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Story 2.0: kids, parents and art in Lake Placid

Last year, an art project to encourage parents to spend more time with their kids was unveiled in the Lake Placid school district. Students and staff created colorful "Make Time for Kids" banners that were hung downtown.

This year, the program has expanded. The student self-portraits are part of a multimedia campaign. They've been turned into hundreds of posters that have been placed in shop windows, public buildings and schools around Lake Placid and Wilmington. Part of a local youth and community project, this year's effort continues to encourage adults to spend more time with teens and model positive behavior. It's also hoped that creating self-portraits will empower young people to make healthy choices and avoid smoking, drinking and drug abuse. Todd Moe spoke with a group of Lake Placid Middle School students and their teachers to find out more.  Go to full article

Newcomb workshop promotes outdoor play

Getting kids to play outside does more than just letting them burn excess energy. Experts say it also helps a child's psychological and mental well-being. Todd Moe talks with Paul Hai, program coordinator for the Northern Forest Institute and co-founder of Children in Nature New York, about the "Get Out and Play" conference in Newcomb on May 15th.  Go to full article
Rose Rivezzi preps the group on trail etiquette
Rose Rivezzi preps the group on trail etiquette

Off the computer and on the trail

The Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club wraps up its first season of hikes introducing kids to mountains and trails. It's a high-tech, busy world, and organizers would like more families to move from desktop to mountaintop. Family excursions this summer included hikes along beginner mountain trails -- day trips into the outdoors with youngsters in mind. Todd Moe tagged along during a hike up Mount Arab and found families reconnecting with nature.  Go to full article
Family fun at a recent Boogie Wonderland
Family fun at a recent Boogie Wonderland

'Boogie Wonderland' for kids and adults

If you and your kids are looking to shake off that cabin fever this weekend, try Boogie Wonderland Sunday afternoon. It's a family-friendly dance party at the Higher Ground Concert Hall in Burlington, with a real dance floor and a real disco ball. And adults can even have a drink while the kids dance. Tom Bacon is music lover, father, DJ, and host of Boogie Wonderland. He told David Sommerstein his wife read about similar family dance parties in New York and Philadelphia, and he thought why not in Burlington?  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
Roger Bonair-Agard performs at Paul Smiths College
Roger Bonair-Agard performs at Paul Smiths College

A Raw Flavor of Poetry Finds Younger Audience

Most teenagers look to rock and hip-hop and country singers for the words that shape their lives. Their encounters with poetry are most likely accidental, on CDs and iPods -- not in books. The Adirondack Center for Writing is working with high schools around the North Country on a project designed to re-introduce kids to the power of pure poetry. Brian Mann attended a workshop held earlier this month at Paul Smiths College and has our story.  Go to full article

Adk Boy Scouts Will Merge With Albany

The Boy Scout council that serves Clinton, Franklin and Essex counties faces growing financial difficulties. The group closed their summer camp near Malone in August. The organization now hopes to merge with the Twin Rivers scout council, a much larger organization based in Albany. The change would affect more than nineteen hundred boys and girls. Brian Mann spoke with Barry Mack, president of the Adirondack Council of the Boy Scouts of America, based in Plattsburgh. Mack says the organization still expects to close Camp Bedford, the Boy Scout summer camp near Malone, which is currently listed for sale for $2.5 million. The Twin Rivers council already includes scout groups in the north country, from Hamilton, Warren, Washington and part of Essex counties.  Go to full article
Samantha on the Raquette<br />(Source: Bob Martin)
Samantha on the Raquette
(Source: Bob Martin)

Audio Diary: Dad & Daughter On the Raquette River

This is the time of year when paddlers are getting out on the north country's lakes and rivers. The ice is gone and in most places the black flies and mosquitoes haven't yet begun to swarm. Bob Martin, from Saranac Lake, spent a weekend on the Raquette River recently, with his 9-year-old daughter Samantha. He sent this audio diary.  Go to full article
Gates & Tunnels (Source:  Susan Waters)
Gates & Tunnels (Source: Susan Waters)

North Country Art Lovers at the Gates of Central Park

This weekend, "the Gates" will be dismantled in Central Park. The enormous pattern of orange archways and banners, created by the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, has attracted millions of visitors from around the world. On Monday, some fifty art-lovers from around the North Country made a one-day bus pilgrimage to New York City, to see the installation.

Brian Mann produced our audio collage. We heard from Nancy Battaglia, from Lake Placid. Nicholas Mann, Aggie Pilateri, Peter Wilson and Sabra Wilson from Saranac Lake. Kyle Hartman from Rensellaer Falls. And Naj Wykof from Keene Valley. The bus trip to see the Gates in Central Park was sponsored by the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.  Go to full article

Arts and Kids in Potsdam

As we continue our look at the arts in the North Country, we hear about a kids program in St. Lawrence County. Since last June, children have been gathering on Sundays at Creative Spirit Arts Center in Potsdam to learn about making and looking at art. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

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