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Music: John Kribs Sings the Blues

Southern Adirondacks singer-songwriter John Kribs joined Todd Moe, and co-hosts Hilary Oak and Beth Robinson in the studio last night for NCPR's Open Studio. Here are some highlights.  Go to full article
A view of the stage and backdrop at the Edwards Opera House
A view of the stage and backdrop at the Edwards Opera House

What's Old is New: The Historic Edwards Opera House

Sunday's New York Times had an article about hundreds of hand-painted theater curtains in Vermont being restored thanks to a statewide preservation effort. They once hung on small stages in opera houses and in town and Grange halls. Some towns are hoping their refurbished curtains will bring people back to neglected stages and music halls. There are similar efforts underway at historic opera houses in northern New York. Beth Robinson recently toured the Edwards Opera House, a prime example of a St. Lawrence County community working to preserve the past and reclaim a piece of cultural history.  Go to full article
David Douglas' "Keene Valley Airfield"
David Douglas' "Keene Valley Airfield"

Weather Happened: The Grays of June

The weather has been on the minds of a lot of North Country residents this week: heavy rains left flooding and washed-out roadways. We asked Adirondack artist David Douglas to describe June's weather from a visual artist's perspective. What colors would he use to "paint" the weather this month? David Douglas has lived and worked in Jay since 1987. You'll find his artwork on display at "Twigs" in Lake Placid.  Go to full article

Three Deaths, Roads Washed Out Amid Heavy Rains

Governor Pataki declared a state of emergency yesterday in 14 upstate counties. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

National BioFuel Expert Commends Growing North Country Industry

The 2006 Bioenergy Summit was held at Clarkson University last week. On Thursday, scientists, farmers and financiers talked frankly about some of the challenges in building a bioenergy industry in the north country and in New York State... Not all the infrastructure is in place in the state. Some lamented the lack of national leadership. But the mood of the conference was optimistic. Michael Pacheco is Director of the National Bioenergy Center in Colorado, part of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory or NREL. NREL is the federal government's primary research lab into renewable technology. He told Gregory Warner the North Country could be a leader in the bioenergy revolution.  Go to full article

StoryCorps to Visit the North Country

NCPR will host StoryCorps, the national oral history project that records stories of everyday people, next month. The StoryCorps MobileBooth makes stops in Canton and Watertown in July. NCPR Program Director Jackie Sauter tells Todd Moe about collecting stories from around the North Country.  Go to full article

Schoolbus Crashes Into Restaurant

A schoolbus crashed into a busy Lake Placid restaurant yesterday. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

ORDA Faces Assembly Review

The Olympic Regional Development Authority -- which runs major sports venues in Wilmington, Lake Placid, and North Creek -- is facing a review by two powerful Democrats who head committees in the state Assembly. Richard Brodsky from Westchester and Paul Tonko from Schenectady are both reviewing ORDA's internal operations. This review follows a report last year from the state comptroller that slammed ORDA's board for lax fiscal oversight. Todd Moe spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
A birdbath, topped by a ring of dancing steel frogs, in Becky Harblin's garden
A birdbath, topped by a ring of dancing steel frogs, in Becky Harblin's garden

Art in the Garden

Part of the fun of gardening in the North Country can be creating your own personal paradise. That's what makes each garden unique -- from a quaint cottage garden to a working farm with acres of vegetation. But what does it take to turn a gardener into an artist and a garden into a work of art? Open Studio co-hosts Beth Robinson and Hilary Oak recently joined gardener Becky Harblin at her West Potsdam farm in St. Lawrence County. It was just after a thunderstorm rumbled through and dropped buckets of rain. Becky's backyard and garden plots are filled with herbs, perennials, wildflowers and surrounded by sturdy stone walls. It's a place where everything comes together -- nature and art. Scattered among the garden "rooms" are her handmade sculptures.  Go to full article

Grisha Wins Adirondack Literary Award

Elizabethtown writer and historian Margaret Bartley's book, Grisha, won an award at the Adirondack Center for Writing's first annual literary awards Sunday. Grisha tells the story of famous Russian-American cellist Gregor Piatigorksy's childhood in Russia, his escape during the Revolution and as a refugee in Europe. He and his young family eventually made it to New York and the Adirondacks in the late 1930's. They found safe haven at the mansion "Windy Cliff" near Elizabethtown. A couple of years ago, Margaret Bartley spoke with Todd Moe about Piatigorsky's remarkable life and her book.  Go to full article

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