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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,...
The annual Saranac Lake Winter Carnival opens January 31 this year. For more than a century, that has meant the construction of an Ice Palace, built out of blocks cut from the ice of Lake Flower. The job is now in progress. Last year, Saranac 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.
By train through the wilderness
By train through the wilderness

Adirondack Rail: on the Old New York Central Line

In 1891, William Seward Webb began construction of a rail line that ran from Herkimer in the south up into the heart of the Adirondacks. The track cut through some of the region's deepest wilderness. For seventy years, the New York Central carried passengers to Malone and Lake Placid and points in between.
The old line is all but abandoned now. But trains still make the run a few times each year, bringing supplies and equipment to the tourist railroad in Lake Placid. Brian Mann made the trip this spring. He found that a small army of train buffs are fighting hard to keep the historic route alive.

The rail line described in this story is closed to passengers, but Adirondack tourist trains do run all summer long in Old Forge, Lake Placid, and North Creek. For more information, see the links below.  Go to full article

Preview: SLCHA Honors Canoe Builder J. Henry Rushton

The St. Lawrence County Historical Association honors a favorite son. J. Henry Rushton's times marked the peak of 19th century canoe-fever. Martha Foley talks with County Historian Trent Trulock about Rushton's life and career in Canton.  Go to full article
VIC bird expert Brian McAllister

In Search of the Black-Backed Woodpecker

This weekend, birders from all over the country will gather at the Paul Smiths VIC for the Great Adirondack Birding Festival. It's a chance to show off some of the region's unique species--including a hard-to-find black-backed woodpecker that's nesting in the area. Brian Mann took a bird walk with the festival's organizer and sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

School Budgets Up For Vote

It's been a rollercoaster ride this spring for New York's educators. Governor Pataki proposed a billion and half dollars in cuts to school aid. The state legislature passed...  Go to full article

Book review: "Nehasane Fire Observer"

In the early '40s, the superintendent of Nehasane Park, the vast preserve west of Long Lake asked Francis Boone to be the observer in the Park's fire tower. Nehasane Fire...  Go to full article

Lake Placid Forum Draws Presidential Hopefuls

Organizers say four contenders for the Democratic party's presidential nomination will visit Lake Placid this week, for a two-day forum on rural issues. The event - which...  Go to full article

Interim APA Chair Discusses Agency Challenges

Last week, Governor George Pataki named a new interim chairman to lead the Adirondack Park Agency. Rochester attorney Jim Townsend will take over at the June meeting. He...  Go to full article
Camp Severance, ca. 1920. © 2003 The Adirondack Museum

Adirondack Kids Camps: Summer Through the Eyes of Children

The Adirondack Museum opens today for the summer season. A major new exhibition looks at the history of the region's summer camps. For millions of children, especially kids...  Go to full article

Adirondack Council Cuts Back

The tough economy is hitting one the region's most powerful environmental groups. The Adirondack Council has laid off nearly a quarter of its staff. Spokesman John Sheehan...  Go to full article

Landmark Land Deal Preserves Southern High Peaks

New York state and a pro-environment group will buy nearly ten thousand acres of land on the southern border of the High Peaks. The landmark deal - announced Wednesday by...  Go to full article

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