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Meet the Masters: Fran Betters, Fly-Tyer

Anyone with an eye for beauty can appreciate the sight of a well-tied fishing fly. A little piece of feather here, a bit of fur there all to lure in the hungry trout. Where did these designs come from? Do they work? Fran Betters of Wilmington has spent years studying the insects he's imitating when he constructs an Ausable Wulff fly, one of the many successful flys he's designed. Lamar Bliss reports  Go to full article

A Tribute to Folksinger Pete Seeger on His 85th Birthday

Folksinger and activist Pete Seeger is 85 today--a lot of years and a lot of music and dedication to causes near and far. Adirondack folksinger Dan Berggren has this tribute.  Go to full article

Homegrown Recipes from the Garden

For 20 years, the Cook's Garden Catalogue has been one of the country's best known organic seed companies. Now in her first cookbook, From the Cook's Garden, gardening guru Ellen Ecker Ogden shares a bounty of garden-to-table recipes celebrating the rich variety of seasonal offerings available at farmer's markets, produce aisles and home gardens. She gardens and cooks in southern Vermont. Todd Moe talks with Ellen Ecker Ogden about recipes for cooks who like to garden, gardeners who like to cook, and everyone who wishes they had a garden.  Go to full article

Vermont Cellist Elsa Hilger Turns 100

Friends and family have gathered in Colchester, VT to celebrate renowned cellist Elsa Hilger's 100th birthday. Hilger was the first woman, other than a harpist, to play in a major orchestra. She joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1935, and played recitals in Einstein's New Jersey home. Todd Moe talked with Elsa Hilger about her remarkable career three years ago, on her 97th birthday.  Go to full article
Eileen Raymond and Donna Williamson, Canton, display their Vermont Civil Union certificate
Eileen Raymond and Donna Williamson, Canton, display their Vermont Civil Union certificate

Canton Church Hosts Forum on Marriage Equality

Nearly 100 people gathered at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton for the "Freedom to Marry" forum last night. St. Lawrence County gay and lesbian couples, supporters of same-sex marriage and clergy shared their experiences.  Go to full article

Funeral For Brown Sparks Procession Ceremony

Private first class Nathan Brown, a National Guard soldier from south Glens Falls, will be laid to rest tomorrow. Brown died April 11 when his vehicle was attacked 60 miles north of Bagdad.  Go to full article

Alexandria Bay Seeks Customs Office

For thousands of summer boaters on the St. Lawrence River, traveling to or from Canada has become more of a challenge since September 11th, 2001. A proposal to re-open a customs office in Alexandria Bay could make checking in with border officials easier. Laurie Lind Petersen reports.  Go to full article

People: Actor/Playwright Peter Froelich

The world premiere of simpL, by Peter Froelich, opened Tuesday night at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. It's based on the life and work of the great German comedian Karl Valentin, whose early comic films preceded those of Charlie Chaplin. Froelich wrote simpL and also plays the leading role. NCPR theatre critic Connie Meng chatted with the actor/director/playwright during a recent rehearsal.  Go to full article

Call-in: Building a Future on Local Assets

Callers talk with Michael Shuman, author of Going Local in a Global Economy, Stephen Blackmer, director of the Northern Forest Center, and host Ellen Rocco. Shuman and Blackmer keynote the 2nd Burt Symposium at St. Lawrence University.  Go to full article
Dan Stewart
Dan Stewart

Plattsburgh Mayor: Gay, Republican, Supports Same-Sex Marriage

In recent weeks, Plattsburgh Mayor Dan Stewart has found himself in the middle of a national debate over gay marriage. Stewart is a Republican, but he's also gay and says same-sex marriages should be legal. He discussed the issue with NPR's Madeleine Brand and with Bruce Steel, editor of the gay magazine "The Advocate". Their conversation first aired Friday on NPR's program "Day To Day".  Go to full article

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