Mountain Lake Journal - April 4, 2013
Golden Opportunity?: Senator Chuck Schumer’s visits Parker Family Maple in West Chazy to announce the “Maple Tap Act” that he wants to include in the new federal farm bill that would provide $20-million in grants to states for research, marketing, and to encourage landowners to allow their maple trees to be tapped. Schumer says only about 1% of New York’s maple trees are being tapped.
Sweet Success: Schumer’s idea sounds sweet to sugar makers who want to expand to produce more maple. Many are enjoying one of their best seasons in years.
Alcoa Commits to Massena: the north country’s largest manufacturer, ALCOA, moves ahead with $600-million plan to modernize, and guarantee nearly a thousand jobs for decades in exchange for 30 more years of low-cost electricity from the new york power authority.
Border Investment: Canada pledges millions to make it faster and easier to cross the border into Quebec at the Lacolle crossing at the end of I-87.
Senator Arrested: Former senate majority leader Malcolm Smith, one of Albany’s most influential state senators, is arrested by the FBIand charged in a bribery scheme.
Race for a Cure: the organizers of the city’s half marathon join us at the roundtable with a preview of the yearly race that now draws hundreds of runners from across the northeast and raises thousands of dollars for research.
Pedaling for Paws: Jack Laduke reports on a retired state worker from the tri-lakes hits the road on a mission of mercy, he’s pedaling 12,000 miles across the country to raise money for the residents of a pet shelter. To learn more: www.facebook.com/trilakeshumanesociety 518-891-0017
Cowabunga: What keeps bringing Hollywood back to the village of Tupper Lake in the Adirondacks? The third feature film in the past three years has just wrapped up a month of production at the Big Tupper ski resort. Several scenes were shot over the past week of the new feature film “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” adding a much needed economic boost to the region.