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NASCAR drivers return to bobsled track

NASCAR drivers will once again test their skills on Lake Placid's Olympic bobsled track this weekend for the 2nd annual Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge. The event is to raise money and publicity for the U.S. Bobsled Team. Bodine's raised more than a million dollars to help make better sleds with American technology. David Sommerstein went to last year's event and sent this story.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 1/4/07

Governor Eliot Spitzer gets offers of help with his plans for education reform... A look at the effect of 50-degree days on North Country farming... And commentator Paul Willcott on getting found - not lost - in a good book.  Go to full article

Governor Spitzer's State of the State address

Governor Eliot Spitzer delivered his first State of the State address, entitled One New York, to a joint session of the New York State Legislature at 1 pm today.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 01/03/07

Governor Eliot Spitzer delivered his first State-of-the-State Address... Highlights, analysis and reaction... And a fish virus spreads through the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes  Go to full article

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

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