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Community Calendar Events for The Tug Hill region and Lewis County


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Special Reports

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Audio Slideshow:
Life beneath the Tug Hill wind turbines
David Sommerstein talks with neighbors of the Maple Ridge windfarm on the Tug Hill Plateau to find out what it's like living with the new energy technology in your own back yard.
Photo Audio Essay
Protecting the Tug Hill Plateau: Fish Creek
Last summer, New York State, the Nature Conservancy, and a Boston-based timber company announced a plan to preserve 45,000 acres of forest on the Tug Hill Plateau. David Sommerstein visited the “East Branch of Fish Creek Working Forest” to see how the plan is shaping up.

Environmental group sues over ATVs

The Adirondack Council and a group of local residents are suing Lewis County's legislature, hoping to block ATV access to county-owned public forest land. Four-wheel riding is a popular sport in the western Adirondacks, but environmental groups say the vehicles destroy trails and plant life. Brian Mann has more.  Go to full article
Outside the "Thirsty Otter," in Forestport.

Forestport Poker Run: the outlaw spirit, for a good cause

In the 1890s the town of Forestport in the southern Adirondacks was a rowdy logging town. The joke was there were more saloons than people. And no saloon had more of a reputation than the Hotel Doyle. When the paper mills started to shut down, it was at the Hotel Doyle that the townspeople hatched a plan to sabotage one of the levees on the Black River Canal. Three times they succeeded, each time bringing repair crews - and economic life - back to the region. Today the Hotel Doyle still stands. It's a biker bar called Scooter's. Gregory Warner went there last month for a poker run - kind of like bar hopping for charity on motorcycles. But as he found out, the poker run is about more than beer and wheels. It's another example of Forestport refusing to fade away.  Go to full article

A family tree leads to lawbreakers in Forestport

This weekend the tiny town of Forestport, southeast of Boonville, is celebrating its past - the history of a boozy, brawling town of outlaws. At the end of the 19th century, town leaders sabotaged the Forestport feeder canal, a part of the Erie Canal system, not once, not twice, but three times. At the time, it was called "the most damnable conspiracy" in the history of the state of New York. It was the stuff of whispered rumors and legend in Oneida County, until an amateur geneologist and career journalist stumbled into the heart of the conspiracy. David Sommerstein has the story behind Michael Doyle's book, The Forestport Breaks.  Go to full article

Heard up North: Place Names "Negro Creek"

Dale Hobson and Gregory Warner discuss place names and their origin: Today, Negro Creek. And the "7 Categories" of Adirondack Place Names...  Go to full article

Preview: Lowville Cream Cheese Festival

NCPR is media sponsor for the second annual Lowville Cream Cheese Festival this Saturday. The day's activities include the unveiling of the world's largest cheesecake and...  Go to full article
Marjorie Ransom

Preview: Silver Speaks - Jewelry of the Middle East

Todd Moe talks with Marjorie Ransom, a Lewis county native, who spent years in the Middle East as a U.S. diplomat. She's also researched and collected traditional silver...  Go to full article

Heard up North: Sticky Secrets of the Freeman Taffy

It wouldn't be summer without taffy. For 11 years Freeman's Taffy Stand has been a fixture at the Lewis County Fair. Jim Freeman now runs the stand.  Go to full article

Marks Farm, DEC settle over Black River manure spill

A Lewis County dairy farm has agreed to a $2.2 million settlement for a massive manure spill into the Black River last summer. The Department of Environmental Conservation...  Go to full article

Heard up North: Yupper! (& Beaver Meadows)

Our ongoing exploration of North Country dialect continues. Lynn Klein lives in the Lewis County Town of Leyden.  Go to full article

Latinos on the Farm, in the Shadows

In the North Country, two groups are watching the immigration debate closely: dairy farmers and the Mexicans and Central Americans who work for them. There are no numbers on...  Go to full article

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