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NCPR News Staff: Todd Moe

Morning Host and Producer
A native of rural Minnesota, Todd Moe grew up on a farm not far from mythical Lake Wobegon. He attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN; studied Speech/Theatre and Norwegian, and began his radio career as a student announcer at WCAL (2002 marks its 80th anniversary!).

Moe sings in the Potsdam Community Chorus, and hobbies include food, gardening, history and tango! He was a newscaster and reporter for Minnesota Public Radio for eight years. A favorite memory from that job was interviewing Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann. Moe and his partner, Paul Siskind, moved to the North Country in 1998. Siskind teaches at the Crane School of Music. E-mail

Stories filed by Todd Moe

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Preview: East Branch Arts Festival

The 2nd annual East Branch Arts Festival begins today and runs through Saturday in Keene Valley. The festival is sponsored by the East Branch Friends of the Arts. The three day event features a series of hands-on workshops, performances, free demonstrations, lectures, tours and an art and media exhibit. Todd Moe talks with organizer Hilary Papineau.  Go to full article

Books: Ladies of the Lake

Kathleen Bagley's book, Ladies of the Lake, offers a glimpse into the lives of women who are drawn to water, and the legacy of life on Lake Placid. It's a collection of 23 stories of women and their lake camps. Todd Moe spoke with Kathleen Bagley who says the book is for anyone who spends time on the water.  Go to full article
"Sunday Drive" -- 2003 Best Of Show
"Sunday Drive" -- 2003 Best Of Show

Preview: Classic Boats on Lake Champlain

The 19th Annual Lake Champlain Antique and Classic Boat Society Show will be held at the Essex Marina on the New York side of the lake this Saturday. Dozens of historic, antique and classic boats will be on display. Todd Moe talks with Steve Pond, a ferry captain on the lake, and president of the Lake Champlain Antique and Classic Boat Society.  Go to full article
The <i>Lois McClure</i> docked at Burlington's Waterfront
The Lois McClure docked at Burlington's Waterfront

Lois McClure to Set Sail on Lake Champlain

Final preparations are being made this week on an 88-foot schooner like those that traveled Lake Champlain and the Hudson River in the 19th century. The Lois McClure is the result of a $1-million project and three years of work by Lake Champlain Maritime Museum shipwrights and volunteers. It's the first large wooden vessel built and launched in Burlington in over 100 years. Todd Moe talks with some of folks working on the project.  Go to full article

Music: All in the Family

The Waickman Family Band of Ray Brook performs early, classical, country dance and world music across the North Country. With three adopted children in the ensemble, the Waickmans have different family roots. But they share a common interest in music. Todd Moe caught up with most of the family recently for an impromptu home recital.  Go to full article

Preview: F?te de Danse in Rouses Point

The Rouses Point-Champlain Historical Society presents Fête de Danse 2004, a summer dance benefit concert tonight (7:30pm) at the Halstead Civic Center in Rouses Point. The evening will feature classical and new ballet and Irish dances. Todd Moe talks with event coordinator Jason Andrew. For tickets, call: 518-297-3793.  Go to full article
18th century French reenactors assemble during a recreated skirmish at Fort Ticonderoga
18th century French reenactors assemble during a recreated skirmish at Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga in Line for Federal Grant

An Essex county historic site is one step closer to getting a $1 million dollar boost from the federal government. The spending bill that passed Congress last week and awaits the President's signature includes more than $4 million dollars for military projects in the North Country. Fort Ticonderoga Government Relations Officer Walt Lender says the federal grant would be used for construction and program development at the fort's proposed Mars Education Center.  Go to full article
Antiques appraiser Ted Comstock
Antiques appraiser Ted Comstock

Antiques Expert Leads Book Appraisal Fair in Saranac Lake

How much is that Wordsworth worth? Saranac Lake antiques expert Ted Comstock will lead a book appraisal fair Thursday evening in the bakery at the Hotel Saranac (4-7pm). Todd Moe talks with Ted Comstock who's spent the last 25 years appraising books, paintings, postcards, photographs or what he calls "paper ephemera".  Go to full article
Polly McCaffrey, Cooper's Hawk, 2003, oil, canvas, diptych
Polly McCaffrey, Cooper's Hawk, 2003, oil, canvas, diptych

Preview: Polly McCaffrey Exhibit at the Remington

An exhibit that features recent works by a Waddington native is on display at the Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg. Polly McCaffrey grew up along the St. Lawrence and now lives in New York City. Her latest art features dynamic, larger-than-life images of birds, pears, tulips and paper clips. Todd Moe chats with Polly McCaffrey about the fun of abstract art.  Go to full article

Preview: Fiddler on the Roof Comes to Canton

The Grasse River Players' presentation of the musical Fiddler on the Roof opens Thursday night, July 22nd (8 pm) in the auditorium of Canton's high school. Fiddler on the Roof tells the story of Tevye, a Jewish milk man (and father of five), living in a small Russian town in the early 20th century. Music Director Barbara Burdick previews the Grasse River Players' production which brings together a large cast and crew from across the North Country.  Go to full article

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