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Green groups are hoping the new water levels plan improves wetlands along the St. Lawrence River. Photo: Jenni Werndorf
Green groups are hoping the new water levels plan improves wetlands along the St. Lawrence River. Photo: Jenni Werndorf

After decades, major breakthrough on water levels for Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence

Standing between Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River is a dam that a lot of people say operates under outdated rules.

The regulations for the Moses-Saunders Dam between Cornwall and Massena haven't changed since the 1950s. For over a decade, lawmakers and activists have said that the rules on water levels have harmed wetlands, fish and wildlife, and even the tourism economy.

They've tried and failed to find a way of reversing that damage. Last year, officials came up with a new concept, called Plan 2014. Yesterday the International Joint Commission unanimously endorsed it.  Go to full article
Republican Matt Doheny poses with Carol Enslow, left, and Chris Whitmarsh, two women who run the Am Vet post 11 Ladies Auxiliary Wednesday lunch. Photo: David Sommerstein
Republican Matt Doheny poses with Carol Enslow, left, and Chris Whitmarsh, two women who run the Am Vet post 11 Ladies Auxiliary Wednesday lunch. Photo: David Sommerstein

NY-21: Does Doheny have a likeability problem?

Three of the four candidates for the North Country's seat in Congress will take questions at a public forum tonight in the Warren County town of Hague. Republicans Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny and Green party candidate Matt Funiciello plan to attend. Democratic candidate Aaron Woolf is not scheduled to be there.

The Republicans will face off again tomorrow night in Watertown in a debate that will be broadcast here on North Country Public Radio. Stefanik and Doheny face a GOP primary election on June 24. In advance of the debate, David Sommerstein joins Martha Foley to offer a profile of Matt Doheny (you can find our profile of Elise Stefanik here.)  Go to full article
John Elwood Cook often writes music from the deck of his home on Wellesley Island. Photo: Todd Moe
John Elwood Cook often writes music from the deck of his home on Wellesley Island. Photo: Todd Moe

How Wellesley Island artist John Elwood Cook brings an idea to song

Thousand Islands artist and musician John Elwood Cook loves life on the St. Lawrence River. He grew up on Wellesley Island and can trace his local family history back to the Revolutionary War era. His visual art has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country. He's found a niche in combining his visual art with music. He owns a collection of vintage Gibson guitars and enjoys writing music about local history, people and places along the river.

Earlier this week at his home on Wellesley Island with an amazing riverscape in the background, Cook shared his song "Chippewa Bay 1888" with Todd Moe during a conversation about his art. The music pays tribute to another North Country artist, Frederic Remington.  Go to full article
Workers beginning to lay out the landscaping and sidewalks outside the future Thousand Islands Harbor Hotel. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Workers beginning to lay out the landscaping and sidewalks outside the future Thousand Islands Harbor Hotel. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Luxury hotel in Thousand Islands nears completion

The luxury hotel in Clayton is getting close to completion. And local officials hope it will draw a new kind of tourist to the region.

Two Buffalo-area developers are building the 105-room Thousand Islands Harbor Hotel on a former hazardous waste site right on the St. Lawrence River.

The new construction is transforming Clayton's waterfront.  Go to full article
Photo: Antique Boat Museum
Photo: Antique Boat Museum

A taste of country music fame at Clayton's Antique Boat Museum

Every year, the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton is closed all through the winter. This Friday, the museum brings spring to the Thousand Islands with a new schedule.

And visitors this year will get a little taste of country music fame, from a southern star with a strong connection to the North Country.  Go to full article
"Lighthouse Rock Island" Rock Island Lighthouse, Thousand Islands, New York. Photo: Ted Van Pelt
"Lighthouse Rock Island" Rock Island Lighthouse, Thousand Islands, New York. Photo: Ted Van Pelt

Are the Thousand Islands scenic...enough?

The ice is out along much of the St. Lawrence River and the colors, sounds, and movement of Spring in the Thousand Islands region are on their way.

But here's a question: is the Thousand Islands--the fifty mile archipelago with its constellation of villages, castles, cottages, and parks--scenic enough? And what's more: is it significant? That's what around 60 people from the community gathered late last month to figure out.  Go to full article
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter <em>Neah Bay</em>, homeported in Cleveland, works to keep the <em>CSL Laurentien</em> moving during an escort in eastern Lake Erie March 27, 2014. Photo: courtesy USCG
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay, homeported in Cleveland, works to keep the CSL Laurentien moving during an escort in eastern Lake Erie March 27, 2014. Photo: courtesy USCG

Relentless winter's ice delays St. Lawrence River shipping

Three U.S. Coast Guard cutter vessels are to help with annual ice-breaking operations in Thunder Bay's harbour on Lake Superior--the far end of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Canadian Coast Guard crews and their icebreakers are leading the effort after the harsh winter produced what are being called "unusually heavy and persistent" ice conditions.

The annual opening of the Seaway is one of the signs of spring in the North Country. But as with pretty much everything this year, winter is still having its way with the calendar.

The Seaway is holding its opening ceremony to welcome commercial ship traffic between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean this morning near Buffalo. But it's had to delay the opening of the St. Lawrence River part of the Seaway for three days until Monday due to ice.

David Sommerstein joined Martha Foley to discuss the annual debate over the Seaway's opening date.  Go to full article

Books: "What She Left Behind"

Thousand Islands author Ellen Wiseman is out with her second novel, What She Left Behind. A new writer in the historical genre, Wiseman's first book, The Plum Tree, was one of the best selling historical novels of 2013.

Todd Moe spoke with Ellen Wiseman from her Three Mile Bay home about her success as a writer. Wiseman says writing is like any muscle, the more you use it the easier it gets. She says she's had a lifelong love of telling stories and writing.  Go to full article
Deborah Dunleavy as Bea Tompkins in <i>At the Canoe Club Dance</i>. The show opens Friday night (8 pm) at the Ourtown Theatre in Gananoque, Ontario.  Photo: Deborah Dunleavy
Deborah Dunleavy as Bea Tompkins in At the Canoe Club Dance. The show opens Friday night (8 pm) at the Ourtown Theatre in Gananoque, Ontario. Photo: Deborah Dunleavy

Preview: "At the Canoe Club Dance" in Gananoque

Brockville storyteller Deborah Dunleavy tells us about creating and performing her one-woman show, "At the Canoe Club Dance". She collected stories from seniors about life along the St. Lawrence in the 1940's, and her show includes stories, songs and music from the Swing Era. It opens in Gananoque on Friday night.  Go to full article

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