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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

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Potsdam Coop Celebrates 30 Years

The Potsdam Food Coop celebrates its 30th anniversary this Saturday with an all day festival of food, music and memories. Todd Moe talks with Coop board members Anne Malone and Ed Clarke about the Coop's history and success.  Go to full article

Academy for Performing Arts Opens in Potsdam

Calling all budding actors, singers and dancers! Registration is open for classes at the new Performing Arts School in Potsdam. The school will offer quality education in performing arts to North Country students from age 3 through adult in the areas of dance, theatre and singing. Todd Moe talks with Michael DeVoe, about the new Performing Arts School. For registration information, call: 315-322-4223.  Go to full article

Israel Green's Tavern Recreated for Battle of Plattsburgh

The favorite hospitality establishment of Plattsburgh's early history will be in service once again this weekend during the Battle of Plattsburgh commemoration. Israel Green's Tavern, recreated in the lower level of Trinity Church in Plattsburgh, will be open for business this Saturday from 10 til 8, and Sunday from 10 til 6. The legendary tavern was owned and operated by Israel and Sarah Green. Todd Moe spoke with John Shout, who'll portray Israel Green this weekend.  Go to full article

Preview: St. Lawrence University Music Ensembles Open to the Public

With the start of the new school year, the music department at St. Lawrence University is offering the community a chance to perform with a number of ensembles - from early music to rhythm and blues. Todd Moe talks with Barry Torres, Director of Music Ensembles, at St. Lawrence University.  Go to full article
Captain Honk hits the shoreline on Pillar Point.  And displays his latest fish art made from coconuts and seashells (below).
Captain Honk hits the shoreline on Pillar Point. And displays his latest fish art made from coconuts and seashells (below).

The Joy of Junk: Beachcombing with Captain Honk

You've heard the phrase "one person's trash is another's treasure". A North Country angler and artist who spends most of his time on Lake Ontario turns junk found along the shoreline into fish sculptures. It's just one of the hobbies that keeps Tom Bintz, aka Captain Honk, busy as he divides his time between fishing, travel, art and demolition derby competitions from the North Country to the Florida Keys. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

Preview: Music for an Abolitionist Rally

A concert of anti-slavery songs from the mid-19th century will be performed Friday night in Richville by the Hutchinson Family Revival. The group is a music reenactment ensemble performing popular music of the Victorian era. It's a concert of music with a message. Todd Moe spoke with Hutchinson Family Revival Music Director Richard Price about music and social activism of the 19th century.  Go to full article
The Edwards Opera House is on the second floor of the Town Hall. It retains a handpainted Victorian theatre backdrop (below) and original interior woodwork.
The Edwards Opera House is on the second floor of the Town Hall. It retains a handpainted Victorian theatre backdrop (below) and original interior woodwork.

Restoring the Past: The Edwards Opera House

Old opera houses are hot in the North Country. Clayton, Heuvelton and now Edwards have rediscovered the elaborate stages of their pasts. The Edwards Arts Council has begun raising money to restore its historic opera hall, on the second floor of the Edwards Town Hall. Built in 1896, after a fire destroyed much of downtown Edwards, the opera house is in surprisingly good shape. There's a bluegrass benefit concert Saturday night at 7pm in the historic opera house. Todd Moe toured it with the Edwards Arts Council's Bridget Clark.  Go to full article
The Bartok cottage sits on a shady slope behind a large house on Riverside Drive in Saranac Lake
The Bartok cottage sits on a shady slope behind a large house on Riverside Drive in Saranac Lake

Hidden History: A Visit to the Bartok Cabin

Hungarian composer Bela Bartok and his wife, Ditta, spent three summers in the Adirondacks in the mid 1940's. During their visits to Saranac Lake he composed two masterpieces and made friends with many local residents. The summer cottage used by the Bartoks has been restored and is open to the public. Todd Moe took a tour of the humble cabin hidden on a hillside.  Go to full article

Preview: Potsdam Arts Series

There's a new arts series in Potsdam this summer at the gazebo in Ives Park. The series will feature local performers and musicians Thursday evenings at 7, starting tonight. Hillary Oak, with the St. Lawrence County Arts Council, says the series includes music and mirth.  Go to full article
Sarah Cohen, store manager Mike Wilcox, and Linda Cohen
Sarah Cohen, store manager Mike Wilcox, and Linda Cohen

New Book Offers Glimpse Into Old Forge's History

In the late 1890's Moses Cohen arrived in the west central Adirondacks with a peddler's pack, and in 1900 opened a hardware store in Old Forge at the foot of the Fulton Chain of Lakes. It's become a centerpiece in the village and is known as the Adirondacks' Most General Store. Today, Cohen's granddaughters, Linda and Sarah own the store. The Cohen sisters, along with Town of Webb Historian Peg Masters are the authors of a new book that pays tribute to the early pioneers and entrepreneurs of Old Forge. They combined their talents in history, local lore and museum administration, and poured through thousands of historic postcards to put together a pictoral history of the Old Forge lake region. Todd Moe caught up with the Cohens during a visit to Old Forge Hardware for a chat about the store and their new book.  Go to full article

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