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Southwest, to Hawaii in 2018

HONOLULU (AP) — Southwest Airlines is planning to offer flights between Hawaii and the mainland and expects tickets to go on sale next year, airline officials said. The Dallas-based airline made the announcement Wednesday in a joint address by Southwest President Tom Nealon and Hawaii Gov. ...

Saratoga railway to host ‘The Train to Christmas Town’

STONY CREEK (AP) — Saratoga & North Creek Railway introduces The Train to Christmas Town departing from Stony Creek for 2017. The on-board theatrical event is based on the children’s book, The Train to Christmas Town, which follows the story of a young girl named Janice and her ...

Creeped-out, spooky carnival themes

By KIM COOK The Associated Press Films , TV shows and stories, including the current hits “It” and “American Horror Story,” have long imagined a dark side to circuses and side shows. No surprise then that they’re a theme for Halloween decorations. Vintage imagery of clowns, ...

‘The Florida Project’

TORONTO (AP) — Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project” takes place in a blindingly purple low-budget motel named the Magic Castle, just down Route 192 from Disney’s Magic Kingdom. For the children of single parents who live there, the Kissimmee, Fla., motel is a playground — even if ...

Local pantry in need of donations

GLOVERSVILLE — The food pantry at the Senior Citizen Service Center of Gloversville & Fulton County currently is almost empty and is in need to donations. Ellie DiScioscia, the director of the center at 53 Church St., thinks the food pantry at the senior center is becoming empty ...

Students spend summer building apps

FONDA — Fonda-Fultonville students Trevor Cline and Jacob Sisco spent part of their summer preparing for a mission to Mars—developing health apps for future Martians, coding robots and designing space helmets and a base for operations, according to a news release. They participated in ...

Showing the Way

AMSTERDAM — People ask Rachelle Cotugno, who is blind, why she has photos of her guide dogs on her walls when she can’t see them. “They’re my family,” she tells them. “I’m not sure people who are sighted realize the deep relationship between the guide dog and its handler,” ...

Taking care of babies

JOHNSTOWN — “Alice has always loved babies,” said her mom. When Nancy Ackerbauer asked her 7-year-old daughter, Alice Tomchik, to add diapers on her birthday wishlist for 68 invited guests, Alice said she readily agreed “because they would help a lot of babies.” “Alice has so ...

Keeping Earth clean

JOHNSTOWN—When you’re grown up, you supposed to be responsible. But one little girl is getting a head start. Justin Taback of 183 Steele Ave. got tired of seeing people throwing trash into wooded areas along his street. So he and his fiancee, Jasmine Adams, enlisted the help of their 3 ...

Personal Contribution

NORTHVILLE — Northville Central School students and Girl Scouts Brynn  Thomarie (Daisy) and Leanora  Fitzgerald  (Brownie ) recently  joined Shannon Thomarie, Daisy Troop No. 2003 leader and Northville Spanish teacher, in donating their hair for the second time to the nonprofit ...

Cultural Revival

WELLS — In this hamlet, “revival” has a double meaning. When Pam and Len Broiles bought the dilapidated former Wells Baptist Church, they aimed to restore a historic building and also put new life into it. The 1845 church had its share of old-time revival meetings. It saw its last ...

Risky Mission

GLOVERSVILLE — Disasters don’t always happen in easily accessible and comfortable places. On April 24, former city resident Erik Blom and six other members of the 103rd Squadron of the Air National Guard had to parachute from a C130 cargo plane into the 63-degree mid-Atlantic with 10-foot ...

Equine Competitor

WELLS — Nineteen-year-old Gabrielle Tebo never had formal training in horsemanship. “I did my own thing,” said Tebo, who got her first pony at 12 and now has two horses. “I always liked horses since I was a little kid,” she said. Still, with her as a team member, a Cazenovia ...

’20s hotel exhibit roars in at Saranac Laboratory Museum

SARANAC LAKE — You can ring the bell for service at the front desk, dance the Charleston in the ballroom, pose for a mugshot with gangster “Legs” Diamond in the speakeasy and peek at vintage underwear in the bedroom. You can also test your knowledge of Jazz Age slang and put stylish ...

Ranger searches & rescues

Recent missions carried out by DEC forest rangers for the week of May 22 through 28 include: Oneida County
 Oriskany
 Training: The New York state Incident Management Team is a Type 2 all-hazard incident management unit designed to assist command personnel and emergency managers with ...

State buys Marion River Carry, resolves quaqmire

Special from the Adirondack Daily Express ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration celebrated the Adirondack Park’s 125th birthday by adding to it. Saturday was the 125th anniversary of when Gov. Roswell Flower signed an act establishing the Adirondack Park’s original Blue Line ...

High-water adventure on the Hudson

INDIAN LAKE — With a fresh dusting of snow on the ground, most people weren’t thinking about swimming this past weekend. But I dragged myself out of bed early May 14, donned some long johns and drove to Indian Lake, where I was pretty much guaranteed to spend the day soaking wet. With a ...

An Adirondack experience

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE — Last month, the Adirondack Museum rebranded as the Adirondack Experience, and now it’s racing to open a major new exhibit by July 1. Officials at the museum in Blue Mountain Lake hope the exhibit will help usher in an age of increased interactivity at the Adirondack ...

Building a village, a tiny one

SARANAC LAKE — As the building superintendent for the Harrietstown Town Hall, John Wheeler is the custodian of one of the most historic buildings in the community. In his spare time, he’s bringing the past back to life by building scale models of the village’s gone, but not forgotten, ...