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The power of the voice: "shaped note" singers in DeKalb, NY.
The power of the voice: "shaped note" singers in DeKalb, NY.

The Enduring Appeal of Shaped Note Singing

Each week across the country, thousands of people meet in churches, schools and homes to perform one of the oldest styles of American music. It's called "shaped note" singing. The name comes from the simple musical notation used in the songbooks. The tradition of the shape note singing school dates back to Elizabethan England, and for years, shaped-note music was a southern phenomenon. But it's just as popular in many northern states. Singers sit around a square. There are no instruments -- just the power of voices. Todd Moe recently attended a shaped-note workshop led by "Social Band", a Vermont based singing group, at the Old Meetinghouse Museum in the St. Lawrence county community of East DeKalb.  Go to full article

VT Gov Joins IP Protest In Ticonderoga

Hundreds of New Yorkers and Vermonters turned out last night for a public hearing in Ticonderoga. They came to debate International Paper's plan to use recycled car tires as fuel at the company's mill in Ticonderoga. IP hopes to conduct a 2-week test burn to determine whether the cheaper fuel adds significant amounts of pollution to the air and water. The plan would save the company millions of dollars a year. But critics on the Vermont side of the lake say the proposed test is flawed and won't provide needed information. As Brian Mann reports, one of the protestors at last night's hearing was Vermont Governor Jim Douglas.  Go to full article

Border Patrol Downplays Minutemen

Civilian border watchers and their critics gathered on the Vermont border with Canada over the weekend. Between 6 and 10 volunteers for the Minuteman Project monitored the border in the Newport, Jay, and Troy areas. The group says it wants to draw attention to gaps in border security. Protestors had hoped to attract 100 people to the Derby Line green. Organizer Leah Siegel of Burlington told the Associated Press the demonstration was to oppose what she called the Minutemens' "rascist agenda". The Minutemen say they're coming to Massena this coming weekend. As David Sommerstein reports, the border patrol is downplaying their arrival.  Go to full article
Andrew Sellon as Charlie and Mike Mosey as Ellard.

Theatre Review: The Foreigner at Vermont Stage in Burlington

The Foreigner has opened the season for Vermont Stage in the FlynnSpace in Burlington and rund through October 30. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the...  Go to full article

Preview: Burlington's Annual Art Hop

Burlington's annual South End Art Hop gets underway Friday afternoon (5pm). It's a two-day celebration showcasing the works of over 300 of the region's best and brightest...  Go to full article

Wolves Retain Endangered Species Protection

A federal judge in Montpelier, Vermont, says the Bush administration can't take gray wolves off the endangered species list until the animals return to the Northeast. Gray...  Go to full article

IP Applies for Tire Chip Burn

International Paper has re-submitted its application to conduct a controversial two-week test burn of tire chips at its Ticonderoga mill. As Chris Knight reports, the paper...  Go to full article
John Hayden (left) as Charlie and Aaron Munoz as Jake.

Theatre Review: Stones in his Pockets at St. Michael's Playhouse in Colchester

Stones in his Pockets runs at St. Michael's Playhouse in Colchester through July 16. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening night and has our review.  Go to full article
Dwelvan David as Jim, John Gardiner as Huck.

Theatre Review: Big River at St. Michael's Playhouse, Colchester VT

The Huck Finn musical Big River opens the season at St. Michael's Playhouse in Colchester and runs through July 2. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the...  Go to full article

Burlington's "Chew Chew Fest" Celebrates 20 years

Vermont's annual feeding frenzy gets underway Friday morning (11 am) in Burlington's Waterfront Park. The Green Mountain Chew Chew Food Festival is celebrating its 20th...  Go to full article

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