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10-year old Aryn Rivers, a fifth-grader at Canton Central, is lobbying for state aid for her school.  Photo: Julie Grant
10-year old Aryn Rivers, a fifth-grader at Canton Central, is lobbying for state aid for her school. Photo: Julie Grant

North Country schools fight for fiscal survival

It may sound like you've heard this one before: North Country parents, students, and school officials are lobbying lawmakers in Albany for more state aid. There was a big push in districts like Canton and Potsdam last spring for more state money. But it didn't help much.

Now the stakes are even higher; many districts expect to be insolvent within a couple of years, and some even sooner, if things don't change. But they say they're not going down without a fight.  Go to full article
This past fall, 70 new wind turbines went up in Clinton, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris

Nearing fiscal cliff, wind industry waits

Uncertainty over the future of production tax credits for wind energy producers has lead to a major industry slowdown. Now, the tax credit's fate is bogged down in Congressional "fiscal cliff" negotiations.  Go to full article
Phyllis Wells. Photo via <a href="http://www.plattsburgh.edu/news/index.php?wl_mode=more&wl_eid=1820"> SUNY Plattsburgh</a>

Former librarian gifts almost $500k to SUNY Plattsburgh

A former librarian at SUNY Plattsburgh has donated nearly half a million dollars to the school -- the second largest gift in the school's history.

Phyllis Wells passed away last January at the age of 82. She was a graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh and worked at the college as a librarian until her retirement in 1987.

College president John Ettling said in a statement that the gift will go to a scholarship fund that will help students, who he says "need financial support more than ever."

Some of the gift will also go to help preserve archival materials relating to North Country history.  Go to full article

Champlain Valley land to be preserved

A property owner between the towns of Essex, NY and Willsboro has donated a conservation easement that will preserve more than 300 acres for forest and farmland in the...  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo signs a deal to keep the Bills in Buffalo until at least 2020. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/with/8294052869/#photo_8294052869">Flickr</a>

Bills to stay in New York for at least seven more years

The Buffalo Bills will likely be staying in New York for at least another seven years, now that state and team officials have worked out a new deal.  Go to full article
Abby with Charlene Romano, Mary France and Santa (Paul Bizaya). Photo: Nora Flaherty

Heard Up North: Santa meets dogs and cats in Ogdensburg

Getting your kids' pictures taken with Santa Claus has been a longtime holiday ritual for many. In recent years another group has begun vying for Santa's attention--pets--and...  Go to full article
A Streptocarpus hybrid. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:Nzfauna">Nzfauna</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>

Caring for "hothouse" plants

Most North Country homes, particularly in winter, don't have ideal conservatory conditions, but it's still possible to grow and maintain some exotics. African violets and...  Go to full article