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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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Mary Ann Casale in the NCPR studio. Photo: Dan Devins
Mary Ann Casale in the NCPR studio. Photo: Dan Devins

Listen: Mary Ann Casale live in the studio

Decades in the making, singer/song writer Mary Ann Casale has a new cd, titled Running out of Time. It's an eclectic mix of original folk and blues. She stopped by NCPR this morning to celebrate the release of her new album.

After a nearly 30 year hiatus from traveling the country with her music, she's started writing and singing again. Mary Ann Casale told Todd Moe that she decided to write songs around the theme that life is short and it's never too late to start over, or pursue a dream long forgotten. Mary Ann shared three of her favorite tunes from her new album: "What the Heart Wants," "Running out of Time," and "No Place to Hide."

Mary Ann Casale's CD Release Party / Benefit House Concert is this Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2 pm at Robin McClellan's home - 465 Old Market Road, Sandfordville, NY. Admission is free but either monetary donations or donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted and will go to the Potsdam food pantry.  Go to full article
Colin Goodfellow (right) serves up hot cocoa to NCPR's Barb Heller and Lucy Martin along the Rideau Canal on Saturday. Photo: Todd Moe
Colin Goodfellow (right) serves up hot cocoa to NCPR's Barb Heller and Lucy Martin along the Rideau Canal on Saturday. Photo: Todd Moe

A Winterlude interlude along Ottawa's Rideau Canal

Ottawa's National Capital Commission (NCC) has embarked on multi-year project along the Rideau Canal to attract more skaters, strollers and cyclists in the winter and summer months. It's part of a larger experiment to increase the number of visitors to Ottawa's historic and landmark sites.

Two years ago, the NCC approved four pilot projects along the canal as part of an effort "to bring more vitality to the shoreline."  Go to full article
APE sponsored a storytelling event, "The Black Fly", in Glens Falls last Friday night. Photo: APE
APE sponsored a storytelling event, "The Black Fly", in Glens Falls last Friday night. Photo: APE

How a Glens Falls group is connecting the community through art

An arts group is bringing new traditions to the streets, businesses and vacant storefronts in Glens Falls. The all-volunteer arts group Art in the Public Eye (APE) celebrates its 5th anniversary this year, and it's growth from a monthly community arts walk to connecting artists, businesses and young people through cultural activities and public exhibits.

Todd Moe talks with Liz Wilcox, one of the founding members of the group.  Go to full article
Photo: Snocade Committee, used by permission
Photo: Snocade Committee, used by permission

Indian Lake Snocade fest embraces winter with outdoor and indoor fun

Indian Lake has been celebrating snowmobiling and winter activities for nearly 30 years: snowmobile rides, skiing, snowshoe softball and winter hikes.

The Adirondack town at the hub of miles of snowmobile trails will kick off its inaugural "SnoCade" on Friday, Feb. 14, to run through the 23rd. Organizer Sally Stanton talks with Todd Moe about how seriously Indian Lake residents take winter fun, of both the outdoor and indoor varieties.  Go to full article
Snow graffiti at Canton Central School. Archive Photo of the Day: Lizette C. Haenel, Canton NY.
Snow graffiti at Canton Central School. Archive Photo of the Day: Lizette C. Haenel, Canton NY.

School "snow days" dwindle as snow piles up

This winter's extreme cold and heaps of snow have caused havoc for travelers and homeowners, and could end up rewriting the spring break calendars for some North Country school districts.

About a half dozen schools in Jefferson and Lewis counties canceled classes again last Friday because of heavy snow.  Go to full article
Brian Miller and Randy Gosa, from their cd <i>The Falling of the Pine</i>.  Photo:  Brian Miller
Brian Miller and Randy Gosa, from their cd The Falling of the Pine. Photo: Brian Miller

How traditional tunes connect the northeast to the midwest

A musician and folklorist from Minnesota is researching lumber camp songs and traditional music from Maine, throughout the North Country and to the north woods of the midwest.

Brian Miller grew up in the logging town of Bemidji, Minnesota. "In the shadow of the Paul Bunyan statue," he says. His research into 19th century lumber camp and Irish-American music has included singer Michael Dean, who was born and raised in St. Lawrence County.

Miller recently uncovered some of Dean's recordings (made back in the 1920s at Dean's sister's home in Canton) in the Library of Congress archives. The recordings had been lost for decades.

Todd Moe spoke with Miller about how these lost-and-found traditional songs can connect history, culture and regions.  Go to full article

e-Books: "Habit" by T.J. Brearton

Adirondack writer T.J. Brearton's debut novel is out as an e-book. Brearton grew up in Saranac Lake and has spent much of his writing career in film, television and as a freelance journalist. He's the coordinator for the annual Lake Placid Film Forum.

Set in upstate New York, his new detective thriller is his first commercially published book. Todd Moe spoke with Brearton about the e-publishing process and researching the setting for Habit.  Go to full article
The Whallonsburg Grange was built in 1915. Photo: Kathleen Recchia
The Whallonsburg Grange was built in 1915. Photo: Kathleen Recchia

Whallonsburg Grange kicks off winter events

A new season of lectures, music and workshops begins this month at the historic grange hall in Whallonsburg, near Essex in the Champlain Valley. The century-old building, once a hub for the local farming community, is seeing a rebirth as one of the area's cultural destinations.

Mary-Nell Bockman is program manager for the site, and told Todd Moe that this season's highlights include films, live music, nature programs and workshops.  Go to full article

Books: "What She Left Behind"

Thousand Islands author Ellen Wiseman is out with her second novel, What She Left Behind. A new writer in the historical genre, Wiseman's first book, The Plum Tree, was one of the best selling historical novels of 2013.

Todd Moe spoke with Ellen Wiseman from her Three Mile Bay home about her success as a writer. Wiseman says writing is like any muscle, the more you use it the easier it gets. She says she's had a lifelong love of telling stories and writing.  Go to full article
Singer, songwriter, and banjo player Camilla Ammirati will help celebrate the re-opening of The TAUNY Center in Canton Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m.  Photo:  Susanna Rosen
Singer, songwriter, and banjo player Camilla Ammirati will help celebrate the re-opening of The TAUNY Center in Canton Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m. Photo: Susanna Rosen

TAUNY opens a new season with old-timey music

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, TAUNY, celebrates the start of a new season of exhibits and programs this weekend. You're invited to stop by TAUNY on Friday night for a kick-off event that will include new and old-time music.

Singer/songwriter and banjo player Camilla Ammirati joined Todd Moe in the studio for her brand of bluegrass and swing music and a preview of TAUNY's upcoming season.  Go to full article

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