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Johnsburg's crayon portraits -- Miles Morehouse's photo is on the far right.
Johnsburg's crayon portraits -- Miles Morehouse's photo is on the far right.

Adirondack Attic: Johnsburg's historic crayon portraits

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. You may know Andy from his series of Adirondack Attic books on local history. He uses the objects people make, use and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring these stories to air.

Today, Andy Flynn travels to the southern Adirondacks and the Johnsburg Historical Society to visit a series of hand-colored, antique "crayon portraits."  Go to full article

Preview: "Johnsburg Goes to War"

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Commemorative events are being held throughout the Northeast, including small towns. North Creek's Civil War weekend begins this Friday and will include lectures, historic photo displays and re-enactors in period uniforms. Todd Moe talks author and local historian Glenn Pearsall about the sacrifices Adirondack families made in the war. Pearsall says small towns, like North Creek and Johnsburg lost many of their young men in battle.  Go to full article
Prospectus map from Front Street Mountain Development showing resort concept (Source: Front Street)
Prospectus map from Front Street Mountain Development showing resort concept (Source: Front Street)

Town "struggles" with North Creek resort

Two years ago, the Adirondack Park Agency approved a massive new resort in North Creek. Front Street Mountain Development was meant to bring more than 130 luxury condos to the village, along with five hotels, restaurants and a riding stable. The idea was to tie the resort in with the North Creek ski bowl, offering ski-from-your door condominiums.

But so far, only one model home has been built and no properties in the resort have been sold. As Brian Mann reports, local officials are questioning the project's future.  Go to full article

Preview: "Race the Train" in North Creek

Hundreds of runners are expected to compete in the annual "Race the Train" run in North Creek this Saturday, August 7. It's a fundraiser for the "Dollars for Scholars" program. The money helps local students pursue their college studies. Todd Moe spoke with organizer Ann Arsenault about the 9th annual race. She says a new addition this year is a pasta dinner for runners on Friday night.  Go to full article

Books: "Echoes in These Mountains"

A Johnsburg man is doing his part to preserve historic sites and stories in the southeastern corner of the Adirondacks. Glenn Pearsall has lived in the North Country since the early 60's and has always had an interest in local history. His book, Echoes in These Mountains, explores dozens of historic sites in Johnsburg. Pearsall has included GPS coordinates for each site profiled in the book as a way of connecting the past to the present and future. He spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article
Wanda Armstrong and her father, Russell Leigh
Wanda Armstrong and her father, Russell Leigh

StoryCorps: an airmail "first" and a dowser's tale

The StoryCorps mobilebooth spent nearly a month here in the North Country this summer. During its time in Saranac Lake and Glens Falls dozens of people got to share their stories by interviewing each other. In Glens Falls, Wanda Armstrong chatted with her 91-year-old father, Russell Leigh.  Go to full article

Food pantries, soup kitchens across North Country brace for season of hunger

Across the North Country, food pantries and soup kitchens are bracing for what could be a season of hunger for many families. High gas and heating oil prices combined with a faltering job market and rising grocery bills have pushed more working people to the edge. As Brian Mann reports, many social service agencies and non-profits say they're already seeing a spike in the number of families seeking help.  Go to full article
"You can't complain about what's going on in this country if you haven't<br />done anything to try to change it." -Patricia Tuma<br />Waitress, North Creek, NY (Photos courtesy of Face of Democracy)
"You can't complain about what's going on in this country if you haven't
done anything to try to change it." -Patricia Tuma
Waitress, North Creek, NY (Photos courtesy of Face of Democracy)

Putting ballots in the hands of young people

America's political culture has a deep impact on the lives of young people, from the war in Iraq to education policy to health care. But it's tough convincing young Americans that voting and civic involvement really matter. Sue Halpern is a journalist and writer in the North Country who took on that challenge. Her "The Face of Democracy" project is designed to connect students with the ritual of voting. An exhibit from the project is on display this week at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek. A group of her students will gather for a reception tomorrow evening. Halpern spoke about "Face of Democracy" with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
TJ Volchek conducts an interview (Source:  FOD)
TJ Volchek conducts an interview (Source: FOD)

Adirondack teens talk democracy

Last Tuesday, kids across the U.S. were talking with Americans about the importance of voting. The national project was organized by journalist and writer Sue Halpern, who spends much of year in Johnsburg, in the central Adirondacks. Halpern says it was a chance for students to hear from people who see voting as a duty and a crucial part of their lives. But as Brian Mann reports, their idealism played out this year against one of the nastiest and most controversial campaigns on record.  Go to full article
Johnsburg 10th grader practicing her camera skills
Johnsburg 10th grader practicing her camera skills

Tenth graders document the face of democracy

Voting is the most basic activity of democracy, yet in this country half of us don't bother. In young people, between 18 and 25, it's 75 percent. That's not for lack of trying to get out the youth vote. Last election, millions of dollars were spent to get kids to register and vote, but when all was said and done, the percentage stayed the same. Maybe we're waiting too long.

A new project that combines journalism and civics engages kid early - before they're eligible to vote -- and places them in the path of people who take their citizenship seriously. It's called The Face of Democracy, and tenth graders from Johnsburg are one of three pioneering classes in the nation to take it on. Oakland, California, and St. Paul, Minnesota are the other sites. Journalist Sue Halpern is one of the national organizers of The Face of Democracy. She's also training and mentoring the Johnsburg class, along with photographer Woody Widlund. Martha Foley talked with her yesterday, as she was packing up for the big day today.  Go to full article

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