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The Northern Grape Project's test vines at Coyote Moon winery, Clayton. Photo: David Sommerstein
The Northern Grape Project's test vines at Coyote Moon winery, Clayton. Photo: David Sommerstein

North Country wines survive the cold, please the palate

The New York wine industry is booming. According to the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, five million people visit New York wineries every year. The industry generates almost $4 billion.

The North Country has almost two dozen wineries. The state legislature recently designated an Adirondack Wine Coast Trail to draw attention to a pocket of vineyards near Lake Champlain.

A lot of the credit for New York wines can go to a team of researchers that's doing what you might call "extreme winemaking" - breeding grapes that survive the North Country's frigid winters and still make delicious wine.

They hope names like Frontenac and Marquette will one day be as popular as Cabernet and Merlot. David Sommerstein reports from a vineyard in the Thousand Islands.  Go to full article
Josh Jones, an Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq, takes a chemistry test at Paul Smiths College. Photo: Mark Kurtz

As war winds down, vets face job hurdles

The U-S has made big gains in recent years, helping young military veterans re-integrate into civilian life. Unemployment for men and women who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq has dropped.

But the jobless rate and homelessness for young service-members remains higher than for the population overall.

And veteran advocate groups say many vets still face discrimination and a lack of opportunity.

Last year, we profiled a group of military veterans studying at Paul Smiths College.

That series, produced in partnership with WBEZ-Chicago, was recognized this summer with a national award from the Public Radio News Director's association.

Here's the second part of Brian Mann's profile that first aired in November.  Go to full article
UW researcher Andrea Stocco during the experiment. Photo: University of Washington

Brain to brain communication, via the Internet

We've used the internet to connect computers. Now, how about using it to connect our brains? Researchers at the University of Washington have done just that in what they say is the first ever brain-to-brain interface.  Go to full article
John Lenartrz as Vince Lombardi  Photo: Angel Wuellner

Theatre Review: "Lombardi" at the Depot Theatre in Westport

Football's Super Bowl trophy is named for the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers. Few people, however, know the real story of Vince Lombardi the man - his inspirations,...  Go to full article
Members of the Adirondack Shakespeare Company act out a scene from the play, <i>Celtic Fairy Tales</i>, for youngsters in the Adirondacks this summer.  Photo:  Adirondack Shakespeare Company

A dose of Shakespeare in the Adirondacks this fall

The Adirondack Shakespeare Company celebrated its fourth summer season in Schroon Lake, but they're not packing up the scenes and sonnets just yet. The company is gearing up...  Go to full article
U.S. Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh)

Owens: no "troops on the ground," undecided on Syria authorization

President Barack Obama is trying to convince Congress that the U.S. should take military action against Syria's regime. Administration officials say President Bashar Assad's...  Go to full article
Iraq war veteran Josh Jones cracks the books. Photo: Mark Kurtz

For many veterans heading to college, a long road

College students are back in class across the North Country. That means all the fun rituals of campus life, settling into dorms with new roommates, joining clubs, coping...  Go to full article
Cows grazing at Bob Zufall's farm in Lisbon, NY. Photo: David Pynchon

Two farms, two very different views on sustainability

The term sustainability is now commonplace. Everything from furniture, to travel, to shopping at Walmart is described as "sustainable." Usage has stretched so far that it's...  Go to full article
Leek moth pupa on a garlic leaf. The larva of this invasive pest affects onions, garlic, leeks, chives and shallots. It was first discovered in the US in 2009 in a home garden in Plattsburgh, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/08-009.htm">Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food</a>

Caterpillars and moths: pests to watch for

There IS always something.

Last week, Cornell Cooperative Extension sent...  Go to full article
Image: Funding campaign logo for the State's digital conversion

Fund goal met, Tupper Lake theater will go digital rather than dark

The owner of Tupper Lake's cinema, Sally Strasser says community donations have raised enough money for the State Theater to pay for the costly conversion to new digital...  Go to full article
Where drillers want to use hydrofracking in New York: pending well permit applications for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Image: Innovation Trail

Fracking ban challenges move to NY's highest court

The challenges to local fracking bans in New York are a step closer to their last day in court.

The state's highest court yesterday agreed to consider cases...  Go to full article
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