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Heard Up North: Welcoming summer by roasting marshmallows

Camping is one of the pleasures of the warmer months in the North Country. For little people it can mean a lot of firsts: the first time sleeping in a tent, and hanging by a campfire. Julie Grant and her 3-year-old daughter joined their friends Aviva Gold and Steve Dilger and their 3-old daughter for the girls' first experience roasting marshmallows.  Go to full article
Peggy McAdam-Cambridge enjoys the new jump. Photo: Jasmine Wallace
Peggy McAdam-Cambridge enjoys the new jump. Photo: Jasmine Wallace

Heard Up North: building a horse jump

Peggy McAdam-Cambridge owns a horse farm a few miles outside Canton.
Honey Dew Acres will host whats known as an eventing competition this weekend for local equestrians. One of those events is cross-country jumping. A series of natural-looking obstacles in a field tests the horse's, and rider's, endurance and bravery.

Peggy likes a rustic look for her course. Our intern, Jasmine Wallace, found her in a converted cow barn building a new jump. With a mare and foal watching from one side, and a pile of tools on the other, Peggy made quick work of it.  Go to full article
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

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