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The entrance to the Fort de La Presentation site on Lighthouse Point.
The entrance to the Fort de La Presentation site on Lighthouse Point.

Preview: Ogdensburg hosts annual Founders' Day

The City of Ogdensburg remembers its early history this weekend. NCPR is media sponsor for the Fort La Presentation Founder's Day events at Lighthouse Point. Commemorations of the French and Indian War on Saturday and Sunday will feature re-enactments and battles on land and water, a bateau race, and a colonial trade fair.

Todd Moe talks with Michael Whittaker, a history and re-enactment buff, from Bishops Mills, Ontario. He's also Harbor Master this weekend and will be among hundreds of re-enactors in Ogdensburg.  Go to full article
"All That Jazz" by Georgette Bacon.  One of the works in this exhibit.
"All That Jazz" by Georgette Bacon. One of the works in this exhibit.

Remington Museum showcases members' art in juried exhibit

Not surprisingly, many members of the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg are also artists themselves. And each year they have an opportunity to have their work displayed in the museum, and judged by one of their peers. Joel Hurd recently talked with museum curator Laura Foster about the annual Members' Juried Art Exhibit.  Go to full article
The headstock of the guitar Tracy inlayed for the FarmAid 25th Anniversary concert.  John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and Neil Young all played this guitar in the concert.
The headstock of the guitar Tracy inlayed for the FarmAid 25th Anniversary concert. John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and Neil Young all played this guitar in the concert.

Guitar maker Tracy Cox embraces traditional techniques to make modern instruments

While reporting on traditional work the last couple of weeks, we learned about a North Country craftsman who builds stringed instruments and applies inlay to them in a way that is the same as it has been done for generations. It wasn't long before Joel Hurd, a guitar enthusiast himself, was on his way to Parishville to meet Tracy Cox.  Go to full article
Michael Whittaker in his Harbor Master uniform.
Michael Whittaker in his Harbor Master uniform.

A cross-border look at the War of 1812

A series of lectures on the War of 1812 will be held in Ogdensburg this weekend. The Fort La Presentation Association's fourth annual War of 1812 Lectures will be held at the Freight House Restaurant on Friday and Saturday. Eight experts from the U.S. and Canada will present the latest research on battles, allies, historic preservation, medical practices, and the work of local museums. It's a chance to share common ideas about different aspects of the war.

Ontario re-enactor Michael Whittaker, one of the organizers, says the event will appeal to students, history buffs and the curious. Todd Moe got his take on this year's War of 1812 bicentennial commemorations and the weekend gathering. Whittaker says the St. Lawrence River was one of the focal points of the war.  Go to full article
Curator Laura Foster in the Remington Museum's vault.
Curator Laura Foster in the Remington Museum's vault.

An expert eye for finding fakes

How does a museum determine an original work of art from a fake? At the Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, part of curator Laura Foster's job is to make sure Frederic Remington's legacy and reputation are secure.

Laura Foster recently gave Todd Moe a tour of the vault in the lower level of the museum in Ogdensburg--not a stop on the usual guided tours of the Remington. It's where the museum stores original art when not on public display. It's also a place for research, a starting point where art sleuths will find resources for determining if a Remington work is the real deal.  Go to full article
Duane Adams in his favorite holiday attire...
Duane Adams in his favorite holiday attire...

A heart as big as Santa's, and a real beard, too

For more than 45 years, an Ogdensburg man has donned his Santa suit and played a Christmas role that has brought much joy to himself and others. Duane Adams first played Santa when he was a soldier stationed near Saigon during the Vietnam War. Every season since, Adams has visited schools, hospitals, nursing homes and parades dressed as the jolly old elf. His Santa work begins in November and, like the real deal, he's busiest right before Christmas. He's always the guest of honor at Ogdensburg's annual Santa Claus parade. For Adams, most of the pleasure comes from giving back -- he donates all his Santa earnings to local charities.

Todd Moe paid him a visit during a day off, and found the beard, belly and generosity are all genuine.  Go to full article

Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center's history celebrated in new book

A new book profiles the early history, founders, and staff of St. Lawrence County's first hospital, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg. It opened in 1885, and over the years, the hospital has housed a nursing school and was the first to bring many new health services to the region, including an artificial kidney machine in the late 1960's.

Todd Moe talks with Cyndy Clusen and Kelsey Redpath, creators of the latest Arcadia photo book that celebrates Claxton-Hepburn's past. They'll lead a discussion about the hospital and the new book at the Brewer Bookstore in Canton this Saturday afternoon at 1 pm.  Go to full article

Analysis: The bigger picture in the myriad of local choices

Brian Mann and Martha Foley sort through the implications of an Election Day that featured scores of races that decided important questions about local leadership.  Go to full article
The crew from SLAPS at a home in Ogdensburg.
The crew from SLAPS at a home in Ogdensburg.

Hunting for things that go bump in the night

Surf the web and cable TV this week and you'll likely run across a program, article or website about the paranormal. It is, after all, nearly Halloween.

Over the past decade the ghost-hunting genre has led to about a dozen reality TV shows like Paranormal State and Ghost Hunters. You probably know the plot line: part time investigators with the latest high tech gadgets visit an old hotel, Victorian home or abandoned hospital - supposedly haunted. They wait until late into the night to begin their investigation and usually end up scaring each other. Contrived to scare viewers, it is some of the most popular stuff on TV.

Todd Moe tags along with a group of North Country paranormal investigators. These volunteer "ghost busters" spend evenings helping local homeowners explain the unexplainable. They're not out for the scream or the sensationalism - it's mostly out of curiosity.  Go to full article
It would be engineering jobs as well as blue-collar manufacturing jobs.

Canadian company's move to Ogdensburg could bring 220 jobs

It looks like the Canadian contractor General Propulsion will likely be moving its corporate headquarters to Ogdensburg.

The Ottawa-based company has manufactured products for military and civilian uses. But it's looking to work with the US Military, which places restrictions on foreign contractors.  Go to full article

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