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Ron Flannery connects a Dickinson Center camp. Photo: Sarah Harris
Ron Flannery connects a Dickinson Center camp. Photo: Sarah Harris

Local internet provider connects the North Country

The Internet is a big part of 21st century life - people use it get news, watch movies, apply for jobs, and pay bills. But the North Country lags behind the rest of New York state in connectivity. 20 percent of people in the region don't have fast, reliable internet connections. That's compared to just 5% of people state-wide.

SLIC, a local internet provider that grew out of Nicholville Telephone Company, is trying to change that.  Go to full article
Looking across Lyons Falls to the old Gould Paper Mill in Lyons Falls, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/roys-stuff/4496716472/">Roy Saplin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Looking across Lyons Falls to the old Gould Paper Mill in Lyons Falls, NY. Photo: Roy Saplin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Lyons Falls, Glens Falls, Fort Edward awarded money for brownfields

Three North Country communities were awarded grant money from New York State yesterday to address contaminated sites called brownfields.  Go to full article
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Photo: rockcc_histcoll, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New area code on the way for 315 region

The state Public Service Commission has extended the comment period for a plan to add another area code in Northern and Central New York. Eighteen counties currently use area code 315.  Go to full article
US Sen. Charles Schumer. Photo: Julie Grant
US Sen. Charles Schumer. Photo: Julie Grant

Schumer lobbies to make NY's dams safer

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says the North Country has 180 hazardous dams, including 24 in St. Lawrence County, 11 in Herkimer, and 7 in Lewis County. He's pushing for more federal money to improve dam safety, through a bill called the Water Resources Development Act. It could be up for a vote later this month.  Go to full article
We really have to look harder than we have in the past at where we're gonna spend our money.

Bridge closure tells of "new normal" for region's infrastructure

A bridge in the town of Wilna, east of Watertown in Jefferson County, was closed recently after a regular state inspection showed it was no longer safe for motorists. The bridge didn't get much traffic - fewer than 100 cars a day, according to the state Department of Transportation - but residents of the area will now have to get used to a five-mile detour. And, transportation officials said, closures like this one will likely be more common as the federal government reins in its budget for repairs. Joanna Richards has the story.  Go to full article
The Lake Champlain Bridge is still a work in progress (Photo:  Brian Mann)
The Lake Champlain Bridge is still a work in progress (Photo: Brian Mann)

Lake Champlain bridge on schedule, "several million dollars" over budget

New York's Transportation Department is spending millions of dollars of extra money, trying to finish the Lake Champlain Bridge by the October 9th deadline.

The old bridge was closed in 2009 and eventually demolished because of safety concerns.

At a briefing last night in Addison, Vermont, DOT officials said efforts to build the new bridge as fast as possible have been complicated by wintry weather and by debris on the lake bottom.

Still, as Brian Mann reports, community leaders and local businesses are praising the state for scrambling to finish the project on time.  Go to full article

As NY infrastructure fades, Crown Point bridge rises

This week, in a series called State of Disrepair, public radio stations around New York have been looking at infrastructure problems that threaten our highways, bridges and dams.

One symbol of that aging infrastructure was the emergency closure and demolition in 2009 of the Crown Point Bridge that spans Lake Champlain.

State officials scrambled to set up temporary ferry service and they now say a new bridge will be in place before the end of this year.

Brian Mann checked in this week with Teresa Sayward. She's the state Assemblywoman from Willsboro, and also co-chairs the bridge project's public advisory committee.

Sayward says the project remains on track, despite the harsh winter and some big challenges out on the lake.  Go to full article
Brockport's historic bridge over the Erie Canal.
Brockport's historic bridge over the Erie Canal.

State of Disrepair: Erie canal bridges (almost) falling down

This week, we're looking at New York's infrastructure in a collaboration with New York's public radio stations called "State of Disrepair." From Buffalo to New York City, reporters are taking an in-depth look at the impact of government decisions regarding New York's aging infrastructure.

Today, we look at the bridges crossing the Erie Canal. There are more than 200 of them, and 60 of those were built about century ago. Carlet Cleare takes us to a small village near Rochester,where three of these aging bridges are located.  Go to full article
The Croghan Island Mill
The Croghan Island Mill

Crumbling dam threatens historic Croghan mill

Our series on New York's aging infrastructure continues this morning with a look at a crumbling dam in Lewis County and why it threatens a community's identity and culture.

There are more than 5,000 dams in New York State. They're mostly used for flood control, to provide drinking water, for hydropower, and to create lakes and ponds for recreation.

Even dam safety officials don't know how many need repair. But they do know 50 of the most potentially hazardous ones need to be fixed or dismantled.

One of those is on the Beaver River in the village of Croghan. If it can't be fixed, it may force the closure of one of the state's last water-powered sawmills. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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