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Books: "Finding my Way to Moose River Farm"

Anne Phinney lives on a farm near Old Forge and has loved animals all her life. She's a teacher, writer and farmer who has written a new book about life among the animals -- 11 horses, 4 dogs, 3 goats, 2 donkeys, an iguana and pot belly pig -- on Moose River Farm. Todd Moe talks with Phinney about her book, Finding My Way to Moose River Farm.  Go to full article
<i>Tired Paws & Weary Wings</i>, paintings by Gwendolyn Best at Orange Gallery in Ottawa through June 9th.  Photo: Gwendolyn Best
Tired Paws & Weary Wings, paintings by Gwendolyn Best at Orange Gallery in Ottawa through June 9th. Photo: Gwendolyn Best

Remembering the Cats of Parliament Hill in art

An Ottawa artist has painted a series of works celebrating the Cats of Parliament Hill. Gwendolyn Best's cats are on display through June 9th at the Orange Gallery, in the Hintonburg neighborhood. The paintings were created to honor the many felines who made Parliament Hill their home. The sanctuary closed in early January when there were only four cats remaining in the colony. Those four joined the other dozen or so cats who over the years were adopted by volunteers.

The cats' ancestors arrived in the early 1900's to help control pests in nearby government buildings. The Canadian government and local volunteers had provided a place for them to take shelter and receive food and water since the 1970s. The cat sanctuary even had the Queen's blessing.

A couple of years ago, Todd Moe played tourist on Parliament Hill and met some of the cats and their caregivers. Brian Caines was one of the many volunteers who had visited the cats daily.  Go to full article
Bud Piserchia painting the nose on one of his mounts. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Bud Piserchia painting the nose on one of his mounts. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Traditional Work: Keene taxidermist masters paint, sculpture, stitchery

This week we're exploring the lives of people who do traditional work. These are arts and types of industry that people would have been using to make a living in our region a century ago, or even longer.

Bud Piserchia is a master taxidermist working in Keene. Over the last four decades, his North Country Taxidermy shop has also emerged one of the most important marketplaces in the Northeast for animal skins and antlers.  Go to full article
Abby with Charlene Romano, Mary France and Santa (Paul Bizaya). Photo: Nora Flaherty
Abby with Charlene Romano, Mary France and Santa (Paul Bizaya). Photo: Nora Flaherty

Heard Up North: Santa meets dogs and cats in Ogdensburg

Getting your kids' pictures taken with Santa Claus has been a longtime holiday ritual for many. In recent years another group has begun vying for Santa's attention--pets--and a picture of an awkward dog or an annoyed looking cat in Father Christmas' lap has become a fairly common site on the mantle.

In Ogdensburg on the day after Thanksgiving last year, Amvets Auxiliary post 19 invited people to come out to Tractor Supply with their pets to meet Santa. The event was a benefit for St. Jude Children's research hospital. Nora Flaherty's dog gets nervous in crowds, so she stayed home--but Nora did bring her recorder for this Heard Up North:  Go to full article
Katy Briedis and her 13-year-old dog, Olive. Photo: Riley Spellman
Katy Briedis and her 13-year-old dog, Olive. Photo: Riley Spellman

Heard Up North: De-stress with doggies!

The end of the year can be stressful. There's shopping to be done, cookies to be decorated, gifts to be wrapped, and holidays to be celebrated. And for college students, there is the added stress of finals.

St. Lawrence University in Canton recognizes this stress, and in an effort to help students get through the crunch time, the school offers stress-relieving activities as part of a "Study-A-Thon." One of this year's Study-A-Thon events was the doggie de-stress event.  Go to full article
Photo: Susan C. Morse
Photo: Susan C. Morse

New York adopts new plan expanding bobcat hunting

State officials in New York say they've adopted a new five-year plan for managing the state's population of bobcats. The plan calls for more hunting of the animals in new areas of New York state, including central and western New York.

The move comes as biologists say the bobcat population has grown to more than 5,000 animals. According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, planners received more than 1,600 comments about the plan, many critical of state's intention to expand hunting opportunities.

State biologists say they expect the changes to result in fewer than 150 additional animals being harvested by hunters each year.  Go to full article
These bear paws were seized from an Asian market in Brooklyn last year (Source:  NYS DEC)
These bear paws were seized from an Asian market in Brooklyn last year (Source: NYS DEC)

New law regulates North Country trade in black bear parts for Asian markets

When black bear hunters head back into the woods this fall, they'll face new regulations that require them to document any parts of the animal that they plan to sell.

The new law went into effect this year. It's designed to help state and Federal officials crack down on black bear poaching.

It's still legal for hunters in New York to sell bear parts for use in Asian medicine and cooking, but the trade will be much more closely monitored.

Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
Dogs and students during Finals Week at St. Lawrence.
Dogs and students during Finals Week at St. Lawrence.

Heard Up North: A day for dogs during finals

This has been one of the busiest and most stressful weeks of the year for students at area colleges. It's finals week, right before the holidays. Faculty and staff at St. Lawrence University took some time recently to share their dogs' love with students to help ease the stress.

Golden labs, beagles and mixed-breed mutts were among the canine therapists on campus last Friday. They performed simple tricks, chased toys and enjoyed occasional treats with the students. Our intern, Roger Miller, is a senior at St. Lawrence. He mingled with the pack of dogs and students in Gunnison Chapel during a study break for today's "Heard Up North."  Go to full article
Abby with Charlene Romano, Mary France and Santa (Paul Bizaya)
Abby with Charlene Romano, Mary France and Santa (Paul Bizaya)

Heard Up North: Dogs, cats meet Santa in Ogdensburg

Getting your kids' pictures taken with Santa Claus has been a longtime holiday ritual for many. In recent years another group has begun vying for Santa's attention--pets...and a picture of an awkward dog or an annoyed looking cat in Father Christmas' lap has become a fairly common site on the mantle.

In Ogdensburg on the day after Thanksgiving, Amvets Auxiliary post 19 invited people to come out to Tractor Supply with their pets to meet Santa. The event was a benefit for St. Jude Children's research hospital. Nora Flaherty's dog gets nervous in crowds, so she stayed home--but Nora did bring her recorder for this Heard Up North:  Go to full article
A cat nap in the shadow of Canada's Parliament.
A cat nap in the shadow of Canada's Parliament.

Prowling around Canada's Parliament Hill

Nestled amongst the trees along the western edge of Parliament Hill in Ottawa is a small spot reserved for the residential feral cat population. Their ancestors arrived in the early 1900's to help control pests in nearby government buildings. The Canadian government and local volunteers have provided a place for them to take shelter and receive food and water since the 1970's. This cat sanctuary even has the Queen's blessing.

Today, the complex includes neat rows of tiny kitty condos, built by cat lover Renee Chartrand. Renee, dubbed the "Cat Man of Ottawa", is 90 and still lives in the city, although he's not able to make the daily trek up Parliament Hill. A team of friends and volunteers have cheerfully taken up his cause. Todd Moe recently played tourist on Parliament Hill and met some of the cats and their caretakers.  Go to full article

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