Local News for 4/23/14

on Wednesday, 23 April 2014.

Boonville Town Supervisor wraps up April report

on Wednesday, 23 April 2014.

We speak with Boonville Town Supervisor John Gaylord, who concludes his report for April.

Audio Interview

We will have more with Mr. Gaylord next month.

Participants welcome at Boonville Clean-Up

on Wednesday, 23 April 2014.

The Boonville Village-Wide Clean-up will be held Saturday in conjunction with Earth Day. We spoke with Barb Freeman from the Boonville Environmental Council, who has more on who can attend & what they will need to bring.

Audio Interview

We will have more on the clean-up tomorrow.

Trailblazers to hold fundraising event

on Wednesday, 23 April 2014.

The Adirondack Trailblazers will be holding a fundraising event this weekend. We speak with Team General Manager Ray DiBrango, who has more.

Audio Interview

We will have more on the Trailblazers tomorrow.

Search continues for missing canoer

on Wednesday, 23 April 2014.

The search continues for a male who fell out of a canoe. Authorities report that a canoe was observed capsized Monday evening near the Eastern Boulevard Boat Launch in the City of Watertown. A female who also fell out of the canoe was rescued from the water & has been released from Samaritan Medical Center. Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies, working with state police, have been conducting shoreline and aerial searches along the river, focusing on the same area the man went down. Even with river flowing strong, officials don't think he's moved much since he went in & there's no timetable for how long the search might take. Neither the man nor the woman has been identified & they were not wearing life vests when the canoe capsized.

Burglary under investigation

on Wednesday, 23 April 2014.

The Town of Webb Police is investigating a burglary in Old Forge. Police report that the home on Fletcher Road was burglarized sometime between March 13th and April 17th & property damage was reported. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Town of Webb Police at 369-3157. Police are urging residents to lock their homes, outbuildings and vehicles. Any suspicious activity should be reported to the police immediately.

LCGH receives critical access designation

on Wednesday, 23 April 2014.

Lewis County General Hospital has announced that it has received Critical Access Hospital designation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The designation was created by Congress to strengthen the delivery of healthcare in rural areas. There are currently over 1300 critical access hospitals in the United
States and including Lewis County General Hospital, with 16 critical access hospitals in New York. The certification allows Lewis County General to receive cost-based reimbursements from the federal government for Medicare services the hospital provides for patients. Prior to Critical Access status, the hospital was paid for services to Medicare patients through a prospective payment system, based on predetermined compensation amounts correlated to patient diagnosis, rather than actual number of treatments, interventions or length of stay. Medicaid outpatient services, as well, will be reimbursed on a payment amount per episode basis, which boosts the payment rate for those services.

National Grid bills for April will be down

on Wednesday, 23 April 2014.

National Grid customers should get some relief from their next energy bill after prices increased rapidly during the winter due to supply costs for electricity dropping slightly. National Grid says customers can expect their next electric bills to be 40% cheaper than the month before, which is a reflection of cheaper than anticipated supply costs two months ago. The power utility predicts supply costs that far ahead based on the market.
February turned out to be lower than expected, so April bills will be down. The increase in energy prices this winter was enough to upset customers and cause Senator Charles Schumer to call for an investigation into possible rate gouging. While this energy bill will be down, a National Grid spokesperson stated that March supply costs were slightly up, so May bills will bump up again.

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