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Gaga for the rutabaga

Local food advocates in Keene and Keene Valley will celebrate the lowly rutabaga this Sunday. You're invited to sample the yellow turnip roasted, in soups and even desserts during the third annual Great Adirondack Rutabaga Festival, sponsored by Adirondack Harvest, the Adirondack Farmers Market Cooperative and the town of Keene. The day's events also include the 5k Rutabaga Run, High Peaks Hula Hoop Championship and Coronation of the Rutabaga King and Queen. Tom Both, lives in Keene and is chair of Adirondack Harvest. He told Todd Moe that the rutabaga deserves a day of praise.  Go to full article

Town of Keene mulling future of Old Mountain Road

The Town of Keene is considering a referendum this fall on the fate of a stretch of unused road that has been serving as a section of the Jackrabbit Ski trail. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

With new tech, Keene broadband project seen as a model for North Country

Workers in the town of Keene, in Essex County, are stringing new fiber cable that will bring high-speed internet access to hundreds of homes that had relied on much slower dial-up access. The project, funded in part with a state economic development grant, is seen as a model for bringing broadband access to rural North Country towns. As Brian Mann reports, the organizers hope that the project will open Keene to new kinds of economic activity.  Go to full article
A first taste of ice on the Mountfest climbing wall
A first taste of ice on the Mountfest climbing wall

Keene's Mountainfest revels in cold and ice

The cold snap that swept the North Country the last couple of weeks has caused a lot of grumbling. But for organizers of "Mountainfest" in Keene, the frosty temperatures and deep snow made for perfect conditions. Now in its thirteenth year, the gathering offered workshops and introductory classes over the weekend in mountaineering and backcountry skiing. Brian Mann sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Zempel now calls this piece her "Homeland Security blanket"  (Source:  Zempel
Zempel now calls this piece her "Homeland Security blanket" (Source: Zempel

Adirondack artist's hour at the border brings fifteen minutes of fame

A New York artist who spends much of each year in the Adirondack town of Keene is making national headlines. Not for her art, but because of an encounter last summer with Homeland Security agents. Jerilea Zempel was crossing into Maine after attending an exhibition in New Brunswick when she was detained for an hour at a border post. Zempel - who describes herself as a "radical" knitter - was questioned about sketches in her artist's notebook. Zempel's experience has since been featured in an Associated Press story, an article in the Plattsburgh newspaper - and on the popular comedy program, the "Colbert Report." She spoke about the experience with Brian Mann.

Postscript: Zempel is looking for a place to display her crocheted SUV cover here in the U.S. She said her "SUV cozy" is "custom made for a Hyundai Santa Fe," but in an email Zempel added, "because it stretches, I bet it would fit more villainous models like Lexuses."  Go to full article

Body found in Adirondacks could be Quinn

A week-long search and investigation into the disappearance of a Keene man has apparently come to an end. State Police say a body was found Wednesday in the town of Keene that's believed to be that of 38-year-old Jeremy Quinn, the subject of an intense search since he went missing last week. But the mystery surrounding Quinn's disappearance is by no means over as police are calling his death "suspicious." Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
Jeremy Quinn
Jeremy Quinn

Quinn family offers reward

State Police investigators say they've received more than 100 tips and leads since 38-year-old Jeremy Quinn disappeared a week ago in Keene. But according to Investigator Steven Ansari, "99% haven't provided anything that could help us out." A massive and methodical search hasn't turned up any clues either. As Chris Knight reports, family and friends are now offering a sizeable reward in the case.  Go to full article

Search for Essex County man continues

The search for a missing Essex County man has been turned over to State Police and is now being called a missing person investigation. More than 150 people, including forest rangers, firefighters and other volunteers have been searching a remote area in the Town of Keene for 38 year-old Jeremy Quinn, who was reported missing Tuesday when he didn't show up for work. His car was later found near a camp where he works as a caretaker. As Chris Knight reports, the search effort continues today despite the lack of leads as to Quinn's whereabouts.  Go to full article

Keene's school garden expanding

A schoolyard garden in Keene Valley is expanding this year to include volunteers from the entire community. What began as a composting program ten years ago in the Adirondacks school has grown into a school-wide program that teaches youngsters the importance of healthy eating, gardening skills and the environment. Todd Moe spoke with Julie Holbrook, cafeteria manager at Keene Central School, about plans for this year's garden.  Go to full article
Grosbeaks near a backyard feeder in Bloomingdale
Grosbeaks near a backyard feeder in Bloomingdale

Counting birds in the backyard

Bird watchers are out in force this weekend for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. This year's event calls on birders to "Count for Fun, Count for the Future." Backyard reports this weekend will help biologists spotlight changes in bird populations and distribution from year to year. Todd Moe spoke with avid birder John Thaxton, in Keene. He and his wife became serious bird watchers after a bike trip and a stop at a bed of wild roses, 25 years ago.  Go to full article

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