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Sometimes we’re just fish in water, oblivious to our own surroundings. That was part of the message two tourists from Europe shared recently, in an “Open letter to the people who hold power and responsibility in Canada.” In it,...
Some of you use CBC content and some of you don’t. But major changes just announced by the CBC will certainly affect future programing. Today at least, the most detailed reporting on this is coming out of CBC news: CBC to cut back supper-hour...
News flash out of Seattle: the minimum wage has just been raised to $15/hour, by far the highest in the country. Indeed, it’s double or more the rate in Arkansas ($6.25) and about half the states,  almost triple the rate in Georgia and...


Aug 29, 2014 — There's no such thing as plain vanilla — at least if you're talking about beans from the vanilla orchid. Whether it's from Tahiti or Madagascar, vanilla can be creamy, spicy or even floral.
Aug 29, 2014 — Student attendance at games has gone down on average 7 percent since 2009, according to The Wall Street Journal. Rising ticket prices along with televised games are to blame.
Aug 29, 2014 — David Greene talks to branding expert Martin Lindstrom about the psychological tricks and ploys marketers and retailers use to entice shoppers into a back-to-school retail frenzy.

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Maple Season Underway

The maple syrup season is underway across much of the North Country. Over the weekend, hundreds of visitors and neighbors stopped by Yancey's Sugarbush, near Croghan, in Lewis County, to watch the maple syrup production process. Yancey's farm is a fifth generation dairy operation that includes a 165-acre sugar bush. Haskell Yancey told Todd Moe some of his trees were stressed last summer by an infestation of tent caterpillars.  Go to full article
One of the 5,500 sap buckets at Yancey's Sugarbush near Croghan.

Croghan Crazy about Maple Syrup

It's a busy week for New York's maple syrup producers. In 2005, they made more than 222,000 gallons of syrup according to the New York Agricultural Statistics Service. Sugaring businesses in Lewis County produce the most maple syrup in the state. On Saturday, Todd Moe visited the American Maple Museum in Croghan, and a fifth generation maple producer.  Go to full article
A train in the wilderness

New Group Wants $20 Million for Adirondack Train

A powerful coalition of Republican lawmakers, chamber of commerce leaders, and local activists have unveiled plans to rebuild a railroad into the central Adirondacks. The passenger line would connect Utica and Old Forge in the south to tourism destinations in the Tri-Lakes area. The "Adirondack On Track Partnership" wants the state to spend at least twenty million dollars on the project. They hope it would add a new attraction, drawing visitors into the Adirondack Park. But as Brian Mann reports, some critics say reviving the railroad would be too expensive. They also question whether a tourist line is the best use of the historic travel corridor.  Go to full article

APA Delays Big Tupper Development Review

Officials at the Adirondack Park Agency want more information about a new resort in Tupper Lake for more information about their project. The APA issued a notice yesterday...  Go to full article

NYPA Grant to Fund Alternative Energy Growth in SLC

The New York Power Authority has invested $10 million in a matching grant program to bring hi-tech alternative energy businesses to St Lawrence County. It's money that was...  Go to full article
APA executive director Dick LeFebvre

APA Explores Roll In Affordable Housing

The Adirondack Park Agency begins two days of meetings today with local government leaders. This year's seminar in Saranac Lake will focus on affordable housing. Many...  Go to full article

Beekmantown Neighbors Want Windpower Delay

A group of neighbors in Beekmantown is urging the zoning board to delay a decision scheduled for Wednesday on a proposed new wind farm. Windhorse LLC hopes to develop 13 new...  Go to full article

Farmers Approve Coop Merger

North Country members of Allied federated Coops have approved a merger with Agrimark -- a Massachusetts based coop that's already absorbed Macadam, a well-know local cheese...  Go to full article

Bush Defends Troubled Medicare Program

President Bush used a western New York high school gym yesterday as the setting to defend Medicare's new prescription drug benefit plan. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Assembly Considers Sales Tax Break on Clothing

The New York State Assembly, in its new budget, wants to reinstate a sales tax break on some clothing sold in the state. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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