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Mark Valley
Mark Valley

Hollywood star returns to his Ogdensburg roots for Founder's Weekend

Hollywood actor Mark Valley returns to his hometown this Saturday and Sunday for Founder's Weekend, Ogdensburg's French and Indian War re-enactment and colonial trade fair on the site of Fort La Presentation on Lighthouse Point. Valley is vice president of the Fort La Presentation Association, and an active supporter of the association's efforts to reconstruct the fort.

NCPR is media sponsor for the weekend, which commemorates Ogdensburg's French colonial history from the founding of the fort in 1749, to the 1760 Battle of the Thousand Islands fought on the St. Lawrence.

Land and water battles by re-enactors from the U.S. and Canada will be featured in the Saturday and Sunday program. The 18th-century style armed schooner La Revenante will join the fray on the water and be open to deck tours for Founder's Day visitors.

Mark Valley is a graduate of West Point, a former military service member and is active with several veterans advocacy groups. He told Todd Moe that he's also interested in the history of the North Country and the St. Lawrence River.  Go to full article
Bob Noody (second from right), a bazooka man from Fox Company, 101st Airborne, on the night of June 5, 1944. Waiting for the C-47 to take off on the eve of D-Day.   Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/brevort/6035219135/">Doug Barber</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.
Bob Noody (second from right), a bazooka man from Fox Company, 101st Airborne, on the night of June 5, 1944. Waiting for the C-47 to take off on the eve of D-Day. Photo: Doug Barber, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

Star Lake D-Day vet remembers: "scared stiff"

This Friday marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy during World War Two. Now a dwindling band of brothers, D-Day veterans -- in their late 80's and 90's -- will pause to remember the day with solemn reflection.

Star Lake veteran Robert Noody was a paratrooper on the eve of the D-Day invasion. He recently returned to France and was awarded the Legion of Honour, France's highest medal for military conduct. Noody is also the recipient of two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, and is featured in an iconic D-Day photograph. Todd Moe spoke with him just before his return trip to England and northern France. Noody, 90, shared memories of the night the photo was taken, parachuting into France and tributes to his fallen comrades.  Go to full article
Soldiers in the River Hospital program created these "PTSD masks", now on display at the Antique Boat Museum. Photo: David Sommerstein
Soldiers in the River Hospital program created these "PTSD masks", now on display at the Antique Boat Museum. Photo: David Sommerstein

St. Lawrence River as therapy for Ft. Drum soldiers with PTSD

A new collaboration in the Thousand Islands will allow Fort Drum soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder to harness the healing qualities of the St. Lawrence River.

River Hospital in Alexandria Bay runs the nation's first outpatient therapy program for active-duty servicemen and women. 30 soldiers, many of them veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, spend every weekday at the hospital. They use group therapy and art therapy to learn to cope with the after effects of war.

Now the soldiers will display their art work at the Antique Boat Museum in nearby Clayton.  Go to full article
Jefferson County legislative chairwoman Carolyn Fitzpatrick looks on as Sen. Charles Schumer speaks in Watertown Wednesday. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Jefferson County legislative chairwoman Carolyn Fitzpatrick looks on as Sen. Charles Schumer speaks in Watertown Wednesday. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Schumer: Ft. Drum shouldn't "come within a whiff" of Army cuts

New York Senator Chuck Schumer says he's not afraid to use his political might to protect Fort Drum from cuts to the military budget. Schumer held a press conference at Watertown city hall Wednesday as the Pentagon prepares to axe up to 100,000 U.S. Army troops.  Go to full article
David Crane, professor of practice at Syracuse University's College of Law, is helping to build legal cases against the worst actors in the Syrian civil war. Photo: Daily Orange, Syracuse University
David Crane, professor of practice at Syracuse University's College of Law, is helping to build legal cases against the worst actors in the Syrian civil war. Photo: Daily Orange, Syracuse University

Syracuse prof building case against Syrian human rights abusers

A few weeks ago, David Crane got a call. The Syracuse University law professor was asked to join a team who would be examining a collection of tens of thousands of gruesome photographs.

They appeared to show widespread torture and killings at detention facilities run by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's government.  Go to full article
Kat Evans plays non-traditional student, and combat veteran, Erika Bird, in "Nontraditional". Still from film courtesy Clarkson University
Kat Evans plays non-traditional student, and combat veteran, Erika Bird, in "Nontraditional". Still from film courtesy Clarkson University

Struggles of female warrior in Potsdam-made feature film

Tonight at the Roxy Theater, a new full-length film with a mostly North Country cast makes its local premiere. "Nontraditional" was filmed almost entirely in Potsdam and on the Clarkson University campus.

It's the fictional story of a female combat veteran struggling to return to civilian life. The story is based on interviews directors Brian Hauser and Christina Xydias did with female veterans. It's also based on Hauser's personal experiences as an Army veteran.

Listen to an interview with writer/director Hauser and co-producer Xydias. Hauser told David Sommerstein the main character is 26 year-old Erika Bird. She was a military police officer in Afghanistan and Iraq. And now she's returning home to get a college degree.

The film has its local premiere tonight at 7:15 at the Roxy Theater in Potsdam.  Go to full article
SUNY Canton Assistant Librarian Michael Magilligan interviews Otis E. Van Horne, Canton, a 1942 graduate and former SUNY Canton instructor, about his experiences serving during World War II.  Photo: Greg Kie
SUNY Canton Assistant Librarian Michael Magilligan interviews Otis E. Van Horne, Canton, a 1942 graduate and former SUNY Canton instructor, about his experiences serving during World War II. Photo: Greg Kie

War stories: SUNY Canton's veterans' living history project

SUNY Canton will pay tribute to North Country World War II veterans with a Living History Ceremony Friday night in advance of Veterans Day. Todd Moe talks with librarian Mike Magilligan, who spent the past year recording stories from the Second World War. It's part of a larger project to collect oral histories from veterans in the region.  Go to full article
R. H. Thomson
R. H. Thomson

An actor's response to remembering a world war

Next year marks the centennial of the start of World War I, and a Canadian actor/director is in the midst of planning an international event for the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

R.H. Thomson is perhaps best known as Jasper Dale in the Canadian televison series, Road to Avonlea. Recently, he played Alexander in the Thousand Islands Playhouse production of No Great Mischief.

In 2008, Thomson co-created the 1914-1918 Vigil, a project that saw the names of more than 68,000 Canadians who died during the war projected onto memorials and buildings across Canada.

Todd Moe spoke with him about creating a multi-national WWI centenary project called "The World Remembers," which Thomson calls a unique, powerful effort that speaks to younger generations.

Over the past two years, Thomson has visited government officials and war archives across Europe. His goal is a collective remembrance of all the war dead.  Go to full article
U.S. Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh)
U.S. Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh)

Owens welcomes "rational alternative" to military strikes in Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Geneva for talks with his Russian counterpart on a plan to secure and destroy Syrian chemical weapons.

The U.S.-Russia talks may offer a way to avoid U.S. strikes against the Syrian government for a chemical attack on civilians the U.S. blames on Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The talks ease the pressure on Congress to weigh in on possible military action against the Assad regime.

North Country Congressman Bill Owens welcomes the potential change in direction.  Go to full article
A missile interceptor site in Alaska. Photo: U.S. Army. Some rights reserved.
A missile interceptor site in Alaska. Photo: U.S. Army. Some rights reserved.

Ft. Drum shortlisted for missile site that may never be built

The Department of Defense is including Fort Drum near Watertown as one of five sites to be studied for a new East Coast missile defense program. Local officials hailed the decision. But as David Sommerstein reports, the Pentagon itself says it has no money to build the site.  Go to full article

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