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John Baylis portrays President Lincoln
John Baylis portrays President Lincoln

Preview: Civil War Weekend in Massena

One of the largest Civil War reenactments in the region takes place at Robert Moses State Park in Massena this weekend. Music, cannon fire, military drills and campfire stories are part of the event. More than 5,000 men from St. Lawrence County enlisted in the Civil War, and New York contributed more soldiers to the war than any other state. Todd Moe caught up with John Baylis, of Cassville, NY, during last summer's event. Baylis, who has studied Lincoln's life for years, will portray "Honest Abe" again this weekend.  Go to full article

West Nile Virus Threat Peaks in August

While the threat of contracting rabies is at an all-time low in the North Country, the dangers of West Nile virus continue. Susan Patterson, a Public Health Educator in Franklin County, says there are 90 different species of mosquitoes, but the ones that carry West Nile are most active in August.  Go to full article
Jim Benvenuto piloting his "Gypsy Wind" in Chippewa Bay.
Jim Benvenuto piloting his "Gypsy Wind" in Chippewa Bay.

Sailing on the St. Lawrence

It's the height of boating season. On the St. Lawrence River, roaring cigarette boats and fishing boats share the water with kayakers, antique skiffs, and swift sailboats. Last summer David Sommerstein hitched a ride on the Gypsy Wind sailboat in Chippewa Bay to follow in the wake of rumrunners and other river rats.  Go to full article

Singer Castle Opens To Public

Starting this Saturday, people will get a chance to step inside an historic Scottish-style castle on the St. Lawrence River for the first time in a century. Since a group of investors purchased it last year, workers have been restoring Singer Castle on Dark Island. David Sommerstein took a tour of castle last summer before renovations began.  Go to full article
Allens Falls. Tim Bouchard Photo
Allens Falls. Tim Bouchard Photo

St. Lawrence County Waterfalls Guide

A 2002 guide to waterfalls in St. Lawrence County showcases some of the area's natural beauty. The 16-page, color brochure was produced for the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce as a way to boost tourism. It features eight waterfalls, each with a bit of history and directions to the sites. The guide was written and photographed by St. Lawrence University student Tim Bouchard. Jody Tosti met up with him for a tour of Allen Falls in Potsdam and has this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Outdoor Recreation Call-in

Playing outdoors is a way of life in the North Country. It's also a fast-growing industry and sometimes a cause for conflict between people who see outdoor fun differently. David Sommerstein and Brian Mann host a discussion of the getaway spots we love and the complicated issues surrounding them. Veteran guide and outfitter Brian McDonnell, Tug Hill Commission director Bob Quinn, and listeners from around the region join the discussion as guests.  Go to full article

Wrestling for Dollars

Faced with financial problems, River Hospital of Alexandria Bay is holding a unique kind of fundraiser. Pro-wrestling will bring body slams and double big boots to Bonnie Castle Resort for a charity match on August 9th.  Go to full article
A rookie on the Salmon.
A rookie on the Salmon.

Trout Rising: An Afternoon on the Salmon River

Flyfishing is one of those pastimes that outsiders view with a kind of awe--art, dance and science combine to lay a line and a tiny twist of feathers and hair along the water just right to tease a fish. New York's flyfishing season runs through the middle of October. Last fall, Todd Moe pulled on some waders and tried his hand.  Go to full article

Music Fills the Hills: The Seagle Music Colony

For nearly 90 years, the Seagle Music Colony in the eastern Adirondacks has offered talented young singers a secluded summer haven to polish their skills. The seven-week music camp offers intensive training with music theater professionals and opportunities to appear in six Broadway-type productions, from Gershwin to Mozart. For decades, most of the Seagle Colony's shows have been presented in a simple barn theatre tucked away in the wooded hills above Schroon Lake. Todd Moe visited the opera camp last summer.  Go to full article

Hurricane Crag: Rock Climbing in the Adirondacks, part 1

Rock climbing in the Adirondacks--these days it's more sophisticated and much safer. But the reasons people climb are much the same. They go looking for adventure and amazing views--and a deeper connection to the mountains. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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