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Betsy Kepes share her homemade house in Pierrepont, New York with her husband, Tom VandeWater, and her sons Lee, age 15, and Jay, age 7. She teaches piano to children and adults and performs with the Little River Trio. In the summer, she works for the United States Forest Service in Idaho as a forest fire lookout and contract trail crew. In her spare moments she is an amateur historian, a gardener, a runner and a writer of women's history, poetry and short stories.

Book review: "Lucy's Eggs"

So many books, so little time to read! Fortunately our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, is keeping track of new books published in the North Country. Here she reviews Lucy's Eggs, a collection of short stories and a novella by SUNY Potsdam English professor, Rick Henry.  Go to full article

Fifty-two Miles for 52 Years

Commentator Betsy Kepes was invited to join a group for a long distance ride celebrating their friend Valerie's birthday. The route wound through a pastoral section of St. Lawrence County... perfect for the occasion, you MIGHT say...  Go to full article

Commentary: Hokkaido and Home

Betsy Kepes and her family have spent most of the last year away from home. Fire-spotting out West, trekking through New Zealand. They ended up in northern Japan - closer to home that what the map showed.  Go to full article

Commentary: To Church with Jimmy Carter

Our commentator Betsy Kepes and her family are on sabbatical this year. They're traveling and doing volunteer works. Their first adventure took them to a pecan farm in the...  Go to full article

Commentary: Georgia on My Mind

Commentator Betsy Kepes and her family are taking a year off from their regular jobs in northern New York. They're traveling and doing volunteer work. Their first adventure...  Go to full article

Commentary: Keeping the Mice Out

Most of the fall migrations are pretty well over, but one continues - the mice are still moving indoors, or trying to. Commentator Betsy Kepes tries to stem the tide.  Go to full article

Playing With Fire

Some of us are more practiced at building fires than other. But sometimes all the practice in the world doesn't help. Commentator Betsy Kepes just got lucky.  Go to full article

Commentary: Bring on the Tomatoes!

A short growing season and a bumper crop in the local garden. It seems like it's feast or famine. Here's commentator Betsy Kepes.  Go to full article

Commentary: Belief in Wilderness

Our series of essays, "This I Believe", continues. Commentator Betsy Kepes shares a lesson of joy, strength and purpose found in the wilderness.  Go to full article

Back in Time...

School isn't what it used to be. But we can go back for a visit. Commentator Betsy Kepes takes us to the 19th century.  Go to full article

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