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Spring Hailstorm Hits Central New York 5-24-14

A spring storm brought hail the size of large peas to Utica and portions of Central New York on Saturday afternoon of the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

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CNY Journeys
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A Final Drive on Barnes Avenue in Utica – CNY Journeys [VIDEO]

It was back in November of 2010 that Barnes Avenue in Utica closed to traffic. Just hours before the concrete barricades went up, I took a final drive down Barnes Avenue.

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Photo Credit: Kristine Bellino
Photo Credit: Kristine Bellino
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Boil Water Advisory for Albany Street Area in Utica and Frankfort – May 18, 2014

A boil water advisory is in effect for parts of Utica and Frankfort after a water main broke on Albany Street.

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photo courtesy of Stewart's Shop
photo courtesy of Stewart's Shop
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Change In Plans: Stewart’s Hopes For East and West Utica

After a long battle between the Stewart's Shop corporation and the residents of East and West Utica, the decision has been made by the company to build on both ends of the city, pending approval by the Utica Common Council.

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Burrstone Road Stop Light
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What Do You Do At An Intersection Where the Traffic Lights Are Out?

This happens a few times each year, a power outage or storm will knock out the traffic lights at intersections around town. I was always taught to treat this situation as a 4-way stop. All cars come to a stop and then proceed through like there was a stop sign at each corner.

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Photo Credit: Kristine Bellino
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Travel Advisory: Route 12 in Utica May 14-15, 2014

There is a travel advisory for Route 12 in Utica this week.

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Yellow Stop Sign Utica
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Hidden Utica History – Yellow Stop Sign

Everyone learns that stop signs are red, right? Except when they're yellow like this one in Utica.

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What's Eric Wondering - Utica Neighborhoods
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What Eric’s Wondering – Utica Neighborhoods [VIDEO]

Where are the dividing lines between Utica's neighborhoods?

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Utica Daily Press Box
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Hidden Utica History – Old Utica Daily Press Newspaper Box

The Utica Daily Press ceased publication in 1987 when the Observer Dispatch took over as Utica's sole newspaper. There are very few vestiges of the Daily Press remaining but we found one.

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Madison County Line
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What is the Dividing Line Between Utica and Syracuse? [VIDEO]

Sure people drive from Utica to Syracuse for Destiny USA and Syracuse folks drive to Utica for, um, chicken riggies, maybe. So where in the wide open Upstate New York country between these two cities does it switch from being a Utica-area to Syracuse-area. Believe it or not, I think we can pinpoint the exact spot.

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The Genesee Street Boulevard Idea Appears Dead and That’s a Real Shame [VIDEO, OPINION]

I was disheartened by an article in the Utica Observer-Dispatch recently talking about how a planned boulevard in downtown Utica which would have cut the street from four lanes to two is likely not going to happen.

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Utica City Street Line
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Hidden Utica History – Utica Street Line Marker [PHOTOS]

I found a hidden piece of history when on a walk in West Utica recently. In a residential neighborhood near Addison Miller park, I stumbled upon this small obelisk and I don't know what it means.

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