Jul 17, 2014 — 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
Star Lake, NY, Jun 04, 2014 — 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
May 21, 2014 — 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
Mar 20, 2014 — 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... Go to full article
Potsdam, NY, Nov 11, 2013 — 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... Go to full article
Nov 07, 2013 — 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... Go to full article
Toronto, ON, Nov 06, 2013 — 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... Go to full article