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Officials Watch Clinton County Dams

Emergency officials are still monitoring two dams on the Great Chazy River in Clinton County. After a week of heavy rain, a six-foot hole opened in the cement dam at Miner Lake, in the Town of Altona. Brian Mann spoke yesterday afternoon with Eric day, head of the county Office of Emergency Services.  Go to full article

Heard up North: Schermerhorn Marina sold for $2 million

A Binghamton investor has bought one of the St Lawrence River's best known marinas. DF Realty purchased Schermerhorn marina, boat shop, and cottages for almost 2 million dollars. The buisness has been renamed Schermerhorn Harbor.

Bea Schermerhorn and her husband, Bill, started the business in the early 1950s. Their daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Dale Stoughtenger, have run it in recent years.

Schermerhorn Landing is tucked in the upper end of Chippewa Bay, about halfway between Ogdensburg and Alexandria. Bea Schermerhorn says commerce there began with her husband's father.  Go to full article

Community Forum Tackles Obesity Epidemic

More than 60% of Americans are overweight or obese. That number is even higher in the North Country. Most alarming is that obesity among children is skyrocketing. Health officials are calling it an epidemic. They warn overeating will shorten our life expectancy if the problem goes unchecked. Last week, the St. Lawrence County Health Initiative held a forum to discuss why North Country residents are so overweight, and what can be done about it. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

APA Approves Controversial Jay Bridge

On Friday, the Adirondack Park Agency approved a controversial plan to build a new bridge across the east branch of the Ausable River. The structure - in the town of Jay -- will sit just downstream from the old covered bridge, which will now serve as a foot and bicycle crossing. As Brian Mann reports, the 7-million dollar project is still dividing locals after years of debate.  Go to full article
Phil Royce paddles the Kesagami<br />Photos courtesy of Jonathan Angus
Phil Royce paddles the Kesagami
Photos courtesy of Jonathan Angus

On A Wild Ontario River, North To James Bay

The Kesagami River flows north through some of the wildest country in Ontario, before draining into James Bay. Earlier this month, a group led by St. Lawrence University's outdoor program paddled the river. The ten-day expedition was part of a research effort aimed at producing the first detailed guidebook for whitewater rivers in the region. Brian Mann made the trip this year and sends this audio postcard.

Production Note: Portions of the audio in Brian's story sound distorted because his microphones were soaked repeatedly with river water.  Go to full article
Yellow areas are included in CREP program.
Yellow areas are included in CREP program.

Farmers Get Help Protecting Creeks

The state and federal government Wednesday announced $62 million to help New York farmers protect rivers and streams from agricultural run-off. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Congress Keeps Eye on Army Corps

Congress is taking steps to double-check massive projects planned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

Seaway Opening Delayed Due to Ice

For the first time in its 44 year history, the St. Lawrence Seaway will open 6 days late because there's too much ice on the St. Lawrence River.  Go to full article
Dark Island Castle was built by the Singer Sewing Machine president.
Dark Island Castle was built by the Singer Sewing Machine president.

New Owners for Dark Island?

A turn-of-the-century castle and the private St. Lawrence River island it's built on may soon be opened to the public. David Sommerstein reports a group of businessmen want to make Dark Island Castle in the town of Hammond a tourist destination.  Go to full article

Restoring the Common Tern

The Common Tern is a bird best known for its graceful flight and dramatic dives. The shoals and nooks of the eastern Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shoreline have been some of the tern's best nesting habitat in North America. But over the past 50 years, the area's tern population has dropped dramatically, from 20,000 to only 2000. Now the tern's a threatened species in New York. David Sommerstein reports on efforts to restore the bird's numbers.  Go to full article

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