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All Before Five: 12/6/06

Clarkson University and its employees' union agree on a new contract after months of feuding and pickets. The state legislature is on the way to bringing more openness to the way lawmakers fund their pet projects. And Brian Mann climbs through Indian summer and thick clouds on the way to a sweet view on Bald Peak.  Go to full article

Clarkson teams with Buffalo firm on bio-diesel

Potsdam and Clarkson University officials held a ceremonial ribbon cutting yesterday, marking the opening of N-D Fusion - a technology start-up that will soon begin work on more efficient ways to make bio-diesel. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Winter nights on the St. Lawrence

Seaway pilot Don Metzger explains why the long nights of December are the toughest time for seaway navigation.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 11/29/06

Analysis of the state health commission's recommendations to downsize New York's health care system. The report includes downsizing nursing homes in Canton and Watertown, but no North Country hospital closures. Two Seaway freighters ran aground in the same part of the St. Lawrence River last night. A SUNY tuition hike is in the works. And while deer season ends this weekend, rabbit season races on.  Go to full article
Digging into cookie dough
Digging into cookie dough

Fearless in the kitchen: preparing for a bakeoff

The Potsdam Food Co-op holds its 9th annual Holiday Bake-Off this Sunday afternoon, December 3, behind the Co-op at the Carriage House Bakery (noon-4 pm). It's a chance to enter your favorite holiday recipe, or something you've never made before. Winter baking is an annual rite in many households. Last year, Todd Moe stopped by a Potsdam kitchen where holiday cooking is more than treats and sweets.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 11/27/06

Karen DeWitt previews a state commission's report on closing or downsizing hospitals due out tomorrow. Brian Mann talks with an anthropologist digging into the mysterious history of Revolutionary War legend Jane McCrea. And wise words to avoid vertigo from a Potsdam chimney sweep.  Go to full article

Three Lakes, Two (Beaver) Dams, and a Carry: A Paddle Postcard

We have some news today of Gregory Warner, reporter and former host of All Before Five here at North Country Public Radio. He'll be spending time in Afghanistan next spring on an International Reporting Project Fellowship, reporting on farmers there for National Public Radio. He credits his successful application to the farm stories he reported here in the North Country, by the way. We always make sure new reporters get out to local farms, as part of their orientation. And Brian Mann, our Adirondack Bureau Chief, always takes new people out for an introduction to the wilderness. A typical excursion includes some adversity - weather or terrain, or both. He took Gregory for a paddle...we'll listen back to the audio postcard.  Go to full article
Canton youngsters build their gingerbreading skills at a recent workshop
Canton youngsters build their gingerbreading skills at a recent workshop

Learning the art of gingerbread

Just as the oven begins to cool from the Thanksgiving feast, comes another seasonal favorite - Holiday baking. Fruitcakes, cookies and sweets are an annual tradition in many households this time of year. During the month of December, visitors to the Traditional Arts In Upstate New York, or TAUNY, gallery in Canton will be asked to vote for their favorite gingerbread house. Earlier this month, TAUNY offered a chance to learn the tasty art of building gingerbread structures. Gingerbread architect Sue Wilder held gingerbreading workshops for eager bakers to learn some secrets of making gingerbread houses. Beth Robinson, co-host of NCPR's monthly arts program Open Studio, stopped by one of the workshops.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 11/22/06

New York's chief judge wants to overhaul the state's local justice system. We consider the "heritage" turkey, an older breed that some people say tastes better than its commercial cousins.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 11/21/06

New York's highest court rules against Governor Pataki's order to involuntarily confine violent sex offenders after their prison sentences are up. The decision could affect a proposed civil confinement facility in Ogdensburg. Police say arson of an Adirondack church was an act of religious intolerance. NCCC gets a multi-million dollars donation. And life and death on a dairy farm in the latest installment of A Year on the Farm.  Go to full article

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