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Russell Martin checks an EAB trap last summer.
Russell Martin checks an EAB trap last summer.

Story 2.0: purple boxes part of losing battle to save ash trees

The purple boxes are up on ash trees again this summer. They're traps for the emerald ash borer, an invasive bug that has devastated ash stands in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. In this state, the insect's been confined to western New York. Today we revisit the fight against the emerald ash borer. David Sommerstien has more.  Go to full article
Goodyear FG-1 D Corsair. Its wings fold up for use on aircraft carriers.
Goodyear FG-1 D Corsair. Its wings fold up for use on aircraft carriers.

Preview: historic aircraft show in Gatineau, Quebec

Aviation and history buffs may be interested in events on tap this year from Vintage Wings of Canada. The organization near Gatineau, Quebec has an extensive collection of still-flying, restored planes, including legendary World War II aircraft like the Spitfire, Hurricane and Tiger Moth. Two open house events this year will celebrate classic airplanes. The first is Saturday in Gatineau. Aircraft from the Vintage Wings collection will also appear at this year's air show in Geneseo, NY in mid-July. In May, Lucy Martin toured Vintage Wings of Canada with founder Michael Potter, a pilot and retired executive. Afterwards, she got more personal impressions from Communications Manager Dave O'Malley. That day featured sedate work inside the hanger. But O'Malley says the place is busy this month.  Go to full article

Landfill expansion draws cross-border criticism

Franklin County's waste authority is hoping to dramatically expand its landfill -- which sits just south of the U.S.-Canada border. The waste authority held a hearing last night to take comments on possible environmental impacts. As Jacob Resneck reports, the meeting attracted a large crowd from both sides of the border.  Go to full article

IJC reverses course on water levels plan

The binational board that controls water levels on the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario is doing an about-face that's a victory for environmentalists. In a letter Thursday to Secretary of State Condolezza Rice, the International Joint Commission said there was "little support" for the water levels plan that came out of a five-year, $20-million study. The IJC appears to be abandoning the plan, saying it is "not a practical option." Instead, the IJC said 20 public hearings and more than a thousand comments over the last year indicated "broad, strong interest" for returning the natural ebbs and flows to the river and lake. That was the overwhelming opinion across the North Country. Jennifer Caddick directs Save the River, based in Clayton. Save the River led a campaign for management of water levels that's better for the environment. Caddick told David Sommerstein the IJC's announcement is encouraging news.  Go to full article

Imeco Cables to open plant in Plattsburgh

A Canadian cable maker will soon open a manufacturing plant in Plattsburgh. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Celebrating French heritage in the North Country

A number of communities across the North Country and New England are celebrating the contributions of French-speaking immigrants from Quebec to the cultural life of the region this summer. Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, The Vermont Folklife Center and the RISCA Folk Arts Program are hosting a Franco-American Homecoming this month in Plattsburgh and Tupper Lake. The events will include Quebecois music, art and food. Todd Moe talks with TAUNY Executive Director Jill Breit about the cultural exchange project.  Go to full article

Great Lakes compact goes to Washington

There's a new agreement that says the Great Lakes water has to stay in the Great Lakes. It's been approved now by all eight of the states and the two Canadian provinces that border the Lakes. Rick Pluta reports the agreement is now on its way to Congress.  Go to full article
Carver Mattiusi Iyaituk with Okpik Pitseolak as she lights a traditional "qulliq", or stone lamp.  Both artists will return for this year's "Arts Alive" event in Ottawa on May 31st.
Carver Mattiusi Iyaituk with Okpik Pitseolak as she lights a traditional "qulliq", or stone lamp. Both artists will return for this year's "Arts Alive" event in Ottawa on May 31st.

The challenge of stone art

Getting the right material is just one of many challenges in making art. Sometimes that takes more effort than usual! For two years now, Ottawa Correspondent Lucy Martin has found the Inuit Artists' Shop "Arts Alive" event a great way to meet artists from across the Canadian Arctic. The day of courtyard demonstrations lets the public see how the art is made and satisfy curiosity about life and art in the far north. Here's stone carver Mattiusi Iyaituk in a conversation with a visitor from British Columbia, at last April's event.  Go to full article

Preview: festival celebrates Franco-American traditions

The ensemble, Tidal Wave, anchors a three-day North Country Heritage Festival this weekend in Plattsburgh and Saranac. Sponsored by Hill and Hollow Music, the event includes music, dancing and French food. Tidal Wave's music is full of movement and drive, and rooted in Quebecois traditions. The musicians hail form both Quebec and New England. Todd Moe talks with pianist Rachel Aucoin about her musical career, during which she met her future husband, accordionist Sabin Jacques.  Go to full article
Thomas Jolly in his office in Nemaska (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Thomas Jolly in his office in Nemaska (Photo: Brian Mann)

In one life journey, the modern history of the Cree

North Country Public Radio has been looking at the impact of massive hydro drams on the Cree Indians of northern Quebec. But construction of those dams is only the latest collision between the Cree and the outside world. In the course of a single lifetime, the Cree peopple have made a remarkable -- and sometimes painful -- transition. They've moved from a traditional, nomadic lifestyle to full engagement with modern culture and technology. Until the 1970s, native children in Canada were forcibly removed from their villages and their families. They were placed in residential boarding schools, where they were punished for speaking their native languages or practicing their people's religions. Thousands of children were physically and sexually abused. Thomas Jolly made this journey and has come full circle. He grew up in the bush, moved south to live in Canada's cities, and then returned to the remote Cree community of Nemaska. Jolly, who works now as an economic development planner, told his story to Brian Mann.  Go to full article

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