Interesting Times

July, 2018

An old Chinese curse says, “May you live in interesting times.” These are interesting times indeed as the North Country, which has emerged as one of America’s true success stories in cross-border economic integration and foreign direct investment, finds itself on the front line of a trade war that would have seemed unimaginable not so read more


Is ALICE on Your Payroll?

July, 2018

Think about the last time you dealt with sudden car troubles. For those living above both the poverty level and the ALICE threshold, car troubles are merely a nuisance. For them, coming up with the money to make necessary car repairs is much less likely to result in job loss, a missed month’s rent (which read more


Living a Simple, Healthy Life

July, 2018

If you are looking for a one stop shop for your physical and mental health needs then you should check out Shady Grove Farm and Wellness Center. Since 2006, Francisco and Karen Braun have turned 45 acres in Schuyler Falls, New York, into their family home as well as a sustainable farm and wellness center. read more


Running Cedar Run Bakery & Market

July, 2018

The cars full of people who whiz down Route 73 from Lake Placid into Keene, past the Cedar Run Bakery and Market just before the bridge, are missing a delicious gem. I admit I am probably biased since my husband and I are regular customers. Every Sunday morning we stop for coffee, orange juice, and read more


What an Udder Delight

July, 2018

North Country Entrepreneurs The North Country is rich with a history of entrepreneurship. On Route 22 in the hamlet of Beekmantown, a small dairy shop continues to be a shining example of this history. Udder Delight Dairy Shop is an absolute favorite stop for North Country residents during the warm weather months. Every summer, families read more


Todd McCarthy

July, 2018

Hometown: Williamstown, Vermont Family: Partner, Trevor Rabideau, two dogs and a cat Occupation: Co-owner, Lenny’s Shoe and Apparel Community Involvement: 2018 Chair of the United Way Annual Campaign and service to its Board of Directors Todd McCarthy grew up in a retail family. His father, Leonard “Lenny” McCarthy spent much of his career working for read more


A North Country Tradition: Harrigan’s Soft Ice Cream

July, 2018

Roots and Beginnings For the residents of the Plattsburgh area, Harrigan’s Soft Ice Cream is a summer staple. Originally built in 1959 by Francis and Barbara Harrigan, the ice cream stand started out as part of the Tastee Freeze franchise. After years of success, the business slowly acquired more local suppliers and officially became Harrigan’s read more


The Magic of the Horse

July, 2018

When they arrive at the pristine Adirondack Stable and Equestrian Center in West Chazy, clients are greeted by Fenway, an engaging Golden Retriever enthusiastically wagging his tail and proffering a stick. They are then ushered into the barn for their horseback riding lesson with Amy LaValley, Therapeutic Riding Instructor and stable owner. Born and raised read more


Something’s Brewing on The Oval

July, 2018

Jessy Jolicoeur started making his own beer in 1997. He liked doing it and appeared to be good at it but it was just a hobby. As the circle of people he shared his brew with grew, so did his positive feedback. Jolicoeur’s formal education was in the hard sciences with a focus on microbiology. read more


July 2018

July, 2018

There is a silent epidemic of poverty and joblessness in our region. It lives behind closed doors, out of sight and out of mind for most of us. Despite the growth of job opportunities in our region, there is despair for many in the North Country. The opioid epidemic, alcoholism, drug abuse, mental health issues read more