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Special Reports

Audio Series
StoryCorps in the North Country: North Country residents have shared their stories with this national oral history project during visits to the region in 2006 and in 2008.
Audio Series
Looking for the North Country
NCPR and TAUNY, Traditional Arts of Upstate New York, spent October 2000 exploring the place, the people and the culture we call the North Country.
Country Schoolhouse
Audio Play:
No Bigger Than a Piano Box: a North Country Schoolhouse in 1893
By historian Betsy Kepes. Based on the 1893 diary of a North Country schoolteacher. A Women's History Month special. Teacher's guide and CD available.
Audio Slideshow:
Finding the North Country
A new exhibit at TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York) tells the story of North Country life with pictures. Finding the North Country: Stories of Local Life Through Photographs revisits the theme of North Country identity explored in the 2000 radio collaboration "Looking for the North Country." The photographs will remain on display through November 25, 2006.
Multimedia Series
Meet the Masters of North Country Folklife
Profiling people who have mastered and conserved a variety of family and community traditions over several generations in the North Country and who actively practice them today. Together, they exemplify a living history of our North Country and a way of life otherwise often difficult to explain. An ongoing project of Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY).
Audio Series
Living North Country: Essays on Life and Landscapes in Northern New York, edited by Neal Burdick and Natalia Singer at St. Lawrence University, recently became available in bookstores. We invited several of the contributing authors into the NCPR studio to record excerpts in their own voices.
Writing Contest
The Writing Contest for Young and Adult Writers
The Adirondack Center for Writing and North Country Public Radio offer a literature award to regional writers. The Writing Contest is held biennially. We will offer prizes in two genres per session; this year (2005-2006) the genres are nature writing and memoir.
Audio Novel
Eben Holden: A Tale of the North Country
This three-hour NCPR production of Irving Bacheller's timeless tale of the North Country, the 1900 bestseller Eben Holden, features many local voices and talents.
The globe, made by craftsmen at Jeffords Steel in Potsdam. Photo: Sarah Harris
The globe, made by craftsmen at Jeffords Steel in Potsdam. Photo: Sarah Harris

Listen: front yard sculpture garden

Piece by piece, Greg Caron has transformed his Winthrop front yard into a park.

The wide, sprawling lawn is dotted with picnic tables, a big steel globe, a polar bear, the Virgin Mary, a soldier's monument, and more.

Caron says he welcomes visitors.  Go to full article
A zentangle. Photo: Sarah Harris.

Inside school: Canton educators make do with less

On the surface, Canton Central School is really vibrant: happy kids talking in the hallway and laughing at lunch, teachers engaged in their work. But the school is also deep in a financial crisis. Administrators aren't sure how they'll keep providing a quality education for kids when funds are running dry. All this year, NCPR will report on how the school serves its two masters: the state and its students.  Go to full article
Greg Caron upstairs in his barn with the inner-workings of the clock.  He collects and restores old objects for fun. Photo: Sarah Harris

Listen: New York's oldest tower clock rings again

For a long time, Greg Caron ran Greg and Molly's, a gas station and restaurant in Hopkinton. Now he's retired and spends his days tracking down old objects and bringing them back to life.

Last winter, Greg salvaged a 200-year-old tower clock from a church in Troy, New York. It was built by renowned colonial clockmaker Stephen Hasham, who delivered it from New Hampshire to Troy by wagon in 1816. When Greg got the clock, its bell hadn't tolled in 122 years.

Greg tracked down its history, cleaned it up, and sought help from machinists and clock experts. After lots of hard work, the clock can ring again.  Go to full article
Lining up for the parade. Photo: Sarah Harris.

Halloween, elementary school style

Banford Elementary School in Canton takes Halloween very seriously. The annual Halloween parade is one of the school's biggest events. For half an hour, the school totally...  Go to full article
Kevin Crosby takes the mic at the St. Lawrence County Republicans meet-the-candidates dinner. Photo: Sarah Harris

Why do we elect a coroner, anyway?

In St. Lawrence County, four coroners are notified when a fatal accident happens.

One of them takes the call, drives to the scene, day or night. Besides issuing...  Go to full article
Art Sennett, holding a sculpture. Photo: Sarah Harris

Art Sennett: Making magic with clay

For 35 years, Art Sennett taught ceramics at SUNY Potsdam. He inspired generations of students to work with clay and create art. And he made a lot of his own pottery from raw...  Go to full article
People gathered in Ogdensburg City Hall for the hearing. Photo: Sarah Harris

Ogdensburg says keep inpatient services at SLPC

New York's Office of Mental Health hopes to consolidate the state's 24 inpatient hospitals into 15 regional facilities called "centers of excellence."

But the...  Go to full article
Signposts along the way. Photo: Sarah Harris

Defining the Champlain Valley

Lake Champlain is a lot of things: It's a border between Vermont, Quebec, and New York. It's where people go to fish, swim, and boat. People cross it to get to work or see...  Go to full article
The view from the boat. Photo: Sarah Harris

Sailing on Lake Champlain

Sailing is a big part of life on Lake Champlain. Each summer, marinas from Whitehall to Rouses Point fill up with boats - and a lot of them belong to Canadians.  Go to full article
Les and Erica Goodman. Photo: Sarah Harris

From milk to beer: Dairy family switches to hops

Agriculture in the North Country is changing - and the evidence is everywhere. For the Goodmans, a longtime dairy family in Fort Ann, in Washington County, it's time to get...  Go to full article

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