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Advocates hope for more LIHEAP funding

National Grid expects the price of natural gas to decline sharply this winter by about 11 %. Weather forecasters are calling for another relatively mild winter, but the odds are it'll still be colder than last year. Low income advocates are worried about heating assistance for the poor. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Hurricane crag: rock climbing in the Adirondacks

Some people go for a drive. Some people take a walk. Others go to much greater trouble for the best fall colors. In October 2001, Brian Mann went rock climbing, up Hurricane Crag. But he wasn't just looking for the right view, he was with a veteran climber, looking for the "why" of the risky sport.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 10/2/06

Wind farm opponents sue to halt a wind farm project in Clinton County. Local protests in Glens Falls against the First Church of Satan at a Pagan pride festival. We remember "drowned villages" in the North Country, towns erased by rising water levels behind dams. The St. Lawrence power dam flooded 10 villages on "Inundation Day" in 1958.  Go to full article

Clinton, farmers critical of Canadian trade equity

Canada may be our closest metropolitan market, but it's a tough one to access for New York farmers. That's according to a report released Thursday by Senator Hillary Clinton's office, and coauthored by the New York State Apple Association and other farm lobby groups. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Poetry: Friends are like vegetables

It's harvest season. Earlier this year we began a string of conversations and stories about gardening and art. We visited a West Potsdam gardener and artist on her farm - one of many places in the North Country where everything comes together--nature and art. And in November, we'll meet a Massena man who turns sweet potatoes into art. Max Coots is Minister Emeritus at the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Canton. He's also a sculptor, gardener and poet. He's the author of a poem about the joy of friends and the garden harvest.  Go to full article
"La Sylphide" at the Plattsburgh Wal-Mart featured 6 dancers and a bagpiper
"La Sylphide" at the Plattsburgh Wal-Mart featured 6 dancers and a bagpiper

Ballet and bagpipes at the bigbox

Shoppers at Plattsburgh's Wal-Mart got more than bargains this summer. Dancers in tutus and kilts entertained in the parking lot, and shoppers became an unexpected audience. The annual event, where classical ballet meets everyday life, has become legendary. Todd Moe meets the choreographers and dancers.  Go to full article
Captain Honk hits the shoreline on Pillar Point, and displays his latest fish art made from coconuts and seashells
Captain Honk hits the shoreline on Pillar Point, and displays his latest fish art made from coconuts and seashells

The Joy of Junk: Beachcombing with Captain Honk

You've heard the phrase "one person's trash is another's treasure". A North Country angler and artist who spends most of his time on Lake Ontario turns junk found along the shoreline into fish sculptures. It's just one of the hobbies that keeps Tom Bintz, "Captain Honk", busy as he divides his time between fishing, travel, art and demolition derby competitions from the North Country to the Florida Keys. Todd Moe tagged along on trash-to-treasure hunt a couple of summers ago.  Go to full article

Local justice scrutinized in North Country

Town and village judges hold a lot of power over the people who come before their courts. They can send people to jail or levy fines. But a New York Times report published this week found widespread examples of incompetence and improper behavior, especially here in the North Country. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Anneke and Ryan Larrance
Anneke and Ryan Larrance

StoryCorps: A career in humanitarian aid

Conversation by conversation, interview by interview, StoryCorps is collecting the stories and voices of our time. At permanent StoryCorps booths in New York and mobile booths traveling the country, history is being captured daily. In July, when a StoryCorps mobile booth stopped in Canton, its visitors included Anneke Larrance, who interviewed her son, Ryan, about his career as a humanitarian aid worker.  Go to full article

Faso and Spitzer debate in Ithaca

Both candidates got their shots in during last night's gubernatorial debate. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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