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"Poor man's fertilizer"

Spring snow. It effects people in different ways. Some try to see our recent weather in a positive light. And because this is the North Country - where spring snow is just another symptom of the region's famous cold - people have special names for this weather.
North Country Public Radio gave listeners a chance to share some of those names. And that led Jonathan Brown to a series of conversations with people across the region.  Go to full article
Ice crowds under the bridge in Ausable Forks (Photos courtesy of:  Martha Spear)
Ice crowds under the bridge in Ausable Forks (Photos courtesy of: Martha Spear)

Ice dams flood two North Country communities

Local officials watched nervously Monday across the North Country as rivers rose with early spring rain and melting snow. Ice dams were the big worry. A bottleneck of ice on the Great Chazy River forced residents to evacuate neighborhoods in Champlain. Another dam on the Ausable River triggered flooding in the town of Jay, where a state of emergency was declared. Brian Mann was in the village of Ausable Forks yesterday when crews fought to dislodge one of the massive clots of ice. He sent this report.  Go to full article

Ausable ice jam breaks

A flood warning remains in effect through this afternoon along rivers and streams in Clinton, Essex, eastern St. Lawrence and Franklin counties, as well as parts of Vermont. A state of emergency was declared in the Town of Jay, along the Ausable River. County officials say there have been no injuries. Officials from both Essex and Franklin counties were watching as an ice jam at Ausable Forks moved downstream this afternoon, and the river was falling. Emergency officials also reported an ice jam and flooding in Champlain. Evacuations were underway. Brian Mann was also watching the Ausable. He spoke with Martha Foley at midafternoon.  Go to full article
Garnett and Jeanie Barr, Depauville, are warmer this winter.
Garnett and Jeanie Barr, Depauville, are warmer this winter.

Seniors struggle to stay warm

Remember a couple months ago when it felt like spring on Christmas Day? If this winter has taught us anything, it's that warm spells aside, the North Country still has bitter cold and heavy snows. The deep winter hits senior citizens especially hard. Many older people lack the money, health, or energy to keep their homes warm. As David Sommerstein reports, help is out there, but many programs go underused.  Go to full article

Seaway sets earliest opening date

The St. Lawrence Seaway will re-open for shipping this year on March 21st. As David Sommerstein reports, it's the earliest opening in the waterway's 49-year history.  Go to full article
Brett Rogers photo
Brett Rogers photo

A long Valentine's Day For the plowmen

We've been hearing about the emergency workers and road crews who've been hard at work the last couple of days, digging out from the Valentine's Day snowstorm. The guys on the front line of that effort are the plow drivers who worked round the clock struggling to keep roads and highways open. Brian Mann hitched a ride for a couple of hours on a plow in Saranac Lake. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Snow blasts North Country

The North Country got its share of yesterday's rough weather. The Adirondack Northway was closed for nearly 12 hours because of drifting snow. A state of emergency was declared in Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties. Travel restrictions remain in effect today. Brian Mann has more.  Go to full article

Governor activates statewide snow response

Governor Eliot Spitzer has activated the National Guard and other state agencies in advance of today's storm. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Snow doesn?t slow farm chores

People across the country are fascinated by the recent snow squalls off Lake Ontario. It's the stuff of big, bold headlines and top stories on TV - and radio - newscasts. But locals brush off the snow and get on with life. It is the North Country, after all, and people up here take a certain pride in their ability to soldier on. Scott Markham is doing just that. He's the manager of the Markham Dairy near Constableville in southern Lewis County - not too far from the Blue Line. He's responsible for about 350 head of cattle and daily milking of almost 200 cows. Jonathan Brown asked him how much snow he's seen pile up.  Go to full article

Riding the plow: Farming under several feet of snow

People across the country are fascinated by the recent snow squalls off Lake Ontario. Almost 12 feet of snow piled up in Oswego and Lewis Counties. It's the stuff of big, bold headlines and top stories on TV - and radio - newscasts. But locals brush off the snow and get on with life. It is the North Country, after all, and people up here take a certain pride in their ability to soldier on.
Scott Markham is doing just that. He's the manager of the Markham Dairy near Constableville in southern Lewis County - not too far from the Blue Line. He's responsible for about 350 head of cattle and daily milking of almost 200 cows. Jonathan Brown asked him how much snow he's seen pile up:  Go to full article

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