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According to press reporting, the US army is warning troops to prepare themselves for mass shootings at screenings of the upcoming “Joker.”

On September 18, the military released a memo to social media posts by extremists categorized as “incels.” In the case of shooting, the memo advised troops to “identify two escape paths” and to “run, hide, fight.”

RT reports: The U.S. Army has instructed service members to prepare the worst in response to a FBI newsletter if they wish to view the contentious Warner Bros. movie. According to the soldiers ‘ alert email the film may be galvanizing “incels,” also known as “involuntary celibates,” or “guys who can not receive dates.” The Army officials in the message declared that incels are “idolateing the character of Joker, a violent clown from the series, admiring his depiction as a man who must pretend to be happy, but who eventually fight against bullying.”

The soldiers were advised, when entering theatres, to “identify two escape routes.” When the cinema is shot, it is said to “run, hide, fight.”

“Run if you can,” said the security notice. “If you’re stuck, hide (also referred to as the’ site shelter’) and remain silent. When a shooter discovers you, fight with whatever you can. “Gizmodo received the confirmation of the Army, which merely answered reliable intelligence on the issue of law enforcement.

“We want our staff both inside and outside to be ready and diligent for private security,” said a Military Spokesman.

In 2014, six individuals murdered by a self-identified incel near the Santa Barbara University campus.

The Pentagon seems to be increasingly concerned about the widespread sect. In June, a leaked briefing from the US Air Force described the supposed threat to safety presented by incels.

Rajesh is a freelancer with a background in e-commerce marketing. Having spent her career in startups, He specializes in strategizing and executing marketing campaigns.

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Millions of Boppy newborn loungers recalled after 8 infants die

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The Boppy Company recalled over 3 million newborn loungers. (Credit: CPSC)

CHICAGO (WGN) – A recall of 3.3 million of the company’s Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers, and Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers, after eight infant deaths were reported.

The company recalled Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers, and Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers, after eight infant deaths.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPS) said the infant deaths happened between December 2015 and June 2020.

Infants are at risk of suffocating if they roll, move, or are placed on the lounger in a position that obstructs their breathing, which also possesses a risk if the child rolls off the lounger onto a surface, such as an adult pillow or soft bedding that makes it difficult to breathe.

CPSC said the best place for a baby to sleep is on a firm, flat surface in a crib, bassinet, or play yard. Blankets, pillows, and padded crib bumpers should not be added to a baby’s sleep environment, and babies should always be placed on their backs to sleep.

The loungers were sold at stores including Pottery Barn Kids, Target, Walmart, and Amazon. They sold from January 2004 through September 2021 for between $30 and $44. 

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled loungers and contact the Boppy Company for a refund at 800-416-1355 or go online at boppy.com and click “Recall & Safety Alert” for more information. 

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North Country Weekend Calendar: Balloons, Bikes, and a visit to the U.S.S. Enterprise

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GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Despite come rain finishing up on Friday morning, the Adirondack Balloon Festival has a nice weekend ahead of it, with around 50 balloons from around the northeast set to fill the sky over Queensbury and Glens Falls this weekend.

The Americade Motorcycle Rally is also in full swing in Lake George, so expect some busy driving if you’re headed that way this weekend. This year’s off-season rally is a bit smaller than the normal June event, but has Beach Road and Route 9 crowded with outdoor expos and more.

And if you want to go further north, Ticonderoga is hosting two events worth the cruise up Lake George this weekend. One is the Ticonderoga FallFest on Saturday, coupled with the annual Trekonderoga celebration running all weekend at the Star Trek Original Series Set Tour.

It’ll be a nice weekend, but the rain has left its mark, with Saturday-Sunday highs staying in the high 60s with scattered clouds.

Friday, Sept. 24, 2021

Adirondack Balloon Festival 

  • What: The return of the Adirondack Balloon Festival, with a packed schedule including a Thursday night block party, 3 p.m. opening gates on Friday at Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, a flight of up to 50 balloons, and moonglow shows. Full schedule online or below. 
  • When: Friday, Sept. 24 – Sunday, Sept. 26 
  • Where: Glens Falls and Queensbury 

Americade Motorcycle Rally 

  • What: Moved to the fall due to COVID-19, Americade is back in Lake George this week, with outdoor expos and vendors at Charles R. Wood Park, For William Henry Hotel & Conference Center, and Beach Road to entertain as bikers hit the Adirondacks and Vermont. A concert will be held Saturday night at Shepard Park. 
  • When: Tuesday, Sept. 21 – Saturday, Sept. 25 
  • Where: Lake George 

Trekonderoga 2021 

  • What: Annual Star Trek celebration at Star Trek Original Series set replica in Ticonderoga. 
  • When: Friday, Sept. 24 – Sunday, Sept. 26 
  • Where: Star Trek Original Series Set Tour/Retro Studios, 112 Montcalm St., Ticonderoga 

Behind the Scenes at Up Yonda Farm 

  • What: Behind the scenes tour of the grounds at Up Yonda Farm, Warren County’s sole environmental education center. Guests invited to pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic among farm scenery. Nature walks and trails are open. Proper walking shoes are encouraged. $19 tickets. 
  • When: 1-3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24 
  • Where: Up Yonda Farm, Bolton Landing 
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Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 (1 of 2)

Ticonderoga FallFest 

  • What: 4th annual fall festival coordinated by Ticonderoga businesses. Fall-themed events and activities, many of which are free. 
  • When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 
  • Where: Ticonderoga 

Adirondack Balloon Festival 

  • What: The return of the Adirondack Balloon Festival, with a packed schedule including a Thursday night block party, 3 p.m. opening gates on Friday at Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, a flight of up to 50 balloons, and moonglow shows. Full schedule online or below. 
  • When: Friday, Sept. 24 – Sunday, Sept. 26 
  • Where: Glens Falls and Queensbury 

Americade Motorcycle Rally 

  • What: Moved to the fall due to COVID-19, Americade is back in Lake George this week, with outdoor expos and vendors at Charles R. Wood Park, For William Henry Hotel & Conference Center, and Beach Road to entertain as bikers hit the Adirondacks and Vermont. A concert will be held Saturday night at Shepard Park. 
  • When: Tuesday, Sept. 21 – Saturday, Sept. 25 
  • Where: Lake George 

Trekonderoga 2021 

  • What: Annual Star Trek celebration at Star Trek Original Series set replica in Ticonderoga. 
  • When: Friday, Sept. 24 – Sunday, Sept. 26 
  • Where: Star Trek Original Series Set Tour/Retro Studios, 112 Montcalm St., Ticonderoga 

Moreau Community Center Block Party 

  • What: Fundraiser party for Moreau Community Center, with entertainment, music, food, games and more. 
  • When: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 
  • Where: 144 Main St., South Glens Falls 

2021 Adirondack Wool & Arts Festival 

  • What: Annual wool and art festival, featuring raw fleece, roving, spinning supplies, needle felting, dyes, yarns and knitting, crocheting and weaving items. 
  • When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26 
  • Where: Washington County Fairgrounds, 392 Schuylerville Road, Greenwich 
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Sasquatch Festival & Calling Contest 

  • What: Whitehall’s signature Bigfoot festival, featuring themed gifts, a food truck and beer gardem, Bigfoot researchers and the annual Sasquatch calling contest. 
  • When: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 
  • Where: Skenesborough Park, Skenesborough Drive, Whitehall 

Oktoberfest at Bolton Landing Brewing Company 

  • What: Annual Oktoberfest party in Bolton Landing. 
  • When: Noon – 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 
  • Where: Bolton Landing Brewing Company, 4933 Lake Shore Drive, Bolton Landing 

Author on the Porch: Jessica Chanese 

  • What: Queensbury-based fiction author Jessica Chanese, author of short stories in Black Hare Press and the novel “Minivan Warrior: The Odyssey Begins.” 
  • When: 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 
  • Where: The Book Cabin, 3373 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George 

Glens Falls Greenjackets vs. Plattsburgh North Stars 

  • What: Glens Falls football game. Tickets cost $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for children. 
  • When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 
  • Where: East Field, 175 Dix Ave., Glens Falls 

The Hyde Collection’s Annual Gala 

  • What: The museum will host a ‘70s-themed dance oarty, featuring food and drink from Pomme de Terre Catering. Tom and Sally Hoy will be honored for their work for the museum. Admission is $175, or $225 for honorary committee members. All proceeds go towards supporting the museum. 
  • When: 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 
  • Where: The Hyde Collection, 161 Warren St., Glens Falls 
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Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021 (1 of 2)

Adirondack Balloon Festival 

  • What: The return of the Adirondack Balloon Festival, with a packed schedule including a Thursday night block party, 3 p.m. opening gates on Friday at Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, a flight of up to 50 balloons, and moonglow shows. Full schedule online or below. 
  • When: Friday, Sept. 24 – Sunday, Sept. 26 
  • Where: Glens Falls and Queensbury 

Americade Motorcycle Rally 

  • What: Moved to the fall due to COVID-19, Americade is back in Lake George this week, with outdoor expos and vendors at Charles R. Wood Park, For William Henry Hotel & Conference Center, and Beach Road to entertain as bikers hit the Adirondacks and Vermont. A concert will be held Saturday night at Shepard Park. 
  • When: Tuesday, Sept. 21 – Saturday, Sept. 25 
  • Where: Lake George 

Trekonderoga 2021 

  • What: Annual Star Trek celebration at Star Trek Original Series set replica in Ticonderoga. 
  • When: Friday, Sept. 24 – Sunday, Sept. 26 
  • Where: Star Trek Original Series Set Tour/Retro Studios, 112 Montcalm St., Ticonderoga 

34th Annual Autumn Leaves Car Show 

  • What: Annual car show in Granville. $3 admission, $20 car show entries. Entry comes with a t-shirt, dash plaque, two entries and two door prize raffle tickets. 
  • When: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26 
  • Where: Granville Little League Complex, 22 Glen St., Granville 

Garnet Hill Grit Bike Race 

  • What: Annual mountain bike trail race, open to all ages. $25 registration. 
  • When: 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 26 
  • Where: Garnet Hill Outdoor Center, 39 Garnet Hill Road, Section 2, North River 
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Falls Leaves Walk 

  • What: Booklet-guided walk to enjoy turning colors of fall leaves. Call the Pember Nature Preserve at (518) 642-1515 to register. 
  • When: 10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26 
  • Where: Pember Nature Preserve, 33 South Grimes Hill Road, Granville 

2021 Adirondack Wool & Arts Festival 

  • What: Annual wool and art festival, featuring raw fleece, roving, spinning supplies, needle felting, dyes, yarns and knitting, crocheting and weaving items. 
  • When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26 
  • Where: Washington County Fairgrounds, 392 Schuylerville Road, Greenwich 

Lake Luzerne Annual Halloween Pugs & Pumpkins Party 

  • What: Halloween-themed pug contest with several categories. 
  • When: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26 
  • Where: Pavilion Park, 248 Lake Ave., Lake Luzerne 

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New details about ‘incident’ between Petito, Laundrie at Wyoming restaurant

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(NEXSTAR) — A restaurant in Wyoming confirmed Wednesday that they saw Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie come in on August 27, the same day that Petito sent an “odd” text message to her mother that sent up red flags, police said.

The Merry Piglets restaurant in Jackson confirmed in an Instagram post that they spotted the couple and have been in contact with the FBI since. It’s not entirely clear what happened at the Tex-Mex eatery since there is no video from that day, but the manager told CNN that there was an unspecified “incident” with the couple.

Diner recalls commotion

On Wednesday, a woman named Nina Angelo, of New Orleans, told the network that she and her boyfriend witnessed a “commotion” between Petito and Laundrie as they left the restaurant. Angelo told Fox News that they were in town for a wedding and that they watched a “full-blown incident” involving the couple.

Angelo said that Laundrie’s body language seemed “aggressive,” and that she thought he was arguing with the Merry Piglets employees, who she noted were all female, about the bill or about money. She remembered him walking in and out of the restaurant several times.

According to Newsweek, Angelo described what happened in detail: “They like left abruptly, and [Petito] was standing on the sidewalk crying and [Laundrie] walked back in and was, like, screaming at the hostess and then walked back out … And then he walked back in, like, four more times to talk to the manager and to, like, tell the hostess off.”

Angelo told ABC it almost appeared like the couple were getting kicked out of the restaurant, and the dispute may not have been between them, but it upset Gabby so much she abruptly left the restaurant crying.

She added that Petito “seemed kind of embarrassed” and appeared to walk back into Merry Piglets at one point to try to get Laundrie to leave. “I think she was being apologetic towards the restaurant staff for his behavior,” Angelo said, adding that she felt for Petito and also remembered being “freaked out” by Laundrie’s actions.

‘Odd’ text message

The same day of the alleged incident at Merry Piglets, Petito sent a text message to her mother that raised red flags, according to a police warrant. Petito’s mother received an “odd” text on Aug. 27 that read, “Can you help Stan, I just keep getting his voicemails and missed calls,” according to the North Port, Florida police warrant. “Stan” refers to Petito’s grandfather, but her mother, Nicole Schmidt, told police that Gabby never referred to him by his first name.

“The mother was concerned that something was wrong with her daughter” after getting the message, according to the warrant.

Petito found dead

The 22-year-old Petito, of Long Island, New York vanished while on a cross-country trip with Laundrie, her boyfriend, for a YouTube vlog called “VAN LIFE.” On September 11, 10 days after Laundrie returned alone with Petito’s van to his parents’ Florida home, she was reported missing.

Prior to the incident at the Merry Piglets, Petito was last seen checking out of a Fairfield Inn and Suites located less than 700 feet from the FBI Salt Lake City office in Utah. On September 19, law enforcement agents found her body near a campsite along the eastern border of Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.

The search for Laundrie continues after the 23-year-old’s attorney reported him missing on September 17. The FBI announced Thursday that an arrest warrant has been issued for Laundrie who is wanted for “use of unauthorized access device” to withdraw or spend over $1,000 using a debit card, but authorities did not specify whose card it was.

“While this warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr. Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito’s homicide,” the FBI said in a news release. “We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr. Laundrie’s role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI.”

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Groups push White House to close detention centers run by private firms

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SAN DIEGO (Border Report) — Community organizations are calling on the Biden administration to uphold its promise and commit to closing the Western Regional Detention Center in downtown San Diego.

It is operated by a private corporation called the GEO Group.

In January 2021, President Joe Biden issued an executive order directing the Attorney General to “not renew Department of Justice contracts with privately operated criminal detention facilities.”

The order included the Western Region Detention Facility, which can hold up to 770 people.

Its contract was set to expire on Sept. 30.

But GEO announced yesterday that its contract with the U.S. Marshals has been extended for six months, allowing it to continue operating while it looks at ways of extending its operations despite the executive order.

“President Biden forbid the Department of Justice from renewing the contract,” said Bardis Vakili, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union in San Diego.

According to Vakili, GEO has found a loophole to continue operating the detention facility.

He says the company is using the small city of McFarland in central California as a shield, and that on paper, it is the one that will be running the detention center. Vakili claims this violates the basic premise of the executive order to prevent profit-based incentives that increase incarceration.

“You, McFarland, contracted to detain people with the U.S. Marshals Service. Because the executive order says we’re not allowed to. You contracted them and we’ll pay half a million dollars to then subcontract that back to us, and we’ll never actually leave the building,” Vakili said.

The ACLU has issued a letter calling on the Biden administration to intervene so that the U.S. Marshals Service does not permit The GEO Group, Inc., to continue operating the Western Region Detention Facility.

“GEO, as a private corporation, profits from harming people and communities everywhere. The Biden administration must join the national consensus and deliver on its promise to close this facility,” said Adriana Jasso, program coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee. “We must not allow a city 250 miles away to regulate the detention of people in San Diego, and the Biden administration must take action.”

There is fear other private corporations such as CoreCivic, which runs the Otay Mesa Detention Center just north of the border between San Diego and Tijuana, will follow suit when its contract expires.

“We demand the Department of Justice not to bow to private prison companies like CoreCivic and GEO and we won’t let them turn this executive order, which should be a milestone, into a joke,” said Vakili.

Through a statement, CoreCivic responded to the accusations.

“Our company has worked with every administration – Democrat and Republican – for nearly 40 years,” wrote Ryan Gustin, CoreCivic’s Director of Public Affairs. “Our sole job is to help the government solve problems in ways it could not do alone – to help manage unprecedented humanitarian crises, dramatically improve the standard of care for vulnerable people, and meet other critical needs efficiently and innovatively.”

GEO and the City of McFarland did not respond to our requests for comment about this story.

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Groups turn up pressure on Biden, Democrats to end deportations and make good on immigration reform

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White House, Congress must hold federal agents accountable for treatment of migrants else they, too, become part of problem, activists say

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – Activists took to the streets of Downtown El Paso on Thursday to demand an end to deportation flights to Haiti and the Title 42 public health policy used to remove other migrants on public health grounds.

The so-called “March for our Dignity” was one of at least two dozen protests nationwide demanding President Biden make good on campaign promises of giving migrants due process and provide a path to citizenship for those who’ve lived and worked here for many years.

“We are here to protest the treatment of our fellow migrants from Haiti. You shouldn’t even treat animals like that,” said El Paso resident Irma Cruz, who said she was shocked to watch images of Border Patrol agents on horseback charge at Haitians trying to cross the Rio Grande near Del Rio, Texas. “I am sad that a country that bills itself as defender of human rights is treating in this manner people who come to seek its help.”

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El Paso resident Irma Cruz participated in Thursday’s immigration protest march in El Paso. (photo by Julian Resendiz/Border Report)

Across the county, from Washington, D.C., to Atlanta, immigration and civil rights advocates held rallies and news conferences to call for a moratorium on deportations, and end to Title 42, the defunding of federal immigration agencies and the firing of agents who use excessive force or mistreat migrants.

Advocates who a year ago were faulting President Donald Trump for allegedly inhumane immigration policies are now turning their attention to President Joe Biden.

“The Border Patrol corralling Haitians is the most clear and recent evidence of what we already knew, that border and immigration policies and practices are rooted in white supremacy and racism,” said Fernando Garcia, executive director of the Border Network for Human Rights.

The co-organizer of Thursday’s protest in El Paso said human and civil rights violations are rife on the U.S.-Mexico border and that asylum-seekers, including families, are subjected to harsh treatment and “institutional violence.”

He said Biden must bring these agencies and “rogue” public servants back under control or else assume responsibility for their actions.

“All of this is un-American, it’s unacceptable and shameful,” Garcia said. “It’s time for the Biden administration and the (Democratic) majority in Congress to protect the rights of refugees, asylum-seekers, immigrant families and border residents. If they don’t, they become accomplices and part of the problem, not the solution.”

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Last chance to catch the Nature Bus this Saturday

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — This could be your last chance to catch the CDTA Nature Bus this Saturday! The Nature Bus is a free service that provides communities in Albany access to neighboring nature preservations located a short ride from downtown Albany.

Nature preserve stops include:

There’s several locations you can get on the bus. Locations include:

  • Livingston & Lark
  • North Pearl & State
  • South Pearl & State
  • Second & South Pearl
  • Second/Whitehall & Delaware
  • Whitehall & New Scotland

The Nature Bus ran from July 12 to September 25 this year. The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy partnered with the CDTA, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation and various other partners to provide the Nature Bus.

The full Nature Bus schedule can be found on the CDTA website. More information on the nature preserve amenities can be found on the Nature Bus website.

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Jefferson County man arrested as suspect in shooting death of his wife

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A Jefferson County man was arrested Friday as a suspect in the November shooting death of his wife.

Scott Lee Smith, 46, is being held at the Jefferson County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

On Nov. 1, 2020, deputies responded to the 5400 block of West Ottawa Avenue when Smith called authorities and said that he shot his wife, Kanokwan Smith, 48, when she came at him with a weapon, the release said. Kanokwan Smith was found dead inside their residence.

Smith was booked on a first-degree murder charge at the time of the shooting, but was released because “evidence at the time was not sufficient to support criminal charges,” the sheriff’s office said.

The homicide investigation continued and Smith was arrested Friday. He’s also being held on suspicion of tampering with physical evidence and domestic violence.

 

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Are you up to date on your rabies shot? DOH issues statement following rabies-positive bat in Oneonta

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ONEONTA – On Wednesday, the Otsego County Department of Health is encouraging one after a rabies positive bat was identified.

The Department of Health warns that if you’re exposed and symptoms start to appear the disease is 100% fatal, However, it is 100% preventable if rabies post-exposure treatment is started and adhered to.

Early fall can be one of the busiest times for bats, and one person has been started on rabies post-exposure treatment after interacting with the infected animal.

Bats can get into homes through narrow gaps in screens, windows, doors, or through holes only as small as a dime. All openings should be secured at night.

Anytime a person is in direct physical contact with a bat, it should be captured and tested.

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All lanes closed on NY 156 and Main St. in Guilderland

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2 downed trees in New Scotland and Bethlehem, all lanes closed

GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (NEWS10) – All lanes and alternating lanes are closed on NY 156 going westbound and Main Street due to flooding.

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Avalanche’s Erik Johnson, Pavel Francouz coming off lost season

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Thirty-somethings Erik Johnson and Pavel Francouz are back in the Avalanche fold after the defenseman was limited to four games last season and the goalie didn’t play at all.

On Day 2 of on-ice training camp Friday they both said they feel healthy again.

“I’m old for our team but not in life,” said Johnson, 33.

Johnson, who had COVID-19 in the first month of 2021 before suffering a concussion and an arm injury on Jan. 30 from a massive check delivered by Minnesota forward Jordan Greenway, is practicing with rookie Bo Byram, 20, on what is expected to be an opening-night pairing.

“I feel good,” Johnson, a longtime alternate captain, said. “It took a lot longer to recover from the concussion, not from the head more so from the fall, and just took me a while to get back to normal. It’s frustrating. You know it’s most frustrating for me because I’m the one going through it so it was a long, kind of annoying process to go through, but now I feel good. I’m excited to get back out there with the guys.”

Johnson, who also finished the 2019-20 season on the injured list, declined to expand about how difficult it’s been for him being out. [ comment=”” ]

“You’ve got to keep things in perspective. A lot of people were going through some very serious illness with COVID,” he said. “I got an injury playing professional hockey, a sport I love to play, I’m lucky to play, so I think you just got to look at the bright side. Yeah, it was not fun to go through but in the big picture, it’s not that much (compared) to some people.”

Francouz, 31, backed up Philipp Grubauer to begin last season before going on injured reserve with what the team said was a lower-body injury. It was later learned that Francouz had surgery on each hip performed by Dr. Marc J. Philippon at the Steadman Clinic in Vail.

“I knew since we decided to go to the surgery, I knew the season — the shortened season — is over for me,” Francouz said. “It was tough at first but maybe a little bit easier because I knew I’m getting ready for the next season right away. That was kind of my goal and we started working on it right away.”

Francouz went through the same procedures, and from the same doctor, as former Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov when he was still in Colorado. Varlamov led the NHL with a .929 save percentage last season.

“I spoke to Varly about it, and I see now how is he doing and he’s doing really well,” Francouz said. “He said he has no issues since the surgery so that was kind of good to hear. And also, when I saw the hospital (and staff), I had no doubts and no question marks. I knew I (would) be in the best hands.”

Francouz is competing with newcomer Darcy Kuemper for playing time. The Avs acquired Kuemper from Arizona after Grubauer signed with the expansion Seattle Kraken as a free agent.

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