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After the explosion, the bridge's skeleton remained (Photos:  Mark Kurtz)
After the explosion, the bridge's skeleton remained (Photos: Mark Kurtz)

After eight decades, historic Crown Point bridge meets fiery end

The Crown Point bridge across Lake Champlain was demolished yesterday morning, just after ten o'clock. The span had served as a major link between Vermont and upstate New York for eight decades. It became a part of the North Country landscape and lore. Deterioration of the bridge and its closure in mid-October have crippled the Champlain Valley economy, straining ties between communities on both sides of the lake. As Brian Mann reports, many local people hope that yesterday's massive explosion marks a first step toward getting their lives back to normal.  Go to full article
Two of the six bridge concepts unveiled over the weekend.  (Source: NYSDOT)
Two of the six bridge concepts unveiled over the weekend. (Source: NYSDOT)

New Crown Point bridge by 2011, designs unveiled

State officials say a new bridge across Lake Champlain between Crown Point, NY and Addison, VT will be open to traffic in the summer of 2011. That's at least a year (and likely several years) sooner than previously predicted. The new schedule follows a transportation crisis that began in mid-October when the Crown Point bridge was abruptly closed because of safety concerns. Engineers still say the aging structure is fragile and could topple at any times. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
Workers repair the cement supports of the Crown Point bridge (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Workers repair the cement supports of the Crown Point bridge (Photo: Brian Mann)

Lake Champlain bridge in worse shape than believed, fix could take years

One of the most important land crossings between Northern New York and Vermont is in worse shape than once believed. According to transportation officials from New York, some of the most important steel girders and cement pilings that support the Crown Point bridge are deteriorating rapidly. The route is used by more than 3,000 vehicles every day. About half of those cars and trucks are driven by people going to work. The bridge is also an important route for tourists. As Brian Mann reports, state and Federal agencies say replacing or permanently repairing the bridge could take half a decade.  Go to full article

Historic Wawbeek buildings to be torn down

Two historic buildings from the former Wawbeek Resort on Upper Saranac Lake will be coming down. An attorney representing the owners has confirmed that the new owners of the property turned down two proposals to move the buildings. Preservationists have argued that the buildings constitute a unique piece of 19th century architectural history. The former resort was operated as an inn and restaurant until last fall when it was sold to the Southern California couple for $6.25 million. Martha Foley talks with reporter Jacob Resneck, who's been following this story.  Go to full article
The St. Regis Canoe Area: one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the Adirondacks (Photos:  Brian Mann, Phil Brown)
The St. Regis Canoe Area: one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the Adirondacks (Photos: Brian Mann, Phil Brown)

Blogger searches for the 7 Wonders of the Adirondacks

If you were asked to name your picks for the Seven Wonders of the Adirondack-North Country, what would they be? That's the question that John Warren, from the town of Chester put on his popular regional blog, called Adirondack Almanack. Warren allowed his listeners to cheat a little bit, dividing the list into two categories. Natural wonders like the Ausable Chasm and OK Slip Falls made the grade. So did man-made marvels like Santa's Workshop and the Keeseville Stone Arch Bridge. John Warren talked about his project with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
Wawbeek lodge will be demolished (Source:  Wawbeek website)
Wawbeek lodge will be demolished (Source: Wawbeek website)

Historic Wawbeek lodge to be torn down

The new owners of the Wawbeek Resort near Tupper Lake say they'll tear down the historic dining lodge that overlooks Upper Saranac Lake. A new private home will be built in its place. The decision, revealed in a pre-application letter to the Adirondack Park Agency, is drawing fierce criticism. As Brian Mann reports, some groups that say the project is evidence that the Adirondack region is losing too many architectural treasures.  Go to full article
Wawbeek lodge will be demolished (Source:  Wawbeek website)
Wawbeek lodge will be demolished (Source: Wawbeek website)

Historic Wawbeek lodge to be torn down

The new owners of the Wawbeek Resort near Tupper Lake say they'll tear down the historic dining lodge that overlooks Upper Saranac Lake. A new private home will be built in its place. The decision, revealed in a pre-application letter to the Adirondack Park Agency, is drawing fierce criticism. As Brian Mann reports, some groups that say the project is evidence that the Adirondack region is losing too many architectural treasures.  Go to full article
The solar panel array at the Wild Center (Photos:  Wild Center)
The solar panel array at the Wild Center (Photos: Wild Center)

Wild Center honored for green design

The Wild Center in Tupper Lake has won one of the country's top awards for green building design. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, known as LEEDs, required years of work. As Brian Mann reports, one of the key steps was to buy as many building materials as possible that were made in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article
Proposed museum design. Source: Adirondack Museum
Proposed museum design. Source: Adirondack Museum

Modern design of proposed Adk Museum stirs debate in Lake Placid

The proposed Lake Placid branch of the Adirondack Museum was debated by a crowd of more than 60 local residents at a public hearing last week. The Lake Placid-North Elba Joint Review Board is trying to determine whether the building's modern design meets the architectural standards and other requirements of the local land use code. While some neighbors described it as "radical" and "out of character" with the village, as Chris Knight reports, supporters of the project are asking the planning board to look beyond the land use code.  Go to full article
Lake Placid Lodge before fire (Source: LP Lodge)
Lake Placid Lodge before fire (Source: LP Lodge)

Historic Lake Placid Lodge Burns

A column of black smoke rose over Lake Placid yesterday as part of a historic restaurant and resort burned to the ground. An apparent kitchen fire in an annex at the Lake Placid Lodge broke out some time after 9 o'clock. There were no injuries. The main structure also suffered smoke and water damage. The Lodge -- first built in 1882 -- was one of the Adirondacks' premier luxury hotels, attracting famous guests including Britney Spears and Bill Gates. As Brian Mann reports, the fire could leave some of the resort's employees out of work just as the busy holiday season gets underway.  Go to full article

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