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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. Todd Moe recently 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

Root, Root, Root for the Rutabagas

The 2005 Rutabaga Curling Championships are slated for December 17th at the Ithaca Farmers' Market. The event website promises stiff competition from the Scottish National Team and a new rutabaga culinary cook-off. David Sommerstein attended the 2003 championships. He sent this tuber-tossing postcard.  Go to full article

North Country Flu Clinics Report Low Vaccine Supplies

We're a month into flu season. And many clinics around the North Country have been canceling flu shots. They simply don't have the drugs. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

APA Rejects Limiting Public Comments

The Adirondack Park Agency board has rejected a proposal to cut the number of pubic comment periods during monthly meetings. The plan, proposed by chairman Ross Whaley, would have reduced the number of public comment sessions from three to one. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Farms Seek Help With Pollution Regs

A farm group is calling for more state and federal help to meet clean air and water standards. The New York Association of Conservation Districts drafted several resolutions asking for increased funds at its annual meeting Monday afternoon. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Fall Chores in the Yard and Garden

Amy Ivy offers tips on pruning storm damaged trees, and other yard work.  Go to full article

SUNY Potsdam's Interim President Resigns

SUNY Potsdam interim president Robert King says he's resigning to take a new job. King will lead a not-for-profit in Arizona. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

State Approves St. Lawrence County Fuel Tax Suspension

St. Lawrence County residents won't have to pay full sales tax on heating fuel this winter. The state agreed to let the county suspend its 3% share beginning December 1st. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

North Country Residents Pan Border Passport Plan

About 20 people spoke out yesterday in Watertown against a plan to require passports at Canadian border crossings. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Farmers Deal With More Rain

Farmers across the state are enduring one of the wettest Octobers on record. It should be a busy time on farms. But this fall, crops from soybeans to onions are still left in soggy fields. Gregory Warner spoke with agronomist Pete Barney of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County. He said there are some bright spots, and lots of problems.  Go to full article

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