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Travel advisory issued as snow continues in Jefferson, Lewis counties

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A travel advisory has been put in place by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office due to lake effect snow settling over the area.

The lake effect snow warning issued by the National Weather Service lasts until 7 p.m. Thursday for the Eastern Lake Ontario region. Wind gusts as high as 40 mph are predicted and snow accumulations of two to three feet could fall on the Tug Hill plateau.

“If traveling, be prepared for rapidly changing road conditions and visibilities,” the advisory reads.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo was predicting that the band was going to drop south with a snowfall rate of 2 to 4 inches an hour as it drops south through Watertown before beginning to focus on northern parts of Tug Hill.

One to two feet of snow on the Tug Hill was expected Wednesday night.

The band is projected to stay on southern Jefferson and Lewis counties with snowfall rates of 2 to 3 inches an hour. Another 2 to 3 feet are expected in southern Jefferson County through Thursday.

A news release from the city of Watertown states that Department of Public Works crews are focusing efforts on main streets and roads with hills with side streets next.

They say that roads are passable, but slippery.

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You Have a Hidden Potential That Only Travel Can Unlock–And You Hold the Key

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Soon you may be contemplating New Year’s resolutions, and along with desires to read more, learn a language, or stop smoking, finding time to travel will definitely be on people’s minds.

But, of all possible resolutions, travel is often the easiest to ignore or postpone.

After all, we can’t imagine the beauty and wonder of places or people that we can’t imagine—they’re all ‘unknown unknowns’. Things we don’t know, we just don’t know.

That’s precisely why, of all resolutions, travel may be the most important thing to push oneself to do. Without imagination, the mind grays—the same way the body ages quicker without exercise. And, the best way to fuel imagination is to load up on new sights, strange smells, fascinating cultures, distant lands, and different people.

Giving in to the desire to see the world can supercharge your life. That’s why we’re recommending a new book: On the Face of It: A Traveler On His World—just in time for the New Year. It explores the extraordinary benefits and unique results of traveling to a strange place. Here’s a few excerpts:

Not everyone can create great beauty and wonder in their lives. Not everyone has the belief that they can manifest something entirely unique. But these folks can still find a corner of the world that interests them, and go have an experience that is singular in history and time; singular and entirely their own; impossible to recreate, and possessing stories, characters, plots, and memories that no one else can string together. Out of it they could draw any inspiration, joy, or valuable lesson they need or want, using it as fuel for a creative fire in any furnace, whether entrepreneurial or artistic.

There’s no child who could be raised that wouldn’t absorb an unforgettable lesson about the nature of the world they should come to inhabit if shown its strangeness and vastness firsthand. And, any man or woman who could presume to further their life’s passion and purpose without the endless insight and perspective offered from the fascinating people and places of the world is needlessly holding themselves back.

If an unfamiliar place keeps the brain alert, what other effects could it have on the traveler’s cognition? Could it make aromas stronger? Could it make colors brighter and music sweeter? Are memories sharper when formed around unfamiliar places, people, and things? 

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Old Friends Go On the Adventure of a Lifetime: Around the World in 80 Days (LOOK)

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From Beijing, to Bognor Regis, to Buenos Aires, Sandy Hazelip and Ellie Hamby are sending a message to elderly around the world that goes, “if you don’t use it, you lose it.”

The 80-year-olds are going around the world in 80 days, like Phillias Fogg and Passepartout, to have advanced fun at their advanced age.

Hazelip and Hamby met in Zambia two decades ago during work in on the continent. Hazelip is a physician and Hamby a documentary photographer.

A friendship was bound to blossom, and they had already had several trips together before they got the idea to see all seven continents and all seven wonders of the world on a mission to celebrate their 80th birthdays by going around the world in 80 days.

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15 Best Things to Do in Jefferson County, NY

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Teeming with scenic islands and spectacular natural attractions, Jefferson County offers a wide range of experiences for the whole family.

The county lies on New York’s uppermost border next to the Saint Lawrence River, lying southeast of the Canada-US international border.

It was named after the 3rd U.S. President, Thomas Jefferson, and initially settled by the Oneida Nation.

Jefferson County’s county seat is Watertown, also home to Fort Drum, the largest military installation in the Northeast.

More than 36,000 service members, families, and employees are in the 10th Mountain Division.

Do you want to know some interesting facts about the county?

The Philadelphia Cream Cheese and Thousand Islands Dressing originated here, along with Woolworth’s Five and Dime Store, the Dewey Decimal System, and Arbor Day.

With the host of state parks, state forests, wildlife areas, and nature locations, you’ll never run out of outdoor recreation to enjoy here.

Here are the best things to do in Jefferson County, New York:

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Free Life Jackets Loaned to Anyone in Need – Now Saving Lives in 1,000 Locations Across the US

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What began in 2008 as a single life jacket loaner booth for boaters to borrow any size preserver before going on the water, has now turned into the world’s largest life jacket loaner program.

And, they crossed a huge milestone last month, setting up location number 1,000 at the beach in Clearwater, Florida.

The program now operates loaner stations in all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands—all thanks to a Long Island, New York captain.

Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer kept seeing boating accidents and tragedies that could have been prevented, so he decided to start the nonprofit Sea Tow Foundation in 2007 to provide the education and resources to eliminate them.

He started the Life Jacket Loaner program the following year to prevent drowning by providing free life jackets that boaters of any size can borrow and return at the end of their outing.

The lifelong seafaring New Yorker passed away in 2015, but his legacy lives on through the efforts of the foundation and his daughter Kristen, who is now president of the board.

“Since 2008, we’ve distributed over 90,000 life jackets,” said Gail Kulp, the group’s Executive Director.

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60% of People Planning Reunions with Family and Friends This Summer

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A cheery poll found that almost 60% of people are planning to spend their summer vacation on a reunion with family and friends. A further 65% said that spending time with family and friends brings them more joy than other vacation themes.

Now in the third summer since the pandemic began, 32% of respondents said they hadn’t seen extended family in 4-years. 68% said they’d be willing to travel further than ever before this summer to reconnect with family and friends.

The majority of those surveyed said the ideal duration for a reunion would be 3 days, perhaps because 51% of respondents believe family reunions look different now than they did a few years ago.

For example, many respondents now look at out-group individuals more like family, saying that reunions will feature invites to friends (42%), significant others (39%), neighbors (34%) and pets (36%).

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Two-Thirds of Americans are More Interested in Staycations This Year to Feel Nostalgia

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Three out of five Americans think they’ve wasted their summer if they haven’t traveled anywhere, according to a new poll.

The poll, which surveyed 2,000 adults, revealed that 58% are either planning a summer vacation or already have one in place for this year.

Meanwhile, the average respondent took about four different vacations per year when they were a kid.

So it’s no surprise that more than two in five (42%) identified vacations as their favorite type of trip as a child, more so than family visits (41%) and school field trips (35%).

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Roadpass Digital, the survey asked respondents to explore how their past childhood travels might inform their current plans.

Today, almost two-thirds (63%) of respondents are more interested in planning “staycations”—trips that are closer to home—than they were a few years ago.

This could be because of issues that weren’t at the forefront of people’s minds during previous years—like uncertainty surrounding the pandemic (59%) and overcrowding (55%), which respondents cited as concerns for this upcoming summer.

Another 63% said they are looking to travel more within their home state during the summer than other seasons, possibly due to similar worries.

Whether in their home state or not, 68% have fond memories of going on summer vacation as a kid, and 71% say they enjoy the nostalgia that comes with revisiting childhood vacation destinations.

Three in five would consider returning to those destinations, but only if they could plan the trip differently.

The biggest changes: more than half (51%) would change the length of their stay, and 42% would opt for a different method of travel than they took with their parents when they were a child.

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Watertown airport sees passenger numbers bounce back in 2021

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WATERTOWN — Final passenger tallies are in, and Watertown International Airport’s numbers are bouncing back strongly.

After the COVID-19 pandemic decimated traveler numbers in 2020, the airport reported a 75% increase in passengers arriving and departing in 2021, for a total of 41,897 individual customers served last year.

Airport manager Grant W. Sussey said the facility, owned by Jefferson County and operated as a self-sustaining department, is making a strong comeback as commercial air travel bounces back.

“It’s fantastic to see that people are traveling again,” he said.

He said the evidence of increased travel is everywhere at the airport. The parking lot is full of cars frequently, and the airport’s two daily flights to and from Philadelphia are more full than a year ago.

Mr. Sussey said the relaxing of U.S-Canada border restrictions has meant more Canadians are using the airport as well, and the upcoming vacation season is expected to be a busy one.

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