Mountain Lake Journal - August 23, 2013
Irene Anniversary: On the second anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene, more money is headed to Adirondack towns hard hit by the storm while Peggy Shinn, an author from Rutland, Vermont talks about her new book that shares the stories of how heroes came to the rescue to help their neighbors and communities.
Presidential Bus Tour: President Barack Obama’s tour of upstate New York this past week intensified the debate over drilling for natural gas. Some political analysts believe comments made by Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier in the week may suggest he is getting closer to a decision on lifting the ban on hydrofracking in New York.
Clean-Up Plan: A major expansion by Alcoa in Massena moves forward with the promise to clean-up decades of pollution from the grasses river. There have been other projects in recent years to remove pollutants from the Grasse and St. Lawrence rivers. This latest clean-up, ordered by the US Environmental Protection Agency, calls for dredging and capping remaining contaminants. But environmental engineers with the neighboring Saint Regis Mohawk tribe say they are skeptical the clean-up plan will work.
To read the EPA Grasse River clean-up plan click here.
Prison Time Media Project: A year-long investigative series by North Country Public Radio looks at how New York and the nation are rethinking the war on drugs that led to a build-up of prisons in the North Country. We talk with North Country Public Radio’s Brian Mann about the project and how journalists and documentary producers are turning to a website called Kickstarter to raise funds to finance major projects. Watch the full interview by clicking here.
To hear prison time reports visit: ncpr.org.
Visit the Kickstarter campaign by clicking here.
Blight: Tomato plants are coming under attack in the garden. Horticulturist Amy Ivy with the Cornell Cooperative Extension shows us what to look for and how to deal with blight.
To learn more and/or track blight click here.
For gardening tips/questions click here.
Songs To Keep: Long-forgotten folks songs from the Adirondacks collected by historian Marjorie Lansing Porter are brought back to life during a live concert performance at the Lake Placid Center For The Arts. Several more concerts are planned for the month of September. For more “Songs To Keep” info and a full concert schedule click here.