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Slick of '76 Musical Gets Revival

This month marks the 30th anniversary of the so-called "Slick of '76", a 300-thousand gallon oil spill in the heart of the Thousand Islands. The thick crude coated the shoreline of the St. Lawrence Seaway, from Alexandria Bay to Massena. The Nepco 140 accident remains one of the largest inland oil spills in the U.S., and it mobilized communities along the river around the issue of pollution. "Save the River", a non-profit environmental organization on the St. Lawrence, is co-producing a revival production of Slick of '76 - A Musical Catastrophe. It was first performed in 1986 to enliven public awareness of this historic event, as a reminder that future accidents are possible and the need for educating good stewards of the earth. Todd Moe spoke with John Burt, who commissioned the Slick of '76 musical. He along with lyricist Barry Keating and director David Schechter, developed the first production.  Go to full article
Oil escaping the containment boom around the NEPCO barge.

The Slick of '76: Looking Back and Forward

This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the "Slick of '76", a 300,000 gallon oil spill in the heart of the Thousand Islands. Thick, gooey crude coated the shoreline from Alexandria Bay to Massena. The accident remains one of the largest inland oil spills in the United States. Many river residents still remember where they were on June 23, 1976. The event re-shaped the way a generation views its relationship to the river and the giant freighters that ply its waters. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Oil escaping the containment boom around the NEPCO barge.

Slick of '76: The Social Impacts

30 years ago today, on a foggy morning, the NEPCO 140 barge hit a shoal in the St. Lawrence River near Alexandria Bay. The barge spewed 300,000 gallons of thick, gooey oil into the river. The "Slick of '76," as it's known today, stretched as far downriver as Massena. It remains among the largest inland vessel oil spills in the United States. Next week on The 8 O'Clock Hour, we'll hear from the people who saw the spill unfold, the people who helped clean it up, and the people who are passing on the memories of the oil spill to a new generation. Today, Martha Foley talk with someone who tried to measure the Slick of '76 in human terms. John Omohundro is a professor of anthropology at SUNY Potsdam. In 1976, he got a grant from the Coast Guard to study the spill's impacts on people's work, their recreation habits, their social networks.  Go to full article
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Sports Bob: Mini-"Olympic Village" comes to Canton with NYS Track and Field Meet; 1000s expected next weekend

Thousands of very speedy high school students and their friends and families converge on Canton next weekend. The New York State Track and Field Championships will take place...  Go to full article
Julia Sinclair

Madrid Teen Heads to Int'l Guitar Contest

A 15-year-old classical guitarist from Madrid, in St. Lawrence county, will be traveling to California this weekend for the Parkening Young Guitarist Competition at...  Go to full article

Two Villa-Lobos compositions performed by Julia Sinclair

A 15-year-old classical guitarist from Madrid, in St. Lawrence county, will be traveling to California this weekend for the Parkening Young Guitarist Competition at...  Go to full article

Three songs performed by Stringfolks

Stringfolks were in the NCPR studios for a recording session recently. The musicians are (left to right) John & Bonnie Danis, Anita Figueras & Robert Best. In this set you...  Go to full article

Four songs performed by Althea Jean

Althea Jean were Barb Heller's live guests on the May 4, 2006 edition of String Fever. The band, from left to right, are: Jeremy Greene, drums; Claude Aldous, bass; Eliza...  Go to full article
Prudence Matthews' <i>Boldt's Yacht House</i>, 1995.

Preview: Hooked on the River at TAUNY

A new exhibit opens this Saturday at Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) in Canton. Hooked on the River features 10 hooked rugs by Prudence Matthews. They...  Go to full article

Holiday Concert at Edwards Opera House

The evening of December 10, 2005, the historic Edwards Opera House was packed with holiday revelers to hear a great concert of the music of the season. This hour-long excerpt...  Go to full article

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