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Truck equipped with the Clarkson University-developed drag reduction device, Trailer Tail.
Truck equipped with the Clarkson University-developed drag reduction device, Trailer Tail.

Better gas mileage for big trucks

The trailers you see on semi-trucks are great for packing and moving goods, but aren't good for fuel economy. As the Innovation Trail's Ryan Morden reports, researchers at Clarkson University have designed a product to reduce drag from those trailers and improve gas mileage.  Go to full article
Manotick Brass Ensemble: (l to r) Martin Luce, Christine Hansen, Bob Weaver, Harold Floysvik and Kaz Samujlo.
Manotick Brass Ensemble: (l to r) Martin Luce, Christine Hansen, Bob Weaver, Harold Floysvik and Kaz Samujlo.

Moving the World: Sharing a love of music in Cuba

Although it's just 90 miles from Florida, Cuba maintains closer diplomatic relations with Canada than the United States. Today, about half of Cuba's tourists are sun-starved Canadians.

Tomorrow, a group of Ontario musicians heads to the Caribbean. Members of the Manotick Brass Ensemble, in partnership with a local Cuban church, will visit Cuba for a series of free concerts. The Canadians are also donating musical instruments to a group of students in Cuba.

Lucy Martin spoke with one of the group's founders about the trip. Kazimier Samujlo says Cubans don't need any help when it comes to making music. But, he says, between the U.S. trade embargo and Cuba's own economic woes, it's tough to find decent band instruments.  Go to full article
Artist's rendering of maintenance hangar (Source:  Laurentian Aerospace)
Artist's rendering of maintenance hangar (Source: Laurentian Aerospace)

Pieces fall into place for Laurentian and Plattsburgh

A company called Laurentian Aerospace says it is ready to move forward with a project in Plattsburgh that would bring roughly 900 high-paying jobs to the city. The company announced on Friday that after years of effort, it had found a major investor, Verdant Capital Group, willing to back the 175-million dollar venture.

Laurentian now plans to build a maintenance facility at the site of the old Plattsburgh Air Force Base that would refurbish commercial jetliners. Brian Mann was in Plattsburgh for the announcement and has our story.  Go to full article

Tips for enjoying the outdoors this Labor Day weekend

John Warren, of the Adirondack Almanack, joins us Friday mornings with information about local outdoor and backcountry conditions around the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Tips for enjoying the Adirondacks this weekend

John Warren, of the Adirondack Almanack, joins us Friday mornings with tips on where to go, and what to avoid, in the Adirondacks this weekend.  Go to full article
A lake view at White Pine Camp.
A lake view at White Pine Camp.

Fodor's gives White Pine Camp a gold star

An Adirondack Great Camp has won high praise from Fodor's Travel. The travel guidebook publisher has named White Pine Camp, near Paul Smith's, as one of the top 10 "Best Sense of Place" destinations in the U.S. Fodor's calls White Pine Camp, "Rustic and elegant". Built in 1908, it hosted celebrities and dignitaries, including President Calvin Coolidge and his wife, in the 1920's. Dick and Mary George are co-owners and caretakers of the camp. Todd Moe spoke with Dick George about White Pine Camp's history and authentic feel.  Go to full article

Tourism experts view summer season with cautious optimism

Business owners and tourism officials in the Adirondack Park say they're cautiously optimistic about the summer tourism season, which unofficially kicked off this weekend. They're optimistic because the country is slowly pulling out of an economic recession, the Canadian dollar remains close to par, and the weather over the last few weeks has been sunny and warm - all of which are factors that, if they continue, could bring more tourists to the Adirondacks. But, as Chris Knight reports, those in the Park's tourism industry are cautious because the economy remains unstable and the weather in the Adirondacks, which can play a big role in people's travel plans, is unpredictable.  Go to full article
By car, tractor, donkey...and snowshoe. Photo by Carol Pynchon.
By car, tractor, donkey...and snowshoe. Photo by Carol Pynchon.

On the road: 'round the world hitchhiker pauses in the North Country

Frenchman Jeremy Marie is about halfway through his world tour. It's a slow trip. He figures it will take him five years, because he's hitchhiking, ride by ride, from his home in Normandy and back.

The 25 year-old has been through Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He crossed the Atlantic by crewing on a catamaran from South Africa to Panama. The it was north through Central America, Mexico and the west coast to Alaska and across Canada. Now he's thumbing his way south through the U.S.

He's ridden in cars, trucks, on tractors and donkeys. His budget is seven dollars a day, and he's slept on people's couches, outdoors at gas stations in the middle of the desert -- anywhere he can find a bed.

This past week he's been on "pause" in the North Country, with home base in Canton. He says this is the coldest place he has been, but also one of the most hospitable. Martha Foley spoke with him after his talk at the Canton Rotary Club, on his first day in town.  Go to full article
The Akron multi-modal transportation center was built by the tracks, but before completion Amtrak pulled out, leaving only the bus. Photo: Julie Grant
The Akron multi-modal transportation center was built by the tracks, but before completion Amtrak pulled out, leaving only the bus. Photo: Julie Grant

All aboard for Amtrak?

People who like the idea of passenger trains have been waiting for decades for the federal government to get on board. Now, some think Congress might be ready to get funding on track for Amtrak. Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article

Rising gas prices may help, not hurt, tourism

North Country businesses that depend on summer tourism are keeping a worried eye on the rising cost of gas. Concern is growing that many travelers will avoid punishing prices at the pump and simply stay home. But, as Jonathan Brown reports, tourism officials say higher gas prices could help the region attract more visitors.  Go to full article

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