old Sky Bell of Malone, and charged Bell with one count of petit larceny. Bell was processed, then released, but now must appear in Malone Town Court on Dec. 8. 38 year old Billie Valley of St. Regis Falls, was arrested by Malone Village Police, and charged with one count of petit larceny. Valley now must appear in Malone Town Court on Dec. 15th to face the charge. And 22 year old Jonathan Messenger of North Bangor, was arrested and charged by New York State Police with one count of third-degree assault.))

Safety tips for Cyber Monday

The state is offering some safety tips for shoppers on Cyber Monday and online in general this holiday season. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman suggests beware of misleading bargains—items that are priced higher than normal and then put on sale. He also warns about added costs—check delivery and assembly fees before you click to buy. Also know your return and refund policies, in case you don’t like the item you receive. State law requires stores offer a 30 day minimum return window. But Schneiderman says that doesn’t mean you won’t be charged a “restocking fee.” “Final sales” are also problematic because you may end up stuck with an item and no way to get your money back. Remember to check the URL on a website to make sure its secure before you put your payment information in. That means the beginning of the website address should start with an https://. And be suspicious of any contests or giveaways that seem too good to be true.

Snow possible, then cold temps for the North Country

A big cooldown tonight with a chance of snow in our forecast. The National Weather Service says rain Friday afternoon will give way to possible snow showers overnight. Less than a half-inch of snow is predicted. But we won’t be warming back into the 50s again for a while. This arctic blast will keep the North Country hovering around freezing through at least next week. More snow is possible Tuesday and Wednesday.

First Congregational Church announces next fundraiser

The First Congregation Church of Malone has announced their next fundraiser. The church is hosting a Christmas tea on Dec. 13th. The tea will feature live music from Angleque Akin-Little, singing some favorite Christmas music, who headlined a church concert back in September. Besides tea, guests will have an assortment of breads and pastries, plus coffee and punch. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Anyone uner 5 is free. All the proceeds will go to the building fund.

Lots Of Arrests Keep North Country Police Busy

Lots of arrests locally leading up to Thanksgiving Day. Ed Histed runs down all the action…

((63 year old Timothy Lucas of St. Regis Falls, was arrested by New York State Police and charged with one count of petit larceny in connection with an alleged shoplifting incident in the town of Waverly. 29 year old Michael Bernard of North Bangor, was arrested by New York State Police on a warrant. He was also charged with one count of petit larceny. 49 year old Cheryle Cree of Hogansburg, was charged by New York State Police with driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle; use of a vehicle without a required interlock device; reWICYfusal to take a breath test; and driving without a license. Cree was also charged with vehicle and Traffic Law infractions in connection with an incident at the Starks Gravel Pit on county Route 40 in the town of Westville. Cree was taken into custody on the charges. An 18-year-old young man from Bombay was arrested by New York State Police, who charged him withcriminal possession of marijuana in the town of Westville. 50 year old Scott Roy of Bombay, was nabbed by New York State Police, who charged him with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with an alleged domestic dispute in the town of Bombay. Roy was locked up behind bars. 37 year old Christopher Barney of Massena, was charged by New York State Police with criminal contempt and criminal possession of a weapon, after he allegedly violated an order of protection in the town of Malone. ))

Hundreds turn out for free Thanksgiving dinner in Malone

A good turnout for the second annual free community Thanksgiving dinner yesterday at Holy Family School in Malone. Several hundred people turned out for the dinner, which was served in two seatings. Dozens of turkeys, a whole lot of mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pies were eaten as Christmas music played in the background. Many who came were either going to be alone on Thanksgiving or just wanted to celebrate with their friends and neighbors.