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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.
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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.
Depiction of the Stone Hospital in Sackets Harbor after restoration.
Depiction of the Stone Hospital in Sackets Harbor after restoration.

Restoring the Past: Saving Sackets Harbor's Historic House of Healing

During the War of 1812, Sackets Harbor along Lake Ontario in Jefferson County, became the headquarters of the U-S Army and Navy for the northern frontier. Thousands of troops and hundreds of ships carpenters lived in the village. It was a major military outpost and shipbuilding center and the site of several strategic battles. After the war, Sackets Harbor developed throughout the 19th century into a commercial lake port, military town and summer resort. Today it's known for its museums, quaint shops, food and historical restoration. A group of history buffs wants to restore the old Stone Hospital at Madison Barracks as a military heritage center and cornerstone for future restoration work. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Special Call-in: A Conversation with Seaway Freighter Pilot Don Metzger

The vocation of ship pilot usually comes after extensive ship-handling experience at sea. St. Lawrence River ship pilot Don Metzger is one of a handful of specialists based in Cape Vincent, whose job it is to guide freighters through the twists and turns of the Seaway between Cape Vincent and Massena. He joined NCPR staff in the the studio to talk about life on the river, and to take listener calls.  Go to full article

Jefferson County Studies Wind Power

Wind power is the fastest growing sector of the energy business. And Jefferson County officials want to see if it's an industry has local potential. With help from a state grant, the Development Authority of the North Country is building a tower in Rodman to gather data for a wind study. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Fire Guts Part of Downtown Theresa

Fire officials are keeping their eyes peeled for hot-spots from Sunday night's blaze that destroyed part of a downtown block in the village of Theresa in Jefferson County. ...  Go to full article

Calcium Weighs In

The Jefferson County town of Calcium celebrated the dietary benefits of milk, cheese, and yogurt yesterday as a part of the national "Got Milk?" dairy campaign. About 150...  Go to full article

Home Cooking: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Festival

Produced by Beverly Hickman and Varrick Chittenden for Traditional Arts in Upstate New York and North Country Public Radio.  Go to full article

Home Cooking: St. Joseph's Feast

Produced by Steve Gotcher and Varrick Chittenden for Traditional Arts in Upstate New York and North Country Public Radio.  Go to full article

Home Cooking: St. Vasilios Pastry Festival

Produced by Beverly Hickman and Varrick Chittenden for Traditional Arts in Upstate New York and North Country Public Radio.  Go to full article

Home Cooking: Shore Dinner

Produced by Lamar Bliss and Varrick Chittenden for Traditional Arts in Upstate New York and North Country Public Radio.  Go to full article

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