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Outside the "Thirsty Otter," in Forestport.
Outside the "Thirsty Otter," in Forestport.

Forestport Poker Run: the outlaw spirit, for a good cause

In the 1890s the town of Forestport in the southern Adirondacks was a rowdy logging town. The joke was there were more saloons than people. And no saloon had more of a reputation than the Hotel Doyle. When the paper mills started to shut down, it was at the Hotel Doyle that the townspeople hatched a plan to sabotage one of the levees on the Black River Canal. Three times they succeeded, each time bringing repair crews - and economic life - back to the region. Today the Hotel Doyle still stands. It's a biker bar called Scooter's. Gregory Warner went there last month for a poker run - kind of like bar hopping for charity on motorcycles. But as he found out, the poker run is about more than beer and wheels. It's another example of Forestport refusing to fade away.  Go to full article

A family tree leads to lawbreakers in Forestport

This weekend the tiny town of Forestport, southeast of Boonville, is celebrating its past - the history of a boozy, brawling town of outlaws. At the end of the 19th century, town leaders sabotaged the Forestport feeder canal, a part of the Erie Canal system, not once, not twice, but three times. At the time, it was called "the most damnable conspiracy" in the history of the state of New York. It was the stuff of whispered rumors and legend in Oneida County, until an amateur geneologist and career journalist stumbled into the heart of the conspiracy. David Sommerstein has the story behind Michael Doyle's book, The Forestport Breaks.  Go to full article
The lamprey came in the early 1800s with the opening of the Erie Canal
The lamprey came in the early 1800s with the opening of the Erie Canal

Tracking early invaders

Last year, the Great Lakes Radio Consortium asked 28 scientists and stakeholders to rank the major environmental issues affecting the region. The GLRC then sent a team of reporters throughout the region to explore these issues in-depth. The experts agreed that invasive species top the list. There are more than 160 non-native species in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. If they do harm to the ecosystem or the economy, they're labeled "invasive." Different species came in different ways - at different times. David Sommerstein looks at how some of the earliest invaders got into the region's waters.  Go to full article

Subpoenas Issued to Thruway Authority Staff

An Assembly Committee has issued subpoenas to top staff of the Thruway Authority, following a hearing into the sale of development rights along the Erie Canal for $30,000. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Brodsky Urges Development Rights Reform

A State Assemblyman says Governor Pataki could avoid questionable state contracts like the one that sold Erie Canal development rights for $30,000, if the governor would adopt reform legislation. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Debate over Erie Canal Development Rights Continues

Officials from Governor Pataki's administration sparred with an Assembly Democrat during a hearing on how the state Canal Corporation sold development rights along the Erie Canal for $30,000 dollars to a Pataki campaign contributor. From Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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