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Bob Andrews
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A Year on the Farm: Hay is for haylage

Everywhere you look this time of year, you see miles and miles of hay. Hay in round bales, square bales, wrapped in white plastic, lined in long strips across fields, piled in a big wagon hitched to the back of a tractor. This year, David Sommerstein's spending time on Bob Andrews' dairy near Gouverneur to learn the ins and outs of farming. Today's episode of A Year on the Farm is all about hay.  Go to full article
An antique tractor sits on the front lawn of the new museum in Madrid

Farm museum finds new home

A 115-acre farm near the village of Madrid will be the new home for the St. Lawrence Power and Equipment Museum. The museum's members are devoted to the preservation of old engines, tractors, treshing machines and farm buildings. A ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday marked the start of work on the new site. Todd Moe spoke with Leon and Carol Goolden, who sold the family farm to the group, and board member Roger Austin, who says the museum will focus on the history of farming in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties.  Go to full article

Learn, but not too much: inside the Amish school

There are still places in America where the Amish go to public schools. But here in the North Country, and in most other communities, the Amish learn in Amish schools. The schools go up to 8th grade. They use textbooks that are thirty, sometimes a hundred years old. And their methods are very different. Karen Johnson-Weiner is an anthropology professor at SUNY Potsdam. She's been visiting Amish schools; her book about Amish schools will be released later this year. She told Gregory Warner that the real growth in Amish schools came as public schools changed, in the 70s. Schools got bigger, and a high school education became mandatory.  Go to full article
Eels climb the new ladder. Photo: NYPA

Eels navigate new "ladder" at Massena power dam

There was encouraging news for eels yesterday. The New York Power Authority opened a new eel ladder to enable the threatened aquatic species to safely climb the...  Go to full article

Dems challenge GOP in St. Lawrence County

Road repair and paying for a new jail figure to be the hot topics in St. Lawrence County this fall. All 15 county legislative seats are up for re-election. Republicans...  Go to full article

Preview: Power Dam jam in Massena

NCPR is media sponsor for the first ever St. Lawrence River Power Dam Jam Music Festival at the New York Power Authority Visitor Center at Hawkins Point in Massena this...  Go to full article

Heard up North: Keeping Cool?

With heat indices climbing into triple-digits on Tuesday, how are you keeping cool? From the airconditioned aisles of the P&C in Potsdam...to Postwood Park in Hannawa Falls...  Go to full article

Heard up North: Keeping Cool, Part II

The streets of Canton were practically deserted during the hottest hours on Tuesday afternoon. But our intern David White met 2 moms and 8 kids coming out of the Canton Free...  Go to full article

Cheese plant re-opens as Amish trust

The Heritage cheese plant in St. Lawrence County will re-open tomorrow after a one-month shutdown. The Amish farmers who sell their milk there will become owners in a unique...  Go to full article
"Your Logo Here": Dan Sullivan-Catlin, Derek Maus, Kevin Smith and David Brown in the NCPR studio

A song to celebrate July's weather

The Potsdam band Your Logo Here reviews this month's weather -- muggy, buggy and rain. Their improvised "Weather Happened" segment was part of a live performance last...  Go to full article

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