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Clinton, farmers critical of Canadian trade equity

Canada may be our closest metropolitan market, but it's a tough one to access for New York farmers. That's according to a report released Thursday by Senator Hillary Clinton's office, and coauthored by the New York State Apple Association and other farm lobby groups. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Poetry: Friends are like vegetables

It's harvest season. Earlier this year we began a string of conversations and stories about gardening and art. We visited a West Potsdam gardener and artist on her farm - one of many places in the North Country where everything comes together--nature and art. And in November, we'll meet a Massena man who turns sweet potatoes into art. Max Coots is Minister Emeritus at the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Canton. He's also a sculptor, gardener and poet. He's the author of a poem about the joy of friends and the garden harvest.  Go to full article
"La Sylphide" at the Plattsburgh Wal-Mart featured 6 dancers and a bagpiper
"La Sylphide" at the Plattsburgh Wal-Mart featured 6 dancers and a bagpiper

Ballet and bagpipes at the bigbox

Shoppers at Plattsburgh's Wal-Mart got more than bargains this summer. Dancers in tutus and kilts entertained in the parking lot, and shoppers became an unexpected audience. The annual event, where classical ballet meets everyday life, has become legendary. Todd Moe meets the choreographers and dancers.  Go to full article
Captain Honk hits the shoreline on Pillar Point, and displays his latest fish art made from coconuts and seashells
Captain Honk hits the shoreline on Pillar Point, and displays his latest fish art made from coconuts and seashells

The Joy of Junk: Beachcombing with Captain Honk

You've heard the phrase "one person's trash is another's treasure". A North Country angler and artist who spends most of his time on Lake Ontario turns junk found along the shoreline into fish sculptures. It's just one of the hobbies that keeps Tom Bintz, "Captain Honk", busy as he divides his time between fishing, travel, art and demolition derby competitions from the North Country to the Florida Keys. Todd Moe tagged along on trash-to-treasure hunt a couple of summers ago.  Go to full article

Local justice scrutinized in North Country

Town and village judges hold a lot of power over the people who come before their courts. They can send people to jail or levy fines. But a New York Times report published this week found widespread examples of incompetence and improper behavior, especially here in the North Country. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Anneke and Ryan Larrance
Anneke and Ryan Larrance

StoryCorps: A career in humanitarian aid

Conversation by conversation, interview by interview, StoryCorps is collecting the stories and voices of our time. At permanent StoryCorps booths in New York and mobile booths traveling the country, history is being captured daily. In July, when a StoryCorps mobile booth stopped in Canton, its visitors included Anneke Larrance, who interviewed her son, Ryan, about his career as a humanitarian aid worker.  Go to full article

Faso and Spitzer debate in Ithaca

Both candidates got their shots in during last night's gubernatorial debate. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Patricia Towne (r) and Ann Fillhart
Patricia Towne (r) and Ann Fillhart

StoryCorps: Growing up Non-Native American among the Mohawks

StoryCorps is an oral history project based on the idea that the stories of everyday people are the most important and interesting of all. Each week NCPR brings you a story from StoryCorps' visit to the North Country earlier this summer. This week Patricia Towne, who now lives in Florida, talks with her daughter Ann Fillhart from Lacona, New York.  Go to full article
Michael Swamp (r) & son Nolan
Michael Swamp (r) & son Nolan

StoryCorps: Mohawk ironworker remembers 9/11

Inside soundproof booths across the country, friends and loved ones are interviewing each other about their lives. The booths belong to StoryCorps, a project that collects the stories of everyday people in order to create an oral history of America. One of these mobile recording studios was in Canton earlier this summer and among its visitors were Michael Swamp and his son, Nolan, from the Akwesasne Mohawk Reservation. Michael is the business manager for Ironworkers Local 440 and he talked with his son about the job and the important role ironworkers played five years ago in lower Manhattan.  Go to full article
Atlantic Crossing: Viveka Fox, Peter Macfarlane, Brian Perkins and Rick Klein
Atlantic Crossing: Viveka Fox, Peter Macfarlane, Brian Perkins and Rick Klein

Battle of Plattsburgh heroes inspire new music

Battle of Plattsburgh commemorative events are underway this week in Plattsburgh and nearby communities. Last Thursday night, Atlantic Crossing, a Vermont English and Contra dance band performed live during "Open Studio", NCPR's monthly arts program. Fiddler Viveka Fox introduces the tune "MacDonough's Fleet", which pays tribute to some unsung heroes.  Go to full article

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