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The Lyme Community Foundation is hosting a Silent Film Festival on February 22, 2014, 7 pm, in Chaumont Presbyterian Church, Chaumont, NY. Four films, including "The Goat," will be accompanied by North Country organist Jason Comet, using his originally compiled scores. Image: "The Goat," silent film poster. Artist: unknown.
The Lyme Community Foundation is hosting a Silent Film Festival on February 22, 2014, 7 pm, in Chaumont Presbyterian Church, Chaumont, NY. Four films, including "The Goat," will be accompanied by North Country organist Jason Comet, using his originally compiled scores. Image: "The Goat," silent film poster. Artist: unknown.

Watertown organist recreates the magic of silent films

A century ago, moviegoers flocked to cinemas to watch films without dialogue or sounds. The mood and sound effects were provided by a musician, usually at a pipe organ.

The Lyme Community Foundation is hosting a Silent Film Festival on Saturday night at 7, in Chaumont Presbyterian Church. Four films, including Buster Keaton's "The Goat," will be accompanied by Watertown organist Jason Comet, using originally compiled film scores.

Comet told Todd Moe that after the release of "The Jazz Singer" in 1927, "talkies" became more popular. But today, there's a renewed demand for silent film classics.  Go to full article
After triumph in Sochi, where will Andrew Weibrecht's journey take him next?  Photo:  © Nancie Battaglia

Andrew Weibrecht's remarkable journey to Sochi

Over the last couple of months, our Adironadack bureau chief Brian Mann has been focusing a lot of his attention on the Winter Olympics in Sochi. He's interviewed remarkable athletes and seen amazing feats of strength and speed and courage.

Through all of that reporting, Brian says Sunday's remarkable silver medal win for Andrew Weibrecht stands out. Weibrecht's trip to the podium came after years of struggle and illness and defeat.

Brian talked again with the alpine skier from Lake Placid yesterday, following Weibrecht's triumph in Sochi, and sends this reporter's notebook.  Go to full article
Master grower Ryan Douglas checks out the plants. Photo: Sarah Harris

Yes, that is marijuana growing in Smiths Falls' old Hershey's factory

When Hershey's had a plant in Smiths Falls, Ontario, you could smell chocolate from miles away. But not a single chocolate bar has rolled off the line since the plant closed in 2008, one of six employers to leave the town at the same time.

Now, Smiths Falls, a working class town of about 10,000 in Eastern Ontario, has a new industry: medical marijuana. Health Canada is changing its medical marijuana rules, and Tweed, a licensed marijuana production company, has just received its license to grow medical cannabis there. Some are hoping the new plant will bring much-needed jobs to an area that's had it tough for the last few years.  Go to full article
Peter Frenette is airborne under the Sochi slogan as he competes in the Sochi Olympic Ski Jump Team competition. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia

A rough Olympics for Saranac Lake ski jumper Peter Frenette

The US ski jumping team failed to advance last night in Sochi. It was the final event of these Olympics for Saranac Lake jumper Peter Frenette, who said he was frustrated by...  Go to full article
USA's Lowell Bailey #29 and Tim Burke #30 ski in the Sochi Olympics Mens Biathlon 15km Mass Start 2/18/14. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia

Sochi: Another tough day for North Country biathletes

Two of the North Country's biggest medal hopefuls struggled again in biathlon this morning at the Winter Games in Sochi. Tim Burke from Paul Smiths finished the mass start in...  Go to full article
Billy Demong, #31, followed closely by teammate Bryan Fletcher as they competed in Sochi last Wednesday. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia

Bill Demong finishes 31st in nordic combined at Sochi

North Country ski racer Bill Demong from Vermontville finished the 10K cross country race in Nordic combined. The sport includes long-distance ski jumping and cross-country...  Go to full article
Brian McCarthy. Photo: Courtesy brianmccarthyjazz.com

Saxophonist Brian McCarthy proves Vermont's jazz scene alive and well

Jazz saxophonist Brian McCarthy grew up in Vermont, went to college near New York City, then returned to Vermont to help ensure that jazz is alive and well in his home state....  Go to full article
This week's thaw could lead to ice-jam flooding. Photo: Larry Master

Upstate NY faces wet week of showers, melting snow

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for later this week in western New York, but this time the threat is from melting...  Go to full article
Applying pesticide to crops. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ugacommunications/6254591302">UGA College of Agriculture</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Groups ask NY lawmakers to keep pesticide rules

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Environmental, health and consumer advocacy groups are pushing back against plans by the Cuomo administration to restructure how pesticides are tracked....  Go to full article
A mute swan. Photo: NYS DEC

NY senator pens bill banning mute swan slaughter

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A state senator from Queens is trying to stop the slaughter of mute swans proposed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

A bill...  Go to full article
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: <a href=" http://www.flickr.com/photos/51035749109@N01/8395548101/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

State workers promote "lobby day" at Vermont Statehouse

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) State workers are expected to turn out in force for the annual "lobby day" put on at the Statehouse by the Vermont State Employees' Association.
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