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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.
3rd graders at Ohio Street Elementary School in Watertown finish painting clay bowls, and practice reciting an anti-hunger poem.
3rd graders at Ohio Street Elementary School in Watertown finish painting clay bowls, and practice reciting an anti-hunger poem.

Watertown Schools Fight Hunger with "Empty Bowls"

Some 1,700 clay bowls that were made over the last few months at schools in Jefferson County will raise thousands of dollars for hunger relief. The schools are participating in the "Empty Bowls" program, which began sixteen years ago in Michigan and has grown nationwide in scope. Benefit dinners will be held Wednesday and Thursday and again on May 24th. All the money raised by the local schools will benefit food shelves and homeless shelters. As Todd Moe reports, the "Empty Bowls" program allows students, teachers and parents to tap into creativity and engage in community service.  Go to full article

Carthage Teen Awaits Confirmation of ?Near-Impossible? Bowling Feat

A 17-year-old in Carthage may very well be one of the best young bowlers in the world. Or - he's a cheater who some say should be banned from the sport for life. It all started in December. Robert Mushtare bowled a 900 series. That's three perfect games. Or 36 strikes in a row. Only 8 bowlers have ever done this - officially, anyway - since 1997. That's when tthe US Bowling Congress or USBC first started sanctioning 900 series. No youth has ever been recognized for the feat. Mushtare not only bowled a 900 series - he did it three different times. Each time at the Pine Plains Bowling Center in Carthage. But there's a problem. The USBC has refused so far to sanction any of the series. The first was thrown out on a technicality having to do with league signups. The other two are still being investigated by the USBC. Bowling chat rooms are abuzz with rumors about whether Robert did or didn't bowl the 900. Meanwhile the high school student waits for the official ruling. The US Bowling Congress is not commenting publicly on the case. A spokesman told the Watertown Daily Times only that it was still "under investigation." Gregory Warner spoke to Jeanne Layhee, manager at Pine Plains Bowling Center.  Go to full article

Heard up North: Pronouncing Theresa (The Town)

Tuesday on All Before Five we ran a story about a mom-and-pop grocery called the Pantry, closing down because of competition from a new WalMart 10 minutes away. The story ran again yesterday morning on The 8 O'Clock Hour. And that's when we got an email. Mark Scarlett, a listener from Rossie, said that he thought we'd pronounced the name of the town wrong. Gregory Warner called Mark Scarlett. Then he called Kim Delles, Theresa town clerk.  Go to full article
Shari Wolfe and her daughter Rebecca Hanni, inside The Pantry.

Heard up North: Big Fish Eats Small Fish in Theresa

Rebecca Hanni and her mom Shari Wolfe run "The Pantry", a small grocery store in Theresa. They've got all the basics. Milk, bread... even fresh produce. But these days...  Go to full article

PFLAG Chapter Begins in Jefferson County

A Watertown woman says a change in community attitudes towards gays and lesbians in Jefferson county has long been needed. Bobbi Petranchuk, the mother of a gay teenager is...  Go to full article

Heard up North: Springtime at the Tanning Parlor

It's the first day of Spring, and for some, that means...time to hit the tanning parlor. We visit Exotic Tanning in Philadelphia to learn about the surprising tanning habits...  Go to full article
Schermerhorn Landing photo from the business website

Schermerhorn Marina Sold For $2 Million

A Binghamton investor has bought one of the St. Lawrence River's best known marinas. DF Realty purchased Schermerhorn marina, boat shop, and cottages for almost $2 million. ...  Go to full article

Deferiet Mill Bought, But Not For Paper

A Syracuse-area developer has bought the Deferiet paper mill near Carthage. But as David Sommerstein reports, the plant isn't likely to make paper again.  Go to full article
Prudence Matthews' <i>Boldt's Yacht House</i>, 1995.

Preview: Hooked on the River at TAUNY

A new exhibit opens this Saturday at Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) in Canton. Hooked on the River features 10 hooked rugs by Prudence Matthews. They...  Go to full article

Drum Housing Results Slow in Coming

The Fort Drum population explosion, and the resulting housing crunch in Jefferson County, has been a top issue in the region for more than a year. Governor Pataki visited...  Go to full article

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