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Helen Condon's home, the "Grange," on Main Street in Parishville will be open for tours from 2-4pm on Saturday. Photo:  Todd Moe
Helen Condon's home, the "Grange," on Main Street in Parishville will be open for tours from 2-4pm on Saturday. Photo: Todd Moe

Parishville celebrates bicentennial this weekend

Food, music, horse drawn wagon rides and historic house tours are all part of Parishville's bicentennial celebration this weekend.

You can tour a replica of the cabin of the first white settler, Luke Brown, on Saturday morning 9-11 am. The 1860s Grange Hall on Parishville's Main Street, owned by artist Helen Condon, will be open for tours on Saturday afternoon 2-4pm.

Todd Moe stopped by Condon's home this week for a visit. Known for her braided wool rugs, the Grange is her home and work studio. It's also just a stone's throw from one of her favorite spots in town, the historic foot bridge across "The Gorge" on the West Branch of the St. Regis River.

Once the location of water-powered mills and factories, it's a popular swimming spot today. Helen Condon told Todd that the Gorge is a "must see" landmark to visit during the bicentennial weekend.  Go to full article

Remains of US soldier killed in '53 identified

MALONE, N.Y. (AP) The remains of a northern New York soldier who was listed as missing in action during the Korean War have been identified.

The Pentagon says Master Sgt. Lawrence O. Jock of Fort Covington was identified June 25, the 64th anniversary of the start of the Korean War.  Go to full article

Fort's centuries-old canoe going on public display

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) A centuries-old dugout canoe found at the bottom of an Adirondack pond and stored at a tourist attraction since the 1960s is going on display.

The 18-foot long cedar canoe weighing hundreds of pounds will be loaded onto a truck at Fort William Henry in the village of Lake George Thursday morning and transported 15 miles south to the Rogers Island Visitors Center in Fort Edward.  Go to full article
Lake George Battlefield Park. Photo: <a href="">Nolan</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Archaeologists excavate Lake George Colonial battleground

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) Archaeologists are excavating an 18th-century battleground in upstate New York that was the site of a desperate stand by Colonial American troops, the...  Go to full article
The series of original clam shell doorways at the South Boathouse at Singer Castle.  Photo:  Todd Moe

Soundscape: the closest thing to a drawbridge at Singer Castle

During a visit to Singer Castle on the St. Lawrence River this week, Todd Moe got a chance to explore some of the rooms, towers and secret passageways in the century-old...  Go to full article
A Jet Commander, the type of plane that crashed into Lake Champlain in 1971.<a href="">Felix Goetting</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Bid to solve mystery of Lake Champlain jet crash

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New technology is being brought to bear on the 43-year-old mystery of a private jet carrying five people that went missing after leaving a Vermont airport...  Go to full article
Mark Valley

Hollywood star returns to his Ogdensburg roots for Founder's Weekend

Hollywood actor Mark Valley returns to his hometown this Saturday and Sunday for Founder's Weekend, Ogdensburg's French and Indian War re-enactment and colonial trade fair on...  Go to full article
Homes in the village of Chateaugay. The prison there will close on July 26th. Photo: Natasha Haverty

How prison closures could be a good thing for the North Country

This week we visited the town of Chateaugay, and heard from people there about what's it been like to lose their local prison.

Over the past year, the community...  Go to full article
Archival photo of the Lyons Falls mill. Photo courtesy of the Lyons Falls History Association

Demolition begins on Lyons Falls paper mill

Demolition and clean up began yesterday at the Lyons Falls Mill site in Lewis County.  Go to full article
Surrounded by Gerda Wikander's art, Jesse Bruchac shares new music on a  traditional Abenaki three-chamber flute at the Old Forge Libary.  Photo:  Todd Moe

A hundred years of more than books at the Old Forge Library

Poetry, music, art and cake were part of a celebration marking the centennial of the Old Forge Library yesterday. The library also threw a 100th birthday party for artist...  Go to full article

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