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Rethinking replacement windows

It's a commonplace for people who own older homes--you've got to replace old, wooden windows with modern, energy-efficient ones before cold winds blow again. Each year, more homeowners choose the replacement windows, often made from vinyl or aluminum. But some historical preservationists are challenging those assumptions. They say it makes sense to think twice. Shawn Allee reports.  Go to full article
East Brook feeds into Lake George (Source:  Brian Mann)
East Brook feeds into Lake George (Source: Brian Mann)

New Lake George stream rules spark praise, fury

State officials want to expand dramatically the protection given to streams and rivers that flow into Lake George. Green groups and some residents say the move is necessary to begin restoring the lake's legendary water-quality. But pro-development groups and many locals say the new regulations would stifle development and eclipse private property rights. Brian Mann reports from Lake George.  Go to full article

Resort supporter foresees a local economic revival

Last night's rally was intended to show broad local support of the Adirondack Club and Resort project. Brian Mann spoke with Ricky Dattola. His family runs a lumber supply company in the town, and he helped organize the rally.  Go to full article

Ogdensburg seeks its share of fed housing stimulus

Ogdensburg officials are asking for a federal grant to rehab foreclosed homes - and turn them into affordable housing for the city's low-income residents. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Barrel sauna at the Murtagh Hill community near West Chazy
Barrel sauna at the Murtagh Hill community near West Chazy

Call-in: Back to the Land: Hippie Houses and Homesteads for the 21st Century

A new exhibit at Traditional Arts in Upstate New York in Canton explores the people and places who were part of the back-to-the-land movement in the North Country during the '60s and 70s. Host Martha Foley and Jill Breit of TAUNY talk with callers about hippies and homesteaders, then and now.  Go to full article

Fall home heating call-in

It's going to be a cold and expensive winter. Martha Foley, David Sommerstein and callers talk with energy efficiency experts Scott Shipley, of Community Energy Services in Canton, and Jeff Loomis, of Energy Answers in Massena, about how to stay warm without going broke.  Go to full article
A mock A-frame cabin at the TAUNY gallery in Canton
A mock A-frame cabin at the TAUNY gallery in Canton

TAUNY exhibit celebrates back-to-the-land movement

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York's fall exhibit, "Back to the Land: Hippie Houses and Homesteads for the 21st Century," is a photo exhibit of homestead architecture in the North Country. Todd Moe toured the exhibit and spoke with TAUNY director Jill Breit about collecting stories and photos for the exhibit that trace the evolution of homestead architecture from crude cabins in the '60s to today's "green" homes. Tune in and call in during a special on-air conversation with Jill Breit about this new exhibit on Friday, October 10 at 11 a.m.  Go to full article

Making homes in the Adirondacks affordable

A newly renovated home in North Creek was donated to the Adirondack Community Housing Trust this week. The housing trust program was formed over the past year with the help of a $1 million state budget allocation from Senator Betty Little. It's one of about 200 such housing trusts around the country, including the Champlain Housing Trust in Vermont. The trust offers funding for homebuyers in exchange for an agreement to cap the resale price of the house. ACHT Executive Director Alan Hipps told Todd Moe that there's a growing demand for affordable housing because most people's income is not increasing at the same rate as home prices. For more information: 518-873-6888.  Go to full article

Sen. Little says economy pinching taxpayers & local governments

State Senator Betty Little says she supports the idea of a property tax cap and hopes to return this summer to debate the issue during a special session. But Little told Brian Mann that she's concerned about the possible impact of a cap on local school districts that are faced with spiraling costs.  Go to full article

Banker paints sobering picture

One of New York's leading community bankers delivered a sobering message at the county Housing Council's annual dinner in Canton this week. Kenneth Abt told the gathering that the subprime mortgage collapse of last year will have consequences that are deeper and broader than any recent downturn. Abt is chairman and CEO of First Federal Savings and Loan of Middletown, New York, in the Hudson Valley. He's a director of the New York Banker's Association, served as chair of the state's League of Savings Institutions. He spoke with Martha Foley in our studios before the address. His visit came as new polls were indicating that mortgage anxiety was spreading to people who were far from the subprime world, "regular" people with regular mortgages.  Go to full article

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