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Red Cross urges emergency planning

Red Cross urges emergency planning

September is National Preparedness Month and the Red Cross Northeastern New York Region (ARCNEY) is telling families to make a disaster plan so they can be ready for the next emergency. 

ARCNEY says plans should include designating elements such as a meeting place outside the home,  an out-of-area contact person and location where everyone can meet in case of a disaster.

"Disasters can strike at any time and being prepared is a family's best defense," said Colleen Dundas, ARCNENY Regional Preparedness Associate. "Making a plan is an important step in making sure all household members know what to do in an emergency."

National Grid returns to Altamont Fair

ALTAMONT – National Grid returns to the Altamont County Fair with a new look, important electric safety information, and an exhibit highlighting the region’s and National Grid’s contribution to the development of electric power in the Capital District.

Color Me Rad 5k

ALTAMONT - Albany runners are prepping to be hit with a tsunami of color on September 22, 2012 as they take on Color Me Rad 5K.  As white-clad participants wind through Altamont Fairgrounds, they’ll be bombarded with color throughout the course until their face, shirt and body cross the finish line looking like a silkscreened tie-dyed hippie.  Finishers, coated from head to toe in blue, green, pink, purple and yellow, will then toss individual bags of color in the air every fifteen minutes—not to summon rain from heaven—but to create a final “blitzkrieg of color” in celebration of their accomplishment.

As race organizer Scott Crandall explains, “You’ll start off with a shirt as pure and white as your grandpa’s dentures and you’ll wind up looking like a pack of Skittles.” The color dust dowsing each participant is made of FDA approved colored cornstarch, and it washes off in the shower.

Hudson River Ramble

It’s almost time again for the 2012 Hudson River Valley Ramble! On the weekends of September 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, and 29-30, 2012, more than 165 events will be held from the Capital District to New York City.

 

Sporting licenses to go on sale Aug. 13

Sporting licenses to go on sale Aug. 13

Sporting licenses will be on sale beginning Aug. 13.

People will be able to purchase hunting, trapping and fishing licenses, apply for deer management permits (DMPs), register for recreational marine fishing, donate to habitat/access stamps and other donation sources.

Click here for more information.

DEC announces changes to fishing regulations

ALBANY –The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced changes to freshwater fishing regulations that will be in effect starting Oct. 1, 2012.

The new regulations are a result of a two-year process which included DEC assessment and evaluation of biological and ecological data, discussions with anglers, and a formal public review and comment period. Some of the adopted changes apply to all waters in New York, while many others apply only to specific waters. Highlights of the final changes pertaining to the Capital Region include:

Regulation changes that pertain to walleye:

Cuomo signs bill to increase fishing clinics

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation making it easier for New Yorkers to experience fishing for the first time. The legislation increases the number of free fishing clinics across the state.

The clinics, conducted by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, help introduce families to recreational angling. Participants are not required to have a fishing license in order to attend these clinics.

Previously, only four clinics could be held each year in each DEC region and required the instruction to be by DEC employees.

Today’s law not only allows for more clinics, it authorizes other entities to conduct fishing clinics with DEC authorization.

It is estimated that the sport fishing industry in New York generates $1.8 billion and over 17,000 jobs.