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Preserving the low-profile Indian River Lakes

Between the high profile destinations of the Thousand Islands and the Adirondacks, there's a hidden gem of a region. It's called the Indian River Lakes. Black Lake is the most famous and popular, but 14 other little bodies of water straddle the St. Lawrence-Jefferson County line, just several miles inland from the St. Lawrence River. It's rugged country, part of a granite strip called the Frontenac Arch that links the Adirondacks with the Canadian Shield. A conservancy formed several years ago to protect the area. David Sommerstein went kayaking with the group's president and sent this audio postcard. This story first aired in August 2005.  Go to full article
Rich Calabrese & Rebecca Hopfinger
Rich Calabrese & Rebecca Hopfinger

StoryCorps: rebuilding Pullman's island home

This summer we're featuring conversations from StoryCorps's mobile booth visit to Canton and Watertown. Rebecca Hopfinger from Clayton interviewed her friend Rich Calabrese from Rochester about what it was like spending summers on his family's island on the St. Lawrence River.  Go to full article
Gary Walts and Captain Honk.
Gary Walts and Captain Honk.

StoryCorps: Captain Honk

Story Corps just wrapped up a month of recording interviews in Canton and Watertown. Recently, photographer Gary Walts from Chaumont talked with his long-time friend, Thomas Bintz, at the StoryCorps Mobilebooth in Watertown. Thomas is an artist and is better known as Captain Honk. He specializes in creating art from found objects, especially those located along ocean and lake shores.  Go to full article
"Your Logo Here": Dan Sullivan-Catlin, Derek Maus, Kevin Smith and David Brown in the NCPR studio
"Your Logo Here": Dan Sullivan-Catlin, Derek Maus, Kevin Smith and David Brown in the NCPR studio

A song to celebrate July's weather

The Potsdam band Your Logo Here reviews this month's weather -- muggy, buggy and rain. Their improvised "Weather Happened" segment was part of a live performance last night on Open Studio, NCPR's monthly arts program.  Go to full article

Revisiting "The Slick of '76"

Tonight and tomorrow are the last performances of The Slick of '76, A Musical Catastrophe at the Clayton Opera House. The revived musical commemorates the 30th anniversary of a 300,000 gallon oil spill in the heart of the Thousand Islands. Thick, gooey crude coated the shoreline from Alexandria Bay to Massena. The accident remains one of the largest inland oil spills in the United States. Many river residents still remember where they were on June 23, 1976. The event re-shaped the way a generation views its relationship to the river and the giant freighters that ply its waters. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 7/27/06

The EPA grants another delay for General Electric's dredging PCBs from the Hudson River. Photojournalist Bill Putnam talks about snapping pictures in the deadly warzone of Baghdad. Grant money for restoring the Clayton Opera House. And - drum roll, please - one of the 50 most beautiful people in Washington, DC is Congressman John McHugh.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: 7/26/06

A summary of the Spitzer-Suozzi debate in the campaign to be the Democratic candidate for Governor. The Adirondack park Agency faced a tough crowd at last night's hearing over a Lowe's in Ticonderoga. The Gregg Smith Singers turn children's poetry into song.  Go to full article

Spitzer and Suozzi clash in debate

Democrats Eliot Spitzer and Tom Suozzi clashed in last night's first gubernatorial campaign debate. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Blazer says ski weekend invitation process needs reform

The head of the state authority that organizes a Lake Placid ski weekend for members of Congress says the way people are invited to the event needs to be changed. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: 7/25/06

The NTSB issues its final report detailing its investigation into the Ethan Allen accident on Lake George. Governor Pataki delivers $20 million for a new convention center in Lake Placid. Hearings continue over a controversial ski weekend sponsored by Congressman John Sweeney. Two homegrown retailers, Hackett's and Wise Buys, may join forces. And Larry the "Fish Guy" reveals the secrets behind his fresh seafood.  Go to full article

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