State offers online trails suggestions

ALBANY — Parks & Trails New York has issued its Ten Terrific Trails for Fall Foliage in New York, places to walk or bike that are guaranteed to be radiant with a kaleidoscope of autumn color.

The online guide names these trails: Genesee Valley Greenway (Western New York), Catharine Valley Trail (Finger Lakes), Pat McGee Trail (western Southern Tier), Cato-Fairhaven Trail (Central New York), TOBIE Trail (Adirondacks), Catskill Scenic Trail (Catskills), Walkway Over the Hudson (Mid-Hudson Valley), North County Trailway (Lower Hudson Valley), Bethpage Bikeway (Long Island) and the Erie Canalway Trail (across the state between Albany and Buffalo).

The trails follow historic rail and canal corridors so they are, for the most part, flat or have very gentle grades, making any walk or bike ride fun and relaxing, as well as healthy.

More information is available at

Low bidders named for local prison contract

ALBANY — Low bidders have been named for construction at Altona Correctional Facility.

Construction, electrical, heating and ventilation and plumbing contracts were bid to renovate shower areas in four buildings at the prison. The contracts are expected to be awarded to the low bidders following the normal process of review and approval by the State Comptroller's Office.

The lower bidders are:

Construction: Tracy Trombley Construction Co. Inc. of Morrisonville, low bidder out of 11 firms at $401,000.

Electrical: Triangle Electrical Systems Inc. of Plattsburgh, low bidder out of 12 firms at $45,750.

Heating and ventilation: John V. Warren Inc. of Green Island, low bidder out of 11 firms at $110,185.

Plumbing: John V. Warren Inc. of Green Island, low bidder out of 10 firms at $243,500.

Franklin Board of Elections extends hours

MALONE — Franklin County Board of Elections officials are reminding potential voters the final day to register to vote in the Nov. 2 election is Friday, Oct. 8.

Also, the office will be open extra hours in the coming weeks to allow people to vote in person by absentee ballot if they are not able to vote on Election Day.

Elections officials will have the office open from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, and Tuesday, Oct. 26, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 30.

Visitors are to use the refurbished entrance of the County Courthouse on Brewster Street to access the Board of Elections offices.

Absentee ballots sent by mail must be postmarked no later than Oct. 26.

For information, call 481-1663 or 481-1664.

PSU president recovering from illness

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh State President Dr. John Ettling is recovering well after a bout of pneumonia left him hospitalized earlier this week.

Michelle Ouellette, director of public relations and publications, said Ettling was still being treated at CVPH Medical Center Thursday but was hoping to be released soon.

"As of this morning, he was feeling better," she said Thursday afternoon.

Ettling collapsed at the college Tuesday morning while teaching an American history class.

After being transported to the hospital by ambulance, Ettling was admitted for treatment of pneumonia and exhaustion.

Provost Dr. Patricia Higgins was appointed officer in charge during Ettling's temporary absence.

It was unclear Thursday when he will return to work.

— By Staff Writer Andrea VanValkenburg

Keeseville Village Board meeting moved

KEESEVILLE — The Keeseville Village Board has rescheduled its monthly meeting.

The meeting that was scheduled to be held Tuesday, Oct. 12, will now move to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13. The meeting is in the new location at 58 Liberty St., Keeseville, in the new board room. The meeting is open to the public.

Schuyler Falls collecting winter wear

SCHUYLER FALLS — With winter approaching, once again the Town of Schuyler Falls is collecting any winter outerwear.

Children's winter outerwear is desperately needed, town officials said in a release. Ski pants are always in high demand. People who want to donate coats, hats, gloves, boots and ski pants can drop them off at the Town Hall.

People who are in need of any of these items can stop in to receive donations.

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