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"Island Dave" is a familiar, friendly face around the city of Brockville's islands on the St. Lawrence. Photo: David Sommerstein
"Island Dave" is a familiar, friendly face around the city of Brockville's islands on the St. Lawrence. Photo: David Sommerstein

Listen: 'Island Dave' has the job you want in the Thousand Islands

Whether it's the Adirondacks or the St. Lawrence River, everyone's getting in their last licks of summer this week.

The city of Brockville owns 16 park islands on the St. Lawrence that are busy with boats docking and people picnicking and camping.

Many boaters are familiar with the friendly face of "Island Dave" Beatty, who manages and patrols the area for the city of Brockville. David Sommerstein produced this Heard Up North, which first aired in August 2013.  Go to full article
Hoff the Harmonica Case Man in action. Photo: Meredith Coeyman
Hoff the Harmonica Case Man in action. Photo: Meredith Coeyman

Listen: the guy with the most harmonica cases in the world plays a tune

There's an unusual art opening this Friday in Burlington. The SEABA gallery will show what it calls "the largest collection of handmade harmonica cases in the world."

The owner spends many of his Saturdays showing off his collection at the Burlington farmers market.

David Sommerstein bumped into him last summer and sent this Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Gary Lee records hundreds of banded birds in his log every year. He recently re-caught a chickadee he had banded in 2009. Photo: David Sommerstein
Gary Lee records hundreds of banded birds in his log every year. He recently re-caught a chickadee he had banded in 2009. Photo: David Sommerstein

Listen: How do you catch and band a chickadee?

The cold doesn't stop a good share of birds from thriving in the North Country, and it's a good time for birders to get to know their local birds... one...you can see them without all those leaves in the way. And two...they probably get to know you, too, through your bird feeders.

Retired New York State Forest Ranger Gary Lee is one of northern New York's expert birders, and he takes it a step further. He spends much of his winters banding birds - chickadees, in particular - at his home in Inlet. A dozen bird feeders are scattered around the yard of his home in Inlet, NY.

Lee stretches what looks like a fine-meshed volleyball net to snag the birds. David Sommerstein stopped by to see bird banding up close and sent this Heard Up North, which first aired in May 2013.  Go to full article
Hoff the Harmonica Case Man in action. Photo: Meredith Coeyman
Hoff the Harmonica Case Man in action. Photo: Meredith Coeyman

Listen: Hoff the Harmonica Case Man

You never know what there are world records for. David Sommerstein bumped into a man at the Saturday farmers market in Burlington who's sure he has the most harmonica carrying cases in the world. And his collection is a work of art. Bob Hoffman aka Hoff the Harmonica Case Man is today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
"Island Dave" is a familiar, friendly face around the city of Brockville's islands on the St. Lawrence. Photo: David Sommerstein.
"Island Dave" is a familiar, friendly face around the city of Brockville's islands on the St. Lawrence. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Listen: 'Island Dave' has the job you want in the Thousand Islands

Whether it's the Adirondacks or the St. Lawrence River, everyone's getting in their last licks of summer this week.

The city of Brockville owns 16 park islands on the St. Lawrence that are busy with boats docking and people picnicking and camping.

Many boaters are familiar with the friendly face who manages and patrols the area. Listen to 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
Suzy McBroom stands in front of artwork by local artist Marion Bradish at Potsdam's St. Lawrence County Arts Council. Photo: Conant Neville
Suzy McBroom stands in front of artwork by local artist Marion Bradish at Potsdam's St. Lawrence County Arts Council. Photo: Conant Neville

Listen: Potsdam Store clerk by day, viking by night

Do you really know what your coworkers do when they leave the office? Some people might go home to their partners and kids and cook dinner, pick up the kids from soccer practice, or go to the movies. Others might dress up as medieval characters and run around local parks with swords and spindles. Suzy McBroom, a quiet and unassuming employee of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council during the day, transforms into a medieval Swedish milkmaid.  Go to full article
Piper Sarah Forsyth. Photo: Lucy Martin
Piper Sarah Forsyth. Photo: Lucy Martin

Bagpipes--love 'em or hate 'em--return to Maxville

There's no shortage of pipe and drum bands across Canada, in communities large and small. Sarah Forsyth pipes as a civilian volunteer with Ottawa's Air Command Pipes and Drums, the longest continuous serving Air Force Pipe Band in the Canadian Forces.

It's a major commitment. Roughly 40 members practice weekly and perform in parades or public events at home and abroad. Forsyth says the right band feels like a second family--that works hard and has fun together.

Lucy Martin caught up with Forsyth at the famous Glengarry Highland games in Maxville, Ontario, in August 2010. Bagpipes fall into the love 'em or hate 'em category. The piper told Lucy she caught the bug when she was five.  Go to full article
Dan Mullin minds his grill at the Potsdam Summer Festival. Photo: Conant Neville
Dan Mullin minds his grill at the Potsdam Summer Festival. Photo: Conant Neville

Barbecue is serious business

A lot of people like to barbecue in the summer. For most, it's a relaxing activity. For others it's serious business. Dan Mullin of Gouverneur has a passion for cooking and has made a career out of it. Conant Neville caught him at the Potsdam Summer Festival as he was flipping burgers and mixing barbecue sauces for this "Heard up North" feature.  Go to full article
Clarence Forbes plying his trade. Photo: David Sommerstein
Clarence Forbes plying his trade. Photo: David Sommerstein

Listen: Using modern technology to move an Amish shed

Amish-made wooden sheds are becoming a fixture in backyards. They're neat and tidy, and handy for storage or even as a rustic bunkhouse.

But delivery can be tricky; unless you live nearby, an Amish carpenter is unlikely to haul it to your house by horse and wagon.

That's where movers like Clarence Forbes come in. He hauled a shed to David Sommerstein's house a couple years ago. The arrival is today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article

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