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I decided if youíre not 110 percent behind the resort, itís not going to
work. - Paul Maroun

Incumbent Desmarais drops out of Tupper Lake mayor race

Tupper Lake village mayor Mickey Desmarais says he won't seek another term and is bowing out of the mayor's race. In an interview with the Tupper Lake Free Press, Desmarais said the criticism that he has received over his handling of the Adirondack Club and Resort project has put strain on his family. "It doesn't bother me, but it hurts them," Desmarais told the newspaper.

Desmarais has continued to raise questions about the proposed resort, its impact on the local economy and plans for the Big Tupper Ski resort. The mayor had faced growing criticism from his opponent in the race, Republican Paul Maroun, who argued that village leaders should strongly back the project.

Speaking with WNBZ radio, Maroun said the community's mayor should be "110% behind the resort." According to Maroun, environmental groups are "still out there right now lobbying in Albany to kill this project."

The Adirondack Club and Resort project is expected to face a vote by the Adirondack Park Agency in January.  Go to full article
David George Gordon, aka the Bug Chef
David George Gordon, aka the Bug Chef

The benefits of eating bugs

Most people in Asia, Africa and South America eat bugs--prepared with shallots, lettuce, chilies, lime or spices. So, why not the rest of us? Seattle-based naturalist and author David George Gordon has written 19 books on a subject that makes some people squirm.

Orzo with Crickets? Three Bee Salad? Waxworm cookies? Gordon says it's all good for us. Todd Moe spoke with him as he was about to bake European house crickets for one of his favorite creepy-crawly dishes. He says it's cuisine he'll share during BuzzFest at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake this Saturday.  Go to full article
Itís very unfortunate that unnecessary anxiety and confusion was caused by this technical difference

Sunmount not part of closure plan

There's relief this morning after state officials scrambled yesterday to ease fears the Sunmount Developmental Center in might be closed.

Travis Proulx, spokesman for the Office For Peoples With Developmental Disabilities, told North Country Public Radio there is an overall plan to close New York's developmental centers, but Sunmount is not one facilities slated for closure.  Go to full article
State officials say firmly that Commissioner Burke's Monday statements did not indicate Sunmount closure

BREAKING: State officials now say Sunmount NOT to close by 2014

An official with the Office for People with Development Disabilities, Travis Proulx, just spoke with Martha Foley, NCPR's news director, stating firmly that Sunmount is not on any closure lists, including one set for 2014.

We'll have more on this story during All Before Five and again during the 8 O'clock Hour tomorrow, but again, state officials say this unambiguously.

The confusion - and deep anxiety in Tupper Lake - were triggered on Monday when OPWDD Commissioner Courtney Burke was asked directly by WCNY reporter Susan Arbetter whether Sunmount would be closed.

"We are seeking to close all of our developmental centers by the end of 2014," Burke replied.

Her comments were rebroadcast on NCPR's newcasts, triggering a wave of anxiety in the village, which relies on Sunmount for employment. This from the Adirondack Daily Enterprise:

[Village mayor Mickey Desmarais] said there were people crying as they heard the news of the facility's closure on the radio Tuesday night and this morning.

"I mean, this is a huge wave of panic," Desmarais said.

Again, this is a developing story. Tune in to All Before Five this evening for more details.  Go to full article
The power line project required a land swap under forest preserve rules (Map provided by Adirondack Council)
The power line project required a land swap under forest preserve rules (Map provided by Adirondack Council)

Senate gives final nod to Tupper Lake power line project

State lawmakers have given final approval to a land swap in the Adirondacks that allowed National Grid to bring a new power line to the village of Tupper Lake. Work on the new line, which stretches from Colton to Tupper Lake is already complete and has reduced the number of power outages the town experiences.

But the project required construction on roughly six acres of "forever wild" Park land. National Grid purchased 20 acres along the Raquette River that is being added to park land as a trade. The land swap was authorized by voters statewide in a ballot referendum in 2009 but the deal needed one final vote of approval from the state Senate.

The project had support from a wide range of groups, from local government leaders to environmental activists.  Go to full article
A big crowd turned out Wednesday to support the resort (Photos:  Brian Mann)
A big crowd turned out Wednesday to support the resort (Photos: Brian Mann)

Tupper Lakers turn out in big numbers to back resort project

Hundreds of people packed the auditorium yesterday at LP Quinn Elementary in Tupper Lake for a public hearing on the future of the Adirondack Club and Resort.

Developers want to build hundreds of great camp mansions, condos and homes, as well as a marina and a new ski lodge.

The vast majority of those who spoke yesterday supported the project and called for the Adirondack Park Agency to allow it to go forward. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
The exchange is organized by The Wild Center and Heureka, The Finnish Science Center
The exchange is organized by The Wild Center and Heureka, The Finnish Science Center

Adirondack teens, community leaders to visit Finland

A delegation of Adirondack high school students, community leaders and staff from the Wild Center leave for Finland on Thursday. Todd Moe talks with Saranac Lake artist and community organizer Gail Brill about traveling to Finland as part of an exchange that includes conversations about climate change, saving energy and winter recreation.

Organized by the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, Brill says the trip's goal is building international collaborations and communities in the Adirondacks learning from the Finns.  Go to full article
Adrien Girouard accepts his Bronze Star from Rep. Bill Owens (Source: Owens office)
Adrien Girouard accepts his Bronze Star from Rep. Bill Owens (Source: Owens office)

After 66 years, Tupper Lake veteran awarded the Bronze Star

Late last week, a World War II veteran in Tupper Lake was awarded the Bronze Star 66 years after he saved another man's life. Adrien Girouard fought heroically in Italian campaign, but it took two congressmen and the better part of a lifetime for him to be honored. Chris Morris was at the ceremony and has our story.  Go to full article
Photo © Susan C. Morse
Photo © Susan C. Morse

Citizen "trackers" wanted for Adk field work

Susan Morse is a lifelong "tracker." She has more than 35 years experience monitoring wildlife and interpreting wildlife habitat use. Her research has focused on cougar, bobcat, black bear, and Canada lynx.

She's done extensive research nationally, and decades of conservation work in the Champlain basin. Sixteen years ago, Morse founded Keeping Track, an organization devoted to training professional biologists and citizen scientists alike in wildlife monitoring skills.

On Jan. 21 and 22, she'll bring her expertise to the Adirondack Wild Center in Tupper Lake. Friday night, she'll give a talk and slideshow. On Saturday, she'll take Wild Center staff and others interested in joining her cadre of citizen scientists out into the field for a hands-on tracking workshop.
She spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
This is real religion. This is connecting with a higher being...and connecting with other people through music.

Hallelujah! A sing-along in Tupper Lake

NCPR is media sponsor for a Messiah community sing-along in Tupper Lake on Sunday. Handel's holiday choral masterpiece is a Tri-Lakes tradition and is being presented this year by the High Peaks Opera Studio, the Tri-Lakes Community Orchestra and the Tupper Lake Arts Council. Todd Moe spoke with Dorit Gaedtke, founder and manager of the Tri-Lakes Community Orchestra, who invites everyone, singers and non-singers, to Holy Name Catholic Church on Sunday (5 pm).  Go to full article

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