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Preview: All things clay in Jay this weekend

Norte Maar makes its return to the North Country this summer with a big exhibition of works in clay this weekend in Jay. Curated by ceramicist Jackie Sabourin, "The Jay Invitational of Clay" will include a selection of works in clay from the functional to the fanciful by local, regional and internationally recognized artists.

Norte Maar was founded in 2004 by curator Jason Andrew and choreographer Julia K. Gleich as an advocate and presenter of visual, literary and performing arts in the North Country.

Todd Moe spoke with Jason Andrew about Norte Maar's tenth anniversary and "The Jay Invitational of Clay" that kicks off on Friday night.  Go to full article
Mr. Darcy and Lydia Bennet (Sam Balzac and Liza Amirault) in the Book & Blanket Players Youth Theatre production of <i>Pride and Prejudice: The Musical</i> in Keene Valley this weekend.  Photo: Book & Blanket Players.
Mr. Darcy and Lydia Bennet (Sam Balzac and Liza Amirault) in the Book & Blanket Players Youth Theatre production of Pride and Prejudice: The Musical in Keene Valley this weekend. Photo: Book & Blanket Players.

Preview: "Pride and Prejudice: The Musical" in Keene Valley

This year marks the bicentennial of the publication of Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice, and a summer youth theater group in the Adirondacks will present an original musical adaptation of the story this weekend.

The production, presented by the Book and Blanket Players Youth Theatre, will be performed Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm at Keene Central School in Keene Valley.

Todd Moe talks with director Kathy Recchia and some of the young cast about putting the show together during one intense week of learning lines, songs, and English Country dances.  Go to full article
A surrounded home in Keene Valley. Photo: Sadie Holbrook.
A surrounded home in Keene Valley. Photo: Sadie Holbrook.

For Ausable River families, painful post-Irene decisions still have to be made

More than five months after tropical storm Irene sent floodwaters surging through the Adirondacks, families and communities still face some tough decisions.

Tomorrow night in the town of Jay, residents will meet with state and Federal officials to talk about a buy-out program that could help people relocate out of the flood plains along the Ausable and Boquet Rivers. The meeting to talk about the flood plain buy out program is scheduled for 7 pm tomorrow night at the Jay town community center in Ausable Forks.

More than sixty families in Essex County have expressed interest in the buy-out. Brian Mann checked in yesterday with Randy Douglas, town supervisor in Jay and head of the county's board of supervisors. Douglas says the number of people considering relocation continues to grow.  Go to full article
Kathleen Recchia as Emily Dickinson.
Kathleen Recchia as Emily Dickinson.

Preview: "The Belle of Amherst" in Saranac Lake

William Luce's one-woman play celebrating the life and poetry of Emily Dickinson, The Belle of Amherst, will be presented in a special performance benefiting residents of the Town of Jay who experienced the devastating effects of Tropical Storm Irene this summer. The one-woman show will be performed Saturday night (7 pm) at BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake. Todd Moe talks with Jay actress Kathleen Recchia, who reprises her role as Dickinson for this special performance, about the show and clean-up efforts that still continue this month.  Go to full article
These are really qualitative stories. People's experiences, rather than the numbers, figures and dates.

Oral history project to collect Keene, Jay memories of Irene

A group of Burlington College students will conduct oral history interviews to record the Tropical Storm Irene stories of Jay and Keene residents this Saturday at the Keene Community Center. Everyone is invited to share their stories and memories. Instructor John Warren told Todd Moe that participants will be asked a number of questions about their experiences during the storm, and will have the chance to tell the stories they think are important to remember. To schedule your interview, contact John Warren via email at or call 518-956-3830.  Go to full article
They don't want to leave - it's their community.

Flood recovery work continues in hard hit towns in the Adirondacks

North Country Congressman Bill Owens says he's amazed at the resiliency of flood victims who say their property devastated by Tropical Storm Irene. The Democrat from New York's 23rd Congressional District stopped in the Town of Jay this week to hear from local officials about ongoing infrastructure issues and view firsthand some of the problems the community still faces.  Go to full article

A musical benefit for Adirondack flood relief

Musical headliners in the Adirondacks will do their part this Sunday to raise money for those still rebuilding homes and businesses in the aftermath of late summer storms. Many of the best-known Adirondack acoustic musicians will gather at the Indian Lake Theater (2 pm) to perform some of their favorite music to benefit victims of Hurricane Irene. Todd Moe spoke with Johnsburg singer-songwriter Tom Akstens, one of the organizers of the concert. He calls the event a celebration of Adirondack spirit.  Go to full article
Jay town supervisor Randy Douglas says his community "is still in recovery mode." Photos:  Brian Mann
Jay town supervisor Randy Douglas says his community "is still in recovery mode." Photos: Brian Mann

In town of Jay, families still living in Irene's world

The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting this morning that the towns of Jay and Black Brook have qualified for a total of $2 million in interest-free loans from New York state. The money will be used to help repair the water system in Ausable Forks.

Families and communities along the Ausable River valley continue to rebuild following tropical storm Irene, but local officials say the disaster will leave permanent scars.

Brian Mann sat down yesterday to talk with Jay town supervisor Randy Douglas, who also heads the Essex County board of supervisors. Douglas says as many as 45 families may choose not to return to their flood-ravaged homes. And hundreds of families are still living with emergency water supplies.  Go to full article

A musical respite from summer's stormy weather

The Keene Valley Congregational Church hosts an evening of music, stories and poetry Saturday night (7:30pm), and an opportunity to help those still rebuilding from the summer floods.

Adirondack harpist Martha Gallagher will host the benefit concert. Her home was one of the many heavily damaged by the flooding from tropical storm Irene.

Saturday night's concert, arranged by the East Branch Friends of the Arts, will also mark the release of a new CD that Gallagher recorded recently to benefit flood victims. All the proceeds from the concert and CD will go to the Keene and Jay Flood Recovery Funds. Todd Moe has a preview.  Go to full article
It's overwhelming. I don't know. I need help with everything.

AuSable Valley post-Irene cleanup difficult; residents hope for help

The adding-up of the damage from Irene continues, and many areas are still experiencing emergency situations. In New York state, there are at least 6 confirmed deaths; damage to homes and businesses; more than half a million still without power; and flooding that's threatening to cause more damage.

For the first time today, our Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann was able to hit some of the hardest hit areas around Ausable Forks, Jay and Upper Jay. He spoke with Nora Flaherty.  Go to full article

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