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Harold Weston: Remembering an Adirondack painter's "Wild Exuberance"
The Adirondack Museum features a Weston exhibition this summer: "Wild Exuberance." Brian Mann with curator Caroline Welsh.
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Researcher Finds New Mite Species In Adirondacks
Heather Root has found at least one new type of tiny tree mite at the Huntington Wildlife Forest near Newcomb. Root does her research while dangling in a harness high above the ground in the maple tree canopy, where she also found rare forms of lichen not seen in the Adirondacks for decades.
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A Look Inside Temple Beth Joseph, Tupper Lake
Beth Joseph Synagogue in Tupper Lake is the oldest synagogue in the Adirondacks. Built in 1905, its origins stem from the late 1800s, when Jewish immigrants from Russia and eastern Europe arrived in America. It had been closed up for decades when a summer resident asked to take a look inside. What she found was a national treasure.
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St. William's on Long Point
In the late 1800s, St. William's was the parish church for Raquette Lake and served many of the Irish and French-Canadian Catholics who were the early pioneers on the Lake. Today, it's a seasonal camp and cultural center, accessible only by boat. Todd Moe visited during restoration work.
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Skiing The Route of the Seven Carries
Over the weekend, temperatures in the Adirondacks topped sixty degrees. There's not much snow in the backcountry, but many lakes still have a solid layer of ice—and people are still getting outdoors. Brian Mann skied the Route of the Seven Carries—a traditional canoe route north of Saranac Lake.
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90 Miles by Canoe… in a Single Day
The 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic takes paddlers from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. Race organizer Brian McDonnell paddled the entire course in a single day—a journey he describes as the "90-mile cannonball."
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A Trek up Mt. Adams
A land deal will add thousands of acres to the state forest preserve, but it will almost certainly mean the removal of an antique fire tower that sits on Mt. Adams, near the town of Newcomb. Brian Mann made the climb.
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Adirondack Rail: on the Old New York Central Line
For seventy years, the New York Central carried passengers to Malone and Lake Placid and points in between. The old line is all but abandoned now. But trains still make the run a few times each year, bringing supplies and equipment to the tourist railroad in Lake Placid. Brian Mann made the trip this spring.
Photo Audio Essay
Children's Camps in the Adirondacks
The Adirondack Museum opens today for the summer season. A major new exhibition looks at the history of the region's summer camps.
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Gary Randorf: Wild Adirondack Photography
Gary Randorf is one of the region's veteran photographers. His new book is called The Adirondacks: Wild Island of Hope. Brian Mann talked with him on a shoot in the Dix Mountain Wilderness.
Photo Audio Essay
Summer at the Seagle Music Colony
For 87 years, the Seagle Music Colony in the eastern Adirondacks has offered talented young singers a secluded summer haven to polish their skills.
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Winter Camping in the Adirondack High Peaks
The Adirondacks' High Peaks can be a hard place to find peace and quiet during the busy summer months. Many people choose the winter to get their fix for solitude among New York's tallest mountains. Winter camping offers unique pleasures and sometimes, unexpected perils. Brian Mann and David Sommerstein got plenty of both on a late winter expedition to Lake Colden and Algonquin Peak.
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Rock Climbing in the Adirondacks
People climb looking for adventure and amazing views—and a deeper connection to the mountains. Brian Mann climbed Hurricane Crag during the peak of this year's leaf season.
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Discovering Adirondack Old Growth Forest
The Adirondacks are home to some of the East's largest Old Growth Forests. Martha Foley talks with a naturalist who spent part of this summer finding the towering trees.
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Preserving Adirondack Alpine Meadows
Adirondack Nature Conservancy program volunteers haul rocks up into the High Peaks to protect fragile ecosystem from erosion.
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A Barn-Raising in Upper Jay (Real 6:23)
These days, most new barns are built quickly with steel frames and sheet-metal siding. But some landowners are taking a little more time, using methods and materials passed down over hundreds of years.

Pendragon Theatre looking for young playwrights

Pendragon Theatre will hold its first annual Young Playwrights' Festival the first week in April. 7th grade, 8th grade and high-school aged playwrights across the region are being asked to submit original one-act plays and musicals for a chance to have it presented on Pendragon's stage in Saranac Lake.

The deadline for submissions is February 1st, and the winning play will be performed by a cast and crew of professionals. Pendragon's artistic director Karen Lordi Kirkham shares some playwriting tips and suggestions.  Go to full article
Caleb Strong, center, of Victor, stands inside the Berkeley Green gazebo in Saranac Lake with Loring Porter of Lake Placid, left, and Kyle Forbes Bissell, right, of West Salem, Mass. Strong was the first hiker to complete the village's Winter 6er Challenge Saturday. Porter, who was the first Saranac Lake 6er in May, took second place, and Bissell finished third. Photo: CHris Knight, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>

Winter 6ers battle weather across six peaks

Dozens of hikers battled rain, snow, sleet and ice recently for the chance to become the first to hike the six mountains in the Saranac Lake area in winter in less than 24 hours.

Caleb Strong of Victor, near Rochester, was the first to cross the finish line and claim the title of first Winter Saranac Lake 6er. This was the second event put on by the village of Saranac Lake this year as part of its 6er hiking program, which is designed to boost tourism.  Go to full article
Local residents, including Lindy Ellis, right, and Ginger Dora, center, listen to a presentation Wednesday night during a public hearing in the Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake on a proposed 90-room Lake Flower hotel. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>

Saranac Lake residents weigh in Lake Flower hotel project

The first in a series of public hearings on a major hotel project proposed in Saranac Lake was held Wednesday night in the village. Lake Flower Lodging LLC wants to build a four-story, 80,000-square foot upscale resort hotel on the site of three small motels on Lake Flower.

The project recently won $2 million in state economic development funding. However, local residents have raised concerns about the height of the building along the village's picturesque shoreline.  Go to full article
The Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble presents two concerts of a Festival of Lessons and Carols in Plattsburgh and Lake Placid this weekend.  Admission is a suggested $10 donation.  Photo: NAVE

Preview: Festival of Lessons and Carols in Plattsburgh, Lake Placid

The Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble will give two performances of a Festival of Lessons and Carols -- anthems, carols, hymns and spoken word -- that illuminate the...  Go to full article
Common Core isn't working for everyone, including (according to her parents) six- year-old Maddie. Photo: courtesy of Jennifer Hansen

Common Core: looking for alternatives

Common Core is making its way into classrooms across New York state. The new standards and curriculum emphasize conceptual learning and critical thinking. But that approach...  Go to full article
Roseanne Gallagher, with chickens. Photo: Sarah Harris.

Certified naturally grown: an organic alternative

It can be expensive and time-consuming for farmers, especially small farmers, to go through the organic certification process. But there's another option. It's called...  Go to full article
Historic Aiden Lair.  Photo: Andy Flynn

Adirondack Attic: Aiden Lair

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and...  Go to full article
Congressman Bill Owens and Richard Eakins talk about corn storage. Photo: Sarah Harris.

Owens: farm bill may happen in 2013

There's still no Farm Bill this year.

The Farm Bill sets policy for agriculture nationwide. But most of the bill--money-wise--goes to food stamps. And...  Go to full article
Ron Flannery connects a Dickinson Center camp. Photo: Sarah Harris

Local internet provider connects the North Country

The Internet is a big part of 21st century life - people use it get news, watch movies, apply for jobs, and pay bills. But the North Country lags behind the rest of New York...  Go to full article
<i>Our Town</i> will be performed Friday & Saturday (8 pm) and Sunday (2 pm) at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

Preview: "Our Town" in Lake Placid

Theater groups around the country are marking the 75th anniversary of Thorton Wilder's Our Town with special performances this year. Todd Moe talks with Lake Placid...  Go to full article

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