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Christmas tree farm. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunaspin/">looseends</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved
Christmas tree farm. Photo: looseends, CC some rights reserved

Tips on Christmas trees

It's the thick of Christmas tree season. The Associated Press reported this morning that New York tree farms are having a great year, with more people buying their trees from local growers.

That probably means they're getting a fresher tree. But it's always a good idea to check for the freshest tree on the lot. Martha Foley talks with Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy about how to pick the best, and keep it fresh.  Go to full article
Liam Rodee, age 9, with his creation at the TAUNY workshop. Photo: Julie Grant
Liam Rodee, age 9, with his creation at the TAUNY workshop. Photo: Julie Grant

Sweet holiday tradition has scary roots

Over the past decade or so making gingerbread houses has gained popularity in the North Country, in large part because of a workshop and contest organized by TAUNY. Making a candy house brings the some families together every year for something deliciously fun. But the history of candy houses also has some darker roots.  Go to full article
Long Lake kindergarteners and first graders fill their plates with turkey and the trimmings.  Photo: Todd Moe
Long Lake kindergarteners and first graders fill their plates with turkey and the trimmings. Photo: Todd Moe

Thanksgiving as a teaching moment in Long Lake

Students, teachers and staff at Long Lake Central School celebrated Thanksgiving with a special lunch this week. It included turkey and the usual side dishes: potatoes, stuffing, corn bread, carrots, and pies o'plenty for dessert.

For the last three years, the school has celebrated the Holiday with special meals during their usual lunch periods. But on Monday, the entire school celebrated with one big meal -- everyone ate together in the gymnasium. The highlight was locally grown vegetables and dishes prepared by the students.

The staff and teachers are hoping the annual event allows their students to learn more about creating community, cooperation and fun by commemorating our national harvest festival. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
The 58th annual Saranac Lake Kiddie Parade brought out the red, white and blue.
The 58th annual Saranac Lake Kiddie Parade brought out the red, white and blue.

A Scene Repeated All Across America

Independence Day, more often referred to as the 4th of July, parades are the universal way of celebrating the nations birthday. In a scene repeated all across America, Saranac Lake held it's 58th annual 4th of July Kiddie Parade. Flags, Lady Liberty, Uncle Sam hats and red, white and blue bunting were the costumes and decorations of choice in the Saranac Lake celebration.  Go to full article

Long nights good for star-gazing

Between Jupiter in the east and Venus rising in the west, there's lots to see at night. And as the Solstice approaches, there's plenty of nighttime hours at both ends of the day. Aileen O'Donoghue teaches astronomy at St. Lawrence University. She stopped in to give Martha Foley the highlights of the night sky in late December.  Go to full article
A family tradition. Photo: Todd Moe.
A family tradition. Photo: Todd Moe.

All about Christmas trees

Whether you cut your own or buy from the local fire department, there are things to look for to find the perfect Christmas tree. And there are a couple of must-do's do keep it as fresh as possible. (Water soon, and often.) Cornell Cooperative extension horticulturist Amy Ivy shares tips with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
Santa told my grandson that Rudolph and the other reindeers had been playing reindeer games, and... knocked the train off the tracks."

Polar Express derails

The Polar Express train ride to see Santa Claus might have been even more memorable than usual - when it went off the rails on the way to the North Pole last night. More than 300 children and adults were on the train. The Utica Fire Department says there was one minor injury, but otherwise no one was hurt.  Go to full article
Abby with Charlene Romano, Mary France and Santa (Paul Bizaya)
Abby with Charlene Romano, Mary France and Santa (Paul Bizaya)

Heard Up North: Dogs, cats meet Santa in Ogdensburg

Getting your kids' pictures taken with Santa Claus has been a longtime holiday ritual for many. In recent years another group has begun vying for Santa's attention--pets...and a picture of an awkward dog or an annoyed looking cat in Father Christmas' lap has become a fairly common site on the mantle.

In Ogdensburg on the day after Thanksgiving, Amvets Auxiliary post 19 invited people to come out to Tractor Supply with their pets to meet Santa. The event was a benefit for St. Jude Children's research hospital. Nora Flaherty's dog gets nervous in crowds, so she stayed home--but Nora did bring her recorder for this Heard Up North:  Go to full article
Linda Barberic's partner Keith helps her prepare a healthy meal, using olive oil instead of butter. (Photo by Julie Grant)
Linda Barberic's partner Keith helps her prepare a healthy meal, using olive oil instead of butter. (Photo by Julie Grant)

Trying for a healthy Thanksgiving

With so many Americans facing diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems, the Thanksgiving meal has become a battleground in some families. Some family members want to make it a healthy meal, others want to stick with their traditional family dishes. Julie Grant reports:  Go to full article
A Girls' Festival Day card
A Girls' Festival Day card

Heard Up North: Girls' Festival Day in Japan

Today is Girls' Festival Day in Japan. It's a day to celebrate the future success and happiness of daughters. Peach blossoms, tri-colored cake and festive sushi are all part of the celebration. Yuka Uno is a Japanese exchange student at St. Lawrence University. She says, traditionally, the day is celebrated with a display of formal dolls on a red-robed stand, crowned by the emperor and empress. Yuka Uno spoke with NCPR's Barb Heller and is today's "Heard Up North".  Go to full article

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