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January 1, 2013

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Statewide, between one and two fires are caused by meth production each month, he said.

To report information about a potential drug lab, call State Police at 897-2000.

— By Staff Writer Felicia Krieg

$90.2 MILLION IN STATE FUNDING

The North Country was rated a “top performer” when the state handed out Regional Economic Development Council Awards in December, with $90.2 million earmarked for a variety of projects.

The plan that earned the funding, assembled by the North Country Regional Council, rated fifth out of 10. In 2011, the initial year of the program, the North Country was awarded the second-highest total, with $103.2 million.

STRAND EYES COMPLETION

No one was more excited than Leigh Mundy to see the paint dry on the exterior and interior of the Strand Theatre in Plattsburgh.

“The goal for 2012 was to raise the money to match the New York Historic Preservation grants and a new one, a Priority Project,” said Mundy, president of the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts Board of Directors.

“They wanted to see that work done within a year’s time. I have been raising that money ever since.”

The 2008 grant, for $300,000, was earmarked for auditorium restoration, including plaster repair, painting and a new 1600-amp electric service and heating system.

“You have to spend $460,000 to get the $300,000 through matching funds.”

The 2011 grant is ongoing. Work completed includes the exterior insulation system, restoration of organ niches, masonry and brick repair.

In spring of this year, stage doors and windows will be replaced, as well as lighting and seating.

The transformation of the 1924 theater into a performing-arts center recently received a $50,000 boost from the Clinton County Legislature and another $500,000 from the New York State Regional Economic Development Council awards. These funds are for dressing-rooms modernization, main-stage curtains and valance, fire curtains, organ-wind room and chandelier motor.

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