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Gov. Cuomo addresses the DNC in Philadelphia

(Jul 29, 2016) Governor Cuomo got his moment on the convention stage Thursday night before Hillary Clinton’s speech. [full story]

One in a Thousand: Occident Island

(Jul 29, 2016) Over the next few weeks, NCPR will tell a series of stories about the people who spend their summers in the Thousand Islands. Every island between Clayton and Chippewa Bay in the St. Lawrence River has its own story.We begin with Occident Island, which has been owned by the same family for over 115 years. [full story]

City officials agree to audit Plattsburgh's accessibility problems

(Jul 29, 2016) Activists in Plattsburgh have been fighting for years to make the city more accessible to people with disabilities. This month, they won an important battle. City officials have agreed to do an accessibility audit, and make a list of all the buildings that need to be upgraded. The bigger goal is to bring the city into compliance with federal accessibility laws. [full story]

The many reasons to hike in the Adirondacks

(Jul 29, 2016) In order to be recognized as one of the high peaks, an Adirondack mountain must stand above 4000 feet. There’s 46 of them. Hikers come from all over the world to reach the summits of these coveted peaks. Stop two different hikers on the trail, and chances are they will give two different sets of reasons why they’re out in the wilderness. That’s what our news intern Joey Duggan did for this next story. [full story]

This weekend in the Adirondacks

(Jul 29, 2016) Although there is a possibility of some rain in the forecast, conditions remain dry around the Adirondacks and the fire danger is elevated. There have been several fires started by unattended campfires in recent weeks, New York State has issued a drought watch, and the entire Adirondack region is being reported as “abnormally dry” by the U.S. Drought Monitor. [full story]

Theatre Review: "Into the Woods" at the 1000 Islands Playhouse in Gananoque

(Jul 29, 2016) A sparkling production of the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical “Into the Woods” is running at the 1000 Islands Playhouse. The cast, with a couple of exceptions, is strong and the actors can all handle the complex score. Drew Facey’s set, featuring an upper level walkway, 3 birdcage-like playing areas and, of course, woods, is excellent and his wonderful costumes cleverly fanciful. I loved the Prince’s high-top sneakers.The choreography by Shelly Stewart Hunt is good, especially for the Princes, although I felt it began a bit too early in the opening number and we lost some lyrics. Michelle Ramsay’s lighting is evocative and William Fallon’s sound first-rate and well balanced. [full story]

Theatre Review: "Into the Woods" at the 1000 Islands Playhouse in Gananoque

Billy Jones rallies supporters in Plattsburgh

(Jul 29, 2016) Democratic State Assembly candidate Billy Jones rallied supporters in Plattsburgh on Thursday. Jones chairs the Franklin County Board of Legislators, and he’s vying for Republican Assemblywoman Janet Duprey’s seat. Duprey is retiring at the end of this term. [full story]

Music: not oldies, but goodies in Upper Jay on Saturday

(Jul 29, 2016) New York City percussionist Graham Hawthorne and his High Standards Orchestra will perform at the Upper Jay Arts Center on Saturday night at 8 pm. The High Standards Orchestra is a small big-band made up of top-notch musicians and vocalists in New Orleans and New York City. Led by acclaimed drummer Graham Hawthorne, they play a wide variety of classic popular music from the early 20th century right up to the present. But this is no oldies band. Graham Hawthorne doesn't believe the Great American Songbook trickled out in the 1960s. He believes that it's still alive and well, which is why you'll hear the band superimpose a Katy Perry or Beatles tune with a song made famous by Frank Sinatra or Ray Charles - framed by fun, fresh, and danceable rhythms. [full story]

Death, serious injury bring calls for end to Lake George "Log Bay Day"

(Jul 28, 2016) A nine year old girl died this week on Lake George after two boats collided. The incident is still under investigation, but authorities are tying the accident to the massive "Log Bay Day" party held on the lake on Monday. Hundreds of boats gathered for the annual event, which includes drinking and music. But critics now say the event should end. [full story]

Death, serious injury bring calls for end to Lake George "Log Bay Day"

Three takes on Clinton's nomination by NY Democratic leaders

(Jul 28, 2016) Governor Cuomo is spending three days at the Democratic National Convention. Cuomo said his presence at the convention is “personal." In past remarks he has said he considers former President Bill Clinton as one of his two mentors, along with his late father, Mario Cuomo. Andrew Cuomo was Assistant HUD Secretary and then Secretary under President Clinton. [full story]

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