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St. Hillaire Honored for Economic Development Work

The Executive Director of St. Lawrence County's Chamber of Commerce is receiving statewide recognition for her economic development efforts in the North Country. The Chamber Alliance of New York State gave Karen St. Hillaire this year's Excellence in Leadership Award at a ceremony last week in Albany. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Second Home Market, Land Conservation Squeeze Locals

Affordable housing has become a hot button issue in the Adirondack Park. The problem is most severe in resort towns like Lake George, North Creek, Lake Placid and Old Forge. But a booming vacation home market is squeezing middle class families across the park, pushing average home prices past the $200,000 mark.  Go to full article

Senator Little Promises Affordable Housing Legislation

A new study says locals are being driven out of Adirondack communities by an overheated vacation home market. State Senator Betty Little has promised to introduce legislation this year in Albany designed to promote affordable housing for middle-income families.  Go to full article

State Reaches Settlement on Lower Emissions for Coal Plants

The operators of six New York coal-fired power plants have agreed to slash nitrogen and sulfur emissions. Governor Pataki and state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer say the action would cut emissions that cause acid rain.  Go to full article

NNY Senators Respond to State of the State Address

Northern New York's Senators, all Republicans, were with the governor in spirit yesterday. Senators Jim Wright of Watertown and Ray Meier of Utica praised the address and the direction of state policies. Reaction to the governor's speech will continue tomorrow with comments from Sen. Betty Little of Queenbury.  Go to full article

Ice Climbing For Confidence

Braving the chill and playing outdoors is a great way to stay fit and avoid the winter blues. It can also build self-confidence and mental strength. A St. Lawrence County based program called North Country Adolescent Outreach uses outdoor adventures to build self-esteem in troubled teens and train them to share their strengths with other kids. Last winter David Sommerstein went ice climbing with a group on Azure Mountain.  Go to full article
Harry Orlyk and his "Red trees in Salem", oil on linen.
Harry Orlyk and his "Red trees in Salem", oil on linen.

Landscape Artist Hits the Road Daily

Over the last three decades, Washington county artist Harry Orlyk has spent countless hours outdoors capturing the beauty of neighboring silos, farmhouses, fields and livestock. He lives in Salem, New York, near the Vermont border, and works out of the back of his van. Orlyk is adamant about creating a daily image. No matter what the season, no matter what the weather, he paints every day, sitting inside his truck, with the steering wheel as an easel. He says he doesn't go far because the landscape is always changing, and not always for the better. Lu Olkowski caught up with Harry Orlyk to learn what inspires his artwork.  Go to full article
Martha Gallagher and Sue Grimm share Holiday music in the NCPR studio
Martha Gallagher and Sue Grimm share Holiday music in the NCPR studio

Music: Celebrating the Holidays with Martha Gallagher and Sue Grimm

Martha Gallagher and Sue Grimm brought holiday cheer to the NCPR last December. Martha, aka the Adirondack Harper, has a cd of holiday music called "For The Love Of A Baby". We'll listen again.  Go to full article
2 of the 10 bronze bells in Gunnison Chapel (above). Elizabeth Teczar, head bell ringer, at the carrillon in the chapel belfry (below).
2 of the 10 bronze bells in Gunnison Chapel (above). Elizabeth Teczar, head bell ringer, at the carrillon in the chapel belfry (below).

Hitting a High Note: SLU's Musical Tower

Bells have a long and distinguished past. Today the music of the carillon rings from belfries around the world, especially during the Holidays. You'll find them in city halls, churches and on college campuses. For nearly 80 years, music from a set of bells in St. Lawrence University's chapel has been a weekday tradition. The Bacheller Memorial Chimes in Gunnison Chapel are played, by hand, five days a week and for special occasions. Todd Moe visited the school's belltower for an up-close concert.  Go to full article

Environmental Groups Call for NY Funding Restoration

With Governor Pataki now at work on his budget for next year, a coalition of nearly 100 environmental groups is calling on him to restore funding for program that protect New York's environment.  Go to full article

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