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"Full Circle" founder Camilla Rockwell.  Photo: Camilla Rockwell
"Full Circle" founder Camilla Rockwell. Photo: Camilla Rockwell

Burlington festival to explore the art and heart of aging

Burlington filmmaker Camilla Rockwell says because people are living longer, it's important to investigate the creative potential of these extra decades.

Rockwell is the founder of "Full Circle," Vermont's first regional festival to celebrate the joys and opportunities of aging. She told Todd Moe that the festival, being held throughout downtown Burlington on the weekend of April 11-13 is designed to inspire curiosity, connect generations and spark conversations.  Go to full article
Black-capped Chickadee. Photo:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/qmnonic/3460388725/sizes/z/in/photolist-6gMp1z-dn2KVz-dn2KSp-dn2KXZ-eiFs8t-duFntF-duLYgL-drk5Um-5Yhxmu-dcCkh3-dcCk8C-5YXb8i-9aQbFz-drUZ2D-5T7xSQ-8RDYrJ-9KkBzB-8RtU1y-8D47iy-66tKhv-dPGVZf-dPBjbx-w3v9G-dTDPUj-bLU5Lr-dPGW4s-dPBjd2-7Jh96c-619Z61-e2FAaR-e2MeLh-e4mU7b-e9Whvd-e3xogj-e3rH7v-e3xoVA-duFusg-5krqCe-7GcWHx-5krqFi-w9SBp-w9SBx-4DSarN-cBKotN-kAwSDH-9hTPeG-919pD8-kAwAT6-axfhZG-dBpK3Z-jjtUyz/">Matt MacGillivray</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Black-capped Chickadee. Photo:Matt MacGillivray, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

How birds talk: Whallonsburg will host bird language expert

We're just about two weeks away from the first day of spring, but if you look out the window there's still lots of snow and ice across our region. Birds are starting to return, though, and Connor Stedman is watching, and listening.

Stedman is a lifelong naturalist with years of experience sharing nature awareness and traditional skills with students of all ages. He's the director of the Vermont Wilderness School and teaches classes in bird language, wild crafting, and land stewardship around the Northeast. He'll give a lecture tonight at 7:00 at the Whallonsburgh Grange Hall titled "Bird Language through the Seasons" and then he'll lead a field class tomorrow, trekking outside to listen for winter bird language and watch for behavior.

During the lecture he'll review the basics of bird language and explore how birds journey through the seasons, and how they strategize to survive, especially during a tough winter like this one. He spoke this morning with Todd Moe.  Go to full article
CSX's upgraded and faster rail crossing passes right by dozens of houses in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein.
CSX's upgraded and faster rail crossing passes right by dozens of houses in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Ritchie: CSX "less than responsive" on rail safety in Canton

State Senator Patty Ritchie says she's still waiting for freight rail company CSX to provide more information about the hazardous materials being transported through villages like Canton and Potsdam. And she's calling for Governor Cuomo to expand his investigation into rail safety to include the North Country.  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
The Whallonsburg Grange was built in 1915. Photo: Kathleen Recchia
The Whallonsburg Grange was built in 1915. Photo: Kathleen Recchia

Whallonsburg Grange hosts "Songs for the Day of Dead"

Songs for Halloween, murder ballads and gospel tunes will fill the Whallonsburg Grange Hall on Friday at 7:30 pm. Songs to Celebrate the Day of the Dead will feature local musicians and singers presenting music to honor those who have passed from this life.

Todd Moe spoke with Mary-Nell Bockman, program director for the Whallonsburg Grange Hall, who says they just recently completed major renovations of the historic Grange.  Go to full article
Since the 1860's, the Wadhams United Church of Christ has served strawberries with all the fixin's. Photo: Martha Cooper/TAUNY Archives
Since the 1860's, the Wadhams United Church of Christ has served strawberries with all the fixin's. Photo: Martha Cooper/TAUNY Archives

Serving up strawberry shortcake for generations in Wadhams

They've been serving strawberry shortcake every summer in a small Champlain Valley community since the end of the Civil War. And later this month, TAUNY will honor the Wadhams United Church of Christ with a North Country Heritage Award. Each June in the small Essex County community, hundreds gather to enjoy strawberry shortcake, music and festivities. It's been an important local tradition for 147 years. Back in 1866, a dish of fresh strawberries, cake and ice cream cost fifteen cents.

Todd Moe talks with long-time Strawberry Festival volunteer Evelyn Brant. She's 87 and has volunteered at the festival since 1946. This year, four generations of her family helped with the event.  Go to full article
Marjorie Lansing Porter.  Photo: TAUNY
Marjorie Lansing Porter. Photo: TAUNY

Saving the long-forgotten songs of the North Country

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York is spearheading a collaboration on a ground-breaking project to showcase and raise awareness of the folk music of the Adirondack North Country. Todd Moe talks with TAUNY director Jill Breit about the "Songs to Keep" project, and Champlain Valley historian Marjorie Lansing Porter's work to preserve the music of lumber camps and iron mines.  Go to full article
Dr. John Rugge founded the Hudson Headwaters Health Network in 1974, with his first clinic in Chestertown.  HHHN now operates fifteen clinics.  Photo:  Brian Mann
Dr. John Rugge founded the Hudson Headwaters Health Network in 1974, with his first clinic in Chestertown. HHHN now operates fifteen clinics. Photo: Brian Mann

North Country health care reforms and unravels

These are the best of times and the worst of times for healthcare in the North Country.

The region is at the center of a new wave of innovation, experimentation, and reform -- including the "medical home" pilot project, funded in part by New York state. But the North Country's health care industry also face an unprecedented level of uncertainty and risk.  Go to full article
The Whallonsburg Grange was built in 1915. Photo: Kathleen Recchia
The Whallonsburg Grange was built in 1915. Photo: Kathleen Recchia

A new life for Whallonsburg's old Grange

Next week, a new season of lectures, music and theater begins 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.

Volunteers have spent years raising money, and sweat equity, to save the structure. The last stages of renovation are underway, and organizers are turning their attention to programming. Mary-Nell Bockman is one of the volunteers bringing the old grange back to life. She's program manager for the site, and told Todd Moe that the next goal is reinventing it as a year-round center of activity for the hamlet of Whallonsburg and the Champlain Valley.  Go to full article

"Those Stars": Social Band's new constellation of songs

The Burlington vocal ensemble Social Band is out with a new recording, "Those Stars". They'll perform some of the new music at a series of concerts in the Champlain Valley starting this weekend.

The newest sixteen songs celebrate nature, the seasons, the night sky and life. Todd Moe talks with Social Band director Amity Baker, who says the latest CD continues a long tradition of performing the work of some of Vermont's best wordsmiths and tunesmiths.  Go to full article

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