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Forecast for Municipal Energy Costs Not Good

New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi says a survey of local governments has found that energy costs will be going up for municipalities by $375 million dollars this winter. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

State Approves St. Lawrence County Fuel Tax Suspension

St. Lawrence County residents won't have to pay full sales tax on heating fuel this winter. The state agreed to let the county suspend its 3% share beginning December 1st. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Gary Tessier of Team Manitoba works on the team's 16-foot-high snow sculpture in Gatineau, Quebec.  (photo: Karen Kelly)
Gary Tessier of Team Manitoba works on the team's 16-foot-high snow sculpture in Gatineau, Quebec. (photo: Karen Kelly)

A Snow Sculpting Pilgrimage

Every year, snow sculptors from the U-S and Canada travel to northern cities to carve huge works of art. They often depict things such as sea monsters and native spirits. As the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports, these artists are driven by a shared passion for the outdoors.  Go to full article

A Perfect Igloo the Easy Way

With winter still in full swing, it's not too late for new ways to enjoy the snow. A Potsdam man is on a mission to spread the word on a foolproof method for building an igloo for children. Miles Manchester's design uses three inflatable tubes and takes an hour and a half to complete. He even posted step-by-step instructions on a website. Manchester told David Sommerstein his is easier to make than a traditional snow block igloo.  Go to full article

Commentary: Frostbite for Dessert

Commentator Betsy Kepes doesn't expect gourmet food when she goes winter camping. But every once in awhile, she finds the perfect dining experience.  Go to full article

New Road Surface Could Mean Fewer Salt Trucks

Drivers are testing out a new road coating that could reduce accidents in the winter. And as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Stephanie Hemphill reports, it might also mean fewer trips for highway salt trucks.  Go to full article
Shane Henry loads ice cakes on the back of his grandfather's trailer.
Shane Henry loads ice cakes on the back of his grandfather's trailer.

Ice Harvesting in New Bremen

A hundred years ago, ice harvesting was big business in the North Country. Blocks of ice were hauled from frozen ponds and lakes and shipped south as far as Florida. By the early 40s, refrigerators killed the industry, but firefighters in New Bremen, have kept the tradition of the ice harvest alive - since 1964. Reporter Greg Warner has this audio postcard.  Go to full article
The 2005 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival ice palace sits along Lake Flower. Made of 1,800 ice blocks, it features the "Hard Block Cafe".
The 2005 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival ice palace sits along Lake Flower. Made of 1,800 ice blocks, it features the "Hard Block Cafe".

Saranac Lake Celebrates Winter

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, the oldest winter festival in the eastern U.S., celebrates its 108th anniversary this week. This year's theme is "Adirondack Aloha." It's 10 days of parades, music, winter sports and an ice palace. Todd Moe talks with some of the people behind the event.  Go to full article

Mild Winter Weather and the Garden

Horticulturist Amy Ivy talks about the effects of the recent mid-winter thaw on the garden, trees and perennials. She reminds gardeners that winter is far from over.  Go to full article

Buds and Bugs: Controlling Indoor Plant Pests

Martha Foley and horticulturist Amy Ivy talk about bad bugs on house plants.  Go to full article

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