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There are still gift tags on many Angel Trees in Canton, including this one in the student center at SLU.  The unwrapped gifts are due at the Church and Community Program by December 10th.  Photo:  Todd Moe
There are still gift tags on many Angel Trees in Canton, including this one in the student center at SLU. The unwrapped gifts are due at the Church and Community Program by December 10th. Photo: Todd Moe

A tradition of giving in Canton continues

A holiday tradition that's provided toys and clothing for needy families in the Canton area for decades continues this season. The Angel Tree tags, organized by the Canton Church and Community Program, are available on Christmas trees at local businesses, participating churches in Canton and the St. Lawrence University and SUNY Canton student centers. Over 250 children in Canton, Hermon, Clare, Dekalb, Russell and Rensselaer Falls will be served.

Organizer Pat Alden says, like similar programs in other communities, taking and fulfilling an Angel Tree tag helps provide a much brighter holiday for area children. Anyone looking for a tag can call Pat at 854-8130.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/14718163@N08/4910048360/">ageing accozzaglia</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: ageing accozzaglia, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Winter Reading and Holiday Giving Call-in

In our annual Winter Reading and Holiday Giving Call-in Ellen Rocco, Chris Robinson, and book maven John Ernst give their own picks for reading and gifting, and take reading suggestions from callers and correspondents.

Read the complete list of title suggestions from staff and listeners.  Go to full article
Fort Drum soldiers take a break after carrying and unpacking boxes full of Christmas decorations at the Watertown Urban Mission. Photo: Joanna Richards
Fort Drum soldiers take a break after carrying and unpacking boxes full of Christmas decorations at the Watertown Urban Mission. Photo: Joanna Richards

Soldiers pitch in to help needy celebrate Christmas

The Watertown Urban Mission is busy around the holidays. Along with running its regular programs like the food pantry and thrift store, it also distributes warm winter coats and Thanksgiving turkeys, puts on a craft fair, and holds a sale of Christmas items. Fortunately, it's gotten some help from a small army of volunteers - literally.  Go to full article

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Drew Mangione, director of development for the Watertown Urban Mission, stands in front of a capital campaign sign during the nonprofit's busy holiday season. Photo: Joanna Richards
Drew Mangione, director of development for the Watertown Urban Mission, stands in front of a capital campaign sign during the nonprofit's busy holiday season. Photo: Joanna Richards

Black Friday alternative at Watertown craft sale

On Black Friday, people cram into stores, treating shopping like a full-contact sport. Others are hold off for a calmer experience in front of their computer screens on Cyber Saturday. But some people still want a fun, communal holiday shopping experience - minus the chaos.  Go to full article
Joël Mayotte in the role of donné, or lay brother, in the cookhouse at a recreated Jesuit mission, circa 1640. Photo: Lucy Martin
JoŽl Mayotte in the role of donnť, or lay brother, in the cookhouse at a recreated Jesuit mission, circa 1640. Photo: Lucy Martin

Three Sisters Soup: Thanksgiving at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons

Thanksgiving is celebrated in Canada and the U.S.

In Canada,Thanksgiving comes in October and is more of a harvest festival, without any stories about pilgrims and Indians sitting down to feast together. Even so, across North America, early European settlers improved their chances of survival by learning about native foods and techniques.

Last month Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin was in the Georgian Bay region of Ontario where she visited Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons. The historic site re-creates a Jesuit mission established in 1639, as an outpost of New France. She spoke with costumed interpreter JoŽl Mayotte while he served "three sisters" soup to visitors on Canada's Thanksgiving weekend.  Go to full article

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An Amish farm near Heuvelton, NY. Photo: Karen Johnson-Weiner
An Amish farm near Heuvelton, NY. Photo: Karen Johnson-Weiner

Old Christmas an old tradition for many Amish in the North Country

For most of us, Jan. 1 marks the end of the holiday season, whether that's a sad goodbye or a relief.

But for some Christians, including many of the Amish people in the North Country, Jan. 6 is another day of celebration: Epiphany, or "Old Christmas."

Karen Johnson-Weiner is a professor of linguistic Anthropology at SUNY Potsdam. She's been working with the North County's Amish for years.  Go to full article

New Year's Eve with Guy Berard and Radio Bob

Jazz at the Ten Spot host Guy Berard and Radio Bob Sauter take us over the calendrical cliff with five full hours of favorites and requests.  Go to full article

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