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A home wrecked by Tropical Storm Irene in the town of Keene. Photo: Susan Waters
A home wrecked by Tropical Storm Irene in the town of Keene. Photo: Susan Waters

FEMA approves buyout of 26 Irene-damaged properties in Essex County

More than two dozen property owners may sell their homes to Essex County as part of a federal buyout program nearly 19 months after Tropical Storm Irene tore through the Adirondacks.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has informed Essex County that 26 properties deemed "substantially damaged" by Irene have received final approval for the buyout program. The project is expected to cost more than $3.5 million, and FEMA has agreed to pay about 75 percent of the cost.  Go to full article
Protestors at an Albany anti-fracking demonstration in August, 2012. Photo: Brian Mann

Why Gov. Cuomo is being dubbed "Hamlet on the Shale"

Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces a tough choice as he continues to ponder the decision on whether to allow hydraulic fracturing in New York. With both sides dug in, there's no easy way to win for the governor.  Go to full article
NCPR Reporter Joanna Richards learns wood splitting at a workshop for women. Photo: Chelle Lindahl

Women learn art of wood splitting at hands-on workshop

Reporter Joanna Richards is a city girl. But since she moved to the North Country four years ago, she's been boning up on the traditions and culture of rural life. She had a chance recently for a bit of North Country skill building, in a workshop on wood splitting especially for women.  Go to full article
Photo:  Todd Moe

Digging in the dirt, indoors

Many gardeners enjoy sharing perennials during the growing season. Horticulturist Amy Ivy brings that idea indoors with tips for propagating houseplants from stem cuttings...  Go to full article
Allan Morgan & Fiona Reid  Photo: Lucy Tremblay Gaudette

Theatre Review: "Innocence Lost" at the NAC

"Innocence Lost, A Play about Steven Truscott" is currently running at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa through March 16. It premiered at the Blyth Festival in 2008 and...  Go to full article