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Special Reports

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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.
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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.

Adirondack housing market softens slightly

The US has seen a historic real estate boom the last decade, with home prices in some cities doubling in a single year. Here in the North Country, the Adirondacks have emerged as a top condo and second home market. The last few months, real estate experts nationwide have reported a softening market, with more homes sitting unsold. As Brian Mann reports, the Adirondack market has also cooled, but local realtors say they're still seeing a lot of interest from retiring baby-boomers.  Go to full article

One year later: Mississippi community thankful for Saranac Lake's help

In Laurel, Mississippi, one year after Hurricane Katrina, the clean-up is nearly complete and most homes have been rebuilt or repaired. Laurel, located 90 miles inland from the Gulf Coast, was adopted by Saranac Lake last year as part of a community-wide hurricane relief campaign. Chris Knight spoke this week with local officials in Laurel. He learned that the city is still recovering from the most damaging storm to ever hit the U.S.  Go to full article

Bus crash probe focuses on tire blow-out

State police have identified three of the five victims killed in a bush crash Monday night on the Northway. Greyhound driver Ronald Burgess, age 52, of Central Islip New York was found dead in the wreckage. Also killed were passengers Antonide Dorce, from Hempstead, New York, and 16-year-old Tambadou Souleymane from Montreal. Two other Canadians were declared dead at the scene. Their identities are being withheld while authorities notify next of kin. Brian Mann was in Plattsburgh yesterday for a press conference at state police headquarters. The investigation is focusing on an apparent blowout in a front tire.  Go to full article

Books: Oswegatchie: A North Country River

Todd Moe talks with Canton writer/editor Chris Angus about his new book, Oswegatchie: A North Country River. The book explores the history and lore of the...  Go to full article

Northway bus crash kills 5, injures dozens

A stretch of the Adirondack Northway, between Keene Valley and Elizabethtown, was closed this morning after last night's Greyhound bus crash that killed five people,...  Go to full article
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Adirondackers will train Russian park staff

Three Adirondack women travel to a Russian province Sunday for two weeks to assist with training on wilderness ethics and stewardship. Adirondack Mountain Club's education...  Go to full article
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Kingston artist finds beauty in the ordinary

Artist Lynn Woods says most of her inspiration comes from streets, buildings, and storefronts in cities and small towns. Woods lives and paints in Kingston, NY. Her...  Go to full article

Firefighters stay sharp out West

Heavy rains this summer have meant few forest fires in the Adirondacks. North Country firefighters returned this month from keeping their skills sharp in the dry West. Adam...  Go to full article
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Preview: Bone Songs at Pendragon

Andre Gregory's Bone Songs gets its world premiere next Tuesday night (8 pm) at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake. It's been described as a poetic carousel of scenes,...  Go to full article

Commentary: On seasonality

It's common practice to think of people in the North Country, more particularly in the Adirondacks, as either seasonals or year-round residents. Commentator Paul Willcott...  Go to full article

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