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Martha Gallagher and Sue Grimm share Holiday music in the NCPR studio
Martha Gallagher and Sue Grimm share Holiday music in the NCPR studio

Music: Celebrating the Holidays with Martha Gallagher and Sue Grimm

Martha Gallagher and Sue Grimm brought holiday cheer to the NCPR last December. Martha, aka the Adirondack Harper, has a cd of holiday music called "For The Love Of A Baby". We'll listen again.  Go to full article
2 of the 10 bronze bells in Gunnison Chapel (above). Elizabeth Teczar, head bell ringer, at the carrillon in the chapel belfry (below).
2 of the 10 bronze bells in Gunnison Chapel (above). Elizabeth Teczar, head bell ringer, at the carrillon in the chapel belfry (below).

Hitting a High Note: SLU's Musical Tower

Bells have a long and distinguished past. Today the music of the carillon rings from belfries around the world, especially during the Holidays. You'll find them in city halls, churches and on college campuses. For nearly 80 years, music from a set of bells in St. Lawrence University's chapel has been a weekday tradition. The Bacheller Memorial Chimes in Gunnison Chapel are played, by hand, five days a week and for special occasions. Todd Moe visited the school's belltower for an up-close concert.  Go to full article

Environmental Groups Call for NY Funding Restoration

With Governor Pataki now at work on his budget for next year, a coalition of nearly 100 environmental groups is calling on him to restore funding for program that protect New York's environment.  Go to full article

Spitzer to Run for Governor in 2006

The first man to formally announce his candidacy for Governor of New York says "accountability" is what the state needs most. New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer paid a scheduled visit to a Rotary Club meeting in the Town of Greece near Rochester yesterday.  Go to full article

Watertown Cop Sought in Off-duty Shooting Surrenders

An off-duty police officer who allegedly shot and wounded a man in what appears to be a domestic dispute has turned himself in. Martha Foley has details.  Go to full article
Martha Foley & Ellen Rocco mix the latke batter.  Below, latkes on the griddle!!
Martha Foley & Ellen Rocco mix the latke batter. Below, latkes on the griddle!!

Latkes Celebrate Chanukah

Last night was the first night of the Jewish holiday Chanukah. We celebrate by cooking latkes, Chanukah's most typical food. NCPR's Ellen Rocco and Martha Foley made them live in the NCPR kitchen.

Potato Latke Recipe:

8 lg. potatoes (Idaho baking potatoes not recommended)
2 eggs
1 lg. onion
2 tsp. salt
2 T flour
pepper to taste
lots of cooking oil

Grate potatoes; mince onion (finely or coarsely, depending on preference). Add egg, salt, pepper, and flour. Drain mixture to remove water. Fry in hot oil until crisp on edges. Drain on paper towels or eat right away!  Go to full article
5th graders at Canton Middle School are lining up to learn how to knit.
5th graders at Canton Middle School are lining up to learn how to knit.

Hooked on Knitting: It's High Touch Not High Tech

The art of knitting has been practiced for thousands of years. It's a skill usually handed down from parent to child. Most of us remember the perennial hand-knit holiday sweater or hat. In the last few years knitting has soared in popularity. People of all ages are taking to the ancient craft. There are knitting guilds in coffee shops, living rooms and yarn stores. Fifth graders in Canton gather weekly for a knitting club in the school library. As Todd Moe reports, it's become one of the most popular after school activities for girls and boys.  Go to full article

Root, Root, Root, for the Rutabagas!!

Behind every winter sport, there's probably a founder who was just trying to stay warm and alert through the dark months. That's the history behind one of the more obscure sports - Rutabaga Curling. The seventh annual Rutabaga Curling Championships will be held Saturday, Dec. 18 at the Ithaca Farmers' Market. David Sommerstein came across the Championships in 2002, and sent this tuber-tossing postcard.  Go to full article

A Fading Tradition: The November Hunt for Whitetail Deer

In the north country, deer hunting is a family tradition. The passion, and the skills, are passed along through generations, usually from father to son. But these days, many hunters worry that their tradition is fading. More young men are growing up in cities, where hunting can seem old-fashioned, or even frightening. And even in rural America, some fear that the culture of the hunt will slowly vanish. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Iraq Diary, Pt. 24: North Country Reservists Confront a Wave of Bombings

During the recent fighting in Falloujah, insurgent attacks escalated in other parts of Iraq. North Country National Guard soldiers based at Camp Orion, north of Baghdad, faced a wave of massive car bombings. In his latest Iraq audio diary, recorded in mid-November, Major Eric Olsen, a National Guard Chaplain from Saranac Lake, describes the fighting over a period of 48 hours, as soldiers struggled to maintain order on the front line.  Go to full article

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