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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
Testing soil Ph. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/naturewise/">London Permaculture</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
Testing soil Ph. Photo: London Permaculture, CC some rights reserved

Taking stock of garden soil

You've planned, planted, watered and weeded. Now, with frost and freeze warnings this past weekend, it's about time to tuck the garden in for the winter. Tidying away the spent tomatoes and bean plants, prepping to plant garlic, whatever your fall list includes, Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy has another important entry. She tells Martha Foley about why soil should be tested every few years, and how to do it.  Go to full article

This weekend in the Adirondacks

This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.  Go to full article
Paddlers in the 30th annual Adirondack Canoe Classic approach the finish line of the three-day, 90-mile race on Lake Flower in Saranac Lake. Photo: Chris Knight, <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Paddlers in the 30th annual Adirondack Canoe Classic approach the finish line of the three-day, 90-mile race on Lake Flower in Saranac Lake. Photo: Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Paddlers race 90 miles through sunshine and storms

The 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic wrapped up on Sunday. This was the 30th anniversary of the three-day race, which follows a course of lakes, rivers and carries from Old Forge to Saranac Lake.

It featured two days of sunshine and clear skies, and one day of stormy weather that put even seasoned paddlers to the test.  Go to full article
Dry spell in the garden. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/78428166@N00/">Tony Alter</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">some rights reserved</a>
Dry spell in the garden. Photo: Tony Alter, CC some rights reserved

Approaching the end for the gardening season

It's been a tough season for flowers and vegetables, and for the gardeners who nurture them. Some things have flourished, it's true: see our All In blog post, "Late summer garden...and my new motto," from Ellen Rocco. But mostly, it's been too dry, really hot, and buggy.

Martha Foley talks with Cornell Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy about cleaning out a dried out flower garden, and looking ahead to next year.  Go to full article

This weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren, of the Adirondack Almanack, joins us Friday mornings with information about local outdoor and back country conditions.  Go to full article

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