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Rep. Scott Murphy (D-Glens Falls) is urging state officials to fix horse-racing "crisis"
Rep. Scott Murphy (D-Glens Falls) is urging state officials to fix horse-racing "crisis"

Rep. Murphy: Without loan from state, Saratoga horse racing season won't happen

Congressman Scott Murphy says there is a growing risk that this summer's thoroughbred racing season in Saratoga Springs could be canceled. The move would devastate the region's tourism economy.

Yesterday, the New York Racing Authority sent letters to its employees warning of possible lay-offs. State officials have failed to provide revenue to the thoroughbred industry from a proposed video-lottery terminal casino. The project has been stalled for nearly a decade.

The New York Racing Authority now says this summer's thoroughbred season, scheduled to begin in July, could be canceled if the legislature doesn't provide a bridge loan. Congressman Murphy from Glens Falls has been working to try to broker a settlement. He spoke yesterday with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

A keeper of Celtic tales

Everyone loves a good story, and Bairbre McCarthy has built a career of telling tales from her homeland. Originally from Country Clare, Ireland, McCarthy lives near Saratoga Springs and loves to share Celtic legends and folktales. McCarthy will host an evening of magical stories about ancient kings, heroes and leprechauns, Thursday night (7 pm) in the Canton Middle School Cafeteria. Todd Moe spoke with her this week during a series of storytelling workshops in Canton. McCarthy says she fell in love with stories as a child in Ireland.  Go to full article
Scott van Laer's breeding farm in the Adirondacks has been threatened by the state crisis (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Scott van Laer's breeding farm in the Adirondacks has been threatened by the state crisis (Photos: Brian Mann)

Bungling by industry and state leaders threatens Saratoga horse racing season

The budget crisis in Albany is threatening to derail yet another major upstate New York tourist draw.

Already this year, Governor David Paterson raised the possibility of cutting all funding for the Olympic Regional Development Authority in Lake Placid and shutting down state campgrounds.

Now the state's political gridlock could force horseracing officials to cancel or scale back this year's summer meet at the track in Saratoga Springs.

Even the sport's biggest fans say New York's thoroughbred industry is in serious trouble.

As Brian Mann reports, some of that pain is being felt here in the North Country.  Go to full article

Tedisco, Murphy debate stimulus and social security in Saratoga Springs

Two hundred people attended the first debate yesterday between Republican Jim Tedisco and Democrat Scott Murphy. The town-hall style event was organized by the AARP in Saratoga Springs. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Epiphany Theatre moves upstate

For the last couple of years there's been a new theater in Saratoga Springs. That community's first year-round professional theater is in the midst of transition, or move, from New York City to Saratoga Springs. Epiphany Theatre presents four productions a year and lots of educational outreach to young theatergoers. But, wait moving from New York City to Upstate? Shouldn't that be the other way around? Epiphany Theater co-founder and producing director Amy Kaissar told Todd Moe that the theater's motto is art for the community.  Go to full article
George Deihl and Hugh Sinclair (Scrooge) in "A Christmas Carol" at Epiphany Theatre in Saratoga Springs
George Deihl and Hugh Sinclair (Scrooge) in "A Christmas Carol" at Epiphany Theatre in Saratoga Springs

A new twist on a holiday classic

Epiphany Theater, in Saratoga Springs, presents a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol. The show opens Wednesday night and features just two actors. Epiphany commissioned the new version of the Charles Dickens classic from playwright James Armstrong. A few of the characters are played by puppets, including a ten-foot tall "Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come." Todd Moe talks with actor George Deihl who plays everyone but Scrooge in the show.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: Sam the Bugler summons the ponies

One of the most iconic sounds in the North Country is the "Call to the Post" at the Saratoga Horse track. It turns out that for the last fifteen years, one guy has been blowing that little tune. He's today's Heard Up North. Note: Sam prefers not to use his last name. He lives on Long Island and plays in a rock and roll band in his spare time.  Go to full article
Funny Cide at Saratoga. Source: Wikipedia
Funny Cide at Saratoga. Source: Wikipedia

Funny Cide ends gloried run, Sackets Harbor celebrates

One of the most storied racehorses of the last thirty years retired Friday in Saratoga Springs. Funny Cide was adored by the public for being a blue-collar horse that came agonizingly close to capturing the 2003 Triple Crown. The horse was owned by a group of friends from Sackets Harbor, not far from Watertown. As Brian Mann reports, they got into the thoroughbred horse-racing business on a whim. That whim took them into the horse-racing history books.  Go to full article

Preview: Love Letters

Todd Moe talks with a young director making his professional theater debut in Saratoga Springs this week. Evan Cummings, who uses a wheelchair, is directing Love Letters for Epiphany Theater Company.  Go to full article
Roosevelt Bath and Spa
Roosevelt Bath and Spa

"Bathwatergate" sweeps Saratoga Springs

This week, the New York Post revealed that the famous mineral baths in Saratoga Springs are being, well, watered down. It turns out local bathhouses are adding hot tap water to bring the baths to a more comfortable temperature. The flap -- which some are calling "Bathwater Gate" has drawn attention from New York's top politicians. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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