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"Lighthouse Rock Island" Rock Island Lighthouse, Thousand Islands, New York. Photo: Ted Van Pelt
"Lighthouse Rock Island" Rock Island Lighthouse, Thousand Islands, New York. Photo: Ted Van Pelt

Are the Thousand Islands scenic...enough?

The ice is out along much of the St. Lawrence River and the colors, sounds, and movement of Spring in the Thousand Islands region are on their way.

But here's a question: is the Thousand Islands--the fifty mile archipelago with its constellation of villages, castles, cottages, and parks--scenic enough? And what's more: is it significant? That's what around 60 people from the community gathered late last month to figure out.  Go to full article
Pro-gun advocates line up to fire "the shot heard 'round New York" at the Black Lake Fish and Game Association in Morristown, NY. Photo: Zach Hirsch
Pro-gun advocates line up to fire "the shot heard 'round New York" at the Black Lake Fish and Game Association in Morristown, NY. Photo: Zach Hirsch

2nd Amendment advocates fire their weapons in protest

This past weekend marked the one-year anniversary of New York's tough gun law, known as the SAFE Act.

On Saturday, opponents of the law held rallies they called "the shot heard 'round New York," where they fired a symbolic gunshot in protest of the SAFE Act.  Go to full article
A 'plein air' painting by Winslow Homer.
A 'plein air' painting by Winslow Homer.

Morristown breathes 'plein air' to benefit library

The village of Morristown has a long track record with "plein air" painting. Aclaimed artist Charles Chapman held classes in painting outdoors at his estate on the Morristown harbor in the 1930s and '40s.

This weekend, Morristown is tapping into those artistic roots for a Plein Air Festival. The event is a benefit for the Morristown Public Library.

Beginning Friday, 22 artists from across New York and the Northeast, and one from Ontario, will set up their easels at locations of their own choosing throughout the village.

David Sommerstein went to Morristown, overlooking the St. Lawrence River, with the skyline of Brockville, Ontario on the far shore, to speak with the festival's organizers and an artist who will be participating.

Bridget Whalen-Nevin is director of the Morristown Public Library and organizer of the festival. Maggie Whalen is a library board member. Local artist Kathy Kelly will be painting this weekend.

There's a book sale on Saturday, a meet and greet chicken BBQ Saturday at 6pm. Starting Sunday at noon, the paintings made by the artists during the Plein Air festival will be sold by silent auction.

All events and sales benefit the Morristown Public Library.  Go to full article
Susan Stein plays Etty Hillesum. Photo: Ricardo Barros
Susan Stein plays Etty Hillesum. Photo: Ricardo Barros

Preview: "Etty" in Morristown

Actor/writer Susan Stein combed through the diary and letters of Etty Hillesum, a Jewish student who lived in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation of Holland during World War Two, and her one-woman play Etty is based on those diaries.

Stein will perform the play at St. John the Evangelist Church in Morristown on Wednesday at 7:30 pm. She spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article
Michelle Whalen of Morristown in her Schlitz Museum.
Michelle Whalen of Morristown in her Schlitz Museum.

Heard Up North: The Schlitz museum

Some people collect stamps, some people collect Star Wars action figures. One woman in St. Lawrence County collects memorabilia from the relatively old-fashioned beer, Schlitz. David Sommerstein visited the Schlitz Museum for today's Heard Up North. There are still places to buy Schlitz in the area. Michelle Whalen of Morristown knows of all of them.  Go to full article

Preview: Mare's Wares Arts Fest in Morristown

Artisans, musicians and writers will gather Friday in Morristown for the 4th annual Mare's Wares Arts Fest. Live music starts at 1 o'clock with the Paul Baldwin Blues Band. Co-organizer Karan Cross told Todd Moe that it's an afternoon and evening of creativity and artistry along the St. Lawrence River.  Go to full article
Sgt. Jason Goodman of Morristown
Sgt. Jason Goodman of Morristown

Behind the scenes in a well-equipped Army troop

At a media briefing last Friday, Fort Drum commander James Terry updated the status of the 1st Brigade. The brigade based at the Army base near Watertown deployed to Afghanistan earlier this spring as a part of President Obama's troop surge in the country. Terry says the brigade is split in three. He says the 2-22nd is first cohesive battalion to spend all their time training the Afghan Army. Another group of soldiers is training army and local police in northern Afghanistan. And the 1-71st Cavalry is in Kandahar, the country's Taliban hotbed, attached to a Canadian battle unit. Before the 1-71st Cavalry left Fort Drum, David Sommerstein visited with a St. Lawrence County man in the unit. He's in charge of keeping his troop well-equipped. Here's his profile.  Go to full article
Potsdam Clarinet Quartet on stage at Hosmer Hall in 2007
Potsdam Clarinet Quartet on stage at Hosmer Hall in 2007

Live on Friday: The Potsdam Clarinet Quartet

Clarinetists Alan Woy, Roxanne Woy, Jill Roberts and Wally Siebel join Todd Moe in the studio to celebrate music for the clarinet. They perform a couple of chamber pieces and a Joplin rag.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence River artists celebrate creativity

A group of artisans, musicians and authors share their talents and celebrate creativity at the annual Mare's Wares Arts Fest Wednesday. More than 30 area artists will be displaying their unique works rain or shine. The event is organized by the Artisans of the River Valley. Todd Moe spoke with five of the artists, including Mary Ann Evans, who is opening her shop and property in Morristown for the daylong event.  Go to full article

Judge says Amish case can proceed

A small town on the St. Lawrence River is going forward with a legal case against eight Amish residents. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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