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Thousand Islands border crossing. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/friscocali/5066698146/">Friscocali</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Thousand Islands border crossing. Photo: Friscocali, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Leahy, Owens oppose US-Canada border fee

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy has joined the fight against a border fee.

The Department of Homeland Security last month proposed a study to assess the "feasibility and cost" of collecting a fee from people crossing by land into the U.S. from Canada.  Go to full article

Senator Schumer tells Watertown audience he'll fight new border fees targeting Canadians

New York Senator Charles Schumer was in Watertown yesterday to announce he'll fight a new fee that can be charged to Canadians crossing into the U.S. by boat or by plane. He appeared at the Paddock Arcade on Washington Street, an historic shopping center and one of many places in the north country where Canadian visitors may come to shop and eat. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
Photo courtesy of Jake Levine
Photo courtesy of Jake Levine

North Creek Brew Fest on Hudson draws a crowd

The North Creek Business Alliance organized the first annual North Creek Brew Fest on the Hudson in order to help fund a winter shuttle to Gore Mountain and make the town a destination. Sarah Harris was there to sample the festivities.  Go to full article

Local business leader cuffed, detained repeatedly at US-Canada border

A top business leader in the North Country says reforms are needed along the US-Canada border. Sylvie Nelson, head of Saranac Lake's chamber of commerce, has been detained and handcuffed repeatedly. As Jon Alexander reports, the issue of border security came up during a meeting last week with Plattsburgh congressman Bill Owens.  Go to full article

Officials seek money to fix international bridge

A state report says the international bridge between Ogdenbsurg and Prescott, Ontario is in "urgent need" of repair. The bridge over the St. Lawrence River rates 4.3, or "partially deficient", on a 7-point scale used by the Department of Transportation. The report by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli warns closing the bridge would cost the region millions of dollars in commerce and tourism. Local officials say they welcome the attention of the Comptroller's report. They hope it'll attract the $75 million needed to repair the 50-year-old span. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Georgeanne Gaffney's holiday window display
Georgeanne Gaffney's holiday window display

Saranac Lake hosts winter Art Walk

Today and tomorrow, Saranac Lake artists will welcome visitors to check out their studios and galleries during the first Holiday Art Walk. Todd Moe talks with artist Georgeanne Gaffney about exploring art in downtown Saranac Lake this weekend. The regular "3rd Thursday" Art Walks have been going on in the village for over 10 years. Gaffney says the idea for a winter version was inspired by "Saranac Lake Art Works", a collaboration of artists dedicated to the community and art.  Go to full article
Old Forge Hardware Store
Old Forge Hardware Store

Old Forge hardware store sold after 108 years

A North Country institution is changing hands. The Cohen family has owned the Old Forge Hardware Store for 108 years. Brian Mann spoke with Erica Wilcox-Murray who bought the store with her husband.  Go to full article
Molly Ames, Ruby Sprowls and armloads of local farm and artisan products.
Molly Ames, Ruby Sprowls and armloads of local farm and artisan products.

Pitching "Buy Local" to a wider audience

Another round of advertising classes for farmers, artists and small business owners begins later this month. The "Marketing for Profit" course teaches business planning, e-commerce, financing and website development. Ruby Sprowls, with the Northern Adirondack Trading Cooperative, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County's Molly Ames stopped by to show Todd Moe some examples of local success stories. They say the course, taught in classrooms and on-line, is creating global market opportunities for North Country artisans and agricultural entrepreneurs.  Go to full article

Getting ready for digital TV

Digital TV is coming early next year even for folks with rabbit ears and rooftop antennas. On February 17, 2009, television networks will turn off their analog broadcasts and switch to digital. Experts say viewers can expect clearer pictures, better sound and more channel choices. If you have a TV not connected to a cable or satellite service, it will need a converter box. Todd Sedmak, a spokesman for the TV Converter Box Coupon Program, through the Commerce Department, explains. For more info: 1-888-388-2009.  Go to full article
Hundreds of treasures were hidden behind this gate
Hundreds of treasures were hidden behind this gate

Historic Follensby auction draws hundreds to Tupper Lake

You never really know what the North Country's big events of the summer will be. This year, hands down, the attention grabbers were a couple of big auctions. Fox Island, near Cape Vincent, sold over the weekend for $3.78 million to New Jersey resident Vance Wilson. In Tupper Lake, more than four hundred buyers turned out for the sale of antiques and other treasures from Follensby Park, one of the Adirondacks' most extravagant, private great camps. Brian Mann joined the crowd on Saturday and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

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