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Ray with one of his favorite lures made by the C.W. Lane Manufacturing Company in Madrid, NY. Photo: Todd Moe
Ray with one of his favorite lures made by the C.W. Lane Manufacturing Company in Madrid, NY. Photo: Todd Moe

In Canton, North Country-made antique fishing lures on display

Just in time for fishing season, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York is celebrating the art of antique hand-made fishing lures. In the 19th and early 20th century, anglers were able to purchase lures manufactured in small shops in communities from Old Forge to Lake Clear to Clayton.

Norwood collector Ray Bartholomew grew up fishing in Jefferson County and has been collecting old-time fishing tackle for more than 30 years. Some of his favorites will be on display at TAUNY in Canton starting this Saturday. Todd Moe spoke with Bartholomew about his passion for antique fishing equipment and research into some of the North Country's finest lure artisans.  Go to full article
Inside, the growing season starts simply and peacefully enough, with Dan Kent seeding celeriac, shallots, and onion, and Megan starting flowers like delphinium and cosmos. It's snowy and sleeting outside, but pretty cozy in the greenhouse. "It's not bad work, honestly," says Dan. Photo: David Sommerstein
Inside, the growing season starts simply and peacefully enough, with Dan Kent seeding celeriac, shallots, and onion, and Megan starting flowers like delphinium and cosmos. It's snowy and sleeting outside, but pretty cozy in the greenhouse. "It's not bad work, honestly," says Dan. Photo: David Sommerstein

"We struggle early, finish strong": Lessons learned on a Lisbon farm

With highs in the 40s all week, it looks like the weather has finally broken. It's springtime in the North Country. But it could still be weeks before the soil is warm enough to plant crops. Farmers are starting seeds now. They're planning. And they're worrying.

All this year, David Sommerstein is sending monthly stories from one organic vegetable farm, Kent Family Growers in St. Lawrence County. He'll follow the seasons, the crops, the labor, and the business of making a living being an "eat local" farmer. This time of year, all the action's in the greenhouse.  Go to full article
Desiree with her baby half-brother Cameron. Photo: Sarah Harris
Desiree with her baby half-brother Cameron. Photo: Sarah Harris

Sixteen and homeless, in Parishville woods

When you think of being homeless, you think of living in shelters and on the street. You imagine a city. But homelessness happens here in the North Country, too. And it happens to children.

Desiree Wieczorek is in 10th grade at Parishville-Hopkinton Central School. Desiree and her family were homeless for about five months last year. They lived in the woods outside Parishville. And it wasn't social services that first helped Desiree and her family move into a real house; it was the school.  Go to full article
Peter Paquin likes what he sees in the harvest.
Peter Paquin likes what he sees in the harvest.

Cranberries bumper crop in Brasher Falls

Looking for that local touch for your Thanksgiving table? Try cranberries, fresh from a bog in northern St. Lawrence County. Peter Paquin owns Deer River Cranberries in Brasher Falls.

He says local sales of his cranberries have grown fivefold. He sells to North Country apple orchards and stores in Potsdam and Lake Placid. Paquin says people even drive up to the farm to load up coolers full of berries. "Yeah, they basically come in with coolers and we fill 'em up, basically 50 pounds in a cooler," says Paquin. "We've probably sold to 20 different people in the area, a hundred pounds each. We're moving a lot of berries locally."

Paquin says the hot, dry summer and the recent freezing nights have meant a late harvest. But he says cranberries remain as lucrative a crop as ever. David Sommerstein visited Paquin's cranberry bogs in 2008.  Go to full article
Russell Tyson Clark as Jinx, Ben Kunder as Smudge, Sef Wood as Francis, Douglas Price as Sparkie
Russell Tyson Clark as Jinx, Ben Kunder as Smudge, Sef Wood as Francis, Douglas Price as Sparkie

Theatre Review: "Forever Plaid" at The 1000 Islands Playhouse

The 1000 Islands Playhouse in Gananoque has opened their season with Forever Plaid running through June 13. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening and has this review.  Go to full article
<i>Ming's Big Catch</i>, Sharon H.J. Cheng
Ming's Big Catch, Sharon H.J. Cheng

Preview: Remington's 2005 International Juried Art Show

The works of 14 artists from across the region are on display at the Frederic Remington Museum in Ogdensburg. The 2005 International Juried Art Exhibit includes paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures. Todd Moe talks with Remington curator Laura Foster and Canton artist and printmaker Roger Bailey about the show. Bailey culled through 178 images from 63 artists. He chose 19 for the show which will be on display through January 8th.  Go to full article

Local Hospice to Offer Palliative Care

People with terminal illness are eligible for hospice care. Hospice patients usually live at home, sometimes in nursing homes. Hospice organizations give nursing care, pain management and counseling. But New York State will only reimburse hospice expenses for people with six months or less to live.
A local hospice organization is starting to offer what's known as palliative care to patients with longer life expectancy. Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley received a $25,000 grant from The Alcoa Foundation to help launch a two-year pilot program. They'll be offering palliative care to outpatients at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg.
Gregory Warner spoke with hospice executive director Brian Gardam.  Go to full article

Rt 56 in St. Lawrence County Could Reopen Next Month

Part of a state highway closed by flash floods in St. Lawrence County last month may reopen by the middle of November. Route 56, a main connecting route between the Adirondacks and the St. Lawrence Valley, washed out in two places near South Colton. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Green Groups Disagree Over Tupper Lake Power Corridor

Two prominent environmental groups disagree about the best route for a new power line from St. Lawrence County to Tupper Lake.

The New York Power Authority is developing plans for the electric line, which will end power shortages and blackouts in the village. As Brian Mann reports, one group says a historic right-of-way might allow the line to cut through state forest preserve. But critics say the plan would violate the state constitution.  Go to full article
Montreal Int'l Fireworks Competition
Montreal Int'l Fireworks Competition

Fireworks As Celebration And For Arts Sake

This weekend, towns and villages around the north country will celebrate the 4th of July with glorious fireworks displays. Rockets and sparklers are a holiday tradition, but they're also an ancient form of art, dating back nearly two thousand years. Brian Mann traveled to Montreal last Saturday for the 20th annual International Fireworks Competition. He sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

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