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National Grid uses 'Sniffer truck' to detect gas leaks

Freezing and repeated thawing doesn't just create potholes.

National Grid says a wild swing in temperatures can also affect underground pipes.

The company showed NewsChannel 13 a new truck they are using to detect gas leaks.

The truck drives along the streets and sensors go off if it detects natural gas.

The sniffer trucks are a proactive step to stop leaks.

National grid reminds you to use your senses, natural gas has an odor similar to rotten eggs.

Also look for dust or bubbles in water outside your home and listen for a whistling sound.

If you suspect a leak, get out of the house and call 911, then call National Grid. 

Schoharie Jr./Sr. High names valedictorian and <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">salutatorian</span>

Congratulations to this year’s top students at Schoharie Jr./Sr. High School.

Sophie Connor of Howe’s Cave is valedictorian and Lauren Archer of Sloansville is salutatorian.

Connor is currently attending a physics and engineering at RPI. She plans to go to Dartmouth College in the fall.

Archer is planning to attend SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Students show off STEM skills at science and engineering fair

After months of research, building and writing codes, it was time to show it all off in what some consider the super bowl for young students who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The Greater Capital Region Science & Engineering Fair brought together kids in grade 6 through 12 from all over the Capital Region. Their projects ranged from animal sciences to physics and astronomy.

Shaker High School 11th grader Gili Rusak wanted to teach young kids about computer science, so she created an app for that.

Her codester app is already available for the Android market. She says it gives kids a positive exposure to computer science.

Scotia-Glenville High School junior John Dean has created a new kind of lens. He says his double liquid lens is good for surveillance applications because it allows a camera to focus on two different things at once.

Howe Caverns to explore above ground casino

HOWES CAVE - In Schoharie County, the owners of an all-ready-well-known tourist attraction say they're now a step closer to building a casino on their "above ground" property.

After the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors voted 13-3 on Friday to support a casino development, the owners of Howe Caverns say they're looking forward to taking that gamble.

For nearly a century, thrill seekers have been finding adventure in the underground passages of Howe Caverns, but in the next century and beyond, they're hoping tourists will flock to the 330 above ground acres for gambling and entertainment.

"My feelings have been the same," said Chris Tague, part of the Howe Caverns Development Corportation team that wants to build a casino in Schoharie County, "If you build it, they will come!"

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NYS sap dripping slowly this season

New York State ranks second in the nation for Maple Syrup production, behind only Vermont.  This year's late start, due to weather, likely won't cause a shortage.  Producers who usually begin boiling at the end of February are hoping they will be able to continue boiling through mid-April

Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region opens new satellite office

The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region has opened a new satellite office in Schenectady’s Hamilton Hill neighborhood.

The office is located at 920 Albany Street in the Schenectady County Business Center. The space is being donated by the county.

The office will be open Monday and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday afternoons.

In addition to funding, training courses will also be offered.

The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region covers 11 counties including Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington Counties.

For more information, please call (518) 436-8586, or visit the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region’s website here.

Loud radio leads to punching, assault charges

Taylor Eberle-Bulger - New York State Police

An 18-year-old Schoharie County woman is accused of punching a 66-year-old woman in the face, over a loud radio.

State police say Taylor Eberle-Bulger of Summit punched the woman because that woman asked Eberle-Bulger to turn down her car radio.

It's not clear if the two were in the car together or if they knew each other.

NewsChannel 13 has asked those questions of state police but we have not yet heard back.