Saratoga gets 'state-of-the-art' foam spray trailer to battle potential oil fires; New Year's Eve in NYC - and in Saratoga

Saratoga County was named one of 19 municipalities in the state to receive emergency response trailers equipped with a foam substance that firefighters and hazardous materials teams will use to suppress fires caused by oil or other flammable liquids, according to the Times Union. Train cars carrying oil produced by fracking in Canada use Canadian Pacific rails in Saratoga Springs and other Saratoga County communities. Homeland Security will maintain the trailers and train responders in how to use them. The new state-of-the-art foam spraying trailer, designed to hold 600 gallons of foam to spray remotely onto fires caused by crude oil and other ignitable liquids, was “revealed” on Tuesday. The ad hoc committee whose members were appointed by the City Council to review three proposals related to the mixed-use development of the High Rock parking lot is reviewing three proposals related to the mixed-use development of the High Rock parking lot, according to The Saratogian, in this 912-word article which says, well, nothing.

New Year’s Eve in Times Square:

"I love Times Square. It's a dream. Desire, speed, the explosions of color, patterns and energy. What a great way to start the New Year! The ball drops and Heart of a Dog leaps onto all those massive screens at three minutes to midnight. Who could have predicted the unraveling dreams of my dog would be magnified up there like this? And sound too!" - Laurie Anderson, whose special edition of "Heart of a Dog" will be shown on Times Square's electronic billboards from 11:57 PM to midnight

In upstate New York, meanwhile, organizers are preparing for 15,000 or so people who will be reveling in the New Year's celebration at First Night Saratoga. A complete list of artists is HERE. Some returning performers, who appeared at the festival last year:

Mary Leigh Roohan performing at First Night Saratoga 2014-15

Rambling Jug Stompers at First Night Saratoga 2014-15