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Game 53 matchup: Flames at Comets

The Flames may have their best chance against the Comets with Jacob Markstrom in the NHL.

Adirondack is coming off strong games against two of the top teams in the league in three of their last four outings. The Flames romped Syracuse 10-0 then lost to Oklahoma City 4-3 in overtime before beating the Barons the next night 3-1.

Last matchup: Utica 3, Adirondack 2 (Fab. 7); Flames record: 0-9

Conference ranking: Flames - 10th (26-20-4-1); Comets - 2nd (32-15-5-1)

Last game: Flames - 3-1 win at Oklahoma City; Comets - 5-2 win over Hamilton

Leading scorer: Flames - Drew Shore (11-25--36); Comets - Dustin Jeffrey (17-24-41)

Top goalie: Flames - Brad Thiessen (.915, 2.62); Comets -Joacim Eriksson (.909, 2.57)

Leading rookie: Flames - David Wolf (13-10--23); Comets - Brendan Gaunce (8-14-22)

Power play: Flames - 39/211, 18.5 percent (11th); Comets - 31/204, 15.2 percent (24th)

Penalty kill: Flames - 185/223, 83.0 percent (16th); Comets - 169/192, 88.0 percent (2nd)

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Schumer proposes expanding college tuition tax credit

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on Wednesday announced he is introducing legislation to increase and expand a federal college tuition tax credit.

“A college education is a necessity that is being priced at a luxury,” Schumer said in a press release.

The legislation would make the tax credit permanent and change a four-year limit under current law to a maximum dollar amount of $15,000, with credits of up to $3,000 a year for up to five years.

Students receiving less than $3,000 per year could extend the credit longer.

Household income limits would increase from $180,000 to $200,000 for a family, and from $90,000 to $100,000 for an individual.

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Could Adirondack lose Tyler Wotherspoon?

Calgary could need another defenseman. Mark Giordano was hurt in Wednesday's win over the Devils.

Calgary coach Bob Hartley didn't have much of an update for reporters on Thursday. 

Calgary does have Corey Potter, who has not played since being recalled Feb. 4, but if Hartley wants to recall someone Tyler Wotherspoon would make sense.

The 21-year-old defenseman has been called up briefly twice without playing. He has been impressive in 46 games with Adirondack. Wotherspoon has scored an average of a point every two games and been very strong defensively, often going up against the top line.

Wotherspoon was still in Glens Falls as of Thursday's practice, but it would be a relatively easy trip down the Thruway. Adirondack plays at Utica on Friday and Calgary plays at the Islanders the same night. 

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Culkin could return for playoffs

Ryan Culkin is itching to start physical therapy. It's an odd statement in itself but makes sense given the rookie was having a great season and could have a chance to make it back for the playoffs.

Culkin was lucky when his wrist was cut on Feb. 6 against Utica. He looked at the doctor funny when he heard that, though. How could he be lucky? He had a pretty deep cut that sliced through tendons.

The luck came because the cut was on the back of the wrist and did not include the arteries on the inside of the wrist.

Culkin could see all of the tendons and inner-workings of his wrist when the cut happened and promptly went into shock. He wore a large cast for a few days before the surgery and is now down to a splint.

The 21-year-old defenseman's wrist is healing quickly and he could start physical therapy as early as next week. If everything continues to go smoothly, he could return for the playoffs.

In other injury news: Devin Setoguchi has returned to full practices. He has been back in team colors since Tuesday and could play next weekend.

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Ad blasts Cuomo's plan to tie SUNY funds to performance, close bad teacher prep programs

The union representing SUNY faculty unveiled a new ad today that calls on legislators to reject Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposals to cut SUNY’s opportunity programs by $1.3 million and change teacher preparation programs.

In the 30-second ad from United University Professions, students say that the governor’s plans for SUNY are “wrong” and tell him to “do the right thing.”

Cuomo is seeking to allocate a portion of SUNY funding to campuses based on their performance, rather than enrollment. Campuses would have to develop performance goals and hit certain benchmarks. He also wants to close ineffective teacher preparation programs, which are graduating candidates who are failing certification exams.

The union is also criticizing the funding cut in Educational Opportunity Program, which helps low-income students attend college.

“The governor’s plans for SUNY are wrong for students, wrong for SUNY and wrong for New York,” said UUP President Frederick E. Kowal in news release. “His proposals to target teacher education programs for closure, invoke a performance-based funding scheme and cut $1.3 million from SUNY’s opportunity programs are totally unacceptable.”

The ad asks readers to call 1-888-438-3921 to voice their concerns to their legislators.

The television ad will also air March 2-4 and March 9-11.  SUNY students will also appear in a half-page companion print ad to run in more than 150 weekly newspapers and several daily papers during the week of March 2 in areas near SUNY campuses, according to a news release. 

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Switzer and Garrand to run for Queensbury Town Board

Two Queensbury Democrats who narrowly lost Town Board races in 2013 will make repeat attempts this year.

Warren County Democratic Committee announced Thursday it endorsed Jennifer Switzer in the 4th Ward and Richard Garrand in the 3rd Ward.

Switzer, chief financial officer at EDC Warren County, lost by four votes in 2013 to Republican William VanNess in a three-way race in which Tim Brewer, the incumbent at the time, ran on the Independence Party line.

Garrand, who works for Time Warner Business Class, lost by 28 votes in 2013 to Republican Doug Irish.

Warren County Democratic Committee also announced the following other endorsements:

* Larry Cleveland for county sheriff

* incumbent Queensbury Supervisor John Strough

* David Strainer for Queensbury at-large supervisor

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Timber harvesting

Also at Chester's Town Board meeting this month, Town Board Member Michael Packer and Supervisor Fred Monroe discussed Finch's timber harvesting plans.

Monroe said the plans will be submitted to the Planning Board for review, so the public should be able to weigh in during a public hearing.

"They plan next winter to start logging and put it out to bid in the fall," Packer said.

Monroe said the plan includes buffers for the hiking and cross-country ski trails at Dynamite Hill Recreation Area.

"Finch Paper will handle the application and presentation, and they're experts on it," Monroe said.

He said the goal is to have a healthy forest.

"They said many of the trees are overmature and not healthy at this stage. That's the goal, to have a healthy forest and get some revenue out of it," Monroe said.

Monroe also provided an update on the pellet boiler project for the Municipal Complex.

The application to NYSERDA takes about 90 days for review, and it was submitted Jan. 8, so they may have an update in April.

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It's dessert day at Maude's Kitchen

It's dessert day at Maude's Kitchen

Desserts were flying off the shelves at Maude's Kitchen, 71 Saratoga Ave., early this morning, all to raise money to benefit the South High Marathon Dance. The event continues through 8 p.m. tonight.

A dessert and coffee is $3. Deliveries are also available by calling  409-8801.

Check out the video to see why one local business closed its own doors this morning to participate.

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Bra burning for charity

Bra burning for charity

As a reporter I've seen my fair share of dog and pony shows, but it's not every day someone shows up in an oversized puppy suit at a town board meeting.

See attached video from the February Chester Town Board meeting. Tri-Lakes Business Alliance Secretary Cindy Mead was making a pitch for occupancy tax funding for the new Adirondack Woof Stock coming to Chestertown. The Town Board unanimously agreed to a $5,000 award for the event.

The inaugural event is a local adaptation of other "woofstocks" around the country, which are centered around canines, music and the spirit of the 1960s.

The Chestertown event June 20 and 21 will include a number of pet-friendly features and events like a mock Woodstock music festival at Carol Theater. 

It'll be the first event of this magnitude  in the Northeast.

To add some 1960s flavor to the event, the itinerary also includes a bra burning bonfire as a fundraiser for charity.

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A balancing act

When I first started in this business 25 years ago, I got up in the morning, figured out what was going on and had all day to report, write and submit my articles for the day.

The advent of the Internet changed all of that, changes that have been pretty dramatic.

Now I'm making calls to police agencies around 6 every morning to update poststar.com with whatever news happened overnight. The rest of the day we are posting stories on the site, while putting together a print edition for the next morning.

It's no secret that online news has done a job on the print newspaper business. But it's more than just people are choosing to get news online. By posting our news online throughout the day, we are letting our competitors know what we are up to, and many of them (particularly certain television outlets) are not shy about stealing ideas and even content from our website.

(I'm leaving the local radio stations out of the "competitor" class because anyone with an IQ over 50 knows they have been routinely plagiarizing our product for decades. It has been countless years - that's right, years - since I ran into a radio station news reporter anywhere around here. Some stations occasionally attribute when they read our stories, but the worst offenders do not.)

Wednesday's guilty plea in Washington County Court of a former military recruiter for sexually assaulting woman was an example of the proverbial Catch-22 we are in these days.

I was the only reporter in court for his pleas. If we posted the story on poststar.com right after the plea, every other media outlet around here becomes aware of it. But if we hold off, we run the risk that someone else catches on and gets the story out there first.

Oftentimes we will hold off on posting a story for a few hours, until late afternoon or evening, to keep the copycats from having extra time to try to track the story on their own.

(The common TV reporting ploy in these situations is to call a source quoted in something we publish and ask if they "confirm" the story. Apparently they think this somehow amounts to their own reporting and they can just run with it because the source "confirmed" it.)

We wound up posting the recruiter rape story by early afternoon, shortly after the plea, since it was a widely followed case and we figured it was important enough to get out there promptly. As this business transitions from print to digital, it's something we will be doing more frequently, for better or worse.

-- Don Lehman

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