Mountain Lake Journal - July 5, 2013
Alcoa Breaks Ground: Work begins on a long-awaited 600-million dollar expansion at the Alcoa East aluminum plant in Massena, New York. In exchange for low-cost electricity from the New York power authority and a less expensive plan, approved by the EPA, to clean-up PBCS dumped in the Grasse River, Alcoa has promised to keep at least 900 workers on the job in Massena for 30-years.
End of An Era: Hope fades for hundreds of laid-off workers at Newton Falls Fine Paper in the heart of the Adirondacks, a possible sale has fallen through and now the paper mill in Newton Falls, New York, is being dismantled.
Torrential Rains Flood Region: Another week of heavy rain triggers more flash flooding across upstate New York and states of emergency in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, St. Lawrence and Warren counties.
New Firehouse: Governor Cuomo returns to the Adirondacks to help a community hard hit by Irene, cutting the ribbon on the new Keene firehouse. The old fire station was nearly swept away by the raging floodwaters from tropical storm Irene. Cuomo and the state stepped in with 800-thousand dollars in state funding to make up for federal FEMA funds that were cut.
Fatal Fire: A 4th of July tragedy as fire sweeps through a Plattsburgh home for people with special needs, killing 3 elderly residents.
Smart Lake: Scientists announce a first of its kind project to turn the Adirondack’s Lake George into the “smartest lake in the world” by using high-tech sensors to monitor the lake’s water clarity and health.
Adirondack All Write!: Professional actors from symphony space in New York City come to Plattsburgh and the newly renovated Strand Performing Arts Center to bring the stories of inmates and other Adirondack writers to life. To watch the entire performance on YouTube:
Part 1: Click here.
Part 2: Click here.
Family Tree’s Roots Run Deep: We interview an author from Montreal whose search for his family’s roots led to a famous gravesite and great moment in American history. Watch full interview by clicking here.
Can-Do: Our Jack LaDuke discovers a talented artist from the Adirondacks who’s helping families living in poverty. Visit Joanne Court's Facebook page by clicking here.