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Are black visitors really welcome in the Adirondack Park?

(Aug 26, 2016) Today we're tackling another complicated, thorny question about race: Are African American tourists and other people of color really welcome in the North Country? Our region is one of rural America’s biggest tourist destinations. From the Adirondacks to the Thousand Islands, millions of people come to our small towns every year. But the overwhelming majority of those visitors are white and some critics — and even some experts inside the tourism industry — say people of color don't always feel welcome or safe here.The conversation was sparked in part by a series of troubling racial incidents that happened in the Adirondacks this summer. [full story]

Former Franklin County undersheriff takes plea deal for harassment of legislators

(Aug 26, 2016) The former second-in-command in the Franklin County sheriff's department has admitted that he ordered his deputies to follow and harass county legislators. On the morning he was scheduled to stand trial, Patrick White reached a plea agreement that will allow him to avoid jail time. The deal brings an end to a long-simmering case, but there could be political repercussions in an ongoing state Assembly campaign. [full story]

Former Franklin County undersheriff takes plea deal for harassment of legislators

This weekend in the Adirondacks

(Aug 26, 2016) We’ve had a great summer of weekends with pleasant weather, but the season is winding down. This week saw some summit daytime temperatures falling into the 30s, a reminder that winter is on the way, and to be prepared to encounter cold weather from here on out. [full story]

Preview: The Kolodner Trio in Plattsburgh

(Aug 26, 2016) The father-son team from Maryland, Ken & Brad Kolodner, along with vocalist Rachel Eddy will share their brand of bluegrass at the Strand Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh tonight at 7:00 pm. They'll weave together a soundscape on a stage filled with a wide variety of acoustic instruments - hammered dulcimer, dueling banjos, triple fiddles, gourd banjo, banjola, and guitar. Regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players in North America, Ken Kolodner has joined forces with his son Brad Kolodner, a rising star in the clawhammer banjo world. Together, they push the boundaries of Old-Time traditional music with tasteful and unique interpretations of traditional and original fiddle tunes and songs.Brad Kolodner performs with the Bluegrass-old-time-Irish fusion band Charm City Junction and is a folk-radio DJ on WAMU. Ken Kolodner told Todd Moe about his interest in epidemiology before he discovered a love for bluegrass. [full story]

Will a late summer oat crop help farmers struggling in a drought?

(Aug 25, 2016) Scientists with the Cornell Cooperative Extension are experimenting with a late-planted oat crop they say may help farmers during a drought like the one parts of New York state is experiencing now. The oats could give farmers one last chance to stock up on feed for their livestock if yields from their corn and hay crops aren’t enough. [full story]

Theatre Review: "A Grand Time in the Rapids" at the 1000 Islands Playhouse

(Aug 25, 2016) “A Grand Time in the Rapids” by award-winning Canadian playwright Stewart Lemoine is billed as “a frivolous fast-paced farce” and it certainly is. It features Thalia, (Tess Degenstein), newly arrived in Grand Rapids from England and Ted, (Paul Dunn), an etiquette expert who arrives to monitor and direct Thalia’s confession to her boyfriend Boyd, (Craig Pike), the details of her rather lurid past. [full story]

Theatre Review: "A Grand Time in the Rapids" at the 1000 Islands Playhouse

LBJ visit to Lake Erie led to cleaner waters

(Aug 25, 2016) It’s been decades since Lake Erie was considered dead due to years of industrial pollution. President Lyndon B. Johnson was a powerful force in bringing Lake Erie back to life and changing the fate of the Great Lakes for the better. [full story]

Cowboys, coconuts and old time radio on stage

(Aug 25, 2016) A troupe of actors in the Adirondacks will use voices and sound effects to re-create an old-time radio show in Chestertown and North Creek this weekend. "The Lone Ranger" will be staged as a live radio broadcast from the 1930s, complete with coconuts and other household items used to make sound effects, like horses trotting and doors slamming. Gem Radio Theatre will perform the show in four locations: on Saturday at 7 pm in Chestertown, Sunday at 2 pm in North Creek, and Friday, September 9 in Blue Mountain Lake and Sunday, September 11 in Indian Lake. Todd Moe caught up by phone with Jason Hall, of Long Lake, who will play the masked man-of-justice in the show. [full story]

Lead investigator on Phillips murder named Potsdam's interim chief of police

(Aug 25, 2016) The chief of police in Potsdam is stepping down. Kevin Bates is leaving at the end of the month and taking a new job at Clarkson University. [full story]

Lead investigator on Phillips murder named Potsdam's interim chief of police

Meet the Mexicans who finally made it to a St. Lawrence Co. farm

(Aug 25, 2016) Last spring, we brought you the story of a North Country farmer and his problems with America’s seasonal agricultural worker program. Unlike dozens of North Country farmers who hire Mexicans and Central Americans who are in this country illegally, Dan Kent stayed on the right side of the law. And he got burned. [full story]

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