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Tuesday, November 25, 2014


  • Funding Announced Following Fire That Destroyed Historic Block 
    State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $100,000 in capital funding to assist with the rebuilding of the Wellesley Island Fire Station following a devastating fire which happened last August at Thousand Island Park.
    “For more than a century, Thousand Island Park has stood as a tight knit community where families and individuals go to spend quality time near the majestic St. Lawrence River,” said Senator Ritchie.  “The fire that took place last August was truly devastating—destroying key parts of the community, including the fire station, which residents count on to help keep them safe.  I am pleased to be able to provide this funding, which will help the area rebuild to become better and safer than ever before.”
    Local leaders are praising the Senator’s efforts to help them restore the fire station.
    Firemen gather near the fire station after the fire

     Rear view of Fire Station
    “Anyone familiar with Wellesley Island and its residents knows not only that we are passionate about where we live, but also that we are resilient,” said Wellesley Island Fire Chief Robert Markert.  “In the months following the recent fire, we have banded to together to rebuild and restore the heart and soul of our community.  The funding secured by Senator Ritchie is key to our efforts and we can’t thank her enough for the interest she has shown in helping us bounce back from this tragedy.”
    In addition to the fire station, the August fire also consumed an iconic ice cream shop known as The Guzzle, a grocery and other offices.  

For more information on the Thousand Island Park rebuild, visit www.tiparkcorp.com.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Fort Drum powered by wood in renewable energy push

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — Bulldozers rumble up and down steaming mountains of wood chips 24 hours a day, stoking the boilers that provide electricity to all 168 square miles of Fort Drum, home of the Army's 10th Mountain Division.
The 60-megawatt biomass power plant is providing 100 percent of the electricity for the sprawling northern New York base starting this month. It's the first green energy project to come online since the Pentagon's 2012 commitment to developing 3 gigawatts of renewable energy. 
Air Pollutants From Biomass Burning Exceeds Coal
Bloomberg BNA — Facilities burning biomass emit more air pollutants, including carbon dioxide, per megawatt-hour than those that burn coal, according to a Partnership for Policy Integrity report.
The April 2 report, “Trees, Trash, and Toxics: How Biomass Energy Has Become the New Coal,” examined 88 Clean Air Act permits issued to industrial sources that burn biomass. It found that sources burning biomass emit 50 percent more carbon dioxide per megawatt of electricity generated than coal-burning sources. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Worst Little Town in America ???

Have you ever wondered how corrupt a place would have to be to compel an awesome power to swoop in and just wipe it off the face of the earth?
No, this is not a review of Cape Vincent. This story is about the tiny rural city of Hampton, Florida in the heart of conservative America.
As The New York Times reported last March, Hampton is so hilariously rotten that Florida (Florida!) gave it 30 days to plead for its very existence. If the city can't clean up its act, it's simply gotta go. Wiped off the face of the earth!
What makes this town -- a single square mile that's home to 477 people -- so horrible? Continue...

Saturday, November 22, 2014

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa,Demands PTC Extension

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has again stood up for U.S. wind power, having urged his colleagues in Congress to extend the production tax credit (PTC) and not "pull the rug out" from under the wind industry. Continue reading...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

With St. Lawrence Count Over, Russell Leads By 103

It's going to be very close.

With St. Lawrence County's count of the vote complete Wednesday morning, incumbent assembly member Addie Russell 

leads challenger John Byrne by 103 votes. Continue reading...

Uncontested votes all counted in state Assembly race; judge will decide outcome

CANTON - There’s now a 95-vote vote gap between incumbent state Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell and her Republican challenger, John L. Byrne III, according to unofficial results from St. Lawrence County election officials.
The counting of affidavit ballots was completed at about 11 a.m. today, with Mr. Byrne collecting 58 votes compared to 43 for Mrs. Russell, election officials said Continue reading...

Seasonal voters count: Russell’s attorneys need valid reason to toss absentee ballots

Today's Watertown Daily Times Editorial sums it up very well~
To challenge an absentee ballot merely because the voter is a seasonal resident of a community is outrageous. If Mrs. Russell’s attorneys want to secure the election for her by having some ballots discounted, they should find legitimate reasons why the voters are ineligible.
Otherwise, their actions are a waste of time and money. Mrs. Russell isn’t going to win over any support by trying to disenfranchise legal voters. Continue reading...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Russell Pulls Ahead In 116th Assembly Vote Count ???

This just in from WWNY Channel 7 NEWS

Incumbent Democrat Addie Russell took the lead Tuesday over Republican challenger John Byrne as absentee ballots continued to be counted in the race for the 116th Assembly District.

The St. Lawrence County Board of Elections began counting the 991 ballots Monday.

As of Tuesday, Russell pulled ahead of Byrne by 160 votes. Continue reading...

Wind firm sues to block release of bird-death data

WASHINGTON (AP) — A wind-energy company is suing in federal court to block the government from releasing information to The Associated Press about how many birds are found dead at its facilities.
The AP sought the information from the Interior Department in March 2013 under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. It is part of the AP’s investigation into bird deaths at wind farms.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Free solar seminar is Tuesday at JCC

WATERTOWN — Providing an overview of solar generation opportunities, Jefferson County Economic Development will host a free solar energy education seminar from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Jefferson Community College’s Extended Learning Center, Room E-130.
The seminar will be geared toward municipal and school officials, accounting personnel, business owners and employees who manage solar systems. Continue...

Thursday, November 13, 2014

State to fund Franklin County wind farm

CHATEAUGAY — A long-dormant wind farm project planned for the towns of Chateaugay and Bellmont has received a shot of capital from New York state.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that the Jericho Rise Wind Farm project is one of four renewable energy projects that will receive a total of $206 million through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Continue...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


 Following last Tuesdays election Republican John Byrne held a 117 vote lead over incumbent Democrat Addie Russell in the 116th Assembly District race.

As a result incumbent Russell has brought in TOP GUN lawyer , attorney Frank G. Hoare, from Albany with the appointed task of invalidating 111 seasonal  absentee votes from Cape Vincent.

"We'll be looking at those votes. There's some issues involved in that and whether folks have a connection to the district - that's what the law says. You need to have a connection to the place where you vote, so we'll be looking at that," said Hoare.
In 2013, Frank G.Hoare was called in to represent a downstate Democratic candidate in protecting the legitimacy of absentee ballots, a situation similar to what Republican Challenger John Byrne is faced with today.
In this earlier, downstate case attorney Hoare defended, many of the objections raised over absentee ballots that pertained to the residency of voters.  The court ruled in Hoare’s favor that the challenger failed to “provide sufficient evidence to overcome the presumption that the individuals who cast the ballots in question resided where they were registered.” (Court ruling)

To put it plainly, Hoare’s client prevailed because the opponent challenging the absentee ballots could not prove that they did not meet the residency requirement.

This means that Hoare knows better than anyone that he will be required to prove that 111 voters did not live in Cape Vincent for 30 days.  Ha!  Good luck Hoare and Russell.  You stand a better chance of jumping hand-in-hand over the moon than having those ballots rejected by the court.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Obama backs net neutrality plan

Open net access should be seen as a basic right that all Americans should enjoy, President Obama has said.
He said he supported net neutrality, which means all data travels on cables with the same priority.
There should be no paid prioritisation system that slowed services if they did not pay a fee, he added.
Official plans to end net neutrality and let firms run fast and slow lanes for data have generated wide debate in the US. Continue...

Friday, November 7, 2014

Wellesley Island, N.Y. ~ Maples in the Mist

GE Blade Crashes At Mehoopany Wind Farm In Pennsylvania

A blade attached to a GE 1.6 MW wind turbine crashed to the ground during the early morning hours of Nov. 2 at the 141 MW Mehoopany Wind Farm, located in Wyoming County, Pa. Continue...