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Federal visa program available, but most farmers prefer "illegal" workers

We've been reporting this week on the Federal farm-worker visa program known as H2A. The system has caught on in the North Country, gaining wide acceptance in the Champlain Valley's apple orchards. Dairy farmers say they hope H2A can be adapted to help fill their labor shortage. But nationwide, the vast majority of farms still prefer to use undocumented or illegal workers. As Brian Mann reports, they say the Federal visa program is just too bureaucratic and too expensive.  Go to full article
A slow day at the track in Saratoga (Source:  Brian Mann)
A slow day at the track in Saratoga (Source: Brian Mann)

North Country harness racing tradition gambles on a future

The North Country has a big presence in horse-racing, from a top thoroughbred breeder in Ray Brook, to the group of friends in Sackets Harbor who raced into the record book with a horse named Funny Cide. Their success on contemporary tracks draws from a long tradition of racing in the region. This week, we'll wrap up the summer by telling some of their stories. For many fans in the North Country, the sport of choice has always been harness racing. That means sturdy, standard-bred horses pulling drivers in stripped-down racing carts. You can still see cutthroat competitions at county fairs from Malone to Westport. But harness racing has fallen on hard times in recent years. As Brian Mann reports, new efforts to bring the sport back have meant bigger purses and also new controversy.  Go to full article
Artist Sandra Hildreth at Asgaard Farm in Ausable Forks
Artist Sandra Hildreth at Asgaard Farm in Ausable Forks

Heard Up North: Capturing Asgaard on canvas

Hundreds of NCPR listeners and friends gathered at Asgaard Farm in the Champlain Valley for a day of music, art and food last Saturday. It was our UpNorth Music Concert and Artisan Show. Asgaard Farm was the home of artist and political activist Rockwell Kent. The historic farm boasts some of the most scenic and iconic vistas in the Adirondacks - views that are irresistible to artists.  Go to full article
Salim "Sandy" Lewis (middle) and Barbara Lewis (right) talk with supporters in Elizabethtown
Salim "Sandy" Lewis (middle) and Barbara Lewis (right) talk with supporters in Elizabethtown

Essex County farmer, APA meet in NY Supreme Court

A farmer in Essex County squared off against the Adirondack Park Agency yesterday in an Elizabethtown courtroom. Sandy Lewis, who runs an 1,100-acre organic farm in the town of Essex, says the APA overstepped its authority in trying to regulate three new houses built for workers on his farm. As Brian Mann reports, the case now before the state Supreme Court has emerged as a major confrontation between farm-rights advocates and state officials.  Go to full article

Another season of ?buying local? in Lake Placid

The Lake Placid Farmers Market opens for the season today at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. The outdoor market remains open through October and then moves indoors. Todd Moe spoke with market manager Sam Hendren, who runs an organic dairy farm in the Champlain Valley.  Go to full article

Celebrating art outdoors along Lake Champlain

Artists are invited to take part in this summer's Plein Air Event in the Champlain Valley. "Plein air" began with 19th century French Impressionists who took the act of painting out of the studio and into the world. In July, artists will draw, paint or photograph their favorite Champlain Valley scenes, and the works will be included in an art show and silent auction. The Westport Chamber of Commerce and the Arts Council of the Northern Adirondacks are sponsoring the event. Todd Moe spoke with the Chamber's Dee Carroll.  Go to full article
The Angel of Inerrancy, by Ted Cornell (Source:  Crooked Brook website)
The Angel of Inerrancy, by Ted Cornell (Source: Crooked Brook website)

Sculptor Ted Cornell reinvents self, North Country farm

If you drive down the back roads near Wadhams, in Essex County, you may come across an old farm that straddles Crooked Brook. In the place of corn and hay you'll find massive sculptures turning slowly in the wind. Piles of stone decorate the fields. This is the reinvented world of Ted Cornell, an artist and activist who made his home in the North Country fifteen years ago. Brian Mann visited Cornell's farm this autumn and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Theatre review: Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks at the Depot Theatre

The Depot Theatre in Westport is presenting Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks through September 2. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening night and has our review.  Go to full article

Conditions ideal for snocross races

Finally, a winter activity that should go off as scheduled. Organizers of the Rock Maple Extreme Snocross Snowmobile Races say they expect to have the best racing conditions of the season this weekend at Champlain Valley Exposition. CVE spokesman Tom Oddy says crews have been making snow for a week and using bulldozers to sculpt the mountains of snow into a twisting and turning snocross track.  Go to full article

Aerospace Plant Sparks Business Interest

Economic developers are nailing down the details of a deal announced last week that could bring hundreds of jobs to a new aircraft maintenance facility at the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base. Brian Mann discussed the deal with developers on Mountain Lake PBS. Gregory Warner reports.  Go to full article

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