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Photo via <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153850682500702&set=a.10151455321020702.832469.566575701&type=1&theater">Clarinets for Conservation on Facebook</a>, used with permission
Photo via Clarinets for Conservation on Facebook, used with permission

Tree-saving clarinetists bring mission to Saranac Lake

This evening, a quartet on a mission will play the BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake. C4C Quartet will raise money for Clarinets for Conservation, an organization clarinetist Michele Von Haugg founded with a goal to save the African Blackwood Tree, or 'Mpingo, in Tanzania. The wood is used to make musical instruments including the clarinet.

Over a the last few years, Von Haugg and other clarinetists have raised money to travel to Africa to teach music and plant hundreds of trees. She told Todd Moe that the students learn about sustainability, and that learning music benefits kids in much broader ways, too.  Go to full article
Can you see the octopus on the right? The picture was taken from the underwater camera called a yo yo cam. Photo: Glenn Clark
Can you see the octopus on the right? The picture was taken from the underwater camera called a yo yo cam. Photo: Glenn Clark

Parishville-Hopkinton teacher coming home from Antarctica

With the continuing cold weather here in the North Country, it might feel like we're in Antarctica, but Parishville-Hopkinton biology teacher Glenn Clark has one on us in that regard. Clark returns to the North Country later this week after nearly two months in the real Antarctica; he was one of 17 teachers selected from across the country to work with the Arctic Research Consortium's PolarTREC program, studying climate change.

Clark lived and worked aboard the RV Palmer, an ice breaker research vessel near the Totten Glacier System on the eastern Antarctica coast, one of the most remote, uncharted regions of the world.

He's journaled about his experiences online, and spoken by phone with his students throughout the trip. Todd Moe caught up with him via satellite phone as the ship was heading north and he was packing up for the return trip (listen here.)  Go to full article
Traveling John returns to Sweden next month to complete his first solo album, after traveling around America.  He spent nearly 10 years with one of Sweden's biggest pop bands.  Photo courtesy John Dunsö
Traveling John returns to Sweden next month to complete his first solo album, after traveling around America. He spent nearly 10 years with one of Sweden's biggest pop bands. Photo courtesy John Dunsö

North Country is an inspiration for Swedish pop singer John Dunsö

Like a lot of Europeans, Swedish pop singer John Dunsö says he's amazed at the immensity of the American landscape. Dunsö visited the west coast last year and is living and writing new music during an artist residency in the North Country this month. He is the resident artist at Better Farm, a 65-acre sustainability campus in Redwood, NY.

Dunsö is the former guitarist in one of Sweden's biggest indie-pop bands, Billie the Vision and the Dancers. Now, he's recording his first solo album based on his travels across North and South America the last few years. "Rerun", one of the songs on his new album, is already a hit in his native Sweden.

Also known as Traveling John, Dunsö spoke with Todd Moe about how open space, physical work, solitude and big sandwiches help the creative process.  Go to full article

Listen: New Adirondack Treasure novel sets mystery, adventure on St. Lawrence

Cranberry Lake author Matthew Glavin loves a good mystery and a hunt for lost treasure. He and co-author Michael Dolan have released the second installment in the "Adirondack Treasure" series. This second novel, "Isle Royale", features a legendary treasure buried on an island in the St. Lawrence River during the French and Indian War, and terrorists who have smuggled a missile, with a super-EMT warhead, aboard a ship on the river.

Glavin told Todd Moe that he grew up in Syracuse, moved to the Adirondacks about four years ago, and has focused on local history and writing fiction.  Go to full article
Garden crop rotation can maintian soil fertility, reduce disease and increase yields. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/57217144@N00/476016841/">Annie and John</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Garden crop rotation can maintian soil fertility, reduce disease and increase yields. Photo: Annie and John, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Why rotate crops in your backyard garden?

Just like big farms, the backyard garden can benefit from rotating vegetable crops. Cornell Cooperative Extension Horticulturist Amy Ivy says small-scale crop rotation can minimize pests and disease and increase yields. Todd Moe spoke with Amy about deciding which crops to plant in the vegetable garden from one year to the next. She says a knowledge of vegetables and their botanical families is helpful.  Go to full article
Black-capped Chickadee. Photo:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/qmnonic/3460388725/sizes/z/in/photolist-6gMp1z-dn2KVz-dn2KSp-dn2KXZ-eiFs8t-duFntF-duLYgL-drk5Um-5Yhxmu-dcCkh3-dcCk8C-5YXb8i-9aQbFz-drUZ2D-5T7xSQ-8RDYrJ-9KkBzB-8RtU1y-8D47iy-66tKhv-dPGVZf-dPBjbx-w3v9G-dTDPUj-bLU5Lr-dPGW4s-dPBjd2-7Jh96c-619Z61-e2FAaR-e2MeLh-e4mU7b-e9Whvd-e3xogj-e3rH7v-e3xoVA-duFusg-5krqCe-7GcWHx-5krqFi-w9SBp-w9SBx-4DSarN-cBKotN-kAwSDH-9hTPeG-919pD8-kAwAT6-axfhZG-dBpK3Z-jjtUyz/">Matt MacGillivray</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Black-capped Chickadee. Photo:Matt MacGillivray, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

How birds talk: Whallonsburg will host bird language expert

We're just about two weeks away from the first day of spring, but if you look out the window there's still lots of snow and ice across our region. Birds are starting to return, though, and Connor Stedman is watching, and listening.

Stedman is a lifelong naturalist with years of experience sharing nature awareness and traditional skills with students of all ages. He's the director of the Vermont Wilderness School and teaches classes in bird language, wild crafting, and land stewardship around the Northeast. He'll give a lecture tonight at 7:00 at the Whallonsburgh Grange Hall titled "Bird Language through the Seasons" and then he'll lead a field class tomorrow, trekking outside to listen for winter bird language and watch for behavior.

During the lecture he'll review the basics of bird language and explore how birds journey through the seasons, and how they strategize to survive, especially during a tough winter like this one. He spoke this morning with Todd Moe.  Go to full article
Tibetan folk singer-songwriter Techung will host a free workshop on Tibetan music and dance tonight, 5-8 pm, in Krinovitz Recital Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh.  Photo: Techung
Tibetan folk singer-songwriter Techung will host a free workshop on Tibetan music and dance tonight, 5-8 pm, in Krinovitz Recital Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh. Photo: Techung

Techung brings Tibetan folk music to Plattsburgh

Tibetan folk and freedom singer-songwriter Techung and his band will perform Friday night at SUNY Plattsburgh. The event is part of the band's tour of New York, and includes a performance in Carnegie Hall next week, where he'll perform alongside Philip Glass, Iggy Pop and others.

Techung will also hold a free workshop on Tibetan music and dance from tonight at SUNY Plattsburgh. The community is invited to stop in, talk one-on-one with the artist; see and try the musical instruments, learn the movement and dance particular to Tibetan cultural groups; and learn about Tibetan song and vocals.  Go to full article
Chris Waddell, 13-time Paralympic medalist (summer and winter Games) and now a motivational speaker.  Photo via Chris Waddell
Chris Waddell, 13-time Paralympic medalist (summer and winter Games) and now a motivational speaker. Photo via Chris Waddell

Paralympian Chris Waddell brings message of resilience to Lake Placid

The universal experience of challenge and the power of resilience were some of the messages Paralympian Chris Waddell brought to Lake Placid this week. Waddell spoke to students Monday and Tuesday and introduced his documentary, "1 Revolution", last night at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. The film documents his almost entirely unassisted paraplegic climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in 2009.  Go to full article
Wondering, Audrey Harradine, 2nd grade, watercolor collage, Kennedy Elementary School, Ogdensburg. Photo: Todd Moe
Wondering, Audrey Harradine, 2nd grade, watercolor collage, Kennedy Elementary School, Ogdensburg. Photo: Todd Moe

Pictures: Elementary art show at Ogdensburg's Remington Museum

Polar bears, landscapes and cityscapes are all part of the 31st annual Elementary Art Exhibit on display this spring at the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg. The show continues through May 11 in the Richard E. Winter Gallery.

The annual show allows the museum to showcase the creative process happening in school arts programs.  Go to full article
Josh Parker stands next to his pellet-fired evaporator at his sugar shack near Canton. Photo: Todd Moe
Josh Parker stands next to his pellet-fired evaporator at his sugar shack near Canton. Photo: Todd Moe

Canton teen is young maple syrup entrepreneur

Joshua Parker doesn't have his driver's license yet, but he's a young maple syrup entrepreneur with big plans. At 16, he's one of the country's youngest maple producers.

Joshua catches rides with his dad and neighbors to check the taps in his sugar bush. And even though he relies on advice from more experienced maple producers, he's the boss and owner of Parker Maple Farm, near Canton. Five years ago, he started tapping sap with 10 buckets, as a hobby. Last year, he got serious and installed a tubing system with 3,500 taps. He created a business plan, borrowed money for state-of-the-art equipment (with help from his parents) and is waiting for the sap to start flowing.  Go to full article

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A native of rural Minnesota, Todd Moe grew up on a farm not far from mythical Lake Wobegon. He attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN; studied Speech/Theatre and Norwegian, and began his radio career as a student announcer at WCAL (2002 marks its 80th anniversary!).

Moe's hobbies include food, gardening, history and tango! He was a newscaster and reporter for Minnesota Public Radio for eight years. A favorite memory from that job was interviewing Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann. Moe and his partner, Paul Siskind, moved to the North Country in 1998. Siskind teaches at the Crane School of Music.