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Processor Grooms NNY Soybean Crop

When you think of soybeans, you generally think of sprawling farms and giant combines in the Midwest. But a local soy processor has an ambitious plan to make soybeans a cash crop in the North Country. Ag Pro Limited, based in Massena, wants to contract with local farmers for up to 15,000 acres of the crop. That's about 5 times the amount grown in the region last year. Ag Pro is holding workshops across the region to teach farmers about how to grow soybeans. David Sommerstein attended one and has this report.  Go to full article

Uncovering Hidden History

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton is sponsoring a local history essay contest with a goal of unearthing hidden history in the North Country. Todd Moe talks with Bart Harloe, one of the coordinators of the writing contest that looks into history "from the bottom up".  Go to full article

Re-Creating the Raquette

The Raquette River has seen several incarnations of economic development in the North Country: first fishing and logging, then sandstone mining and hydroelectric generation. A group of businesses and citizens want to start a new economic era for the state's second largest river based on tourism and recreation. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Franklin County Becomes Empire Zone

Frankin County was one of the last counties in the state to be designated an Empire Zone. The new zone covers more than 1200 acres and offers tax breaks and other incentives to incoing or expanding businesses. Marth Foley reports.  Go to full article

Cabot Eyes McCadam

The makers of Cabot cheese in Vermont are looking into buying the North Country's oldest cheesemaker, McCadam of Heuvelton and Chateaugay. As David Sommerstein reports, the news is the latest indicator of a rapidly changing dairy industry.  Go to full article

Commentary: A Democratic Summer Solstice

The summer solstice is a day easily overlooked. No official holiday, no day off. But for commentator Jill Vaughan, June 21st is the beginning of something we've been waiting for- a season filled with accessible delights.  Go to full article

Capping a Franklin County Landfill

Since 1995, more than 120 million dollars has been spent on landfill closure projects in New York. The Governor's office recently announced 5 million dollars for landfills in 7 upstate communities, including one in Franklin County. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article
Courtney Perkins (top), Jessica Goesthlaw and Susan Hendershot (bottom, L to R) want to see their BOCES programs continue.
Courtney Perkins (top), Jessica Goesthlaw and Susan Hendershot (bottom, L to R) want to see their BOCES programs continue.

School Budgeting in Uncertainty

Educators in New York were breathing a sigh of relief last week when state leaders added more than 400 million dollars for schools to the state budget. Today New Yorkers vote on school budgets in their districts. But all of them were crafted well before the extra education money was announced. Many include high property tax increases and deep program cuts. That may change over the summer, but schools are struggling to provide quality education for all students when their funding is a guessing game. David Sommerstein reports on two programs in Franklin County.  Go to full article

"Democrats for Pataki" in North Country

Some North Country Democrats are following the lead of their colleagues in other parts of the state and are backing Republican Governor George Pataki for a third term. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Commentary: Northern Lights, Earthquake, and a Family Camp-out

The Earth has put on quite a show lately, with summery sun, spring snows, the Northern Lights, not to mention a North Country earthquake. Commentator Jill Vaughan slept outside with her family last weekend, the night before the earthquake, and appreciated more than just nature.  Go to full article

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