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Thomas Mitchell at home on the corner of Home & Oak, Thousand Island Park. Photo courtesy Tom French.
Thomas Mitchell at home on the corner of Home & Oak, Thousand Island Park. Photo courtesy Tom French.

Stories of Thousand Islands life, one cassette tape at a time

Many people wish they had captured the stories and histories of their parents and grandparents before they were lost. Some of us did make a journal or tape or video recording.

A Potsdam man went a step further. Tom French catalogued recordings he made of his grandfather, Thomas Mitchell, of Thousand Islands Park on Wellesley Island. He sorted them by topic and made them available to listen to on a website. Taken together, they're an oral history of life on the St. Lawrence River through a good chunk of the 1900s.

Tom French told David Sommerstein he just gave his grandfather a microphone and tape recorder and let him take the lead.  Go to full article

Nurturing the Sturgeon

The region's biggest freshwater fish is also its most ancient -- and is among the most threatened. Lake sturgeon were once found throughout the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. Locally, they were found in the St. Regis, Racquette, Grasse and Oswegatchie rivers, as well as the St. Lawrence. Only remnants of the population survive - in scattered locations. New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation has stocked fingerling sturgeon and provided spawning habitat in several North Country waterways. Good gravelly spawning grounds seem to do the most good. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Celeste Headlee reports that similar efforts are underway further inland as well:  Go to full article

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