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An Intimate Evening with Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States

Poet laureate Billy Collins came to the Thousand Islands to read his poetry, take audience questions, and sign books in the century-old Clayton Opera House. About 200 people gathered in the bunting-decked hall to attend the reading, presented here in full, exclusively from NCPR Online.  Go to full article
Clayton Opera House interior (Courtesy of Thousands Islands Museum)
Clayton Opera House interior (Courtesy of Thousands Islands Museum)

Clayton Opera House Celebrates Centennial

A celebration surrounding the historic Clayton Opera House takes place this weekend. It's the centennial of the Opera House, at one time the largest stage in Jefferson county. Todd Moe spoke with Bill Danforth, Vice President of the Thousand Islands Performing Arts Fund about this weekend's events and restoration work on the building.  Go to full article
Mary Dial surveys the blank pallette of one of her gardens in spring.
Mary Dial surveys the blank pallette of one of her gardens in spring.

Gardens Galore!

If you're having trouble finding enough time to tend to your garden this summer, imagine how busy Mary Dial must be. Her home, overlooking the St. Lawrence River near Clayton is surrounded by eleven gardens. Her gardens have been featured in the New York Times and most recently won a Golden Trowel Award from Garden Design magazine. A couple of weeks ago Mary took a break to show us around.  Go to full article

School Plans Tentative Amid Budget Battle

As the budget showdown in Albany reaches its climax, millions of dollars in education aid for North Country schools hang in the balance. School districts are making tentative plans for what they'd do with the extra money. As David Sommerstein reports, in most cases it's a mix of restoring cuts and lowering taxes.  Go to full article

Facing Tax Hikes, Schools Slash Budgets

Across the country, schools are facing their worst fiscal crisis in years. In every part of the North Country, school boards and superintendents were looking at deficits in the millions of dollars to keep things running as is. Instead of asking taxpayers for increases in the 20% range, schools are slashing spending. They're laying off teachers and principals, cutting everything from athletics to driver's education, and in some cases, closing whole schools. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Seaway Opening Delayed Due to Ice

For the first time in its 44 year history, the St. Lawrence Seaway will open 6 days late because there's too much ice on the St. Lawrence River.  Go to full article

Sparkling Skiffs at the Antique Boat Show

This weekend the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton celebrates its 38th Annual Antique Boat Show and Auction. Through Sunday, thousands of people will choke the streets of the small town to gawk at slip after slip of historic skiffs, launches, and run-abouts.  Go to full article

Preview: Festival of Oar, Paddle and Sail

The Antique Boat Museum in Clayton hosts the Fifth Annual Festival of Oar, Paddle and Sail this Saturday, July 20th. From sailing races to a cardboard boat parade, museum spokeswoman Charlotte Yehle says this year's event is the biggest yet.  Go to full article

Senator Clinton Address St. Lawrence River and Ft. Drum Issues on North Country Visit

New York's junior U.S. Senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton, visited the North Country this weekend. Her 3-day visit began with a boat ride on the St. Lawrence River near Clayton Friday morning. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Thousand Islands Casino to Open This Summer

Canadian gaming officials briefed community leaders from the Thousand Islands region Wednesday on the casino under construction in Gananoque, Ontario. It will add to the entertainment mix in the tourism-heavy area. David Sommerstein reports many on the U.S. side of the St. Lawrence fear the casino will bring more bad than good.  Go to full article

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