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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

All Before Five: 12/26/06

A new airline will soon fly into the North Country... A member of Governor-elect Eliot Spitzer's transition team talks about the North Country perspective he brings to the team... And the conclusion of our series 'A Year on the Farm.'  Go to full article

Giving Voice: How to do a poetry reading

To the extent that poets can be said to have work to be going off to, a main part of the job description is public performance. It's a curious kind of show biz--"the poe-biz" as one poet calls it. Dale Hobson decided to talk with some area poets to get their best advice on how to do the deed. Participants in this master class are Duriel Harris and Albert Glover of St. Lawrence University, Robert Strong from SUNY Canton, Joe Duemer from Clarkson University, and Maurice Kenny from SUNY Potsdam.  Go to full article

Debating evolution and creationism in the Adirondacks

The debate over evolution and creationism is one of the most passionate and divisive in American society. Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection is taught in public schools and most universities as scientific fact. The vast majority of biologists are convinced that living creatures evolved over hundreds of millions of years. But surveys regularly find that most Americans believe otherwise. They're convinced that God somehow shaped human development. The tension between science and faith often sparks fierce arguments, fueling protests and lawsuits. But at Paul Smiths College, in the Adirondacks, a scientist and a Christian church elder have translated their disagreement into a long-running collaboration and a deep friendship. Brian Mann tells their story.  Go to full article

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