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"12 Years a Slave" playing at Vue Cinema. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/57474170@N05/12232894865/">givingnot</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
"12 Years a Slave" playing at Vue Cinema. Photo: givingnot, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Film's Oscar wins feted in 2 upstate NY towns

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Two upstate New York communities are hoping the Oscars won by "12 Years a Slave" will shine the spotlight on their roles in the life of Solomon Northup.

The film based on Northup's account of being kidnapped into slavery in the 1840s won Oscars for best picture, best adapted screenplay and best supporting actress.  Go to full article
Hannah Kearney, a 2010 Olympic gold medalist, is one of the Vermont athletes heading to Sochi. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1e/Hannah_Kearney_20100226_Norwich-VT_adjusted.jpg">Tabercil</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Hannah Kearney, a 2010 Olympic gold medalist, is one of the Vermont athletes heading to Sochi. Photo: Tabercil, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Women dominate Vermont lineup for Sochi Olympics

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) From Olympic gold medalists to relative newcomers, women dominate the roster of Vermont athletes heading to the Winter Games.

At least 12 athletes from Vermont are heading to Sochi, and 11 of them are women. The lineup includes four women who are already decorated Olympians: mogul skier Hannah Kearney and snowboarders Kelly Clark, Hannah Teter and Lindsey Jacobellis.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtgklt/2155522564/">Mike&Kelly</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Mike&Kelly, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Refreshed phone app has NY Times Square countdown

NEW YORK (AP) The breathless drama of New York City's Times Square New Year's Eve countdown is going miniature with a free app for electronic devices.

The app promises news and updates from the Times Square ball and is touted as simpler to navigate than earlier versions.  Go to full article
1949 edition of "The Night Before CHristmas." Photo: . Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadsidepictures/6567490483/">Roadsidepictures</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
1949 edition of "The Night Before CHristmas." Photo: . Photo: Roadsidepictures, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY mock trial for "The Night Before Christmas"

TROY, N.Y. (AP) It's a controversy whose roots trace back nearly two centuries to a holiday poem first published in an upstate New York newspaper: Who really wrote "A Visit from St. Nicholas"?

This week, a mock trial will be held in a courtroom in Troy, where the now-classic also known as "The Night Before Christmas" was first published anonymously in the Sentinel newspaper on Dec. 23, 1823.  Go to full article
Penants flying over Frontier FIeld in Rochester. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonflyeye/2750961656/">Thomas Belknap</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Penants flying over Frontier FIeld in Rochester. Photo: Thomas Belknap, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Rochester stadium to host 10-day hockey festival

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) Rochester's downtown minor league stadium is set to host the first outdoor game ever played by the city's professional hockey team.

Crews have been working for weeks to transform Frontier Field into the Frozen Frontier, home of the 10-day outdoor hockey festival that starts on Friday night with the Rochester Americans hosting the Lake Erie Monsters in an American Hockey League matchup.  Go to full article
Some of the forest's scariest ghouls emerge from their hiding places to warm up by the fire. Photo: Zach Hirsch
Some of the forest's scariest ghouls emerge from their hiding places to warm up by the fire. Photo: Zach Hirsch

The stuff of nightmares: An outdoor fun house

It's the season for spooky things - scary movies, ghosts, haunted houses. Here in the north country: creepy forests. But, why? Why do we love to scare ourselves, or family and friends?

Earlier this month, Zach Hirsch went to a haunted forest in northern Lewis County, right on the border with St. Lawrence County, to look for some clues.  Go to full article

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An American Tragedy, the opera by Tobias Picker, can be heard in preview this afternoon at 5:30 pm at View in Old Forge.  The 2005 opera will be revived next summer at the Glimmerglass Festival.  (Image:  View)
An American Tragedy, the opera by Tobias Picker, can be heard in preview this afternoon at 5:30 pm at View in Old Forge. The 2005 opera will be revived next summer at the Glimmerglass Festival. (Image: View)

The Great Adirondack Myth Revived in Old Forge

Later today in Old Forge, members of the Glimmerglass Festival opera company will give a preview of their revival of An American Tragedy.

The opera by Tobias Picker premiered in 2005 at the Metropolitan Opera. It tells the story of Grace Brown, a girl who was murdered in the Adirondacks more than a century ago. This evening's performance will be at View in Old Forge and will include a new aria written for the revival at Glimmerglass.

When An American Tragedy first premiered at the Met, Brian Mann traveled to New York City and to Big Moose Lake. His story first aired in 2005.  Go to full article
Aaron Reardon behind the counter at Gamer Craze in Canton
Aaron Reardon behind the counter at Gamer Craze in Canton

Canton Gaming store is serious business

NCPR's occasional series on North Country entrepreneurs continues, with Aaron Reardon. Reardon's a young guy, and a hard-nosed businessman. He started his first online business in college, and in June of 2007 he opened a bricks-and-mortar business: A gaming store in Canton called "Gamer Craze."

In the last five years, Gamer Craze has moved to a bigger space, opened and closed a second store in Potsdam, and shifted much of its business from traditional video games to a collectable trading card game called Magic: The Gathering. It's done well, and Reardon's now looking for a bigger space.

Gamer Craze is one of just a few bricks-and-mortar shops in the North Country where players can come to buy what they need and they can play, too: Reardon keeps tables set up for gaming, and sells snacks. As Nora Flaherty found when she talked with Aaron Reardon, much of the store's success has come from making it a place to hang out.  Go to full article

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