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New York showed improvement in all eight categories of health and education for children. Photo: <a href="http://datacenter.kidscount.org/~/media/381/AECF_KC_DS_GLR-image04_620x494.jpg">Annie E. Casey Foundation</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York showed improvement in all eight categories of health and education for children. Photo: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY ranks among top 5 states for kids' health

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York ranks among the top five states for children's health, according to the 25th edition of the Kids Count Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The report released Tuesday looks at data from 1990 that show the major trends in child well-being, and recent trends that compare data from 2005 to 2012.  Go to full article
On Camelot Island. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/midnightlounge/157504297/">Jason Roberts</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
On Camelot Island. Photo: Jason Roberts, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Thousand Islands controlled burn will protect rare pitch pines

MALLORYTOWN, Ont. - Parks Canada is to start a controlled blaze today in Ontario's Thousand Islands National Park to help protect rare fire-dependent species. It says a 16-member team will descend on Camelot Island to set fire to an area of just over one hectare that is home to about 50 pitch pine trees.

The fire will help them regenerate and open the canopy, giving more light for seedlings to grow. The federal agency says years of fire suppression has upset the balance of natural and essential processes needed to support healthy mixed forests in the park.  Go to full article
Common loon adult and young. Photo: Nina Schoch
Common loon adult and young. Photo: Nina Schoch

Vermont loon count gauging health of bird

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) Experts estimate there are nearly 300 adult loons living on Vermont's lakes and ponds, up from just a couple dozen 30 years ago.

On Saturday, more than 200 volunteers spread out across Vermont for the annual loon survey.  Go to full article
Rafting the Hudson River. Photo: Beaver Brook Outfitters
Rafting the Hudson River. Photo: Beaver Brook Outfitters

Recreational projects funded for Adirondacks

INDIAN LAKE, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced funding for several projects to expand and improve outdoor recreation in the Adirondacks.

The Town of Indian Lake will receive $750,000 to repair and upgrade the Lake Abanakee Dam on the Indian River to bring the dam into compliance with state dam safety regulations. The upgrade will also allow continued water releases from the dam for rafters who paddle down the Indian River into the Hudson River.  Go to full article
The Pine Bush area. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/andyarthur/11309604054/">Andy Arthur</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Pine Bush area. Photo: Andy Arthur, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Albany's Pine Bush named national landmark

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The National Park Service has designated the Albany Pine Bush a national natural landmark as an outstanding example of a globally rare ecosystem.

The sandy region of pitch pines and scrub oaks along the Thruway west of Albany joins 596 other sites across the country recognized as natural landmarks.  Go to full article

Vermont keeps No. 2 ranking in Kids Count report

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont is keeping its No. 2 ranking in a national survey of the well-being of children.

The 2014 Kids Count report was compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  Go to full article
The HBO documentary The Newburgh Sting will air Monday at 9 p.m. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Newburgh_Sting#mediaviewer/File:The_Newburgh_Sting_poster.jpg">Wikipedia</a>, Public Domain, some rights reserved
The HBO documentary The Newburgh Sting will air Monday at 9 p.m. Photo: Wikipedia, Public Domain, some rights reserved

Documentary examines NY terrorism case

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A new documentary examines what led to the 2009 arrests on terrorism charges of four Hudson Valley men.

The men were approached by an FBI informant and asked to join his plans to bomb a Jewish synagogue and shoot down U.S. military planes.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sarki982/6997264737/"> Steve Sarkisian</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Steve Sarkisian, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Meetings planned on Lake Champlain waterfowl

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The status of waterfowl populations and hunting seasons on and along Lake Champlain will be discussed at two publics meetings next month in Vermont and New York.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will hold its meeting on Aug. 5 at the Skenesborough Rescue Squad building in Whitehall, New York. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department meeting takes place the following day, Aug. 6, in Essex at Memorial Hall. Both meetings run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Go to full article
The State House in Montpelier. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7f/Vermont_State_House.jpg">GearedBull</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The State House in Montpelier. Photo: GearedBull, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Bats in the State House? No problem for Vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Bats swoop through the halls of Vermont's grand State House, and nobody seems to mind.

In fact, the furry, flying bug-eaters are welcomed back each summer almost like old friends. They add a rustic touch to the 155-year-old, gold-domed building.  Go to full article
Lines at a Quebec-Vermont border crossing. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/premshree/2535275511/">Premshree Pillai</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Lines at a Quebec-Vermont border crossing. Photo: Premshree Pillai, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Customs: possible traffic delays at Quebec border

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say there could be traffic delays at the Vermont-Canadian border during Quebec's two-week "Construction Holiday."

The annual holiday from July 20 through Aug. 2 could cause increased traffic since many residents from Quebec, including those not in the construction industry, go on vacation during this time.  Go to full article

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