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Partying in Thomkins Square Park by Nathan Farb (Images courtesy:  N. Farb)
Partying in Thomkins Square Park by Nathan Farb (Images courtesy: N. Farb)

Farb unveils iconic photographs of the Summer of Love

Photographer Nathan Farb is most famous in the Adirondacks for his large-scale wilderness scenes. But as a young man, Farb spent three years documenting life on New York City's Lower East Side. In 1967, when the Summer of Love swept over Tomkins Square Park, Farb captured the revolution on film. There are photographs of New York icons like Andy Warhol and Diane Arbus. But there are also powerful, intimate images of everyday people whose lives were being transformed. For the first time, Farb's Summer of Love photographs can be seen in his new exhibition, called "A Photographer's Journal." The show is being mounted at the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence University. To talk about the project, Nathan Farb met recently with Brian Mann in Tomkins Square Park. Brian sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Sex offender facility holds an open house

New York's Senate and Assembly agreed this week on a law allowing civil confinement of sexually violent predators. The bill has been sent to Gov. Eliot Spitzer. The law would give the state attorney general responsibility for seeking further confinement of sex offenders at the end of their prison terms. A panel of mental health professionals would review each case. The details include treatment and annual reviews, as well as security and tougher parole standards. Up to 80 of these sex offenders will spend their confinement in a newly remodeled facility in Ogdensburg. The building offered public tours last weekend. Jonathan Brown reports that, despite the open house, questions remain.  Go to full article
Roger Woodard at his craft in Appleton Arena in Canton...

A tale of two zamboni drivers

It's a dream weekend for North Country hockey fans. The Canton Golden Bears high school team plays in the state semifinal tomorrow in Utica. The St. Lawrence University women's team is fighting for a berth in the NCAA Frozen Four in New Hampshire. And for the first time since 2001, St. Lawrence and Clarkson are both hosting men's ECAC quarterfinal series starting tonight. Two of the most watched people at the rinks in Canton and Potsdam don't skate. They drive one of the most beloved icons of the North: the zamboni. David Sommerstein has this tale of two zamboni drivers.  Go to full article

Why does everyone love the zamboni?

NCPR Volunteers take a crack at this big question: exactly what makes the zamboni so cool?  Go to full article

Heard Up North: A new princess

New York State's newest princess hails from Washington County and she has a job to do.  Go to full article
Garnett and Jeanie Barr, Depauville, are warmer this winter.

Seniors struggle to stay warm

Remember a couple months ago when it felt like spring on Christmas Day? If this winter has taught us anything, it's that warm spells aside, the North Country still has...  Go to full article

Can pellet heat catch fire in the North Country?

This winter, Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County has been holding seminars on using wood or grass pellets to heat homes, farms, and businesses. They've been...  Go to full article

Legal battle may hold up jail construction

A labor dispute may delay construction of the new St. Lawrence County jail. A non-union contractor and a county resident are asking the state Supreme Court to stop the county...  Go to full article
Bill Smith and Don Woodcock

Preview: Warm stories for a Chili Night

Storyteller Bill Smith and champion fiddler Don Woodcock present an evening of stories and music at the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Canton Saturday night. A chili...  Go to full article
Kimmy Matthews serves it up fried on "wing night"

Heard Up North: Wing Night in Heuvelton

The little village of Heuvelton is on the banks of the Oswegatchie just upriver from Ogdensburg. It's probably best known as a cheese-making town. But on Wednesday nights,...  Go to full article

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