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State Senate Report

By state Sen. Patricia Ritchie

Whether it’s on the mighty St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Sandy Pond, or any of the other many bodies of water that dot our region, there’s not much that’s better than casting your line on a summer day.

Not only is fishing a way of life here in Central and Northern New York, it’s also a major economic driver; helping to reel in $1.8 billion annually for our state.

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Historical Fulton, N.Y.: The Broadway bridge

As work continues on the newest upgrade to the Broadway bridge in Fulton, here is a photo of it being built. There was no date on this photo, but it seems to be 1915, when the city redid the original iron bridge structure and made a concrete fix to the bridge deck. According to the Friends of History, there were four bridges before the Broadway bridge — two early ones were wooden and both washed away. After the Civil War, an iron bridge was put in to improve the strength of the bridge. But it was built with a rise on the deck going from east to west. It was such a steep rise that when the bridge was icy in the winter, men had to get out of the trolley cars when they used the bridge and push the trollies up the hill over the bridge. The 1915 work realigned the deck so it was flat. That fix on the bridge cost $200,000 and a Lester Paddoch loaned the city $8,000 to finish the job. The bridge was revamped again in 1966 at the cost of $2 million. This current work at the bridge costs $12.2 million. Photo courtesy of fultonhistory.com
As work continues on the newest upgrade to the Broadway bridge in Fulton, here is a photo of it being built. There was no date on this photo, but it seems to be 1915, when the city redid the original iron bridge structure and made a concrete fix to the bridge deck. According to the Friends of History, there were four bridges before the Broadway bridge — two early ones were wooden and both washed away. After the Civil War, an iron bridge was put in to improve the strength of the bridge. But it was built with a rise on the deck going from east to west. It was such a steep rise that when the bridge was icy in the winter, men had to get out of the trolley cars when they used the bridge and push the trollies up the hill over the bridge. The 1915 work realigned the deck so it was flat. That fix on the bridge cost $200,000 and a Lester Paddoch loaned the city $8,000 to finish the job. The bridge was revamped again in 1966 at the cost of $2 million. This current work at the bridge costs $12.2 million.
Photo courtesy of fultonhistory.com

Porky and Buddy: How do I ditch this poison ivy itch?

Dear Porky and Buddy,

I can’t go through my woods without gallons of Roundup because they are so infested with poison ivy and I am highly allergic.  

If I even look at it I seem to get it, but my dogs run around in the woods all the time. It doesn’t seem to bother them at all.  

Should I be worried?

Linda

P.S.  I’m just kidding about the gallons of Roundup. It’s only a few quarts.

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