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Local justice scrutinized in North Country

Town and village judges hold a lot of power over the people who come before their courts. They can send people to jail or levy fines. But a New York Times report published this week found widespread examples of incompetence and improper behavior, especially here in the North Country. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Anneke and Ryan Larrance
Anneke and Ryan Larrance

StoryCorps: A career in humanitarian aid

Conversation by conversation, interview by interview, StoryCorps is collecting the stories and voices of our time. At permanent StoryCorps booths in New York and mobile booths traveling the country, history is being captured daily. In July, when a StoryCorps mobile booth stopped in Canton, its visitors included Anneke Larrance, who interviewed her son, Ryan, about his career as a humanitarian aid worker.  Go to full article

Faso and Spitzer debate in Ithaca

Both candidates got their shots in during last night's gubernatorial debate. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Patricia Towne (r) and Ann Fillhart
Patricia Towne (r) and Ann Fillhart

StoryCorps: Growing up Non-Native American among the Mohawks

StoryCorps is an oral history project based on the idea that the stories of everyday people are the most important and interesting of all. Each week NCPR brings you a story from StoryCorps' visit to the North Country earlier this summer. This week Patricia Towne, who now lives in Florida, talks with her daughter Ann Fillhart from Lacona, New York.  Go to full article
Michael Swamp (r) & son Nolan
Michael Swamp (r) & son Nolan

StoryCorps: Mohawk ironworker remembers 9/11

Inside soundproof booths across the country, friends and loved ones are interviewing each other about their lives. The booths belong to StoryCorps, a project that collects the stories of everyday people in order to create an oral history of America. One of these mobile recording studios was in Canton earlier this summer and among its visitors were Michael Swamp and his son, Nolan, from the Akwesasne Mohawk Reservation. Michael is the business manager for Ironworkers Local 440 and he talked with his son about the job and the important role ironworkers played five years ago in lower Manhattan.  Go to full article
Atlantic Crossing: Viveka Fox, Peter Macfarlane, Brian Perkins and Rick Klein
Atlantic Crossing: Viveka Fox, Peter Macfarlane, Brian Perkins and Rick Klein

Battle of Plattsburgh heroes inspire new music

Battle of Plattsburgh commemorative events are underway this week in Plattsburgh and nearby communities. Last Thursday night, Atlantic Crossing, a Vermont English and Contra dance band performed live during "Open Studio", NCPR's monthly arts program. Fiddler Viveka Fox introduces the tune "MacDonough's Fleet", which pays tribute to some unsung heroes.  Go to full article
Summer day on the Carry Falls Reservoir
Summer day on the Carry Falls Reservoir

Canoe journey: Jordan River, Carry Falls Reservoir

The Carry Falls Reservoir lies hidden away in the northwest corner of the Adirondack Park. Twenty miles south of Potsdam, Carry Falls is the fifth-largest lake inside the Blue Line. It's also the gateway to one of the North Country's most pristine rivers. Back in 2002, Brian Mann spent a day exploring the area. He sent this postcard.  Go to full article

Vermont walk highlights global warming

More than 600 people walked into Burlington yesterday in what organizers said was the country's largest global warming demonstration yet. Marchers are calling for political action to address global warming. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Arts Council honors Sally Hartman

Rensselaer Falls artist and teacher Sally White Hartman was given an award this year by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council. She owns the "Ladies First Gallery of Art", with husband Kyle Hartman, and teaches art in the Heuvelton Central School. Her background is in printmaking and painting, and the gallery is housed in a 19th century mill. Douglas Hopper took a tour earlier this summer.  Go to full article

Northway bus crash kills 5, injures dozens

A stretch of the Adirondack Northway, between Keene Valley and Elizabethtown, was closed this morning after last night's Greyhound bus crash that killed five people, including the driver, and left nearly three dozen others injured. Todd Moe spoke with Brian Mann about the crash. Greyhound info line: 800-972-4583  Go to full article

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