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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

Vietnam vet reaches out to young soldiers with "Facing PTSD"

Tom Smith grew up in Connecticut, but his family has owned land in Keene Valley for four generations. He was drafted in 1968 and flew helicopters in Vietnam. Smith saw lots of combat, was shot down numerous times, and when he returned to the States, he says he was a changed person - easily irritated and angered.

In the '70's and '80's he moved around, living in Alaska, Hawaii, California and then back in the Adirondacks.

He turned to writing as a way of coming to terms with post-traumatic stress disorder. He calls his third book, Facing PTSD: a Combat Vet Learns to Live with the Disorder, an auto-ethnography. It includes heartwarming stories of family and friends and also comical adventures. Tom and his wife, Kathy, have two sons. He told Todd Moe that while he is still dealing with bouts of pain, anger and sadness, life is good. Todd spoke with Smith from his home in Keene Valley about his time in Vietnam, writing the book and reaching out to a new generation of "wounded warriors".  Go to full article
A state Department of Transportation worker drives a loader while making repairs to the area along state Route 73 in downtown Keene on Sept. 5, 2011. Photo, Lou Reuter, Adirondack Daily Enterprise<br />
A state Department of Transportation worker drives a loader while making repairs to the area along state Route 73 in downtown Keene on Sept. 5, 2011. Photo, Lou Reuter, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

A year later, those involved say Irene response remarkable

When Tropical Storm Irene hit the Adirondacks one year ago, state transportation crews and private contractors worked around the clock for nearly two weeks to repair damaged roads and washed out bridges in hard hit areas like Keene, Jay and AuSable Forks. All of those involved say the response to the disaster was unprecedented.  Go to full article

Preview: Zing went the Strings!

Adirondack musicians Martha and Dennis Gallagher will premiere some new harp and 9-string guitar music this Sunday night in Keene Valley. Todd Moe spoke with them about the concert at the Keene Valley Congregational Church at 7:30 p.m. It'll include new solo tunes and familiar favorites. Martha says this will be a rare opportunity for the couple to perform their music together.  Go to full article

Climbing, collecting and shaping rocks

About 20 years ago, Matt Horner started climbing rocks and ice in the High Peaks. Today, the Keene Valley resident continues to work and play around granite boulders, but he's found a way to make art. More than 60 of his works -- carved sculptures and stone vessels -- are on display at View in Old Forge this season.

Matt is also a professional fly-fishing guide and well-acquainted with the smooth river stones in the region. He told Todd Moe that shaping stones started a few years ago while working on a rock wall.  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

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
This sign greeted volunteers during Gov. Cuomo "Labor for Your neighbor" visit last week.
This sign greeted volunteers during Gov. Cuomo "Labor for Your neighbor" visit last week.

Route 73 open, Cuomo says Adirondacks "Open for Business"

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was in the Adirondacks once again Monday morning, this time to announce the reopening of state Route 73 outside Keene Valley.

Appearing in the tiny hamlet of St. Hubert's, Cuomo was joined by Joan McDonald - commissioner of the state Department of Transportation - as well as local and state lawmakers.

Cuomo stressed that reopening Route 73 is vital to the area's economic health, especially with fall foliage season right around the corner.

Chris Morris was on hand for Monday's ribbon cutting and has this report.  Go to full article
The community has pulled together and...all of the businesses are planning on being open Labor Day weekend.

New Yorkers work to get schools, businesses, and homes back to normal

Roughly 20-percent of Vermont schools are delaying the start of classes because of damage from Irene. Most of the delays are because of washed out roads and damaged bridges that make it impossible for students to get school safely.

But few - if any - schools in New York are opening late.

Julie Grant reports on how New Yorkers are working to get schools, businesses, and homes back to normal after the storm.  Go to full article
The Wake Up Call in Keene. Photo: Susan Waters
The Wake Up Call in Keene. Photo: Susan Waters

In Keene, Cuomo announces waiver of APA permitting requirements for Irene repairs

Governor Cuomo was in the Adirondacks today, and he made a few announcements about post-Irene recovery.

First, Cuomo established the Upstate Storm and Flooding Recovery Task Force, to coordinate disaster response and recovery efforts for the North Country, Catskills, Upper Hudson Valley, and Mohawk Valley.

In a press release, Cuomo's office said the task force would "ensure seamless communication between agencies" to coordinate infrastructure rebuilding, economic development, agricultural renewal, power restoration, and assistance with private insurance.  Go to full article

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