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Two stories today out of Malone about Franklin County’s correctional facilities. First, the Franklin County legislature unanimously passed a resolution opposing the planned closure of Chateaugay Correctional Facility next year, the...
Years ago, when I was relatively new in the North Country, I joined former ComLinks director Nancy Reich on a visit to North Creek, where she met with then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to talk about a new affordable housing program. ComLinks, in...
News stories tagged with "malone"
by Brian Mann
Nov 17, 2008 — Beginning tomorrow, lawmakers in Albany will debate ways to slash New York's state budget. The collapse of tax revenue from Wall Street has already triggered a hiring freeze statewide, along with a first-round of belt-tightening at most state agencies. Deeper cuts could be especially painful here in the North Country. Many towns rely on government spending to fuel the local economy. Brian Mann has this profile Malone, in Franklin County, where prisons, schools, and the local hospital all look to Albany for a big chunk of their budgets. Go to full article
Oct 02, 2008 — With the presidential race and the financial crisis, the issue of immigration has faded from the headlines. But the problem hasn't gone away. Farmers rely on foreign laborers to harvest their crops and milk their cows. Millions work on farms illegally. We've reported extensively on Mexicans and Central Americans working on North Country dairy farms without legal papers. Today we look at a federal program that allows farmers to hire foreign labor legally. Orchards in the Champlain Valley have hired foreign pickers for years. But dairy farms aren't eligible, at least, not yet. So in the North Country, just one crop farm uses the program. David Sommerstein reports from Childstock Farms in Franklin County. Go to full article
Aug 29, 2008 — It's harvest season and artists across the region have been busy in the garden. Painting outdoors, or "plein air", is a time-honored tradition, particularly by artists who want to convey a sense of immediacy. They'll find a spot among flowers or along a stream, prop up an easel and paint just as they see it. Most works are competed within hours on the spot. Spontaneity is key. Bugs, rain and fleeting sunlight are challenges. Todd Moe visits a group of artists near Malone celebrating another season of creating art outdoors. Go to full article
Jul 25, 2008 — Take a paddle or hike along a stream, or spend some time gardening and you'll likely hear the familiar click of wings or glimpse a flying glint of blue or green. Dragonflies are a familiar and favorite sight in the North Country. And now, during the summer months, excitement is high among "dragonfliers" whose calendars are extra full because this is the time of year when dragonflies are most commonly seen. But researchers say there are more questions than answers about dragonflies. This is the fourth summer that the DEC and Nature Conservancy have seriously studied dragonflies and their close relatives, damselflies, in some of the more remote parts of the state. With the help of volunteers, biologists are out to foster public interest in the conservation of the colorful, winged insects and their aquatic habitats. Todd Moe found that, for a hobby that includes searching for large bugs in swampy areas, it has a lot of followers. Go to full article
May 26, 2008 — A plan to expand Franklin County's landfill by 630 acres has drawn concern from neighbors from both sides of the northern border. The landfill, about one mile from the international boundary near Malone, has been controversial since it opened in 1994. It's one of 27 regional landfills in the state built to accept waste from the thousands of dumps closed across the state in past decades. A meeting in Malone last week drew about 50 people - nearly all of them opposed to the landfill expansion. Jacob Resneck was there. Go to full article
by Chris Knight
Apr 25, 2008 — The State University of New York will study the possibility of combining services and programs at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh and North Country Community College, which has campuses in Saranac Lake, Malone and Ticonderoga. The study was recommended by State Senator Betty Little and comes as both colleges are facing a change in administration. But, as Chris Knight reports, officials at North Country Community College say they haven't been told much about the study or what it could mean. Go to full article
Apr 14, 2008 — After months of turmoil, employees at the non-profit organization ComLinks have voted to unionize. The Malone-based agency is one of the region's largest independent social service providers. Friday's vote follows news that the organization's CEO was improperly reimbursed by her agency for campaign contributions made to various politicians. Jacob Resneck reports. Go to full article
Apr 01, 2008 — Franklin County's public transportation system will be expanding its service to link both ends of Franklin County. Citing a steady increase in fuel prices that's driving up ridership, the county's new transportation coordinator said he plans to bring workers down to Lake Placid and shoppers north to the Malone Wal-Mart. Jacob Resneck reports. Go to full article
Feb 13, 2008 — 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
Oct 12, 2007 — Thousands of "Cropwalkers" across the country step out each year to help stop hunger in community Crop Walks. They raise money and awareness to help support development programs in more than 80 countries and locally. A Crop Walk will be held this Sunday afternoon (1:00 pm) at the YMCA in Malone. Todd Moe spoke with Sr. Mary Elizabeth Looby, of the North Franklin County Ministerial Association, which is sponsoring the walk. Go to full article