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Michelle Whalen of Morristown in her Schlitz Museum.
Michelle Whalen of Morristown in her Schlitz Museum.

Heard Up North: The Schlitz museum

Some people collect stamps, some people collect Star Wars action figures. One woman in St. Lawrence County collects memorabilia from the relatively old-fashioned beer, Schlitz. David Sommerstein visited the Schlitz Museum for today's Heard Up North. There are still places to buy Schlitz in the area. Michelle Whalen of Morristown knows of all of them.  Go to full article
Boonville's airfield isn't much more than a field, but it does have gas.  Pilot Bob Keller gases up.
Boonville's airfield isn't much more than a field, but it does have gas. Pilot Bob Keller gases up.

Heard Up North: Pumping gas for flight

Whether it's from a float plane, a little two-seater, or even one of those little commercial jets, the aerial view of the North Country is unforgettable. You can see the whole topography of the Adirondack range, topped by the high peaks. There are vast skeins of wetlands, rivers, lakes and ponds, and villages stitched together with ribbons of roadways.

The network of airstrips across northern New York is less obvious, but there are just enough to host a community of private planes and their pilots. The airfield in Boonville is typical of the smallest private airfields. It's really just that: a flat, well-mowed grassy field. But it does have its own gas pump. Here's today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Clarence Forbes plying his trade.
Clarence Forbes plying his trade.

Heard Up North: Moving an Amish shed

Across the North Country, Amish carpenters craft fine, handmade wooden sheds. But unless you live nearby, they're unlikely to haul it to your house on horse and buggy.

That's where movers like Clarence Forbes come in. He hauled a shed to david Sommerstein's house for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Wil Mahoney keeps it level.
Wil Mahoney keeps it level.

Heard Up North: Slacklining

There's a whole subgenre of sport you see people doing at parks to while away a summer day. Hacky sack is a classic. Devil sticks is another. Hula hooping is back.

A newer one uses a rubbery climbing rope strung between two trees. It's called slicklining.

David Sommerstein saw some St. Lawrence University students doing it on campus recently. Here's today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Dave West atop Low's Ridge
Dave West atop Low's Ridge

A perch overlooking the Adirondacks

Today's Heard Up North comes from Low's Ridge, a granite monolith overlooking the most jagged terrain of the Adirondacks.

It's not hard to reach. Dave West drove just a few minutes from his home in Long Lake and, just before reaching Tupper Lake, turned toward the Bog River Flow. It's about an hour's paddle through the wilderness to Hitchens Pond and the trailhead to the ridge.

Then, a mile-long hike to the top and a view unlike any other.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: Having a ball at Clarkson

Clarkson University students were having a ball in Potsdam recently. Actually, they spent more than an hour moving a huge earthen ball across town to Clarkson's main campus. Our news intern Chelsea Ross stumbled upon the Moving the World event and sent this Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Piper Sarah Forsyth
Piper Sarah Forsyth

Heard Up North: Bagpipes, love 'em or hate 'em

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. 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
Pat Parker, ready for Canada Day. Photo by Lucy Martin.
Pat Parker, ready for Canada Day. Photo by Lucy Martin.

Heard Up North: Visiting the Queen on Canada Day

Queen Elizabeth the second is in Ottawa as part of a 9-day visit, her 22nd official tour of Canada. The Queen will be on Parliament Hill for Canada Day ceremonies today, to the delight of royal watchers of all ages. One such fan drove from Toronto for the special holiday, and encountered another event of emotional significance along the way.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: A road crew waiting on Albany

Town road crews are out in force across the North Country, getting ready to fix and repave local roads. Many are holding off on bigger projects because they still don't know how much money they'll be getting from Albany. So they're working on smaller things. David Sommerstein caught up with a crew digging a ditch with a backhoe in Pierrepont for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Lacey Bango in Gouverneur.
Lacey Bango in Gouverneur.

Heard Up North: Holding a big P&C sign all day

The imminent, but temporary, closing of five P&C supermarkets in the North Country has unleashed a cadre of roadside sign wavers. You know, the people who are paid to waggle a "shop here - big sale" sign all day to get the attention of passing motorists. One in Gouverneur is today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article

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