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Nighttime in Algonquin Park. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/64894594@N08/7046599793">abuakel</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Nighttime in Algonquin Park. Photo: abuakel, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Listen: Wolf howl sound check

You just heard a public wolf howl at Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario. But that event can only take place if park naturalists actually hear wolves the night before, during what they call a "sound check."

So on Wednesday night last week, teams of naturalists spread through the park, scouting the area and keeping in touch by handheld radio. It was past ten in the evening. The night was clear and still, and the sky dripped with meteors. That's today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Essex, NY, seen from a pier in Lake Champlain. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/34715542@N02/4083583139/">Raymond Johnston</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Essex, NY, seen from a pier in Lake Champlain. Photo: Raymond Johnston, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

George Davis learns community from life in Essex

For George Davis, life in Essex, New York has been a lesson in community. He's become a cheerleader for the little town -- serving on boards, restoring a historic property, and even tweeting and blogging about life on Lake Champlain. Sarah Harris interviewed Davis in his boathouse right by the Essex-Charlotte ferry for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Frank Forney, Philadelphia, cutting wood with his nephew on Route 11 in Antwerp. Photo: David Sommerstein
Frank Forney, Philadelphia, cutting wood with his nephew on Route 11 in Antwerp. Photo: David Sommerstein

Listen: The man who painted one of the St. Lawrence's tallest bridges

You never know who you're going to meet by the side of the road in the North Country.

David Sommerstein stopped to chat with a guy sawing firewood, and it turns out he painted one of the tallest bridges over the St. Lawrence River.

David Talked with Philadelphia's Frank Forney about wood cutting, suspension bridges, and why they're always green.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/catskill05/6777409296/">Christopher Mooney</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Christopher Mooney, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Murder, mayhem, and clawhammer banjo

Yesterday, two of our summer interns were at a cookout being held for summer interns, researchers or fellows. While doing interviews for their upcoming "town-gown" story in Canton, one of them just couldn't ignore the banjo playing in the background. Josh Cameron sat down with Camilla Ammirati to learn a little more about this banjo player.  Go to full article
Kristina Diseth lives in Oslo, Norway, and has been a summer volunteer at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac for the last two seasons.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Kristina Diseth lives in Oslo, Norway, and has been a summer volunteer at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac for the last two seasons. Photo: Todd Moe

A Nordic connection at Pendragon Theatre

The 1980 Winter Olympics brought a lot of international visitors to the Adirondacks. Kristina Diseth, of Norway, worked as an office clerk at the Lake Placid Resort Hotel during the games.

Diseth made friends that year, and for the last couple of summers, she's been back in the Adirondacks as a volunteer at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake. She's helped out with summer productions -- working with directors, in the costume shop and even sweeping the stage after performances. Diseth retired recently from a college theater career in Norway, and a chance to re-connect with old friends lured her back to the North Country.

Todd Moe caught up with her during a break in her duties to talk about a love of theater and leaving one mountainous region to visit another. That's today's "Heard Up North."  Go to full article
Kegs of St. Lawrence Brewery beer are ready to ship out on Monday. Photo: David Sommerstein
Kegs of St. Lawrence Brewery beer are ready to ship out on Monday. Photo: David Sommerstein

Filling the kegs at Canton's first brewery

From Glens Falls to Sackets Harbor, new breweries have been churning out local beer across the North Country.

Starting this weekend, St. Lawrence County will have its first microbrew. St. Lawrence Brewery's first beer tasting is tomorrow night at the Parkview in Canton. And dozens of kegs are going out to bars across the region on Monday.  Go to full article
Brian Wood at the helm. Photo: David Sommerstein
Brian Wood at the helm. Photo: David Sommerstein

A peek inside Seaway master control

Several hundred giant freighters slip through the St. Lawrence Seaway every year. They're guided by vessel traffic controllers from a squat building on top of the Eisenhower Lock in Massena.

The master control room looks straight out of Star Trek. Half a dozen big flat screens show computerized displays of real-time traffic along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario.  Go to full article
Photo: Joshua Cameron
Photo: Joshua Cameron

What's it like to win $2M? One Hammond woman knows!

A new millionaire was crowned in St. Lawrence County Thursday. Retired Hammond school cafeteria worker Joyce Wood won $2 million in the Powerball lottery, and TV legend Yolanda Vega of the New York Lottery was there to deliver the oversized check.  Go to full article
An estimated 4 billion chestnut trees grew between Maine and Georgia, before they were wiped out by the blight, according to the American Chestnut Foundation. Today, they're estimated at fewer than 100 in their native range. Photo: Rajiv Narula
An estimated 4 billion chestnut trees grew between Maine and Georgia, before they were wiped out by the blight, according to the American Chestnut Foundation. Today, they're estimated at fewer than 100 in their native range. Photo: Rajiv Narula

Heard Up North: Bringing a tree back to life

In the beginning of last century, a blight wiped out almost all of the chestnut trees, and today you're almost as likely to come across a unicorn as you are a fully grown, productive American Chestnut Tree.

One of those "unicorns" is in North Russell, planted twenty-seven years ago by Todd and Nancy Alessi. In bloom, it looks right out of a Doctor Seuss book: with flowers, called catkins, like white pipe cleaners. Todd and Nancy invited reporter Natasha Haverty to their chestnut tree flowering party.  Go to full article
David Dodge, the Antique Boat Museum's in-water fleet coordinator, pilots the swanky "Miss T.I.". Photo: David Sommerstein
David Dodge, the Antique Boat Museum's in-water fleet coordinator, pilots the swanky "Miss T.I.". Photo: David Sommerstein

Heard Up North: Gentleman's runabout in the Thousand Islands

Spring means life on St. Lawrence River in the Thousand Islands is coming back to life. One of the region's anchor destinations, the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, opens for the season this weekend.

Fritz Hager is the museum's executive director. "We've got a lot going on here. We've got a lot of boats under restoration here," says Hager, "including our gigantic 110-foot houseboat, La Duchesse, which will be in restoration for a couple of years. So there's always a lot going on here boat-building wise. We also have boat rides, sailing classes, and other educational programs, and it all starts on Friday."  Go to full article

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