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Heard up North: Drowned Cities

The St Lawrence River Power Project forever changed the landscape of the North Country. The hydro power dams erected almost 50 years ago expanded the Seaway, flooding 100 square miles of land on both sides of the river. St Lawrence County leaders who now argue for cheap power to stay here in the North Country say the state should remember that sacrifice.

Most of the flooding was on the Canadian side; we'll hear about the '10 lost villages' in a moment. On the American side, parts of Waddington and Massena were flooded, and hundreds of farmhouses along the old Route 37 were moved. Dale Hobson was an eyewitness. He spoke with Gregory Warner.  Go to full article
Site plan for the Lost Villages Museum in Ault Park, Ontario

Heard up North: "Inundation Day"

So, what's it like to watch your town go underwater? Gregory Warner spoke with Jane Craig. She's director of the "Lost Villages Museum" in Ault (ALT) Park, Ontario. It's a museum for the 10 Canadian villages lost on July 1st, 1958, "Inundation Day," when the hydrodams went up and the Seaway expanded. It's kind of a theme park where you can find the actual buildings rescued from the villages. There's a working general store, log cabin, barber shop, schoolhouse, resource centre, blacksmith shop, corn crib, railway station and church. If anyone was mourning the loss it would seem to be Jane Craig. But she says it was kind of exciting.  Go to full article
Juliet Schor

Liberal values in an age of consumerism

It's probably no surprise that the U.S. is the most consumer-oriented nation in the world. Juliet Schor, a critic of American Consumerism, says we work longer hours, save less and spend more than other industrialized countries. Schor is the author of Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture , and was the keynote speaker for the 2006 Crimmel Colloquium at St. Lawrence University last night. Her topic was "Spending Nation: Can Liberal Values Survive in the Age of Consumerism?" She spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

Poetry: Friends are like vegetables

It's harvest season. Earlier this year we began a string of conversations and stories about gardening and art. We visited a West Potsdam gardener and artist on her farm -...  Go to full article
Anneke and Ryan Larrance

StoryCorps: A career in humanitarian aid

Conversation by conversation, interview by interview, StoryCorps is collecting the stories and voices of our time. At permanent StoryCorps booths in New York and mobile...  Go to full article
The Rev. William Sinkford

U-U president hopes for tolerance

The Rev. William Sinkford, preseident of the Untarian-Universalist Association, brought a message of pluralism, tolerance and justice to Canton this week. He spoke with...  Go to full article
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Preview: "The Slick of '76" at St. Lawrence

The Slick of '76: A Musical Catastrophe will be performed in Gulick Theater at St. Lawrence University this week. Performances are free but tickets are required for...  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County GOP names new leader

St. Lawrence County Republicans chose a new leader last week. Janet Kelly will try to help the GOP maintain its 10 to 5 advantage in the county legislature. David...  Go to full article

Works begins on new facility for sex offenders in Ogdensburg

Work is already underway on a new state facility for sexually violent predators in Ogdensburg. Local opponents to the plan hope they can still stop the project with the...  Go to full article

Book review: "Lucy's Eggs"

So many books, so little time to read! Fortunately our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, is keeping track of new books published in the North Country. Here she reviews Lucy's...  Go to full article

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