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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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Wondering, Audrey Harradine, 2nd grade, watercolor collage, Kennedy Elementary School, Ogdensburg. Photo: Todd Moe
Wondering, Audrey Harradine, 2nd grade, watercolor collage, Kennedy Elementary School, Ogdensburg. Photo: Todd Moe

Pictures: Elementary art show at Ogdensburg's Remington Museum

Polar bears, landscapes and cityscapes are all part of the 31st annual Elementary Art Exhibit on display this spring at the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg. The show continues through May 11 in the Richard E. Winter Gallery.

The annual show allows the museum to showcase the creative process happening in school arts programs.  Go to full article
Josh Parker stands next to his pellet-fired evaporator at his sugar shack near Canton. Photo: Todd Moe
Josh Parker stands next to his pellet-fired evaporator at his sugar shack near Canton. Photo: Todd Moe

Canton teen is young maple syrup entrepreneur

Joshua Parker doesn't have his driver's license yet, but he's a young maple syrup entrepreneur with big plans. At 16, he's one of the country's youngest maple producers.

Joshua catches rides with his dad and neighbors to check the taps in his sugar bush. And even though he relies on advice from more experienced maple producers, he's the boss and owner of Parker Maple Farm, near Canton. Five years ago, he started tapping sap with 10 buckets, as a hobby. Last year, he got serious and installed a tubing system with 3,500 taps. He created a business plan, borrowed money for state-of-the-art equipment (with help from his parents) and is waiting for the sap to start flowing.  Go to full article

New mystery by Lake Clear author explores Adirondack great camp culture

Lake Clear author Jamie Sheffield recently published another novel in his mystery/crime series featuring protagonist Tyler Cunningham. Sheffield, who teaches at Lake Placid Central School, writes mostly during the summer months. "Caretakers" is the sequel to his debut novel, "Here Be Monsters," and once again pitches Tyler Cunningham, an unconventional hero, into another mystery set in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article
Olympian Erin Hamlin (left) and Duncan Kennedy of the United States Luge Association work with Professor Doug Bohl, grad student Brian Heckendorf, and Professor Brian Helenbrook on sizing a sled so that they can model it electronically, and then manufacture it.  Photo: Clarkson University
Olympian Erin Hamlin (left) and Duncan Kennedy of the United States Luge Association work with Professor Doug Bohl, grad student Brian Heckendorf, and Professor Brian Helenbrook on sizing a sled so that they can model it electronically, and then manufacture it. Photo: Clarkson University

Clarkson engineers designing a faster luge sled

The Sochi winter Olympics have wrapped up, but Clarkson University researchers are already working on the 2018 Winter Games: Mechanical engineering professor Doug Bohl uses computer models and wind tunnels to build a faster, more comfortable sled for American lugers.  Go to full article
Blair McMillen. Photo:  www.blairmcmillen.com
Blair McMillen. Photo: www.blairmcmillen.com

Listen: Pianist Blair McMillen performs live at St. Lawrence University

Pianist Blair McMillen shares some of his favorite music in a solo recital tonight at 8 pm at St. Lawrence University. Hailed as one of piano's "brilliant stars" by The New York Times, McMillen performed live this morning during The Eight O'clock Hour from the Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall at SLU.

McMillen, who lives and teaches in New York City, loves a wide variety of music, from Baroque to Blues. During the live broadcast this morning, he shared a new piece, "Toyed Together," written for him by composer David Rakowski, for piano and toy piano.  Go to full article
Christopher Buerkett will sign copies of "69 Seconds: Poetry in Time's Need" at The Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid from 3-5 pm on Saturday. Photo: Christopher Buerkett
Christopher Buerkett will sign copies of "69 Seconds: Poetry in Time's Need" at The Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid from 3-5 pm on Saturday. Photo: Christopher Buerkett

Saranac Lake poet and clock repairer publishes first book

Christopher Buerkett composes poems while focusing on the inner workings of clocks.

Buerkett owns a clock repair shop in Saranac Lake and has just published his first book of poetry: "69 Seconds: Poetry in Time's Need." In the book, his poems are adorned with photos of old timepieces and clock parts. He told Todd Moe that, for him, poetry feels like painting with words.  Go to full article
The remains of two Riverside Heights buildings under the waves of the St. Lawrence Seaway.  Photo: Louis Helbig
The remains of two Riverside Heights buildings under the waves of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Photo: Louis Helbig

Photos: Ottawa artist explores the Seaway's "sunken" communities

Since 2009, Ontario aerial photographer Louis Helbig has been collecting stories and memories of life along the St. Lawrence River before and after Inundation Day (July 1, 1958), when Canadian and American villages along the St. Lawrence were flooded and thousands of people relocated, so the St. Lawrence Seaway could come into being. Helbig's "Sunken Villages" project includes images and stories about the communities that have been hidden under the St. Lawrence Seaway for over 50 years.

For the last few years, Helbig has arranged exhibitions of his birds-eye view of the underwater remnants of houses and streets on the Canadian side of the Seaway. Now, he's looking for stories and family histories from the American side. On Thursday night at 6:30, he'll make an audio and visual presentation at the Massena Public Library.  Go to full article

New photo book celebrates Saranac Lake's history

From the earliest settlers, to winter ice palaces, to Adirondack tourism, a new book celebrates the history of Saranac Lake. It was compiled by Neil Surprenant, who teaches American history and is the director of the library at Paul Smith's College.

Surprenant tells Todd Moe that he's lived near Saranac Lake for more than 30 years and really enjoyed exploring its history through hundreds of photos. His new historic photo book of Saranac Lake is part of the popular "Images of America" series.  Go to full article
The Lyme Community Foundation is hosting a Silent Film Festival on February 22, 2014, 7 pm, in Chaumont Presbyterian Church, Chaumont, NY. Four films, including "The Goat," will be accompanied by North Country organist Jason Comet, using his originally compiled scores. Image: "The Goat," silent film poster. Artist: unknown.
The Lyme Community Foundation is hosting a Silent Film Festival on February 22, 2014, 7 pm, in Chaumont Presbyterian Church, Chaumont, NY. Four films, including "The Goat," will be accompanied by North Country organist Jason Comet, using his originally compiled scores. Image: "The Goat," silent film poster. Artist: unknown.

Watertown organist recreates the magic of silent films

A century ago, moviegoers flocked to cinemas to watch films without dialogue or sounds. The mood and sound effects were provided by a musician, usually at a pipe organ.

The Lyme Community Foundation is hosting a Silent Film Festival on Saturday night at 7, in Chaumont Presbyterian Church. Four films, including Buster Keaton's "The Goat," will be accompanied by Watertown organist Jason Comet, using originally compiled film scores.

Comet told Todd Moe that after the release of "The Jazz Singer" in 1927, "talkies" became more popular. But today, there's a renewed demand for silent film classics.  Go to full article
Penguins heading for open water. Photo: Glenn Clark
Penguins heading for open water. Photo: Glenn Clark

Parishville-Hopkinton teacher studies climate change in Antarctica

Have you seen a whale, penguin or seal lately? Parishville-Hopkinton biology teacher Glenn Clark has: He's in Antarctica right now. Clark is one of 17 teachers selected from across the country to work with the Arctic Research Consortium's PolarTREC program, studying climate change.

He's living and working aboard the RV Palmer, an ice breaker research vessel near the Totten Glacier System on the eastern Antarctica coast, one of the most remote, uncharted regions of the world.  Go to full article

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