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When we’re not busy hitting you with hard-hitting news stories and engagingly introspective blog posts, there’s a good chance we’re giggling about something slightly moronic but enticingly funny in the digital suite (key word:...
Driving to work early one morning this week, I was thinking about our fundraiser and what magical thing I could say to finally convince every non-contributing listener to kick in some money. Well, instead of coming up with the abracadabra of...
As we've reported for quite a while here at NCPR, the Champlain Valley has become a hotspot in the North Country for young farmers trying to forge a new path for agriculture. The Adirondack Explorer traces the roots and future possibilities of that...
This week is Agricultural Literacy week in New York State, organized by Cornell's Agriculture in the Classroom program. Every year, Cornell extension agents and other volunteers head in to the classroom to read an Ag-related children's book. This...
It’s Academy Award season, the Hollywood gathering of decolletage and glitz, while we’re here in our long johns, bulky sweaters and hats with ear flaps. I say it’s time to set our own scene. Lay out the red carpet on a frozen lake,...

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The Adirondack Attic
Andy Flynn uses the objects people make, use, and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region.
Tri-Town Packing co-owner Tom Liberty. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Tri-Town Packing co-owner Tom Liberty. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Local meat movement frets as Tri Town still in limbo

One of the North Country's few slaughterhouses and meat packing plants says it's trying to regain its certification for processing retail cuts of meat.

Tri Town Packing's co-owner Jeff Liberty says he is "working as diligently as possible" to resolve differences with federal meat inspectors. Liberty says he's hired a consultant from Iowa.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service says it withdrew its inspectors from Tri Town on July 17. A spokeswoman said by email that the USDA will continue to suspend inspection until it's confident Tri Town can "operate and produce product in a safe and wholesome way."

Tri Town is located in the northern St. Lawrence County town of Brasher Falls. It remains open for private meat orders, known as custom work.

But it's one of just four plants in the North Country that can prepare beef, pork, and lamb for sale in stores, restaurants, or at farmers markets. So farmers and businesses that rely on local meat sales are facing a shortage and looking for alternatives.  Go to full article
Chan Harris

Preview: "Greater Tuna" in Westport

The summer season continues this month at the Depot Theatre in Westport with Greater Tuna, the classic comedy about small town life in Texas.

The two-person show stars Chan Harris and Trip Plymale who portray a wide array of eccentric characters from Greater Tuna, Texas. Harris, who is also directing, spoke with Todd Moe about growing up in rural Texas and how the show's timeless characters appeal to audiences around the world.  Go to full article

Can-Am rugby player conscious but critical

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise is reporting that a ruby player injured over the weekend in Bloomingdale is conscious but still in critical condition.

Dan Nelson, age 57 from Long Island, was competing in the Can-Am Rugby Tournament on Sunday when he suffered a blow to the head.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake, NY. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mytravelphotos/6919024628/">Jasperdo</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Saranac Lake board will weigh residence as well as comments

The village of Saranac Lake is officially drawing a line between "insider" and "outsider" comments from the public at its meetings.

Village officials say they...  Go to full article
Chan Harris as Mr. & Mrs. Bumiller, Trip Plymale as Jody & Charlene  Photo: Depot Theatre

Theatre Review: "Greater Tuna" at the Depot Theatre in Westport NY

The two-man comedy "Greater Tuna" opened Off-Broadway in 1982 to rave reviews. It's been an audience favorite ever since. It runs at the Depot Theatre through August 17.  Go to full article
The Minerva Central School District will now have to scramble to make deep cuts before next school year.  Photo:  Minerva Central School District

Minerva school budget falls short for third time

For the third time, the Minerva school budget has failed to win approval with voters.

After a second re-vote yesterday, the district in the eastern Adirondacks...  Go to full article
Blue Mountain Lake. Archive Photo of the Day: Laurie Dirkx

This weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack looks at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks each weekend.

Wetter weather this week has lowered the fire...  Go to full article
Allen Blagden traveled to the Wild Center to paint the resident porcupine Stickley especially for the "Moments" exhibit.  Photo: Wild Center

Watercolorist Allen Blagden inspires "Moments" exhibit in Tupper Lake

The art of one of the nation's best watercolorists is on display at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. It's part of the inspiration for the "Moments, Reimagining Nature through...  Go to full article
Hillary Clinton signing books at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris

Hillary Clinton signs "Hard Choices" in Saratoga Springs

Hillary Clinton was in Saratoga Springs yesterday, signing copies of her book, Hard Choices, at Northshire Bookstore. Supporters lined the streets, waiting to shake...  Go to full article

Book review: "Sputnik Summer" by Paul Castellani

It's the summer of 1958 in a fictional resort town in the Adirondacks. Seventeen-year-old Kevin Boyle is itching to get out on his own but he makes a couple of bad decisions...  Go to full article

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