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Photo: Martha Foley
Photo: Martha Foley

The put-and-take of pheasant hunting

Every once in a while, you catch a glimpse of a pheasant along a roadside.
It was almost certainly put there, or nearby, by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

You've heard of fish hatcheries and stocking, but New York State also hatches and stocks pheasants each year. They're bred in Ithaca, at the state's last remaining pheasant farm. The Reynolds Game Farm ships some 30,000 adult birds all over the state at this time of year.

WRVO's Joyce Gramza follows some of the birds from farm to field to learn more about the program.  Go to full article
Band director Glenn Roberts leads the Lisbon Marching Band through practice
Band director Glenn Roberts leads the Lisbon Marching Band through practice

Marching into summer?playing the music of the season

July 4th festivities mean summer has finally arrived. And--in addition to sunny, hot days and fresh food from the garden--it's also the season of marching bands. The music and parades are part of North Country tradition.

In some school districts, the music stopped in the mid-1980s. Budgets tightened and marching bands were cut. But in the rural, St Lawrence County district of Lisbon, parents and students missed it.

A few years ago, they raised more than $10,000, found a director and once again struck up the band. Jonathan Brown stopped by on a Saturday early in the practice season.  Go to full article

Opera takes Carthage teen to stage of Kennedy Center

A teenager from the tiny Jefferson County town of Carthage will soon step onto one of the nation's biggest stages. Gabrielle LaBare was selected to sing opera and other choral arrangements in the National Honor Ensembles at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

She'll take the stage with other student musicians, representing 35 states. The National Association for Music Education considers LaBare and the other performers the best in the United States.

Even though she's only 16, LaBare told Jonathan Brown she's been singing quite a while.  Go to full article

Judge grants new trial in malpractice case

A federal judge has ordered a new trial for a Saranac Lake pediatrician who was found guilty of negligence in an $11 million malpractice case. U.S. Northern District Court Judge Lawrence Kahn granted a motion for a retrial from lawyers for Dr. Patricia Monroe and Adirondack Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, a Saranac Lake medical practice. Last summer, a jury found Monroe failed to take steps to prevent two young girls from being repeatedly sexually assaulted by their older half-brother. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Canton high school senior enters legislature race

We're in the time of year when political hopefuls come out of the woodwork to announce their candidacies. 2010 will be an especially active year in the North Country, with offices in Washington, Albany, and many county seats open or vulnerable. In St. Lawrence County, all 15 legislative seats are up for re-election. You'll hear more about the candidates and the issues in the coming weeks and months. But we were interested in a Canton High School senior who announced his candidacy this week, for a county legislature seat being vacated by Tedra Cobb. Our news intern, Chelsea Ross, went to the press conference.  Go to full article
The Olympic Center in downtown Lake Placid
The Olympic Center in downtown Lake Placid

Lake Placid thinks the Winter Youth Olympic games may be a perfect fit

Officials in Lake Placid are considering a bid to host the Winter Youth Olympic Games, a smaller scale version of the Olympics featuring world-class teenage athletes. The village's prospects received a high-profile boost just last month when village leaders traveled to Lausanne, Switzerland for a summit with officials from other Olympic cities and the International Olympic Committee.

While the traditional Olympics, like the Winter Games taking place in February in Vancouver, have grown substantially since Lake Placid hosted the 1980 Winter Olympics, local officials say the Youth Olympics may be just the right fit for the community. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: canvassing for a campaign

Underpinning a campaign's big (or little) media buys are the foot soldiers--people who make the phone calls, stuff the envelopes, distribute the campaign signs. Martha Foley met one of the rank-and-file on a rural road outside Canton this week, a young canvasser going door-to-door for the Democrats. He's today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article

Common Wealth, Common Wisdom, pt.3: looking the Great Depression in the mirror

Each Monday this month, we're featuring new features from our Common Wealth, Common Wisdom project. North Country teens paired with senior citizens to explore the concept of entrepreneurship during the Great Depression, and today's Great Recession. When Chelsea Ross went across the street to interview her 90-year-old neighbor, Bill Cullen, she expected to hear some stories about working hard as a kid in the Great Depression era. She expected to get a 'how to' guide for surviving today's recession. What she got instead was different. What she got was a weird mirror on her life from 70 years before.  Go to full article
A north country grange hall like the one Ann and Roger Huntley used to dance in
A north country grange hall like the one Ann and Roger Huntley used to dance in

Common Wealth, Common Wisdom, pt.1: The Huntleys

Today we begin a four-part series of stories from the youth producers of our Common Wealth, Common Wisdom project. Each Monday this month, we'll hear from a teen and a senior pairing, exploring the concept of entrepreneurship during the Great Depression, and today's Great Recession. This morning, producer Jennifer Sibert brings us the story of the Huntleys, who just celebrated their 50th anniversary. They say that behind every hard working man is an even harder working woman. Behind Roger Huntley, who just retired after four decades as an auctioneer, is the tireless and indominable Ann Huntley. Roger and Ann take us back to the day they met, through a lifetime of collaboration on the farm and under the auction tent.  Go to full article
Jason Clark at "I-98" central in Massena.
Jason Clark at "I-98" central in Massena.

"Rooftop highway": new cheerleader and fresh coat of paint

Like the fabled Lake Champlain monster, every few years an old debate rises to the surface of the North Country's political scene. The idea of a four-lane highway across the top of New York State, from Watertown to Plattsburgh, has near-mythical status today. It would take anywhere from $2 to 4 billion dollars and decades to build. It would almost certainly spark strong opposition. Still, the rooftop highway is taking some baby steps forward. It may get new federal money. It has a new name. And it has a new, energetic figurehead. David Sommerstein has this profile.  Go to full article

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