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The Whallonsburg Grange was built in 1915. Photo: Kathleen Recchia
The Whallonsburg Grange was built in 1915. Photo: Kathleen Recchia

Whallonsburg Grange hosts "Songs for the Day of Dead"

Songs for Halloween, murder ballads and gospel tunes will fill the Whallonsburg Grange Hall on Friday at 7:30 pm. Songs to Celebrate the Day of the Dead will feature local musicians and singers presenting music to honor those who have passed from this life.

Todd Moe spoke with Mary-Nell Bockman, program director for the Whallonsburg Grange Hall, who says they just recently completed major renovations of the historic Grange.  Go to full article

Irene relief benefit in Whallonsburg on Saturday

A benefit spaghetti dinner and dance at the Whallonsburg Grange on Saturday night (5:30) will donate all the proceeds to area families in need of help after Irene. The event is dubbed, "Good Night, Irene." Todd Moe talks with Whallonsburg Grange Hall Program Director Mary-Nell Bockman about some of the cleanup efforts in the Champlain Valley and neighbors who lost their homes in the storm's aftermath.  Go to full article
Severine von Tscharmer Fleming
Severine von Tscharmer Fleming

Aspiring and veteran farmers gather to network, socialize

Beginning and veteran farmers will gather in the Champlain Valley on Saturday for a chance to network, learn and socialize. The event, at the historic Whallonsburg Grange in Essex, will feature food, music and the screening of a documentary that focuses on a new generation of young farmers.

Todd Moe talks with Hudson valley farmer Severine von Tscharner Fleming, a co-founder of the National Young Farmers Coalition, one of the groups sponsoring Saturday's gathering. She also directed the documentary The Greenhorns, a film about the young farmer movement.  Go to full article
Essex ferry dock when the flooding was at its worst (File photo/Brian Mann)
Essex ferry dock when the flooding was at its worst (File photo/Brian Mann)

Essex ferry reopens, DEC investigates

The Lake Champlain Transportation Company says regular ferry service between Essex, New York, and Charlotte, Vermont resumed this morning at 6 am. The company says it was able to reopen the flooded dock on the New York shore after it dumped fifty dumptruck loads of gravel onto the approach route.

Local residents are thrilled that the crossing is open, but state Environmental officials are investigating whether the work was done without proper permits and safeguards. Martha Foley reports.  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

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
Randy Douglas heads the Essex County board of supervisors
Randy Douglas heads the Essex County board of supervisors

Essex County faces tough budget choices

Essex County now faces a budget deficit next year that could top 9 million dollars. That's ten percent of the county's budget that still needs to be paid for.

The soaring costs are being blamed on scheduled pay increases for county workers, rising utility coasts, and the cost of operating the Horace Nye nursing home in Elizabethtown.

The latest blow came this week, when the Board of Supervisors announced that health insurance costs could rise by as much as 46%.

Brian Mann spoke about the budget crunch with Randy Douglas. He's town supervisor in Jay and serves as county chair.  Go to full article
Kristin Kimball and June on Essex Farms
Kristin Kimball and June on Essex Farms

Heard Up North: divine bovines

The town of Essex, along Lake Champlain, is one of those bucolic spots in the North Country with views of the lake, blue-gray mountains and rolling green pastures. Kristin and Mark Kimball run Essex Farms, a sustainable farm where they do most of the work with teams of draft horses instead of tractors. They run a CSA and raise pasture-fed cows, chickens, pigs, bees and immense fields of veggies. We visit the farm's bovine beauties for today's Heard Up North.  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
Lois McClure under sail (Source: LCMM)
Lois McClure under sail (Source: LCMM)

In Essex, a sunny celebration of the Champlain Quadricentennial

Quadricentennial events continue all summer long in the Champlain Valley, celebrating the four hundredth anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's arrival in the region. Brian Mann stopped by for the Essex Day celebration in the town of Essex on Saturday and he sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

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