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Toys for Tots is a national program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/marine_corps/8245135160/">United States Marine Corps</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Toys for Tots is a national program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Photo: United States Marine Corps, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Possible letdown for needy St. Lawrence Co. children

There's a chance the Toys for Tots program won't be able to help kids in need in St. Lawrence County this holiday season. Last year, Toys for Tots made Christmas a little brighter for more than 6,000 kids in the county.

Toys for Tots is a national charity, run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Each holiday season, the volunteer staff organizes toy drives and gives presents to needy children.

This year, it's complicated. Raymond Cutway, the longtime coordinator for the county, is stepping down. And the organization is having trouble finding someone to take his place.  Go to full article
Fortunately, Walldroff's Farm Equipment in Watertown had power on Christmas Eve. Santa's taking a tractor this year. Photo: Joanna Richards
Fortunately, Walldroff's Farm Equipment in Watertown had power on Christmas Eve. Santa's taking a tractor this year. Photo: Joanna Richards

Some celebrate dark, chilly Christmas Eve but it's not all bad

Utility crews worked down to the wire last night to try to get everyone's lights and heat back on by Christmas morning. Most of the 70,000 customers who lost power during the ice storm had it on again by yesterday evening. But a handful of residents celebrated a dark and chilly Christmas Eve.  Go to full article
Winterberry.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Winterberry. Photo: Todd Moe

Just for fun: an original Christmas story

There are oodles of Christmas poems, but some come with copyrights and a fee to share on-air. Morning host Todd Moe sought out one such poem, but instead chose to premiere an original story - without a price tag - from closer to home.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/vgm8383/2243954328/">vgm8383</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: vgm8383, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Power outages from ice storm linger in northern NY

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Several thousand utility customers in northern New York may have to do without holiday lights on the night before Christmas thanks to last weekend's ice storm.

National Grid reports more than 6,200 homes and businesses remain without power on Christmas Eve morning. About 4,000 of the outages are in Jefferson County, with another 1,400 reported in neighboring St. Lawrence County.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/99329675@N02/11064883376/">jpalinsad360</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: jpalinsad360, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY State Police target drunk driving at Christmas

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York State Police are joining a national crackdown on drunk driving during the holidays.

The goal of the initiative "Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest" is to maximize DWI enforcement efforts to prevent motorists from being injured or killed by an intoxicated or drug-impaired driver. Data show the holiday season is a particularly deadly time because of the increased number of drunk drivers on the roads.  Go to full article
A folk painting by Angel Callanaupa Alvarez for the story, "Tell Me, Bright Stars".
A folk painting by Angel Callanaupa Alvarez for the story, "Tell Me, Bright Stars".

Listen: a Christmas story from Peru

Last week, we heard Vermont weaver, writer and teacher Elizabeth VanBuskirk talk about her new book, Beyond the Stones of Machu Picchu. For over 30 years, she and her husband have traveled to the land of the Incas � the ancient citadel Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and Cusco.

VanBuskirk has collected Inca folktales and some of her own favorite stories in the book. Here, she reads from the Christmas story, Tell Me, Bright Stars. It's not a folk tale, but a story inspired by her friend, Nilda Calla�aupa Alvarez, Director of The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco.

On Christmas Eve in the Andes Mountains of Peru, a young Inca girl finds a unique way to save her family from the threat of starvation.  Go to full article
Barb Heller and Danny Gotham.  Photo: NCPR
Barb Heller and Danny Gotham. Photo: NCPR

A busy weekend of holiday music with Barb Heller, Danny Gotham

What are the winter holidays without music? Long time friends and musical collaborators Barb Heller and Danny Gotham have a busy weekend of concerts starting tonight at the Edwards Opera House, with fiddler Don Woodcock and storyteller Bill Smith. Todd Moe caught up with the duo this morning as Barb and Danny shared some of their favorite holiday music for two guitars.  Go to full article
The Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble presents two concerts of a Festival of Lessons and Carols in Plattsburgh and Lake Placid this weekend.  Admission is a suggested $10 donation.  Photo: NAVE
The Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble presents two concerts of a Festival of Lessons and Carols in Plattsburgh and Lake Placid this weekend. Admission is a suggested $10 donation. Photo: NAVE

Preview: Festival of Lessons and Carols in Plattsburgh, Lake Placid

The Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble will give two performances of a Festival of Lessons and Carols -- anthems, carols, hymns and spoken word -- that illuminate the Christmas story this weekend. The performances are Saturday night (7:30) at St. Peter's Church in Plattsburgh, and Sunday afternoon (4:00) at St. Agnes Church in Lake Placid. NAVE music director Drew Benware told Todd Moe that the concerts will feature a variety of music for the Christmas season: medieval, traditional English carols, colonial American, African-American spirituals and 20th century music.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthigh/2096717687/">mlhradio</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: mlhradio, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Hundreds of adults say they believe in Santa

A quick disclaimer: this story may not be for children. It addresses the existence of a certain man who lives in the North Pole.

The Siena College Research Institute does regular public opinion surveys in a wide range of areas, varying from politics to business to culture. On Wednesday, Siena released the results of a special survey about the holiday season in New York.

One of the survey questions asked adults what they think about Santa Claus, and far more grown-ups than you might think said they believe.  Go to full article
There are still gift tags on many Angel Trees in Canton, including this one in the student center at SLU.  The unwrapped gifts are due at the Church and Community Program by December 10th.  Photo:  Todd Moe
There are still gift tags on many Angel Trees in Canton, including this one in the student center at SLU. The unwrapped gifts are due at the Church and Community Program by December 10th. Photo: Todd Moe

A tradition of giving in Canton continues

A holiday tradition that's provided toys and clothing for needy families in the Canton area for decades continues this season. The Angel Tree tags, organized by the Canton Church and Community Program, are available on Christmas trees at local businesses, participating churches in Canton and the St. Lawrence University and SUNY Canton student centers. Over 250 children in Canton, Hermon, Clare, Dekalb, Russell and Rensselaer Falls will be served.

Organizer Pat Alden says, like similar programs in other communities, taking and fulfilling an Angel Tree tag helps provide a much brighter holiday for area children. Anyone looking for a tag can call Pat at 854-8130.  Go to full article

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