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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
Parade across new Lake Champlain Bridge gets underway (Mark Kurtz)
Parade across new Lake Champlain Bridge gets underway (Mark Kurtz)

Lake Champlain bridge dedication, a party and a moment in history

The new Lake Champlain Bridge opened for business back in November. But over the weekend, thousands of people gathered to officially dedicate the span, which connects Crown Point and Addison, Vermont. Brian Mann was there and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
It's our bridge now.  Hundreds flock onto the bridge during Monday's celebration.  (Photo:  Mark Kurtz for NCPR)
It's our bridge now. Hundreds flock onto the bridge during Monday's celebration. (Photo: Mark Kurtz for NCPR)

Monday's bridge opening marks next chapter in the span's long history

As we've been hearing, yesterday's ceremony is part of the long history of the Lake Champlain bridge and the deep connection between communities on both sides of the border.

Brian Mann has been following this story since the old span was declared unsafe in 2009. He has this look back at how the crisis affected the Champlain Valley and how it has united communities on both sides of the lake.  Go to full article
Chris Maron, head of CATS. Photos:  Brian Mann
Chris Maron, head of CATS. Photos: Brian Mann

New Adirondack group builds ambitious new trail system in Champlain Valley

The Wildway Overlook Trail -- featured in Brian Mann's audio postcard this morning -- is a relatively new path that's been built and opened by an organization called Champlain Area Trails, or CATS.

It's a non-profit group based in Westport that formed two years ago after local hikers and land conservation advocates grew impatient with the scarcity of trails in one of the most gorgeous parts of the Adirondacks.

Brian Mann spoke with Chris Maron, executive director of CATS. Maron says organizers quickly learned that they had a lot of great trails already in place that just needed more publicity.  Go to full article
The 90-ton doors stand open above the silo.  Its future use - a dance space.
The 90-ton doors stand open above the silo. Its future use - a dance space.

A Cold War relic with a new mission

Australian architectural designer Alexander Michael opens an exhibit of his sculptures this Saturday at his part time Adirondack hidden home that once housed an anti-ballistic missile (ABM). Michael will also give tours of his former Atlas Missile Silo in Lewis, in the Champlain Valley.

Twelve ABM sites were built near the Plattsburgh Air Force base in the early 1960's, hidden in the mountains. Each deep underground silo held a missile, and quarters where the crews lived and worked. Many of these silos were taken off alert and fully decommissioned within a few years.

Following their closure, most of them were sold off to local towns, salvage companies or left to decay. But Michael's Lewis Missile Base, also known as Boquet 556-5, is one of the more impressively restored missile silos.

He lives there for about eight weeks each year, and for more than ten years, he's pumped out water, hauled out or recycled scrap metal, restored the former Launch Control Center into an underground retreat. Todd Moe stopped by for a tour.  Go to full article

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