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Brian McDonnell has led the effort to revitalize the Paul Smiths VIC. Photos: Brian Mann
Brian McDonnell has led the effort to revitalize the Paul Smiths VIC. Photos: Brian Mann

Revitalized Paul Smiths VIC debuts in tough winter

It's shaping up to be another tough week weather-wise for the North Country. Rain and temperatures in the forties forced volunteer crews in Saranac Lake to suspend work on the Winter Carnival ice palace.

The Mt. Van Hoevenberg cross country ski center in Lake Placid closed because of the drizzly weather.

The forecast at Whiteface Mountain this morning includes a chance for rain. And the Ski Bowl in North Creek is closed, with just 60% of Gore Mountain's trails open.

One bright spot this winter has been the VIC at Paul Smiths. The facility was threatened with closure in 2010 when the Adirondack Park Agency decided that it was too expensive to operate.

But Paul Smiths College and a group of local residents have worked to keep the VIC open. Brian Mann checked out the trails last week and has our story.  Go to full article
Chloe Erickson
Chloe Erickson

Moving the World: building community resources in Morocco

In our occasional series, Moving the World, we meet North Country people who take their skills, expertise and resources to share with communities around the globe. Paul Smiths College hosts the founder of the Atlas Cultural Foundation, which helps Moroccans in one of the poorest regions of North Africa. Atlas is affiliated with Adirondack Sustainable Communities, which promotes healthy development in our region. Todd Moe talks with Chloe Erickson about her group's efforts to help improve community health, cultural preservation, education and literacy. She'll give a lecture tonight (7 pm) in the Freer Hall Auditorium at Paul Smiths College.  Go to full article
Paul Smiths student Brooks Worden earned the nickname "The Mushroom Man" during the hunt.
Paul Smiths student Brooks Worden earned the nickname "The Mushroom Man" during the hunt.

Into the woods for morel mania

Those who love edible wild mushrooms, cousins of the grocery store variety, also enjoy the annual spring hunt for one of the most elusive -- the morel. May is morel month in the North Country.

Todd Moe joined an outing of mushroom collectors at Paul Smiths College earlier this month. The group held a friendly contest to see who could find and pick the largest quantity of morels. By the end of the hunt it was clear you don't have to have to go out looking for morels with a meal in mind. Just learning to identify each mycological species is a challenge.

A reminder about looking for edible mushrooms: even distinctive yellow morels have look-a-likes that are poisonous. The slightest doubt about a mushroom is warning enough not to eat it.  Go to full article
Former Governor Paterson at Paul Smiths College (Photo courtesy of Kenneth Aaron, PSC)
Former Governor Paterson at Paul Smiths College (Photo courtesy of Kenneth Aaron, PSC)

Paterson presses graduates to overcome challenging time

Former New York Gov. David Paterson was in the Adirondacks over the weekend, where he addressed graduates of Paul Smith's College. Paterson, who inherited a massive budget crisis, urged students to reverse the "poor judgments" that led New York state into a deep recession. Martha Foley reports.

(Chris Morris provided reporting for this story.)  Go to full article
Curt Stager taking sediment core samples in Africa (Photo source:  C. Stager)
Curt Stager taking sediment core samples in Africa (Photo source: C. Stager)

North Country scientist rewrites history of global climate change

A researcher in the Adirondacks is literally rewriting the history of global climate change.

Curt Stager, a scientist at Paul Smiths College, is publishing an article later this month in the journal Science that describes an ancient drought that transformed Asia and Africa thousands of years ago.

The "H1 mega-drought" may have wiped out whole tribes of humans, as it dried up rivers and lakes across whole continents.

As Brian Mann reports, Stager thinks that devastating event could be a warning for people living in a new period of global warming.  Go to full article

Preview: new music camp for adults

A new music camp for adults will be held in the Adirondacks this summmer. Paul Smiths College will host Mountain Arts Gathering, a weeklong music camp from July 18-24. The camp will feature nationally known musicians, four musical workshops each day along with jam sessions, staff concerts, a contra dance and a talent show.

The camp's director, Kary Johnson, grew up in the Adirondacks and taught in public schools for several years. In recent years she has been an instructor at the Meadowlark Music Camp in Maine, an experience that she says inspired her to launch the Gathering this July. She spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article
Kristine Guest, age 20, died at Paul Smiths College in 2005
Kristine Guest, age 20, died at Paul Smiths College in 2005

Alcohol-related deaths at Paul Smiths College spark lawsuit, debate

This spring, two Paul Smiths College students died following a late-night drinking party. 20 year-old Sean Cornell of Manchester Center, Vermont, and 18-year-old Lee Walker of Enosburg Falls, Vermont drowned when their canoes overturned. They were paddling back to campus across Lower St. Regis Lake. The tragedy followed three alcohol-related deaths at the school in 2005. Some community leaders say Paul Smiths has made huge strides, working to keep students safe. But the school faces a lawsuit and simmering public criticism over its handling of student alcohol abuse. This week, we'll look at the controversy at Paul Smiths College. We'll also look at the changing ethics of alcohol on college campuses. Here's Brian Mann with part one of our special three-part report.  Go to full article

Alcohol a factor in fatal canoe accident

State Police say alcohol was a contributing factor in the death of two Paul Smith's College students who drowned earlier this month after their canoes overturned in Lower St. Regis Lake. Police, for the first time, are also providing details on what caused the accident. At the same time, police say alcohol played a role in the death of two young men in a car crash outside Lake Placid last month. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

As investigation continues, PSC students remembered

State police investigators say two Paul Smiths College students who drowned last Friday night were paddling on Lower St. Regis Lake without life jackets. Four other students made it to shore after the canoes capsized. A state police investigator told the Adirondack Daily Enterprise that alcohol was found at the scene of the accident, but it's unclear whether Sean Cornell and Lee Walker had been drinking. A toxicology test is being conducted. Tuesday afternoon, dozens of students and faculty gathered on the shore of St. Regis Lake to remember the victims of the accident. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Paul Smiths College receives state grant

Paul Smiths College is poised to receive more than $2 million in state funding to develop a four-year nursing program and renovate the college's athletic complex. As Chris Knight reports, college officials say their nursing graduates could help to alleviate the nursing shortage in the North Country.  Go to full article

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