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The publishers of Wine Enthusiast Magazine, has named New York State “Wine Region of the Year.” The prestigious award will be presented in New York City during the Wine Star Awards gala dinner in January.

Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine and Grape Foundation said, “It is a big honor.”  “This award literally belongs to hundreds of people who have worked together on many fronts to improve the quality of our grapes and wines, grow our industry, and market the products. We’re the 30-year overnight success,”

New York has more than 375 wineries throughout 56 of the state’s 62 counties. The industry generates annual economic benefits to the state exceeding $4.8 billion, according to the foundation.

In the early 1980s the wine industry experienced an economic crisis. Then-Gov. Mario Cuomo initiated a comprehensive package of legislation that transformed the industry “into the fastest growing industry” in the important agriculture and tourism sectors in the state.

That business climate has been enhanced even more since Gov. Andrew Cuomo took office in January 2011. Trezise says the governor has boosted the industry by holding two “Wine, Beer, Spirits & Cider Summits,” changing several important laws and regulations that help the industry, and increased awareness and sales of New York wines.

Pope Francis has announced that he plans to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next September, and although he did not specifically mention New York, a top Vatican official said last week that if the pope came to Philadelphia, he would likely go to New York City to attend the meeting of the UN General Assembly.The last papal visit to New York was in 2008, when Pope Benedict XVI made the trip.

Gas Prices Continue To Drop

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, November 10, 2014

A national survey of gas prices reports that the average cost of U.S. regular grade gas dropped 13 cents per gallon in the last two weeks.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the average for regular grade gas is $2.94 per gallon, while midgrade averages $3.18 and premium $3.34. Retail diesel averages $3.64.

Lundberg said the price has dropped 78 cents per gallon since its peak in May.

Analysts say the drop has been driven by a decrease in the price of crude oil

Mr. CorningWare Dies At 99

Robin Humphrey —  Friday, November 7, 2014

The scientist who forever changed cooking with the invention of CorningWare, a versatile glass found in millions of American kitchens, has died.

S. Donald Stookey died Tuesday at an assisted living center in Rochester, New York. He was 99.

His son, Donald Stookey, says he died from complications after hip surgery.

The elder Stookey took a job at Corning Glass Works in New York in 1940 and in 1957 developed CorningWare, a glass so durable the military used it in missile nose cones.

The glass became a popular type of cookware known for withstanding extreme heat and cold. It could go from the oven to the dinner table and into the refrigerator or freezer. For years, it was used in white casserole dishes decorated with small blue flowers.

 

Toy Hall Of Fame Inductees Are……

Robin Humphrey —  Friday, November 7, 2014
It’s official! The 2014 National Toy Hall of Fame inductees  are Rubik’s Cube, bubbles, and little green army men.
The honorees were selected from a field of 12 finalists that also included: Paper airplanes, My Little Pony,  American Girl dolls,Slip-N-Slide, pots andpans, and Hess Toy Trucks,
Anyone can nominate a toy for annual induction, but an internal museum advisory committee comprised of curators, and historians determines which toys meet the criteria for selection. A national selection committee then reviews the list of toy finalists and votes.
To date 56 toys have made it into the National Toy Hall of Fame, which happens to be located just up the road at the Strong Museum of Play,
1 Manhattan Square Drive in Rochester, NY.

If you plan on mailing holiday packages, UPS and FedEx are predicting a busy holiday shipping season this year.

UPS expects its busiest holiday shipping day to be Monday, December 22nd. The company is predicting it’ll deliver more than 34 million packages – double the amount on a normal day.

FedEx expects its busiest day of the holiday season to be Monday, December 15th a full week earlier than UPS. It’s anticipating 22.6 million shipments that day.

Both companies recently announced they’re hiring additional seasonal workers to handle the workload.

Day Light Savings Time

Robin Humphrey —  Friday, October 31, 2014

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour Saturday before you go to bed. It’s daylight savings time. So, we gain an hour sleep.

PA Trooper Assassin – Captured

Robin Humphrey —  Thursday, October 30, 2014

Authorities say they have captured the man accused of killing a Pennsylvania State Trooper and seriously injuring another during an ambush outside their barracks on September 12th.. Police say they have 31-year-old Eric Frein in custody.

The seven-week hunt ended tonight according to authorities however they haven’t released details of the capture. Authorities called Frein a survivalist who had a vendetta against law enforcement. They had been pursuing him in the woods and had reported several suspected sightings.

Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed, and Trooper Alex Douglass was critically wounded in the attack. Frein slipped away into the darkness after the shooting, sparking a massive manhunt.

 

Whiskey 7 Flys To Dallas For Event

Robin Humphrey —  Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Whiskey 7, the National Warplane Museum’s D-Day veteran, is headed to Dallas, Texas, for the Air Power Sky Ball, an American Airlines sponsored event to raise awareness and funds that support military service members and their families. The warbird is expected to arrive in Dallas tonight.

The trip continues Whiskey 7’s efforts to honor and recognize veterans.

More than 1,400 volunteers from American Airlines and US Airways organize Sky Ball, which is in its 12th year. In partnership with Snowball Express, American Airlines is able to bring nearly 2,000 children and spouses of fallen veterans to Dallas each December for four days of activities.

Austin Wadsworth, president of the National Warplane Museum said “The National Warplane Museum of Geneseo is proud and honored to join in these efforts to bring support to our veterans, both past and present and to educate and inspire our future generations to carry on the legacy of our nation.”

On Friday, the plane will be on display at the DFW Aviation Expo, in which 2,000 middle and high school students are expected to attend.

In June, Whiskey 7 participated in 70th anniversary commemoration activities in Normandy, which included paratroop jumps by members of the Liberty Jump Team over original D-Day drop zone. The activities were part of a month-long European tour as part of the Museum’s “Return to Normandy” mission.

Potential Credit Card Breach At Staples

Robin Humphrey —  Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The office supplier and retailer Staples might be another victim to fall prey to a potential credit card data breach that’s hitting store across the country. Staples says it is looking into it and that they have been in touch with law enforcement officials about the issue.

Customers won’t be responsible for fraudulent activity on their credit cards as long as it is reported in a timely manner.

Earlier this month Sears Holdings Corp. reported a data breach at its Kmart stores. Other breaches have occurred at retailers including Target, Supervalu and Home Depot.