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Rock Island Lighthouse State Park in Fisher's Landing, NY was one of the honorees. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/28914673@N02/8726711967/">Ted Van Pelt</a>, Creative Commons, saome rights reserved
Rock Island Lighthouse State Park in Fisher's Landing, NY was one of the honorees. Photo: Ted Van Pelt, Creative Commons, saome rights reserved

Parks agency announces preservation awards

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has announced the recipients of the 2013 New York State Historic Preservation Awards.

The Buffalo Neighborhood Preservation Initiative was cited for its work getting a group of Buffalo's largest and most significant residential and commercial areas listed on the New York and National Registers of Historic Places.  Go to full article
Joël Mayotte in the role of donné, or lay brother, in the cookhouse at a recreated Jesuit mission, circa 1640. Photo: Lucy Martin
JoŽl Mayotte in the role of donnť, or lay brother, in the cookhouse at a recreated Jesuit mission, circa 1640. Photo: Lucy Martin

Three Sisters Soup: Thanksgiving at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons

Thanksgiving is celebrated in Canada and the U.S.

In Canada,Thanksgiving comes in October and is more of a harvest festival, without any stories about pilgrims and Indians sitting down to feast together. Even so, across North America, early European settlers improved their chances of survival by learning about native foods and techniques.

Last month Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin was in the Georgian Bay region of Ontario where she visited Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons. The historic site re-creates a Jesuit mission established in 1639, as an outpost of New France. She spoke with costumed interpreter JoŽl Mayotte while he served "three sisters" soup to visitors on Canada's Thanksgiving weekend.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks with Fred Roedel, right, whose company wants to buy and renovate the Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake, following an event in Lake Placid Wednesday. Photo: Mike Lynch, <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks with Fred Roedel, right, whose company wants to buy and renovate the Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake, following an event in Lake Placid Wednesday. Photo: Mike Lynch, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Cuomo gets behind Saranac Lake hotel projects

Gov. Andrew Cuomo threw his support behind a pair of big hotel projects in Saranac Lake Wednesday.

That could mean the two win millions of dollars in state economic development funding.  Go to full article
Governor Andrew Cuomo (at right) with Wilmington supervisor Randy Preston (L) and DEC commissioner Joe Martens. Photo: Mike Lynch <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Governor Andrew Cuomo (at right) with Wilmington supervisor Randy Preston (L) and DEC commissioner Joe Martens. Photo: Mike Lynch Adirondack Daily Enterprise

$12 million to restore Whiteface Memorial Highway

During his visit to the Adirondacks yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced that New York will spend 12-million dollars refurbishing Whiteface Memorial Highway in Wilmington.

Ted Blazer is head of the Olympic Regional Development Authority, which manages the 8-mile tourist road to the summit of Whiteface Mountain. He says the popular destination is in serious need of repair.  Go to full article

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The 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton is slated to open in spring, 2014. Photo: Catherine Loper
The 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton is slated to open in spring, 2014. Photo: Catherine Loper

New hotel anchors Clayton waterfront re-do

It's a busy time in the town of Clayton. New businesses, infrastructure and public amenities hold the promise of more tourism, a stronger economy, and a better quality of life for locals.  Go to full article
Whitewater slalom world champion Scott Shipley. Photo courtesy S2O Designs.
Whitewater slalom world champion Scott Shipley. Photo courtesy S2O Designs.

Kayaking champion helps design whitewater parks in Canton, Potsdam

The country's best known whitewater kayaking champion is helping design whitewater courses in Canton and Potsdam. Three time World Cup winner and three time Olympian Scott Shipley met with community members Monday night.  Go to full article

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The Adirondack Scenic Railroad train passing through Ray Brook. Photo: Mark Kurtz
The Adirondack Scenic Railroad train passing through Ray Brook. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Can the Adirondack Scenic Railroad make it happen?

For more than two decades, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad has worked to create a world-class attraction in the North Country.

Under a state management plan that's been in place since the 1990s, the railroad now operates on short sections of track in the Old Forge area and between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake.

The excursion train they hope to build would expand to carry tourists 140 miles from Utica to Lake Placid through some of the wildest and most scenic territory in the eastern US.

Rail supporters are hoping that New York state will make a big new investment in that vision.

But a growing number of critics say developing the train corridor has taken too long. And they're questioning whether the Scenic Railroad has the expertise, the staff and the financial strength to run a 140-mile long railroad.

They've called for the state to formally reopen the "unit management plan" to look at other possible uses for the corridor.

Our Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann has spent the last month investigating these questions, looking at the Scenic Railroad's plan for the future. Here's his special report.  Go to full article

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