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A home wrecked by Tropical Storm Irene in the town of Keene. Photo: Susan Waters
A home wrecked by Tropical Storm Irene in the town of Keene. Photo: Susan Waters

FEMA approves buyout of 26 Irene-damaged properties in Essex County

More than two dozen property owners may sell their homes to Essex County as part of a federal buyout program nearly 19 months after Tropical Storm Irene tore through the Adirondacks.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has informed Essex County that 26 properties deemed "substantially damaged" by Irene have received final approval for the buyout program. The project is expected to cost more than $3.5 million, and FEMA has agreed to pay about 75 percent of the cost.  Go to full article
Protestors at an Albany anti-fracking demonstration in August, 2012. Photo: Brian Mann

Why Gov. Cuomo is being dubbed "Hamlet on the Shale"

Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces a tough choice as he continues to ponder the decision on whether to allow hydraulic fracturing in New York. With both sides dug in, there's no easy way to win for the governor.  Go to full article
NCPR Reporter Joanna Richards learns wood splitting at a workshop for women. Photo: Chelle Lindahl

Women learn art of wood splitting at hands-on workshop

Reporter Joanna Richards is a city girl. But since she moved to the North Country four years ago, she's been boning up on the traditions and culture of rural life. She had a chance recently for a bit of North Country skill building, in a workshop on wood splitting especially for women.  Go to full article
Photo:  Todd Moe

Digging in the dirt, indoors

Many gardeners enjoy sharing perennials during the growing season. Horticulturist Amy Ivy brings that idea indoors with tips for propagating houseplants from stem cuttings...  Go to full article
Allan Morgan & Fiona Reid  Photo: Lucy Tremblay Gaudette

Theatre Review: "Innocence Lost" at the NAC

"Innocence Lost, A Play about Steven Truscott" is currently running at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa through March 16. It premiered at the Blyth Festival in 2008 and...  Go to full article
Federal prison officials have packed more beds into wards at correctional facilities to house rising inmate populations. Photo: US BOP via GAO)

Will sequester make Federal prisons less safe?

The sequester is upon us and Federal workers at facilities are bracing for across-the-board cuts that begin phasing in tomorrow. Tensions are particularly high in the...  Go to full article
U.S. Rep. Bill Owens.

Owens: most people will feel pain of sequester

North Country Congressman Bill Owens says the impact of cuts at the federal prison in Ray Brook is on his mind. He says officials there will have some discretion as far as...  Go to full article
James Lytle of Horseheads at the Feb. 28, 2013 anti-gun control rally in Albany. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Thousands Join Anti-Gun Control Rally in Albany

A rally against New York's newly enacted gun control laws drew one of the largest crowds to the State Capitol in recent decades.  Go to full article
A sapbucket at Newton's Sugarbush. Photo: Todd Moe

Sugaring season is underway

It may not feel like spring outside yet, but it's coming. The days are getting longer, the sun is higher in the sky, and the sap buckets are out.

Jeffrey Jenness...  Go to full article
The St. Lawrence University Community Gospel Choir singing in Gunnison Chapel. Photo: SLU

Singing, swaying with the SLU Community Gospel Choir

The sweet sounds of the St. Lawrence University Community Gospel Choir filled Gunnison Chapel in Canton this morning during The 8 o'clock Hour. Members of the...  Go to full article
<i>Witness: Real Women and Strength</i> will be performed tonight, 6:30pm, in SLU's Black Box Theater. Photo: Kitty Higgins

Preview: SLU student play examines women's health issues

Women are consistently rendering images from the media of the "ideal" body type. This has driven women to sacrifice their natural shape with unhealthy practices. Abigail Moss...  Go to full article
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