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The dining room of the United Methodist Church in De Kalb Junction, NY was packed with guests on Tuesday night. Photo: Zach Hirsch
The dining room of the United Methodist Church in De Kalb Junction, NY was packed with guests on Tuesday night. Photo: Zach Hirsch

"World-famous" dining in De Kalb Jct., and it's free (will)

For decades, the United Methodist church in DeKalb Junction has held a monthly, community dinner. What's on the menu varies - but when it's spaghetti, it's a big deal. Some people have even started calling it the "world famous" spaghetti dinner, even though the church isn't' actually setting any official records.  Go to full article
Jemila Saleh in her kitchen in Potsdam. Photo: Natasha Haverty
Jemila Saleh in her kitchen in Potsdam. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Eritrean refugee finds home in cooking

Eritrea is a small country in the African Horn. It's been at war on and off with neighboring Ethiopia for decades. And since 2001, the government has been sending thousands of its citizens to prison for being a part of any faith group that isn't on the government's approved list of churches.

Jemila Saleh is sure she would have been sent to prison for her beliefs, if it hadn't been for a series of what she calls miracles. Just after her pastor was imprisoned, Jemila connected with a church here in the North Country, and they offered to support her escape. So in the middle of the night Jemila packed up all she could, and got on airplane with her three daughters. Members of the church picked them up at the Syracuse airport with a backseat full of blankets and winter coats, and brought them to their new apartment in Potsdam, which the church members had rented and furnished.

Four and a half years later, Jemila has a degree in finance from SUNY Canton, her daughters are in school, and Jemila is practicing her faith freely here. But the way she's kept a grip on her life, and her story, is through cooking.  Go to full article
Crossroads Catholic Community service with Father Cox at The Episcopal Church of St. Luke the Beloved Physician in Saranac Lake. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Crossroads Catholic Community service with Father Cox at The Episcopal Church of St. Luke the Beloved Physician in Saranac Lake. Photo: Mark Kurtz

New church offers hope to those who feel marginalized

A new, ecumenical church community has been formed in Saranac Lake that's trying to appeal to those who feel marginalized by the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The Crossroads Catholic Community, founded by the Rev. Christopher Courtwright-Cox, bills itself as a non-judgemental, independent religious community that welcomes gays and lesbians, and women as priests, yet still retains most Catholic traditions and practices. Chris Knight attended a Crossroads service on Saturday and filed this report.  Go to full article
Two of the Horwood windows in the Scotch Presbyterian Church in Madrid, St. Lawrence County.
Two of the Horwood windows in the Scotch Presbyterian Church in Madrid, St. Lawrence County.

A nearly forgotten legacy in stained-glass

The windows in many of the rural churches in the North Country were created by one of the best stained-glass window artists in the country. Harry James Horwood designed stained-glass windows in the late 19th and early 20th century. His factory was in Ogdensburg. A local historian says Horwood supplied windows for country churches and even the parliament building in Ottawa.

Todd Moe talks with Dave Martin, who has spent the last five years photographing church windows in St. Lawrence, Franklin and Jefferson counties. Martin is determined to find out more about the family that was devoted to the art of stained-glass.  Go to full article
Antique postcards offer glimpse of Adirondack lives (Source:  Collector Jon Kopp)
Antique postcards offer glimpse of Adirondack lives (Source: Collector Jon Kopp)

Postcards from the North Country's past

Historians studying the North Country find a lot of different ways to capture glimpses of the past. Jon Kopp, a former state forester who owns an antique store in Tupper Lake, has set out to collect thousands of vintage postcards. The cards were made by professional photographers like Seneca Ray Stoddard and Henry Beech. Their images of the Adirondacks were sent all over the world. Jon Kopp talked about his collection with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
Pottersville Episcopal Church burned in May 2006
Pottersville Episcopal Church burned in May 2006

Adirondack church fire an act of "intolerance"

Police say a church fire in the Adirondack village of Pottserville last May was an act of religious intolerance. According to the Warren County Sheriff's office, 20-year-old Caleb Uriah Lussier confessed to burning the church. Lussier is a student at the Word of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake. Investigators say he believed that the Episcopal church had deviated from the true teachings of the Bible. As Brian Mann reports, Lussier may have been involved in another church fire in his hometown.  Go to full article

Heard up North: The Ladies of Grace Episcopal Church

Memorial Day brought families and neighbors together for a traditional program of remembrance and commemoration. Gregory Warner stopped by the VFW post in Canton after the parade. The ladies of Grace Episcopal Church were there, sharing a plate of oatmeal raisin cookies along with their day. Barbara Todd is today's heard up North.  Go to full article
General Electric discloses PCB spending
General Electric discloses PCB spending

GE Reveals Spending on PCB Dredging Fight

A group of religious investors led by a Roman Catholic nun says General Electric spent more than $120 million trying to block the clean up of toxic PCBs. GE disclosed the figures after years of pressure from activist shareholders. As Brian Mann reports, critics say the money should have been spent cleaning up the Hudson River and other polluted sites.  Go to full article
St William's Church on Raquette Lake. (above) One of its stained glass windows. (below)
St William's Church on Raquette Lake. (above) One of its stained glass windows. (below)

Caring for the Past on Raquette Lake

Long appreciated by Raquette Lake residents, summer people and passing tourists for its history, striking architecture and community significance, St. William's church on Long Point, is in the midst of restoration, rebuilding and repairs. In the late 1800's, St. William's was the parish church for Raquette Lake and served many of the Irish and French-Canadian Catholics who were the early pioneers on the Lake. Today, it's a seasonal camp and cultural center, accessible only by boat. Todd Moe visited historic St. William's on Long Point and some of the volunteers who are working to restore the 19th century church.  Go to full article
Plattsburgh For Peace Message
Plattsburgh For Peace Message

Phelps Family Protest Sparks Tolerance, Dialogue In Plattsburgh

Locals in Plattsburgh have been bracing for months for the visit of Fred Phelps, a radical anti-gay activist from Topeka, Kansas. Phelps and his small group of followers targeted Plattsburgh churches over the weekend because the city's mayor, Dan Stewart, is openly gay. The Phelps family pickets regularly at the funerals of AIDs victims and - more recently - at the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the visit to Plattsburgh appears to have backfired for Phelps, sparking an enormous display of support for diversity and tolerance. As Brian Mann reports, local activist groups and churches hope their response will be used as a model in other communities.  Go to full article

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