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Gladys and John Walker sort through boxes of supplies bound for the Middle East
Gladys and John Walker sort through boxes of supplies bound for the Middle East

Malone "Adopt A Soldier" Program: Homegrown Help from the Homefront

A Malone-based program to boost the morale of U.S. military personnel overseas is flourishing. Gladys Walker runs the non-profit organization called "Have a Heart-Adopt a Soldier". It's a mom-and-pop program that mails supplies and treats to members of the armed services stationed in Kuwait, Afghanistan and other parts of the Middle East. As Todd Moe reports, what began as a request for a chocolate bar has turned into a nearly round-the-clock operation.  Go to full article

Preview: Pianist Christopher Dellen Performs Saturday Night in Malone

The Foothills Art Society presents a concert by pianist Christopher Dellen Saturday night at 6:30 at First Congregational Church of Malone. Todd Moe talks with Dellen about his cd In the Beginning, which blends sacred hymns and classical music.  Go to full article
The Fralick's 1832 stone house near Cape Vincent.
The Fralick's 1832 stone house near Cape Vincent.

Stone Building Group Collecting Opinions, Histories

Stone house owners in Jefferson county are collecting stories, histories and photos of the old buildings. Some say there may be more stone structures in Jefferson county than any other county in the U.S. Todd Moe toured an old stone house near Cape Vincent and chatted with owners Sandra and David Fralick, who are members of the Stone Building Appreciation Society. The group wants to update a listing of old stone buildings in the North Country. For more information about the Stone Building Appreciation Society call 315-782-1558.  Go to full article

Preview: Pointercounts Acapella Jam Saturday Night in Potsdam

It's music featuring the Potsdam Pointercounts! The men's vocal ensemble hosts its 10th annual Acapella Jam Saturday night at SUNY-Potsdam. The concert will include the women's group A# Arrangement, InnerLoop from Rochester and the women's group The Miscords from Middlebury College. Todd Moe talks with Pointercounts members Tony Ravinsky and Jon Eldridge about acapella music collegiate-style.  Go to full article

From the Page to the Stage: Literacy and Theatre

A group of high school and college students in the North Country has turned to live theater and their own life stories as a way to better appreciate reading, writing and communication. Joining together readers of different levels, the Literacy and Theatre Project at St. Lawrence University is designed to help teens increase their motivation, confidence and creativity.
The goal is to bring the written word to life on stage for students, spark their imagination and inspire a desire to read by uniting literacy and theatre. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Hosts North Country's First LGBT Film Festival

The North Country's first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender film festival opens Friday night at St. Lawrence University in Canton. "Out at the Movies" was organized by a consortium of local LGBT groups and friends. The films cover a broad range of issues that include the needs of youth, raising children, transgender issues, LGBT activism and the politics of AIDS. Todd Moe talks with two organizers of the film festival: Travis Babcock, a student at St. Lawrence and member of SLU PRIDES, and Kate Babbitt, president of PRISM, a regional support and social group.  Go to full article
A volunteer plants onions in Gouverneur's community garden last spring
A volunteer plants onions in Gouverneur's community garden last spring

Growing Gardens in Jefferson County

Land has been cleared for a new community garden in the North Country village of Philadelphia. Organizers say the garden, near Fort Drum, will be a reliable source of fresh vegetables for area families and food pantries, and a powerful means to bring people together. Todd Moe talks with Odette Butler, of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Jefferson County. For more information about community gardens, call 315-788-8450  Go to full article
<i>Fusia</i>, sculpted by Chris, Mike and Bill Woodward
Fusia, sculpted by Chris, Mike and Bill Woodward

Snow Fantasies in St. Regis Falls

Despite freezing rain, sleet and snow over the weekend, nine teams from across the state showcased their talents by carving eight ton blocks of snow during the 18th annual New York State Snow Sculpting Championships in St. Regis Falls. Judges awarded 1st Place to the sculpture Fusia, carved by Chris, Bill and Mike Woodward, of St. Regis Falls and Dickinson Center. They'll compete next winter in national snow sculpting competition in Wisconsin. Todd Moe caught up with the winning team Sunday.  Go to full article

Preview: Violin Sonatas Saturday Night in North Creek

Adirondack Ensemble presents the second concert on its Concerts and Conversations Chamber Music Series at Tannery Pond Community Center in downtown North Creek. Hungarian pianist Aniko Szokody and violinist Michael Dabrosky will perform violin sonatas by Mayer, Mendelssohn, Haydn and Franck. The concert is 7:30 Saturday night. Todd Moe talks with Adirondack Ensemble President and Executive Director Mark Bergman, who says the goals of this winter/spring concert series are to make chamber music, classical and jazz styles, accessible, engaging and fun.  Go to full article

Preview: Potsdam High School Benefit Concert

The Northern Symphonic Winds performs a benefit concert Saturday night at 7:30 in Hosmer Hall at SUNY-Potsdam. Proceeds will go toward renovating Potsdam High School's auditorium. Todd Moe talks with Adrienne Hartman, co-chair of the group, Potsdam Music Friends, and Potsdam High School choral director Tamara Madeja about the need for new audio equipment in the school.  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.