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IJC Chairwoman Irene Brooks faced a determined crowd at an earlier water level hearing in Alexandria Bay. Tonight's hearing will be at the Bonnie Castle Resort from 6-9 pm. Photo: David Sommerstein
IJC Chairwoman Irene Brooks faced a determined crowd at an earlier water level hearing in Alexandria Bay. Tonight's hearing will be at the Bonnie Castle Resort from 6-9 pm. Photo: David Sommerstein

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence water level plan draws mixed reviews

The International Joint Commission, or IJC, that governs water levels on Lake Ontario and St Lawrence River is presenting a new management plan in a series of public hearings in New York and Canada this week.

Plan 2014 aims to strike a compromise between the economic interests of harbor communities and the environmental concerns over current water level management.

The previous draft plan drew praise from environmental groups, but criticism from some shoreline owners, particularly along the southern shore of Lake Ontario.

In Rochester yesterday, about 100 locals weighing in on the conversation showed views are still split.  Go to full article
Tom Welsh, a fishing guide from Johnsburg, speaks at a public hearing on the new Finch Pruyn lands in Minerva. Photo: Nicholas Mann

Public comment period ending for new Adk Park lands

This is the final week for the public to offer input and opinions about how to manage tens of thousands of acres of new public lands in the Adirondack Park.

The Adirondack Park Agency held hearings across the state to gather feedback on seven different proposals for how lands in Indian Lake and Minerva should be classified.

The hearings have wrapped up, but people still have until the end of the day on Friday to send written comments.  Go to full article
Migrant workers rally at the capitol in Montpelier this spring. Photo: Sarah Harris

Migrant worker and activist allowed to stay in U.S.

Danilo Lopez will be allowed to stay in the country, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says. Lopez, a Vermont migrant-worker-turned-activist from Mexico, advocated for a new law allowing people without legal status to get drivers' licenses. Lopez was scheduled to be deported on July 5.  Go to full article
Clarence Forbes plying his trade. Photo: David Sommerstein

Listen: Using modern technology to move an Amish shed

Amish-made wooden sheds are becoming a fixture in backyards. They're neat and tidy, and handy for storage or even as a rustic bunkhouse.

But delivery can be ...  Go to full article
Elastic Bond, courtesy of Nacional Records.

Miami latin soul band keeps it 'Real'

This weekend, tens of thousands of people will inundate the little town of Trumansburg, outside Ithaca, for the Grassroots Music Festival. It's become one of the premier...  Go to full article
Pendragon's new executive/artistic director Karen Lordi-Kirkham and managing director David Zwierankin. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Pendragon's new leadership team

Last week, Pendragon Theatre co-founders Susan Neal and Bob Pettee shared thoughts about starting Saranac Lake's professional theater group more than 30 years ago. Earlier...  Go to full article
St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg, NY. Photo: Lizette Haenel

State: no job losses for Pysch Center workers

The loss of some services at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg doesn't have to mean a loss of jobs. That's the word from New York's acting commissioner for...  Go to full article
Dairy farmer Mike Kiechle of Philadelphia, NY, spreads manure from his tractor. He's the kind of small farmer the new rules are trying to target, but he says he doubts he'll grow his herd bigger. Photo: David Sommerstein

Will the Greek yogurt boom help dairy farmers?

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced New York will be one of four states in a test program to include Greek yogurt in school lunches.

State...  Go to full article
Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. Photo by Amy Lindemuth

In NYS prison, women hold on to motherhood

In New York state's prison nursery program, a woman can qualify to live with her newborn baby for up to one year.

But during the many hours when their mothers...  Go to full article
Boats moored at the shore of Leroy Douglas' campground on Silver Lake last week. Douglas has sold ld some of his property along the lake that's the center of an ongoing federal lawsuit he filed against the state Adirondack Park Agency and the Adirondack Council. Photo: Chris Knight, <a href="http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>

Controversial Black Brook Adirondack parcel sold

An Adirondack lakefront property that's the subject of a multi-million-dollar federal lawsuit filed against the state Adirondack Park Agency and the Adirondack Council has...  Go to full article
Sunday Rock is a landmark along Route 56 in South Colton.  Photo: Todd Moe

Colton remembers its WWII history with music, dance, stories

The Sunday Rock Legacy Project continues in Colton this summer. It's a collaboration of the Grasse River Players, Colton Historical Society and Colton-Pierrepont Central...  Go to full article
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