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January 16, 2014

Of Interest: Jan. 16, 2014

Plattsburgh JCPenney to remain open

PLATTSBURGH — J. C. Penney Company announced Wednesday that it plans to close 33 underperforming stores by early May.

The store at Champlain Centre mall in the Town of Plattsburgh is not on the list, however. Nor is the location in South Burlington.

The closures will result in approximately 2,000 lost jobs, the company said, noting its decision is expected to save about $65 million annually. 

“As we continue to progress toward long-term profitable growth, it is necessary to reexamine the financial performance of our store portfolio and adjust our national footprint accordingly,” said J.C. Penney Chief Executive Officer Myron Ullman III in a press release. 

“While it’s always difficult to make a business decision that impacts our valued customers and associates, this important step addresses a strategic priority to improve the profitability of our stores and position JCPenney for future success.”

The company has approximately 1,100 stores.

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Vermont Air National Guard plans night fights

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The Vermont Air National Guard will be doing night flying tonight and then Tuesday, Jan. 21, through Friday, Jan. 24.

During these training periods, there will be multi-aircraft takeoffs. All F-16s are expected to be on the ground and all operations completed no later than 11 p.m.

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Saranac Lake Ice Palace work awaits colder temps

SARANAC LAKE — Work on the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace has been delayed by the unseasonably warm weather.

”Right now, it says it’s 35 (degrees),” carnival spokesperson Colleen O’Neill said at about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday. “It’s just been so warm.”

The castle crew had planned to begin cutting ice from Lake Flower for the iconic castle today; O’Neill hoped colder weather forecast for Wednesday night — 23 degrees with snow showers — would allow work to begin by week’s end. 

Heavy equipment needed for the annual erection of the palace sat unused at the site.

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