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Life as a chimney sweep

If you have a wood stove, it's the time of year to scrape the creosote out of your chimney. Chimney sweep Al Piercey has a saying: the first time he falls off a roof will be his last. We climb the ladder and balance on the roof with Al for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article

Multimillion dollar parasite fight continues

One of the most destructive invasive species in the Great Lakes was also the first one to arrive. The sea lamprey invaded the Lakes more than a hundred years ago, and no one's been able to get rid of it. As Rebecca Williams reports, it's the only invader in the Lakes that managers have been able to control... but it takes millions of taxpayers' dollars every year to keep the blood-sucking parasite in check, and there's no end in sight.  Go to full article

Good looking, great personality - heritage turkeys measure up

Brian and Ann Bennett raise heritage turkeys at their organic farm, Bittersweet Farm in St. Lawrence County. They also raise chickens, and regular big, white toms for the free-range, organic market. Heifer Project International provided the chicks for this experiment. Martha Foley talked with Brian Bennett yesterday morning as he was finishing up his turkey chores. He said he's got 40 to 50 heritage birds now. They've got personality, and they're smarter and healthier than their "commercial" cousins. His flock is a mixed group:  Go to full article

Massena expected to be spared Alcoa cuts

A spokesman for Alcoa says the 6,700 job cuts announced yesterday should not affect the company's two plants in Massena. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Court ruling clouds Ogdensburg sex offender lock-up

New York's highest court ruled yesterday the state wrongly kept violent sex offenders in psychiatric facilities after their prison sentences ended. In a prepared statement,...  Go to full article
Bob Andrews, new grandfather, on his new feeding pad.

A Year on the Farm: life and death (and life)

Farming is, really, the story of the life cycle. Planting and harvesting. Calving and slaughtering. Barns are raised. Some eventually fall back to the earth. David...  Go to full article

Framing Latin America's Left for the North

Bush nemesis Hugo Chavez is giving free heating oil to Akwesasne, Daniel Ortega's back in Nicaragua, and Democratic control of Congress could alter free trade with Latin...  Go to full article

Questions at Clayton wind forum

More than 100 people with questions about wind power attended a forum in Clayton last night. Three different developers have proposed industrial-scale wind farm projects in...  Go to full article

Preview: The Sailor Boy and the Falcon

If you do a google search for the opera, The Sailor Boy and the Falcon, the first site you see is, which makes sense since the opera is based on a story...  Go to full article

Invasives destroying Great Lakes food chain

Although zebra mussels have been affecting the ecology of the Great Lakes since they were first found in 1988, researchers are continuously surprised at how much damage...  Go to full article

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