Mountain Lake Journal - July 12, 2013
Train Disaster: A grim search north of the border for victims killed in the massive explosion of a runaway freight train in the town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec. 20 bodies have been discovered so far, and police say 30 people still missing are presumed dead. The MMA freight train was hauling 73 cars full of crude oil when, according to the railroad, an engineer failed to set enough hand-brakes. The train started rolling in the middle of the night and was traveling at a high rate of speed by the time it reached downtown Lac-Megantic where it jumped the tracks and several cars exploded, sending what witnesses describe as “a river of fire” through several blocks of the downtown incinerating as many as 30 buildings and as many as 50 people.
Life-Saving Decision: After days of heavy rain, a pile-up could have turned deadly if not for the quick thinking of a truck driver from Quebec.
Second chance? Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer is the latest disgraced public official eyeing a political comeback. Spitzer resigned five years ago after being tied to a high-priced prostitution ring. Spitzer is now trying to get on the ballot in the New York City comptroller race.
Cross-Border Connection: In our continuing series on businesses finding success and creating jobs in Clinton county, we profile B3CG interconnect and share the story of a partnership that’s driving business to this high-tech company from Quebec. To learn more visit: b3cg.com.
Blues Festival: We take you to one of the most popular summer music festivals in Canada, the 20th blues festival at Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. Find the event schedule and ticket info by visiting: tremblantblues.com.
Festival de Lanaudière: Another popular summer music festival kicks-off this weekend. This will be the 36th year for the Festival de Lanaudière which is held every summer in Joliette, Quebec, about a half hour’s drive from Montreal. It is the largest festival of classical music in Canada with performances by Canada's top symphony orchestras, chamber music, and top soloists renown around the world. Watch our full interview with the festival’s artistic director Alex Benjamin by clicking here. For a schedule of events, performances and more information visit: lanaudiere.org.