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Making the switch to electronic voting machines

Eight years after Washington lawmakers required the use of electronic voting machines, 16 counties in New York--including St. Lawrence, Franklin, Jefferson and Lewis--will make the switch. The Empire State is the only one not in compliance with the Help America Vote Act. Often referred to as HAVA, the law was a response to Florida's muddled results in the 2000 Presidential election. Jonathan Brown reports.  Go to full article
This majestic cabbage was halved, cored, shredded and added to the sauerkraut mix
This majestic cabbage was halved, cored, shredded and added to the sauerkraut mix

In praise of sauerkraut

Gardeners have moved most of their work from the backyard to the kitchen as canning season continues. Jars of pickles, jams and sometimes sauerkraut line the countertop. Sauerkraut, or pickled cabbage, is chock full of vitamins. Making it is relatively easy. It's cabbage, salt and time. A couple of years ago, Todd Moe visited a sauerkraut session in Canton and found that this old cuisine is winning new fans.  Go to full article
Aimee Hurt has trained dogs for conservation work for nine years
Aimee Hurt has trained dogs for conservation work for nine years

A dog's job: studying moose in the Adirondacks

Wildlife biologists say that New York state is home to more than 500 moose. Their population has surged in recent years. Researchers would like to know a lot more about the animals: what they're eating, where they're going, and why their numbers are growing so rapidly. A new project organized by the Wildlife Conservation Society aims to gather some of that data using trained tracking dogs. Brian Mann spent a day with a research team in the northern Adirondacks in May 2008 and has our story.  Go to full article
Jack Phillips (at right) with Joe DiMaggio
Jack Phillips (at right) with Joe DiMaggio

North Country loses baseball legend

A North Country baseball legend died last Sunday. Jack Phillips of Potsdam won a World Series ring with the New York Yankees in 1947 when the Yankees beat Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Phillips was a week shy of his 88th birthday. Phillips is also an inaugural member of Clarkson University's athletic hall of fame. Phillips played with the Yankees, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Detroit Tigers in 9 major league seasons. He shared the field with the biggest of legends: Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Honus Wagner. In the North Country, he's best known for his role as a coach at Clarkson University for 24 years. He's an inaugural member of Clarkson's athletic hall of fame. In 2004, David Sommerstein stopped by Jack Phillips' home to watch a major league playoff game on TV and talk baseball. Here's that story...  Go to full article
Diane Leifheit captures flowers and an Adirondack chair in pastels
Diane Leifheit captures flowers and an Adirondack chair in pastels

A bounty of art from the garden

It's high summer and artists across the region have been busy in the garden. Painting outdoors, or "plein air", is a time-honored tradition, particularly by artists who want to convey a sense of immediacy. They'll find a spot among flowers or along a stream, prop up an easel and paint just as they see it. Most works are competed within hours on the spot. Spontaneity is key. Bugs, rain and fleeting sunlight are challenges. Last August, Todd Moe visited a group of artists near Malone celebrating another season of creating art outdoors.  Go to full article

New strategy means new challenges for harness racing

It is county fair season: midways, fried dough--and small-town harness racing. Northern New York is a presence in horse racing, from the historic track at Saratoga, to the group of friends in Sackets Harbor who raced into the record book with a horse named Funny Cide.

Their success on contemporary tracks draws from a long tradition of racing in the region, where the sport of choice for many has long been harness racing. That means sturdy, standard-bred horses pulling drivers in stripped-down racing carts. You can still see cutthroat competitions at county fairs from Booneville to Westport.

But harness racing has fallen on hard times in recent years. In a series on horse racing in the North Country last fall, Brian Mann reported that new efforts to bring the sport back have meant bigger purses and also new controversy.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Roger Huntley

Roger Huntley is the sixth generation of his family to operate their 300-acre dairy farm in the town of Pierrepont. NCPR profiled Roger for Traditional Arts in Upstate New York's Meet the Masters honor roll in May 2000. He was in the prime of his career, the premier old-time auctioneer of the northern Adirondack foothills and St. Lawrence Valley. A Huntley auction was a family affair. Roger's wife Ann and six children helped him with planning and carrying out their busy schedule of sales. Their daughter Helen, an elementary school teacher, has learned the art of auctioneering from Roger and in 2000 was helping behind the microphone at nearly every auction.  Go to full article

Story 2.0: the hows and whys of ash borer research

New York scientists have been on the alert for the Emerald ash borer since it appeared in Michigan in 2002. Gregory Warner went to the Syracuse in 2005 to track the beetle with DEC researchers. In our latest Story 2.0, here's what he found out about how they were looking for the beetle, and more on why they're worried.  Go to full article
From front: Bill McKentley, Chelle Lindhal, Rob Jewett, and Matt Bradley
From front: Bill McKentley, Chelle Lindhal, Rob Jewett, and Matt Bradley

Heard Up North: the Zen of rowing

For more than 10 years, the Grateful Oars Rowing Club has been plying the waters of Norwood Lake in St. Lawrence County. Membership is open to all skill levels, from beginning to racing. This Saturday, the club is holding an open house. David Sommerstein caught up with one four-person crew team for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Dragonflier Nick Donnelly searches a Franklin County pond
Dragonflier Nick Donnelly searches a Franklin County pond

Dragonfly devotees swarm for the hunt

A new display on dragonflies and their close relatives, damselflies, opens this week at the Paul Smiths VIC. The photography exhibit, "Damsels and Dragons - Flying Jewels of New York State" continues through August 1. It includes photos and text by Vici Zaremba and Stephen Diehl of Antwerp. Last summer, Todd Moe followed Vici, Stephen and a group of biologists on a dragonfly trek in Franklin County. The DEC and Nature Conservancy are hoping to foster public interest in the conservation of the colorful, winged insects and their aquatic habitats.  Go to full article

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