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Ice water rescue

A frigid training session

By FRITZ MAYER

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY—As the snow fell and the frigid wind blew, dozens of volunteer firefighters took turns rescuing each other from a would-be watery death. The day-long training session was staged on Lake Huntington on Saturday, February 21. While some men inched along the ice on their bellies toward a victim, others stood onshore, ready to pull the victim to safety with long yellow ropes.

More than one person witnessing the scene said, “Those guys are working their butts off.”

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NYRI foes claim a victory

Company says maybe not

By FRITZ MAYER

NEW YORK STATE—Opponents of the huge powerline project that would bisect Sullivan and eight other counties say a court decision filed on February 18 is a big win. A Federal appeals court ruled that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) cannot overrule a state agency if the agency denies an application to construct a powerline.

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Avian evidence

Global warming driving birds northward

By SANDY LONG

UPPER DELAWARE REGION—Forty years of dedicated citizen involvement in the form of counting birds across the United States has added up to a revealing and disturbing trend pointing to the impact of global warming on the nation’s 305 bird species.

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