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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
The Bessera family, fishing on the Ogdensburg waterfront.
The Bessera family, fishing on the Ogdensburg waterfront.

Heard Up North: Fishing on the Dock of the River

With summer in full force, or at least as full as it's going to get this year, it's fishing time. Some vacationers visiting their grandparents in Ogdensburg took time to fish on the banks of the St. Lawrence for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article

Common Wealth, Common Wisdom: "These hands have..."

Last week, some North Country teenagers and senior citizens gathered to talk about life and labor in hard times. It's part of a summer workshop at NCPR called Common Wealth, Common Wisdom. We'll be hearing and seeing more from them over the next few weeks. For today, teens and seniors asked each other to tell stories about their hands.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: A Japanese card game in Massena

Go to the Massena Public Library on the first and third Saturdays of any month, and you'll find teenagers dueling, Yu Gi Oh style. Yu Gi Oh is a trading card game based on Japanese anime cartoons. It's like a Dungeons and Dragons for a new generation. James Roscha sponsors the regular tournaments. He and one of his Yu Gi Oh proteges are the subjects of today's Heard Up North. Sarah Minor produced this story.  Go to full article
Clarkson students Michael Gately, Tracy Roux, Max Edmands, with their adviser, Prof. Andrea Ferro.
Clarkson students Michael Gately, Tracy Roux, Max Edmands, with their adviser, Prof. Andrea Ferro.

Clarkson students host "green jobs" panel

Tonight in Potsdam, residents will join a national dialogue on climate change and the clean energy economy. "Focus the Nation" includes more than 100 town hall meetings organized by youth activists. The Potsdam event is tonight at 6:30 in the high school auditorium. It will feature a panel of energy efficiency experts and local business leaders. It was organized by students at Clarkson University. Tracy Roux, Max Edmands, and Michael Gately spoke with David Sommerstein. They say the focus of the discussion is sustainable economic development and green jobs.  Go to full article

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