Crews chip away at last remaining power outages after storm

Crews chip away at last remaining power outages after storm

ALBANY — Forty-eight hours after the snowflakes stopped falling, the lights were back on just about everywhere.At midday Thursday, National Grid said it was down to 3,300 homes and businesses without electricity from a peak of 234,500 knocked out by Tuesday’s storm. It expected to reach that last 1.5% by late Thursday evening or early Friday morning.As with any other widespread storm that gives warning of its approach, the electric and gas utility took measures to prepare for it, spokesman Patrick Stella said.Employees were assembled to respond, he said. In upstate New York, personnel were moved from the utility’s western…
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Gloversville Christmas Parade canceled due to snow forecast

Gloversville Christmas Parade canceled due to snow forecast

GLOVERSVILLE — For the second year in a row, there will be no Christmas parade in Gloversville.The downtown event had been scheduled for late Saturday afternoon, but organizers canceled it Friday afternoon because of predicted snowfall.The 2020 parade simply didn't happen, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The 2021 parade originally was originally scheduled for last Saturday, but had been postponed to this weekend because of impending high winds."This was our last hope," Jordan Twardy, a parade organizer, said Friday afternoon. "To see it go away is kind of disappointing, and it's heartbreaking for a lot of organizations."Three to 7 inches of…
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Capital Region communities ready for winter despite some shortages; Schenectady has about 10 open positions

Capital Region communities ready for winter despite some shortages; Schenectady has about 10 open positions

CAPITAL REGION — Highway officials for cities, towns and counties in the area say they’re confident in their ability to keep roads clear of snow this winter, even with a national shortage of plow drivers and a backlog on vehicle repair parts.The official start of winter is Dec. 21, and so far the region has experienced a handful of “nuisance” storms of just an inch or two.On a yearly basis, the Albany area averages just shy of 60 inches of snow a year from October to April, including 13.3 inches in December, 15.6 inches in January, 13.7 inches in February and 12 inches in…
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