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Congklingville Dam on Great Sacandaga Lake. Photo via <a href=""> Hudson River-Black River Regulating District</a>
Congklingville Dam on Great Sacandaga Lake. Photo via Hudson River-Black River Regulating District

North Country counties settle flood control fight

A multimillion dollar legal battle that simmered for half a decade in the North Country is finally winding to a close.

Four counties - including Albany, Rensselaer, Warren, and Washington - have agreed to settle a dispute with the Hudson River Black River Regulating district over who should pay for flood control efforts.  Go to full article
The National Weather Service's weather station, at the Adirondack Regional Airport, in Lake Clear, NY. Photo: Photo via <a href="">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>

Why Lake Clear is so very cold

The village of Saranac Lake has a reputation for cold. During the winter, it's frequently the coldest spot on the North Country weather map, sometimes the coldest in the lower 48 states. Overnight or early morning temperatures in January can hit 20 and sometimes 30 degrees below zero Fahrenheit.

That kind of cold is has brought the community a fair share of publicity over the years, but technically, that publicity should go to another community located about five miles outside of Saranac Lake: the hamlet of Lake Clear.  Go to full article
North Country wines were featured at the Viticulture 2013 conference in Rochester earlier this month.  Photo: David Sommerstein.

What North Country wineries are doing right

When you hear New York wines, you probably think about the Finger Lakes. Wineries in that region have become world famous for their Rieslings and other white and red wines.

There are four other official wine regions in New York - the Hudson Valley, the shore of Lake Erie, the Niagara Escarpment, and Long Island.

There are also almost 30 wineries in the North Country, and wine aficionados are starting to take notice.  Go to full article
The Ticonderoga, NY Post Office. Many rural post offices across the North Country may reduce their hours to save money, and Saturday home delivery is also likely to be eliminated. Photo: Linda Osborne via <a href="">Jimmy Emerson</a>, CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>

Heard Up North: Tough times at the post office

The US Postal Service lost another $1.3 billion in the last few months of 2012.

As a result, many rural post offices across the North Country are expected to see...  Go to full article
Hedging and fencing can protect the garden from winter wind. Photo: <a href="">Abi Skipp</a>, CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>

Strategies for working with wind

Winter wind takes a toll on a household. It fills a driveway up with blowing snow. The windy side of a house can be colder on the inside, as well as the outside.
...  Go to full article