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Spike Wilner Trio returns to the North Country this weekend

(Feb 12, 2016) Spike Wilner has played piano with virtually every major jazz performer in New York, toured with the Artie Shaw Big Band and the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and even served as Tony Bennett's personal rehearsal pianist. This weekend he returns to the North Country with his trio.The Spike Wilner Trio will perform at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek Saturday, February 13 at 7:30 pm. [full story]

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Could a whitewater park lift all boats in St. Lawrence County?

(Feb 12, 2016) Tapping into local rivers has generated power and jobs in the North Country for centuries. Since 2013, three communities in St. Lawrence County have been looking at their rivers in a new light: as the setting for a world-class, whitewater kayak park. [full story]

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NY counties squeezed by lower gas prices, taxes

(Feb 12, 2016) Cheap gas is making consumers happy at the pump, but not everyone benefits from the lower prices. New York’s counties, who impose a sales tax on gasoline, have lost over $200 million dollars in revenues. [full story]

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Adirondack Park Agency approves controversial "rail trail" plan

(Feb 12, 2016) The Adirondack Park Agency voted 9-to-1 yesterday to allow the scrapping of 34 miles of train track in the historic corridor that runs from Tupper Lake to Lake Placid. The Cuomo administration plans to replace that section of track with a “rail-trail” style recreation path. Meanwhile, the stretch of track from Remsen and Old Forge to Tupper Lake will be refurbished to create what state officials said will be one of the longest and most scenic tourism train routes in the country. [full story]

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Preview: "Bridge of Spies" Cold War discussion in Lake Placid on Sunday

(Feb 12, 2016) The Oscar nominated film "Bridge of Spies" will be screened on Sunday afternoon, 2 pm, at the Palace Theatre in Lake Placid. The film showing will be followed by a panel discussion with members of the Donovan family. This week marks the 54th anniversary of the historic 1962 exchange of Soviet spy Rudolph Abel and American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers. "Bridge of Spies," directed by Steven Spielberg, stars Tom Hanks as James Donovan, a Wall Street lawyer who found himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sent him to negotiate the exchange. Donovan, who died in 1970, recounted the event in his best-seller, "Strangers on a Bridge."Sunday's screening and film discussion are co-sponsored by the Adirondack Film Society and Lake Placid Institute. Beth Amorosi, one of Donovan's granddaughters, will be in Lake Placid to introduce the film and talk about his legacy on Sunday. She told Todd Moe that, after decades of waiting, the film is her family's "dream come true." [full story]

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It's all things winter in Clifton-Fine this weekend

(Feb 11, 2016) Three communities in New York's northwestern Adirondacks will celebrate the beauty of winter this weekend. Vanessa Vaverchak, one of the organizers of the third annual Adirondack White Out Weekend in Star Lake, Wanakena, and Cranberry Lake, said snow or no snow, there will be food, music, dancing, and lots of outdoor activities meant to connect the three hamlets. [full story]

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El Nino could cause surprises during Backyard Bird Count this weekend

(Feb 11, 2016) A milder than usual winter means birders may be in for a few surprises during the Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend. Biologists say with the El Nino weather pattern warming the west coast, and a mild winter in much of the Northeast, they are curious what volunteers will see during this year's count.The Great Backyard Bird Count, or GBBC, began in 1998 and has grown into a worldwide event that collects information from thousands of locations. It begins Friday and continues through the Presidents' Day weekend. Pat Leonard, Coordinator of the Great Backyard Bird Count at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, said the information that will be gathered and reported this weekend helps scientists track changes in bird distribution, some of which may be traced to El Nino and unusual weather patterns. [full story]

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Fort Drum boosted North Country economy by $1.6 billion last year

(Feb 11, 2016) A report put out by Fort Drum quantifies how much of an impact the base has on the North Country's economy. Based on military figures, the study said the base pumped more than $1.6 billion into Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties last year. [full story]

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How did a debate over an Adirondack rail corridor become a culture war flash point?

(Feb 11, 2016) Not so long ago, the Adirondack Park was a hornet’s nest of political battles and turf wars. That’s mostly faded away now. But one place where the rancor and tension remain is in the debate over the historic rail corridor that runs from Remsen near Old Forge all the way to Lake Placid. Today, the Adirondack Park Agency could well vote to allow part of that train track to be torn up to make way for a multi-use recreation trail. It’s a big moment in a long-simmering fight. [full story]

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Why are there so many snowy owls all of a sudden?

(Feb 11, 2016) Snowy owls are normally a rare sight in North Country. Their usual range is in the Arctic north. But recently, a large number have been seen all across the region. Martha Foley asked Dr. Curt Stager why that has happened. [full story]

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