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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.

Drum Families Cope With High-Profile Loss

Last Friday night, 10 soldiers from Fort Drum were killed when the Chinook helicopter transporting them rolled down a mountainside in Afghanistan. The families, friends, and colleagues of these soldiers face very trying times in a very high-profile position. Debra Stellfox is Fort Drum's Family Readiness Coordinator. She told David Sommerstein the military provides each family a "care team".  Go to full article

Jefferson County Woman Wants Greater Gay/Lesbian Tolerance

Legalizing same-gender marriage was one of a number of issues presented yesterday during Gay-Lesbian Equality and Justice Day in Albany. And today advocates for gay rights will meet individually with legislators to talk about state and local laws and policies on discrimination, hate crimes, adoption, and domestic partner benefits. A Jefferson county woman says a change in community attitudes towards gays and lesbians has long been needed in the North Country. Bobbi Petranchuk, whose teenage gay son dropped out of school because of harassment, formed a P-FLAG chapter earlier this year. P-FLAG is "Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays", a group that advocates for gay rights. Petranchuk told Todd Moe she has a message for legislative leaders.  Go to full article
The Schuckman and Esplin families Sunday outside Ft. Drum.

Copter Crash Stirs Drum Families

10 Fort Drum soldiers died in a helicopter crash Friday night in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan. The military says the chopper was not downed by enemy fire. The Pentagon says it may be several days before the soldiers' names are released. It's the deadliest incident for Fort Drum since a Blackhawk helicopter crashed on a training mission on base, killing 11 soldiers. This latest news is sobering for a community weathering near-constant deployments, but it's not out of the ordinary. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Land Values on the Rise in LeRay

Commercial development around Fort Drum is causing a huge hike in property assessments in the surrounding area. And this means higher taxes. In the town of LeRay, some...  Go to full article

Drum Troops Reinforce Baghdad

Since the bombing of a famous shrine in Samarra, Iraq, in Februrary, sectarian violence in the country has skyrocketed. As a response, the US military dispatched several...  Go to full article

Clayton Prepares Wind Farm Moratorium

Clayton, in the Thousand Islands portion of the St. Lawrence River, is the latest North Country town to consider a moratorium on industrial scale wind turbines. A developer...  Go to full article

Preview: We Are From Akwesasne

A new interactive traveling exhibit of Mohawk art, artifacts, songs, stories, beliefs and craftmanship opens this weekend at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets...  Go to full article

Commentary: Friends, Imagined and Real

Watertown commentator Mary Kaskan tells us about life and friends - real and imagined.  Go to full article
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...  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...  Go to full article

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