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A snapshot from Keene Valley this morning. Photo: Sadie Holbrook.
A snapshot from Keene Valley this morning. Photo: Sadie Holbrook.

New York, North Country assess Irene's wake; flash flood hits Keene

New Yorkers are watching rising creeks and rivers this morning. The Associated Press reports more than 900,000 homes were without power, more National Guard soldiers were deployed to clean-ups, and major highways and roads remained closed.

At least three deaths were blamed on the tropical storm. One thousand National Guard troops deployed over the weekend are to be augmented Monday with more engineers to help clear streets and debris and restore power.

Irene was no longer a hurricane by the time it hit the North Country counties, but it still packed a powerful punch. As of 10:30 last night, dozens of roads in Essex County were closed, the county's emergency radio system was off the air, many people remained stranded by high water and the county was in a state of emergency.

More than 100 roads in the county are closed because of flooding, washouts and high water threatening bridges. While the damage was widespread, County Emergency Services Director Don Jaquish said Keene and Keene Valley were hit the hardest. The Keene fire station was swept away by the floodwaters. "It's been washed away," Jacquish said last night.

People in Keene and Keene Valley had evacuated and Jacquish's crews were preparing evacuations in Upper Jay. He anticipated severe flooding in the hamlet of AuSable Forks, calling the crest of the East branch of the Ausable "unprecedented."

Brian Mann was in Keene early this morning. Talking with Martha Foley, he described a community devastated by the flash flooding.  Go to full article
The "Road to Dannemora" features a local cast and is part of a children's theatre workshop.
The "Road to Dannemora" features a local cast and is part of a children's theatre workshop.

Preview: "Road to Dannemora" in Keene Valley

A North Country teen spent most of his summer vacation working on an original musical. Road to Dannemora debuts at Keene Central School on Saturday night. 16-year-old Sam Balzac wrote the music and worked with his mother, Kathy Recchia, on the lyrics. They're both long time members of the Book and Blanket Players, a community theater group in Jay. Todd Moe spoke with Sam and Kathy about the process of creating a musical.

"The Road to Dannemora" will be performed at the Keene Central School Auditorium this Saturday night, 7pm. Free admission. Donations Accepted.  Go to full article
There's nothing we can do. The house is gone and the property is absolutely useless.

Keene Valley slide accelerating, driven by rain

Scientists say the record-breaking landslide on Little Porter Mountain in Keene Valley is still on the move, driven by last weekend's heavy rains.

The disaster hasn't caused any injuries, but a half-dozen homes are threatened.

Martha Foley has an update.  Go to full article
Keene supervisor Bill Ferebee next to a boulder that's about to give way (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Keene supervisor Bill Ferebee next to a boulder that's about to give way (Photo: Brian Mann)

Keene Valley landslide now "largest in New York State history"

Scientists say the massive landslide in Keene Valley is now the largest ever seen in New York state.

A half-dozen homes on Little Porter Mountain are still threatened and officials say they're monitoring the mass of earth and rock to determine whether more homes below the slide could be affected. Brian Mann has our update.  Go to full article
This home's foundation has been wrecked by shifting earth
This home's foundation has been wrecked by shifting earth

Rainstorms trigger slide in Keene Valley, threatening homes

Weeks of relentless rain have destabilized a massive section of hillside in the Adrian's Acres neighborhood in Keene Valley, which sits on the slopes of Porter Mountain.

Town and state officials say an area roughly a half-mile wide has begun to shift, slumping downward several inches each day.

One vacation home has already been condemned, and one other house evacuated. At least four more homes are threatened.

Brian Mann was on Porter Mountain yesterday and has our story.  Go to full article

New music: "Ebb and Flow"

Adirondack harper Martha Gallagher joined Todd Moe in the studio this morning to talk about the new music from her latest cd, Ebb and Flow. This new eclectic collection includes genres of music that range from Blues to Latin, from Jazz to Contemporary Folk. Martha says sense of place is the building block of each song. Joining her on much of the music are talented musicians from across our region.

You're invited to join Martha for the Scandinavian Christmas tale, A Christmas Rose, tonight (7 pm) at the St. Lawrence County Arts Council in Potsdam.  Go to full article
Photo courtesy of Mark Twain Camp, Lower Saranac Lake
Photo courtesy of Mark Twain Camp, Lower Saranac Lake

Talkin' Twain in Keene Valley

You're invited to take part in a marathon reading of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn at the Keene Valley Library on Friday. Librarian Karen Glass says the day-long "Huck Finn Out Loud" event starts early in the morning and will feature 30 readers reading aloud for 30 minutes each. Twain spent the summer of 1901 on Lower Saranac Lake. Glass told Todd Moe it's part of a series of events this summer that celebrate Twain's connection to the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Preview: "A Trojan Woman" in Keene Valley

Lake Placid's Kathleen Thomas brings her one-woman performance piece, A Trojan Woman, to Keene Central School for an evening of Greek Desserts and Greek Drama Saturday night (7 pm). Thomas told Todd Moe that the show is play within a play, transitioning between the present and ancient past -- between the Trojan War of legend and the Trojan War of history.  Go to full article

Preview: "She Loves Me"

The Book and Blanket Players' production of the romantic comedy, She Loves Me opens New Year's Eve in Jay and continues this weekend in Keene Valley. She Loves Me is the tale of a couple who feud in real life, but unknowingly become pen pals and fall in love. Jack Cassidy won a Tony for Best Actor in the original 1964 Broadway version. The North Country production features a talented community theater cast and SUNY Plattsburgh students. Todd Moe spoke with two of the local cast members about the show.  Go to full article

A school's garden builds on success

Over the last few years, students at a school in the High Peaks have enjoyed fresh veggies from their schoolyard garden. What began as a composting experiment ten years ago has grown into a school-wide project that teaches youngsters the importance of healthy eating, gardening skills and the environment. This year more than 60 elementary students will volunteer to plant and weed the garden. Julie Holbrook, cafeteria manager at Keene Central School, coordinates the garden. She told Todd Moe she injured her leg last summer, and students and volunteers stepped up to help with the garden harvest.  Go to full article

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