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Broadway star Lisa Vroman leads singers from Jefferson and Lewis counties in a vocal workshop last month in Lowville.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Broadway star Lisa Vroman leads singers from Jefferson and Lewis counties in a vocal workshop last month in Lowville. Photo: Todd Moe

Lisa Vroman: returning to her roots, sharing some musical inspiration

World-renowned soprano Lisa Vroman took a break from concerts and musical tours to return to her native North Country this spring.

Vroman, who grew up in Adams, just south of Watertown, and graduated from SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music, hosted a workshop for dozens of young singers in Lewis and Jefferson counties. The students auditioned before a panel of judges, including Vroman, in an event dubbed "Broadway Idol."

Some of the top students got an opportunity to sing on stage with Vroman at Lowville Academy as part of the Black River Valley Concert Series. Competition aside, for many of the students it was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet a Broadway star with local roots.  Go to full article
Three members of the Hermon-DeKalb <i>Dominators</i> taste-test their Hillbilly Chili during the Junior Iron Chef contest in Canton.   Photo: Todd Moe
Three members of the Hermon-DeKalb Dominators taste-test their Hillbilly Chili during the Junior Iron Chef contest in Canton. Photo: Todd Moe

Heard up North: Young chefs have fun cooking, competing

More than two-dozen teams of young cooks from Franklin, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties gathered to show off their culinary skills in Canton on Saturday. Middle and high school teams with names like, The Bacon Boys of Brasher Falls, Peru Blue and the Massena Treble Chefs, competed for top kitchen honors at the North Country Junior Iron Chef competition at St. Lawrence University. The event was organized by St. Lawrence Health Initiative. The dishes were judged based on taste, creativity, presentation and whether their peers would eat them in the school cafeteria.

For today's Heard Up North, Todd Moe caught up with the Hermon-DeKalb Dominators -- 6th and 7th graders Garrett, Miranda and Cassidy, and their faculty coach Erin Green -- working on their Hillbilly Chili recipe.  Go to full article
<i>Goddess of Earth and Nature</i>, by Jordan Snyder, 7th grade, is one of the pieces in the annual middle and high school art exhibit at the Remington through Sunday.  Photo: Todd Moe
Goddess of Earth and Nature, by Jordan Snyder, 7th grade, is one of the pieces in the annual middle and high school art exhibit at the Remington through Sunday. Photo: Todd Moe

Young artists get creative in Remington exhibit

Artwork from middle and high school students around St. Lawrence County is on display this week at the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg. The 16th annual middle and high school art exhibit continues through Sunday in the Richard E. Winter Gallery.

Todd Moe stopped by for a tour with curator Laura Foster, who says the annual show allows the museum to showcase the creative process happening in arts programs at local public schools. There's also art on display created by home schooled students who use the Remington for art classes.  Go to full article
Photo:  Todd Moe
Photo: Todd Moe

Snow, mittens, ice cream can help beat the winter blues

A group of non-profits in the Plattsburgh area has planned a series of events in February to celebrate the season and help beat the winter blahs. The series includes more than fifty events and offers recreational, educational and artistic opportunities for toddlers to teenagers.

Todd Moe talks with Amy Bonn of the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum about the month-long series of events.  Go to full article

Books review: girls in sports books

Two new books by writers with ties to the Adirondacks feature girls in elite level sports. Betsy Kepes reviews Soccerland by Beth Choat and Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner.  Go to full article
A sample of "The Door Project" at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls. Photo: Hyde Collection
A sample of "The Door Project" at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls. Photo: Hyde Collection

Opening doors for creative teens

A new exhibit at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls features old doors transformed into new works of art by area teens. Todd Moe talks with the Hyde's curator of education, June Leary, about The Door Project.  Go to full article

Keeping the Dairy Princess tradition alive, one farm daughter at a time

St. Lawrence County has had a Dairy Princess since 1964. Every year since then, a group of judges selects a wholesome young woman from the community to be the face of the local dairy industry.

To become the dairy princess a girl has to be between 16 and 21 years old, and has to compete in a pageant where she is judged on her public speaking ability, her general poise, and her knowledge of dairy products. Tasha Haverty takes us through this year's competition, and looks ahead to its future.  Go to full article
"From the Top" is heard Sunday at 4pm on NCPR.
"From the Top" is heard Sunday at 4pm on NCPR.

"From the Top" in Potsdam to showcase young musicians

One of the most popular weekly music programs on public radio is coming to Potsdam this Saturday night. For more than ten years, "From the Top" has been the preeminent showcase for America's best young musicians. Hosted by pianist Christopher O'Riley, the show will be recorded live in Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music on Saturday night (7:30). The Potsdam "From the Top" broadcast will feature several of the most talented young performers from across the country. The show is the final Community Performance Series Guest Artist Series event of the season.

These are tough times for classical music -- with recent budget cuts to arts education in public schools and some orchestras going bankrupt. But Christopher O'Riley told Todd Moe that he doesn't think the future of classical music is bleak. He says the next generation of classical musicians are more entrepreneurial than his generation.  Go to full article

Magic, charm in new teen novel

Many of us read The Secret Garden when we were kids. Children's author Ellen Potter takes that story and sets it in the Thousand Islands in her new book The Humming Room. Her characters live in an old children's sanatorium on an island the locals call "Cough Rock." Our book reviewer Betsy Kepes spoke with Ellen Potter about her latest novel.  Go to full article
Morgan Kelly (left) from Saranac High School and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey with delegates from Clinton and Essex county high schools
Morgan Kelly (left) from Saranac High School and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey with delegates from Clinton and Essex county high schools

Students gather to meet lawmakers, talk politics

NCPR kicked off election coverage with a series of stories this week. See below for more on the 23rd district race for the House of Representatives.

Politics are everywhere these days, from the bitter Republican primary fight that's playing out on our TV screens to the redistricting battle in Albany that could shake up politics right here in our own backyard. As 2012 goes on, the news and conversation will only get louder and more intense.

Most high school students can't vote, but politics plays a big role in their lives, too. And they're paying attention, at least the teens are who gathered recently in Peru to talk about government and politics. Our correspondent Sarah Harris sends this report.  Go to full article

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