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Kat Evans plays non-traditional student, and combat veteran, Erika Bird, in "Nontraditional". Still from film courtesy Clarkson University
Kat Evans plays non-traditional student, and combat veteran, Erika Bird, in "Nontraditional". Still from film courtesy Clarkson University

Struggles of female warrior in Potsdam-made feature film

Tonight at the Roxy Theater, a new full-length film with a mostly North Country cast makes its local premiere. "Nontraditional" was filmed almost entirely in Potsdam and on the Clarkson University campus.

It's the fictional story of a female combat veteran struggling to return to civilian life. The story is based on interviews directors Brian Hauser and Christina Xydias did with female veterans. It's also based on Hauser's personal experiences as an Army veteran.

Listen to an interview with writer/director Hauser and co-producer Xydias. Hauser told David Sommerstein the main character is 26 year-old Erika Bird. She was a military police officer in Afghanistan and Iraq. And now she's returning home to get a college degree.

The film has its local premiere tonight at 7:15 at the Roxy Theater in Potsdam.  Go to full article
Alan Lomax, in Dominica, in 1962. Photo courtesy Lomax Archive.
Alan Lomax, in Dominica, in 1962. Photo courtesy Lomax Archive.

Lomax musical archive, digitized, visits the North Country

For some 60 years, Alan Lomax lugged recording equipment around the United States and to many countries around the world to document everyday people's music.

The Lomax archive of folk music and its tens of thousands of recordings have been digitized and are now available free to anyone who has access to the Internet.

A series of events this weekend in Canton and Potsdam celebrates the Lomax collection. It includes films, lectures, and a musical presentation tomorrow at 7 pm at the TAUNY Center in Canton by the curator of the Alan Lomax Archive, Nathan Salsburg.

Salsburg told David Sommerstein it's in part the informal nature of the recordings that makes them so special and unique.  Go to full article

"Subversive gardening" on World Food Day

Today is World Food Day, a day to think about hunger and food insecurity around the world and in our backyard.

High school students from around the North Country are meeting at SUNY Potsdam today for a Food Day Youth Summit.

Keynote speaker Roger Doiron, founder and director of Kitchen Gardeners International, led the successful effort to get a kitchen garden planted at the White House.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/11646053@N04/8439347472/">Sergio Ruiz</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Sergio Ruiz, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

How a St. Lawrence county coop is building local food distribution

A farmer cooperative in St. Lawrence County is getting a federal grant to sell more local produce to schools and hospitals. As David Sommerstein reports, the North Country Grown Cooperative is one group trying to build a distribution system for local food in the North Country.  Go to full article
Potsdam Museum curator Mimi Van Deusen stands outside the museum, built of sandstone.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Potsdam Museum curator Mimi Van Deusen stands outside the museum, built of sandstone. Photo: Todd Moe

Uncovering Potsdam's sandstone past and present

Potsdam's iconic red rock takes center stage this week during the fourth Sandstone Festival. Todd Moe talks with organizer and Potsdam Museum Curator Mimi Van Deusen about the walking tours, history lectures and activities celebrating the legacy of Potsdam sandstone.  Go to full article
Clarkson University executive chef Kyle Mayette at the Main Street Grill, where its sells locally grown food from veggies to burgers.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Clarkson University executive chef Kyle Mayette at the Main Street Grill, where its sells locally grown food from veggies to burgers. Photo: Todd Moe

Clarkson eatery goes local

Serving locally grown food in college dining spots is nothing new, but Clarkson University has taken the concept one step further. Todd Moe checks out an eatery at Clarkson where every ingredient comes from a farm within 200 miles of the Potsdam campus: beef from Brasher Falls, goat cheese from Vermont and vegetables from Quebec.

Clarkson executive chef Kyle Mayette says the challenge will be creating a menu at the Main Street Grill in the Cheel Campus Center that changes seasonally.  Go to full article
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

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