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I’m not sure how often big structures get blown up in this region, or if that’s the sort of thing you’ll go out of your way to watch. But if explosive change strikes you as a marvel of ingenuity, than Ottawa’s Central...
Canada’s 147th “birthday” was a hot one. So when I saw that Oxford Mills was hosting their small-town celebration at Maplewood Park, I knew where I wanted to be. It was sweet. Free music under stately maples, thick...
  A really big case was decided by Canada’s Supreme Court on Thursday. How big? Well, most news coverage is using words like “historic precedent”, “landmark” and “game changer”. First Nation leaders are...
After 15 years of detailed work, researchers have unveiled a unique new Atlas of Canada’s Far North. Pan Inuit Trails, documents and maps traditional place names and travel routes over land and sea. Last week’s release may seem to...
This past Monday the Canadian government announced its pick for the design of a planned National Holocaust Monument, scheduled to open in the fall of 2015. As reported by Tom Spears in the Ottawa Citizen, …the monument is a gaunt...


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The Adirondack Attic
Andy Flynn uses the objects people make, use, and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region.
Audio Series
StoryCorps in the North Country: North Country residents have shared their stories with this national oral history project during visits to the region in 2006 and in 2008.
Masons
Audio Slideshow:
Upper Canada Village welcomes addition
Lucy Martin reports on the newest addition to Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, Ontario--the Ancient Brethren Lodge.
Watson's Mill
Slideshow:
Old mill requires old skills
Lucy Martin returns to Watson's Mill in Manotick, Ontario to see how old millstones can be made new again, and learn about other vanishings arts of the miller's trade.
Stoddard photo
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Anique North Country Postcards
Jon Kopp, a former state forester who owns an antique store in Tupper Lake, has set out to collect thousands of vintage North Country postcards. He shares his collection with Brian Mann.
Country Schoolhouse
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No Bigger Than a Piano Box: a North Country Schoolhouse in 1893
By historian Betsy Kepes. Based on the 1893 diary of a North Country schoolteacher. A Women's History Month special. Teacher's guide and CD available.
Lock Wheel
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Canada's Rideau Canal hits 175th anniversary
The Rideau Canal is a manmade waterway connecting Kingston to Ottawa. Lucy Martin was in scenic Merrickville for one of the year’s many 175th anniversary celebrations.
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Volunteers keep Watson's Mill alive
Watson's Mill opened for business in 1860 on the Rideau River in Manotick. It comes alive in the summer — full of the noise of water, turbines, grindstones, and people. Lucy Martin followed two modern enthusiasts who help keep it all turning.
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Mining in Lyon Mountain
Brian Mann talks with author Lawrence Gooley about the hard and dangerous history of mining at Lyon Mountain.
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Flower Library Gets Facelift
Todd Moe tours an Art Nouveau gem, Flower Memorial Library in Watertown, as it undergoes renovation in its centennial year.
La Duchesse
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Aboad La Duchesse in Clayton
La Duchesse is a 110-foot Gilded Age treasure that's become the crown jewel of the Antique Boat Museum's collection in Clayton. Todd Moe tours the historic houseboat.
Audio Slideshow
King's Garden at Ft. Ticonderoga
1920s landscape architect Marion Coffin designed a pleasure garden for the Pell family's summer home, the Pavillion, at Fort Ticonderoga. It was neglected and almost forgotten until, about ten years ago, workers began to restore the garden to Coffin's plan. Todd Moe takes a tour.
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A Look Inside Temple Beth Joseph, Tupper Lake
Beth Joseph Synagogue in Tupper Lake is the oldest synagogue in the Adirondacks. Built in 1905, its origins stem from the late 1800s, when Jewish immigrants from Russia and eastern Europe arrived in America. It had been closed up for decades when a summer resident asked to take a look inside. What she found was a national treasure.
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Audio Slideshow
St. William's on Long Point
In the late 1800s, St. William's was the parish church for Raquette Lake and served many of the Irish and French-Canadian Catholics who were the early pioneers on the Lake. Today, it's a seasonal camp and cultural center, accessible only by boat. Todd Moe visited during restoration work.
The King and Queen
Slideshow
Cape Vincent French Festival 2005
In the early 1600s, French settlers came to the eastern end of Lake Ontario. Much of northern Jefferson County traces descent from them and Cape Vincent holds an annual French Festival to celebrate the heritage. David Sommerstein was on hand and sends this audio postcard.
House of Healing
Audio Slideshow
Saving Sackets Harbor's Historic House of Healing
A group of history buffs wants to restore the old Stone Hospital at Madison Barracks as a military heritage center and cornerstone for restoration work. Todd Moe has more.
Stoddard photo
Audio Slideshow
Following Photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard
In the late 1800s, photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard captured some of the most iconic scenes in north country Now another Glens Falls native, Mark Bowie, has spent two years photographing the exact same scenes.
Farm equipment repair
Slideshow
The School of Agriculture, Canton NY
SUNY Canton started life as The School of Agriculture in 1906. This slideshow is part of a display from the school archives presented at the Third Annual Symposium on Education, Environment and Economic Vitality in April 2005.
Audio Slideshow
A Walking Tour of Sackets Harbor: Battlefield, Bay and Barracks
Todd Moe tours historic Sackets Harbor, one of five villages hosting Seaway Trail Walks this summer.
Photo Audio Essay
Children's Camps in the Adirondacks
The Adirondack Museum opens today for the summer season. A major new exhibition looks at the history of the region's summer camps.
Audio Slideshow
Music Hall Restoration in Heuvelton
A group of residents and historians in Heuvelton is trying to preserve Pickens Hall, one of the oldest buildings in the village. And the building's restoration has sparked a renewed interest in the career of Bessie Abott, a granddaughter of the original owner of Pickens Hall. Bessie took the opera world by storm in the early 1900s. Todd Moe reports.
Audio Slideshow
Napoleon's Brother in the North Country
David Sommerstein visits the historic Benton House in the town of Oxbow in Jefferson County, the former home of Joseph Bonaparte's extramarital daughter.
Photo/Audio Essay
Inside Dark Island's Castle
On the St. Lawrence River near Chippewa Bay, a representative for the buyers of Dark Island and its historic castle gave David Sommerstein a peek of what visitors could see as early as next summer.
Audio Series
Leonora Barry: First Voice for Working Women
North Country Public Radio presents an extraordinary profile of one of the unsung heroes in the history of the struggle for the rights of working women in America.
Audio Series
Ice Storm '98: A Retrospective
This retrospective looks back on Ice Storm '98 through the sounds and stories we all shared during those three weeks of disasterand community.
The series of original clam shell doorways at the South Boathouse at Singer Castle.  Photo:  Todd Moe
The series of original clam shell doorways at the South Boathouse at Singer Castle. Photo: Todd Moe

Soundscape: the closest thing to a drawbridge at Singer Castle

During a visit to Singer Castle on the St. Lawrence River this week, Todd Moe got a chance to explore some of the rooms, towers and secret passageways in the century-old stone structure on Dark Island. It was built as a private retreat for the Bourne family during the Gilded Age. Today, it's open to the public for tours, weddings and overnight stays.

Tom Weldon, president of Dark Island Tours, which manages the castle, was eager to explain some of its features, including a set of clam shell doors at the main visitors' entrance. Original doors that consist of two panels that open vertically. Vintage doors with a vintage sound...  Go to full article
A Jet Commander, the type of plane that crashed into Lake Champlain in 1971.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_commander#mediaviewer/File:Air_Sweden_IAI_1124.jpg">Felix Goetting</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Bid to solve mystery of Lake Champlain jet crash

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New technology is being brought to bear on the 43-year-old mystery of a private jet carrying five people that went missing after leaving a Vermont airport and is believed to have crashed in Lake Champlain.

New York and Vermont state police will be putting divers and high-resolution sonar into the lake starting Friday to search for any sign of the 10-seat Jet Commander that disappeared on the snowy night of Jan. 27, 1971 during a flight from Burlington, Vermont, to Providence, Rhode Island.  Go to full article
Homes in the village of Chateaugay. The prison there will close on July 26th. Photo: Natasha Haverty

How prison closures could be a good thing for the North Country

This week we visited the town of Chateaugay, and heard from people there about what's it been like to lose their local prison.

Over the past year, the community fought to keep the Chateaugay Correctional Facility open, organizing rallies at home and with legislators in Albany, arguing that the state would be turning its back on Chateaugay if it went forward with its plans to mothball the prison.  Go to full article
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...  Go to full article
Archival photo of the Lyons Falls mill. Photo courtesy of the Lyons Falls History Association

Demolition begins on Lyons Falls paper mill

Demolition and clean up began yesterday at the Lyons Falls Mill site in Lewis County.  Go to full article
Surrounded by Gerda Wikander's art, Jesse Bruchac shares new music on a  traditional Abenaki three-chamber flute at the Old Forge Libary.  Photo:  Todd Moe

A hundred years of more than books at the Old Forge Library

Poetry, music, art and cake were part of a celebration marking the centennial of the Old Forge Library yesterday. The library also threw a 100th birthday party for artist...  Go to full article

"Tahawus Memories" brings vanished mining town back to life

Seventy-nine-year-old Leonard Gereau asked his former neighbors at the once-vibrant mining town of Tahawus to dig through their attics. So they did. And they found hundreds...  Go to full article
SUNY Potsdam students use trowels and brushes to gently excavate soil and peel through layers of history along the Raquette River in Potsdam. Photo: Todd Moe

SUNY Potsdam students dig into history along the Raquette River

Student archaeologists excavating a site along the Raquette River in Potsdam have unearthed pieces of prehistoric Native American pottery, stone tools and part of a spear tip...  Go to full article
C-45 with U.S. Air Force markings. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/multiplyleadership/6086672220">Mark Jones Jr.</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Explorers find 1952 US plane wreck in Lake Ontario

OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) Underwater explorers say they've found the wreck of a U.S. Air Force twin-engine plane that crashed into Lake Ontario more than 60 years ago.

The...  Go to full article
Julia Mackey as Jake  Photo: Tim Matheson

Theatre Review: "Jake's Gift" at the Thousand Islands Playhouse

For more than 6 years, actor/playwright Julia Mackey has been traveling across Canada to perform "Jake's Gift." Most recently the show was translated and Julia learned...  Go to full article

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