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Froggy 100.3 and Falls Farm and Garden of Hudson Falls remind you that Father Mows Best! For Father’s Day this year get your dad in the running to win a one of a kind John Deere E 100, 17 1/2 horse power Lawn Tractor that has CVT Automatic Transmission, and a 42 inch edge cutting system!…

Last Chance to win tickets to Chris Young @ SPAC!!!

    Everything Country Froggy 100.3’s giving you ONE LAST CHANCE to score tickets to Chris Young’s show at Saratoga Performing Arts Center next Saturday night! All you have to do is wake up with Ben Ryan or ride home with Chris O’Neil and when you hear Chris Young, Chris Janson and Dylan Scott back…

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  Everything Country Froggy 100.3 knows that summer’s coming! Perhaps you’re looking turn your yard into a paradise! Froggy 100.3 and pure perfection Landscaping and Perfection Excavation of Queensbury have teamed up to make this happen! All you have to do is listen for your chance to call in and tell us about your yard…

Uncle Kracker @ Upstate Concert Hall!!

  Everything Country Froggy 100.3 welcomes Uncle Cracker to Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, Friday July 19th! Listen for chances to win tickets all the way up to show-time! Uncle Kracker! Upstate Concert Hall Friday July 19th!   Friday, July 19 Upstate Concert Hall 7pm doors * 8pm show UNCLE KRACKER Tickets $18 advance/$20…

The Class of 2019 New Music Showcase is coming to Vapor on May 30th!

    Everything Country Froggy 100.3 welcomes the Class of 2019 New Music Showcase to Vapor at Saratoga Casino Hotel, Thursday May 30th featuring: Tucker Beathard, Ryan Hurd, Filmore, Adam Hambrick, and Seaforth!   The only way in is if you win tickets! Wake up with Ben Ryan or Ride Home with Chris O’Neil for…

Congratulations to our new Teacher of the Week!

We would like to congratulate our new TCT Federal Credit Union Teacher of the Week: Mrs. Kristina Guernsey Art Teacher Ballston Spa Middle School – Ballston Spa   Mrs. Guernsey spends time getting to know each of her students and gives them time for creativity.  She always stays after school for students to drop in…

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‘Violent tornado’ touches down in Missouri capital Jefferson City

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A “violent tornado” touched down in Jefferson City, Missouri, causing heavy damage, according to the National Weather Service, but there were no immediate reports of fatalities.

The service reported that a “confirmed large and destructive tornado” was observed over Jefferson City at 11:43 p.m. Wednesday, moving northeast at 40 mph (64 kph). The capital city has a population of about 40,000 and is located about 130 miles (209 kilometers) west of St. Louis.

Jefferson City Police Lt. David Williams said around 2:15 a.m. Thursday that there were no reports of fatalities in the city but authorities had received multiple calls of people being trapped in homes. The tornado hit during a week that has seen several days of tornadoes and torrential rains in parts of the Southern Plains and Midwest.

“It’s a chaotic situation right now,” Williams said.

Williams spoke from the Cole County Sheriff’s office, where debris including insulation, roofing shingles and metal pieces lay on the ground outside the front doors.

Area hospitals did not see an immediate influx of patients but set up command centers in case the need arises.

“We have four patients with minor injuries,” said Jessica Royston, spokeswoman at St. Mary’s Health Center.

Power outages were reported in parts of the city.

Missouri Public Safety tweeted that there was a possibility of more tornadoes and flash flooding.

Austin Thomson, 25, was in the laundry room of his apartment complex to do his wash and noticed the wind started picking up. He saw sheets of rain coming down and a flagpole bend and then slam to the ground. The windows broke and he dove behind the washers and dryers.

After it calmed down, he walked outside to check the damage.

“There’s basically one building that’s basically one story now. Every building there is two stories.”

The National Weather Service said it had received 22 reports of tornadoes by late Wednesday, although some of those could be duplicate reporting of the same twister.

One tornado skirted just a few miles north of Joplin, Missouri, on the eighth anniversary of a catastrophic tornado that killed 161 people in the city. The tornado caused some damage in the town of Carl Junction, about 4 miles (6.44 kilometers) north of the Joplin airport.

Storms and torrential rains have ravaged the Midwest, from Texas through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Illinois.

Two barges broke loose and floated swiftly down the swollen Arkansas River in eastern Oklahoma on Wednesday, spreading alarm downstream as they threatened to hit a dam.

Authorities urged residents of several small towns in Oklahoma and Kansas to leave their homes as rivers and streams rose.

The Arkansas River town of Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, was one such town. Town officials ordered a mandatory evacuation Wednesday afternoon because of the river’s rising level.

But Wednesday evening, a posting on the town’s official Facebook page sounded the alarm about the runaway barges for its 600 residents: “Evacuate Webbers Falls immediately. The barges are loose and has the potential to hit the lock and dam 16. If the dam breaks, it will be catastrophic!! Leave now!!”

There was no word by midnight Wednesday where the barges were on the river, but local television stations showing live video of the river and the lock and dam said they had not yet arrived.

The Arkansas River was approaching historic highs, while the already high Missouri and Mississippi Rivers were again rising after a multi-day stretch of storms that produced dozens of tornadoes. Forecasters predicted parts of Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas could see more severe weather on Thursday.

Deaths from this week’s storms include a 74-year-old woman found early Wednesday morning in Iowa. Officials there say she was killed by a possible tornado that damaged a farmstead in Adair County. Missouri authorities said heavy rain was a contributing factor in the deaths of two people in a traffic accident Tuesday near Springfield.

A fourth weather-related death may have occurred in Oklahoma, where the Highway Patrol said a woman apparently drowned after driving around a barricade Tuesday near Perkins, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) northeast of Oklahoma City. The unidentified woman’s body was sent to the state medical examiner’s office to confirm the cause of death. Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said she isn’t yet listed as what would be the state’s first storm-related death.

Elderly woman hit, killed by minivan at Scotia parade

SCOTIA, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Police are investigating after an elderly woman was hit and killed by a minivan in Scotia Wednesday evening. 

The accident took place around 7 p.m. on Hawk Street at the annual Scotia-Glenville Memorial Day Parade.  

According to police, the victim was a 69-year-old woman, who was going to walk in the parade with other people from the Glenville Senior Center. The group was staging on Hawk Street to enter the parade route on Mohawk Avenue. 

As the groups began to walk toward Mohawk, a Glenville Senior Center van driven by a 75-year-old man moved forward quickly and struck the victim. The woman became pinned between the van and an assisted living facility bus in front of them. 

Several people separated her from the vehicles, police said. She was treated by a nurse and first responders on scene before being taken to Ellis Hospital where she was pronounced dead. 

No one else was injured in the accident. 

The New York State Police Reconstruction Unit was called to the scene to assist. The road remains closed while officials investigate. 

NY State Police Collision Investigators now breaking down the scene and towing away both vehicles involved in this evenings crash. pic.twitter.com/R72ZiTXqLD

— Louis Finley (@LouisFinley) May 23, 2019

Community honors Schoharie limo victims at softball game

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Some of the victims of the deadly Schoharie limousine crash were remembered Wednesday night in the community where they grew up.

The softball game between Amsterdam and Maple Hill benefited the families of four sisters who were killed in the October tragedy. They grew up in Amsterdam and played on the team in high school.

Their former coahces and teammates remembered them as special memebers of the team and they felt lucky to have known them.

The surviving children of two of the victims threw out the first pitch.

 

Village of Lake George needs help covering cost of crucial wastewater treatment plant

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Village of Lake George is under a consent order to construct a new wastewater treatment plant.

Mayor Robert Blais said the current plant is nearly 85 years old. Aside from aging valves and machinery, there’s no way to eliminate nitrates from the water and nitrates feed algae.

“If we have a harmful algae bloom like some of the other lakes in New York have had, it will destroy our tourism and destroy our economy,” said Mayor Blais.

The Department of Environmental Conservation said the treatment plant is discharging excessive amounts of nitrates into the sand beds and soil, which eventually find their way into tributaries that lead to Lake George. If the problem is not fixed, the village could be fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for exceeding the state’s allowable limits.

Mayor Blais told NEWS10 ABC he was caught off guard when he learned that their wastewater treatment plant was in bad shape. Over the years, they could have been putting money aside towards a new one, but he said they recently learned that the previous operator had been falsifying records.

“We put $2.5 million into our plant in the last eight years. We thought we were upgrading a plant that was working very well, when in fact, we were putting band-aids on a plant that wasn’t working, but we didn’t know it,” said Mayor Blais.

The Village started looking into designing a new plant about three years ago. and the Mayor said at that time it was estimated to cost about $18 million. It has since gone up to $24 million dollars.

The Mayor said his engineers told him the rise in cost was due to the tariffs and the price of steel and lumber.

“It’s a huge burden to place upon a small community,” said Mayor Blais.

The Mayor said when many people think of Lake George, they think of the mansions along the shores, homeowners that could seemingly handle a little tax hike. While their treatment plant services all of those homes, large resorts and campsites across town, the treatment plant itself is in the Village, so the cost comes out of their pockets.

The Mayor said there’s only about 1,000 year-round residents in the Village. The median household income is about $41,000. If they were to shoulder the entire cost, their taxes would go up 25 percent to 35 percent.

Surrounding hotel sewer rents would also rise about 66 percent, which means room rates would skyrocket.

“There’s the Catch 22. Here’s a small community having to build this large plant which needs to work on those busy days in the summer,” the mayor said. “It’s been our opinion right from the start that because we’re hosting these folks that are coming to beautiful Lake George, raising thousands of dollars for county, state, and local government from sales tax, occupancy tax, gasoline tax, you name it, they’re coming here to spend their money. We believe the state should be a partner with us in this meaningful project.”

New York State has already agreed to cover $6.7 million. The village would only be able to contribute about $9 million, which leaves another $9 million they need to come up with. The Mayor said he’s optimistic that the state will step up.

“There’s $500 million that’s been set aside in the Governor’s budget for clean water and infrastructure improvements, and that’s what we’re hopeful we’ll be considered for. You can’t put a price on protecting Lake George,” he said.  

Under the DEC consent order, the plant must be under construction by December 2019 and operating by 2021. The Mayor said they’ll need a response from the state by August 1. If they don’t get the necessary funding, the Village board will have an enormous decision to make.

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