To understand the code, you must understand the terminology
COMMONLY USED TERMS
The following are definitions Taken word-for-word out of the Residential Code of New York.
So the next time you are in any Code Enforcement office in the State of New York, and these terms or phrases are used, this is exactly what they mean.
There is no difference from one town to another. Please keep in mind that these are from the Residential Code, not the Building Code which regulates buildings other than one and two family dwellings.
They may be close, but not necessarily the same. Continue reading
Decision makers should guard against diminishing returns
Question: Where are we going as a community?
In some respects our community is fading. Our school population was 522 in 1975. In 1995 it had dropped to 442. This year it stands at 287.
Schools serve as “anchors” for a community, along with its churches. They need to be vibrant, and that means families—young families.
From that core, everything else grows… McCauley Mountain for example.
In some ways the decline was inevitable and mirrors trends elsewhere in upstate New York. Continue reading
Identifying kindred spirit on outdoor winter expedition
Winter tree on Limekiln
As a child growing up in the early seventies, I would sometimes feel alone over the course of the long winters on Limekiln Lake.
Once home from school each day I would spend the few remaining hours of daylight exploring the outdoors in silence.
But on one particular day as I stepped off the school bus I caught a glimpse of my father ice fishing with some friends on the lake, and I could not get my snowsuit and boots on fast enough to join them.
I ran to the garage and grabbed a runner sled, knowing that it would make for a quick downhill ride to the lake.
I tugged the sled behind me as I listened to the chirps of a few birds perched on the branches of leafless Maples and Birches.
When I got within a few yards of the end of the driveway I charged forward with a few short running steps.
Then I dove belly-first onto the sled and propelled myself down the hill. Continue reading
by Dr. Adam Seigers, Medical Health Contributor
Do You have diabetes? You probably would never know unless you have had a blood test to confirm an elevated blood sugar.
Like high blood pressure diabetes can go unnoticed for many years. In its most severe form, there can be increased appetite, thirst or urination.
Diabetes is defined as a blood sugar, when not eating, of 126 or more.
Normal fasting blood sugar is less than 100, but many people have blood sugars which classify them as prediabetic, falling somewhere between 100 and 126.
These individuals need to be monitored closely as they are likely to develop diabetes. Continue reading
Rick "Scooter" Wolcott
The following is documented hear-say chronicling the life and adventures of Richard Alan Wolcott, affectionately known as Dick, Rich, Rick, Strawberry, RAW, Coach and ultimately Scooter who emerged into this life on July 22, 1955, the first son of Ward and Marietta (Smith) Wolcott and who departed this earthly life at 5:07 a.m. Tuesday, January 24, 2012.
Rick was educated in Holland Patent Schools graduating with the class of 1973.
He found his passion in sports and was a triple-letter athlete in basketball, football and baseball. He received the Louisville Slugger Batting Championship Award for his .487 batting average in 1972.
Rick was then off to Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee and graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Physical Education. He coordinated the Intramural Recreation Program while on campus.
Rick lived in North Conway, NH before returning back to his roots to establish the first South Trenton Pub in cohoots with Dennis “Doc” Zacek.
These life-long friends—brothers with different mothers—relocated the STP to its present site. Continue reading
State of the Union themes meander between inspiration and futility
The President’s State of the Union address, an annual tradition typically delivered with grace, never ceases to interest me.
This past Tuesday, President Obama gave his third such address to Congress, complete with summaries of his administration’s successes, descriptions of current issues the nation faces, and outlines of some bold plans.
Predictably, he steered clear of topics that may hurt him in the upcoming presidential election.
The standard bombardment of handshakes and hugs greeted the President as he made his way to the podium. Seated behind him were Speaker of the House John Boehner and the Vice President Joe Biden. Continue reading
What’s so super about the new so-called ‘super foods’
A segment on the Today Show the other day identified some of the new “super foods” for 2012.
Super foods are foods that appear to offer additional health benefits beyond simple nutrition.
Though there really isn’t a standard definition of the term super food, a food carrying that designation usually has a combination of the following attributes: low in calories, contains substantial amounts of omega-3 fatty acids or monounsaturated fatty acids, high in fiber,contains phytochemicals that have been found to have the potential to prevent disease in laboratory or clinical research, rich in vitamins and minerals, and low in unhealthy substances such as saturated fats, trans-fats or refined sugars.
The “new” super foods mentioned in the program that you may want to check out are: Continue reading