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The crowd gets a close-up of demolition derby action at the Franklin County Fair in Malone earlier this week. Photo: Mark Kurtz
The crowd gets a close-up of demolition derby action at the Franklin County Fair in Malone earlier this week. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Sights and sounds: demolition derby

Summer in the North Country means field day festivals for virtually every town and hamlet. It's tough to keep up with all the chicken barbeques, fire engine parades, and lawn mower races. But for the automotive lovers, nothing beats the demolition derby. Hundreds of drivers sign up each summer for the chance to crash their rides into one another.

David Sommerstein went to the demolition derby in Hannawa Falls ten years ago to hear the roar of the engines and the crunch of metal.

And photographer Mark Kurtz was at the demolition deby earlier this week at the Franklin County Fair in Malone to capture the action.  Go to full article
Tedra and Ted Cobb
Tedra and Ted Cobb

Swimming a mile for hospice

Dozens of swimmers will gather in Hannawa Falls for the annual "Swim a Mile for Hospice" event on Saturday. It's a non-competitive mile long swim to benefit the work hospice does in the St. Lawrence Valley. Last summer, 67 swimmers young and old took to the water at Postwood Park Beach. Todd Moe caught up with members of Team Cobb -- a father-daughter swim team -- just before a recent practice swim in the pool at St. Lawrence University. They swam last year and will be back in the water on Saturday.  Go to full article
Hugh Newton inspects a vacuum pump system in his sugarbush near Parishville.
Hugh Newton inspects a vacuum pump system in his sugarbush near Parishville.

Maple syrup: a mud season harvest

The pails are up and the sap is flowing. Weather plays a large part in the making of maple syrup. Last year's early spring ended the syrup production season abruptly in some parts of the state. Entering this year's maple syrup season, which usually runs from early March to mid-April, maple producers are eager to put last year behind them. Todd Moe spoke with a couple of syrup producers who say conditions are ideal for the start of the North Country's sweetest season.  Go to full article
Chris Smutz (L) and Rick Smith show off their dB drag racer.
Chris Smutz (L) and Rick Smith show off their dB drag racer.

World's Loudest Car Stereo

This weekend, two of the North Country's own are in Nashville competing for the distinction of building the world's loudest car stereo at the dB Drag Racing World Finals. The sport has nothing to do with racing, or with music, for that matter. The goal is basically to turn a car into one big resonating audio bomb. Chris Smutz and Rick Smith both work at Northern Music & Video in Potsdam. Last winter they stripped down an old Chevy Astro van, leaving only the engine, dashboard, windshield, roof and doors intact. The rest is subwoofers, batteries, and a resonating chamber, all scientifically arranged to make a low, loud blast. David Sommerstein visited Chris and Rick earlier this week as rain pattered on the roof of their workshop in Hannawa Falls.  Go to full article

Hannawa Falls Demolition Derby

Summer in the North Country means field day festivals for virtually every town and hamlet. It's tough to keep up with all the chicken barbeques, fire engine parades, and lawn mower races. But for the automotive lovers, nothing beats the demolition derby. Hundreds of drivers sign up each summer for the chance to crash their rides into one another. David Sommerstein went to the demolition derby in Hannawa Falls to hear the roar of the engines and the crunch of metal.  Go to full article
The Raquette River runs fast just below the Hannawa Falls Dam.
The Raquette River runs fast just below the Hannawa Falls Dam.

Hiking Through History: The Red Sandstone Trail

Hiking trails in the North Country are generally considered good ways to get away from human society, gateways to the unspoiled natural world we're lucky to live so close to. But a new trail along the Raquette River south of Potsdam takes hikers on a different sort of trip. The Red Sandstone Trail highlights both the natural beauty of the area and the ways people have shaped the river and its valley over time. David Sommerstein explored the trail with John Ohmohundro early this spring.
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Cool Fundraiser

The annual Polar Bear Dip netted over 6-thousand dollars this year for the Colton Rescue Squad. The fundraiser was held Sunday at the Shoreline Restaurant in Hannawa Falls. Sunny skies and mild temperatures were on tap for the 30 dippers who plunged into the icy waters of the Raquette River. Jody Tosti visited the Raquette River during last year's Polar Bear Dip.  Go to full article

No Jetski Curfew in St. Lawrence County Town of Pierrepont

Jetski users will still have their way on the Hannawa Falls Reservoir in St. Lawrence County. The Town of Pierrepont Board voted unanimously against a 6 pm to 9 am curfew for the machines. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Locals Suit Up for Polar Bear Dive

It's March in the North Country and that means its time to put on your bathing suit and go for a swim. Sounds crazy, but for seven straight years, that's just what some daring dippers have done to help support emergency medical services across St. Lawrence County. Jody Tosti spent the day at the Raquette River, trying to keep warm while watching the Polar Bear Dive:

The annual fundraiser is held at the Shoreline Restaurant and benefits a different St. Lawrence County emergency medical service each year. This year, dippers brought in more than $6,000 for the Potsdam Rescue Squad.  Go to full article

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