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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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Bob Noody (second from right), a bazooka man from Fox Company, 101st Airborne, on the night of June 5, 1944. Waiting for the C-47 to take off on the eve of D-Day.   Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/brevort/6035219135/">Doug Barber</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.
Bob Noody (second from right), a bazooka man from Fox Company, 101st Airborne, on the night of June 5, 1944. Waiting for the C-47 to take off on the eve of D-Day. Photo: Doug Barber, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

Star Lake D-Day vet remembers: "scared stiff"

This Friday marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy during World War Two. Now a dwindling band of brothers, D-Day veterans -- in their late 80's and 90's -- will pause to remember the day with solemn reflection.

Star Lake veteran Robert Noody was a paratrooper on the eve of the D-Day invasion. He recently returned to France and was awarded the Legion of Honour, France's highest medal for military conduct. Noody is also the recipient of two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, and is featured in an iconic D-Day photograph. Todd Moe spoke with him just before his return trip to England and northern France. Noody, 90, shared memories of the night the photo was taken, parachuting into France and tributes to his fallen comrades.  Go to full article
Olivia Zeis plays Dorothy in The Community Theatre Players spring production, "The Wizard of Oz", in Saranac Lake.  The show opens on Thursday night in the Harrietstown Town Hall.  Photo:  Community Theatre Players Inc.
Olivia Zeis plays Dorothy in The Community Theatre Players spring production, "The Wizard of Oz", in Saranac Lake. The show opens on Thursday night in the Harrietstown Town Hall. Photo: Community Theatre Players Inc.

Off to see "The Wizard" in Saranac Lake

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the classic American film, "The Wizard of Oz." A large cast and crew from the Saranac Lake area is in the midst of final rehearsals this week for their production. The show, which opens at the Harrietstown Town Hall on Thursday night, is presented by The Community Theatre Players Inc. The performances are part of a worldwide celebration of the 1939 motion picture starring Judy Garland.

Director Matt Sorensen talks with Todd Moe about directing the popular musical during this anniversary year with a cast of more than 40 local performers--and Toto, too!

Performances: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7 pm; Matinees Saturday 11 am and Sunday at 2 pm.
Tickets: General admission $20, seniors/students $15, children 12 and under $10. Tickets available at the door. Cash or check only.  Go to full article
Baker/chef George Stevens preps chocolate chip cookies at Jean's Beans in Watertown. Photo: Todd Moe
Baker/chef George Stevens preps chocolate chip cookies at Jean's Beans in Watertown. Photo: Todd Moe

Jean's Beans in Watertown serves up six decades of home cooking

Every community has a popular cafe, coffee shop or burger joint--the place for pie or a home cooked meal. Since the early 1950's, a family-run business in Watertown has been serving up take-out food, and lots of it.  Go to full article
A few of the many homemade ornamental fish at Woody's Bait and Tackle on Wellesley Island.  "There's no two fish alike. Guaranteed, " says Woody. Photo: Todd Moe
A few of the many homemade ornamental fish at Woody's Bait and Tackle on Wellesley Island. "There's no two fish alike. Guaranteed, " says Woody. Photo: Todd Moe

On Wellesley island, some fish are just for decoration

If you plan to go fishing on the St. Lawrence River this summer, near Wellesley Island, chances are you might buy your tackle from Lloyd Wood, or Woody. He's run a little bait and tackle shop on the Cross Island Road for more than 20 years.

But he's also known for his folk art, turning plastic soda bottles into ornamental fish that sway in the breeze around his shop. Todd Moe stopped by Woody's Bait and Tackle for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
John Elwood Cook often writes music from the deck of his home on Wellesley Island. Photo: Todd Moe
John Elwood Cook often writes music from the deck of his home on Wellesley Island. Photo: Todd Moe

How Wellesley Island artist John Elwood Cook brings an idea to song

Thousand Islands artist and musician John Elwood Cook loves life on the St. Lawrence River. He grew up on Wellesley Island and can trace his local family history back to the Revolutionary War era. His visual art has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country. He's found a niche in combining his visual art with music. He owns a collection of vintage Gibson guitars and enjoys writing music about local history, people and places along the river.

Earlier this week at his home on Wellesley Island with an amazing riverscape in the background, Cook shared his song "Chippewa Bay 1888" with Todd Moe during a conversation about his art. The music pays tribute to another North Country artist, Frederic Remington.  Go to full article
Wild morels, a spring treasure.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Wild morels, a spring treasure. Photo: Todd Moe

The cure for morel fever -- stalking the elusive spring mushroom

This is the season when morels are hunted by thousands of people simply for their taste and the joy of the hunt. They're another sign of spring in the North Country. Mushroom hunters say their favorite fungi are popping up earlier than usual this year.

Todd Moe has caught morel fever every spring since he was a child, and headed into his own back woods a couple of years ago to look for these "aristocrats" of the forest.

A reminder about looking for edible mushrooms: even distinctive yellow morels have look-a-likes that are poisonous. The slightest doubt about a mushroom is warning enough not to eat it.  Go to full article
Rona Waddington.  Photo: St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival
Rona Waddington. Photo: St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival chooses new leader

The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in Prescott, Ontario has hired a new artistic director. Rona Waddington, who brought "Hamlet" to Prescott last summer, succeeds Ian Farthing in December. Farthing will step down at the end of this summer's 12th season.

Waddington has an impressive background as an actor and director at theatres across Canada and Europe. And she told Todd Moe she loves the idea of presenting Shakespeare outdoors along the St. Lawrence in the summer months.  Go to full article
Jessica Dulle. Photo: Strand Theatre
Jessica Dulle. Photo: Strand Theatre

Plattsburgh's Strand Theatre hires new director

The new director of the Strand Theatre and North Country Cultural Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh is in the first week of her new job overseeing final renovations and creation of the new Strand Center for the Arts.

Todd Moe talks with Jessica Dulle about her goals for the coming year, and new possibilities for the arts in Clinton, Franklin and Essex counties.  Go to full article
Galen Halasz, a young loon fan at the 2013 Loons and Logs Day in Newcomb.  Photo: Paul Hai
Galen Halasz, a young loon fan at the 2013 Loons and Logs Day in Newcomb. Photo: Paul Hai

Newcomb season starts with loons and logs on Saturday

The Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb kicks off the summer season with its third rubber loon race on Saturday. It's an opportunity to get outside, rain or shine, and connect with nature. Other activities will include a bird walk, a presentation on "plein air" art by Artist-in-Residence Frances Gaffney, and Windy Baker will lead an Adirondack chair building workshop.

The art and outdoors events will be the centerpiece activities of the Visitor Center's annual Loons and Logs Day, celebrating the AIC's third year of operation as part of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry's Newcomb Campus.

The day's events will focus on the two most iconic symbols of human and natural history in the Adirondacks: logs and loons. Some 500 black-and-white rubber loons will be dropped into the Rich Lake outlet for a 425-yard floating race. Prizes will be awarded for those who sponsored the winners. Todd Moe spoke with Visitor's Center program coordinator Paul Hai.  Go to full article
"Flower", one of the pieces in the "Creations in Hope" exhibit opening in Ogdensburg on May 19th.  Photo: Tori Lampett
"Flower", one of the pieces in the "Creations in Hope" exhibit opening in Ogdensburg on May 19th. Photo: Tori Lampett

St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center hosts art show in Ogdensburg

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg is sponsoring an exhibit that features work by people who have been treated for mental illness. The goal of the exhibit, to be displayed beginning May 19 at four locations in Ogdensburg, is to bring awareness and reduce the stigma about mental illness. Todd Moe spoke with the psychiatric center's director Tim Farrell and rehabilitation counselor Tori Lampett about the art show, "Creations in Hope".  Go to full article

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