Regional Briefs – July 5, 2016

Whiteface Mountain Elevator Slated for Renovation

WILMINGTON, N.Y. – An 80-year-old elevator inside New York’s fifth highest peak is getting a $3 million makeover, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise reported. The Whiteface Mountain elevator rises 27 stories, from a parking lot to the granite castle on the summit.

Red Cross Issues Emergency Call for Blood Donations

TRENTON – The American Red Cross issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donations for New Jersey. They are short of hospital needs by 39,000 donations. They say that the holiday weekend may have caused regular donors to postpone donations.

2 Injured by Homemade Fireworks Blast Upstate

BARRINGTON, N.Y. – A 14-year-old boy and 11-year-old girl were injured Monday by shrapnel from homemade fireworks, WHEC reported. Both are hospitalized, the boy with abdomen wounds and the girl with an upper arm injury.

Forget Hot Dogs! Food Fest to Feature Kale-Eating Contest

BUFFALO – A Taste of Buffalo food festival billed as the world’s healthiest eating championship will take place Saturday, The Associated Press reported. Competitors will compete for the Kale Cup by downing as much of the leafy green vegetable in eight minutes. The winner will take home $2,000.

Police Probe 14 Suspicious Camden House Fires

CAMDEN, N.J. – Investigators say it’s not clear if 14 suspicious fires at abandoned and vacant homes in Camden over the July Fourth weekend were arsons, The Associated Press reported. Seven firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling the blazes, but no residents were hurt.