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Angler and TV personality Don Meissner holding a smallmouth bas. Photo courtesy St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce
Angler and TV personality Don Meissner holding a smallmouth bas. Photo courtesy St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce

Seven ways to keep bass safe when angling

With so much snow on the ground, bass fishing might seem far away, but for anglers it's always time to think about bass fishing. New research that finds the increase in catch and release bass fishing tournaments stresses fish got us thinking about ways to do it most safely. Here are some tips from B.A.S.S., the organization that puts on tournaments like last year's Bassmasters Elite in Waddington, NY.  Go to full article
Since the 1860's, the Wadhams United Church of Christ has served strawberries with all the fixin's. Photo: Martha Cooper/TAUNY Archives
Since the 1860's, the Wadhams United Church of Christ has served strawberries with all the fixin's. Photo: Martha Cooper/TAUNY Archives

Serving up strawberry shortcake for generations in Wadhams

They've been serving strawberry shortcake every summer in a small Champlain Valley community since the end of the Civil War. And later this month, TAUNY will honor the Wadhams United Church of Christ with a North Country Heritage Award. Each June in the small Essex County community, hundreds gather to enjoy strawberry shortcake, music and festivities. It's been an important local tradition for 147 years. Back in 1866, a dish of fresh strawberries, cake and ice cream cost fifteen cents.

Todd Moe talks with long-time Strawberry Festival volunteer Evelyn Brant. She's 87 and has volunteered at the festival since 1946. This year, four generations of her family helped with the event.  Go to full article
Massive bonfires ring Great Sacandaga Lake, marking the end of summer.  (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Massive bonfires ring Great Sacandaga Lake, marking the end of summer. (Photo: Brian Mann)

On Great Sacandaga Lake, summer ends in a "Ring of Fire"

We all know that North Country summers end in ice. Labor Day weekend gives way to an all-too-short autumn, to longer nights, and then to the first snow.

But on the shore of Great Sacandaga Lake, in the southern Adirondacks, locals and seasonal visitors celebrate the end of summer with fire.

Every Labor Day weekend for fifteen years, hundreds of people gather on the shore, building massive bonfires and holding impromptu firework shows.

Brian Mann was on the beach for this year's Ring of Fire and send this audio postcard.  Go to full article
"Island Dave" is a familiar, friendly face around the city of Brockville's islands on the St. Lawrence. Photo: David Sommerstein.
"Island Dave" is a familiar, friendly face around the city of Brockville's islands on the St. Lawrence. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Listen: 'Island Dave' has the job you want in the Thousand Islands

Whether it's the Adirondacks or the St. Lawrence River, everyone's getting in their last licks of summer this week.

The city of Brockville owns 16 park islands on the St. Lawrence that are busy with boats docking and people picnicking and camping.

Many boaters are familiar with the friendly face who manages and patrols the area. Listen to today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article

Cape Vincent celebrates life on the river this weekend

There's plenty to do in and around the water in Cape Vincent this weekend. The Chamber of Commerce has expanded this year's "Day on the River" to include a hospice sailing regatta benefit and War of 1812 bicentennial commemorations. Todd Moe talks with Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce president Mike Chavoustie about this annual event.  Go to full article

Book review: "The River's Tale"

There's still time this summer to get out the beach books, find an empty Adirondack chair next to a lake, and settle in with a page turner. Betsy Kepes has this review of Michael Virtanen's second novel, The River's Tale.  Go to full article
The crowd gets a close-up of demolition derby action at the Franklin County Fair in Malone earlier this week. Photo: Mark Kurtz
The crowd gets a close-up of demolition derby action at the Franklin County Fair in Malone earlier this week. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Sights and sounds: demolition derby

Summer in the North Country means field day festivals for virtually every town and hamlet. It's tough to keep up with all the chicken barbeques, fire engine parades, and lawn mower races. But for the automotive lovers, nothing beats the demolition derby. Hundreds of drivers sign up each summer for the chance to crash their rides into one another.

David Sommerstein went to the demolition derby in Hannawa Falls ten years ago to hear the roar of the engines and the crunch of metal.

And photographer Mark Kurtz was at the demolition deby earlier this week at the Franklin County Fair in Malone to capture the action.  Go to full article
Flooded field at Burlington Intervale last week. Photo: Sarah Harris
Flooded field at Burlington Intervale last week. Photo: Sarah Harris

Rainy weather hurts crops and markets

Warm temperatures and wetter-than-normal conditions so far this summer are starting to put a strain on farmers.

The weather pattern's also impacting farmers markets.  Go to full article

Adk Theatre Festival kicks off 19th season

The Adirondack Theatre Festival's 19th season opens next week in Glens Falls, and includes the world premiere of Heartbreaker: Two Months with Judy Garland, by John Meyer. The new musical opens next Wednesday night in the Charles Wood Theatre. Todd Moe spoke with Artistic Director Mark Fleischer about ATF's upcoming summer season.  Go to full article
Summer square dancing on the shore of Schroon Lake has been a tradition since the 1930's.  Photo: TAUNY
Summer square dancing on the shore of Schroon Lake has been a tradition since the 1930's. Photo: TAUNY

Still "do-si-doing" after all these years

A local square dancing tradition in Schroon Lake continues to draw hundreds of particpants. Since the 1930s, it's been a weekly social event in July and August. TAUNY gave the dance organizers a 2012 North Country Heritage Award on Sunday.

Todd Moe talks with musician Ed Lowman, coordinator of the Schroon Lake Square Dances. He's a fiddler who has helped lead the dances since 1979. Lowman says the dance steps and tunes vary from week to week. At a time when square dancing has decreased in popularity in some parts of the country, he's excited to see young families, seniors and even teens turning out to "do-si-do".  Go to full article

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