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Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking in Keene, N.Y. yesterday Photo: Brian Mann
Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking in Keene, N.Y. yesterday Photo: Brian Mann

Cuomo delivers money, praise for Keene's recovery

Governor Andrew Cuomo was in the Adirondacks Wednesday, announcing new state funding for the recovery effort from Tropical Storm Irene. He pledged $640,000 to help rebuild the Keene town firehall, which was destroyed by last year's storm.

Local officials say the money is another step in the long recovery effort. They also praised Cuomo for his response and leadership after the storm.  Go to full article
John Bernardi, center, speaks about his new recovery group's efforts to address the unmet needs of Tropical Storm Irene victims during an event in AuSable Forks on Tuesday. Photo: Chris Morris, Adirondack Daily Enterprise
John Bernardi, center, speaks about his new recovery group's efforts to address the unmet needs of Tropical Storm Irene victims during an event in AuSable Forks on Tuesday. Photo: Chris Morris, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

In Jay, work remains to be done

A year after Tropical Storm Irene slammed the North Country, a regional coalition has formed to help people still struggling to recover. The Long Term Disaster Recovery Group of Clinton/Essex/Franklin Counties includes nonprofit organizations and state agencies.

The group hosted a special event at the Jay Community Center on Tuesday, the one-year anniversary of the storm. The event aimed to link victims of the storm with resources to help them get back on their feet.  Go to full article

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Lake Champlain during Tropical Storm Irene, as seen from Charlotte, Vermont. Photo: Robert Coleburn
Lake Champlain during Tropical Storm Irene, as seen from Charlotte, Vermont. Photo: Robert Coleburn

Bells toll in Vermont for one-year Irene commemoration

Communities across Vermont and New York commemorated the one-year anniversary of tropical storm Irene yesterday. Last night at 7 p.m., bells in churches and town halls across Vermont tolled to mark the occasion.  Go to full article
Lesley Trevor at Snowslip Farms shows her greenhouses, which still haven't been rebuilt. Photo: Nick Mann
Lesley Trevor at Snowslip Farms shows her greenhouses, which still haven't been rebuilt. Photo: Nick Mann

Recovery and renewal one year after Irene

A year ago this week, tropical storm Irene pounded its way up the New England coast, turning inland across New York and Vermont. Torrents of rain triggered flash floods in dozens of mountain villages, wiping out homes and businesses. On the eve of the anniversary, Brian Mann went back to Snowslip Farm outside Lake Placid, one of the businesses hit hardest by the storm.  Go to full article
A wrecked home in the town of Keene. Photo: Susan Waters
A wrecked home in the town of Keene. Photo: Susan Waters

Adirondack foundation a conduit for Irene relief funds

Following last year's Tropical Storm Irene, a community foundation based in Lake Placid stepped forward to serve as the clearing house for private philanthropy, helping residents and businesses in Keene and Jay devastated by floodwaters from the AuSable River.

To date, the Adirondack Community Trust reports that it has received $800,000 in gifts from more than 1,320 donors from across the country. All of that money has been distributed so far, and donations are still rolling in.

Through partnerships with the Keene Flood Recovery Fund and Jay Irene Flood Relief Fund, ACT has awarded 204 grants to 104 homes, 14 businesses and four civic organizations.  Go to full article

Grant money given to communities damaged by storms

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will give $16 million in grants to communities hit by last year's damaging storms. The state originally planned to distribute $9 million to 23 counties, but it has come up with another $7 million to help the local governments meet a federal matching funds requirement.  Go to full article
Caitlin Scholl, author of <em>Makebelieve</em>, stands atop the foundation of the castle at Arto Monaco's Land of Makebelieve, the remnants of which were completely destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Caitlin Scholl, author of Makebelieve, stands atop the foundation of the castle at Arto Monaco's Land of Makebelieve, the remnants of which were completely destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Poet finds meaning in "Makebelieve"

A writer from Lake Placid has published a new collection of poetry that draws its characters and themes from a legendary theme park in Upper Jay. Caitlin Scholl's second book, "Makebelieve," was released earlier this year by UNO Press as part of the company's Contemporary Poetry Series.

The book was released not long after Tropical Storm Irene destroyed the last standing structures of Arto Monaco's Land of Makebelieve. The pages of Scholl's poetry collection include images of the theme park, and one of the narrative's characters, Art Mastro, is based in large part on Monaco himself.

Chris Morris caught up with Scholl to tour what remains of Monaco's fantasy world and talk about how it inspires her as a poet and artist.  Go to full article
Wells Memorial Library after Irene. Photo: Kate Messner
Wells Memorial Library after Irene. Photo: Kate Messner

Long Island elementary school raises $1400 for Wells Memorial Library

The Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay will be getting a gift of about $1400 from a Long Island elementary school, to help the library continue its recovery from Tropical Storm Irene. The donation comes after the school--Shore Road Elementary in Bellmore--decided to use its annual 6th grade charity sale to raise money for the library.

Wells Memorial's children's section was almost completely destroyed by Irene last August. And library director Karen Rappaport says although it has mostly been restored, the library will still use most of the Shore Road elementary money for kids' materials.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo pitching in after Adirondack flooding.
Gov. Cuomo pitching in after Adirondack flooding.

Cuomo: state will pick up local costs of Irene flooding

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that the state will spend nearly $4 million helping Adirondack communities rebuild after tropical storm Irene.

The money will go to pay the local share of matching funds required as part of the Federal government's FEMA aid.

As Brian Mann reports, Cuomo says he's still pressuring FEMA to offer more aid to individuals and businesses.  Go to full article

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