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All Before Five: 01/02/07

A new year, a new governor and a new focus on ethics in Albany... and a new face on the Olympic Regional Development Authority... and a lingering threat to an otherwise booming population of Bald Eagles in New York State.  Go to full article
Bobbie Jean and Bob Andrews doing chores in the barn.
Bobbie Jean and Bob Andrews doing chores in the barn.

A Year on the Farm #1: milking, feeding, and bedding

The North Country used to be a region of dairy farmers. Northern New York has lost hundreds of dairy farms since the 1980s. Still, dairy remains the biggest industry here and the cow remains a potent symbol. But fewer people know what dairy farming is all about. In 2006, David Sommerstein spent time on Bob Andrews' farm near Gouverneur, sending a monthly story about life in the barn, in the fields, and in the farmhouse. Every Monday starting this morning, we'll take another listen to the Year on the Farm series. Today...the basic chores that go on year-round - milking, feeding, and bedding.  Go to full article
Valerie Perry and Lucy Ruiz
Valerie Perry and Lucy Ruiz

Comfort food for stomach and soul

This week, we've been hearing stories about the power of faith in healing the body and the spirit, from a church in Saranac Lake and from a tent revival near Lake Ozonia. Faith is also strong at a new restaurant outside Fort Drum. Willie Mae's serves both African-American soul food and Puerto Rican Hispanic fare. As David Sommerstein reports, its owners also dish up a helping of food for the spirit.

Willie Mae's Soul Food and Hispanic restaurant is on 30092 Rt.3 in Black River, near Watertown. Call for hours and more information: (315) 286-2146.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 12/28/06

New and worrisome developments of a virus infecting the region's fish... A talk with an environmentalist in Governor-elect Eliot Spitzer's transition team... and a glimpse into First Night Saranac Lake.  Go to full article
"The Snow Lay on the Ground" quilt by Rebecca Muir MacKellar
"The Snow Lay on the Ground" quilt by Rebecca Muir MacKellar

Colors and textures of winter

Hilary Oark asks Canton fiber artist Rebecca MacKellar to describe the colors and textures she'd use in her ideal December "Weather Happened" quilt.  Go to full article

A Flair for art

Beth Robinson talks with Valisha Arnold and Mark Todd, creators of Flair magazine. The monthly arts chronicle, based in St. Lawrence County, celebrates its first anniversary. For more information about Flair email:  Go to full article

Faith healing, under the tent

Yesterday, Brian Mann reported on faith healing in one of the North Country's mainline churches - the Episcopal Church in Saranac Lake. Tent revivals bring faith healing to rural areas in the North Country - and summer is tent revival season. Gregory Warner stopped by one tent off the Lake Ozonia Road. It was operated by the Christian Camp Ozonia. He watched a faith healer at work. And then he followed up.  Go to full article
Peter Bauer
Peter Bauer

Transition in New York: environment and energy

This week, North Country Public Radio is profiling members of Eliot Spitzer's transition committee from this region. One of the most controversial members is Peter Bauer, the environmental activist who heads the Residents Committee to Protect the Adirondacks. Bauer's inclusion on the Environment and Energy subcommittee has angered many local government leaders who have clashed with Bauer in the past. They worry that his influence could derail a regional snowmobile plan proposed by the Pataki Administration. They're also unhappy with Bauer's proposal to freeze all decisions affecting the Adirondack forest preserve until after Spitzer's environmental team is in place. Brian Mann spoke with Bauer in early December about his role on Spitzer's committee.  Go to full article

Reward offered in Canton bank robbery

State police and FBI officials continue to analyze evidence related to last week's bank robbery in Canton. SeaComm Federal Credit Union and the FBI have offered a $15,000 reward for the capture and indictment of the armed robbers. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
Nigel Mumford healing. Photo: Susan Collins
Nigel Mumford healing. Photo: Susan Collins

Faith and healing in a North Country church

Every week in churches across the North Country, people gather to pray for miracles. The idea that faith can heal broken bodies and cure disease isn't just found in evangelical congregations. More main-line Protestants -- and even some physicians -- are experimenting with prayer as a form of therapy. Brian Mann attended a healing session at an Episcopal Church in Saranac Lake.  Go to full article

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