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The former General Motors site in Massena today. Photo: RACER Trust
The former General Motors site in Massena today. Photo: RACER Trust

Massena GM redevelopers "confident" of sale

The biggest cleanup in the country of former General Motors property is underway in Massena. Crews are removing more than 100,000 tons of concrete and soil contaminated by toxic PCB oils.

The cleanup won't be finished for another three years. But the federally appointed trust that owns the property is already bullish on selling it.  Go to full article
Maynard Baker's lawsuit sought access to remote ponds and lakes by planes like this one, of Helms flying service. Photo: by permission from Tom Helms

Former Warrensburg supervisor drops motorized access suit

Former Warrensburg supervisor Maynard Baker has dropped his federal lawsuit seeking floatplane access to more than three dozen remote ponds and lakes in the Adirondacks.

The suit sought to reopen nearly 40 Adirondack lakes and ponds, arguing that a state ban violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. It followed a floatplane ban on Low's Lake near Tupper Lake.

Baker says he brought the suit on behalf of people with disabilities, but he can't afford to go head to head with New York State over the issue any more.  Go to full article
The Pierce family of Heuvelton, with their replica of the Remington Tavern, in 2011. Photo: Carolyn Pierce

Heard Up North: Family remembers 10 years of gingerbread

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York opens its 10th annual Gingerbread Contest and Exhibit Saturday in Canton. The Pierce family of Heuvelton will have an entry, just like every other year the contest has been around.

Julie Grant met recently with Carolyn Pierce and a handful of her seven children, who range in age from seven to 20. Reggie, the oldest, is now in college. He was 10 the first year they entered. That year they attempted a gingerbread replica of their church in Heuvelton.

In the years that have followed, they've made the Remington Tavern, the Quiltmaker's gift castle, and their own barn. They've even won the TAUNY contest a few times.

Mother Carolyn Pierce says it was Aunt Eloise, also known as Faye White, who first encouraged them to get into gingerbread making.  Go to full article
An aerial shot from Gov. Cuomo's tour of areas affected by Sandy. Photo: Governor's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/">Flickr</a>

Cuomo eases insurance rules for Sandy victims

Governor Cuomo says he's taking steps to speed up insurance claims processing after Superstorm Sandy.

Cuomo's emergency regulations scrap the normal 15 day time...  Go to full article
A hydrofracked well and drilling pad in Pennsylvania. Photo: Matt Richmond

NY Environmental officials release revised fracking regs

New York environmental officials have released a revised set of proposed regulations for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and will begin taking public comment on them in...  Go to full article
A scene from "Terra Nova." Photo: Pendragon Theatre

Theater is bridge between two Saranac Lake organizations

Theater is the bridge in between two very different organizations in Saranac Lake: Pendragon Theater, and St. Joseph's Addiction Treatment and Recovery Center.

For...  Go to full article

This Weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack brings this look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.  Go to full article

Theatre Kingston kicks off holiday fun with "Winter Wonderettes"

Locally produced professional theater returns to the historic Grand Theatre in Kingston, Ontario next week. The Winter Wonderettes opens on Wednesday. It's a...  Go to full article
A windmill on a Crary Mills farm.  Photo:  Local Living Venture

Preview: mini-energy fair in Canton

Small-scale renewable energy and energy efficiency are among the topics up for discussion at a mini-energy fair in Canton tomorrow. The Local Living Venture is sponsoring...  Go to full article