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Being an airplane, at the Yoga Loft's Little Lotus class in Canton. Photo: Christopher Shrope
Being an airplane, at the Yoga Loft's Little Lotus class in Canton. Photo: Christopher Shrope

Heard Up North: Little lotus yoga for kids

Yoga has become popular in the North Country among adults, and especially senior citizens. Now, instructor Sarah Scafidi-McGuire has started teaching yoga to to the younger set, in a class she calls Little Lotus, for toddlers.  Go to full article
Jigsaw puzzle. Photo: <a href="">Scott Hadfield</a>. CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>
Jigsaw puzzle. Photo: Scott Hadfield. CC some rights reserved

Heard Up North: One thousand easy pieces

At McBrier Park Manor, a retirement community in Hermon, the common room is simply laid out: a sofa, a few chairs, a table, and a TV. But every closet and set of drawers is packed to the brim with boxes of jigsaw puzzles.  Go to full article
Burlington jazz group Guagua playing at Leunig's Bistro
Burlington jazz group Guagua playing at Leunig's Bistro

In Burlington, jazz on every corner

Burlington's been awash in jazz this week with the arrival of the annual Discover Jazz Festival. There are some high flying musical acts in town. Since last Saturday, bands have set up on Church Street, at the water front and all across the city's restaurants and bars. There's music everywhere, and because it's free, anyone can enjoy it. Sarah Harris listened to a whole lot of jazz and sends this postcard.  Go to full article
Students cheering on their way to the launch.
Students cheering on their way to the launch.

Champlain Valley students turn a boat shop into a classroom

A group of Vermont high school students has been hard at work since January building a wooden long boat by hand. They collected the materials and built the boat piece by piece, gaining skills and confidence as they went.

The program is a collaboration between the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and program called Diversified Occupations. The program offers kids who struggle in the classroom a different approach to learning.

Sarah Harris spent a couple of days with the students and their teachers and has our story.  Go to full article

Flavor Fest at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake

If you're interested in eating locally, the folks at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake are setting up a feast of information and food today. Stefanie Ratcliffe is director of the Wild Center. She says they hold a farmer's market every Thursday, but they wanted to do more to help people find ways to eat locally and to find local food and beer producers.  Go to full article

After delays and setbacks, Saranac Lake carousel spins to life

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday in Saranac Lake for the Adirondack Carousel. A project more than 10 years in the making, the carousel will feature more two-dozen hand-carved and hand-painted Adirondack animals.

The merry-go-round will be housed in a large pavillion designed to serve as a center for education programs as well as for birthday parties and other events.

As Chris Knight reports, it hasn't been an easy road for the project, which was shelved two years ago because of the recession.  Go to full article
Photo courtesy of Jake Levine
Photo courtesy of Jake Levine

North Creek Brew Fest on Hudson draws a crowd

The North Creek Business Alliance organized the first annual North Creek Brew Fest on the Hudson in order to help fund a winter shuttle to Gore Mountain and make the town a destination. Sarah Harris was there to sample the festivities.  Go to full article

Crossword buffs have an online meeting place, thanks to Binghamton prof.

Crossword puzzles are the kind of kitchen table sport you usually do by yourself. But like avid fans of all sorts, serious crossword puzzlers have found a community online. One of their most popular meeting spots was created by a Binghamton University professor.  Go to full article

New book explores all things ice

Saranac Lake writer Caperton Tissot says ice has had an enormous impact on life in the Adirondacks. The unavoidable winter element is the subject of her new book, Adirondack Ice: A Cultural and Natural History. It traces the evolution of the influence of ice on everything from industries, transportation, recreation, accidents and the 1998 Ice Storm. Caperton Tissot told Todd Moe that her fascination with ice began with its beauty when she volunteered to help with the Ice Palace in Saranac Lake during the annual Winter Carnival.  Go to full article
Whitewater paddlers recently gained access to Ausable Chasm for the first time. (Photo: Allen Mann)
Whitewater paddlers recently gained access to Ausable Chasm for the first time. (Photo: Allen Mann)

Paddlers, landowners divided over river access

Over the last 20 years, sport paddlers in the Adirondacks have been pushing the limit on the kind of water their canoes, rafts, and kayaks can navigate. They've developed new techniques and new equipment that can handle more aggressive rapids and even waterfalls. And paddlers are also waging fierce legal battles to try to open more rivers, including routes that offer access to remote wilderness areas.

Some landowners are pushing back, arguing the sport is stepping on their private property rights. As Brian Mann reports, the dispute has sparked a kind of range war on some of the North Country's most beautiful rivers.  Go to full article

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