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Ask the Station Call-in

NCPR Station manager Ellen Rocco, program director Jackie Sauter, and news director Martha Foley answer listeners' questions about NCPR and public broadcasting.  Go to full article

SLC Business Leaders Seek Middle Ground for New Jail Funding

St. Lawrence County's business leaders want to find middle ground on a plan to pay for a new county jail with a sales tax hike.  Go to full article

NiMo Wants Rate Hike

Niagara Mohawk is asking state permission for a two-stage rate increase.  Go to full article
Beth Joseph Synagogue's interior
Beth Joseph Synagogue's interior

Tupper Lake's Beth Joseph Synagogue Celebrates Centennial

Beth Joseph Synagogue in Tupper Lake is the oldest Synagogue in the Adirondacks. Built in 1905, its origins stem from the late 1800's, when Jewish immigrants from Russia and eastern Europe arrived in America. It will celebrate its 100th anniversary this weekend with special religious services. At a public celebration Sunday afternoon (1pm) Beth Joseph Synagogue will be honored by TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, and added to its Registry of Very Special Places. It had been closed up for decades when a summer resident asked to take a look inside. What she found was a national treasure and she did the work to get it recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. Long-time residents whose fathers had built the structure came together with others to restore it for their community. It's the story of one building and four women. Lamar Bliss reports.  Go to full article

McHugh Breaks With GOP on Close CAFTA Vote

President Bush is hailing the House's narrow approval of the Central American Free Trade Agreement. North Country Republican Congressman John McHugh cited regional impacts and voted against the agreement.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Inlay Artist Dave Nichols

Tune into the Nashville Network, the country music version of MTV, and check out some of the guitars played by the superstars. If there's a close-up, look at the inlay work on the fingerboard or on the pick guard. All of the customized work you see was done in a shop in Whippleville, a few miles south of Malone. Besides the custom work for Martin and Gibson Guitar companies Dave Nichols builds guitars and mandolins and happily teaches others to do so. Lamar Bliss has the story for Meet the Masters.  Go to full article
On the road...
On the road...

Audio Postcard: Bike & Train Through Canada?s Maritimes

Summer is the time for family vacations and getting outdoors. This month, Tracy Santagate from the Adirondack town of Gabriels headed north to the maritime provinces of Canada. Tracy traveled with her son Levi and with friends, going by train and bicycle for eleven days. She took along a recorder, capturing the sounds of the open road. Here's her audio postcard.

You heard from Tracy Santagate. Also her son, Levi, who's fifteen years old and Levi's friend Kellen Waickman who's sixteen.  Go to full article
Howard Lyons
Howard Lyons

People: Singer, Guitarist Howard Lyons

Howard Lyons is a three-time NAMMY (Native American Music Awards) nominee and has won several awards as a singer, songwriter and composer. His style is described as "like Paul Simon, with an upbeat lively guitar and crystal-clear vocals." He will perform a benefit concert for Make a Wish Foundation at the annual Red Neck Games in Malone Saturday. Lyons grew up in Syracuse listening to Buck Owens, The Beatles and Bob Dylan. He now lives on a farm in Vermont. Howard Lyons has produced two albums and is working on a third. He told Todd Moe that his music has deep roots in the Iroquois and Mohawk culture.  Go to full article

In the Pit at Hannawa Falls' Derby

Summer in the North Country means field days and county fairs. It's tough to keep up with all the chicken barbeques, fire engine parades, and lawn mower races. For many motorheads, nothing beats the demolition derby. Hundreds of drivers sign up each summer for the chance to crash their rides into one another. David Sommerstein went to the demolition derby in Hannawa Falls last summer to hear the roar of the engines and the crunch of metal.  Go to full article

Depot Theatre Launches Audio Described Plays

The Depot Theatre is doing something new--an audio described performance for the visually impaired. NCPR's Resident theatre critic Connie Meng spoke to Artistic Director Shami McCormick about the process.  Go to full article

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