December 2001 news

             

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Fast ferry gets $4.5 million But Congress cuts U.S. funds for bus terminal project by half  -- WASHINGTON -- Rochester will get more money from Congress than expected for its fast-ferry project but less for a new downtown bus terminal. Saturday, December 1, 2001) DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE

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 Trial burns' test air at Kodak Park  Under the direction of state and federal environmental officials, Eastman Kodak Co. this week began air quality tests at one of its two hazardous waste incinerators at Kodak Park. (Saturday, December 1, 2001) DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE

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  City seeks order to destroy 3 dogs  - City attorneys will seek a court order to destroy three dogs that attacked a mail carrier last week.      (Saturday, December 1, 2001)        -DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE

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  Bird areas may rate globally Distinction could protect Braddock Bay, Montezuma from development  Braddock Bay in Greece and the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in Seneca County could be designated as two of the most important bird areas in the world. The National Audubon Society has nominated Braddock and Montezuma, along with 90 other sites in the United States, for distinction as Global Important Bird Areas -- a label Audubon hopes will ensure the areas' future protection from encroaching development.                  (Saturday, December 1, 2001) -DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE

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  Playgrounds take to plastic Splinters, chemicals lower luster wooden play sets had - Since last spring, federal regulators have been wrangling over how to test for arsenic in playground sets made from wood treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA).   (Wednesday, December 5, 2001) --DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE

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  December blooms Mother Nature has tricked some lilacs, daffodils and day lilies, making them more susceptible to damage - At Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, cherry blossoms loom above Christmas wreaths. Elsewhere, daffodils and day lilies sprout, while some lilacs and forsythia bloom again.     (Wednesday, December 5, 2001) --DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE

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  Report localizes climate shift effects  - In the next 100 years, United Nations experts say global climate change could raise the world's average temperature by up to 10 degrees and sea levels by as much as 35 feet.       (Wednesday, December 5, 2001) --DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE

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  Mendon moves to preserve its farmland MENDON - When folks in Mendon look to the east, they see Victor exploding with residential and commercial development. To the north, there's Pittsford, another outer-ring suburb booming with residential growth.   (Thursday, December 6, 2001) --DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE

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  Bus Station Fight Heats Up  Proposed Bus Terminal Back In The News Rochester, NY - The fight continues over a proposed bus station in downtown Rochester.   (Thursday, December 6, 2001)    iKnowRochester.com 

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  SF residents oppose sewer line plan SENECA FALLS - Residents spoke against a sewer line extension and for town-wide trash pickup at two public hearings before yesterday's regular town board meeting. The first, an informational meeting on a sewer line extension on Gravel Road, included a presentation by representatives from Barton and Loguidice of Liverpool, who put together an estimated cost of the undesigned project that would extend a sewer line to an estimated 27.5 units on the road.    (Thursday, December 6, 2001) Finger Lakes Times

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  EPA to give more access  Criticized from all sides, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will change the way it communicates with the public before it makes any more decisions about dredging PCBs from the Hudson River.     (Thursday, December 6, 2001)   Poughkeepsie Journal.com

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  Reinventing the zoo With a groundbreaking today, the nation's third-oldest zoo embarks on an ambitious plan to remake itself as a water-theme facility with all-year attractions Say hello to sea lions, crocodiles and otters. Wave goodbye to Andean condors and clouded leopards. Look for polar bears in a new space.       (Thursday, December 6, 2001) Buffalonews.com

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  Group took 40 research animals -- A radical environmental group is claiming responsibility for breaking into an animal breeding farm and confiscating 30 beagles and 10 ferrets.   (Friday, December 7, 2001)         -DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE

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  Environmentalists Rob Farm  North Rose, NY - Was it burglary or a rescue? State police say 30 beagles and 10 ferrets were stolen Thursday night from a farm in North Rose, in Wayne County.     (Friday, December 7, 2001)       iKnowRochester.com 

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  County delays plans for proposed soccer complex Officials want time to form a new project committee. Monroe County Executive Jack Doyle recently decided to delay further action on the proposed 22-field soccer complex until a new advisory committee is assembled.     (Friday, December 7, 2001) Greece Post

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  Gorham proposes zones for controlling farm odor The Town Board would have to hold a hearing before the zones could become part of town code. GORHAM - The Planning Board has voted unanimously to recommend that farmers be required to adopt practices that reduce strong smells from large animal farms     (Friday, December 7, 2001) Daily Messenger

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  Flu shots available at clinics -- The flu may not have reached Monroe County yet, but health officials are offering residents a chance to protect themselves for when it does. The Monroe County Flu Coalition has already held several flu clinics and has five more scheduled this week:   (Monday, December 10, 2001)             -DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE

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  Pond cleanup progressing Greece, state officials contemplate next step near water treatment plant GREECE  -- Even though the federal government has already spent $1.9 million cleaning up a Greece pond, there is still more work to be done.     (Monday, December 10, 2001)             -DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE

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  Keep watch for wildlife Tips are offered on how motorists can avoid hitting animals. CANANDAIGUA - The Ontario County Humane Society reminds drivers to slow down and be on the lookout for wildlife on or near roads. They offer the following tips to help prevent hitting an animal:     (Monday, December 10, 2001) Daily Messenger

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  Victor looks to preserve green space A plan for conservation easements will be discussed tomorrow night. VICTOR - Scenic and historic land in the town would be preserved under guidelines that would be added to the town code.       (Monday, December 10, 2001) Daily Messenger

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  Shallow lake level a big concern  Wetlands may become exposed and plant life may die if Canandaigua Lake becomes much shallower.         (Monday, December 10, 2001) Daily Messenger

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  DEC: Unseasonably Warm Weather May Be Hampering Deer Harvest  Hunters Encouraged To Take Advantage of Great Opportunities Available Before Seasons Close New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Erin M. Crotty today said warm weather during the early part of the Southern Zone big game hunting season appears to be having an impact on the deer harvest in certain regions of the State, and she reminded hunters that opportunities still exist to bag a deer before the end of the season. --DEC News

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  Report Says Good Things Will Come From Renewable Fuels Standard WASHINGTON, December 10, 2001 - A new report that focuses on the impacts to the US if a renewable fuels standard is implemented says energy security would increase, the economy would feel a boost, and farmers would benefit from selling their crops to make fuel. Fuels Association (RFA), National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), and National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and provides an analysis of a renewable fuels standard (RFS) of 6.6 billion gallons by 2011, continuing to 8.8 billion gallons by 2016.         (Tuesday, December 11, 2001) Yahoo News.

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  Finger Lakes, Rochester linked by trails?  A regional trail system will be discussed tomorrow. For those of you Rochester commuters who'd rather walk to work without the risk of being hit by a car, help may be on its way. Tomorrow night, the Genesee Transportation Council will meet with local officials to discuss the possibilities of linking Rochester with the Finger Lakes in a series of walking and bike paths. They will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. at Canandaigua City Hall, 2 N. Main St.         (Tuesday, December 11, 2001) Daily Messenger

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  Warm weather obstacle for some hunters  Today is the last day of the regular deer hunting season. Warm weather this deer hunting season made it more difficult for hunters to find and track the animals, one expert says. The regular season ends today at sunset.           (Tuesday, December 11, 2001) Daily Messenger

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  Group meets Wednesday on soccer complex A new advisory group that will debate whether to construct a $4 million 22-field soccer complex in Greece Canal Park will meet for the first time Wednesday evening. The meeting is from 7 to 9 p.m. at Greece Town Hall.     (Wednesday, December 12, 2001)             -DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE

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  Greece soccer plan spurs questions Advisory panel fields concerns at meeting on proposed complex -- The first meeting of a new advisory committee for a proposed soccer complex turned into a freewheeling discussion, with more questions raised than answered.   (Thursday, December 13, 2001)                   -DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE

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  Protecting children part of bioterror bill  WASHINGTON -- The House yesterday gave sweeping approval to bipartisan legislation providing $3 billion for preparing the nation for bioterrorist attacks.     (Thursday, December 13, 2001)                   -DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE

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  Brighton to acquire new parkland Update: Brighton is expected to announce "the first step in a continuing effort to acquire parkland" at a noon news conference Thursday at Town Hall.     (Thursday, December 13, 2001)                   -DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE

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  The Genesee Transportation Council held a community meeting last night in Canandaigua on the possibilities of creating walking and biking paths that link the Finger Lakes to the Rochester area. The GTC hopes to link existing trails and then promote the trail system as a whole. Some municipalities in the area, including the city Canandaigua, already have plans for building new trails within their borders, but have found there is very little planning at the regional level.    (Thursday, December 13, 2001) --The Town Crier News

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  Brighton may add acres to parkland  BRIGHTON -- The town is poised to add nearly 34 acres of woodland near Corbett's Glen to its park holdings.   (Friday, December 14, 2001)        -DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE

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  Humane Society Investigating Animal Cruelty Case  Rochester, NY - The Humane Society is investigating a brutal case of animal cruelty at the University of Rochester. A mutilated cat was found hanging in a bag on the door of the Sigma Chi fraternity at the university. The cat was discovered December 2 by members of the fraternity. If you have any information pertaining to this crime, please call the Animal Cruelty Hotline at (585) 223-6500. The Humane Society is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.    (Friday, December 14, 2001)           (Sunday, December 16, 2001)

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                    Bristol considers $2.2M water project Residents are invited to a hearing Dec. 17. BRISTOL - The town is considering the development of a public water district, in conjunction with the town of Canandaigua, that will cost $2.2 million.       (Friday, December 14, 2001)  Daily Messenger

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  Measuring emissions Clean Air Technologies' portable system measures tailpipe emissions from vehicles as they operate on the road, instead of inside a laboratory It's about the size of a suitcase, hooks up to a vehicle's cigarette lighter, and has attracted interest from customers who want "real world" emissions data.    (Friday, December 14, 2001)   Buffalo News

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  Soccer proposal a complex question Jack Doyle's plan to create 22 fields in Greece relies on attracting tournaments from out of town. Will they come? -- Monroe County's plans to build a massive soccer complex in Greece would benefit local teams in the growing sport. But the main mission is economic development by drawing thousands of soccer players from throughout western New York and outside the state for large tournaments.   (Sunday, December 16, 2001)        -DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE

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  Humane Society Investigating Animal Cruelty Case At U Of R Rochester, NY - Two University of Rochester fraternities are being disciplined after campus security found the mutilated body of a dead cat hung on the door of a fraternity house.    (Sunday, December 16, 2001)           (Sunday, December 16, 2001)        iKnowRochester.com

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  Reward grows to find cat killers -- The reward for information leading the arrest of those involved in the mutilation of a cat found at the University of Rochester last week has increased to $3,200.   (Wednesday, December 19, 2001)            -DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE

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  N.Y. Senators Propose Ban On Finger Lakes Drilling Rochester, NY - US Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton have introduced legislation to institute a permanent ban on drilling in the Finger Lakes National Forest, the only national forest in New York State and the smallest in the country.    (Wednesday, December 19, 2001)                 iKnowRochester.com 

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  $400K grant could help Willow Pond Penfield and Perinton will work together to fix overflow troubles. A $400,000 grant could help to fix the problems that two towns have had with one pond.     (Wednesday, December 19, 2001)Perinton - Fairport Post

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  Plan to keep that Norfolk inside Norfolk pines are an economical Christmas tree option but won't survive if planted outdoors GENEVA - For some, the impulse to adapt their traditions to reflect environmental concerns is irresistible. But that doesn't mean it's always a good idea.     (Wednesday, December 19, 2001) Finger Lakes Time

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  No drilling in Finger Lakes forest  HECTOR -- The U.S. Forest Service yesterday turned down a bid by drilling companies from Texas and West Virginia to tap a rich natural gas reservoir beneath the Finger Lakes National Forest, the only national forest in New York.   (Thursday, December 20, 2001)               -DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE

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  Pataki Urged To Sign Light Pollution Bill  Albany - Three groups came together this morning to urge New York State Governor George Pataki to sign a bill that minimizes light pollution. SELENE (Sensible and Efficient Lighting to Enhance the Nighttime Environment), Environmental Advocates of New York and the Sierra Club met in Albany today to support legislation that limits excessive and misdirected outdoor illumination   (Thursday, December 20, 2001)                      iKnowRochester.com 

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  Drilling nixed in Finger Lakes National Forest   The U.S. Forest Service rejects a plan to drill for natural gas    The U.S. Forest Service yesterday turned down a bid by drilling companies in Texas and West Virginia to tap a rich natural gas reservoir beneath the Finger Lakes National Forest, the only national forest in New York.      (Thursday, December 20, 2001) Daily Messenger

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  Groups fear for environment fund  Thousands of lakeside acres in the Adirondacks could be scooped up by housing developers and thousands of acres on the Catskills' famous ridges could be acquired by proposed casino developers if the Environmental Protection Fund goes empty much longer, environmental groups said Wednesday.     (Thursday, December 20, 2001) TimesUnion.com

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                Florida to Call Off West Nile Virus Alert TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida will soon lift its health alert for West Nile virus (news - web sites), a potentially fatal disease that is spread by mosquitoes from birds and animals to people, a state health official said Friday. With mosquito activity slowing because of the cooler weather in the state, the number of cases of the disease have been on the decline, prompting the decision to lift the alert at year's end, said Florida Department of Health veterinarian Lisa Conti.     (Saturday, December 22, 2001) - YahooNews.com

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Brighton seeks funds to buy 34 acres  BRIGHTON -- The Brighton Town Board's desire to purchase 34 acres of greenspace may test taxpayers' willingness to pay for it.                 (Saturday, December 22, 2001)                   -DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE

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Help with Heating Bills                 With winter weather on the way, many homeowners are worried about paying more money on their heating bill. But there is help from New York state (Saturday, December 22, 2001)                    -RNews.com

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New York State Department of Health Kicks off Centennial Lecture Series Roster of 13 speakers features a Who’s Who of science, medicine and public health  ALBANY, December 20, 2001 — The New York State Department of Health, which recently observed its 100th anniversary, has unveiled a year-long Second Century Lecture Series, inviting leading scientists and public health leaders from across the country to speak on a wide range of critical medical issues.-NYS Dept. of Health