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Actor Jonathan Valuckas
Actor Jonathan Valuckas

Preview: ?Barrymore? in Elizabethtown

This weekend, the North Country's newest professional theatre presents its premiere production, Barrymore, a comedy concerning legendary actor and Broadway eccentric John Barrymore. Todd Moe talks with actor Jonathan Valuckas about preparing for the title role. Keene Valley resident Tyler Nye plays Frank, Barrymore's stage manager in the show. It'll be presented Friday and Saturday (7 pm) at the Adirondack History Center Museum in Elizabethtown. (For tickets, call: 518-946-8323)  Go to full article
Adrian Carr at the NCCCA in Plattsburgh. (photo: Luke Bush)
Adrian Carr at the NCCCA in Plattsburgh. (photo: Luke Bush)

Preview: Pianist Adrian Carr in Plattsburgh

Pianist and composer Adrian Carr hosts a concert of new music tonight and Saturday night (7 pm) at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh. Carr is launching a new cd, Finding Charlotte. Adrian Carr grew up in Buffalo and attended the Juilliard School in New York City. But his life changed in 2003 during a hiking trip in the Adirondacks, and he now splits his time between Champlain and Montreal. Todd Moe spoke with him by phone about his music, career and the nagging question, "Who's Charlotte?"  Go to full article

Preview: ?The Vagina Monologues? in Whallonsburg

A group of women in Essex County presents a staged reading of Eve Ensler's award-winning play, "The Vagina Monologues" this weekend at the Whallonsburgh Grange Hall. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights (7 pm). Organizers say the show is part of the 10th anniversary kickoff of V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. Todd Moe talks with coordinator Penelope Mace, of Elizabethtown.  Go to full article

ACT and Crary Foundation announce new partnership

Adirondack Community Trust, or ACT, and the Bruce L. Crary Foundation have reached a milestone in Adirondack philanthropy by merging the two community institutions. ACT, in Lake Placid, manages endowment funds, including NCPR's Adirondack News Bureau Fund. The Crary Foundation has been awarding college scholarships to North Country students for over 35 years. It will continue to be based in Elizabethtown with its existing staff. Todd Moe spoke with ACT Executive Director Cali Brooks about the merger.  Go to full article

Fire contract dispute smoulders in Saranac lake

Three towns in the Adirondacks have been without full fire and rescue coverage since the start of the New Year. Officials from Harrietstown, Brighton and Santa Clara - all in Franklin County - have refused to sign new contracts with the Village of Saranac Lake. Some of the towns have criticized the village's decision to switch to an assessment-based formula for fire contracts while others have accused the village of failing to negotiate in good faith. As Chris Knight reports, local firefighters have been put in the middle of the dispute.  Go to full article

Book review: "Grisha"

This summer, Elizabethtown writer and historian Margaret Bartley's book, Grisha, won an award at the Adirondack Center for Writing's first annual literary awards Sunday. Grisha tells the story of famous Russian-American cellist Gregor Piatigorksy's childhood in Russia, his escape during the Revolution and as a refugee in Europe. He and his young family eventually made it to New York and the Adirondacks in the late 1930's. They found safe haven at the mansion "Windy Cliff" near Elizabethtown. Betsy Kepes has this review of Grisha.  Go to full article
Veteran peace activist Martha Swan (Photo:  Jimm Collin)
Veteran peace activist Martha Swan (Photo: Jimm Collin)

Adirondack Group Considers War, Impeachment

Over the last six years, President George Bush has drawn his most loyal support from voters and activists in rural America. A poll taken earlier this month by Ithaca-based Zogby International found that Bush's popularity in small towns has declined, thanks to the war in Iraq, the Dubai ports deal, and Hurricane Katrina.
But half of rural Americans still say Bush is going a good job. That's about a third higher than the rest of the country. On Saturday, a group of 50 activists met at the old courthouse in Elizabethtown. They hope to build a grassroots campaign aimed at changing Bush's image here in the North Country. As Brian Mann reports, they see the local effort as part of a national movement to impeach the President.  Go to full article
Bill Goodman, legal director, Center for Consitutional Rights.  Photo by Jimm Collins
Bill Goodman, legal director, Center for Consitutional Rights. Photo by Jimm Collins

Grassroots Group Hears Lawyer's Case Against Bush

Consitutional law expert Bill Goodman visits Elizabethtown for a meeting on impeaching the president. Goodman is the legal director at the Center for Constitutional Rights. The New York-based non-profit recently published a book detailing the case for impeaching President Bush. Illegal wiretapping is on the top of Goodman's list. He spoke with Douglas Hopper at the gathering.  Go to full article

Native Son, Brooklyn Dodger Won World Series vs. Yanks 50 years ago

Last week, Elizabethtown paid tribute to a native son, former major league pitcher Johnny Podres, the man known for finally bringing the World Series title to Brooklyn. The year was 1955. It was the 7th game of the World Series. The Brooklyn Dodgers faced the Yankees, just as they had 5 times before. The Dodgers had always lost.

But this time, the pitcher was 23 year old Johnny Podres. Newspaper reports say that when the Dodgers won that day, all the 62,000 fans in Yankee stadium gave them a standing ovation. Gregory Warner spoke with Podres. He asked him, while thousands were cheering his team in New York City, how was the reaction in his hometown of Witherbee?  Go to full article
Gregor Piatigorsky, age 11, at the Moscow Conservatory of Music
Gregor Piatigorsky, age 11, at the Moscow Conservatory of Music

Books: Grisha, Biography of Cellist Gregor Piatigorsky

After five years of research and many interviews, an Elizabethtown author has written a biography of Russian-American cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. Margaret Bartley's book, Grisha, tells the story of Piatigorsky's childhood in Russia, his escape during the Revolution and as a refugee in Europe. He and his young family eventually made it to New York City and the Adirondacks in the late 1930's. They found safe haven at "Windy Cliff" near Elizabethtown. Todd Moe talks with writer Margaret Bartley about Piatigorsky's remarkable life. She'll be at the Elizabethtown Library this Saturday (3 pm) for a book signing and reading.  Go to full article

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