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The "Road to Dannemora" features a local cast and is part of a children's theatre workshop.
The "Road to Dannemora" features a local cast and is part of a children's theatre workshop.

Preview: "Road to Dannemora" in Keene Valley

A North Country teen spent most of his summer vacation working on an original musical. Road to Dannemora debuts at Keene Central School on Saturday night. 16-year-old Sam Balzac wrote the music and worked with his mother, Kathy Recchia, on the lyrics. They're both long time members of the Book and Blanket Players, a community theater group in Jay. Todd Moe spoke with Sam and Kathy about the process of creating a musical.

"The Road to Dannemora" will be performed at the Keene Central School Auditorium this Saturday night, 7pm. Free admission. Donations Accepted.  Go to full article
Randy Douglas heads the Essex County board of supervisors
Randy Douglas heads the Essex County board of supervisors

Essex County faces tough budget choices

Essex County now faces a budget deficit next year that could top 9 million dollars. That's ten percent of the county's budget that still needs to be paid for.

The soaring costs are being blamed on scheduled pay increases for county workers, rising utility coasts, and the cost of operating the Horace Nye nursing home in Elizabethtown.

The latest blow came this week, when the Board of Supervisors announced that health insurance costs could rise by as much as 46%.

Brian Mann spoke about the budget crunch with Randy Douglas. He's town supervisor in Jay and serves as county chair.  Go to full article

Preview: "She Loves Me"

The Book and Blanket Players' production of the romantic comedy, She Loves Me opens New Year's Eve in Jay and continues this weekend in Keene Valley. She Loves Me is the tale of a couple who feud in real life, but unknowingly become pen pals and fall in love. Jack Cassidy won a Tony for Best Actor in the original 1964 Broadway version. The North Country production features a talented community theater cast and SUNY Plattsburgh students. Todd Moe spoke with two of the local cast members about the show.  Go to full article
Nathan Farb documented life in NYC's Tomkins Square Park in 1967.  (Photos:  N. Farb)
Nathan Farb documented life in NYC's Tomkins Square Park in 1967. (Photos: N. Farb)

Nathan Farb: A journey from the Summer of Love

Some artists spend a lifetime developing their craft, slowly building a grammar of expression. Adirondack photographer Nathan Farb's journey began very differently. He's known in the North Country for his massive, intricate landscape portraits. But his first efforts with a camera were spent in the crucible of the mid-1960s, shooting photographs in New York City. In a few dangerous, vibrant months during 1967, Farb captured images of an era that has come to be known as the Summer of Love. He photographed icons like Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy. He also documented the lives of anonymous people living in a revolutionary age. Forty years later, Nathan Farb is exhibiting those pictures and writing a book about his experience. He talked about the work with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Preview: Storytelling Fest in Jay

NCPR is media sponsor for the JEMS Jay day and Storytelling Festival, taking place in Jay tomorrow. The day's events include music, food, crafts, activities for kids and lots of stories. Todd Moe spoke with storyteller Karen Glass about her interest in this age-old tradition.  Go to full article

Preview: George M. Cohan in his own words

A musical theatre collaboration between actors in the Adirondacks and New York City will be presented tomorrow night at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. George M. Cohan, in his own words is produced by Jay Entertainment and Music Society (Jems) and Brooklyn Family Theatre. Three local actors in in the cast: Susan Richards, Sam Balzac and Tyler Nye. Todd Moe spoke with Tyler, a theatre student at Plattsburgh State about Saturday's production.  Go to full article
Ice crowds under the bridge in Ausable Forks (Photos courtesy of:  Martha Spear)
Ice crowds under the bridge in Ausable Forks (Photos courtesy of: Martha Spear)

Ice dams flood two North Country communities

Local officials watched nervously Monday across the North Country as rivers rose with early spring rain and melting snow. Ice dams were the big worry. A bottleneck of ice on the Great Chazy River forced residents to evacuate neighborhoods in Champlain. Another dam on the Ausable River triggered flooding in the town of Jay, where a state of emergency was declared. Brian Mann was in the village of Ausable Forks yesterday when crews fought to dislodge one of the massive clots of ice. He sent this report.  Go to full article

Preview: Gifts of the Magi in Jay

A Chistmas favorite will be performed this weekend in Keene Valley. The Jay Entertainment and Music Society presents The Gifts of the Magi Friday and Saturday night (7:30) at the Keene Valley Congregational Church. The musical is based on the O. Henry short story. Jay Towne Players director Kathy Recchia told Todd Moe about the beginning of her Gifts of the Magi odyssey.  Go to full article
Bob Martin slips through a narrow channel
Bob Martin slips through a narrow channel

Whitewater Ramble: East Branch of the Ausable

Heavy rain this summer has been tough on farmers and on the North Country's tourism business. But the wet weather is great news for whitewater paddlers. Many streams that would usually be bony and dry are still flush. Brian Mann paddled the East Branch of the Ausable River and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
David Douglas' "Keene Valley Airfield"
David Douglas' "Keene Valley Airfield"

Weather Happened: The Grays of June

The weather has been on the minds of a lot of North Country residents this week: heavy rains left flooding and washed-out roadways. We asked Adirondack artist David Douglas to describe June's weather from a visual artist's perspective. What colors would he use to "paint" the weather this month? David Douglas has lived and worked in Jay since 1987. You'll find his artwork on display at "Twigs" in Lake Placid.  Go to full article

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