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Book donations arrived from around the country.
Book donations arrived from around the country.

From despair to repair: Wells library reopens Saturday

An Adirondack community welcomes the return of its library this weekend, after months of repair work. The doors of the Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay will reopen on Saturday as part of a day-long celebration. Five months ago, heavy flooding damaged the library after Hurricane Irene.

The library's board president, Marie-Anne Azar Ward, says flood waters ruined a majority of the library's books, and nearly all the children's collection was destroyed.

Azar Ward says the community rolled-up its collective sleeves and went to work repairing the 106-year old building. The re-opening celebration, with music and food, starts at 1 o'clock Saturday afternoon.  Go to full article

Preview: "Agnes of God" at Whallonsburg Grange

The crew and actors of "Agnes of God" will donate all the proceeds from two performances this week to the Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay. The library was one of many cultural venues that suffered flood damage in the aftermath of tropical storm Irene last month. "Agnes of God" will be performed Wednesday and Thursday nights (7 pm) at the Whallonsburg Grange and the cast includes local actors Kathleen Recchia, Leslie Dame and Clare Paulson. Todd Moe spoke with the show's producer, Karen Lewis, about the benefit performances this week.  Go to full article
Ed Chartrand
Ed Chartrand

A life of "witching water"

The talent for finding water with a forked twig goes back centuries. Despite scientific ridicule, water witches still flourish today. Ed Chartrand, of Harrisville, has helped hundreds of people in the North Country find the best location to dig wells by finding water veins using a freshly cut crotched stick. He's being honored with a North Country Heritage Award from Traditional Arts in Upstate New York this Sunday. Todd Moe has this profile.  Go to full article

Wells teen awarded Carnegie heroes medal

A southern Adirondack teenager is among the nearly two dozen people awarded Carnegie medals for heroism. 17-year-old Chloe Van Alstine of Wells helped save William Trainor from drowning last November. She tells Todd Moe more about that day.  Go to full article

Four dead, three injured at group home fire in Hamilton County

Four elderly residents died at a group home in Hamilton County on Saturday following an early morning fire. The blaze struck the Riverview home in the town of Wells, which is operated by New York state. Two staff members and a fifth patient were also injured. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
Van Alstine's piece, "Rings of Unity - Circles of Inclusion"
Van Alstine's piece, "Rings of Unity - Circles of Inclusion"

Art fit for the Olympics

Keep a close eye on the summer Olympics coverage, not just for the athletes but the art, too. Two large, outdoor sculptures with ties to the Adirondacks are in Beijing's Olympic Sculpture Park. The stone and metal pieces are two of fifty outdoor sculptures on display. The exhibition aims to promote international cultural links. Stone sculptors John Van Alstine and Caroline Ramersdorfer visited Beijing last year to supervise the start of construction. Both have installed art in galleries and public spaces around the world. This time, they're among 50 people, 25 from China and 25 from elsewhere, displaying their artwork around Olympic venues. Todd Moe visited their southern Adirondack studio to find out what it's like for artists to make it to the Olympics.  Go to full article
John Van Alstine's metal and stone sculpture under construction in Beijing
John Van Alstine's metal and stone sculpture under construction in Beijing

Adk sculptor captures Olympic spirit

A stone artist from the south-central Adirondacks is preparing for next year's Olympics in China. John Van Alstine's sculpture is being built in Beijing for the 2008 summer games. His stone and metal piece will be one of fifty outdoor sculptures on display. The exhibition aims to promote international cultural links. Todd Moe talks with the Wells sculptor about his artwork. Van Alstine recently returned from a trip to Beijing to supervise the start of construction.  Go to full article

Election 2002 Assessment

Martha Foley talks with Bob Wells, a Democrat, Professor of Government at St. Lawrence University and Mayor of Canton for an assessment of last night's elections.  Go to full article

Report: Inconsistencies in Water Testing Nationally

A new report finds states don't measure water pollution in the same way and that makes it more difficult for the nation to identify its most polluted waters. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

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