NCPR News Staff: Mark Kurtz
Mark Kurtz is a photographer based in Saranac Lake. He recieved a BFA from Alfred University and has taught photography in high school, college and workshop environments. Mark is one of the founding members of the Adirondack Artist's Guild, and has had his own gallery in downtown Saranac Lake for the past 12 years.
Mark is a regular contributing photographer to Adirondack Life magazine and his work has been featured in Skiing magazine and many other publications.
Stories filed by Mark Kurtz
Most of the county courthouses in New York were built in the 1800s, with updates and even rebuilds since then. Some courthouse buildings are mundane, others - like St. Lawrence County's, in Canton - are magnificent. Go to full article
The fair has a long history: The first was held in the early 1820s. The first fair on the current site took place in 1852 and was mentioned in Laura Ingalls Wilder's book Farmer Boy.
Sometimes referred to as the Little State Fair in Northern New York, it is one of the largest and longest fairs in the North Country.
NCPR Photographer Mark Kurtz took in the full fair experience this past Monday. Go to full article
The Glens Falls All-American Soap Box Derby website has information about becoming involved with soap box derby racing. The rich history of the soap box derby can be found at the All-American Soap Box Derby web site. Go to full article
Established by Mike Peterson, bird banders have recorded and banded 17,374 birds of 106 species since 1976. He's been helped for most of those years by retired NYS Forest Ranger, Gary Lee. Listen to our Heard Up North of Lee banding during the winter at his home in Inlet. The banding takes place during the month of May.
This year, licensed master bander Gordon Howard, Professor Emeritus of Clemson University in South Carolina, led the effort. NCPR photographer Mark Kurtz was there. Go to full article
In his travels through parts of the North Country, photographer Mark Kurtz made a visual recording of some roadside lawn sign gardens. Go to full article
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Hanmer was a guideboat builder in Saranac Lake from 1930 until his death in 1962 at the age of 60. He learned the craft from his father. The race was created in Hanmer's memory in 1962 and has been held every year since, 2012 being the 50th. After Hanmer's death, his wife sold the boat shop on Lake Street to Carl Hathaway, who apprenticed under Hanmer, and built guideboats in it until 1991 when he sold it to its current boat builder Chris Woodward who apprenticed under Hathaway.
The "two Chris's", Chris Woodward of the Woodward Boatshop and Chris Covert of Guideboat Realty are the race organizers and sponsors. The race has seen dwindling participation in recent years, however this year's event, with support from the Saranac Lake Women's Civic Chamber, saw a resurgence to it's former glory with a significant turnout.
The biggest attraction was the parade of almost 60 guideboats that did a parade lap around Lake Flower commemorating the 50th Hanmer race. In one of the lead boats of the parade were octogenarians Natalie Leduc from Saranac Lake and Jim Frenette of Tupper Lake, both former competitors in the Hanmer Race. Go to full article
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