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42 Degrees holding pipe competition

GLENS FALLS — Downtown Glens Falls retailer 42 Degrees will host a glass pipe blowing competition called ADK Throwdown set for Dec. 3-7.

Two glass artists will be creating new work in the studio at 23 Park St. Visitors are invited to watch the artists during the day from noon to 8 p.m.

The tournament ends with an awards ceremony and presentation of the grand prize of $2,500 at 42 Degrees’ holiday party on Dec. 8 from 7 p.m. to midnight. It will feature live music by Hasty Page and refreshments. Admission is free.

Participating downtown businesses will offer a special or discount to ADK Throwdown attendees.

Visitors can pick up a punch card at 42 Degrees, visit the businesses listed for a stamp and return their stamped card to be entered into a raffle. The punch card prize is a gift basket featuring items and gift certificates from downtown Glens Falls businesses valued at $250.

The grand prize winner will be chosen through votes via 42 Degrees’ Instagram, votes cast in person during the Dec. 8 Holiday Party and votes cast by event organizers.

The schedule of artists participating in the competition is as follows:

  • Dec. 3: Hickory and VT Boro;
  • Dec. 4: Danny Camp and Tammy Baller;
  • Dec. 5: Phil Sundling and Ryan Sheil;
  • Dec. 6: Quinn and Dravis;
  • Dec. 7: B Money and Visionary.

Jobless rate matches all-time low

New York has matched its lowest unemployment rate of 4 percent on record with the addition of 22,600 private sector jobs in October, according to jobless data released Tuesday by the state Department of Labor.

“New York State’s labor market continued to expand in October as the state added 22,600 private sector jobs to reach a new, all-time high employment count. At the same time, the statewide unemployment rate fell from 4.1 percent to 4 percent in October, matching its lowest level on record,” said Bohdan Wynnyk, director of the State Department of Labor’s Division of Research and Statistics.

As for local counties, the Glens Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area, consisting of Warren and Washington counties, reported a rate of 3.3 percent in October.

The year-over-year comparison continues to best the 2017 rate at 4.2 percent.

In October, Warren County reported a rate of 3.3 percent and Washington County dropped to 3.2 percent. Saratoga County’s unemployment rate dropped to 2.9 percent, which only trails Columbia County at 2.7 percent. Essex County’s rate also fell to 3.5 percent. Hamilton County’s rate rose slightly to 3.8 percent from 3.5 percent last month.

The report also notes that the Glens Falls MSA added 200 jobs in year-over-year comparisons.

The Department of Labor calculates rates by contacting approximately 3,100 households in New York each month.

Goats killed in Schroon barn fire

SCHROON — Farmers here lost five goats and two barns in a fire at 257 Alder Meadow Road.

Schroon Lake Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched around 6:47 p.m. Tuesday.

The barn that housed the animals and a separate hay barn were both leveled by the blaze. The owners don’t have insurance on the property, Fire Chief Paul McCann Jr. said.

Nancidee and Dennis Holland own the place, according to Essex County Real Property records.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation, the chief said Wednesday afternoon.

The barns were fully involved when he arrived, and firefighters attacked the blaze from the outside.

North Hudson Volunteer Fire Department was assigned to set up a pumper at a fill site near a bridge not far from the burning barns, at 331 Alder Meadow Road.

Mutual aid was also provided by departments from Chilson, Pottersville and Ticonderoga.

All were back in service by midnight.

— Bob Bennett, Press Republican

Stefanik backs wolves bill, others

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, voted in five roll call votes last week, the first time in more than a month that Congress has held a session.

Stefanik voted Friday for a resolution to bring the Manage our Wolves Act forward for discussion. The bill would remove gray wolves from the list of endangered species. The resolution to proceed with the Manage our Wolves Act also included a section to the rule that the War Powers Resolution did not apply to another House resolution withdrawing U.S. troops from Yemen. According to reporting from the Intercept, the resolution to withdraw troops — House Concurrent Resolution 138 — is allowed to circumvent committee approval under the War Powers Resolution. The vote to move the Manage Our Wolves Act forward prevents it being brought to the floor, and therefore prevents a vote on whether troops should be withdrawn from Yemen. Because names are recorded only in roll calls, the following list does not include any bills that were passed in other kinds of votes, such as voice votes.

Stefanik also voted to suspend the rules and concur in the Senate Amendment on the Gulf Islands National Seashore Land Exchange Act. It passed, 375-1.

She also voted to suspend the rules and pass to rename the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge as the Congressman Lester Wolff National Wildlife Refuge. It passed, 385-4. She voted for the Manage our Wolves Act. It passed, 196-180.

She voted to suspend the rules and pass, as amended, the Strengthening Coastal Communities Act. It passed, 375-1.

Also last week, Stefanik won a victory within the House Republican conference with a resolution that forces Republican leaders to step down if they decide to run for higher office.

“The leadership amendment is a common sense proposal to ensure House Republican leaders are focused on advancing our legislative agenda, and Rep. Stefanik is pleased it was passed unanimously,” a spokesman for Stefanik wrote in an email to the Times.

Office offers HEAP application help

Warren County Office for the Aging will be at multiple meal sites starting Tuesday to help assist with applications for seniors who are 60 and older or disabled.

To qualify for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), you must have a monthly income under $2,391 for a household of one and $3,127 for a household of two.

Please bring verification of address, age and income for everyone in the household and a fuel or utility bill.

Please call the Office for the Aging at 518-761-6347 for the outreach schedule or for more information.

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