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IED
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Soldiers learn to spot IEDs at Ft. Drum
Improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, kill more American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan than any other weapon. David Sommerstein visits a hands-on IED training exhibit at Fort Drum near Watertown.
amish school
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Ian Coristine: Thousand Islands photographer
Todd Moe visits photographer Ian Coristine on Raleigh Island, his seasonal home. River residents and visitors have probably seen Coristine aloft in his red ultralight aircraft searching the Thousand Islands for the perfect photo.
oiled heron
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The Slick of '76: Looking Back and Forward
This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the “Slick of ‘76,” a 300,000-gallon oil spill in the heart of the Thousand Islands. The event re-shaped the way a generation views its relationship to the river. David Sommerstein reports.
prairie smoke
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Chaumont Barrens: the North Country's Prairie
David Sommerstein takes a nature walk on this unique Nature Conservancy land that contains some of the nation's easternmost prairie habitat.
La Duchesse
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Aboad La Duchesse in Clayton
La Duchesse is a 110-foot Gilded Age treasure that's become the crown jewel of the Antique Boat Museum's collection in Clayton. Todd Moe tours the historic houseboat.
La Duchesse
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At a Grindstone Island Square Dance
Only 11 people live on Grindstone all winter, but when the weather changes, families who’ve spent generations of summers there return. On Saturday nights, the place to be is the big dance at Dodge Hall, especially when some fiddlers and callers get together for an old-fashioned square dance.
Audio Slideshow
Preserving the Indian River Lakes
Between the high profile destinations of the Thousand Islands and the Adirondacks, there's a hidden gem of a region. It's called the Indian River Lakes. David SOmmerstein sends an audio postcard.
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Iraq Through a Camera Lens: Watertown Daily Times Photojournalist Mark Dye
Mark Dye, a photojournalist with the Watertown Daily Times, spent a month in Baghdad earlier this winter. He was embedded with troops from Fort Drum, and sent daily photos and stories documenting the lives of soldiers and civilians in Iraq.
Audio Slideshow
Kayaking: The Blackwater Challenge
The U.S. Freestyle Kayaking Team trials in preparation for the world championships this winter in Australia, was held on the "Route 3 Wave" on the Black River near Watertown. Kayakers have 45 seconds to add up points for each trick they make. If the whitewater flushes them downriver, they can paddle their way back to the wave until time runs out. David Sommerstein reports.
Animated Film Videos & Audio Slideshow
Art Without Borders: Carmen D'Avino
Carmen D’Avino began his career as a painter in the 1930s. He’s been a World War II military filmmaker, a sculptor, and an avant-guarde animator in New York City. For many years he lived in an old farmhouse in Hammond. David Sommerstein stopped by for a visit. This special report features nine videos of D'Avino's film work, most unavailable anywhere for decades. The artist died later in 2004.
Audio Slideshow
The Joy of Junk: Beachcombing with Captain Honk
A North Country angler and artist who spends most of his time on Lake Ontario turns junk found along the shoreline into fish sculptures. It's just one of the hobbies that keeps Tom Bintz, aka Captain Honk, busy as he divides his time between fishing, travel, art and demolition derby competitions.
Photo/Audio Essay
Inside Dark Island's Castle
On the St. Lawrence River near Chippewa Bay, a representative for the buyers of Dark Island and its historic castle gave David Sommerstein a peek of what visitors could see as early as next summer.

River advocates to push for cleaner ballast

The environmental group Save The River is kicking off a campaign to urge Seaway freighters to clean their ballast water this weekend in Alexandria Bay. At the group's annual "Winter Weekend," the new St. Lawrence Seaway chief is scheduled to make his first public appearance in the North Country. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Canton seeks road relief

In the decades-old quest for a so-called "rooftop highway" between Watertown and Plattsburgh, the villages along Route 11 are considered the bottlenecks. Take Canton. Many afternoons last summer, bumper-to-bumper traffic stretched more than a mile from the main intersection. Despite the gridlock, village residents have joined forces against a plan to widen a residential stretch of the road. And they've embraced an idea many of them fought a couple decades ago. But as David Sommerstein reports, traffic is not always what it appears to be.  Go to full article

Luring farmers north

St. Lawrence County's "Come Farm With Us" program might get a boost from the Progressive Farmer coverage. Launched in 2002 by Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and St. Lawrence Counties, the marketing effort reaches beyond New York State to entice farmers to move north. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Growing the marketing program geared toward farmers

The "Come Farm With Us" program is expanding. Launched in 2002 by Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and St. Lawrence Counties, it was an attempt to preserve agriculture and...  Go to full article

The U.S. Border Patrol wants you

North Country residents need to report any unusual activity on the border to the federal government. That's the message the U-S Border Patrol delivered last week to the...  Go to full article

Resolve, and some grumbling, at Fort Drum

There was disappointment, resolve, and some grumbling at Fort Drum yesterday. The Pentagon announced Wednesday that more than three thousand soldiers won't be coming home...  Go to full article

Senator Clinton looks to spur North Country economy

Hilary Rodham Clinton held a press conference yesterday to talk about the issues facing cities in upstate New York. Mayors from Buffalo to Albany joined the Senator in an...  Go to full article

North Country tourism could take a hit from new passport rules

The 'Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative' went into effect yesterday. That's the official name of the new legislation requiring passports to enter or leave the U-S. The...  Go to full article

Fluctuating temperatures raise concerns over farming

Temperatures this winter have left a lot of people wondering... December's 70-degree days caused flowers to bloom - but also contributed to concerns over global warming. This...  Go to full article

North Country tourism industry hopes for better times

It has not been a good year for tourism in the North Country. Businesses dependent on skiers and snowmobilers are hurting due to unseasonably warm temperatures that ran from...  Go to full article

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