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A volunteer unloads Food Sense packages at the Potsdam Neighborhood Center on Thursday morning. Photo: Zach Hirsch
A volunteer unloads Food Sense packages at the Potsdam Neighborhood Center on Thursday morning. Photo: Zach Hirsch

Food Sense program offers a discount to all

Next week, Congress will begin negotiating a new Farm Bill. One of the major sticking points is the food stamp program. The House and Senate are very far away over how much to cut from food stamps, but it seems likely there will be a cut of some sort.

But food stamps are not the only option for low-income families. The Food Bank of Central NY is offering discounted packages of healthy food to anybody - no questions asked.  Go to full article
New York's plans to expand gambling  must be approved by voters in November. Photo: ragingwire, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Pro casino coalition airs first ads

The first ad is out promoting the ballot amendment to build new casinos in New York. It focuses on the benefits the casinos might bring, and not on actual gambling activity.  Go to full article
Tax-exempt parcels (shown in red) in a small city. Map: City of Ann Arbor, MI

Comptroller: $680 billion in untaxed NY land

More than a quarter of all property in New York state is off the tax rolls. That's according to figures compiled by the state Comptroller, who calls it a burden on local finances.  Go to full article
Some of the staff and young people in the Transitions program's social/media space in Canton. Photo: Todd Moe

NYSARC's Transitions program ready to expand

A St. Lawrence County program that helps developmentally disabled young people lead more independent lives is serving an increasing number of clients, despite a decline in...  Go to full article

This weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren of the Adirondack Almanack checks in each Friday morning with a look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for the weekend.  Go to full article
Dan Wasneechak has had a bumpy ride in the two months he's headed up the North Country Children's Clinic in Waterown. After announcing its temporary closure, then working on a deal to keep it open, Wasneechak will resign on Friday. Photo: Joanna Richards

Head of Children's Clinic resigns in wake of financial upheaval

The head of the North Country Children's Clinic in Watertown says he'll resign after Friday. A spokeswoman for Samaritan Medical Center, which is temporarily operating the...  Go to full article
A team of rivals: Gov. Cuomo (center) has appointed former Gov. George Pataki (left) and former NY Comptroller H. Carl McCall (right) to the New York State Tax Relief Commission. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo.

Cuomo says state can afford tax cuts

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he thinks the state can afford a tax cut next year, despite a projected $1 billion budget gap.  Go to full article
Current and former residents of Watertown's north side neighborhood, near the New York Air Brake plant, listen to a presentation about a health study the state Health Department will carry out. Photo: Justin Sorenson, Watertown Daily Times

Public weighs in on Air Brake site study

Earlier this week, a researcher from the state Health Department met with Watertown residents from the neighborhood near the New York Air Brake plant. The Health Department...  Go to full article
Peter Frenette from Saranac Lake launches into space during the Flaming Leaves competition in Lake Placid. Photo: Mike Lynch, <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>, used by permission

North Country gears up for Russia Olympics

There are just about 100 days to go before the Winter Olympics in Russia. Once again this year, athletes from the North Country are expected to be in the running for...  Go to full article
A Seaway freighter passes under the bridge near Massena in December 2012.  Photo: David Sommerstein.

Seaway tonnage down 11%

The St. Lawrence Seaway is still trying to dig itself out of a recession slump. After posting a 4% tonnage increase last year, shipping between Great Lakes and foreign ports...  Go to full article
Education Commissioner Dr. John B. King, Jr. Photo: NYSED

Cuomo supports ed. officials on Common Core standards

Governor Cuomo offered some support to top state education officials, who are getting blow back for a rough start to the implementation of the new common core principles in...  Go to full article
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