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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 North Country summers end in ice. Labor Day weekend gives way to an all-too-short autumn, 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 15 years, hundreds of people gather on the shore, building massive bonfires and holding impromptu firework shows.

Brian Mann was on the beach for last year's Ring of Fire and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Kingston's Town Crier (and Tourism Manager) Chris Whyman. Photo: Chris Whyman
Kingston's Town Crier (and Tourism Manager) Chris Whyman. Photo: Chris Whyman

Hear ye! Kingston's Town Crier wins world tournament

Kingston, Ontario has something to shout about. The city's official town crier, Chris Whyman, has taken the top spot at the World Town Crier Tournament in England.

Whyman traveled to Chester to participate in the competition, which draws dozens of town criers from around the world.

Whyman is also the honorary town crier for the annual Sackets Harbor Can Am Festival. Todd Moe spoke with him about winning his third world title.

You can also hear him cry forth his official proclamation of welcome to Kingston, Ontario.  Go to full article
Don Foote brought the Port Henry Diner, first built in the 1920s, back to life. Photo: Brian Mann
Don Foote brought the Port Henry Diner, first built in the 1920s, back to life. Photo: Brian Mann

This Port Henry diner was a moveable feast

A lot of times when we talk about the North Country's architectural heritage we're talking about great camps in the Adirondacks, or we're celebrating the fabulous brick buildings that anchor our small town main streets.

But in Port Henry, New York, in the Champlain Valley, there's a cool little diner that dates back to the 1920s. It was a mass-produced eatery built in Rochester and shipped to the North Country by rail and then drawn by a team of horses.

For more than half a century the diner has survived, sometimes open for business, sometimes sitting empty.

Now the eatery is back in action and you can often find our Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann there eating breakfast or lunch.  Go to full article
Architect rendering:view from Lake Flower Avenue. Image: Lake Flower Lodging LLC
Architect rendering:view from Lake Flower Avenue. Image: Lake Flower Lodging LLC

Saranac Lake residents divided over hotel development

Public opinion is still split over a controversial hotel project proposed for the Village of Saranac Lake. Lake Flower Lodging wants to build a 93-room, four-story hotel on the lake's shoreline, but the project first needs village approval for a zoning change.

The village Planning Board held a public comment session on the project last week that drew a crowd of nearly 100 people to the Harrietstown Town Hall.  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo hosts 2014 Bassmaster Governor's Challenge on Owasco Lake in the Finger Lakes. Photo: NY Governor's Office
Governor Cuomo hosts 2014 Bassmaster Governor's Challenge on Owasco Lake in the Finger Lakes. Photo: NY Governor's Office

NY fishing touted in new TV tourism ads

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's finest fishing waters from Long Island to the Thousand Islands are featured in a TV tourism ad unveiled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the weekend.

Cuomo was in the Finger Lakes hosting the Bassmaster Governor's Challenge on Owasco Lake while the Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament was taking place on Cayuga Lake. It was one of a series of tourism promotional events held by Cuomo around the state, which have included snowmobiling in Tug Hill and whitewater rafting in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article
A shelf of chachkes at Candy Cottage in Old Forge, NY. Photo: Natasha Haverty
A shelf of chachkes at Candy Cottage in Old Forge, NY. Photo: Natasha Haverty

In Old Forge, can bears stay wild and coexist with humans?

The hamlet of Old Forge sees huge numbers of tourists this time every year. Many people come from all over the country to have their annual wilderness experience, along with all the creature comforts of Old Forge's main street.

But for years, residents of Old Forge and wildlife experts have been working to strike a balance with tourists: how to let humans have their fun but keep the wild animals of the Adirondack park like bears, wild, without turning any of that tourism away.  Go to full article
Built by Frederick Bourne, Singer Castle on Dark Island was completed in the fall of 1905. Photo: Todd Moe
Built by Frederick Bourne, Singer Castle on Dark Island was completed in the fall of 1905. Photo: Todd Moe

What's it like to manage a real castle?

One of the must-see historic landmarks on the St. Lawrence River celebrates its tenth anniversary as a tourist destination this summer. Singer Castle on Dark Island was built by Frederick Bourne during the Gilded Age in the early twentieth century.

Over the decades it has been a hunting lodge, private home, and religious retreat before being restored and opened for tours in 2004. Todd Moe stopped by for a visit this summer and had a chat with the general manager of the castle. Tom Weldon oversees all 30,000 square feet of Singer Castle including its 28 rooms, 10 fireplaces, eight bathrooms, towers, turrets, and secret passageways.  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 of "Island Dave" Beatty, who manages and patrols the area for the city of Brockville. David Sommerstein produced this Heard Up North, which first aired in August 2013.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saratoga_National_Historical_Park#mediaviewer/File:SaratogaHistoricParkSign.JPG">Upstate NYer</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Upstate NYer, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Saratoga Battlefield gets $750K grant for upgrades

STILLWATER, N.Y. (AP) Saratoga National Historical Park has received a $750,000 grant to upgrade and re-design outdoor exhibits that have been in place since the 1960s and '70s.

Officials say the funds from the National Park Service for a comprehensive wayside rehabilitation plan will be used to improve more than 60 exhibits dotting the 10-mile scenic road that winds through the park, also known as Saratoga Battlefield.  Go to full article
Victory signs have been posted by supporters of the Adirondack Club and Resort in Tupper Lake since the July court ruling that validated the resort's permits.  But the legal fight may not be over.  Photo:  Brian Mann
Victory signs have been posted by supporters of the Adirondack Club and Resort in Tupper Lake since the July court ruling that validated the resort's permits. But the legal fight may not be over. Photo: Brian Mann

Activists appeal Big Tupper resort court decision

Two environmental groups and "a neighboring landowner" in Tupper Lake say they'll appeal a sweeping decision issued last month by a state court that upheld state permits for the Adirondack Club and Resort project.

In a statement issued late Monday afternoon, Protect the Adirondacks and the Sierra Club announced that they will challenge a unanimous vote by the state appellate court upholding state permits for the massive development.  Go to full article

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