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Janet Marie Yeates of Northville, NY at the 2013 Morristown Plein Air event.  Photo: Morristown Public Library
Janet Marie Yeates of Northville, NY at the 2013 Morristown Plein Air event. Photo: Morristown Public Library

Morristown Library invites artists to "plein air" event

The Morristown Public Library is inviting artists to its annual Plein Air Festival next week. Plein air means "in the open air" and is a popular summer event around the region.

Morristown is the birthplace and inspiration of artist Charles Chapman. Library director Bridget Whalen-Nevin is hoping artists and art lovers will follow in his footsteps from July 31st to August 3rd in and around Morristown.  Go to full article
"The Wind in the Islands" book launch is set for Wednesday, July 23rd from 5-7 pm at Cornwall Brothers Museum in Alexandria Bay.
"The Wind in the Islands" book launch is set for Wednesday, July 23rd from 5-7 pm at Cornwall Brothers Museum in Alexandria Bay.

Preview: "The Wind in the Islands" a new take on a classic children's novel

Generations of children have roamed the English countryside in the company of Rat, Mole, Toad, and Badger -- immortal animal pals in Kenneth Grahame's classic novel, The Wind in the Willows.

A Thousand Islands artist has created a North Country version of the book. Scott Ouderkirk grew up spending summers along the St. Lawrence River and has a hobby farm and studio near Hammond.

In his new adaptation, titled The Wind in the Islands, Mole and Rat have new adventures on the St. Lawrence in the Thousand Islands, with visits to familiar landmarks and historical river residents.  Go to full article
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
Mark Valley
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 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
The Moses-Saunders power dam near Massena. Photo: New York Power Authority
The Moses-Saunders power dam near Massena. Photo: New York Power Authority

St. Lawrence County towns seek more compensation from NYPA

Ever since the giant hydropower dam was erected across the St. Lawrence River 55 years ago, the towns that lost part of their riverfront have felt short-changed.

And even though the state agency that runs the dam has given the towns millions of dollars, those towns say they deserve more.

Negotiations have gone on for decades. The latest chapter ended last week when talks between the towns and the New York Power Authority broke down.  Go to full article
Green groups are hoping the new water levels plan improves wetlands along the St. Lawrence River. Photo: Jenni Werndorf
Green groups are hoping the new water levels plan improves wetlands along the St. Lawrence River. Photo: Jenni Werndorf

After decades, major breakthrough on water levels for Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence

Standing between Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River is a dam that a lot of people say operates under outdated rules.

The regulations for the Moses-Saunders Dam between Cornwall and Massena haven't changed since the 1950s. For over a decade, lawmakers and activists have said that the rules on water levels have harmed wetlands, fish and wildlife, and even the tourism economy.

They've tried and failed to find a way of reversing that damage. Last year, officials came up with a new concept, called Plan 2014. Yesterday the International Joint Commission unanimously endorsed it.  Go to full article
John Elwood Cook combines his visual art with music as a tribute to history and life along the St. Lawrence River. Photo: Todd Moe
John Elwood Cook combines his visual art with music as a tribute to history and life along the St. Lawrence River. Photo: Todd Moe

Thousand Islands artist John Elwood Cook documents river life

Thousand Islands artist and musician John Elwood Cook's passion is using art and music to document life along his favorite place -- the St. Lawrence River. He grew up on Wellesley Island and can trace his local family history back to the Revolutionary War era. Cook's visual art has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country. He's found a niche in combining his visual art with music. He collects vintage Gibson guitars and enjoys writing music about local history, people and places along the river.

His work is on display this summer as part of the annual Members' Juried Art Exhibit at the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg. It's sometimes a mix of watercolor, collage and even vintage fishing tackle.

On a recent brilliant spring day, he invited Todd Moe to visit his Wellesley Island home, with its amazing view of the river, to talk about his art, music and family history.  Go to full article
Summer life aboard the 72-foot brigantine <i>St. Lawrence II</i>, a training vessel out of Kingston, Ontario.  Photo:  Brigantine, Inc.
Summer life aboard the 72-foot brigantine St. Lawrence II, a training vessel out of Kingston, Ontario. Photo: Brigantine, Inc.

How a tall ship can teach sailing and life skills

Since the early 1950s, the Kingston, Ontario-based St. Lawrence II has set sail on Lake Ontario and along the St. Lawrence River. The tall ship is a sail-training vessel for teens that will spend much of its time this summer as the star attraction in War of 1812 commemorations. It'll be in Cape Vincent as part of the annual French Festival next month.

Dave More is education director for Brigantine, Inc., the group out of Kingston that runs the summer sail-training program. He told Todd Moe that serving aboard the 72-foot brigantine St. Lawrence II is more than hoisting sails and swabbing decks. More says the program celebrated its 60th anniversary last summer.  Go to full article
St. Regis Mohawk chiefs Ron LaFrance, Beverly Cook, and sub-chief Eric Thompson are hoping to build support for the land claim settlement among tribal members. Photo: David Sommerstein.
St. Regis Mohawk chiefs Ron LaFrance, Beverly Cook, and sub-chief Eric Thompson are hoping to build support for the land claim settlement among tribal members. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Mohawk chiefs: "The most important thing is our land"

Mohawks in Akwesasne are trying to absorb the terms of a deal to end their historic land claim.

Last week, tribal chiefs signed a framework agreement with New York State and St. Lawrence County. It would allow the Mohawks to buy almost 5,000 acres of land and add the parcels to the reservation. In return, the Mohawks will pay a share of their casino revenue to New York. And St. Lawrence County and the towns of Massena and Brasher will share a payment of $4 million a year.

Talks are ongoing with Franklin County, where several thousand more acres are part of the 32-year-old land claim lawsuit.

The proposed settlement is huge news in Akwesasne. And it's very controversial. David Sommerstein and Martha Foley sort out why.  Go to full article
The Federal Kivalina was aground and at anchor for over 2 days and stopped shipping on the St. Lawrence. Photo: Emmett Smith
The Federal Kivalina was aground and at anchor for over 2 days and stopped shipping on the St. Lawrence. Photo: Emmett Smith

Shipping resumes on the St. Lawrence Seaway

Shipping has resumed through the St. Lawrence Seaway, after salvage crews moved a disabled freighter that was aground near the Thousand Islands Bridge to Wellesley Island.

The St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation reports that 15 ships were backed up over the two days since the Federal Kivalina lost steering Tuesday.

Save the River says that divers confirmed a two-foot long gash in the freighter's hull.

The Coast Guard could only confirm that the freighter was received "mild damage." The Coast Guard approved a salvage plan for the ship early yesterday afternoon.  Go to full article

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