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The pig race at the Lewis Co. Fair.
The pig race at the Lewis Co. Fair.

A Fair Connoisseur's Perspective

We're in the thick of county fair season. The St. Lawrence County fair runs through Sunday in Gouverneur. In Lowville, the Lewis County Fair continues through Saturday. David Sommerstein stopped by Tuesday. He found fair connoisseur Russell Martel sitting under a tent behind Smokey's BBQ shack. Martel drove over an hour from North Bay to check out a fair he'd never been to before.  Go to full article

Hangin' on the Strip in A-Bay

The streets are full of tourists in downtown Alexandria Bay, in stark contrast to dark, quiet days of winter. David Sommerstein got the year-round perspective from a group of local high schoolers checking out the scene in front of Jreck's subs.  Go to full article
Napolean and the Festival Queen in Cape Vincent.
Napolean and the Festival Queen in Cape Vincent.

A Cultural Melange at the French Festival

In the early 1600s, French Jesuit priests paddled hundreds of miles up the St. Lawrence River. They settled on the fertile land by the river's source at the eastern end of Lake Ontario. It's estimated a third of today's population in northern Jefferson County is descended from those French settlers. Last weekend, Cape Vincent held its 37th annual French Festival to celebrate that heritage. North Country Public Radio was also celebrating there. It was the grand opening of our new translator in Cape Vincent, reaching listeners at 93.9 FM. David Sommerstein was on hand and sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Potsdam Fest Rocks Market St.

The heavy rain on Friday and Saturday didn't stop the music, food, and good times at the 39th Annual Potsdam Summer Festival. Bands played all day and late into the night. David Sommerstein hung out on Market Street Friday afternoon to sample the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes. He sent this audio collage.  Go to full article

Rain and Heat: It's a Jungle Out There in the Garden

Horticulturist Amy Ivy tells Martha Foley how to keep order in the vegetable garden when overcrowding becomes a problem. Her advice is to be ruthless when weeding and thinning out the smaller plants.  Go to full article

Cooling Concerns About Air Conditioning

As the hot weather settles in, air conditioners are being wedged into windows everywhere. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly usually tries not to use one. But she finds as the temperatures rise, her concerns for the environment evaporate.  Go to full article

Burlington's "Chew Chew Fest" Celebrates 20 years

Vermont's annual feeding frenzy gets underway Friday morning (11 am) in Burlington's Waterfront Park. The Green Mountain Chew Chew Food Festival is celebrating its 20th birthday. Todd Moe talks with founder/coordinator Rick Norcross.  Go to full article

Commentary: Four Old Men Eat Tomatoes on a Porch

There comes a moment every spring when the sun is so warm it takes you back to summer memories. Commentator Paul Willcott, who has roots in Texas, has been watching the weather change in Saranac Lake, and recalls one especially fine "Lone Star" day last year.  Go to full article

Summer Harvest: Local Produce Reigns

Horticulturist Amy Ivy and Martha Foley review the bounty in the garden, at farmers' markets, and from roadside stands. Plus - some tips on the sweetest of all: corn on the cob.  Go to full article

The Late Summer Garden

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about gardening in mid-August. It's time to harvest beans, beets and green tomatoes.  Go to full article

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