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Preview: haunted shipwreck lecture at JCC

Maritime history and shipwreck have been two major themes this year in a series of lectures presented by Seway Trail in Sackets Harbor. A presentation this Thursday afternoon at Jefferson Community College in Watertown will focus on lore of the Great Lakes, particularly tales about haunted shipwrecks. Todd Moe talks with Great Lakes historian, author and teacher Frederick Stonehouse who has written more than 30 books on maritime history.  Go to full article

Unearthing history in Sackets Harbor

A section of a nearly 200-year-old fortification has been unearthed in Sackets Harbor, a key American stronghold during the War of 1812. Jefferson County historian and archaeologist Tim Abel says the section is part of a palisaded breastwork in the village on the eastern end of Lake Ontario, near Watertown. Abel told Todd Moe that Sackets Harbor was the scene of two battles during the War of 1812, when the outpost was a major base of operations for the American navy.  Go to full article

UpNorth Music: Queen August

NCPR is in the middle of a year-long recording project called UpNorth Music. The goal is to record as many as 150 music acts from all over the North Country and present them to you on-air and on the website Today, we'll hear words and music from the band Queen August: four guys born in the 80's whose musical influences are steeped in the progressive rock of the early 70's. They spoke with NCPR's Jill Breit before their recording session on November 8th in Sackets Harbor.  Go to full article

Preview: The Sweet Life

A new comedy written by a Jefferson county native, and featuring a North Country cast, gets its world premiere in Sackets Harbor next week. The Sweet Life is written and directed by Craig Thornton. It opens Friday, June 16th at the Lake Ontario Playhouse. Thornton grew up in Theresa, and has worked extensively in film, television and theatre. He's worked in New York City and Los Angeles as a screenwriter and playwright. He told Todd Moe that The Sweet Life is the first full-length play he's written since returning to the North Country in 1999.  Go to full article

Preview: We Are From Akwesasne

A new interactive traveling exhibit of Mohawk art, artifacts, songs, stories, beliefs and craftmanship opens this weekend at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor. We Are From Akwesasne offers a visual, listening and hands-on experience of Akwesasne artistic and cultural heritage. Exhibit curator and Akwsasne Museum program coordinator Sue Ellen Herne told Todd Moe that the principal advisors for creating the new exhibit were youth from Akwesasne.  Go to full article
Depiction of the Stone Hospital in Sackets Harbor after restoration.
Depiction of the Stone Hospital in Sackets Harbor after restoration.

Restoring the Past: Saving Sackets Harbor's Historic House of Healing

During the War of 1812, Sackets Harbor along Lake Ontario in Jefferson County, became the headquarters of the U-S Army and Navy for the northern frontier. Thousands of troops and hundreds of ships carpenters lived in the village. It was a major military outpost and shipbuilding center and the site of several strategic battles. After the war, Sackets Harbor developed throughout the 19th century into a commercial lake port, military town and summer resort. Today it's known for its museums, quaint shops, food and historical restoration. A group of history buffs wants to restore the old Stone Hospital at Madison Barracks as a military heritage center and cornerstone for future restoration work. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Local Relief Effort Gains Momentum

Over a week after an earthquake and tsunamis devastated areas of South Asia, India and Africa, the international relief effort is massive. Martha Foley talks with Cynthia Walton-Leavitt, pastor of the United Presbyterian Church of Sackets Harbor, about a local project that combines symbolism with small-scale practicality.  Go to full article

Churches, Agencies Mobilize for Tsunami Relief Effort

North Country churches and relief agencies are mobilizing their resources for both short- and long-term aid for the countries in South Asia and East Africa devastated by Sunday's tsunami and earthquake. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Candidate Profile: Dr. Robert Johnson

Dr. Robert Johnson is a long-shot in this election season. The Watertown-based surgeon is the Democratic challenger for Republican Representative John McHugh's seat in Congress. Johnson moved to Sackets Harbor from Michigan a year and a half ago. He works as a thoracic surgeon for Samaritan Medical Center. He describes himself as a disenchanted Republican. Johnson has no previous political experience. He says he loves his work as a surgeon and would hate to give up his practice, but he told David Sommerstein that his passion for medicine and health is what lead him into politics.  Go to full article

Preview: Crop Walks in Jefferson County

This Sunday afternoon three Crop Walks for Hunger will be held in the Jefferson county communities of Adams, Sackets Harbor and Watertown. Pastor Cynthia Walton, of the United Presbyterian Church of Sackets Harbor, says money raised during the Crop Walks will benefit local food banks and world-wide disaster relief.  Go to full article

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