Tuesday, Jan. 7, marks the deadline for candidates to toss their hat into the ring and get their name on the spring ballot. In Jefferson County, many county supervisor, city council, village trustee, town supervisor and school board seats are up for election.

An estimated nine in 10 American adults are celebrating Christmas in some form or another this week. Surveys from the Pew Research Center tell us that, for most people, it means gathering with family and friends, exchanging gifts and sharing meals, but not necessarily attending church.