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Photo by Jennifer Herrick
Photo by Jennifer Herrick

What do you want to be when you grow up?

What did you want to be when you grew up? Imagine sitting down with your four-year-old self today and telling him or her about your future. Would that child be surprised? Excited? Disappointed?

Last year, when the pre-kindergarten class at Lawrence Avenue Elementary School in Potsdam graduated, their teacher Jen Herrick had them record what they wanted to be when they grow up. These recordings played as each child walked across the stage to receive his or her diploma. Tasha Haverty turned some of them into today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
The Potsdam Food Co-op was established in 1973.  Open to everyone, its members include hundreds of area individuals and families.  Photo:  Todd Moe
The Potsdam Food Co-op was established in 1973. Open to everyone, its members include hundreds of area individuals and families. Photo: Todd Moe

Potsdam Co-op savors success at 40

The Potsdam Food Co-op will celebrate its 40th anniversary with an open house on Saturday. Todd Moe talks with the co-op's General Manager Eric Jesner, who says the community-owned grocery store's future looks bright.  Go to full article
A sign on the window of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council's former gallery and gift shop in downtown Potsdam.  Photo:  Todd Moe
A sign on the window of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council's former gallery and gift shop in downtown Potsdam. Photo: Todd Moe

SLC Arts Council closes Potsdam gift shop, moves across town

The St. Lawrence County Arts Council closed its downtown Potsdam gallery and gift shop this month. The Arts Council board voted to consolidate the organization in its Snell Hall studios across town. Initial reaction from local artists and the public has been mostly disappointment. But the Arts Council's leadership says the move will allow it to save money and focus on education, artist professional development and community partnerships.

Todd Moe spoke with Executive Director Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton about the Arts Council's relocation to Snell Hall, and with two longtime local artists who sold their work at the storefront gift shop.  Go to full article
One of Dennis Barr's photos from the 150th Civil War reenactment at Gettysburg.
One of Dennis Barr's photos from the 150th Civil War reenactment at Gettysburg.

Photo exhibit features Gettysburg's 150th, historic Canton

Canton photographer Dennis Barr spent time this summer at the 150th Civil War reenactment at Gettysburg. He took thousands of photos and is sharing some of them in an exhibit that opens tonight at 7 pm at Creative Spirit Gallery in Potsdam. The show also includes historic photos of Canton recently restored from glass plate negatives.  Go to full article
Sharon Bastille ("Mom") presents a pie. Photo: Nora Flaherty
Sharon Bastille ("Mom") presents a pie. Photo: Nora Flaherty

Mom's Schoolhouse Diner closes after a decade in West Potsdam

For the last ten years, Sharon Bastille - better known as "Mom" - and her husband Dick have been running Mom's Schoolhouse Diner in West Potsdam. But the Mom's era will come to an end this weekend, as the diner shuts its doors after Saturday, August 17.  Go to full article
Clarkson University undergraduate students, with Professor Tom Langen (third from left), look for golden winged warblers at Fish Creek State Wildlife Management Area in New York, on July 24, 2013. Photo: Julie Grant.
Clarkson University undergraduate students, with Professor Tom Langen (third from left), look for golden winged warblers at Fish Creek State Wildlife Management Area in New York, on July 24, 2013. Photo: Julie Grant.

Ecology moves from the field to the screen

People who dream about being ecologists - and studying the environment for a living - might want to get comfortable sitting at a computer. More and more data are being collected and analyzed online, and that's changing what it means to be an ecologist.  Go to full article
Kevin Scott and Leanne Brunn at a rehearsal of "Hairspray." Photo: Claire Woodcock
Kevin Scott and Leanne Brunn at a rehearsal of "Hairspray." Photo: Claire Woodcock

"Hairspray" a sign of big changes at Potsdam's Community Performance Series

For two decades, the Community Performance Series in Potsdam has provided the North Country with musical performances and arts education opportunities. CPS is a college-community partnership with SUNY Potsdam that stages a musical theatre performance each summer. This season, CPS is producing not one, but two musicals. But that's not the only change.  Go to full article
Caramelo Trio: Beth Robinson, Oscar Sarmiento, Stephen Farina.  Photo: NCPR
Caramelo Trio: Beth Robinson, Oscar Sarmiento, Stephen Farina. Photo: NCPR

Caramelo Trio: Latin American inspired music for a summer day

We're kicking off the start of a warm summer weekend with the Latin American sounds of Caramelo Trio. The Potsdam ensemble joined Todd Moe live in the studio Friday morning to share some Latin contemporary music. Caramelo Trio is cellist Beth Robinson, guitarist Oscar Sarmiento, and percussionist Stephen Farina.  Go to full article
Sylvain Foisy, Gretchen Koehler, Brandt Kronholm and Rebecca Koehler will perform at ONNY's "American Pops" concert tonight in Potsdam and tomorrow night in Watertown.  Photo: Harold Ellingsen
Sylvain Foisy, Gretchen Koehler, Brandt Kronholm and Rebecca Koehler will perform at ONNY's "American Pops" concert tonight in Potsdam and tomorrow night in Watertown. Photo: Harold Ellingsen

Fiddling family to feature in ONNY "Pops" concerts

The Orchestra of Northern New York presents its annual summer "American Pops" concert tonight at 7 pm in SUNY-Potsdam's Hosmer Hall, and tomorrow night at 8 pm in Watertown's Thompson Park. The concert will feature Fourth of July favorites like "Liberty Fanfare," "The Stars and Stripes Forever" and "1812 Overture."

This week's concerts will also feature fiddler Gretchen Koehler, joined by her sister, Rebecca on fiddle, brother-in-law Brandt Kronholm on guitar and son Sylvain Foisy step dancing and fiddling.

Todd Moe stopped by Gretchen's Potsdam home yesterday for music and conversation during an impromptu living room recital.  Go to full article
Canton-Potsdam Hospital CEO David Acker. Photo: Martha Foley
Canton-Potsdam Hospital CEO David Acker. Photo: Martha Foley

Why there will be fewer hospitals in the North Country

In the latest installment in our series of health care conversations, David Acker. Acker has been president and CEO of Canton Potsdam Hospital for six years.

The hospital has 94 beds, admits about 5,000 patients a year, treats 26,000 people a year at its emergency room, and employs 930 people.

The last two numbers, staff and ER visits, are trending up. And the hospital is soon to open a new urgent care center to meet the rising need for primary care.

Canton Potsdam Hospital is one of a series of smaller hospitals stringing east to west between Plattsburgh to Watertown.

Acker says it's a network that's at a tipping point. There's just not enough money to go around. And he says these smaller hospitals will soon have to collaborate and consolidate care, or they won't survive.

These hospitals now rely on affiliations with large teaching hospitals in Syracuse and Burlington Vermont. Acker says those relationships will become "more meaningful and deeper as time goes on."

So what do the little hospitals need from the bigger medical centers? Acker says a lot of it comes down to money.  Go to full article

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