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Books: St. Lawrence County in the War of 1812

A St. Lawrence County teacher and author says what started out as an effort to compile a list of War of 1812 soldiers became a book about some of the places, personalities and events from 200 years ago. Todd Moe talks with John Austin about his new book, St. Lawrence County in the War of 1812 which explores St. Lawrence county's divided role in the War of 1812.  Go to full article
Bill Knoble in his studio in Chestertown in 2011.  Photo courtesy of Jim Carnahan.
Bill Knoble in his studio in Chestertown in 2011. Photo courtesy of Jim Carnahan.

Remembering potter, farmer Bill Knoble

Last week, one of the North Country's most celebrated artisans passed away.

Bill Knoble spent much of his career in Chestertown in Warren County and later moved to Dekalb in St. Lawrence County. He was a nationally-renowned potter.

He was also a respected outdoorsman, a farmer, a scholar, and a businessman. Brian Mann has our remembrance.  Go to full article
The mobile poultry slaughterhouse under construction. Photo courtesy <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/North-Country-Pastured-LLC/327773893911612">North Country Pastured</a>
The mobile poultry slaughterhouse under construction. Photo courtesy North Country Pastured

Chicken processors nearly on line

Almost ten years ago, a visiting speaker at St. Lawrence University planted a seed. Economist Michael Shuman told an audience that farmers could jolt the North Country economy by producing a lot more meat. "You have a lot more room to produce your own beef cows," Shuman told the Burt Symposium in 2003. "You could produce a lot more of your own pigs. And chickens are not even in the game."

Community leaders have recalled that advice, to have the thousands of local residents who eat chicken buy it from a local farm, many times since.

The idea is about to bear fruit. The first USDA certified poultry slaughterhouses in the North Country are nearly set to begin production.  Go to full article
Kassandra Barton of The 8 O'Clock Ranch is just as comfortable online as at the farmers' market.
Kassandra Barton of The 8 O'Clock Ranch is just as comfortable online as at the farmers' market.

Local Flavor: local meat in town and online

When it comes to healthy, environmentally-friendly eating, "local" has become the new "organic." More and more people want to know what's in their food, who produced it, and how far it traveled to get to the dinner table. Community Supported Agriculture, or CSAs, are a growing way to bring consumers and farmers closer. Think of a CSA as a subscription service for food. A farm in St. Lawrence County is just as comfortable marketing its CSA on the Internet as at the local farmers' market. As David Sommerstein reports, The 8 O'Clock Ranch is challenging what it means to "eat local."  Go to full article
High art -- Donald Gallagher near the ceiling of the Meeting House Museum in East DeKalb
High art -- Donald Gallagher near the ceiling of the Meeting House Museum in East DeKalb

Hand painted history: restoring a 19th century interior

Earlier this month, a "Photo of the Day" on our website showed an artist painting the interior of the Old Methodist Meeting House in the St. Lawrence County town of DeKalb. It's part of ongoing restoration work on the building that's now the town museum. Todd Moe stopped by to talk with the artist about milk paint, trompe l'oeil and painting lots of lines.  Go to full article
One of the 5,500 sap buckets at Yancey's Sugarbush near Croghan.
One of the 5,500 sap buckets at Yancey's Sugarbush near Croghan.

March maple madness begins

March and April are prime time for maple syrup. It's sugar shack season in the North Country. Todd Moe talks with Vermont syrup producer Jacques Couture, president of the Vermont Maple Foundation; and New York State Maple Queen Courtney Donnelly of St. Lawrence County.  Go to full article

Preview: Mohawks Tell Stories Through Dance and Song

The Town of DeKalb 2006 Performance series begins Friday night (7 pm) at the Old Meetinghouse Museum in East DeKalb. The first performance for the season will be traditional music and dance by a group of Mohawk musicians. Sarah Hern, curator at the Ronathanhonni Cultural Center at Akwesasne on Cornwall Island, spoke with Todd Moe about the group's performance.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: Clearing Brush

It's the eternal struggle of every homeowner in the North Country. How to keep the fast-growing thicket of weeds and brush from taking over the yard? Burn bans have made the task especially daunting this spring. The ban's been lifted, for now. People are burning grass and clearing brush. Here's today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
The power of the voice: "shaped note" singers in DeKalb, NY.
The power of the voice: "shaped note" singers in DeKalb, NY.

The Enduring Appeal of Shaped Note Singing

Each week across the country, thousands of people meet in churches, schools and homes to perform one of the oldest styles of American music. It's called "shaped note" singing. The name comes from the simple musical notation used in the songbooks. The tradition of the shape note singing school dates back to Elizabethan England, and for years, shaped-note music was a southern phenomenon. But it's just as popular in many northern states. Singers sit around a square. There are no instruments -- just the power of voices. Todd Moe recently attended a shaped-note workshop led by "Social Band", a Vermont based singing group, at the Old Meetinghouse Museum in the St. Lawrence county community of East DeKalb.  Go to full article

Police Seek Stolen Morphine Patches

St. Lawrence County police are looking for up to 50 morphine patches and painkillers. Several teens stole the drugs from a house Friday night. As David Sommerstein reports, three teens overdosed on the drugs at a party. One remains in the hospital.  Go to full article

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