NYSEG to conduct helicopter patrols

PLATTSBURGH — New York State Electric and Gas is continuing inspections of high-voltage power lines and expects to conduct helicopters patrols this week.

Officials plan to inspect lines in the Plattsburgh and Mechanicville areas with the use of low-flying helicopters.

The inspections will be delayed in the event of inclement weather.

"We are conducting routine inspections of our transmission lines to help ensure safe, reliable delivery of electricity to our customers," NYSEG Electric Distribution Director Walt Matyjas said in a news release.

"These high-voltage power lines are the backbone of our electricity delivery system, and our goal is to spot potential problems and correct them before they inconvenience our customers."

Bluebird trails in place in Clinton County

PLATTSBURGH — The New York State Bluebird Society actively maintains the Route 11 and Route 22 bluebird trails in Clinton County.

The bright yellow-orange nest boxes are set up in pairs due to the abundance of tree swallows in the area. Bluebirds and tree swallows make good neighbors and will defend their territories from others of their species.

Eastern bluebirds lay blue eggs and have a russet-colored breast. They are secondary-cavity nesters and are therefore limited in where they can nest. In nature, they will occupy tree holes that have been excavated by woodpeckers or other primary cavity nesters. There is much competition from other cavity nesters for these nest sites, hence the need for the Bluebird Society boxes.

The society will have displays available at the Clinton County Fair this week.

City School Board meeting planned

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh City School Board will meet Thursday at the Duken Building on Broad Street.

An executive session will be held at 6 p.m., ending at about 7:30 p.m., at which time the board will return to public session.

Agenda items include the appointments of Bailey Avenue Elementary School principal and teaching staff and approval of a Refunding Bond Resolution.

The full agenda is available on the District Web site: www.plattscsd.org/BOE.htm.

The meeting is open to the public.

UNYTEA sponsoring candidate event

PLATTSBURGH — The Upstate New York Tea Party will host another candidates forum this Thursday evening.

David Malpass, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, and Harry Wilson, a Republican candidate for New York state comptroller, will meet with UNYTEA members beginning at 7 p.m. at the Burgundy Room on Route 3.

Malpass is an economist and former deputy assistant treasury secretary under President Ronald Reagan. He is seeking to take on incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat.

Wilson is running against incumbent Democrat Thomas Dinapoli in the November election.

After making some opening remarks, Malpass and Wilson will answer questions from the audience.

The meeting is open to the public.

UNYTEA hosted Carl Paladino, a Republican candidate for governor, last week and has hosted several other candidate forums since forming as a political group last year.

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