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Gearing Up For Old Man Winter

It is that time of year again. Snow has already arrived in most of Central and Northern New York and for many of us, the snow will be begin to be counted in feet. Now is the time to prepare your home, and your vehicle, for what the Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting will be a cold and snowy winter. […]

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Helping Foster Children Find Their Forever Homes

Thanksgiving is the time of year when families come together to enjoy a special meal and most importantly, each other’s company. It is when people can show how grateful they are for all of life’s blessings, especially our friends and families. Unfortunately, here in the United States, far too many children are still waiting for their forever family to come along. […]

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Help Wanted: Join Senator In Sending Christmas Cheer To Troops

Dating back some 175 years, the tradition of sending Christmas cards to family and friends around the world has become one of the most important ways we let the people we love and care about, know that while they may not be in our immediate presence, they are still with us. As the home of the 10th Mountain Division, the most deployed division in the entire United States Army, our brave men and women in uniform are often deployed far away on the holidays, or perhaps they or a veteran are recovering in a hospital. […]

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Staying Warm This Winter

When the weather turns colder, it leaves many in the troubling position of deciding to pay for heat or pay for other necessities, like food or medication. It is critical for all of us here in New York State to let our family, friends and neighbors know there is help. Applications for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) are now being accepted. […]

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Helping Seniors Enjoy Healthier Lives

Every fall, I am fortunate enough to host a series of health and wellness fairs for our region’s senior population. These fairs feature local health-based businesses, organizations and agencies all offering various wellness checks, health tips and even free flu shots. Our community groups also pitch in, with local students making lunches to give to seniors, free of charge. […]

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World-Class Fishing On Lake Ontario Setting Records

Thanks to some record breaking fishing this summer, the rest of the country is taking notice, too. Lake Ontario is the place to catch that once in a lifetime, trophy fish. Recently, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation shared some data showing that recreational fishing for trout and salmon on Lake Ontario has been “outstanding” along the entire New York shoreline. […]