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Police and bars prepare for St. Patrick's Day

Rich Ogden, of Glens Falls, organizer of an annual bar crawl from Queensbury to Saratoga for St. Patrick's Day, drinks a beer during a stop at Druther's on Broadway in Saratoga Springs on March 16, 2013.
Rich Ogden, of Glens Falls, organizer of an annual bar crawl from Queensbury to Saratoga for St. Patrick's Day, drinks a beer during a stop at Druther's on Broadway in Saratoga Springs on March 16, 2013.
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Veterans of the bar industry and law enforcement call it amateur hour: The period over the holiday weekend when inexperienced drinkers are out in force. And if that holiday happens to be St. Patrick's Day, it's the time when they're likely to face the greatest number of headaches. The celebration of Ireland's patron saint has become nearly synonymous with the consumption of alcohol, meaning tipplers of all types will be in plentiful supply—some of them ...


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