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Photo courtesy of Rob Astorino's office
Photo courtesy of Rob Astorino's office

Astorino brings gubernatorial challenge to the North Country

Last month, Rob Astorino announced his campaign to unseat Andrew Cuomo in the coming race for governor. The Republican candidate faces obvious challenges: lack of name recognition, Cuomo's high approval ratings and the governor's huge campaign fund. But Astorino brings his own kind of impressive track record. He recently won a second term as Westchester County executive by a wide margin, in a county that has more Democrats than Republicans.

Astorino has seven months to get his name out there and get voters on his side, which means a lot of handshaking and a lot of conversations Yesterday he came to Franklin County, kicking the morning off in North Bangor.  Go to full article
Chateaugay Correctional Facility, source of 110 jobs in northern Franklin County, is slated to close in July.  File photo.  Brian Mann
Chateaugay Correctional Facility, source of 110 jobs in northern Franklin County, is slated to close in July. File photo. Brian Mann

Chateaugay prison closure will hurt local business, town supervisor says

The town of Chateaugay in northern Franklin County is still reeling from news that their local correctional facility will close in July of this year. That news was confirmed last week in the budget deal hammered out in Albany.

Don Bilow, Chateaugay town supervisor, says the prison closure will hurt the community's wider business community.  Go to full article
Chris LaBarge describes an architectural rendering of his proposed 90-room hotel on Lake Flower at a Saranac Lake planning board meeting. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Chris LaBarge describes an architectural rendering of his proposed 90-room hotel on Lake Flower at a Saranac Lake planning board meeting. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Saranac Lake hotel stumbles over flood zone regs

A Malone developer's plan to build a 90-room, four-story hotel in the Village of Saranac Lake has hit a major stumbling block.

Unless the federal government agrees to revise the designated flood zone around Lake Flower, the hotel that's been proposed on the lake's shoreline could be going nowhere.

Planning has ground to a halt as developer Chris LaBarge awaits a decision on whether the flood zone map for the lake can be revised.  Go to full article
A housing unit at Camp Gabriels. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
A housing unit at Camp Gabriels. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Public will see plans for the new Camp Gabriels next week

The public will get its first look next week at the plan to convert a now shuttered state prison near Paul Smiths into a summer camp and year-round educational retreat.

A pair of downstate men are in the process of purchasing Camp Gabriels, which the state closed in 2009. The state approved the sale of the property just last week.  Go to full article
Titus Mountain outside of Malone has gotten a facelift and new energy. Photo: David Sommerstein
Titus Mountain outside of Malone has gotten a facelift and new energy. Photo: David Sommerstein

Titus Mountain makes a comeback

This week, we're revisiting some of our best stories from 2013. Today, the story of a North Country ski area that's made a big comeback after years of neglect.

Titus Mountain, outside Malone, has new local owners, a new lodge, new trails, and a burst of energy.

Titus is one of a shrinking number of ski areas that play an important role in teaching people to ski. In March of last year, David Sommerstein prepared this story.  Go to full article

Books: William Wheeler--Political Star of the North Country

He's not a household name, but back in the 19th century, Malone's William Wheeler was well known as a prominant politician and business leader. He was the only person from the North Country to serve as U.S. vice president. Historian Herb Hallas told Todd Moe about his new biography William Wheeler - Political Star of the North Country , the story of the Franklin county native who served as vice president under Rutherford B. Hayes.  Go to full article
Community leaders met this week in Chateaugay to begin their fight to save the state correctional facility. Photo: Brian Mann
Community leaders met this week in Chateaugay to begin their fight to save the state correctional facility. Photo: Brian Mann

Chateaugay tries to save its prison

Local leaders and activists met yesterday in Chateaugay in northern Franklin County to talk about ways to save the state correctional facility -- which is now slated to close next year.  Go to full article
Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill has come under fire from county legislators in Franklin County following the arrest of one of their members last month. Photo: NYS
Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill has come under fire from county legislators in Franklin County following the arrest of one of their members last month. Photo: NYS

Legislator arrest sparks political fight in Franklin County

County legislators in Malone are raising questions about the arrest of one of their own members last month for allegedly driving with his ability impaired by alcohol.

Tim Smith from Fort Covington pleaded not guilty to the charge. But now some of his fellow elected officials are questioning why the arrest was made.

This latest fight is part of an on-going feud between county legislators and Franklin County Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill.  Go to full article
Actors Lucy Lee Flippin (center) and Dean Butler (second from right) helped cut the ribbon at the opening of the replica 1860's schoolhouse on the Wilder Homestead near Malone on Saturday.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Actors Lucy Lee Flippin (center) and Dean Butler (second from right) helped cut the ribbon at the opening of the replica 1860's schoolhouse on the Wilder Homestead near Malone on Saturday. Photo: Todd Moe

A little schoolhouse in the woods

A replica 19th century one-room schoolhouse was officially opened at the Wilder Homestead, near Malone, on Saturday. Hundreds of fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Farmer Boy and Little House on the Prairie books and TV series, gathered for the event. The northern Franklin County farm was the boyhood home of Almanzo Wilder.

There were families, folks in historic clothing and celebrities on hand for Saturday's festivities. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
The Franklin County Fair in Malone NY, which is going on through Sunday August 11, has a rich, long history, including having made an appearance in the Laura Ingalls Wilder book "Farmer Boy." Photo: Mark Kurtz
The Franklin County Fair in Malone NY, which is going on through Sunday August 11, has a rich, long history, including having made an appearance in the Laura Ingalls Wilder book "Farmer Boy." Photo: Mark Kurtz

Slide show: All the fun of the Franklin County fair

County fairs are one of the joys of summer in the Adirondack North Country. In July and August, the region puts on its best, gives its farm animals a good grooming, and indulges in some fried food. The Franklin County Fair in Malone hosts competitions for everything from beef and dairy cows, to fruit and vegetables, to horse riding and including tractor pulls, demolition derbies, and music. The fair runs through Sunday, August 11.

The fair has a long history: The first was held in the early 1820s. The first fair on the current site took place in 1852 and was mentioned in Laura Ingalls Wilder's book Farmer Boy.

Sometimes referred to as the Little State Fair in Northern New York, it is one of the largest and longest fairs in the North Country.

NCPR Photographer Mark Kurtz took in the full fair experience this past Monday.  Go to full article

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