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North Country, Vermont Methodists consider split

One of the oldest and most established churches in the North Country is facing a major shake-up. The Troy Conference of Methodists, based in Saratoga, has roughly 50,000 members in northeastern New York and Vermont. Faced with shrinking congregations, Methodists will decide next month whether to merge with three other conferences in upstate New York. Dozens of churches in Vermont are also expected to break away and join the New England Conference. Brian Mann spoke with Reverend Janice Palm, who chaired the committee that developed the plan.  Go to full article
White fungus marks the muzzles of many sick bats (Photo: Al Hicks, NYSDEC)

"White Nose Syndrome" remains mysterious bat killer

The mysterious "white nose syndrome" has received a lot of media coverage. But little is known about the fungus linked to the deaths of thousands of bats across the northeast. Anxiety is growing over the fate of the animals, one of the region's most effective predators of mosquitos and other insects. Frustration is building among scientists over the slow march toward answers about the cause and possible prevention of the disease. Jonathan Brown talked to the biologist leading the state's effort to learn more about white nose syndrome.  Go to full article
White fungus marks the muzzles of many sick bats (Photo: Al Hicks, NYSDEC)

Bat disease delays construction of North Country wind farm

White nose syndrome has killed tens of thousands of bats in New York. The disease has spread to Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well. It spread quickly among bats as they huddled together, hibernating in caves over the winter. Researchers found whole colonies, dead, with a puzzling white fungus around their snouts.
Surviving bats are now hunting insects from summer roosts in eaves and trees, as scientists scramble for answers about what killed so many so quickly. Biologists are particularly worried about the impact of 'white nose' on Indiana bats, already on the U.S. endangered species list. The developer of a proposed wind farm in Jefferson County is now holding off on construction as researchers scramble to find out what effect wind turbines have on the bats. Jonathan Brown reports.  Go to full article
Kassandra Barton of The 8 O'Clock Ranch is just as comfortable online as at the farmers' market.

Local Flavor: local meat in town and online

When it comes to healthy, environmentally-friendly eating, "local" has become the new "organic." More and more people want to know what's in their food, who produced it, and...  Go to full article

Clean Air settlement will benefit Lake Champlain

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says a landmark clean air settlement with one of the country's biggest power producers will provide half a million dollars to fight...  Go to full article

Warm, wet weather and deep snow raise flood warnings

With temperatures warming and deep snowpack in some areas, emergency officials in New York and Vermont are worrying about flooding. National Weather Service officials say in...  Go to full article
L - Kathryn Blume as Lina; R - Todd Lawson as Ned.

Theatre review: Three Days of Rain at the FlynnSpace

The Vermont Stage Company's production of Three Days of Rain runs at the FlynnSpace in Burlington through March 16. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at a recent...  Go to full article

Heard Up North: A storm-tossed ferry ride

Lake Champlain figures prominently in many North Country stories. It's become a kind of character who allows - or sometimes prevents - narrow escapes. One of the most well...  Go to full article

Strong Loonie and ad campaign bringing more Canadians to NNY

More Canadians are driving into northern New York and that's boosting sales at North Country retailers. But, as Jonathan Brown reports, the state is working hard to lure more...  Go to full article
Diane Sawyer, ABC, Disney, face lawsuit from North Country woman (PHOTO:  ABC News)

Controversial ABC documentary filmed in Vermontville sparks lawsuit

The Plattsburgh Press-Republican reported Thursday morning that a Lake Placid woman is suing ABC News, the Walt Disney Corporation, and news anchor Diane Sawyer. In her suit,...  Go to full article

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