Fatal Fires: Fires take a terrible toll this week. 4 people died in house fires in New York’s Franklin County, including a father and his two young sons who were killed when their home in Hogansburg burned.
Search for Fire Victims: North of the border, the grim search for the victims of a nursing home fire in L’isle-Verte, Quebec has found the remains of 17 of the 33 elderly victims trapped in a senior home fire last week. Students returned to the town’s elementary school this week as the community struggles to cope with the loss.
Oil Trains: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week ordered more oversight for trains coming through New York carrying crude oil after several recent accidents in the U.S. and Canada.
North Country Regional Economic Development Council Awards: Area businesses including SteRx are getting an economic shot in the arm from the state economic aid that has been awarded to the Regional Economic Development Council. SteRx is using nearly $800,000 to transform the former Pfizer plant on the former Air Force Base in Plattsburgh into a manufacturing facility to produce sterile pharmaceutical packaging. The company plans to hire 80 employees – many of them are former Pfizer workers.
Farm Bill: The new Farm Bill passed by the U-S House includes funding to help states promote maple production and makes it easier for North Country apple growers to ship their apples to Canada.
NCREDC Awards: We talk with North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas, one of the main architects credited with helping the North Country choose priority projects that have received more than $350-million dollars in state funding.
Danger Zone: Snowy Owls migrating south from the Arctic are choosing temporary winter homes at regional airports and posing a serious safety risk.
Folk Hero: We celebrate the life and music of legendary folks singer, songwriter, and social activist Pete Seeger who died this week at the age of 94. We interviewed Pete at his home along the Hudson River last summer for our Mountain Lake PBS documentary on his long-time friend Marjorie Lansing Porter, who spent decades collecting, recording, and preserving generations of Adirondack folk songs. During that interview Pete shared his thoughts on why it’s important to celebrate America’s folk music.