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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
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

Heard Up North: the guy who painted the Thousand Islands bridge

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 recently. It turns out he painted one of the tallest bridges over the St. Lawrence River. Today's Heard Up North features Frank Forney of Philadelphia.  Go to full article
Andrew Himelson (Senior), Cody Rosen (Senior),  Sam Labrecque (Sophomore)
Andrew Himelson (Senior), Cody Rosen (Senior), Sam Labrecque (Sophomore)

Heard Up North: "Save a bro, grow a mo'"

"Movember" is an annual, month-long event where men grow a "mo," or moustache, as part of a campaign to raise awareness and money for prostate cancer and men's health initiatives. It started in Australia over a decade ago and has spread throughout the world.

The rules are simple: be fully shaved at the start of the month and grow a moustache throughout the month of November. There are many different moustache styles that can be used, from fully-grown to hardly noticeable. All moustaches are accepted, no matter how much someone can grow.

In that time, millions of men with a desire to do good through facial hair, and the women who support them (the Movember organization calls them "mo bros and mo sistas") have raised almost $300 million.

Movember isn't as well known in the North Country as in some other places, but at Clarkson University in Potsdam, it's getting bigger.  Go to full article
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

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