ASSEMBLY ELECTS NEW SPEAKER: The New York Assembly makes political history in choosing its new Speaker, Carl Heastie, from the Bronx, who says ethics reform will be a top priority.
ETHICS REFORM: After the scandal that brought down the former speaker, Governor Cuomo issues his own challenge to lawmakers to clean up Albany.
QUEBEC INDEPENDENCE: The Liberal Provincial Government in Quebec looks to assure its trading partners south of the border that talk of another sovereignty referendum has been put to rest.
GROWING INTEREST: With medical marijuana now legal and soon available in New York State, city councilors in Plattsburgh are encouraging companies seeking a license to grow, cultivate and sell medical marijuana that the city would be a good site with its low utility rates for a cultivation operation.
FARMERS GET MILK MONEY: Local farmers may be entitled to thousands of dollars as part of a settlement of a multi-million dollar lawsuit.
QUILT PROJECT: TAUNY will attend quilt shows and events across the North Country over the next year to document and then exhibit generations of Adirondack quilts. To Learn More/Quilt Days Schedule: tauny.org
TORCH LIGHTING: Lake Placid is planning to rekindle memories of miracles on ice and its place in Olympic history. The Olympic Cauldron will be lit to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the village hosting the 1980 Winter Games and the public will get to meet members of the 1980 USA Hockey Team. To Learn More visit miracleonicereunion.com.
TAX HELP: Volunteers with AARP and United Way are helping low and moderate income residents in Clinton, Essex, and Franklin Counties with tax preparation. To Learn More/Locations and Hours: unitedwayadk.org
A YANK IN LIBYA: Local author Jim McArdle has written a book about living and working in Libya in the days before relations between our two counties took such a turn for the worse. To Learn More: firstname.lastname@example.org
LESSONS LEARNED ON THE FARM: High school students from around the world are getting the chance to live and work on a horse farm in the Adirondacks. To Learn More: www.willowhillfarm.com