Ice cream to aid Syrian refugees

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Adirondack Creamery is dedicating a new ice cream flavor to Syrian refugees and donating part of the profits to efforts to help them.

The creamery said its new flavor is inspired by a popular Syrian pastry called ma’amoul. The New York Times reported that the ice cream combines dates and walnuts into a sweetened confection.

A pint of the new flavor has calls for unity plastered all over, including the word “peace” in English, Arabic and Hebrew.

The newspaper reported 50 percent of the profit made from each pint will be donated to the International Rescue Committee’s efforts to assist Syrian refugees.

Pints of the new flavor are available at multiple stores and online.

Lawmakers discuss flooding

ALBANY — New York state lawmakers are looking at the causes of recent flooding along the shorelines of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

The state Senate held a hearing Tuesday in the Oswego County town of Mexico on the spring and summer floods. Shoreline flooding damaged homes and businesses from the Niagara River to the St. Lawrence River, eroded shorelines and hurt the region’s tourism economy.

Many upstate officials and lakefront property owners blame the flooding on the International Joint Commission, the U.S.-Canadian panel that controls the outflow of water from Lake Ontario. The commission said heavy rain was to blame.

Medical helicopters coming to NY

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont’s largest hospital is working with a New Hampshire hospital that runs a helicopter ambulance service to expand it to help move critically ill or injured patients between hospitals in Vermont and upstate New York.

“This has long been a dream of many, many previous leaders here in the organization,” said University of Vermont Medical Center President Eileen Whalen.

Some patients already are moved by helicopter between the hospitals in the University of Vermont network or to other facilities, but they are not consistent.

UVM’s 40,000-square-mile service area reaches from the New York communities of Massena and Canton to the west or Newport in northeastern Vermont.

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