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Chris Gibson. Source: campaign
Chris Gibson. Source: campaign

Retired Iraq war vet seeks to unseat Murphy

Democrat Scott Murphy is stockpiling funds to defend his 20th district seat this November. According to the Daily Politics news blog, the freshman Congressman had his best-ever fundraising quarter to start this year, raising $475,000. The blog quotes chief of staff Todd Schulte as saying Murphy has more than a million dollars on hand now.

Murphy's challenge will come from retired Army Colonel Chris Gibson. Gibson is a Republican from Kinderhook in Columbia County. He left the Army in February after doing Haiti earthquake relief with the 82nd Airbourne Division. Over his 24-year military career, Gibson fought in the first Gulf War. He also did three tours of duty in Iraq since 2003. And he participated in the peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. Gibson told David Sommerstein he believes the country needs new leadership, something his military background provides. He says the country is going in the wrong direction.  Go to full article

Small ski areas thrive in sluggish season

As ski center managers in the Adirondacks close the books on another winter season, some are reporting an increase in skier visits and revenue. Others say they've had about the same or fewer numbers of visitors compared to last year. Chris Knight looks back on the winter of 2009-2010, including one of the biggest success stories of the winter - the reopening of two smaller, community-centered ski areas.  Go to full article

Rep. Murphy says Afghanistan mission is on track

Congressman Scott Murphy returned from a two-day trip to Afghanistan saying a plan is in place to win the war there. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Alice Judson's "Summer Day, Gloucester Harbor".
Alice Judson's "Summer Day, Gloucester Harbor".

American Impressionist landscapes at the Hyde

A new exhibit at the Hyde Collection art museum in Glens Falls explores American Impressionism. The "Enduring Legacy" exhibit includes 64 paintings from the private collection of Saratoga County resident Thomas Clark. His collection is considered one of the finest of this genre in upstate New York. The show is up through March 28. Todd Moe talks with Hyde Collection chief curator Erin Coe about the new exhibit, Thomas Clark and Impressionism, a genre that began in France in the 1870s.  Go to full article
Meredith Parsons McComb   (Photo: Christian Steiner)
Meredith Parsons McComb (Photo: Christian Steiner)

Preview: water-themed concert in Glens Falls

The Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra presents a concert of water-themed music by Handel, Schumann and Elgar this Sunday afternoon (4 pm) at the Glens Falls High School auditorium. The concert will also feature acclaimed contralto Meredith Parsons McComb. McComb, who lives in Bolton Landing, has sung leading roles in operatic productions worldwide. She spoke with Todd Moe about the concert, entitled "Sound Waves", which will include Elgar's "Sea Pictures" with McComb as vocalist.  Go to full article
Degas' "Dancer with Red Stockings"
Degas' "Dancer with Red Stockings"

Preview: "Degas and Music" in Glens Falls

The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls unveiled an art-world first this month. The exhibition, Degas and Music, focuses on the French Impressionist's fascination with music. Todd Moe talks with Hyde Collection curator Erin Coe about the show. The 35 paintings and other works will remain on display into October.  Go to full article

Dairy farmers drowning in debt

A Congressional panel overseeing the federal financial bailout says the recession is plunging many farmers deeper into debt and parts of the agricultural economy are in crisis. The panel singles out dairy farmers as among the hardest hit. Milk prices remain at 30-year lows. North Country lawmakers are pushing legislation in Congress to help. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Being White & Hip Hop in Upstate NY

In the North Country today, teenagers are as likely to be listening to hip hop music as country. If you want to know why, Sean Lewis wants to tell you. Lewis is performing a one-man "hip-hopera" through Saturday night at the Adirondack Theater Fetsival in Glens Falls. It's called "I Will Make You Orphans". It's based largely on Lewis' life growing up a hip hop fan in the rural, mostly white Mohawk River valley. Lewis told David Sommerstein the idea for the play came to him while auditioning for roles fresh out of college with a major in theater.  Go to full article
The Wizards of Watertown and the Golden Eagles of Glens Falls
The Wizards of Watertown and the Golden Eagles of Glens Falls

North Country's Best Bet for Baseball

If you're looking for family fun on the cheap this summer, your best bet may be to catch a baseball game in Watertown or Glens Falls. Those two cities are the North Country representatives in the New York Collegiate Baseball League. The league's season started over the weekend. The league is for college players trying to make it professionally. They use wooden bats instead of the aluminum bats used in college games. Major league scouts are in the stands. Dozens of the league's players are drafted each year. The league's best known alumni include Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson and Philadelphia Phillies closer Brad Lidge. Commissioner Dave Chamberlain told David Sommerstein many of the league's teams used to play in the "single A" professional New York-Penn league.  Go to full article

Floor tax forces hard choices on restaurants

In our series, A Year of Hard Choices, we've been reporting on the current economic downturn and how it's affecting the choices people in the North Country are making. With household budgets under pressure, these are already tough times for restaurants. Rick Davidson is co-owner of Davidson Brothers Brew Pub and Restaurant in Glens Falls. He says new fees and taxes meant to close government budget gaps are making things tighter. New York increased its excise tax on beer and wine--not much, he says, but it all adds up for businesses like his.

North Country Assemblywoman Addie Russell is circulating a petition to repeal the "floor tax." Russell says petitions are going out to local restaurants, breweries, wineries and liquor stores. There's also a digital version on the assemblywoman's web site.

Davidson tells Jonathan Brown that since May 1, restaurants, wineries, liquor stores and distributors are all paying 11 cents more for each gallon of wine, and three cents more for each gallon of beer they sell.  Go to full article

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