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Heard up North: St Lawrence's last words

All this month on All Before Five we're decoding place names in the North Country. Linking up names to namesakes, and exploring the history of place names we say every day. Last week we started this out telling you all about St. Lawrence - the saint Lawrence - the patron saint of librarians and cooks - and a Spanish born deacon of Rome who, some 1700 years ago, was burned to death on a gridiron by an angry Roman Emperor. There's a new statue of the saint which will be erected in the Thousand Islands this fall. Turns out that's only part of the story - Gregory Warner asked our own resident local historian, poet and webmaster Dale Hobson to tell us the rest. Starting with - well, what is a gridiron?  Go to full article

Arts Council honors Sally Hartman

Rensselaer Falls artist and teacher Sally White Hartman was given an award this year by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council. She owns the "Ladies First Gallery of Art", with husband Kyle Hartman, and teaches art in the Heuvelton Central School. Her background is in printmaking and painting, and the gallery is housed in a 19th century mill. Douglas Hopper took a tour earlier this summer.  Go to full article
Duriel Harris

Poet Duriel Harris on Open Studio

Poet Duriel Harris, who teaches at St. Lawrence University in Canton, is one of many artists exploring "do-it-yourself" studio technology as a way to deepen the impact of their work. In this Giving Voice segment she creates a richly-textured soundscape of music, sampled sound, and vocal effects to amplify the power of her words. Dale Hobson asked the poet how her composition "Self Portrait at the Millennium"--inspired by the image of a 1950s lynching--was put together.  Go to full article

Bush to nominate new Seaway chief

President Bush will nominate a college roommate and political ally to run the St. Lawrence Seaway. The White House announced Tuesday that Collister Johnson, Jr. will be...  Go to full article

Board of Ed to decide accredition for troubled-teen school

The Academy at Ivy Ridge is a school for troubled teens in Ogdensburg. It functions like a boarding school, but it's not yet accredited by the state. That caused problems...  Go to full article

Housing tight at SUNY Canton

College students across the North Country are moving in and meeting roommates as school get underway. A few students at SUNY Canton are scrambling for last-minute housing...  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

TAUNY celebrates 20 years

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, or TAUNY, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Todd Moe talks with director Varick Chittenden about 20 years of collecting...  Go to full article
Bob's more than six feet tall, so the corn really is high...

A Year on the Farm: The sound of corn growing

This year, David Sommerstein's spending time each month on one dairy farm to learn more about what farmers do every day. The series is called A Year on the Farm. Our...  Go to full article
Dr. John Schwaller

SUNY Potsdam welcomes new president

It's a busy week at many of the colleges and universities in the region. Classes start next week. SUNY Potsdam students will welcome a new president when they return to...  Go to full article

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