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National BioFuel Expert Commends Growing North Country Industry

The 2006 Bioenergy Summit was held at Clarkson University last week. On Thursday, scientists, farmers and financiers talked frankly about some of the challenges in building a bioenergy industry in the north country and in New York State... Not all the infrastructure is in place in the state. Some lamented the lack of national leadership. But the mood of the conference was optimistic. Michael Pacheco is Director of the National Bioenergy Center in Colorado, part of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory or NREL. NREL is the federal government's primary research lab into renewable technology. He told Gregory Warner the North Country could be a leader in the bioenergy revolution.  Go to full article

StoryCorps to Visit the North Country

NCPR will host StoryCorps, the national oral history project that records stories of everyday people, next month. The StoryCorps MobileBooth makes stops in Canton and Watertown in July. NCPR Program Director Jackie Sauter tells Todd Moe about collecting stories from around the North Country.  Go to full article

Schoolbus Crashes Into Restaurant

A schoolbus crashed into a busy Lake Placid restaurant yesterday. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

ORDA Faces Assembly Review

The Olympic Regional Development Authority -- which runs major sports venues in Wilmington, Lake Placid, and North Creek -- is facing a review by two powerful Democrats who head committees in the state Assembly. Richard Brodsky from Westchester and Paul Tonko from Schenectady are both reviewing ORDA's internal operations. This review follows a report last year from the state comptroller that slammed ORDA's board for lax fiscal oversight. Todd Moe spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
A birdbath, topped by a ring of dancing steel frogs, in Becky Harblin's garden
A birdbath, topped by a ring of dancing steel frogs, in Becky Harblin's garden

Art in the Garden

Part of the fun of gardening in the North Country can be creating your own personal paradise. That's what makes each garden unique -- from a quaint cottage garden to a working farm with acres of vegetation. But what does it take to turn a gardener into an artist and a garden into a work of art? Open Studio co-hosts Beth Robinson and Hilary Oak recently joined gardener Becky Harblin at her West Potsdam farm in St. Lawrence County. It was just after a thunderstorm rumbled through and dropped buckets of rain. Becky's backyard and garden plots are filled with herbs, perennials, wildflowers and surrounded by sturdy stone walls. It's a place where everything comes together -- nature and art. Scattered among the garden "rooms" are her handmade sculptures.  Go to full article

Grisha Wins Adirondack Literary Award

Elizabethtown writer and historian Margaret Bartley's book, Grisha, won an award at the Adirondack Center for Writing's first annual literary awards Sunday. Grisha tells the story of famous Russian-American cellist Gregor Piatigorksy's childhood in Russia, his escape during the Revolution and as a refugee in Europe. He and his young family eventually made it to New York and the Adirondacks in the late 1930's. They found safe haven at the mansion "Windy Cliff" near Elizabethtown. A couple of years ago, Margaret Bartley spoke with Todd Moe about Piatigorsky's remarkable life and her book.  Go to full article

McHugh Wants Delay in New Border ID Cards

North Country Congressman John McHugh wants to delay a plan to require passports or similar documents at the Canadian border by 2008. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Spitzer Begins Statewide Campaign Tour

The Democratic party's designated choice for governor has launched a bus tour of the state -- making his first stop in Rochester. Elliot Spitzer and running mate David Patterson spoke at Anthony Square near the Susan B. Anthony House. Bud Lowell was there.  Go to full article

Cuomo Chosen as the Democrats' Attorney General Candidate

Andrew Cuomo, the son of former Governor Mario Cuomo, was anointed by delegates to the Democratic state convention as their designee for state attorney general. Andrea Bernstein has more from Buffalo.  Go to full article

Democrats Choose Clinton for Senate

Hillary Rodham Clinton was unanimously endorsed for a second term in the U.S. Senate as the Democratic state convention wound up in Buffalo yesterday. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

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