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Meet the Masters: Fran Betters, Guide and Teacher

If you want to have a successful fly-fishing trip to the Ausable River, you might want to stop in at the Adirondack Sport shop just outside of Wilmington. Francis Betters will be there and he'll know what insects are hatching, and near which rocks the biggest fish are waiting. He's been fishing this river since he was a boy, and he knows each rapid and pool. He's also learned that there's more to fishing than fishing. Lamar Bliss has this Meet the Masters profile.  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

Meet The Masters: The Hammond Fair

Meet the Masters takes you to a small-town agricultural fair held in Hammond each September. There are chickens, sheep, cows, horses, geese, rabbits, kids and young farmers; an egg toss, a pie-eating contest, the chicken barbeque--all a part of celebrating the town's farming heritage. Lamar Bliss reports.  Go to full article
Earl Sprague, with a replica of Champ.
Earl Sprague, with a replica of Champ.

Meet the Masters: Earl Sprague and Champ, the Lake Champlain Monster

How does a town go about claiming a sea monster as a resident? It helps if you have a woodworker with a workshop, especially if the woodworker has seen Champ, the Lake Champlain Monster. Earl Sprague helped the Port Henry Chamber of Commerce give a shape to the seldom-seen monster and he tells us all about seeing Champ and about some of the adventures his plywood Champs have had. Lamar Bliss reports.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Tupper Lake Synagogue

The Jewish Synagogue in Tupper Lake had been closed up for decades when a summer resident asked to take a look inside. What she found was a national treasure and she did the work to get it recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. Long-time residents whose fathers had built the structure came together with others to restore it for their community. It's the story of one building and four women. Lamar Bliss reports.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: The Redford Picnic

Redford, New York is a tiny blip on the map today but, like many Adirondack towns, it has been through periods of boom and bust. During a boom time, in the mid 1800s the Roman Catholics came together and built a church which was consecrated on August 15, 1855. Ever since then parishioners take a day in August to get together for the Redford Picnic. The event has become a fundraiser for the church and parochial school, but for the families that have been attending for generation after generation it is much more. Lamar Bliss attended last year's picnic.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: The Redford Carousel

In a corrugated metal shed 60 yards from the Church of the Assumption in Redford, New York sits one of the few early merry-go-rounds or carousels made by the Armitage-Hershell company that is still in operation. No one can say precisely how or when it ended up in Redford. It only operates two days out of the year but it is a part of the life of this community and brings the generations together. Lamar Bliss reports.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Altar / Rosary Society of St. Anthony's Church, Watertown

Generations of women have been responsible for the perpetuation of religious and ethnic customs among Watertown's Italian Americans. Ida Jane Alteri recalls the procession for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel through the old Italian section of Watertown.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Ray Fadden, Mohawk Elder, Onchiota

In the 1940s, Ray Fadden [Tehanetorens] began to teach young Mohawks about their own culture. With a group of young men from the reservation, he traveled to collect information about Mohawk history and trained them in woodsmanship and other traditional arts. Fadden later founded the Six Nations Indian Museum in Onchiota, where an impressive collection of historical Iroquois artifacts are exhibited.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Beaver Camp Auction, Mennonite Traditions, Lowville

Each June since 1973, The Adirondack Mennonite Camping Association has presented the Beaver Camp Auction at the Lewis County fairgrounds, featuring traditional quilts made by local sewing circles. Handmade furniture and crafts, antiques, plants, and even firewood are auctioned all day. In addition, the event offers a vast array of traditional foods.  Go to full article

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