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Canadian gardener Jim Bauer in his backyard near Manotick, Ontario
Canadian gardener Jim Bauer in his backyard near Manotick, Ontario

People: Jim Bauer, Dutch-Canadian gardener

Last weekend was Victoria Day, a holiday across Canada. Like Memorial Day weekend in the US, it kicks off the summer state of mind, as flowering trees festoon the breeze with pink and white petals and growing things compete to create the most vivid shade of green. Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin was on side roads, snapping photos of Watson's Mill in Manotick, Ontario on a bright Saturday morning, when her eye was caught by a shiny green tractor neatly parked in a short residential driveway. Homeowner Jim Bauer happened to be nearby. It was one of those out-of-the-blue conversations as Bauer shared the work of a lifetime.  Go to full article
Runners take their marks
Runners take their marks

Celebrating 40 years of NCPR with a ramble at the Paul Smiths VIC

North Country Public Radio is celebrating 40 years on the air. Over the weekend, more than fifty runners and walkers gathered for a 40k/20k race at the Paul Smiths VIC north of Saranac Lake. Brian Mann signed on for what he calls his "20k speed-mosey" and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

North Country lawmakers propose sale of NY parks and recreation land

A pair of North Country Assemblymembers say one way to cut the state budget -- and generate new revenue -- would be to sell off dozens of campgrounds, golf courses, and marinas run by New York state. Those recreation facilities now face a backlog of repairs and improvements with a price tag of hundreds of millions of dollars. The lawmakers say some state-owned sites no longer serve a public service and are competing with private businesses. But state Parks officials say campgrounds and other facilities are a valuable asset and actually deserve more taxpayer investment. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
The view from Marcy Dam (Photos:  Bob Martin)
The view from Marcy Dam (Photos: Bob Martin)

Winter dash to Avalanche Pass

Last weekend, winter finally arrived in the Adirondack Mountains. In the High Peaks, snow covered the trails and temperatures plunged to double-digits below zero. Brian Mann snuck away for a day with his friend Bob Martin, from Saranac Lake, to ski the trail to Avalanche Pass. They sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

New Book celebrates New York's Natural Beauty

Saranac Lake writer Chuck Brumley and renowned Adirondack photographer Carl Heilman have collaborated on a new book that explores New York State's unique natural beauty from Niagara Falls to Montauk. It's called Wild New York, and chapters include photos and text on the Adirondacks and Tug Hill Plateau, the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. Todd Moe talks with author Chuck Brumley and photographer Carl Heilman.  Go to full article

A Thanksgiving X-Country Ski

Ski areas around the region opened over the Thanksgiving weekend. Whiteface and Gore Mountains offered a first taste of downhill skiing and snow boarding. Brian Mann strapped on his cross-country skis for the first time at the Mt. Van Hoevenberg-Verizon Sports Complex in Lake Placid. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Writing Contest Celebrates Nature and Memoirs

Once again this fall, NCPR and the Adirondack Center for Writing, are offering a literature award to regional writers. The "2005 Writing Contest for Young and Adult Writers" welcomes submissions from anyone over 12 years old and living in the Adirondacks and/or NCPR listening area. Nathalie Thill, Adirondack Center for Writing Executive Director, told Todd Moe that this year's contest will focus on nature writing and memoir.  Go to full article

Maple Anticipation: Waiting for the Sap to Run

Martha Foley talks with David the day after he and Lisa tapped their backyard trees to find out if the sap is flowing.  Go to full article
Mary's art includes furniture and various silks with impressions of leaves, weeds and flowers
Mary's art includes furniture and various silks with impressions of leaves, weeds and flowers

Gardening Inspires Clayton Interior Design Diva

Mary Dial is a gardener, interior designer and artist. Her Clayton home is surrounded by nearly a dozen gardens. During the spring, summer and fall you'll find Mary tending her flowers. But she spends the long winters bringing the outdoors inside. She creates pillows, tables, mirrors and upholstered furniture in her studio using shells, beads and pressed flowers from her gardens. The Handweaving Museum and Arts Center in Clayton opens an exhibit of her work tonight. Todd Moe asked Mary where her talent and inspiration come from.  Go to full article

Snowmobiles and Kids: Last of a 3 Part Series

Snowmobiles are a growing part of the north country's culture--a source of winter fun for locals and a powerful draw for tourists. But this season has seen a painful number of serious accidents and deaths. More than 20 snowmobilers have died in New York--another 26 in Ottawa and Quebec. And four more in Vermont. High speed and alcohol are two main culprits. But in this final part of our series on snowmobile safety, Brian Mann reports that children may be the most at risk.
Part 1 of series, Part 2 of series.  Go to full article

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