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NCPR News Staff: Todd Moe

Morning Host and Producer
A native of rural Minnesota, Todd Moe grew up on a farm not far from mythical Lake Wobegon. He attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN; studied Speech/Theatre and Norwegian, and began his radio career as a student announcer at WCAL (2002 marks its 80th anniversary!).

Moe sings in the Potsdam Community Chorus, and hobbies include food, gardening, history and tango! He was a newscaster and reporter for Minnesota Public Radio for eight years. A favorite memory from that job was interviewing Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann. Moe and his partner, Paul Siskind, moved to the North Country in 1998. Siskind teaches at the Crane School of Music. E-mail

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This can be a good time to work a little extra compost into the garden to enrich soil exhausted by the growing season. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/bethness/10544820835/">beth h</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
This can be a good time to work a little extra compost into the garden to enrich soil exhausted by the growing season. Photo: beth h, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Giving the flower beds a boost this fall

It seems like there's always a list of garden chores. It's peak harvest season for vegetables, but if you're a flower enthusiast horticulturist Amy Ivy has some tips on applying compost to the perennial beds this season.

Spring is a busy time in the garden, so Todd Moe spoke with Amy Ivy about using compost this fall to reinvigorate the soil, and maybe consider dividing and rearranging some plants to give the garden a new, healthier look next spring.  Go to full article
One of the monarchs released Saturday at the Paul Smiths VIC rests on a Black-eyed Susan.  Photo:  Todd Moe
One of the monarchs released Saturday at the Paul Smiths VIC rests on a Black-eyed Susan. Photo: Todd Moe

Paul Smith's VIC bids "adios" to monarchs migrating south

About 40 guests and staff gathered at the butterfly house at the Paul Smith's Visitors Interpretive Center, the VIC, in Paul Smith's N.Y., for an end-of-the-season monarch butterfly send-off on Saturday.

Native Species Butterfly House manager Sue Grimm Hanley gave a presentation on monarch migration, and then released a small group of monarchs that were raised, from caterpillar to chrysalis to adult, at the VIC.

It's hoped that most of the monarchs will complete the 2,500 mile migration to Mexico. Next spring, their offspring will begin a multi-generational return trip to the northeast. Todd Moe spoke with Hanley about monarch migration and citizen scientist aspects of butterfly conservation.  Go to full article
Kingston's Town Crier (and Tourism Manager) Chris Whyman. Photo: Chris Whyman
Kingston's Town Crier (and Tourism Manager) Chris Whyman. Photo: Chris Whyman

Hear ye! Kingston's Town Crier wins world tournament

Kingston, Ontario has something to shout about. The city's official town crier, Chris Whyman, has taken the top spot at the World Town Crier Tournament in England.

Whyman traveled to Chester to participate in the competition, which draws dozens of town criers from around the world.

Whyman is also the honorary town crier for the annual Sackets Harbor Can Am Festival. Todd Moe spoke with him about winning his third world title.

You can also hear him cry forth his official proclamation of welcome to Kingston, Ontario.  Go to full article
15-year-old Wilson Burton-Fox at his hot-dog vending cart on Prescott's waterfront. Photo: Todd Moe
15-year-old Wilson Burton-Fox at his hot-dog vending cart on Prescott's waterfront. Photo: Todd Moe

Heard Up North: a summer of hot-dogs at Prescott's harbor

For some teenagers it's been a summer of camp counseling, babysitting, or mowing lawns. An Ontario teen is finding out food can be a direct path to some extra spending money. Uninterested in the typical summer jobs, 15-year-old Wilson Burton-Fox, of Prescott, says he and a friend tossed around ideas for employment and decided to pool their savings to buy a hot-dog vending cart.

He's spent the last few months selling hot-dogs and sausages along Prescott's waterfront to passing boaters, tourists, and a hungry theater crowd before a show at the nearby St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival.

Burton-Fox told Todd Moe he wants to join the Royal Canadian Air Force after high school. But even so, he says spending this summer outside socializing at the marina and selling sausages has been worth it.  Go to full article
Farmers, cooks, and food lovers will gather in Saranac Lake's Riverside Park on Saturday. Photo: Farm 2 Fork Festival
Farmers, cooks, and food lovers will gather in Saranac Lake's Riverside Park on Saturday. Photo: Farm 2 Fork Festival

All things local at "Farm 2 Fork" Festival in Saranac Lake

It's peak harvest season in the garden and Saranac Lake is celebrating fresh food and local farm abundance with its annual "Farm 2 Fork" Festival in Riverside Park this Saturday.

The event is a collaboration of the Adirondack Green Circle and the Ausable Valley Grange, with a mission to expand the support of local foods and local farms.

Todd Moe spoke with one of the organizers, Gail Brill, about what's new at the annual event. She says a bounty of locally produced food and drink is on the menu.  Go to full article
With the help of first year students, Aquil Virani created this year's triptych that includes an iconic view of St. Regis Mountain.
With the help of first year students, Aquil Virani created this year's triptych that includes an iconic view of St. Regis Mountain.

Paul Smiths College students collaborate on new art

Canadian artist Aquil Virani is on a mission to empower first year college students to feel confident and comfortable in their adopted campus homes.

Virani is back at Paul Smiths College again this week working on new art that was inspired by input from the college's new students. He helped create a collaborative triptych design last August. This year's community art project will be unveiled this afternoon.

Todd Moe talks with Montreal artist and graphic designer Aquil Virani, founder of the "We Are All Artists" Project, about revealing the artist in everyone and how art can bring people together.  Go to full article
Stars and constellations looking south. <a href="http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/pdfs/140826nightsky.pdf">Larger views</a>. Illustrations: Aileen O'Donoghue
Stars and constellations looking south. Larger views. Illustrations: Aileen O'Donoghue

The night sky in late summer

Late summer is a great time, on a clear night, to look into the middle of the Milky Way.

Todd Moe talks with St. Lawrence University astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue for a tour of other celestial delights in the late summer sky -- Mars and Saturn at night, and Venus and Jupiter in the early morning hours.  Go to full article
Bounty at the Canton Farmers' Market. Photo: David Sommerstein
Bounty at the Canton Farmers' Market. Photo: David Sommerstein

Farmstands, CSAs, farmers' markets bursting with flavor

It's the peak of the harvest season in gardens around the region. Amy Ivy joins Todd Moe for an update on what's coming out of the garden, on late blight and some tips for buying large quantities of produce from growers. Also, it's time to celebrate the harvest with market and local food festivals.

Amy Ivy is a horticulturist for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton and Essex Counties, and talks about gardening each Monday on NCPR.  Go to full article
Built by Frederick Bourne, Singer Castle on Dark Island was completed in the fall of 1905. Photo: Todd Moe
Built by Frederick Bourne, Singer Castle on Dark Island was completed in the fall of 1905. Photo: Todd Moe

What's it like to manage a real castle?

One of the must-see historic landmarks on the St. Lawrence River celebrates its tenth anniversary as a tourist destination this summer. Singer Castle on Dark Island was built by Frederick Bourne during the Gilded Age in the early twentieth century.

Over the decades it has been a hunting lodge, private home, and religious retreat before being restored and opened for tours in 2004. Todd Moe stopped by for a visit this summer and had a chat with the general manager of the castle. Tom Weldon oversees all 30,000 square feet of Singer Castle including its 28 rooms, 10 fireplaces, eight bathrooms, towers, turrets, and secret passageways.  Go to full article
Hardee T Lineham and Alex Poch-Goldin in a scene from "The Ugly One" at the Thousand Islands Playhouse.
Hardee T Lineham and Alex Poch-Goldin in a scene from "The Ugly One" at the Thousand Islands Playhouse.

Preview: "The Ugly One" at the Thousand Islands Playhouse

The summer theater season continues at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, Ontario with the dark comedy, "The Ugly One". Todd Moe talks with Ashlie Corcoran, artistic director of the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, Ontario, for a preview of the play. The show, about society's obsession with beauty and image, opened this week and continues into September.  Go to full article

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