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Energy tax credits for next year

We've all heard about the $700-billion bail-out for Wall Street. Getting a lot less attention was another $17 billion for energy tax credits. Lester Graham reports you can take advantage of some of that money for your house.  Go to full article

Is wood heat OK for the environment?

Lots of people in the northeast are worried about paying for heat this winter. Some think wood might be the answer to high oil and natural gas prices. But although it's cheaper, burning wood may not be that good for the environment. As part of a collaboration with Northeast stations, Amy Quinton from New Hampshire Public Radio reports. (Northeast environmental coverage is part of NPR's Local News Initiative.)  Go to full article

Rising heating oil prices spur run on wood stoves

As the price of heating oil keeps climbing, people across the North Country are looking for a cheaper way to stay warm this winter. Stoves that burn wood, coal and pellets are popular alternatives. This year, though, these stoves may be too popular. Most manufacturers can't keep up with demand. Retailers are putting customers on waiting lists and hoping back orders will arrive before the first freeze. Ed Drexel is the owner of Cozy Cabin Stove and Fireplace in Warrensburg. He tells Jonathan Brown that he's never seen demand like this.  Go to full article

ComLinks faces more turmoil

One of the North Country's biggest non-profit agencies faces more turmoil this week. ComLinks, based in Malone, provides regional housing, home heating, and food assistance. On Friday, ComLinks fired two of its top administrators. Now the organization's board is considering a plan that would close a subsidized housing project in North Creek. Jacob Resneck has details.  Go to full article
Garnett and Jeanie Barr, Depauville, are warmer this winter.
Garnett and Jeanie Barr, Depauville, are warmer this winter.

Seniors struggle to stay warm

Remember a couple months ago when it felt like spring on Christmas Day? If this winter has taught us anything, it's that warm spells aside, the North Country still has bitter cold and heavy snows. The deep winter hits senior citizens especially hard. Many older people lack the money, health, or energy to keep their homes warm. As David Sommerstein reports, help is out there, but many programs go underused.  Go to full article

Can pellet heat catch fire in the North Country?

This winter, Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County has been holding seminars on using wood or grass pellets to heat homes, farms, and businesses. They've been a hit. Almost 200 people packed a pelletizing workshop in Madrid last month. Extension's Pete Barney says concerns about global warming and reliance on foreign oil are adding up. Barney told David Sommerstein the problem is supply lags behind the demand.  Go to full article

Advocates hope for more LIHEAP funding

National Grid expects the price of natural gas to decline sharply this winter by about 11 %. Weather forecasters are calling for another relatively mild winter, but the odds are it'll still be colder than last year. Low income advocates are worried about heating assistance for the poor. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Keeping the cows cool

We were wondering how dairy farms cope with the heat. Martha Foley called Molly Ames, a farm business educator with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Service in Jefferson County. Martha wanted to know if she had any personal experience farming.  Go to full article

Heard up North: Keeping Cool, Part II

The streets of Canton were practically deserted during the hottest hours on Tuesday afternoon. But our intern David White met 2 moms and 8 kids coming out of the Canton Free Library. They told him what they hoped for to keep cool...  Go to full article

Lawmakers Respond to High Heating Costs

State lawmakers have been responding to the high cost of energy for New York residents. Senate Republicans unveiled a plan for tax credits and rebate checks; the Assembly held hearings on how to better use the HEAP program to help the poorest New Yorkers pay their heating bills. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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