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North Country tourism industry hopes for better times

It has not been a good year for tourism in the North Country. Businesses dependent on skiers and snowmobilers are hurting due to unseasonably warm temperatures that ran from Thanksgiving through the first half of January. Summer tourism was also hurt by the weather. Heavy rains kept large numbers of visitors indoors - or away from the area entirely. Still, tourism operators are hoping for a strong season this year. That's according to this year's confidence survey conducted by the Thousand Islands International Tourism Council. Director Gary DeYoung says the annual survey, now in its 7th year, is an attempt to gather information from the small--and often independent--businesses that cater to tourists. He tells Jonathan Brown that respondents are looking to Pennsylvania as a possible new market for the Thousand Islands. Many in the industry are still hurting, though, from last summer's wet weather, tightened border security and high gas prices.  Go to full article
Bloody Red Mysid

Hitchhiking invaders keep coming

A new invasive species has joined zebra and quagga mussels, the brown gobie and other species that have hitchhiked to the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River in ballast water. Rebecca Williams' report shows just how easily an even worse invader could make its way into the waterway.  Go to full article

Book review: "Without Grace" by Carol Hoenig

In Carol Hoenig's novel Without Grace, rural poverty forces many of the characters to make difficult choices. Set in Churubusco in the 1970s, the book chronicles the coming of age of Vicky Finley, a farm girl who fights against tragedy to become a strong North Country woman. While some of the book's characters leave the North Country, staying put is a struggle for many. Betsy Kepes has our review.  Go to full article

Winter comes back to the North Country

Winter finally returned to the North Country today with snow, freezing rain and wintry conditions that have mostly been a no-show this season.

Tree limbs and...  Go to full article

In Cranberry Lake, a feud over trail rights

Snowmobile riders have complained for years that their trail network in the North Country is fragile. It depends on a patchwork of agreements with local and state...  Go to full article
Stringfolks getting ready for their UpNorth Music session in Canton.

About Stringfolks

The members of Stringfolks call themselves a "front porch band", a perfect description of the informal down-home style of old-time folk and country music they play. They...  Go to full article

About 5th Edition

This is what happens when talented high-school students are so inspired by a good jazz program at school that they decide to form a band to keep it going on the weekends. ...  Go to full article
Althea Jean

About Althea Jean

It would be hard to say where the home base of this band is, since members live in Canton, the Adirondacks, and even Montreal. They often perform in the 1000 Islands. ...  Go to full article
A Fine Line: Dan Gagliardi and Bill Vitek

About A Fine Line

It's not usual to play jazz at 8:30 in the morning, as this duo did for their UpNorth recording session, but Dan Gagliardi and Bill Vitek didn't mind. Both agreed that...  Go to full article
Sabbatical

About Sabbatical

This rock band has played as a cover band for five years, but now wants to move in the direction of playing original material. Guitarist Dave Parker writes most of their...  Go to full article

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