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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 30, 2014 — The "sharing economy" has created a lot of solutions for cheap rides and places to stay. In a piece for Ozy.com, Pooja Bhatia writes about one undesired byproduct: oversharing.
Aug 30, 2014 — A mobile bookstore, loaded with translations of Portuguese classics, drives around selling books to tourists and locals alike. The van, called Tell a Story, plans to start traveling throughout Europe.
Aug 30, 2014 — Abercrombie & Fitch is shedding its traditional logo-focused apparel. That logo, and the clothes it was affixed to, made the brand one of the most sought-after among teens in the past two decades.

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Schermerhorn Landing photo from the business website
Schermerhorn Landing photo from the business website

Schermerhorn Marina Sold For $2 Million

A Binghamton investor has bought one of the St. Lawrence River's best known marinas. DF Realty purchased Schermerhorn marina, boat shop, and cottages for almost $2 million. The business has been renamed Schermerhorn Harbor. Bea Schermerhorn and her husband, Bill, started the business in the early 1950s. Their daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Dale Stoughtenger, have run it in recent years. Schermerhorn Landing is tucked in the upper end of Chippewa Bay, about halfway between Ogdensburg and Alexandria Bay. Bea Schermerhorn says commerce there began with her husband's father.  Go to full article
Bob Andrews tends his herd with a smile.

A Year on the Farm: No Calves, No Milk

It's the time of year when calf pens pop up across the North Country landscape. It's easy to forget that making milk is really about making baby cows. They don't call it "animal husbandry" for nothing. David Sommerstein's doing a year of stories on the ins and outs of life on a dairy farm. Today, dry and freshened cows, calving, and the reproductive business of a dairy farm.  Go to full article

The Ins and Outs of Raising Calves

"Closed herds", like the cows on Bob Andrews' farm, are in a minority in the North Country. Lots of dairy farmers are buying and selling cows at auctions, picking up replacement heifers as their milkers age. Farms, like ones in Hopkinton and Madrid, have entire operations based on raising calves until they're ready to produce milk. David Sommerstein spoke with Joseph te Riele, a dairy farmer in Canton. He says a growing number of farmers send their calves to other farms after they're born.  Go to full article

Heard up North: The Last Greyhound Bus

You cannot catch a greyhound bus in the North Country anymore. The route has been taken over by Adirondack Trailways. The last Greyhound bus pulled into Canton at 12:45...  Go to full article

Inmates, Families Boycott High Phone Rates

Today, inmates around New York State will pick up the phone to call their families - collect, as always. But this time, families will refuse to accept the charges. It's a...  Go to full article

$400 Million Big Tupper Plan Echoes Across Adks

In Tupper Lake, the local planning commission is finishing work on new zoning rules that will govern the proposed $400 million resort around the Big Tupper ski area. The...  Go to full article
One of the camps that would be cleared to make way for the new resort (Source: Jack Delahanty)

Environment Questions at Big Tupper Anything But Clear Cut

The 6000-acre resort proposed for Tupper Lake would be the biggest project in the Adirondacks since the Olympic games a quarter century ago. Investors from Philadelphia want...  Go to full article

Developer Buys Deferiet Mill, But Not for Paper

A Syracuse-area developer has bought the Deferiet paper mill near Carthage. But as David Sommerstein reports, the plant isn't likely to make paper again.  Go to full article

GM Massena Fights For Work, 180 Jobs

Union leaders from Massena's General Motors plant were at a United Auto Workers conference in Washington last week. While they were there, they lobbied lawmakers for help...  Go to full article

Deferiet Mill Bought, But Not For Paper

A Syracuse-area developer has bought the Deferiet paper mill near Carthage. But as David Sommerstein reports, the plant isn't likely to make paper again.  Go to full article

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