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The Dairy Princess float
The Dairy Princess float

Heard Up North: The Dairy Princess Parade

June is National Dairy Month, and this weekend was the annual Dairy Princess Festival and Parade. Despite the crummy weather, the hundreds of people who came out didn't look like they were feeling a drop.

Fire trucks, high school bands, girl scouts, politicians, local businesses and, of course, the Dairy Princess and her court rolled through town, throwing handfuls of candy all along the way. Tasha Haverty got to meet the parade's unofficial tallier of the floats, 11 year-old Ryan Nolan. They send us this postcard.  Go to full article

Storytime sows seeds for lifelong literacy

This week we're looking at literacy in the North Country. Yesterday, we heard what it's like to live without knowing how to read or write, and the challenges and rewards of learning to read late in life. Today we'll spend a few minutes at the other end of the age spectrum.

Reading to children is a good way to plant the seeds for a lifetime of literacy. For today's Heard Up North, we'll nestle into the downstairs at the Canton Free Library for Children's Storytime.  Go to full article
John Kordet
John Kordet

Heard Up North: Nosing around the Canton Farmer's Market

The Canton Farmer's Market opened last week. While most of the vendors rely on their table display to catch the customer's eye, one tent calls on the customer's olfactory system.  Go to full article

Song and dance: woodcocks announce spring

Every spring, a Department of Environmental Conservation biologist drives along north country highways at dawn or dusk, stopping every so often to pull over and listen. They're listening for the distinctive "peent" of the singing American woodcock, a brown speckled bird a little larger than a songbird with a long, narrow beak for pulling earthworms out of the ground.

The little game bird is under threat New York state, and the survey each year is meant to get a handle on what population trends are in this region. DEC regional spokesman Stephen Litwhiler is the happy host to several of the birds in his backyard in southern Jefferson County. He says the birds' appearance each year is his personal "harbinger of spring."

For this Heard Up North, reporter Joanna Richards donned camouflage and hid behind the birds' favorite tree in Litwhiler's backyard to get a close-up look - and listen.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: Women's Clothing Swap

They say fashion is cyclical. On today's Heard Up North, Tasha Haverty takes us to one of the North Country's most glamorous evenings of the year: the semi-annual Women's Clothing Swap at the Canton Free Library.  Go to full article
Landfill. Photo: DANC
Landfill. Photo: DANC

Heard Up North: He threw it all away

The last landfill in St. Lawrence County closed in 1992, right around the time that New York State mandated recycling. Joe Levine has worked for the county's Solid Waste Department for a quarter of a century. Tasha Haverty paid Joe a visit at his job.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: Planting vegetables by the moon

It says in the Bible that there is a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted. Right now, it's time to plant, some things anyway. On this past Easter Sunday Tasha Haverty worked a trade with longtime North Country gardener, Isis Melhado. If Tasha helped with the onions, the reluctant Isis would explain a little about her method.

Weaver and gardener Isis Melhado lives outside Canton along the Little River, and times her planting by the phases of the Moon.  Go to full article
Everett Smith at work.
Everett Smith at work.

Heard Up North: splitting wood

There were clear skies, cool temperatures...and a woodpile. A perfect combination for our Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Winnie and Rob Sachno's root cellar in Pierrepont, NY. (photo: Paula Schechter)
Winnie and Rob Sachno's root cellar in Pierrepont, NY. (photo: Paula Schechter)

Heard Up North: more than roots in this cellar

Root cellars were an essential part of nearly every home a hundred years ago. And along with an increase in the number of people growing their own food is the return to the root cellar. More than a basement, it's the cousin to canning and freezing and another way of preserving the harvest into the winter months. A couple of winters ago, Todd Moe visited Winnie and Rob Sachno's root cellar on their St. Lawrence County farm for a closer look at a simpler way of storing food.  Go to full article
Hugh Graham (left) and a fellow kick sledder, Jan. 2011. Photo: Lucy Martin
Hugh Graham (left) and a fellow kick sledder, Jan. 2011. Photo: Lucy Martin

Heard Up North: Hugh Graham, long-time canal fan

Part of Ottawa's Rideau Canal Skateway opened for skating this past Sunday, kicking off its 42nd season. Once weather permits, nearly five miles of frozen canal will see heavy use for another month or two. The free skateway is a star attraction for Winterlude, coming up February 3-20. Sunday, just a short section was open, and the ice conditions were listed as poor.

Long time canal enthusiast Hugh Graham keeps a kick sled on hand for bad ice days. The sled looks like a light kitchen chair on long, thin runners. Wearing home-made studded boots, he can ride the runner with one foot, and push along at a good clip with the other. There's even room for some gear or a light passenger on the chair. Graham showed off his kick sled to Lucy Martin for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article

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