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The most-visited five stories at this week show that what our visitors consider important might not be what the news director finds important. The hot election race? Budget cuts? Not so much.

  1. North Country gets small initial shipment of "swine flu" vaccine (10/09)
  2. Music to connect hearts and minds (10/13)
  3. Invasives a growing threat to Adirondacks (10/9)
  4. In praise of sauerkraut (10/13)
  5. Lake Champlain bridge in worse shape than believed, fix could take years (10/9)

Here are the In Box blog posts that garnered the most listener comments during the week.

  1. Obama's Nobel Prize? Not so fast.    20 comments
  2. Looking for feedback about backyard burning    15 comments
  3. Another North Country child dies motor sporting    11 comments
  4. GOP in Washington assailed by conservatives over Scozzafava   8 comments
  5. GOP's third party conundrum   7 comments

Hottest topic?

The open trash burning ban that took effect this week. Here's what some people are saying:

Leo: It is about time. With all the recycle programs in NY, why would anyone need to burn garbage. No more stench from burn barrels. It's too bad, now you burn-barrel people need to recycle. Get used to it.

Anon: iIm ready for phase two of the recycling process. If you don't wan't me to throw away my plastic milk and water bottles in a landfill, or burn them, then stop producing them. Garbage is not only the "end user's" problem. Plastics have their place in the world, but maybe they shouldn't be "everyplace."

Anon: Our gifted leaders have decided to paint everyone with the same brush to make it seem like anyone with a burn barrel burns their garbage in there. Yes, I burn all my paper & cardboard in my barrel, or atleast used to. I made sure to do it right as to not hurt the environment & teach my kids that this was the responsible way of doing it. Now, they think daddy's a bad man for using a burn barrel. Thanks NYS.

Norway Nancy: It would be nice if us people who pay taxes and live outside of the village could have the town pick up stuff like Louisville/Massena does! Nothing like that in rural Waddington/Lisbon. Why Not??

Anon: I had a buddy with a backhoe dig a big hole. That will last me for years, and it's not visible. I figured it would cost me what one year of trash removal would, would cost a little less than two years of dump fees. that's not including the gas Id have to buy to get to the dump. How can we be so concerned about individual rights and yet be a dictatorship about smoke?

In addition to our news and blog comments, NCPR listeners who are renewing their memberships (in advance of the Fall Fundraiser that begins Monday) are chiming in on their pledge forms. Here's a sample from the last 24 hours:

You are the best radio with the best team. Thanks for your service!

NCPR is pretty much on all the time but we especially enjoy Car Talk, Wait Wait, This American Life and Pr Home Companion. 

No suggestions- only satisfaction with your programming - interesting, informative and entertaining.  Keep up the good work!

Thank you for keeping me company on my way to work.

What a great station!  Everyone does a great job.  We especially enjoy Todd Moe and Barb Heller's work.  Favorite national shows:  all of the news programs, From the Top, Car Talk, Wait Wait, Vinyl Cafe, It's Only a Game, Thistle and Shamrock

Wish it could be more!  We love NCPR, and though we live in NYC and love our new WNYC, we always will feel a connection with NCPR and still listen to it regularly.

I suggest that you all have a great time next week.  All for one, one for all. You always do great things together!

New features on the website:

New in the UpNorth Gallery:

The annual Northeast Quilts Unlimited show is on display at the Arts Center of Old Forge through November 11. Sample the exhibit.

Awakenings, Watercolors & Acrylics by Ken Wiley is on display at the Adirondacks Artists Guild in Saranac Lake thru 10/30. Sample the exhibit.

New in the UpNorth Concert Hall:

In a special broadcast Sunday at 4 pm, we feature the compostions of Crane School of Music Professor Emeritus Art Frackenpohl, recorded at a Potsdam concert in celebration of the composer's 85th birthday. The performers include Crane faculty and students as well as the Westminster Choir of the First Presbyterian Church of Potsdam. You can also listen to the concert now at

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