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The crew of Coast Guard Cutter <em>Neah Bay</em>, homeported in Cleveland, works to keep the <em>CSL Laurentien</em> moving during an escort in eastern Lake Erie March 27, 2014. Photo: courtesy USCG
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay, homeported in Cleveland, works to keep the CSL Laurentien moving during an escort in eastern Lake Erie March 27, 2014. Photo: courtesy USCG

Relentless winter's ice delays St. Lawrence River shipping

Three U.S. Coast Guard cutter vessels are to help with annual ice-breaking operations in Thunder Bay's harbour on Lake Superior--the far end of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Canadian Coast Guard crews and their icebreakers are leading the effort after the harsh winter produced what are being called "unusually heavy and persistent" ice conditions.

The annual opening of the Seaway is one of the signs of spring in the North Country. But as with pretty much everything this year, winter is still having its way with the calendar.

The Seaway is holding its opening ceremony to welcome commercial ship traffic between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean this morning near Buffalo. But it's had to delay the opening of the St. Lawrence River part of the Seaway for three days until Monday due to ice.

David Sommerstein joined Martha Foley to discuss the annual debate over the Seaway's opening date.  Go to full article
Daniel Kelly (courtesy danielkellymusic.com)

"Voices From The Farm" premieres at Crane School of Music this Sunday

This Sunday at 3 pm an original jazz suite, written in honor of the farmers of the North Country, premieres in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam.

Composer Daniel Kelly is bringing some of New York City's finest jazz musicians to the Crane School of Music for a concert that mixes jazz, the voices of local farmers, and traditional fiddling from Potsdam fiddler Gretchen Koehler.

The concert is presented by Community Performance Series.  Go to full article
Volunteers tend a community garden in Potsdam. NCPR file photo

Listen: Spring Gardening Call-in

Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy, a Monday morning regular on The Eight O'clock Hour, was in the studio with Martha Foley today. They were joined by gardeners from around the region by phone. Questions, answers, issues, tips and more. It's all about your yard and garden.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomma/4906491235/">Thomas Marthinsen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cops meet in Ft. Edward to discuss heroin problem

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) Scores of law enforcement officers from New York, Vermont and Massachusetts have met in an upstate county that has become a crossroad in the...  Go to full article
A train of oil tankers. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/11072040@N08/6184231577/">Russ Allison Loar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY, fed agencies do second oil train inspection blitz

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State and federal inspectors have completed a second round of safety checks of train tracks and oil tanker cars in an effort to prevent disastrous...  Go to full article
NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Photo: NYer42, released to public domain

Top NY lawmaker expects to do "well" for education

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York Legislature's top Democrat says he expects to do "well" funding education and pre-kindergarten and cutting property taxes across the state in...  Go to full article

NYC jail boss details heating problems after death

NEW YORK (AP) The head of New York City's jail system says that a malfunctioning damper diverted heat to the upper-level cell where a mentally ill veteran was found dead last...  Go to full article
Desiree with her dad, Kenny. Photo: Sarah Harris

Sixteen and homeless, pt. 2: homeless no more

Today, we continue the story of 16-year-old Desiree Wieczorek. She's in 10th grade at Parishville-Hopkinton Central School. ...  Go to full article

This weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack reports on outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for each weekend.

Although it will remain near freezing...  Go to full article
Inside the Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/54021469@N00/394233312/">Holley St. Germain</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Albany still stuck in budget talks as the week ends

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are still struggling to come to a final budget agreement, after the time for an expected announcement came and went...  Go to full article

Bathtub plant closure will cost Cornwall 42 jobs

The acting mayor of Cornwall is calling the pending closure of a local bathtub manufacturer a huge loss for the city.

Forty-two jobs will be lost when the American...  Go to full article