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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
Jay town supervisor Randy Douglas is the first Democrat to lead Essex County in three decades (Source:  Town of Jay)
Jay town supervisor Randy Douglas is the first Democrat to lead Essex County in three decades (Source: Town of Jay)

In Essex County, Democrats make gains and history

Republicans are hoping to stage a revival in the Northeast this year, inspired by the upset victory of Senator Scott Brown in Massachusetts. But here in northern New York, Democrats continue to make surprising gains, eroding the GOP's decades-long dominance. Democrats Scott Murphy from Glens Falls and Bill Owens from Plattsburgh both won House seats in the last year. The party is also making inroads at the grassroots level, capturing local government offices. Brian Mann reports from Essex County.  Go to full article

Essex farmer Lewis wins another court fight against Adirondack Park Agency

Essex County farmer Salim "Sandy" Lewis won another round in court yesterday in his battle with the Adirondack Park Agency. According to the New York Times, a state judge has ordered the APA to pay all of Lewis's legal fees and expenses following a lengthy court fight. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Governor David Paterson was in Crown Point, as workers were still removing wreckage from the old Lake Champlain Bridge
Governor David Paterson was in Crown Point, as workers were still removing wreckage from the old Lake Champlain Bridge

Governor: Crown Point-Addison ferry to open on Sunday

Governor David Paterson was in the North Country yesterday, announcing that a new, temporary ferry will begin serving Crown Point and Addison Vermont as early as this weekend. The Lake Champlain bridge closed in mid-October after inspectors founds the concrete pilings were disintegrating. As Brian Mann reports, residents and business-owners in the Champlain Valley see the new ferry as another big step toward returning their lives to normal.  Go to full article

Does the town of Moriah have a future after the prison industry?

People plan to rally Thursday afternoon at 4:30 in Port Henry, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, in support of Moriah Shock. Governor David Paterson has slated the prison for closure as part of his statewide budget-cutting plan. Moriah town supervisor Tom Scozzafava says closing the camp will cripple his town's economy and end one of the most innovative programs in the state's prison system.  Go to full article

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