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SUNY Canton's Joe Rappa at work with his biodiesel brewing tools.
SUNY Canton's Joe Rappa at work with his biodiesel brewing tools.

Biodiesel Forum Kicks Off Energy Fair

A forum on building a biodiesel plant in St. Lawrence County kicks off this weekend's North Country Sustainable Energy Fair. One of the panelists is Joe Rappa, who commutes between Mexico, NY and Canton using a car powered by biodiesel. He brews the fuel himself. He showed David Sommerstein how. This story first aired in 2003.  Go to full article

Land Values on the Rise in LeRay

Commercial development around Fort Drum is causing a huge hike in property assessments in the surrounding area. And this means higher taxes. In the town of LeRay, some landowners fear being pushed out. Douglas Hopper has the story.  Go to full article

Investigation into Lake George Fire Continues

A Lake George fire official says a blaze that ripped through the tourist village over the weekend might have been contained if a gift shop owner hadn't removed his sprinkler system. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Girl Scouts to Combine Area Councils

Girl Scouts of the North Country is planning to join forces with three surrounding councils. The North Country council - headquartered in Plattsburgh - now serves all of Franklin and Clinton Counties and parts of St Lawrence, Hamilton and Essex Counties. The new mega-council will encompass 16 counties with nearly 20,000 scouts. Douglas Hopper has the story.  Go to full article

Drum Troops Reinforce Baghdad

Since the bombing of a famous shrine in Samarra, Iraq, in Februrary, sectarian violence in the country has skyrocketed. As a response, the US military dispatched several thousand Iraqi and American soldiers into Baghdad as reinforcements. One of the units pulled into the capital was the 1st Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division. The brigade is based at Fort Drum near Watertown and has been in Iraq since last August. Its 3500 soldiers are expected to return later this summer. Before the shrine bombing, many of the brigade's units had been stationed in rural areas outside the city. Freelance reporter Ben Gilbert was embedded with some of them, and has this report on the transition to Baghdad.  Go to full article

Rug Hooking for Dummies

We wanted to find out what you need to get started as a rug hooker. So we sent Douglas Hopper to Liberty Fibers. The yarn shop is in Madrid and if you're looking for hooking supplies in the North Country, this is the place to go. Judy O'Toole owns the store. She says there are three things every rug hooker must have.  Go to full article

Assembly Overrides Half of Pataki's Budget Vetoes

The Democrat-led Assembly voted last night to override about half of Governor Pataki's 207 budget vetoes. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
Tracking turtles in a wetland by radio transmitter
Tracking turtles in a wetland by radio transmitter

Clarkson Prof Helps Turtles Cross the Road

A few years ago, we reported on researchers at Clarkson University studying how to keep turtles and frogs from getting squashed on a highway near Canton. Last week, that work began bearing fruit. A state Department of Transportation crew began building wood and metal barriers near wetlands along Route 68. They're intended to get the frogs and turtles to use a culvert to cross the road. Today we'll hear David Sommerstein's report from 2003.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Fires Under Investigation

The investigation into a cluster of fires Easter morning continues in Plattsburgh. Police suspect arson was the cause of the four fires that broke out between 5 and 6 o'clock Sunday morning. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Transition After School: Knowing Yourself

While children with disabilities are in special education, they're also preparing for what educators call "the transition" - what they'll do after they graduate from high school, or when they turn 21. By law, the transition process starts at age 12. School counselors ask the student what they want to do, what they like and don't like. The same questions are asked parents and teachers. By the time the student is 16, a written transition plan lays a roadmap for the child future schooling, job, and housing. David Sommerstein visited Alexandria Bay high school last October to see the transition process in action. At its best, transition does more than help students go to college or get a job. It's a carefully monitored path of self-discovery that teaches the student to know what kind of help they need and how to get it.  Go to full article

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