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Books: Ice Palace

The 107th annual Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is underway this week. The theme this year is "Carnival Time". Author Deborah Blumenthal has written a children's book that focuses on the seasonal tradition in Saranac Lake. Ice Palace celebrates winter, art and community. It's the story of a giant ice castle created out of the frozen landscape from the point of view of a young girl. A work crew that includes people from the village and men from a nearby prison cuts and transports huge blocks of ice and builds them into the ice palace. Deborah Blumenthal, who grew up in New York City, now lives in Texas. But for years she and her family vacationed in the Adirondacks. She spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

Commissioner Unveils New, Improved Math Regents

State Education Commissioner Richard Mills says at first light it looks as though the 2004 version of the New York State Regents Math A exam has fixed the problems that triggered a controversy last year. Bid Lowell has more from Rochester.  Go to full article
Piquant & "Tango with Todd", Sat. Jan 31st, 7:30 pm, First Presbyterian Church in Potsdam
Piquant & "Tango with Todd", Sat. Jan 31st, 7:30 pm, First Presbyterian Church in Potsdam

Piquant Thaws January with Spicy Latin Tunes

Last week, the Potsdam ensemble Piquant joined Martha Foley and Todd Moe in the studio for some hot latin/bistro music. Tango, cha-cha, swing and samba--just the thing on a cold winter's day.  Go to full article

Clinton Urges Bush to Abandon Seaway Study

In a last ditch effort, Senator Hillary Clinton is calling on President Bush to abandon a study that critics say could lead to a costly and environmentally harmful expansion of the St. Lawrence Seaway. In a recent letter, Clinton urged President Bush not to request funding for the Great Lakes navigation system review in his upcoming 2005 budget, Clinton says the study itself will cost taxpayers millions of dollars and untold damage to the seaway.  Go to full article

Plant Closure Another Blow to Dairy Industry

North Country Congressman John McHugh called the losing of the Kraft plant a dark period for Canton's economy and the region's dairy farmers.  Go to full article

Music: Old-time Banjo and Fiddle

Phen Canner (left) and Everett Smith (right) join Martha Foley and Todd Moe in the studio for old-time and Adirondack lumbercamp music on bango and fiddle.  Go to full article
Martha Gallagher (left) and Sue Grimm.
Martha Gallagher (left) and Sue Grimm.

Music: Martha Gallagher and Sue Grimm

It's music and conversation with Martha Gallagher and Sue Grimm. In a recording from last April, Martha Gallagher, the Adirondack Harper, and Sue Grimm celebrate spring with music for harp and flute.  Go to full article

Bush Election Strategy Shows in State of the Union Address

New York lawmakers viewed President Bush's call for Congress to strengthen America at home and abroad as a salvo in the political battles of the upcoming election year - for better and worse. The president's State of the Union, a broad outline of his agenda for the coming year, centered around continued resolve in the Iraq military effort and confidence in domestic economic recovery.  Go to full article

Heuvelton Restoration Renews Interest in Victorian-era Diva

A group of residents and historians in Heuvelton is doing its part to preserve a small part of St. Lawrence County's history. The centerpiece of their work is Pickens Hall, one of the oldest buildings in the village. And the building's restoration has sparked a renewed interest in the career of Bessie Abott, a granddaughter of the original owner of Pickens Hall. Bessie took the opera world by storm in the early 1900's. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

Music: Little River Trio

The Little River Trio joins Todd Moe in the studio for music, from ragtime to klezmer. The trio includes Warren Wisner on clarinet, David Katz on bassoon and string bass, and Betsy Kepes on keyboard.  Go to full article

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