Mountain Lake Journal - November 8, 2012
NAIL-BITER: Election 2012 lived up to predictions of close races, with Northern New York Congressman Bill Owens winning re-election in New York’s new 21st Congressional District over his Republican challenger Matt Doheny. Owens won the close race by about 5-thousand votes.
STORM VICTIMS POWERLESS: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pitches in to help the storm victims, and the nearly half million homes and businesses still without power, more than a week after Hurricane Sandy pounded the Atlantic Coast. Cuomo has been highly critical of the response by utilities to get electricity restored.
RED CROSS RELIEF: We talk with the Executive Director of the North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross about relief efforts to help the storm victims. Lynn Gilbert says several restaurants in the Tri-Lakes, Plattsburgh and Malone areas are taking part in a fundraiser next Wednesday, November 14th, to share a percentage of their sales with the Red Cross. To Learn More on how to donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, or for a list of restaurants participating in the fundraiser: www.redcrossneny.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS
CITY FUNDRAISER: The City of Plattsburgh Recreation Department is holding a fundraiser for the Red Cross, a benefit walk and run on the U. S. Oval in Plattsburgh, Friday, November 9th, at 5:30pm. Registration begins at 4:30pm at the City Recreation Center. Suggested donation is $20, although any amount will be accepted. It’s a one-mile walk or three mile run. Walkers and runners will use flashlights or headlamps to show support for the victims of the storm struggling with widespread power outages. To Learn More: www.redcrossneny.org or 518-561-7280, or call Steve Peters, the City Recreation Director at 518-324-7709
FRIENDS IN THE COMMUNITY: Some communities in Northern New York hit hard by Irene - are now helping the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Jay and Black Brook have launched a drive to collect food and other non-perishable items, hygiene projects, cleaning supplies, pet supplies, and tools, to go to the victims of the storm in New York and New Jersey. The goal is to fill a 48 foot tractor trailer - which will head south Sunday afternoon. Items can be dropped off at 24-44 Route 9N in Black Brook from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. And in Plattsburgh at Polsinello Fuels located at 180 Idaho Avenue from 8 to 5 on Friday. If you can’t drop off donations during those times you can call either of these phone numbers 518-647-5411 or 647-5302 to find out how you can help.
HELP THE ANIMALS: The North Country SPCA in Westport has organized a supply and fund drive to help aid animal rescues and shelters in the New York City area affected by Hurricane Sandy. 4 drop off stations have been set up this weekend, at the Walmart in Plattsburgh on Saturday from 11 to 2; Desperado's Restaurant in Lake Placid, Saturday, 11-close; McDonough's Hardware Store in Keene Valley, Saturday, 10-4, and at the North Country SPCA in Westport, Saturday and Sunday, 10-4. They’re looking for wet & dry cat & dog food, kitty litter, carriers and other pet supplies to send to Adopt NY --- an organization that’s helping more than 40 shelters and rescues in the New York City area. To Learn More: www.ncspca.org
OPERATION GOLF: A benefit golf tournament is being held at The Barracks Golf Course on the former base in Plattsburgh this Veterans Day weekend, on Saturday, sponsored by the Plattsburgh VA Primary Care Clinic. The proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project and the Clinton County Veterans Assistance Fund. The tournament is called Operation Golf for Veterans you can still sign up through Friday afternoon and donations will be accepted through the first of December. You can contact Kristy Arnold-Lawrence online for more information and to sign up for the golf tournament: Kristy Arnold-Lawrence [firstname.lastname@example.org] Entry fee is $50. Tournament tees off Saturday morning at 10:30.
WOUNDED WARRIORS: Jack LaDuke has the story of a Veteran who is helping to get wounded warriors back into the swing of life after they return home from the war. www.smga-ny.org
BEAR CUB: A wayward bear cub creates quite a stir in the city in the Plattsburgh where he is living along the city’s bike path. New York Depatment of Environmental Conservation wildlife biologists checked on the bear cub this week, and said he appears to be in good health, and that as long as people leave him alone, he may remain in the wooded area on the shore of Lake Champlain through the winter.