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Irene relief benefit in Whallonsburg on Saturday

A benefit spaghetti dinner and dance at the Whallonsburg Grange on Saturday night (5:30) will donate all the proceeds to area families in need of help after Irene. The event is dubbed, "Good Night, Irene." Todd Moe talks with Whallonsburg Grange Hall Program Director Mary-Nell Bockman about some of the cleanup efforts in the Champlain Valley and neighbors who lost their homes in the storm's aftermath.  Go to full article
The 400 foot span will be moved from this site Thursday morning (Photos courtesy of:  Susan Waters)
The 400 foot span will be moved from this site Thursday morning (Photos courtesy of: Susan Waters)

Lake Champlain bridge arch to be installed on Thursday

State transportation officials in New York say the giant steel arch needed to complete the Lake Champlain bridge will be moved into place tomorrow if weather permits. DOT commissioner Joan McDonald issued a statement saying that the event will mark a "historic day for the people of the region who heavily depend on the bridge for their livelihoods."

The bridge from Crown Point New York to Addison Vermont was closed and condemned two years ago, after engineers found that its support piers were crumbled. Brian Mann headed out on the lake this week to get a preview of the route that the new 400-foot long arch will travel from the construction yard in Port Henry to the bridge site in Crown Point. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Lowes closure in Ticonderoga slashes more than 80 jobs

The Lowes corporation abruptly closed its big box store in Ticonderoga Sunday night, a move that affects more than eighty employees.

The company blamed lackluster sales and shuttered six other stores nationwide.

As Brian Mann reports, efforts are already underway to help laid-off workers. But the closure could also hurt regional contractors and construction workers throughout the southern Champlain Valley.  Go to full article
Moriah celebrates "Johnn Podres Day" (Photos:  Brian Mann, NCPR)
Moriah celebrates "Johnn Podres Day" (Photos: Brian Mann, NCPR)

Moriah remembers "hometown hero" Johnny Podres

Over the weekend, the town of Moriah held its first-ever "Johnny Podres Day." Local fans celebrated the life of the legendary pitcher, who grew up in the Adirondack foothills in the 1940s and 50s. Podres went on to lead the Brooklyn Dodgers to their victory over the New York Yankees in the 1955 World Series.

On Saturday, a temporary museum opened on the main street of Port Henry. It was filled with memorabilia collected by Pat Salerno. He's a mason and a contractor who grew up in Moriah during Podres's heyday in major league baseball. Brian Mann took a tour of the exhibit with Pat Salerno and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Ater readies the tractor and transplanter.
Ater readies the tractor and transplanter.

Grown up and growing food on their own

This week we begin a series of stories and conversations about the next generation of farmers in the North Country. We're calling it "Farmers under 40". They're young, energetic and willing to make sacrifices to be part of the farmer-foodie culture.

Community Supported Agriculture, or "CSA", is a growing trend across the region with people who like to know where their food is grown and that it's fresh. It's like subscription agriculture. Members join before the growing season begins, giving the grower the money to buy seeds and supplies. They also share in the farm's seasonal bounty.

One such CSA, Fledging Crow Vegetables, is run by Ian Ater and Lucas Christenson. Todd Moe recently visited their small farm just outside of Keeseville, south of Plattsburgh. Chances are you've seen the Fledging Crow booth at a farmers' market in the Adirondacks or Champlain Valley this summer. Ater and Christenson are both college educated, but growing and peddling spinach, lettuce, tomatoes and carrots wasn't in their early career plans. Now in their late-20's, the two friends are committed -- physically and financially -- to dirt, sweat and feeding the North Country.  Go to full article
Severine von Tscharmer Fleming
Severine von Tscharmer Fleming

Aspiring and veteran farmers gather to network, socialize

Beginning and veteran farmers will gather in the Champlain Valley on Saturday for a chance to network, learn and socialize. The event, at the historic Whallonsburg Grange in Essex, will feature food, music and the screening of a documentary that focuses on a new generation of young farmers.

Todd Moe talks with Hudson valley farmer Severine von Tscharner Fleming, a co-founder of the National Young Farmers Coalition, one of the groups sponsoring Saturday's gathering. She also directed the documentary The Greenhorns, a film about the young farmer movement.  Go to full article
"Urban Chickens - An Open Forum" on Tuesday, April 12th, Plattsburgh City Hall, 7pm
"Urban Chickens - An Open Forum" on Tuesday, April 12th, Plattsburgh City Hall, 7pm

Plattsburgh forum on urban chickens

A group of Plattsburgh residents interested in keeping a limited number of backyard hens will hold a public forum next Tuesday night to the discuss the pros and cons of raising urban chickens. Some of their reasons for keeping chickens in the city include fresh eggs, a source of organic garden compost and gaining a closer relationship to the food they eat. It's illegal in the City of Plattsburgh to raise livestock, including chickens. But cities throughout the state, including Buffalo, Rochester, Saratoga Springs and New York City allow residents to raise chickens in their backyards. Todd Moe spoke with forum organizer Anne Lenox Barlow, who is an avid gardener and local food advocate.  Go to full article
Mark Nash as the Librarian  Photo:Jamien Lundy Forrest
Mark Nash as the Librarian Photo:Jamien Lundy Forrest

Theatre Review: "Underneath the Lintel" at Vermont Stage Company

Underneath the lintel runs at Vermont Stage Company in the FlynnSpace in Burlington through March 20. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening night and has this review.  Go to full article
St. Mary's Academy in Champlain (Source: St. Mary's Academy website)
St. Mary's Academy in Champlain (Source: St. Mary's Academy website)

Press-Republican: Another Catholic school may have to close

The Plattsburgh Press-Republican is reporting that another of the region's Catholic schools may be forced to close. St. Mary's Academy in the town of Champlain is facing $80,000 in debts and declining enrollments. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Loving the cold in the Champlain Valley (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Loving the cold in the Champlain Valley (Photos: Brian Mann)

Snowshoeing into the bright, bitter cold

This week, temperatures in North Country plummeted to 35 below zero Fahrenheit, as arctic air from Canada settled over the Northeast.

Schools were forced to close and communities opened shelters for people who needed a safe place to sleep and warm up.

During the cold snap, Brian Mann set out on his snowshoes to get a taste of that frigid winter weather. He sent an audio postcard from the Champlain Valley.  Go to full article

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