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The Essex Chain of Lakes. Photo: Carl Heilman II, courtesy Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy via <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
The Essex Chain of Lakes. Photo: Carl Heilman II, courtesy Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy via Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Essex Lakes could be opened to limited motorized access

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed opening up large portions of the 69,000 acres of former Finch, Pruyn and Co. timberlands the state is acquiring from The Nature Conservancy for public recreation.

Among other things, DEC's classification plan would allow motor vehicle and limited floatplane access to the Essex Chain of Lakes tract, which would become a new canoe area.

The plan is drawing praise from local government leaders who've fought for access to the former Finch lands, and criticism from environmentalists who want more the property protected as wilderness.  Go to full article
Addie Russell speaking to visiting students from Potsdam Middle School in the Assembly Chamber in March 2012. Photo: NY Assembly website

Russell: Change in school aid formula would help poorer districts

Democratic Assemblywoman Addie Russell, of Theresa, thinks the current state school aid formula is broken. She says it benefits wealthier districts at the expense of poorer ones, and that legislation she's introduced would make the formula more equitable.  Go to full article
D.J. O'Neill of Lake Placid, with his Cessna 185 Skywagon I and his dogs Chaka and Zozo, flies his airplane to locations throughout the Northeast to rescue dogs and bring them to no-kill shelters or adoptive families. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy <a href="http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/"><em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em></a>

Lake Placid pilot rescues dogs from the air

A dog is a man's best friend, as the saying goes, and a Lake Placid pilot is doing his best to return the favor.

When he's not working on his patients' teeth at High Peaks Dental in Lake Placid, 48-year-old D.J. O'Neill takes to the skies in his single-propeller airplane - a red and white Cessna 185 Skywagon I, to be exact - to rescue dogs from animal shelters in other parts of the U.S.  Go to full article
Standing near the Remington Arms factory, Beth Neale, deputy mayor of Ilion, N.Y., says she's watched a lot of large manufacturers leave the region. She's not sure Ilion would easily recover from losing Remington. Photo: Marie Cusick for NPR

Remington-dependent Ilion braces for impact of new gun laws

When New York state passed a wave of new gun-control laws on Jan. 15, it outlawed a type of assault rifle made just over an hour's drive from the state capital--in Ilion, NY.  Go to full article
Sen. Tkaczyk being sworn in on Jan. 24, 2013. Photo: www.nysenate.gov

Newest NY Senator says she'll fight for campaign finance reform

New York's newest Senator, Cecilia Tkaczyk, has been on the job for just over a week now, after a two and half month long court battle over absentee ballots resulted in a...  Go to full article
Andy Massingham & Joey Trembley  Photo: Andree Lanthier

Theatre Review: "Metamorphoses" at the NAC

"Metamorphoses" is running at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa through February 16. The play contains adult material and is not suitable for children under 16. Running...  Go to full article
<em>Echinacea purpurea 'Maxima'</em> is one common perennial that's easy to start from seed. Photo: Ulf Eliasson, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>

Getting a jump on the flower season

Starting seeds indoors is a mid-winter routine that gives gardeners a nice taste of the coming season: potting mix on the fingers, the fragrance of moist soil. Mostly, the...  Go to full article