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North Country at Work: Lisbon's mail-carrying turkeys

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 22:00
Heuvelton wasn't the only turkey town in the North Country - it was the largest of a trio of towns that raised tens of thousands of turkeys a year from the late 1800s to the late 1940s. Heuvelton, Madrid, and Lisbon farmers would raise, butcher, and dress turkeys for the Thanksgiving and Christmas markets of big Northeastern cities like New York, Boston, and Montreal.
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Story Traveler: "The Fox's Tail"

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 22:00
Here's a tale found all around the world that shows simply and clearly the old wisdom that everyone and everything is connected. It takes a lot of deals - and one act of compassion - before the fox can recover his lost tail.This story comes from "Armenian Folk Tales," Russian version by I. Khatchatrianz, translated by N. W. Orloff, published by Colonial House, Philadelphia, Pa., 1946.Story Traveler is unscripted storytelling from everywhere in the world, stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.
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Shy and rare: the softshell turtles of Lake Champlain

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 22:00
The eastern spiny softshell turtle is rare in the north, but a small population lives at the top of Lake Champlain. Shyer than their armored cousins, the encroachment of human activities is making it harder for them to breed.Martha Foley and Paul Smiths College naturalist Dr. Curt Stager discuss this uncommon holdover from the days of the dinosaurs.
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Colton residents take watermilfoil control into their own hands

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 22:00
Eurasian watermilfoil is nothing new to North Country waters. First found in the U.S. in the 1940s, it has since spread to almost every corner of the country. For decades is has endangered swimmers, boaters and other aquatic plants. Since the 1970s, its growth has exploded.
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Trump immigration crackdown brings heartache and hardship to a North Country family

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 22:00
Many people who are in the U.S. illegally have been allowed to stay in the country for years, as long as they didn't commit a crime. They've had to check-in regularly with federal immigration officials, and in the meantime, many have gone on with their lives. They have families and careers, despite their legal limbo. That's changing. This year, President Trump granted broad authority to the Department of Homeland Security to deport unauthorized immigrants far more aggressively. Now many of those routine meetings end in arrest, detention, and deportation.That's what happened to Moussa Mahaman a 53-year-old originally from Niger in West Africa. He overstayed his visa in 2003, and said he feared violence in his native country. He was detained a few weeks ago, and this week, he was deported.
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Mohawk social dances get Massena students on their feet

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 22:00
Tuesday was Native American Day at Massena high school. It's a chance for Mohawk students to share their culture. About a tenth of the student body is from the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation right next door. And the big hit is the social dancing.
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NY21: Democrats chasing Stefanik debate impeachment of Trump

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 22:00
Nine candidates hoping to unseat Congresswoman Elise Stefanik met last night for a debate at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh. The most contentious questions focused not on the North Country or the 21st congressional district, but on President Donald Trump. Since taking office earlier this year, Trump has sparked a wave of liberal activism. Last night, the fiercest argument centered on whether Trump should be removed from office.
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Grant aimed at preventing opioid abuse by women

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 22:00
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Health officials in western New York say they'll use a three-year, $300,000 grant to try to lower the number of newborns who suffer from drug withdrawal after being exposed to opioids before birth.
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NY to suspend some highway work for holiday travel

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Highway construction crews will hold off on any non-essential lane closures this holiday weekend to ease traffic during one of the busiest travel periods of the year.
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Pistol permit renewal deadline looms for upstate New Yorkers

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State police are reminding upstate New Yorkers with pistol permits of the upcoming deadline to recertify them.
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Opioid lawsuits are stacking up. But will they pay off for NY counties?

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 22:00
At least four counties across the North Country are moving ahead with plans to file lawsuits inspired by the opioid crisis.
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Story Traveler: "The Fox's Tail"

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 22:00
Here's a tale found all around the world that shows simply and clearly the old wisdom that everyone and everything is connected. It takes a lot of deals - and one act of compassion - before the fox can recover his lost tail.This story comes from "Armenian Folk Tales," Russian version by I. Khatchatrianz, translated by N. W. Orloff, published by Colonial House, Philadelphia, Pa., 1946.Story Traveler is unscripted storytelling from everywhere in the world, stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.
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Garlic? Spring bulbs? It isn't TOO late

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 22:00
Raise your hand if you didn't get your garlic/daffodils/tulips in the ground before the cold set in. Fear not. With some tolerance for working outdoors in chilly soil, you still have a chance. Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy and NCPR's Martha Foley are in the same boat, and share tips, and consolation.Also, make that pumpkin pie a butternut squash pie this year. They explain why, and have some great ways to make processing the raw squash a snap.
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Fox News calls Stefanik "power player" in Washington

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 22:00
North Country congresswoman Elise Stefanik drew national attention over the weekend, profiled by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace during his "power player of the week" segment Sunday morning. He described Stefanik as a moderate who sometimes crosses party lines.
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A North Country boat shop channels a 1970s art happening

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 22:00
The North Country is rich with artists and amazing galleries, from the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls to the Frederick Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg. But sometimes art happens in surprising places, in old grange halls, in farm fields, and over this weekend in a boat shop in Canton.
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NY leaders say Senate tax bill even worse for state

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 22:00
Now that the U.S. House of Representatives has voted for a tax overhaul plan that some state leaders say will harm New York, the action moves to the Senate, where a vote is expected after Thanksgiving.
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New York to fund research on hemlock pest predators

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 22:00
ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) A million-dollar lab aimed at protecting hemlock trees from an invasive insect is being created on the Cornell University campus.
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Global warming sage pens novel of Vermont, "resistance"

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 22:00
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont environmentalist Bill McKibben has taken a break from highlighting global warming dangers to pen what he sees as a novel of the resistance.
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Ontario college faculty return to work after legislation ends five-week strike

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 22:00
TORONTO College faculty in Ontario head back to their schools today, after a five-week strike was ended over the weekend with back-to-work legislation.
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Canton launches first comprehensive plan since 1968

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 22:00
More than 50 people came out Thursday night to kick off Canton's new comprehensive planning process. It includes the town and the village, and the village of Rensselaer Falls.
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