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Iraq Diary, pt. 8: MREs, Calls Homes & Daily Attacks

Next month, the Bush administration says it will establish a sovereign government in Iraq. Despite the transition, U.S. troops are likely to remain in the country for along time. National Guard troops from northern New York are hunkered down near a vast Army base in the Sunni Triangle. In his latest audio diary, Major Eric Olsen, a chaplain from Saranac Lake, describes the effort to settle in and establish a daily routine, while also dealing with the tension of daily attacks. This installment was recorded two weeks ago and none of the casualities mention in Major Olsen's diary occurred recently.  Go to full article

Call-in: Close to Homeless

Listeners discuss NCPR's week-long series of reports on homelessness in the North Country with news director Martha Foley, Franklin County Social Services Commissioner Leslie Lyon, commentator Jill Vaughan, and Cornell University sociologist Kai Schafft.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Want to Relieve Pain at the Pump

With New Yorkers paying record prices at the pump, lawmakers are urging various measures to ease the pinch.  Go to full article

Most NY School Budgets Pass

School budgets won broad approval across the North Country yesterday. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
St. Olaf Chapel is right across the road from Brynilsen's Viking Village on Fourth Lake.
St. Olaf Chapel is right across the road from Brynilsen's Viking Village on Fourth Lake.

Sacred Space: A Visit to St. Olaf Chapel

Next time you travel along Fourth Lake's South Shore Road between Inlet and Old Forge, keep an eye out for a tiny chapel hidden in the woods, just off the road. Todd Moe stumbled across the little church while tracking another story. For years, Scandinavian-Americans in the region, mostly seasonal residents in the Adirondacks, have flocked to St. Olaf Chapel during summer vacation. No lutefisk or lefse dinners, but this year marks the rustic church's 50th anniversary of Lutheran faith and Nordic fellowship.  Go to full article

People: Geoff Muldaur, a Folk/Blues Legend in Concert

Folk/Blues musician Geoff Muldaur played a concert at the historic Edwards Opera House last Saturday night in the St. Lawrence county community of Edwards. It was a chance to hear some great American music. If you missed it, here's a sample from Muldaur's concert.  Go to full article

Spring Expo Highlights SLC Businesses

Home-based and locally owned businesses in St. Lawrence County are being showcased today at the 2004 Spring Expo at SUNY Potsdam. The show is separated into nine categories, including Tastes of the North Country, North Country Talent and Small Businesses, Big Impact. The public is invited to visit the 60 exhibitors expected at the expo which takes place today and tomorrow in SUNY Potsdam's Maxcy Hall. Kathy DelGuidice organized the event.  Go to full article

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

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