Cross-border Deal: An international treaty signed this week by the United States and Canada will speed up getting trains and goods, and in some cases, traffic across the border. The agreement will allow customs and border protection agents from both countries to work across the border. It lets Amtrak passengers clear customs before leaving the train station in Montreal, which would do away with the need to stop at the border, in many cases saving at least an hour or more. The agreement also allows the two countries to combine and share border facilities, and it would allow Canadian Customs to set up on the New York side of the International Bridge in Massena, instead of the much smaller crossing on the other end in Cornwall, Ontario, where traffic can often get backed-up.
Hotel Clears Hurdle: A developer’s plans to build a 93-room, luxury hotel, on Lake Flower in Saranac Lake, New York, clear a major hurdle with zoning changes being approved this week by the Saranac Lake Village Board of Trustees. The $15-million dollar project still needs the approval of the Saranac Lake Planning Board and the Adirondack Park Agency.
Flood Danger: Worries over the ice pack. The long, cold winter has filled flood-prone rivers like the West Branch of the Ausable in Jay, New York, with a lot of ice. That is a concern to Town Supervisor Randy Douglas.
Drug Ring Busted: A year-long investigation ended this week with a drug sweep that rounded up dozens of accused dealers in the North Country.
Pilot With A Heart: We meet pilot D.J. O’Neill, a dentist from Saranac Lake, who volunteers his time and plane to fly rescue missions to help shelter dogs find new homes. To learn more about Sugar, the dog D.J. rescued, contact Lisa & Roy Haynes at SOS Save Our Strays VT Shelter in Huntington, Vermont by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Watch story by clicking here.
Bilingual Children: In this week’s Cover Story, Tomeka Weatherspoon tells us how researchers in Montreal have discovered some surprising benefits from kids learning new languages. Watch Tomeka’s story by clicking here.
Get Ready To Learn: We’ll tell you about an event at Clinton Community College on Saturday March 21st, to help parents get their kids ready to learn, and ready for school. To learn more about the Vision2Action 'Get Ready To Learn!' event visit ncvision2action.org. Watch our Roundtable segment by clicking here.