Recreation

8:34am

Sat October 4, 2014
Recreation

World's largest runabout gets pulled out of water

The Pardon Me can reach a cruising speed of 55 miles an hour.
Antique Boat Museum

It's the first of October and getting to the end of boating season in New York's North Country. Julia Botero was on hand at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton for the last ride of the season in a historic 16-ton, 48-foot speedboat, before the boat was lifted out of the water for the year. The "Pardon Me" is considered the biggest runabout in the world.

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6:26am

Mon July 14, 2014
Recreation

Syracuse's Rosamond Gifford Zoo celebrates 100 years

An elephant poses for a photo at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is beginning it’s second century in Syracuse.

When the zoo opened it’s doors 100 years ago, visitors were treated to some birds and a bear. Director Ted Fox says it’s important to take stock after a century.
 

"One hundred years really means a lot to us," Fox said. "It really demonstrates the support of this community from what it was, with four acres and a few animals, to 700 animals and 43 acres now. We’re constantly adding new exhibits.”

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3:32pm

Tue June 10, 2014
Recreation

Ritchie wants state legislature to pass UTV bill

Sen. Patty Ritchie is sponsoring legislation to raise the weight limit on UTVs. Assemblyman Bill Magee (left), is the Assembly sponsor of the bill.
Office of Sen. Patty Ritchie

State Sen. Patty Ritchie wants to lift some of the restrictions on the use of utility task vehicles in New York state. Right now, UTVs can only be used legally on private property and cannot be registered in the state of New York. Smaller ATVs weighing up to 1,000 pounds can be widely used and registered with the state.

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7:25am

Thu August 22, 2013
Recreation

2013 New York State Fair prepares to open

Stu Gallagher New York State Fair

The 2013 edition of the New York State Fair opens on Thursday, drawing hundreds of thousands of fairgoers to the Geddes fairgrounds during the 12-day exposition.  

In recent years, there has been more of a focus on agriculture at the State Fair, and State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine says there's more evidence of that at this year's event.

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3:06pm

Fri August 9, 2013
Recreation

Cuomo promotes upstate tourism with visit to fishing tournament

Thousands of fishing fans are heading north to the St. Lawrence River this weekend for the Bassmasters Elite Series tournament, the top professional tour for bass anglers.

On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo showed up to do some cheering of his own.

Waddington’s Whittaker Park has become a village of food and craft stands and tackle shops to accommodate the 10,000 Bassmasters fans expected this weekend.

The main stage is where the anglers weigh in their catch each afternoon at 3 p.m. And that’s where Cuomo took the stage, the championship trophy to his left.

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3:40pm

Fri July 5, 2013
Recreation

State parks largely open for busy holiday weekend

While the heavy rains in central and northern New York caused flooding last week, the region's state parks, for the most part, are up and running.

That's good news with the busy Independence Day holiday weekend upon us.

While a handful of state parks in central New York were forced to close their gates last week when heavy rains caused flooding, state parks office spokesman Randy Simons says all but one site has reopened.

The site that's still closed is the boat launch on Canadarago Lake in Otsego County.

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1:32pm

Tue December 18, 2012
Recreation

Rain and warm temps keep area ski resorts closed

Last night's rainfall was not a welcome sound for Peter Harris, owner of Song Mountain in Tully.

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8:00am

Sat September 8, 2012
Recreation

New boating technology availible for the St. Lawrence River

A new global observation technology has been developed to help recreational boaters on the St. Lawrence River.

This new tool, developed by New York Sea Grant and the Great Lakes Observing System, allows recreational boaters to access information about the river's current as well as water depth. Dave White with New York Sea Grant explained how this technology works.

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