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Builder Eric Schulze.
Builder Eric Schulze.

An Energy Saving Habitat

Tomorrow the affordable housing group Habitat For Humanity of Raquette Valley holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3pm in Rensselaer Falls in St. Lawrence County. The house is a first for the Habitat chapter because in addition to being affordable, it?s also energy efficient. Builders designed a home that uses 30% less energy than a conventional one. The organizers want the project to be a template for building more low-cost, energy-efficient housing. David Sommerstein visited the construction site last winter. He spoke with the designer and volunteers on the project and has this audio montage.

Call Community Energy Services at (315)379-9466 for more information about the energy efficient model.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Eyes Sales Tax Hike

Facing mounting budget woes, St. Lawrence County is among counties statewide considering raising the local sales tax. Lawmakers say the three-quarter of a percent hike would help pay for skyrocketing Medicaid, health care, and pension costs. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Sights & Sounds of the Dairy Princess Parade

June is National Dairy Month. We go to the sidelines of one of the big events on the annual dairy calendar, the St. Lawrence County Dairy Princess Parade in Canton. Fire engines, tractors, and floats rolled down Main Street on Saturday. David Sommerstein sends this audio montage.  Go to full article

Preview: SLCHA Honors Canoe Builder J. Henry Rushton

The St. Lawrence County Historical Association honors a favorite son. J. Henry Rushton's times marked the peak of 19th century canoe-fever. Martha Foley talks with County Historian Trent Trulock about Rushton's life and career in Canton.  Go to full article

Lawyers Join NY Critics of Patriot Act

St. Lawrence County lawyers have joined lawmakers in Potsdam and Albany in voicing opposition to parts of the USA Patriot Act. They say the law violates some civil liberties. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Relief, Mistrust Among Mohawk Neighbors

The announcement of a landmark deal between Governor Pataki and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is starting to sink in amongst the tribe's neighbors. The agreement addresses tax parity and casino issues. But in the areas around the Akwesasne reservation near Massena, the big news is a proposed settlement to the Mohawks' claim that New York illegally took 15,000 acres of land in the 18th century. Today non-native residents own that land near the St. Lawrence River in northern St. Lawrence and Franklin counties. As David Sommerstein reports, some people are taking things in stride; others with trepidation.  Go to full article
Brainstorming local answers for the economy
Brainstorming local answers for the economy

"Going Local": Promise & Challenge

Last week about a hundred community leaders from St. Lawrence County came together to chart a new future for economic growth. Their mission was to identify opportunities for local business development. The occasion was the 1st annual Burt Symposium at St. Lawrence University, entitled "Going Local: Capitalizing on Our Resources in St. Lawrence County". David Sommerstein stopped by near the end of the two-day conference and reports on the group's progress.  Go to full article

Tribe Divided Over Land and Casino Deal

The signing ceremony for a deal between New York State and the Mohawk tribe is on hold after objections arose from some of the parties involved in a land claim against the state and criticism among tribal members. The agreement, which also involves a casino deal, will go through. David Sommerstein helps sort out the complications.  Go to full article

Going Local in a Global Economy

Martha Foley talks with Michael Shuman, author of Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age, businessman Bob Penski, and arts advocate Hillary Oakes about the ups and downs of growing a locally based economy.  Go to full article

Preview: Going Local in a Global Economy

The first annual Burt Symposium was held Tuesday and Wednesday May 6 and 7 at St. Lawrence University, on the topic "Going Local: Capitalizing on our Resources in St. Lawrence County." The Burt Symposium brings together stakeholders in the North Country to explore ways to enhance the region's economic, environmental and educational vitality.  Go to full article

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