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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

All Before Five: 11/15/06

Enviromentalists praise IP's decision to stop burning tires. New polls say a majority of New Yorkers believe in Eliot Spitzer and want Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2008. And Brian Mann visits one of the most Republican counties in the state - Hamilton County.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 11/14/06

International Paper in Ticonderoga decides to abandon its effort to burn tires for energy. Governor-elect Eliot Spitzer tours Upstate NY's blighted cities, while an environmental group says state parks are no great shake, either. NPR's Ivan Watson on Afghanistan five years after U.S. troops ousted the Taliban. And David Sommerstein chases after his neighbors' escaped cows for Heard Up North.  Go to full article

Clinton says she's already spoken with Gates

Newly re-elected Senator Hillary Clinton says she has already spoken with the man who's been suggested to replace Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
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

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