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"Urban Chickens - An Open Forum" on Tuesday, April 12th, Plattsburgh City Hall, 7pm
"Urban Chickens - An Open Forum" on Tuesday, April 12th, Plattsburgh City Hall, 7pm

Plattsburgh forum on urban chickens

A group of Plattsburgh residents interested in keeping a limited number of backyard hens will hold a public forum next Tuesday night to the discuss the pros and cons of raising urban chickens. Some of their reasons for keeping chickens in the city include fresh eggs, a source of organic garden compost and gaining a closer relationship to the food they eat. It's illegal in the City of Plattsburgh to raise livestock, including chickens. But cities throughout the state, including Buffalo, Rochester, Saratoga Springs and New York City allow residents to raise chickens in their backyards. Todd Moe spoke with forum organizer Anne Lenox Barlow, who is an avid gardener and local food advocate.  Go to full article
Mark Nash as the Librarian  Photo:Jamien Lundy Forrest
Mark Nash as the Librarian Photo:Jamien Lundy Forrest

Theatre Review: "Underneath the Lintel" at Vermont Stage Company

Underneath the lintel runs at Vermont Stage Company in the FlynnSpace in Burlington through March 20. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening night and has this review.  Go to full article
St. Mary's Academy in Champlain (Source: St. Mary's Academy website)
St. Mary's Academy in Champlain (Source: St. Mary's Academy website)

Press-Republican: Another Catholic school may have to close

The Plattsburgh Press-Republican is reporting that another of the region's Catholic schools may be forced to close. St. Mary's Academy in the town of Champlain is facing $80,000 in debts and declining enrollments. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Loving the cold in the Champlain Valley (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Loving the cold in the Champlain Valley (Photos: Brian Mann)

Snowshoeing into the bright, bitter cold

This week, temperatures in North Country plummeted to 35 below zero Fahrenheit, as arctic air from Canada settled over the Northeast.

Schools were forced to close and communities opened shelters for people who needed a safe place to sleep and warm up.

During the cold snap, Brian Mann set out on his snowshoes to get a taste of that frigid winter weather. He sent an audio postcard from the Champlain Valley.  Go to full article
Commuters want ferry service at Essex even during ice season (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Commuters want ferry service at Essex even during ice season (Photo: Brian Mann)

Critics say ferry closure would cause "ordeal" in Champlain Valley

Roughly a hundred people crammed the Essex, New York, fire hall last night to protest a plan to shut down ferry service this winter.

The Lake Champlain Transportation company says it will suspend crossings from Essex to Charlotte, Vermont, when the lake begins to ice over.

Local residents from New York and Vermont blasted that decision.

As Brian Mann reports, critics say the ferry is crucial for the region's economy and for public safety.  Go to full article
The forest canopy is filled with color. Photo:  Brian Mann
The forest canopy is filled with color. Photo: Brian Mann

A squall of color in leaf season

Despite last week's snow, there is still a lot of fall color across the North Country. Brian Mann went for a leaf-peeping hike in the Champlain Valley just north of Westport. He sent this audio postcard from Split Rock Mountain.  Go to full article

Learning to love farming, dirt and all

There are urban folks who spend weekends and summers on upstate New York farms. They're taken by the part-time charm of rural life. Then there are those, like Kristin Kimball, who give up the big city completely and fall in love with life in the country. Kimball was a freelance writer in New York City. Then she met a young farmer, and on an impulse, traded city bustle for the chance to live closer to the earth. Since 2003, Kristin and her husband Mark have run Essex Farms, a CSA among the rolling hills above Essex, New York. Todd Moe toured their farm this summer, during the peak harvest season, and talked with Kristin about her new book, The Dirty Life - On Farming, Food and Love. It chronicles the Kimballs' challenges and joys during the first year on their Champlain Valley farm.  Go to full article
Tony Salerno watches from his makeshift blind.
Tony Salerno watches from his makeshift blind.

Hunting for wild turkey, savoring a north woods morning

The spring turkey hunt is underway across the North Country. For many outdoorsmen, it's one of the most challenging and satisfying hunts of the year. The weather is generally good, there are few bugs, and the Adirondack Mountains in May are stunningly beautiful. Brian Mann headed out this week with two veteran sportsmen from Moriah, in the Champlain Valley. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Ethan T. Bowen as Louis de Rougemont  Photo: Lindsay Raymondjack
Ethan T. Bowen as Louis de Rougemont Photo: Lindsay Raymondjack

Theatre Review: "Shipwrecked!" at Vermont Stage Company

Shipwrecked! is running at Vermont Stage Company in the FlynnSpace in Burlington through March 28. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at a recent performance and has this review.  Go to full article
By laying new electric cable underwater...
By laying new electric cable underwater...

Company eyes Champlain, Hudson Valleys for Quebec-NYC electric line

A Canadian company hopes to build a massive new electric transmission line that will use the Champlain and Hudson Valleys to bring power from Quebec to New York City. Transmission Developers Incorporated, based in Toronto, is asking state regulators in New York to approve the use of a type of cable that can be buried underwater. As Brian Mann reports, the technology would mean fewer impacts on communities and landscapes in the North Country.  Go to full article

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