The National Institute of Standards and Technology has awarded a $176,660 emergency grant to the Mountain Lake Public Telecommunications Council to replace the Mountain Lake PBS broadcast tower damaged earlier this year. The funding will cover construction expenses not covered by insurance. Mountain Lakes ability to broadcast was compromised in April when an unexpected late season storm collapsed their 400-foot broadcasting tower on Lyon Mountain in the Town of Dannemora. The reconstruction of the stations new tower was recently completed by Indiana engineering company, Electronics Research Inc., who designed and rebuilt Mountain Lakes tower to exceed the federal code requirements, including considerations such as the detrimental effects of radial ice accumulation in conjunction with high wind speed. Last month, PBS restored its signal to 3.3 million viewers across New York, Vermont and Quebec through a new tower at Lyon Mountain. As the only local public television station that serves many parts of Northern New York, Mountain Lake PBS is a truly important information source for thousands of people in the North Country, said U.S. Congressman John M. McHugh, R-Pierrepont Manor, in a press release Tuesday. I am happy to help secure this emergency funding and restore full broadcast capacity to the North Country.