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Bill Smith and Don Woodcock
Bill Smith and Don Woodcock

A poem for autumn

Adirondack storyteller Bill Smith and champion fiddler Don Woodcock joined us recently on Open Studio, our monthly arts program heard the last Thursday of the month. We asked Bill and Don for a poem or music to celebrate the season.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 11/8/06

All the election results, including how Kirsten Gillibrand upset John Sweeney in the 20th Congressional district. Democrats claim a huge victory in St. Lawrence county, taking over the legislature. And the transition has begun from Governor Pataki to Governor Spitzer.  Go to full article
The power of the voice: "shaped note" singers in DeKalb, NY.
The power of the voice: "shaped note" singers in DeKalb, NY.

The enduring appeal of shaped note singing

Each week across the country, thousands of people meet in churches, schools and homes to perform one of the oldest styles of American music. It's called "shaped note" singing. The name comes from the simple musical notation used in the songbooks. The tradition of the shape note singing school dates back to Elizabethan England, and for years, shaped-note music was a southern phenomenon. But it's just as popular in many northern states. Singers sit around a square. There are no instruments -- just the power of voices. Last fall, Todd Moe attended a shaped-note workshop led by "Social Band", a Vermont based singing group at the Old Meetinghouse Museum, in the St. Lawrence county community of East DeKalb.  Go to full article

McHugh wins 8th term in Congress

Republican John McHugh won an eighth term representing much of the North Country in the House. He defeated Democrat Dr. Bob Johnson 63-to-37 percent yesterday. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

NY picks for Congress: some old, some new

Democrats picked up another New York district considered solidly Republican. Oneida County District Attorney Mike Arcuri tallied a solid margin against Republican state Senator Ray Meier in the 24th. With 83 percent of the vote counted last night, Arcuri had 53 percent of the vote. The Watertown Times reports this morning that the district hasn't sent a Democrat to Washington in 60 years. Longtime moderate Sherwood Boehlert retierd from the seat this year. Musician-politician John Hall defeated 12-year Republican Sue Kelly in the 19th Congressional District. Hall wrote the 70s pop hits "Still the One" and "Dance with Me." In the 26th District, Republican Representative Tom Reynolds held onto his seat after becoming ensnared in the congressional page scandal. Freshman Republican Randy Kuhl beat Navy veteran and anti-Iraq war candidate Eric Massa in the conservative rural 29th District.  Go to full article

Scozzafava, Griffo heading to Albany

Republican Dee Dee Scozzafava won her fifth term representing parts of St. Lawrence, Lewis, and Oswego counties in the state Assembly. She defeated Democrat Karl Williams 58 to 42%. And in the 47th State Senate district, Republican Joe Griffo defeated Democrat John Murad 51 to 37%. Working Families party candidate Leon Koziol took 6% of the vote, as did Independence party candidiate Tim Julian. Much of Griffo's support came from the Oneida County and Utica area. Griffo bested Murad in St. Lawrence County by just 6 votes.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 11/6/06

Last hours of campaigning before Election Day. Bill Clinton and George Pataki were criss-crossing the state to bring out their party's voters. The latest on John Sweeney and Kirsten Gillibrand's bitter race in the Hudson Valley. Profiles of the races for attorney general and the 47th State Senate district. And we remember professor and avid outdoorsman Paul Jamieson, whod ied Saturday at 103.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 10/31/06

Fort Drum planners want to purchase easements on neighboring land to protect training space from encroaching development. Eliot Spitzer continues to cruise past John Faso to the Governor's office. And Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minoras the ultimate Halloween music. Happy Halloween!  Go to full article

All Before Five: 10/30/06

The Adirondacks recover from yesterday's snow and windstorm. We gte the view from Raquette Lake. Governor Pataki announces the state is running a billion dollar surplus. And Brian Mann and Martha Foley talk about the nasty TV ads running in the region's competitive congressional races.  Go to full article

Quebec teen wins Crane Piano Contest

17 young pianists from around the world competed in the 3rd annual Julia Crane International Piano Competition at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam this weekend. The winner was 18-year-old Olivier Hebert-Bouchard, from Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. Here he plays Diabolical Suggestion by Prokofiev.  Go to full article

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