Sep 04, 2006 — All this month on All Before Five we're decoding place names in the North Country. Linking up names to namesakes, and exploring the history of place names we say every day. Last week we started this out telling you all about St. Lawrence - the saint Lawrence - the patron saint of librarians and cooks - and a Spanish born deacon of Rome who, some 1700 years ago, was burned to death on a gridiron by an angry Roman Emperor. There's a new statue of the saint which will be erected in the Thousand Islands this fall. Turns out that's only part of the story - Gregory Warner asked our own resident local historian, poet and webmaster Dale Hobson to tell us the rest. Starting with - well, what is a gridiron? Go to full article
Baby alpacas: Boots (above) and Getter Done with canine pal Gunner (below).
Jul 19, 2005 — Back in February, we brought you the story of an alpaca farmer: Angel Dunkelberg, of Angel Knoll Alpacas in Waddington. The alpaca is a Peruvian cousin of the llama. It comes from the Andes Mountains. Alpacas like climates cold and dry--rather like it is here in the North Country--most of the time.
We revisited Angel to find out how her alpacas were taking the heat. Not too badly. Angel sprays water on their bellies to keep them cool. She's dragged fans to every corner of the barn. The heatwave has sped up the birth process, though. Angel now has 10 new alpacas, the youngest two days old. Her biggest problem now is what to name them all. Go to full article