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Heard Up North: the haunted mansion ride

It's county fair season across the North Country. And if you haven't been for awhile, you're missing out on the good ole' Haunted Mansion ride. Fear not, because Katie Booth and Hannah Maturkle of Philadelphia take us along for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Bob Martin slips through a narrow channel
Bob Martin slips through a narrow channel

Whitewater Ramble: East Branch of the Ausable

Heavy rain this summer has been tough on farmers and on the North Country's tourism business. But the wet weather is great news for whitewater paddlers. Many streams that would usually be bony and dry are still flush. Brian Mann paddled the East Branch of the Ausable River and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Heard up North: Springtime at the Tanning Parlor

It's the first day of Spring, and for some, that means...time to hit the tanning parlor. We visit Exotic Tanning in Philadelphia to learn about the surprising tanning habits of the North Country, including the competing tanning styles of Gouverneur and Philadelphia...  Go to full article

When Top Skaters Are Injured, Some Blame the Skates

Sasha Cohen has extended the US medal streak in women's figure skating to 11 consecutive Olympics. Cohen landed the silver medal, finishing second behind Japan's Shizuka Arakawa. World champion Irina Slutskaya was the bronze medal winner. Americans Kimmie Meissner and Emily Hughes took the sixth and seventh spots. It was a beautiful, but grueling, evening. Cohen fell twice, on her first two jumps. Slutskaya fell once in her performance. The stadium was sold out, as usual. Figure skating is among the most popular events at the Winter Games. It's one of the most graceful sports. It's also one of the most punishing for young athletes. This year, Michele Kwan was forced to bow out because of injuries. Sasha Cohen competed despite a reported pulled groin muscle. Some critics blame the high rate of injuries on the design of boots and skates first invented a century ago. Brian Mann has the story.  Go to full article
Jamie Whidden teaches students a move.
Jamie Whidden teaches students a move.

Capoeira: "A Many-Faceted Diamond"

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that fuses dance, music, and song. Capoeira classes are growing in popularity across the United States. On Thursday nights in Lake Placid, the gym at the North Country School is transformed by the sounds of the drum and the berimbau, the stringed gourd that's at the heart of capoeira. David Sommerstein attended a class and has this audio montage.

Jamie Whidden (518-891-4973) teaches in Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. Relani Prudhomme (315-212-1110) teaches classes in Canton.  Go to full article
The pig race at the Lewis Co. Fair.
The pig race at the Lewis Co. Fair.

A Fair Connoisseur's Perspective

We're in the thick of county fair season. The St. Lawrence County fair runs through Sunday in Gouverneur. In Lowville, the Lewis County Fair continues through Saturday. David Sommerstein stopped by Tuesday. He found fair connoisseur Russell Martel sitting under a tent behind Smokey's BBQ shack. Martel drove over an hour from North Bay to check out a fair he'd never been to before.  Go to full article
Napolean and the Festival Queen in Cape Vincent.
Napolean and the Festival Queen in Cape Vincent.

A Cultural Melange at the French Festival

In the early 1600s, French Jesuit priests paddled hundreds of miles up the St. Lawrence River. They settled on the fertile land by the river's source at the eastern end of Lake Ontario. It's estimated a third of today's population in northern Jefferson County is descended from those French settlers. Last weekend, Cape Vincent held its 37th annual French Festival to celebrate that heritage. North Country Public Radio was also celebrating there. It was the grand opening of our new translator in Cape Vincent, reaching listeners at 93.9 FM. David Sommerstein was on hand and sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Potsdam Fest Rocks Market St.

The heavy rain on Friday and Saturday didn't stop the music, food, and good times at the 39th Annual Potsdam Summer Festival. Bands played all day and late into the night. David Sommerstein hung out on Market Street Friday afternoon to sample the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes. He sent this audio collage.  Go to full article
Sen. Wright (right) with Grasse River Heritage members on King Bridge.
Sen. Wright (right) with Grasse River Heritage members on King Bridge.

Grasse Islands Restoration Moves Ahead in Canton

An effort to revitalize Canton's waterfront got a boost from a state grant yesterday. State Senator Jim Wright announced a $100,000 to help a local group improve the natural, historic, and cultural value of islands on the Grasse River. Wright said the project is a part of a push to create a greenway along the St. Lawrence River and its tributaries. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Speed Limits for Snowmobiles Proposed

Assemblyman Joseph Morelle from Rochester has proposed a snowmobile speed limit for New York. Police support the idea but think it might be tough to enforce. Greg Warner reports.  Go to full article

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