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Community Calendar Events for The Tug Hill region and Lewis County


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Special Reports

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Audio Slideshow:
Life beneath the Tug Hill wind turbines
David Sommerstein talks with neighbors of the Maple Ridge windfarm on the Tug Hill Plateau to find out what it's like living with the new energy technology in your own back yard.
Photo Audio Essay
Protecting the Tug Hill Plateau: Fish Creek
Last summer, New York State, the Nature Conservancy, and a Boston-based timber company announced a plan to preserve 45,000 acres of forest on the Tug Hill Plateau. David Sommerstein visited the “East Branch of Fish Creek Working Forest” to see how the plan is shaping up.

Marks Farm, DEC settle over Black River manure spill

A Lewis County dairy farm has agreed to a $2.2 million settlement for a massive manure spill into the Black River last summer. The Department of Environmental Conservation announced the settlement with Marks Dairy Farm in Lowville yesterday. The farm has agreed to fund over $1.5 million in environmental benefit projects along the Black River and a tributary, Whetstone Creek. It'll also pay $700 thousand in penalties to the DEC. The spill occurred last August 10. The earthen wall of a lagoon holding the liquid manure blew out, sending about 3 million gallons into a drainage ditch and then into the river. The spill killed approximately 375,000 fish in a 20-mile stretch of river. The farm has also upgraded its manure storage facility and handed over development rights for part of the farmland to the DEC. Deparment spokesperson Maureen Wren says that's good for the environment and the public.  Go to full article

Heard up North: Yupper! (& Beaver Meadows)

Our ongoing exploration of North Country dialect continues. Lynn Klein lives in the Lewis County Town of Leyden.  Go to full article

Latinos on the Farm, in the Shadows

In the North Country, two groups are watching the immigration debate closely: dairy farmers and the Mexicans and Central Americans who work for them. There are no numbers on exactly how many Hispanics work on dairy farms in northern New York. One estimate says 300 work in Jefferson County alone. Based on national estimates, three-quarters of them entered the United States illegally. In the first of a two part series, David Sommerstein reports on the farmhands themselves. They live largely invisible lives, inextricably linked to the farmer who hired them.  Go to full article

Lowville AP Program Among Nation's Best

Newsweek magazine has ranked Lowville Academy's honors program as one of the best in the country. Douglas Hopper has a report.  Go to full article

Wind Farm Boosts Lowville Schools

Schools across the North Country are trimming and tucking in anticipation of next month's budget votes. One district, however, is flush with money. Lowville Central Schools...  Go to full article
Author Jennifer Donnelly

A Northern Light Author Returns to Her Roots

North Country Reads is a region-wide project focusing this year on Jennifer Donnelly's book, A Northern Light. Next week, Jennifer Donnelly will make several...  Go to full article

Maple Season Underway

The maple syrup season is underway across much of the North Country. Over the weekend, hundreds of visitors and neighbors stopped by Yancey's Sugarbush, near Croghan, in...  Go to full article
One of the 5,500 sap buckets at Yancey's Sugarbush near Croghan.

Croghan Crazy about Maple Syrup

It's a busy week for New York's maple syrup producers. In 2005, they made more than 222,000 gallons of syrup according to the New York Agricultural Statistics Service. ...  Go to full article
A turbine outside Bill and Pat Burke's house.

Tug Hill Places Its Future With Wind

Maple Ridge wind farm on the Tug Hill Plateau is the biggest wind power producer east of the Mississippi. Its 120 turbines are set over 14 miles in 4 Lewis County towns. ...  Go to full article
Widrick with the mega-cow.

Heard Up North: Lowville's "Mega-Cow"

The village of Lowville has a new landmark to greet visitors in 2006. The Lowville Producer's Dairy Co-op bought a ten-foot tall, 1000-pound ceramic cow last month. The...  Go to full article

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