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The view from the boat. Photo: Sarah Harris
The view from the boat. Photo: Sarah Harris

Sailing on Lake Champlain

Sailing is a big part of life on Lake Champlain. Each summer, marinas from Whitehall to Rouses Point fill up with boats - and a lot of them belong to Canadians.  Go to full article
Lorraine Franklin, in front of her gift shop sign. Photo: Sarah Harris
Lorraine Franklin, in front of her gift shop sign. Photo: Sarah Harris

Addison County, VT: A point of intersection

Addison County, Vermont, is home to wide swaths of farmland, quaint towns, and the western slope of the Green Mountains. It's also home to one of the two bridges that cross Lake Champlain. The bridge is a lifeline for people who live on one side of the lake and work on the other. But when the old bridge was demolished in 2009, commuters had to find another way around. Lorraine Franklin owns a gift shop in West Addison, Vermont. The bridge closure directly affected her businesses -- so she decided to fight back.  Go to full article
The Depot Theatre in Westport, NY. Photo: Depot Theatre
The Depot Theatre in Westport, NY. Photo: Depot Theatre

How bingo built the Depot Theatre

It was a series of bingo games at a historic train depot that spawned a community theatre and eventually professional theatre in Westport. The Depot Theatre is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year with two world premiere musicals and opportunities to mingle with world-class theatre professionals. Following the success of the musical romantic comedy "Route 66" earlier this summer, the Depot Theatre opens "Funked-Up Fairytales" on August 9.

Todd Moe spoke with managing director Angel Wuellner, who used to work in theatre in New York City before relocating to the Champlain Valley and the Depot Theater. They talked about how professional theatre in Westport grew from funds raised during community bingo games.  Go to full article
Chimney Point Historic Site, VT, the final stop for the progressive mixer. Photo: Sarah Harris
Chimney Point Historic Site, VT, the final stop for the progressive mixer. Photo: Sarah Harris

Across the bridge: a mixer in VT and NY

I'm driving around Lake Champlain, checking in with communities in Vermont, Quebec, and New York. My first stop was last week: at a "progressive dinner" that started on one side of the new Champlain Bridge, and ended on the other.  Go to full article
The Depot Theatre in Westport
The Depot Theatre in Westport

Theatre Review: "Boeing Boeing" at the Depot Theatre

The madcap farce "Boeing Boeing" is running at the Depot Theatre in Westport through August 4. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening night performance.  Go to full article
North Country wines were featured at the Viticulture 2013 conference in Rochester earlier this month.  Photo: David Sommerstein.
North Country wines were featured at the Viticulture 2013 conference in Rochester earlier this month. Photo: David Sommerstein.

What North Country wineries are doing right

When you hear New York wines, you probably think about the Finger Lakes. Wineries in that region have become world famous for their Rieslings and other white and red wines.

There are four other official wine regions in New York - the Hudson Valley, the shore of Lake Erie, the Niagara Escarpment, and Long Island.

There are also almost 30 wineries in the North Country, and wine aficionados are starting to take notice.  Go to full article
Low water near Oak Point on the St. Lawrence River. Photo: Bill Merna, from NCPR Photo of the Day archives
Low water near Oak Point on the St. Lawrence River. Photo: Bill Merna, from NCPR Photo of the Day archives

Low water levels come in handy for Sandy

One potential consequence of Sandy that emergency personnel haven't been worried about is widespread flooding from the region's largest bodies of water. That's because Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River are all at low levels already.  Go to full article
Debris from the Land of Make Believe is included in the"Raging Rivers" exhibit in Elizabethtown. Photo: Todd Moe
Debris from the Land of Make Believe is included in the"Raging Rivers" exhibit in Elizabethtown. Photo: Todd Moe

"Raging Rivers" exhibit captures devastation, community

An exhibit in Elizabethtown uses debris, photos and video to tell the story of the destruction and devastation that was experienced in the region as a result of last year's Tropical Storm Irene and the Lake Champlain floods.

More than 40 of the best photos from local photographers from last spring and summer were chosen for use in the exhibit, which closes on Columbus Day. Todd Moe talks with director Margaret Gibbs about the Raging Rivers exhibit at the Adirondack History Center Museum.  Go to full article
Sea lamprey larvae that washed up on shore. The longer they are, the older they are. Inset: mouth of adult lamprey, courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service. Photo: Sarah Harris
Sea lamprey larvae that washed up on shore. The longer they are, the older they are. Inset: mouth of adult lamprey, courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service. Photo: Sarah Harris

Combating sea lamprey on Lake Champlain

If you're fishing for salmon or lake trout in Lake Champlain, you might end up with a fish you didn't bargain for. Sea lamprey are parasitic fish that look like eels. They latch on to larger fish and slowly drain out their body fluids.

Lamprey can decimate entire fish populations, so every four years the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with help from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and New York's DEC, treats Lake Champlain tributaries with pesticides to control lamprey populations. This year's first treatment took place last week in the Saranac River delta in Plattsburgh.  Go to full article
Algae bloom. Photo: Lake George Waterkeeper
Algae bloom. Photo: Lake George Waterkeeper

Blue green algae may have caused fish kill in Lake Champlain

Blue-green algae blooms in Lake Champlain have intensified with late summer heat. Rouses Point, Missisquoi Bay, and North Beach in Burlington all issued warnings last week, and scientists say the algae blooms may have triggered a fish kill several weeks ago in Missisquoi Bay.  Go to full article

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