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A Washtub Bass Revival in Potsdam: Good, Clean, Musical Fun

Take a bucket, some string, a stick and what have you got? A homemade musical instrument! Todd Moe visits a washtub bass building workshop.  Go to full article

Ortloff/Sayward Propose Emergency Relief Package for Medicaid

While the state Senate was laying out a proposal to ease Medicaid problems long-term, their Republican colleagues in the state Assembly were announcing short-term fixes. North Country Assemblyman Chris Ortloff and Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward yesterday proposed a $200 million emergency relief package for Upstate counties. Individual counties would be reimbursed for some of their Medicaid costs, from $78,000 in Hamilton County to $2.5 million in Saratoga County. Sayward says the money would help local governments.  Go to full article
Martha Foley & Ellen Rocco mix the <i>latke</i> batter.  Below, <i>latkes</i> on the griddle!!
Martha Foley & Ellen Rocco mix the latke batter. Below, latkes on the griddle!!

Celebrate Chanukah With NCPR Latkes

Tonight is the first night of the Jewish holiday Chanukah. We start celebrations a little early this year by cooking latkes, Chanukah's most typical food. NCPR's Ellen Rocco and Martha Foley make 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

Meet the Masters: Veronica Terrillion, Sculptor, Indian River

Folk artist Veronica Terrillion created a remarkable thing, a total environment of sculpture on her three-acre homestead in Lewis County. Surrounding her handmade house are over 400 works in concrete, including animals (zebra, deer), religious tableaux (a nativity scene and St. Francis of Assisi), and representations of her family members. We revisit this Meet the Masters profile of the artist, produced by Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, that first aired in February 2000. Veronica passed away Friday at the age of 95.  Go to full article

Cultural Exchange: NCPR Hosts Journalist from Kyrgyzstan

It's surprising, sometimes, the people you get to meet. This month, the staff at North Country Public Radio, and lots of others in the region, have gotten acquainted with Nazeera Djakylbekova. And she's gotten to know us a little. Nazeera is from Kyrgyzstan, and she's in the states to learn about how we do radio - public radio.  Go to full article

Fire Guts Part of Downtown Theresa

Fire officials are keeping their eyes peeled for hot-spots from Sunday night's blaze that destroyed part of a downtown block in the village of Theresa in Jefferson County. The cause is still under investigation. The fire gutted the old post office, an old hotel built in the late 1800s, and threatened an existing bar and grill. Martha Foley talks with village mayor Ron Trickey, who declared a state of emergency so one of the buildings could be demolished immediately.  Go to full article

SUNY-Canton Receives Million Dollar Gift

A retired professor and former Canton village trustee has donated a million dollars to SUNY Canton. Dick Miller was a professor of electrical engineering technology for 37 years at SUNY Canton until his retirement in 1983. He then joined the Canton College Foundation's board of directors, and has now become its first million dollar donor.  Go to full article

Malone Hospital Strike Update

Union and hospital officials say talks are moving forward in the week-old strike at Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone. Martha Foley has an update.  Go to full article

Getting Outdoors: Climbers Chase The Pure Route

Rock climbing is growing fast as one of the Adirondacks' most popular activities. But the men and women dangling from those cliffs on Poke O'Moonshine aren't just thrill seekers. Many climbers consider their sport a kind of art--a form of expression that some compare to modern dance. Brian Mann talked with some of the north country's veteran climbers and has our story.  Go to full article

Medicare Bill Helps Rural Hospitals

North Country Congressman John McHugh says he's supporting the Medicare bill in Congress largely because of extra money it gives to rural hospitals. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

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