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Bill Gallagher as a young soldier in the 10th Mountain Division (Photo provided)
Bill Gallagher as a young soldier in the 10th Mountain Division (Photo provided)

The Hospice Path, Part Two: Nearing the end, celebrating a life lived in full

Last week, we began a new on-going series called the Hospice Path.

North Country Public Radio is looking in-depth at the way hospice programs across the region are changing people's lives at a time when they're forced to confront the certainty of death.

We're telling that story in part by spending time with the Gallagher family in Saranac Lake.

Bill Gallagher is 87 years old and his lungs are slowly failing.

But with the help of High Peaks Hospice, he's been able to stay at home with his wife Tomi.

In order to better describe their experience, our reporter Brian Mann decided to first spend some time asking about Bill's long life before he got sick.  Go to full article
Olympic champion Jeff Blatnick was one of the big stories of the 1984 Summer Olympics
Olympic champion Jeff Blatnick was one of the big stories of the 1984 Summer Olympics

Through cancer and cold war politics, Jeff Blatnick seized Olympic Gold

Twenty-five years ago this summer, Jeff Blatnick won a gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympic Games. The Schenectady native's upset victory in Graeco-Roman wrestling was one of the big stories of the 1984 summer games. It also marked one of the most dramatic comebacks in sports history. Blatnick lives now and coaches in Saratoga County. But his sports career was nearly cut short, first by cold war politics and then by a brutal fight with cancer. Brian Mann has our profile.  Go to full article

North Country Charities Face Lean Times

It's been a tough year for many non-profits in the North Country. Charities have seen their investments dwindle, as the stock market spiraled downward. Donors are writing fewer checks - and the checks they are writing often promise fewer dollars. Brian Mann sat down this week with Cali Brooks, head of the Adirondack Community Trust. He found that many groups are trying to hold to their mission, despite shrinking bank accounts.  Go to full article
Arto Monaco at work on a new comic book
Arto Monaco at work on a new comic book

Arto Monaco: The King of Make Believe

Walt Disney opened his first theme park in the summer of 1955. But half a decade before Disneyland, there was Santa's Workshop in Wilmington ? the creation of north country native Arto Monaco. Monaco built a half-dozen theme parks. Most are gone now, swept away by changing tastes. But Monaco himself is still around, still creating make-believe worlds. Brian Mann visited his workshop in Upper Jay and has our story.  Go to full article
The Sacandaga River Community Park
The Sacandaga River Community Park

Audio Postcard from the Sacandaga River

It's possible to grow up--and grow old--in a North Country town, never quite noticing its treasures. Paul Wilbur was raised in Speculator, in the woods and bogs along the Sacandaga River. At the age of seventy, he volunteered to lead construction of a community park and a nature trail. The project reconnected him with his community and with his own history. Brian Mann spent a morning with Paul Wilbur and sends this audio postcard.

Directions to the Sacandaga River Community Park: Take Rt. 30 to the four corners in Speculator. South of the intersection, look for the Lemon Tree restaraunt. Across the road, you'll see the community recreation area and the park entrance.  Go to full article

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