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Scott Ouderkirk at work in his studio near Hammond.  The 1932 Keck stained glass window is from a church in Elmira, NY.   Photo:  Todd Moe
Scott Ouderkirk at work in his studio near Hammond. The 1932 Keck stained glass window is from a church in Elmira, NY. Photo: Todd Moe

A glass act along the St. Lawrence

Dozens of St. Lawrence County artists will open their doors to the public this weekend during the annual Artists Studio Tour. NCPR is media sponsor for the event.

Todd Moe stopped by the studio of Hammond artist Scott Ouderkirk, for a chat about his passion for glass art using medieval-era techniques.  Go to full article
Photo: Joshua Cameron
Photo: Joshua Cameron

What's it like to win $2M? One Hammond woman knows!

A new millionaire was crowned in St. Lawrence County Thursday. Retired Hammond school cafeteria worker Joyce Wood won $2 million in the Powerball lottery, and TV legend Yolanda Vega of the New York Lottery was there to deliver the oversized check.  Go to full article
Turbines at the Marble River wind farm in Clinton, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris
Turbines at the Marble River wind farm in Clinton, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris

Wind company pulls out of Hammond

One of the world's largest wind power company is walking away from a project to build wind towers in the St. Lawrence County town of Hammond. Iberdrola of Spain says it's slowing down investment worldwide.

The plan generated bitter disputes in Hammond and several lawsuits to stop it.  Go to full article
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Local elections influence two towns' wind futures

The prospect of wind energy development has divided north country communities from Cape Vincent to Clinton County. New York's new Article X law gives developers the option to seek state review of where to put their wind farms. But prior to Article X, accepting and siting the big turbines was up to each town. And companies can still choose local rather than state review.

More than once, the conflict over wind has spilled over into local politics. That has been the case in both Cape Vincent, on Lake Ontario, and Hammond, on a windy ridge overlooking the St. Lawrence River. In both towns, last fall's elections pitted incumbent supervisors who favor regulation of wind power against challengers who had already signed leases with energy companies to place wind turbines on their land. Joanna Richards reports on the likely impact of those elections.  Go to full article

Hammond wind farm put on hold

The Spanish-owned company that wants to build 75 wind turbines in the St. Lawrence County town of Hammond has put the project on hold. Iberdrola says it's waiting for Hammond to finalize its zoning laws for wind power. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article
The Hammond town board last night.
The Hammond town board last night.

Hammond wind meeting portends more conflict

The Spanish energy company Iberdrola wants to erect 75 wind turbines in the St. Lawrence County town of Hammond. Many would be visible from the St. Lawrence River. As with many other communities across the North Country, wind power has deeply divided Hammond. At a meeting last night, the town board tried to get a fresh start on the issue. But as David Sommerstein reports, the initial results were not promising.  Go to full article

"Golden Crescent" epicenter of wind farm battles

This week, Iberdrola Renewables revealed plans to build 75 wind turbines in the St. Lawrence County town of Hammond. The windmills would be 66 feet taller than those on the Tug Hill Plateau. Many would be visible from the St. Lawrence River.

From Hammond upriver to Clayton, Cape Vincent, and around the shoreline of eastern Lake Ontario, developers want to build hundreds of windmills. One plan for a wind farm on Galloo Island already has approval of the Jefferson County legislature.

The New York Power Authority is in on the "wind rush," too. NYPA wants to install at least 120 megawatts of wind power in the waters of Lakes Ontario and Erie. Local residents refer to the eastern Lake Ontario region as "The Golden Crescent." Critics of the wind farm plans say windmills will scare away the tourists and anglers who drive the local economy. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

AG establishes wind power ethics code

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has developed a code of ethics for wind power projects in New York. The guidelines announced yesterday cover conflicts of interest between wind developers and local officials. They set fines of up to $100,000. Noble Environmental Power, which operates three wind farms in Clinton county, is one of two companies to sign on to the ethics code. But the agreement doesn't end probes into potential wrongdoing. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Remembering Carmen D'Avino

Filmmaker, sculptor, and World War II veteran Carmen D'Avino died last week in Ogdensburg. He was 86 years old. He lived a life full of art and the creative process. D'Avino began his career as a painter in the 1930s. As a soldier, he filmed U.S. forces storming the beaches of Normandy and liberating Paris. In New York City, he became a pioneering animator and was nominated for Academy Awards for two short films. For the past 16 years he's lived in an old farmhouse in the St. Lawrence County town of Hammond. Last winter, David Sommerstein stopped by for a visit. Here's that story.  Go to full article

Art Without Borders: Carmen D'Avino

Today we begin a series on art in the North Country with an artist profile. Carmen D'Avino began his career as a painter in the 1930s. He's been a World War II military filmmaker, a sculptor, and an avant-guarde animator in New York City. He was even nominated for an Academy Award. For the past 15 years he's lived in an old farmhouse in the St. Lawrence County town of Hammond. David Sommerstein stopped by for a visit and found a portrait of the creative process in action.  Go to full article

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