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All Before Five: 8/21/08

The Nature Conservancy completes a 90,000-acre land deal in the Adirondacks... The city of Ogdensburg takes over a kosher cheese plant that failed to pay taxes... Saranac Lake settles a school-construction lawsuit from 2003... And we hear the Fort Ticonderoga Fife and Drum corps recreated music from the 1700s.  Go to full article

Lawmakers cut $427 million, praise Governor

Governor Paterson and legislative leaders say they've taken a major step towards reducing the state's deficit, after a rare mid-summer budget cutting session. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake school settles shoddy construction dispute

Years of litigation and expense for the Saranac Lake School District came to an end last night when the school board voted to approve a settlement offer from contractors blamed for problems with a capital building project. The agreement settles a lawsuit the district filed against three different contractors in 2003. As Chris Knight reports, school officials say the settlement means the district's taxpayers will be paid back for the cost of fixing the school buildings.  Go to full article
North Country high schoolers re-create a musical era

At Fort Ticonderoga, high school students recreate a musical tradition

If you go to Fort Ticonderoga this summer, you'll find centuries-old stone walls and a new education center. But you'll also find music and pageantry. For more than three...  Go to full article
Rosie Brady, of Charlotte Vt., and Adirondack Semester assistant director Marianne Dawson -- almost ready to go.

Heard Up North: packing up, sort of light

Students are filtering back to the North Country's campuses. At St. Lawrence University, one small group is heading out, away from campus on a backpacking trip into the...  Go to full article

Preview: Watercolors in Old Forge

The 27th annual Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors opens at the Arts Center Old Forge this weekend. It features watercolor paintings from across the...  Go to full article

Lawmakers agree to slash more than $400 million

The New York State legislature agreed to a billion dollar, multi-year budget cutting package, in a special session called by Governor Paterson to address the state's growing...  Go to full article

More on the budget cuts in Albany

Martha Foley talks with Albany reporter Karen DeWitt about some of the details in the budget cutting agreement reached late last night.  Go to full article
Reporter Karen Kelly's daughter making safer cleaning products at home

A "green" solution to house cleaning

If you've ever looked at the household cleaner aisle in the grocery store, you know there can be pretty strange chemicals involved. And they're not cheap, either. Ottawa...  Go to full article

Making homes in the Adirondacks affordable

A newly renovated home in North Creek was donated to the Adirondack Community Housing Trust this week. The housing trust program was formed over the past year with the help...  Go to full article

All Before Five: 8/20/08

Lawmakers in special session in Albany cut more than $420 million from the state budget... Greening up cleaning up... And the ABCs of packing for a semester in the...  Go to full article
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