Another Record Breaking Winter? Farmers’ Almanac Releases Its “Shivery” Forecast


Lewiston, ME: Winter is right around the corner, and the Farmers’ Almanac, which accurately forewarned of the bitterly cold and snow-filled winter last year, just released its 2015 edition and official winter weather outlook.

It’s not for the faint of heart.

According to the 198th edition of the Farmers’ Almanac, “The winter of 2014–2015 will see below-normal temperatures for about three-quarters of the nation, with the most frigid areas occurring in and around the Northern Plains into the Great Lakes.”  The new edition, which hits the store shelves officially on August 25, 2014, states that “no region will see prolonged spells of above-normal temperatures.”

Not good news for the winter-weary. The Almanac, which has been predicting the weather for nearly 200 years, suggests that there will be a very cold outbreak during the final week of January into the beginning of February, going as far as to state that temperatures could drop to 40 below over the Northern Plains. Yes, “more shivery and shovelry” conditions are on tap for the winter ahead.

“While we don’t think the winter will be as extreme as last year,” reveals editor Peter Geiger, “we do believe that it’s going to be another one for the record books.”

The Farmers’ Almanac outlook includes a very stormy one for the eastern third of the country, with copious amounts of snow and rain, especially during the first ten days of January and the first week in February near the Atlantic Coast. Near-normal precipitation is expected for the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest states, and Northern Plains. Below-normal precipitation values are forecast for the Southwest states as well as the Upper Midwest and the Great Lakes. The Central and Southern Plains are in what the Almanac is describing the “above average precipitation area.”


The 2015 Farmers’ Almanac contains 16 months of weather forecasts (September 2014 through December 2015) and provides a broad overview and map for the winter and summer seasons ahead, as well as month-by-month zoned forecasts for the contiguous U.S. Millions of readers consult the Farmers’ Almanac for seasonal outlooks as well as use its long-range forecasts to pick dates for vacations and weddings.

Aside from an ominous winter weather outlook, the 2015 Farmers’ Almanac contains unique and refreshing articles on ways to live a more healthy, organic, and happier lifestyle. The 198th edition offers even more natural remedies, including a natural way to boost your immunity system and help flu symptoms dissipate quicker, as well as uses for catnip, natural bug repellent ideas, and helpful ways to encourage good luck in new homes. Always thrifty, this year’s edition offers stories on how to eat organically without blowing your budget, cost-friendly ways to makeover your garden, how and where you can find reusable building materials for your DIY projects, and what common ingredients you should stock in your medicine cabinet for more natural and less-expensive healthcare.


“If the winter weather outlook doesn’t excite you,” shares managing editor Sandi Duncan, “the new edition of theFarmers’ Almanac is sure to help make 2015 your year by providing you with the important tools you need to grow your life.”

El Nino?!
For the first time in its 198-year history, the Farmers’ Almanac did put a small disclaimer near its winter outlook. At the time of printing for the 2015 edition, the National Oceanic Atmospheric and Administration issued an official El Nino warning. As Caleb Weatherbee, Farmers’ Almanac weather prognosticator notes, “an El Nino could result in more rain this winter for drought-stricken California and southern states, and a milder winter for the nation’s frigid northern tier.”  This could affect the Almanac’s long-range outlook, but both its editors and Weatherbee stand by their winter forecast of more “shivery and shovelry,” and suggest readers stock up on firewood, sweaters, and hot cocoa for another long, cold winter.



Fishing Contest – Catch the Biggest Largemouth Bass or Striped Bass to Win!

Love to Fish? How about winning some fabulous prizes while you enjoy your hobby!


Think you could land “The Big One” this year? Want to see how your catch measures up to others in your area? Enter a photo of your biggest “lunker” in the #IFISHNY Challenge to show off your angling skills and a chance to win cool prizes. Just snap a photo of your largemouth or striped bass next to a measuring tape. Then upload your photo onto the Trophy Case App, now available through the NY Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife app. Tag your photo with the hashtag #IFISHNY and post! (Don’t have a Smart Phone?

See emailing instructions below.) Start today to give yourself plenty of time to catch that big one. The deadline to enter is Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014 at 11:59 PM. It’s easy to enter and win. Smart Phone Entry Procedure: * Using the NY Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife App [ ], download the Trophy Case® App to your device by clicking on the Trophy Case icon so a menu appears. Within this menu, locate the tab Open Trophy Case and click on it. You will then be prompted to download the app. * Set up a personal photo feed by creating an account or logging in through Facebook. * Make sure your account is set for “public viewing” in the profile settings section. * Click on the center “camera” to take or select photos; remember to pose your fish next to a measuring tape! * When uploading your photo, select the “Fishing” category. * On the “Photo Details” page, enter information on the location and size of the catch. In the ‘Notes’ section of this screen, type the hashtag: #IFISHNY * Click “Post” and you’re done! Email Entry: You can also enter the challenge by emailing your fish photo to with your fish (next to a measuring tape) photo attached. Include length of fish, your full name, mailing address, and location where the fish was caught. Prizes: Compete for great prizes including a kayak, a charter trip and fishing gear, sponsored by Old Town Canoes & Kayaks, Rocket Charters & Sport Fishing Alliance. Many more great prizes for each of the 7 regional winners. See our web page listed below for detail. For contest rules and more information, please go to #IFISHNY Challenge [ ] web page.

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County Highway Officials: Local Roads and Bridges Facing Funding Cliff

Albany, NY — (ReleaseWire) — 01/04/2013 — New York may have $89 billion in unmet infrastructure needs over the next 20 years, according to a blockbuster report released by the State Comptroller, “Growing Cracks in the Foundation: Local Governments are Losing Ground on Addressing Vital Infrastructure Needs.”

“The New York State County Highway Superintendents Association (NYSCHSA), whose members contributed to this review of the troubling condition of roads, bridges and other local infrastructure, applauds Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s efforts to shine a bright light on the true immediate and long-term impacts of neglecting the funding needs of local transportation infrastructure,” said David Hartman, the Association’s President and Yates County Highway Superintendent.

Local governments are responsible for nearly 97,400 centerline miles of roadways and almost 9,000 bridges; that’s 87% of all roads and 50% of bridges statewide. Travel on New York’s highway network exceeds 133 billion vehicle miles, with 48 percent of it occurring on local roads. In the last 15 years, travel has increased by over 21.5 billion vehicle miles per year, or more than 19 percent. A study by the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) estimated that New York needs to invest $175.2 billion over the next 20 years on its multimodal transportation systems.

According to the Comptroller’s Office, total capital spending by local governments has increased by more than 30 percent over the past ten years. However, fuel costs have increased 190 percent and asphalt costs are up 206 percent. Further, materials for highway and road construction increased 57 percent over the same period. “I’m stating the obvious when I say that these figures demonstrate that our counties cannot possibly keep up with this huge loss in buying power. We continue to do battle against our deteriorating systems, but we’re losing the war,” Hartman warned.

For the last few decades, county highway superintendents have practiced well-established pavement preservation strategies that concentrate investments in cost-effective preventive maintenance. This preservation approach is similar to that employed for other types of transportation assets like bridges and culverts. According to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, every $1 spent in maintaining a good road avoids spending $6-$14 to rehabilitate or rebuild one that has deteriorated.

“The goal is to extend the life of our roads, bridges, culverts, equipment, garages and other assets,” Hartman explained. “We see the trends and we understand what we’re up against.”

Highway professionals know that timely intervention with appropriate maintenance will result in the lowest life-cycle costs, thereby getting the most out of every transportation dollar.

Officials in Madison County who were cited in the Comptroller’s report noted their need to rehabilitate or reconstruct about 25 miles of county highway annually. But for the last five years or more, the county has only been able to rehabilitate about 12 to 15 miles per year, 40 percent less than needed. Bridges also are at risk.

“We’ve lost ground trying to maintain our bridges over the last five years,” said Madison County Highway Superintendent Joe Wisinski. The County has about 130 bridges, many of which are beyond their useful life. Since the bridges have a design life of between 50 and 75 years, the County must replace or rehabilitate about two bridges per year. “Despite this reality, we’ve not been able to budget for a full bridge replacement or rehabilitation since 2009.”

In Rensselaer County, County Engineer Wayne Bonesteel faces a similar situation. The cost of roadway improvements nearly double when going from a condition rating of 7 to a rating of 6. As of May 2012, about 36% (120 centerline miles) of the County’s roads are rated 6 or below. “Our pavement preservation program, like our bridge and culvert maintenance programs, are grossly underfunded,” Bonesteel said. “I treat 15 to 18 miles of roadway a year when I need to treat 33. About 27% of our County bridges are considered deficient by DOT’s rating system with more added to this list each year. Without increases in funding, we can predict the future condition of our local transportation system and it’s not sustainable,” Bonesteel worried.

The Comptroller’s “Cracks in the Foundation” report accurately predicts the dire consequences should the local highway and bridge funding deficits continue. “With state aid to local transportation frozen for the past five years and a reduction in federal dollars allocated to local projects, state officials need to step up and adequately fund these needs in the next state budget,” Hartman urged.


New York Drunk Driving Attorney Help – Free Consultation in a Local Area

Regularly, people have drops in judgment and find themselves in legal difficulty. One particular difficulty might be participation in a driving under the influence issue. If one is charged with driving while impaired of alcoholic beverages, one will certainly require the services of a driving under the influence incident lawyer.

Pittsfield, MA — (ReleaseWire) — 03/12/2013 — Mitchell reported to the officer later that evening that he had remembered leaving the bar, getting into his car, and making his way on to the New York State freeway to head back to Connecticut. The rest he can’t remember. Cops later clocked him doing 110 mph while straddling the center line. His sobriety test left no doubt he was intoxicated after he blew a .21 which was nearly enough alcohol in his system to kill him. The police charged him with several moving violations including driving under the influence, and Mitchell now anxiously awaits his impending trial.

Drunk Driving in Society is Pervasive

Cops everywhere are cracking down on drunk drivers and with good reason. Drunk driving kills thousands every year in the United States. It is very likely that most people in their lifetime will be adversely affected by a drunk driver. This can either be from direct confrontation with drunk drivers on the roadways, to friends and family being involved in traffic accidents caused by drunk driving.

What should Mitchell do?

In this case Mitchell was the perpetrator. He is now searching for answers to his poor decision, and needs to find help before facing a trial. What does he need to know?

– What is the best and most effective way to represent himself in a court of law based on his case? Even if he felt he deserved the worst he should allow the law to judge him according to their rules.
– Sometimes mistakes are made and innocent people are put on trial. An effective lawyer will go over the evidence in great detail and determine if there were any mistakes made by arresting police officers. Corruption of evidence can lead to charges being thrown out of court and acquittal.
– In this case Mitchell had a Connecticut license. He needs to be advised on the law according to both Connecticut and New York where he was arrested. Although the legal alcohol limit is universally .08, the code of punishment can vary state to state.

New York People Who Are Looking For Drunk Driving Lawyers Help Can Send Request Here For Free Consultation


Disordery Conduct at the Empire State Plaza

02 April 2014

On April 2, 2014, at approximately 11:30 AM, Troopers assigned to SP Capital arrested Philip Parker, age 49, of Albany, NY for Disorderly Conduct. Parker was observed by Troopers to be yelling obscenities at pedestrians on the north sidewalk of Madison Avenue, near the entrance to the Empire State Plaza. Parker was arraigned at Albany City Police Court on the charge of Disorderly Conduct and released on his own recognizance.





April 2, 2014 

New York State Police Assist State Investigator General’s Office and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office with DMV Sweep

Defendants Accused of Paying Thousands of Dollars for Answers to Specialized Commercial Driver’s License Written Examinations

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., and New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott today announced the indictments of 21 defendants for paying individuals to fraudulently provide them with answers to written examinations administered by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) that grant specialized licenses to commercial drivers. The defendants are each charged in New York State Supreme Court with multiple counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree and False Statements, Alterations or Records or Substitution in Connection with an Examination.1

The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

“We entrust the holders of specialized licenses to drive our kids to school, transport dangerous materials, and perform other important tasks, all behind the wheels of large motor vehicles,” said District Attorney Vance. “It is critical that these drivers have the necessary skills and knowledge to perform these duties safely. The defendants are accused of fraudulently obtaining specialized licenses, putting at risk the lives of everyone who shares our roadways.”

Inspector General Scott said: “People with commercial driver licenses operate school buses and heavy trailered vehicles that carry hazardous chemicals and petroleum. We entrust the operators of these vehicles to safely bring our children to and from school. We count on them to navigate very busy transportation networks without getting into catastrophic accidents. Test cheating puts innocent people at grave risk and cannot be tolerated. I have conducted this investigation to ensure the safety of our communities and to hold test cheaters accountable. I will continue to work closely with District Attorney Vance identifying and arresting test cheaters and those who have promoted this dangerous scheme

to be sure the individuals we have arrested will be held fully accountable for their criminal activity.”

James T. Hayes, Jr., Special Agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations, New York, said: “When your child gets on the school bus in the morning, you should not have to worry that the bus driver obtained a commercial driver’s license through a fraudulent scheme. Today’s arrests remove dangerous drivers from our streets and make our roads and our communities safer.”

The DMV certifies commercial drivers to perform special tasks such as transporting hazardous materials, operating a school bus, or driving tandem trailers and tow trucks. In order to obtain these certifications, applicants are required to take an examination and supplemental tests known as endorsements.

According to documents filed in court, between April and August 2013, the defendants paid as much as $4,000 to fraudulently receive answers to specialized commercial driver’s license written examinations. Typically, this is how the alleged scheme worked: Test takers took exam materials from the DMV’s testing area, left the building, and handed the tests to complicit members of the scheme to fill in the correct responses. The completed exams were given back to registered test takers, who returned to the DMV testing area and submitted the exams for grading. Through this scheme, the test takers were able to fraudulently earn endorsements.

On September 26, 2013, District Attorney Vance, Inspector General Scott, and U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch announced the indictments of 19 defendants for their participation in the test-taking scheme, including eight ringleaders, eight test takers, and three security guards. Today’s indictments come as a continuation of that investigation. Eight of the ten defendants charged by the Manhattan DA’s Office have already pleaded guilty.

Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Gross is handling the prosecution of the case, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys Judy Salwen and Archana Rao, Deputy Chiefs of the Special Prosecutions Bureau, and Assistant District Attorney Michael Sachs, Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau. Senior Investigator Jose Vasquez, Supervising Investigator Jonathan Reid, and Deputy Chief Investigator Santiago Batista, of the DANY Investigation Bureau, and Captain Joseph Del Duca, of the DANY Squad, also provided valuable assistance.

District Attorney Vance thanked New York State Inspector General Scott, as well as the following individuals and agencies for their assistance with the investigation: Investigators Anne Peters, Roberto Santana, Donnalynn Gazza, William Gleeson, Angelus Okeke, and Jasmin Jack, of the New York State Inspector General’s Office; Investigator Fernando Bullen and Senior Investigator Robert Riley, of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles; Senior State Police Investigator Leslie Simpson and the New York State Police Department; and the Department of Homeland Security.

DEFENDANTS 1-21 (Listed below)


• Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a class E felony, 3 counts

• False Statements, Alteration of Records, or Substitution in Connection with Examination, a misdemeanor, 3 counts















NAYIB PENA, Westchester, NY




LEROY SIMPSON, Westchester, NY




SP Wurtsboro – Stolen Property Arrest

02 April 2014

The New York State Police in Wurtsboro announce the arrest of Saverio Leonard, age 18 and a fifteen year old juvenile male both of Wurtsboro, NY for the misdemeanor of Criminal possession of stolen property in the 5th degree. Leonard was also charged with Disorderly conduct and the juvenile was charged with Assault in the 3rd degree. Four other persons were arrested for the violation of Disorderly conduct relative to this incident and they were released on appearance tickets returnable in the T/Mamakating Justice Court. The four are Rashaud Laguer, Tarell Laguer, Richard Laguer and Maretta Leonard.

This arrest was the result of Troopers responding to a complaint of numerous subjects fighting in a residential parking lot in the Wurtsboro area. The subjects were interviewed and further investigation revealed that the above persons were found to possess property that had been reported stolen to the NY State Police several weeks ago.

Leonard was released on an appearance ticket returnable in the T/Mamakating Court and the juvenile was released to reappear in the Sullivan County Family Court.