Mountain Lake Journal December 11, 2015
RAIL TRAIL DEBATE: Mountain Lake Journal's Jack LaDuke brings us the story of how rail supporters and historians are hoping to convince the state to reconsider a plan to tear up train tracks from Tupper Lake to Lake Placid to build a multi-purpose recreation trail. The Adirondack Scenic Railroad currently runs excursions on that section of track, and wants to continue doing so. Rail supporters say the State of New York, which owns the 120-mile rail line between Utica and Lake Placid, hasn't fully weighed the historical significance of the rail line, or the economic impact the tourist train has on the region, that would be lost if the State moves ahead with the plan to tear-up the track to build a new recreation trail. In our Cover Story One-On-One, Dick Beamish, one of the founders of the group ARTA, which stands for Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates, believes the benefit to the Adirondack region would be much greater if the State follows through with a plan to remove 34-miles of train tracks between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid and replaces them with a trail that could be used by hikers and bikers, and snowmobilers in the winter.
The Adirondack Park Agency is taking public comments on the proposed plan until December 18, 2015. To read the plan, and to send comments: www.apa.ny.gov
Watch our story here.
Watch our extended interview with Dick Beamish with ARTA here.
EAT WELL: As part of our new partnership with Cornell Cooperation Extension to encourage buying and eating locally grown food, Jordy Kivett, the Eat Smart New York Nutrition Program Educator with the Cornell Cooperative Extension, joins us for our first Fresh Tips segment which will offer suggestions on when and where to buy local, and how to prepare fresh food, and tips on how to make locally grown fruits and veggies last.
Read Jordy's blog on eating local: https://blogs.cornell.edu/cceclintoncounty/author/jbw47/
ARTS IN EXILE: An upcoming documentary, premiering next month here on Mountain Lake PBS will show how a global issue inspired many who live in Plattsburgh, New York. The documentary called "Arts in Exile, Tibetan Treasures in Small Town America" focuses on the small Tibetan population living in the North Country, and a festival that helped raise awareness of the issues Tibetan people face.
Our Paul Larson shows how one part of the festival in particular, the creation of a community mural in downtown Plattsburgh, united people of different cultures.
“Arts in Exile, Tibetan Treasures in Small Town America" premieres Thursday, January 21st, at 9pm on Mountain Lake PBS.
To learn more: http://mountainlake.org/programs/arts-in-exile
HOLIDAY PARADE: The City of Plattsburgh held its first-ever Holiday Parade, drawing thousands of spectators to the Downtown. We talk with the City's Recreation Superintendent, Steve Peters, and several spectators about their favorite part of the parade and their hope that this could be the beginning of a new holiday tradition for Plattsburgh.
Watch our story here.