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Books: Old Forge and the Fulton Chain of Lakes

Todd Moe talks with the authors of a new book about the history of Old Forge. Linda Cohen and Peg Masters, both descendants of pioneers of the Old Forge region, are co-authors of, "Old Forge and the Fulton Chain of Lakes", the latest book in the Arcadia series of local history picture books.  Go to full article
Volunteers Jason and Michael help out during the move to the new building
Volunteers Jason and Michael help out during the move to the new building

The arts move to a new home in Old Forge

It's just across the road, but the leading arts organization in Old Forge moves to a new home in the coming new year. The staff and a crew of volunteers at the Arts Center/Old Forge are busy packing and moving this week while finishing touches and fine tuning of the new building wrap up, as well. The new arts center, with more than three times the space of the old facility, will open to the public the week of January 10. A formal grand opening celebration is planned for next summer. Todd Moe spoke with Arts Center/Old Forge Executive Director Jennifer Potter Hayes about the new space and a new chapter in the Old Forge arts community.  Go to full article

Arcuri and Hanna clash in 24th House race

A new poll released this morning shows Democrat Mike Arcuri pulling ahead of his Republican challenger. Arcuri faces businessman Richard Hanna in the 24th district House race that includes the area around Old Forge. According to a poll commissioned by the non-partisan newspaper The Hill, Arcuri is leading the race among likely voters by a margin of 47 to 37 percent.

Arcuri and Hanna met last night in a debate the Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
Cathy Mumford at the end of the NFCT in Fort Kent, Maine.
Cathy Mumford at the end of the NFCT in Fort Kent, Maine.

A midlife solo kayak adventure

A New Jersey woman spent most of this summer paddling from the Adirondacks to Maine. Cathy Mumford is the first woman to solo through-paddle the entire 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail. During her 62-day kayak odyssey she passed through 22 rivers and streams, 56 miles of lakes, 55 miles of portages in 62 carries and three national wildlife refuges. The trail crosses northern New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Quebec. NFCT officials say fewer than 30 paddlers have completed the full length of water trail in a single trip, since it was completed in 2006. Mumford grew up along the shores of a reservoir in Colts Neck, New Jersey. With her children grown, and after being laid off from her job, Mumford wanted to take a long-distance kayak trip that would allow for some soul-searching. Now, she plans to share the challenge of wilderness tripping with young women, and write about her experiences. Todd Moe spoke with Mumford about the summer trek, celebrating her 50th birthday on the water and relying on her 9-foot plastic kayak, nicknamed "Sparky".  Go to full article
Catherine and Ryan at the start of their hike south on the Appalachian Trail.
Catherine and Ryan at the start of their hike south on the Appalachian Trail.

A paddle and hike to remember

An Old Forge couple spent most of this spring and summer outdoors. Catherine and Ryan Thompson paddled the Northern Forest Canoe Trail from Old Forge to Maine, and then hiked the entire Appalachian Trail. They began the nearly 3,000 mile journey from the Adirondacks to Georgia, by canoe and foot, in April. They finished their trek last Thursday. This was their fourth backpacking adventure together. Todd Moe talks with them about life on the water and trail.  Go to full article

Celebrating a new season of paddling

Thousands of paddlers are gathering in Old Forge for Adirondack Paddlefest 2010 this weekend. Its biggest draw is an opportunity to test paddle hundreds of different canoes and kayaks. Manufacturers use the weekend to unveil some of the latest designs and materials. Todd Moe talks with John Nemjo, owner of Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company. He's the organizer of the annual event that draws outdoors enthusiasts from around the country.  Go to full article

Old Forge Arts Center construction back on track

The Arts Center of Old Forge got some good news this month. A new building project, just across the road, had been on hold due to a lack of funds. But with a new USDA loan and grant that total $3-million, construction is expected to resume next month. Todd Moe spoke with Arts Center director Jennifer Potter Hayes. She's been on the job for about six weeks and says she hopes the new building will open this fall.  Go to full article

Adirondack News Roundtable

In this program broadcast live from the Old Forge Library, News Director Martha Foley moderates a conversation about the future of Adirondack communities, conservation in the Park, and the role of Adirondack media. Guests include APA member Lani Ulrich from Old Forge, Elizabeth Folwell, Adirondack Life editor from Blue Mountain Lake, and Brian Mann, chief of NCPR's Adirondack Bureau, now celebrating its tenth year of operations.  Go to full article
Old Forge Hardware Store
Old Forge Hardware Store

Old Forge hardware store sold after 108 years

A North Country institution is changing hands. The Cohen family has owned the Old Forge Hardware Store for 108 years. Brian Mann spoke with Erica Wilcox-Murray who bought the store with her husband.  Go to full article

Preview: Watercolors in Old Forge

The 27th annual Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors opens at the Arts Center Old Forge this weekend. It features watercolor paintings from across the U.S., Canada and Hawaii. Todd Moe spoke with curator Miriam Kashiwa about the lure of watercolors.  Go to full article

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